Wednesday, November 26, 2014

May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him ~ Todd

Greetings,

In our monastery, the employees who help us in our everyday lives become a part of an extended family.  These men and women assist in everything from caring for our elders, to organizing our finances, as well as cleaning and maintaining our home.  Todd was a maintenance man who could fix or finangle anything that went wrong in the monastery.  He brought his good humor and gentle care to not only the work but also the sisters who called upon his ingenuity.  Todd's death is a loss felt throughout our little family of employees and sisters on the hill.  The sisters share in the sorrow of Todd's many friends and offer their prayers for his family who love him.

Blessings,
"Todd James Pulkrabek of Tabor, SD was born December 7th, 1961, in Broken Bow, Nebraska. He moved to San Diego, California, that same year. He grew up in San Diego learning all facets of the construction trade, including concrete fabrication, carpentry, plumbing, drywall and painting. He moved where he was needed in California, working to perfect his chosen field of carpentry.When Hurricane Iniki hit the Hawaiian Islands in 1992, doing $2.6 billion in damage, Todd was called upon to help rebuild hundreds of the structures and businesses which had been devastated. In 1995, wanting a change of locale, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a Project Foreman at Nellis Air Force Base. It was there in Las Vegas, where he met the love of his life, Laura. They married in 2006.They moved to Tabor in 2006, where he worked as Maintenance Coordinator for Sacred Heart Monastery, until the time of his death. He loved helping the Sisters, swapping tall tales with his friends and family, working on old cars and most especially, fishing with his wife."(Yankton Press & Dakotan. 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 26 Nov. 2014)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Solemnity of Christ the King


“He is the ‘Alpha and Omega’, the ‘Beginning and End’, the ‘Way, Truth, and Life’. Indeed, Christ promises to His faithful friends the gift of salvation, the pledge of everlasting life through His Resurrection.  Therefore, faithfulness to Christ, our King, opens the door to our eternal happiness…


…Bearing witness to the truth in this age can be difficult. But Christ has shown us that ‘kingship’ must always be at the service of the good of mankind. Therefore, with His grace and in hope of His gift of salvation, let us bear witness to the truth, even when it is unpopular or costly to do so. In this way, we become faithful servants of Christ, preparing the way for His Kingdom, both on earth and in heaven.” (USCCB #ChristtheKing)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Advent Retreat: In the Fullness of Time

Greetings,

Advent is only a week away! Are you ready to hurry up and slow down to listen for the Lord speaking to your heart? We are offering an Advent pause on Saturday, December 6th; the end of our first week of Advent. The Benedictine Peace Center invites you to slow down and come to "In the Fullness of Time."  An Advent retreat presented by Sr. Mary Jo in our Monastery Chapter room.  Slow down and experience how God gifts us with special moments of time.

Advent Retreat Brochure

Blessings,

In Thanksgiving for the Holiday Fair!

Greetings,

Today, we share a song of praise and thanksgiving
from our Sr. Francine in the gift shop...

On Sunday Week II of our Psalmody, we recite from Daniel "moon and stars, praise the Lord."
I think our praise after the Holiday Fair would sound like this:

Gardeners and apple pickers; praise the Lord for abundance,
Jelly and jam makers; praise the Lord for taste buds,
Knitter and crocheters; praise the Lord in patterns,
Seamstresses and needle pointers; praise the Lord in stitches,
Glass workers and jewelry makers; praise the Lord in designs and light,
Card and candle makers; praise the Lord with words and wax,
Plant growers; praise the Lord in greenery,
Bread, bun, and noodle makers; praise the Lord with aroma and appetites,
Greeters and sellers; praise the Lord with hospitality,
Hospitality bakers; praise the Lord with mouth-watering treats,
Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery and Monk of Assumption Abbey;
praise the Lord with the gifts He has freely given each of us.
Amen! Alleluia!

Our sisters from the gift shop have some amazing numbers to share.
523 Loaves of Bread & Muffins
56 Plates of Squash Buns
25 Rose Petals
88 Bags of Nun-Better Noodles
36 Containers of Sunflower Brittle
541 Jars of Jams, Jellies & Pickles
876 Pieces of Work & Plants created by our Monastic Artisans
27 Sisters Shared Their Homemade Hospitality Treats

We have been blessed in many ways by the countless people who touch our lives. Guests from near and far joined us on Saturday, October 25th: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa...and even...Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, and even Virginia! Thank you for all who shared their gifts of time, talent, and treasure to support our International Student Sisters.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vocations Awareness Week!

Greetings!

This week the Catholic Church invites us to celebrate the gift and call of vocations within the Church.

Sunday evening, we began our Vocation Awareness Week with a very 'punny' supper with our sisters.  The supper included: 'Priestly' pork chops, 'Diaconate' dumplings, 'Sisterly' sauerkarut, a 'Generous Singles' salad bar, 'Brotherly' bites of ice cream, and even 'Married Life' morsels of cookies.

The evening continued with our monthly Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations.  The sisters invited students from Mount Marty College and local parishioners to join us. Our silent Adoration before the Lord was only broken by Scripture readings and theological reflections every half-hour.

The sisters found new table decorations when we gathered for lunch on Monday.  The Vocations Awareness folk had created table tents with vocation themed conversation topics and ideas for each table of sisters.

Tuesday evening we gathered with our Mount Marty Student prayer partners.  The evening began with prayer that our hearts be open to God's Call.  At the end of our prayer together, the Sisters their hands in blessing over the Student Prayer Partners "May God bless you with open minds, joyful hearts and loving companions as you listen to the Lord in your lives."  Then the students extended their hands in bless and prayed, "May God bless you with peace and joy as you prayerfully listen and live the Benedictine way of life."  After prayer, the evening continued with time for the sisters and their prayer partners to visit, play, and maybe have a treat too.

We will continue you uphold you in prayer as this week of Vocations Awareness continues.

GOD OUR FATHER, 
we thank you for calling men and women
to serve in your Son's kingdom
as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons.   Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call. 
May our community of faith
support vocations of sacrificial love
in our youth and young adults.  
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.  ~Amen