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Reflection on St. Joseph, March 19
For the Feast of St. Joseph, Sister Dorothy Schweitzer shares this reflection on how St. Joseph trusted his faith in God when learning Mary would give birth to the Saviour.

Feeding the Hungry in the Year of Mercy
From the teachings of Jesus, we derived the corporal works of mercy, which are concerned primarily with meeting the needs of others. 

Furniture Bank: A Ministry of Mercy

From the outside, Furniture Bank looks like one of many warehouses located in South Etobicoke. But upon entering, visitors find themselves in a brightly lit waiting area of comfortable chairs with toys and a play table for children. As they move further through the building, visitors soon discover a warehouse filled with furnishings, decor, chairs and more.

International Women’s Day: Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, celebrating the progress of women. Over the last year, we have seen continued growth in our world towards greater equality, justice, and meaning for the lives of female identified people.

Ministry with Maturing Adults Moves Forward
A synergy results when Sister Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ and Mary Perry White come together. In addition to sharing a name, they share a passion for supporting people who are in their second half of life.

Lenten Prayer: Walking with Jesus
For the fourth Sunday of Lent, Sister Andrea Dumont shares a prayer about the path of Jesus and our own during the Season of Lent.

February 20: World Day of Social Justice
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on this day last year: "In this crucial year for global development, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation. Let us build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.” 

Ashes: On the Lenten Threshold
We are about to enter upon the season of Lent. The word “Lent” comes from the old English, lencten, meaning spring, the time of rebirth and new life. Just as we experience cycles and seasons in nature and in our natural lives, this same truth governs our spiritual and religious lives.

February 8: Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita
Josephine was born in 1869 in the Darfur region of western Sudan. She lived a carefree, happy life with her family. At nine years of age, she was kidnapped by the region’s slave traders and sold as a slave several times.
In Good Company Training for Friendly Visitors
In Good Company provides a visiting program for individuals seeking emotional, spiritual and social support in the GTA. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, there will be a one-day training session for anyone involved with individuals who are homebound or isolated. 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Welcome Syrian Families
In response to the Pope’s Year of Mercy objectives and the Sisters’ ongoing commitment to addressing social and community needs, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are sponsoring two Syrian families who will make their way to Toronto within the next few months. 

Faith Alliance Meets with Ontario Premier About Human Trafficking
On January 11, 2016, Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking delivered 4,208 citizen-signed postcard petitions to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling for a provincial plan to combat human trafficking in Ontario. Four days later, Premier Wynne met with members of Faith Alliance about the need to take action. 

Sister Mary Rose Marrin on Context with Lorna Dueck
On January 17, 2016, Sister Mary Rose Marrin was a guest on TV's Context with Lorna Dueck. In the episode, called Ageless, Sister Mary Rose spoke about how aging is an opportunity for growth and spiritual development. 
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States. In a U.S. presidential proclamation, President Barack Obama called for businesses, national and community organizations, families and all Americans “to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.”   
Salt + Light Interviews the Sisters
On December 6, 2015, Salt + Light Television aired an interview with three Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto: Sisters Thérèse Meunier, Mechtilde O’Mara and Mary Rose Marrin. 

Christmas: The New and Unexpected
Christmas is a time of celebrating breakthroughs of the new and unexpected.  Two thousand years ago, the birth of Jesus was such an event. Through his teachings and example, Jesus brought forth a new consciousness, showing us how to live in relationships of peace, love and openness to each other. 
Prayers for Paris: Action and Reflection
“God of Glory, God of Grace, we lament the destruction that our greed, consumerism, and endless pursuit of 'more' have wrought upon your beautiful creation. 
Lighting the Way to Climate Action
Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto joined hundreds of people at Queen’s Park on November 19 in solidarity of a national day of action against climate change. The Lighting the Way to Climate Action march was an inter-generational celebration with people of every age — little ones in strollers up to seniors using walkers. Inspirational speakers motivated the crowd.
Spiritual Thoughts from Sister Andrea Dumont
Sister Andrea Dumont writes for the Spiritual Thoughts column of the Thompson Citizen newspaper. This is her December 4 column.
Spirituality is comforting in the aging process
The Catholic Register, December 5, 2015 - Coming to terms with aging through spiritual discernment is critical to sound decision making in the second half of life, said Sister Mary Rose Marrin.

Sister Dorothy Speaks at CSUNA
On November 26, Sister Dorothy Schweitzer was one of the speakers at the opening ceremony for the twenty-first Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly (CSUNA).

Mustard Seed: A Supportive Environment
From the Fall 2015 issue of Springs of Hope:
For Sister Marie Kilcullen, knitting is a soothing challenge. “It takes patience and tenacity,” she says, “while being relaxing and forgiving.” On Mondays at 1 p.m., she and Kristin Strong, Program Coordinator, welcome volunteers and participants into the Nifty Knitters group at Mustard Seed to enjoy conversation, tea, cookies and their individual projects.
 
One participant, Lorraine, had never knitted before attending.
Visiting the Birthplace of the Sisters of St. Joseph
From the Fall 2015 issue of Springs of Hope:
As part of an ongoing pilot formation project, the Leadership Team sent some of their lay staff this past October (2015) to a Mission Effectiveness Workshop in Le Puy-en-Velay, France, where the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph was founded in 1650. 
 
Including me, there were 18 lay staff present from Canada, the United States and Brazil with two facilitators and one Portuguese interpreter.
Fontbonne Place: An Unexpected Community
From the Fall 2015 issue of Springs of Hope:
Two years ago, Margo stood outside one of the 18 rent-geared-to-income apartments at Fontbonne Place. She expected her new home to consist of a single room. But Margot was astonished to find her apartment held a bedroom, living room and kitchen. 
 
“I thought the layout was so clever,” says Margo, describing how each of these three areas has two entrances.
Village Mosaic: A Creative Community
From the Fall 2015 issue of Springs of Hope:
For three years, Andrea Linton has been the Program and Administration Coordinator at Village Mosaic, a gathering place for seniors on Lake Shore West. “It’s a varied and wonderful role,” says Andrea, “in a joyful and creative environment.” 
 
She remembers the first Halloween party she helped plan at Village Mosaic. “I looked outside and seniors were getting off the streetcar in their costumes.” There were cat outfits, matador suits and more.
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