WISHING YOU ALL A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMASTIDE!
All of us at CSJB wish you a very Blessed Christmastide and a happy and healthy New Year. Our Bishop Visitor, the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, visited us in December and we managed to organize ourselves (and Jennie!) into a group photo in the library, right in front of the photos of our Mother Foundress Harriet Monsell and Canon T. T. Carter. As we look forward to our 150th year of ministry in the United States in 2024, we hope to faithfully continue the mission that was begun by our visionary founders.
YOU’RE INVITED TO THE EPIPHANY PARTY – JANUARY 7
Please contact Sister Monica Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
If you’d like to bring food, please contact Sister Pamela at email@example.com.
The Epiphany Party is always a lot of fun. We hope to see you there!
ANGEL GIVING GIFTS: A COLLABORATIVE TEAM
OUR KNITTING MINISTRY
SPREADING SOME HOLIDAY CHEER AT CHESTER AREA SENIOR HOUSING:
CAROLING WITH SENIORS
SISTER SUZANNE ELIZABETH, ASSISTANT SUPERIOR
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME FOR CHILDREN
IN CAMEROON, WEST AFRICA
We give thanks for all the kind people who support this work and give vulnerable children a loving, safe home and a bright future.
If you are interested in becoming a Good Shepherd Home sponsor for as little at $40 a month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The first children received at the Home are now continuing the work of Mother Foundress Sister Jane Mankaa by providing vital ministries to the poorest of the poor in Cameroon. If you'd like to contribute to the Mother Jane Legacy Foundation (Medical care for the poor) or the ACT Foundation (Computer and technical skills for orphans) please email Sister Monica Clare at email@example.com.
SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER FESTIVAL OF TREES
"Peace on Earth"
MANASQUAN WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE
Elaine Warren leads the prayers at the Longest Night service December 21
OUR BOY SCOUT TROOP
The Scouts and their families decorated our tree so beautifully
The Sisters of CSJB chartered the new Boy Scout Troop 130 in 2022, and since then the Scouts have helped out in our Garden of Hope, our buildings and grounds work, and most importantly – with our Christmas decorating! This year Troop 130 Scouts and their families joined the Sisters on December 22 to decorate our tree (donated by CSJB Associate Julie Crawford) and to put up garlands and ornaments in the parlor and refectory. We appreciate the Scouts and their families taking time out from their busy Christmas preparations to help make the Convent cheery and bright.
If you’d like to learn more about Troop 130, CLICK HERE.
ST. MARGUERITE’S RETREAT HOUSE
REIMAGINING HOPES AND DREAMS:
COLLABORATORY POPUP EVENT TO BENEFIT FAITH KITCHEN &
DOMESTIC VIOLIENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS CENTER OF WARREN COUNTY
CSJB ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL
St. John Baptist Schoolgirls in the school library in the 1950s
St. John Baptist School Alumna Chris Chrystal (SJBS ’60) recently shared this wonderful Christmas memory from her time at the School:
“When I was at St John Baptist School, we had a Christmas tradition where on a certain night right before we left for the holidays, we would put our shoes outside our bedroom door and the seniors would come around later after lights out and pick up the shoes and polish them. Later they would parade down the hall singing Christmas carols and we would all come out of our rooms and find our shoes all polished up with some candy inside and enjoy the carols. I think they may have had candles lit for the singing. It was very mysterious and beautiful. I felt the Christmas spirit during that evening like I have never felt it again since. Just another story of what the Sisters did for us. It was the Christmas spirit pure and simple with no frills, just the essence and the beauty and peace.”
PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR
We pray especially for the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO
The DCLM Fund
The Ross Foundation
The S.A.D. Foundation
The Community of the Transfiguration
The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes
The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool
The Rev. Kevin Coffey
The Rev. Cynthia L. Black, DD, and the people of the Church of the Redeemer
The Rev. John A. Rollins
The Rev. Lorna Erixson and the people of St. Mark's Mendham
The Rev. Margaret Otterburn and the people of the Church of the Messiah
The Rev. Victoria McGrath and the people of All Saints Millington
The Rev. Anne C. Thatcher and the people of St. Peters Morristown
TO SUPPORT OUR GENERAL FUND
YOUR LEGACY FOR CSJB
The CSJB chapel on Christmas Day
The majority of our buildings, chapel furnishings, Convent and Retreat House furnishings, and ongoing ministry funds were made possible through legacies.
It is mainly through the kindness of legacy donors who believed in our mission that we have carried forward the plans of the Holy Spirit for our Community from 1852 to the present time. The restoration of the Convent in 1960 was made possible by a legacy gift. Before that gift, the Sisters lived at St. Marguerite's for ten years because the Convent repairs were too expensive to undertake.
Many thanks to all the kind people who have expressed interest in being CSJB Legacy donors. Our promise to you is that your legacy will continue God's work.
CLICK HERE for information about becoming a Legacy donor.
CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR:
COVID-19 Resources from the Diocese of Newark
COVID-19 Information from the Centers for Disease Control
Dialogue from the Diocese of Newark
THE CLEWER INITIATIVE
PROGRAM founded by our Sisters in England and the Rt. Rev. Alastair Redfern