For the CSJ Associates and the Sisters in attendance, Saturday, February 16 was a particularly significant day for two reasons. Not only was it our Annual Associate Assembly Day but it was also the last Associate event to be held at Morrow Park. Sr. Linda Gregg, our presenter (pictured right), chose a timely and inspiring theme: Garden Pathway of God’s Gospel on Earth. By means of her picturesque and poetic PowerPoint presentation, she reminded us that God’s Word comes to us, not only in Scripture, but especially in nature. These days, when our need to care for the earth is a frequent reminder in the media, we were left with much to ponder. To facilitate this pondering, Sr. Linda gave us two hand-outs to take home for quiet moments of reflection later.
The half hour before Mass was devoted to a ritual of reflection and sharing. The sharing occurred first in small groups then in the whole assembly. Sr. Thérèse Meunier invited all present to write down the things for which they were grateful, i.e. blessings that have come through Associate events held both at Morrow Park and elsewhere. After the sharing, these sheets were gathered in a basket and taken to the altar during the Offertory Procession. These will be preserved in a Book of Memories.
Another beautiful element, for many the highlight of the day, was the liturgical dance interpreting the entrance hymn, Table of Plenty. Our two dancers, Kim Gottfried-Piche and Julia Jacobs, reminded us that God is praised in both song and dance. Their gestures, especially during the Refrain, were an interpretation in movement of the words being sung. As the last CSJ Assembly Mass in the Morrow Park chapel, it was particularly meaningful.
On this day, we were made aware once again of God’s abundant blessings on both the Congregation and on the Associates throughout these 52 years at Morrow Park.
By Theresa Rodgers CSJ
Pictures by Cheri Noordman