Meet Sister Po-Yee

12-27-2020The Sisters Corner

Hello brothers and sisters! I am Sister Po-Yee Yeung. I was born in Hong Kong, SAR, grew up in Toronto, Canada, and studied in Arlington, USA. I entered the community the Servants of the Plan of God almost 6 years ago. I had been serving in an elementary and secondary school for children and youth with physical handicap, The Joy in the Lord, in Lima, Peru.

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These are the Good Old Days

12-26-2020Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

“We can never know about the days to come…But we think about them anyway… And I wonder if I’m really with you now or just chasing after some finer day.”

So sang Carly Simon in her hit song Anticipation. After living through the Year of our Lord 2020 I happen to agree strongly. I’d be a fool to think I know what 2021 will bring. But the experience of 2020 has certainly highlighted the question, “will we trust in God’s providence or not?” And just as importantly, do we believe that God is still guiding us to where He wants us to be? And do we trust that despite the apparent setbacks, wrong turns, uninvited interference, God can still use those circumstances and events to make things work out for our best possible advantage?

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Vaccine Hierarchy

12-19-2020Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The COVID-19 Vaccine has arrived. And many of you have questions about it. First let me say the development of this vaccine occurred in near miraculous time. Most vaccines can take ten to thirty years to develop. One of the reasons for the speed of development of some of the COVID-19 vaccines is because of the use of a new way of getting the vaccine into cells in the body. This method called mRNA was first developed by two Catholic physicians in Germany, who invented the procedure to try to fight cancer. When the novel coronavirus showed up this husband and wife team sat down at their computer and figured a way to use mRNA to develop this vaccine. (This process was used in the development of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.) The next step was the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed which paid the Pharmaceutical companies to manufacture the vaccine in advance of testing, win or lose. Fortunately, testing demonstrated it was a winner. Which is why the companies have been manufacturing the vaccine since March or April.

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Meet Sr. Cecibel

12-19-2020The Sisters CornerSr. Cecibel

I’m Sister Cecibel, I arrived from Peru in February, with many plans and ideas for our service here knowing I would only be here for one year. Because of COVID, everything changed, now I can say this time with you has been a strong spiritual experience of prayer and service doing simple things, sharing smiles and joy with those I met, and praying for those I didn't. Some days ago, I received an important phone call from my General Superior. After a long conversation, she asked me if I wanted to serve in Ecuador next year, and I said Yes!

I knew I’d be here just for a few months, I knew I’d receive a new assignment, and I also wanted to go back to my country to serve the poor. Once again God surprised me, He fulfills and goes beyond my deepest desires! He wanted this before I did it, this is His perfect plan of Salvation for many and for me. And here I am! Again! Happy to serve the plan of God and go wherever He calls me to go and also feeling heartbroken, leaving behind my home, my parents, my brothers and sisters, because you, my dear friends of OLMC, have become this for me, even if we’ve never met or we had to keep social distance, you’re so close to my heart and I’ll keep you all in my prayers.

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Everyday Stewardship

12-13-2020Stewardship Reflection

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” is a Latin word, meaning “rejoice.” The Christian steward should be characterized by a spirit of rejoicing.

Our First Reading, from Isaiah, expresses a fitting motto for us. “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.” It is God Who is the source of our joy and contentment — not things or achievements or comfort, but our relationship with God.

This is why stewards can share so freely of their time, talents and material possessions — because ultimately, we are not attached to these things. We recognize them as good gifts from our loving Father, but we are attached to the Giver of the gifts, not the gifts themselves. This allows for great freedom in life and the capacity for great joy in the Lord.

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Pandemic Time: The Best of times or the worst of times?

12-12-2020Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Pandemic 2020 continues to be the best of times and the worst of times. It certainly brings out either the best in us or the worst in us. That’s why I like hearing your COVID-19 Stories and how the Pandemic brought out the best in you in big and small ways. But still for some the Pandemic has been the worst of times and for others it has been the best of times.

Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, has seen his wealth increase from $48 billion to an estimated $183 billion. The Pandemic has been a boon for Wall Street but a nightmare for Mainstreet. Big tech and big business have reaped record profits while small businesses are threatened with extinction. Maybe some of it is unavoidable considering the nature of a Pandemic and how we need to respond to it. But too many elected officials seem callous to the plight of blue-collar workers and private businesses. In so many ways the Pandemic has brought out the worst in some of our leaders.

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Everyday Stewardship

12-06-2020Stewardship Reflection

We serve a merciful and patient God. In His kindness, He warns us that we will be called to make an account one day for the way in which we made use of the gifts He has given us.

The most precious gift He has given us is His own Son, Whose birth we are preparing to celebrate.

St. Peter describes the loving kindness of the Father in our Second Reading today, saying God “is patient with you, not wishing that anyone should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Yet, in the same passage we receive this warning: “The Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar... and the earth and everything on it will be found out.”

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A Hard Candy Christmas

12-06-2020Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

As COVID Time wears on, life seems to have become one dimensional, rather flat. Part of the reason for that is the usual “look-forward-to’s” are in short supply. Whether its vacations or trips or other types of get togethers that we look forward to, their absence is felt more and more as the Pandemic marches on. Which is all the more reason for us to tap into what we can to bring life back from black and white to living color.

So, I hope you were able to tune into our Advent Parish Mission with Tom Booth. It certainly helped nudge me into the Advent Season and start to look forward to Christmas time. If you haven’t yet seen the Advent Mission just go to our App and click on the OLMC TV icon and you can watch the previous week’s episode or tune into the Live Stream at 2pm or 7pm on Sunday for the current episode.

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