January 13, 2012
Federal Association Grant Funds Baltimore Mission Helpers Center
Baltimore region members gathered to present a $25,000 grant check to the President of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, Sister Loretta Cornell, MHSH. The Grant, will be used to fund improvements to Mission Helper Center, the building housing the retired Sisters of the Order. In a community where the median age is 75, where some use wheelchairs or walkers, many sisters have found it difficult to maneuver the heavy doors of the convent. The grant will help fund automatic door openers on interior doors accessing hallways, dining area, chapels, sitting and reading rooms, and residential area.. Although the grant covers the cost of most of the renovation, a matching gift from a donor will cover the balance. This is the second Grant approved for the retirement center
Baltimore members and the Mission Helper Sisters have warmly embraced each other. While members of the Order volunteer to help improve the physical condition of the Center with hands-on work days and Grant money, the Sisters have in turn opened their meeting rooms and chapel for the Baltimore region’s monthly gatherings. Many of the retired Sisters have also joined area members cooking and serving at My Sister's Place and Sarah's Hope Shelters in Baltimore city. The Order of Malta and the Mission Helpers have become true sisters in their combined objective in serving the sick and the poor. – Mary Hosford, DM, Baltimore
Day of Recollection at Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago.
On Jan 7th, in celebration of the Vigil of Epiphany, 40 knights, dames, spouses, candidates, those in formation and auxiliary of the Chicago and Midwest Region attended the annual Day of Recollection presented by Rev Richard Fragomeni. The theme was Interior Participation in the Celebration, specifically, reflections on Pope Benedict XVI's words on the need for mystagogical catechesis or making one's interior dispositions correspond to the gestures and words of the liturgy. Being conscious of the new translation, symbolism and metaphors and prayers of the Mass assist the faithful to enter more deeply into the mystery being celebrated.
Lunch was a chance to deepen the spirit of this community and at the end of the day we closed with Mass where music was provided by members of the William Ferris Chorale who sang Pietro Alessandro Yon's Mass of the Shepherds. - Fra’ Thomas Mulligan, Chicago
Ballot Package Mailed for Bylaws Changes
Please use the Jan 13th Ballot
The mailing of the proposed changes to the Federal Association Bylaws dated January 7th did not include a blank envelope that the ballot was to be placed in, which guarantees the anonymity of the voter. As a result, we are asking that you please disregard the January 7th bylaws ballot package.
Please use the ballot dated January 13th to review and vote on the bylaws revisions. If you have already sent in your January 7th ballot, you will need to vote again.
Jan 16 - Wash DC - Malta House - Celebrating Martin Luther King Holiday through Fellowship, 2:00 PM. Contact: Valencia Camp
Jan 18 - Northern Virginia - Defense of the Faith meeting with speaker Fr. Scott Hurd, at the home of Bertha and Joe Braddock, 1101 St. Stephens Road, Alexandria VA. Contact: Bertha Braddock at 703-212-9339
Jan 20 - Lancaster - Sanctity of Life Mass at St. Leo the Great Church, 7 PM. Bishop Kevin Rhoades, celebrant. Contact: Pat Whalen
Jan 20-21-Jacksonville, FL- Annual Florida Retreat, Marywood Retreat Center, Rev. Richard Fragomeni. Click Here.
Jan 21 - Dallas -Sanctity of Life and Pro-Life March in downtown Dallas. Contact: Theresa Martter
Jan 23 - Wash, DC - Mass and March for Life. Mass at the Blessed JP II Shrine (formerly JP II Center). Click here for more information.
Feb 4 - Wash, DC - St. Ann’s Valentine’s Day Party, 4-6 PM at St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home. Contact: Chrissy Page
Feb 6 - Charlotte - Room at the Inn at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Contact: Barbara Laughlin
Feb 11 - Houston - Anointing Mass, St. Michael’s Church. Contact: Kate Signorelli
Feb 11 - Wash DC - Malta House - Senior-Junior Prom at 2:00 PM. Contact: Valencia Camp
Feb 11 - Atlanta - Mass of the Anointing of the Sick, 11 AM Holy Spirit Catholic Church; Msgr. Edward Dillon is principal celebrant. Contact: Mary Savarese
Feb 11 - Chicago - Volunteers are needed to pack boxes of supplies at the Mission Outreach. Contact: Linda Kuzma
Feb 23 - Kansas City - Memorial Mass for deceased members of the Order, 4:30 PM. Contact: Georgia Lynch
Feb 26-Mar 2, 2012 - New Orleans Home Repair Program work week. Click here for info and sign up.
Mar 5 - Charlotte - Room at the Inn at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Contact: Barbara Laughlin
Mar 10 - Kansas City - Anointing of the Sick Cure of Ars, 9 AM with Archbishop Keleher. Contact: Georgia Lynch
Mar 13 - Wash DC - Lenten Evening of Reflection - 6:30 PM - Church of the Annunciation. Mass, followed by soup supper and Lenten reflection by Monsignor John Enzler
Mar 18-23, 2012 - New Orleans Home Repair Program work week. Click here for info and sign up.