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FEBRUARY 2013

IN THIS ISSUE
FEATURED COUNTRY
Canada (French)
AROUND THE REGION
Ways to Be Kind
Let Us Pray
AROUND THE WORLD
Follow Faustino
Sts. Perpetua & Felicity
Friday Magnificat
Marianist Vocations
Via Latina
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Greetings!     

Vogt, Susan w mug What are you doing for Lent?
 
It's the obvious question during this penitential season. For most of us "of a certain age" we've probably developed some routine Lenten observances in addition to not eating meat on Friday and attending Holy Week services. For me, I'm doing the usual (giving up sweets and complaining) but I'm adding something this year that might be of interest to you - Trying to Create Less Waste.  

The spiritual motivation for this is to remind myself of the beauty and fragility of God's creation and how I am called to be a steward of creation. If you'd like to join me in this effort (or at least follow my successes and failures) check out my blog Waste-Less Lent

Fr. Jim Martin suggests another creative approach to Lent by focusing on our relationships. He sums it up as - Be Kind. His sub-categories are:
  1. Don't be a Jerk
  2. Honor the Absent
  3. Give the Benefit of the Doubt

He explains these ideas more fully in this short video. 

Be Kind
Be Kind
Fondly, 
Susan Vogt  
Rep. for N. America, Asia, Australia, Ireland
FEATURED COUNTRY - CANADA
Roberge, Josee
Josee Roberge
National Rep.
                                      French Speaking
 

The MLCs in Quebec are a group of people who do not make a whole lot of noise, but who are doing their best to assist Mary in her mission of giving Jesus to the world.

 

Most of the lay Marianists in Quebec are engaged in activities around faith education and the new evangelization. Faithful to Chaminade's inspiration, we strive to found and support various faith development groups.

 

Some of us are engaged with parish evangelization cells based on an experience in Milan, Italy. These groups are invited to "radiate" in their local area and to multiply. Other lay Marianists are involved in their parish to provide Christian education for children or participate in other pastoral activities.

2013-2 Quebec MLC
Typical indoor MLC gathering

 

A new MLC was born in October 2012 (we have yet to find a name!). The new group includes approximately 12 people who meet twice a month on Sunday morning, followed by Mass at the Marianist Center or at the parish.

 

Many lay Marianists participate in the mission of the Marianist Center for faith education. This is a new ministry which consists of listening and praying for and with people who are in great need of spiritual guidance. This practice is proving to be a good way to accompany people on an individual basis in the discovery of faith and healing of the soul and is growing very fast. The participants are generally invited to join one of our many groups. As an example, three groups of lay Marianists were recently founded and are facilitated by one of the priests working at the Center. Their objective is to learn more about and experience Marianist spirituality. These three groups are likely to officially become MLCs in the near future; more to come on this.

More typical Quebec in winter

 

This year, the Quebec Marianist Family will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its foundation. A special Mass and a large banquet are planned for May 19, Pentecost, to highlight this special event!

 

We thank you all for joining us in our thanksgiving prayers. Yes, God is making wonders for us!

 

Josee Roberge 

AROUND THE REGION 

 

Ways to Be Kind: Although these two videos were shot in the USA their message is universal and show examples of the Lenten challenge - Be Kind.
Incredible Act Of Love
Incredible Act Of Love

Validation
Validation

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LET US PRAY
  • In the face of violence and death around the world, we rejoice in all the new babies being born - every day.
  • In late January a fire destroyed one of the warehouses in Nairobi that the Marianists use. We pray that they may find the courage and resources to rebuild.
AROUND THE WORLD 

2013-2 Faustino Lent   

FOLLOW FAUSTINO THIS LENT

Faustino Perez-Manglano: a fan of soccer, movies, and Coca-Cola... and of God. A student in the Marianist high school in Valencia, Spain, he lived an exceptionally normal life, and was exceptionally close to God.

When illness struck him, at the age of 14, he drew even closer to God and to other people, until his death at 16 years of age on March 3, 50 years ago.

Each day you can live this Lent with him by clicking on a new meditation from Towards Easter with Faustino

                        FRAN«AIS          ESPA—OL

  

 
MARCH FEASTS - March 7: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

Perpetua & Felicity  

Perpetua was from a wealthy family and Felicity was a slave in her household. Perpetua and Felicity were two of a small group of Christians who were arrested in Carthage in northern Africa. Both women were treated cruelly in prison, but they showed much courage and patience. They were martyred in 203. Not only their faith endears them to Marianists but they embody the inclusivity where rank or wealth do not separate us. Click here for other March feasts. For other March feasts.
 
FRIDAY MAGNIFICAT - FEBRUARY
2013=2 Fri Mag FMI Korean cultural ctr

In December 2012, the Korean Marianist Sisters opened up a basement as a cultural facility for local young people in the low-income and neglected groups of Seoul. The FMI realize their mission based on the scripture "Do whatever he tells you." They educate the young and the poor, so that they can get rid of injustice in the world and build a better world. WCMF_logo

   

Read more in 

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FRAN«AIS  

ESPA—OL

 
 
WORLD DAY OF MARIANIST VOCATIONS - APRIL 8, 2013
Read resources for celebrating Marianist vocations on April 8.
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Via Latina

VIA LATINA - Online

The following articles are found in the February #220 issue of Via Latina 22, the newsletter for the General Administration of the Society of Mary.

- Ordinations in Rome, India, and Mexico
- 125 Years of Marianist Presence in Japan   

 

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