California SNJM News

Tuesday
Jan172017

Celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a traditional time for Sisters to renew their vows and for Associates to renew their promises. Across California, Sisters and Associates gathered together.

In Southern California, Sisters and Associates gathered at Ramona Convent Secondary School on Saturday, Dec. 3. Mass was presided by Father Nick Reina, SDB. During the liturgy, two new Associates were welcomed, Margaret Kaiser and Sharon Girolimon Corbitt. Afterward, they enjoyed a delicious catered dinner. 

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Sisters, Associates, Lay Consecrated and friends from Northern California gathered at Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell, CA. A reception was held after Mass and the Renewal of Vows. Jesuit friend Fr. Chuck Tilley celebrated the liturgy.  

Later in the week, several Sisters from Merrill Gardens, Our Lady of Fatima Villa, and the local area joined St. Mary School community for the Student Mass and reception on Dec. 8.  Stephanie Lynott(Associate) and the fourth-grade class prepared the liturgy. The Kindergarten students entertained the Sisters during the reception and gave them handmade Christmas stockings filled with goodies.

 

Tuesday
Jan172017

Sr.Barbara Nixon Brings Christmas Carolers to Seniors

Twenty-six middle-school students from St. Anne Church in Byron, CA went Christmas caroling to three senior residences and one memory care facility as part of their outreach program. Director of Faith Formation Sr. Barbara Nixon was able to make this program happen with funding from an SNJM Ministry Grant. The grant helped with the cost of transportation and treats for the seniors. Joy to the world was felt by all!

Tuesday
Jan172017

Congratulations Sr. Colleen!

Sr. Colleen Kern is Recognized for Her Volunteer Work with Young Readers

The Marin Independent Journal has honored Sr. Colleen as "Volunteer of the Week" for her ministry with struggling readers through Experience Corps Marin. Sr. Colleen volunteers with the agency to help students in kindergarten through third grade, who live in the Marin County communities of Novato and San Rafael. "Sr. Colleen is dedicated and caring," says Cathy Falco, a second-grade teacher at Coleman Elementary School. "She teaches children to be responsible and independent. She is unwavering in her belief that if students persevere, they will become excellent learners and eventually successful adults. We are fortunate to have her teach our children."

 

Tuesday
Jan172017

Associate-Sponsored Retreat in California

From Nov. 11-13, more than 40 Sisters and Associates gathered at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz for the annual Associate-sponsored retreat. This year the retreat focused on "God's Tender Touch of Mercy." Kathleen Schinhofen, MM., D.Min. was an outstanding presenter and guided participants through the weekend with three sessions: "Mercy for You," "Mercy for the Earth" and "Mercy for All." Retreatants enjoyed ample time for silence and discussion. During Mass, the group welcomed a new Associate, Sally Jo Greig shown here with Sr. Molly Neville. The November weekend by the sea was full of the bright supermoon, days of sunshine, large crashing waves, and the renewal of SNJM bonds from our shared charism.