Restoration

Restoration

November 2012

She Preached the Gospel With Her Life — by Fr. David May. "The renewal of the Church is also achieved through the witness offered by the lives of believers: by their very existence in the world, Christians are called to radiate the word of truth that the...

When Jesus Kisses You — By Mary Beth Mitchell. Helen Schreiner was my best friend, and we had lots of fun together. There are funny stories I could tell about her, but I want to tell this serious one, because it reveals something of...

The Last Word Scenario — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Sometimes you ask the dumbest things, Reverend: Who knows what the last words outta their mouth before they die are gonna be? I could be at a hockey game or at the mall and be...

The Song Helen Sang — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Helen Schreiner loved music, especially old songs. She had a number of favorites, some corny ("You are my sunshine, my only sunshine …"), some not. But it was her attraction to one song in particular...

A Memorial for Martha Shepherd — Dear Friends of Madonna House of Ottawa, Fr. Bob Poole will be saying a memorial Mass for Martha Shepherd on Saturday, November 17th at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, 20 Grant Street, Ottawa K1Y 2Y9. Mass will begin...

Generous to a Fault — Helen and I shared a love of music and of musical comedies. Once when I was a young staff worker and having a very hard time, Helen told me to be in the yard at 1 p.m. She showed...

Only If God Exists — by Pope Benedict XVI. Despite the fact that death is an almost forbidden subject in our society and that there is a continuous attempt to banish the thought of it from our minds, death touches each of us....

So, What Do You Do? — by Karen Maskiew. So, what do you do? How many times have I been asked that question by Russians I meet in the stores, in my language classes, or just on the street!...

The Garden in the City — by Doreen Dykers. Winter’s coming. Garden tools are put away. Geraniums and dahlia bulbs rescued from the cold earth lie prone in paper bags. The Himalayan orchid was finally identified and then dug out. Ground cleared. Fallen seeds sleep...

When All Is Said And Done — by Catherine Doherty. What is our spirituality when all is said and done? I see us silently, in a manner of speaking, doing little ordinary things men and women do everywhere, always with an immense, burning love, knowing that...

Notes from Near and Far: Vancouver — by Emmanuella Kim. Last February, we attended a large two-day archdiocesan conference where we had a display table with Madonna House literature. We sold some books and gave away "word scrolls," brightly coloured little scrolls of paper, each with...

Notes From Near and Far: St. Joseph’s House, Combermere — by Carol Geiske. Though it has been a time of staff changes, the rhythm of our life, of course, continues. Mass, lauds, vespers, communal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and our Saturday home Mass, keep us praying together for...

Combermere Diary (November 2012) — by Paulette Curran. Early autumn, harvest time, is always a busy time here, as well as a beautiful one. Helen Schreiner’s death was both sudden and not so sudden. For a few months, she had been somewhat seriously ill...

Milestones (November 2012) — New Applicants: Zena Hitz, Miriam Story & Giulia Velocci. New Local Director: Sandy Novecosky, St. Joseph’s House. Assignments: Shatzi Duffy & Jo-Anne Paquette, Ottawa; Joanne Kuntz, Edmonton; Diana Breeze, Washington. Deaths: Gerard & Catherine Lesage’s mother, Denise. Associate Priests’...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2012) — Since this is a begging column, how would you like to hear Catherine speak about this subject which was so dear to her heart? Back in 1962, she wrote: "For almost thirty years of my life in the lay...

 

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