BLESSED CHRISTMASTIDE AND
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT CSJB
Photo by the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool
The Sisters and staff of the Community of St. John Baptist wish you all a blessed Christmastide and we keep you in our prayers as we all look forward to a blessed new year. Our Mother foundress, Harriet Monsell, had this Christmas message to the Sisters in the late 19th century:
"God bless you, and give you a ray of the Heavenly gladness that thrilled through the angelic host as they worshipped and adored the Infant Jesus; and may the coming year be a season of union with an Incarnate God, so close, so intimate, so enduring, that the power of the Divine Indwelling may move your whole life into oneness with Him, and perfect you for the work for which He calls you, that you may bring many to Jesus, and be in your vocation a blessed manifestation of the life of Jesus in the soul that He has formed for His own indwelling." - Mother Harriet
A CONFIRMATION AT HOLLY MANOR
THE EPIPHANY PARTY January 8, 2023, at 4:00 PM
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME IN CAMEROON
Sisters, staff, and children of the Good Shepherd Home on Christmas Day.
Photo by Ndomenga Dickson
OUR BOY SCOUT TROOP
CSJB Sisters with members of Troop 130
Boy Scout Troop 130, which is chartered by CSJB, is always willing to help the Sisters. Scout Leaders Rob Eberhart and Lawrence Morris, along with their sons Matthew Eberhart and Will Morris, braved the single-digit temperatures and high winds to help us Sisters decorate the Convent for Christmas on December 23. We always wait until just before Christmas Eve to bring out the decorations in order to fully observe the Advent season, and the Scouts and their dads were a huge help to us in making the Convent merry and bright. We look forward to hosting more campouts, recruitment days, and meetings for Troop 130 here on the CSJB property.
For more information, visit the Troop 130 website HERE and their Facebook page HERE.
THE SERVICE OF THE LONGEST NIGHT
The Longest Night Service is sponsored annually on December 21 by the Mendham Faith Leaders, which includes CSJB, Brookside UCC Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Mendham United Methodist Church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Hilltop Presbyterian Church. All who are experiencing sadness, grief, financial difficulty, or any other tough situation are always welcome to gather for these annual services of mutual support.
THE FESTIVAL OF TREES
JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE FIRST ANNUAL
RELIGIOUS LIFE SUNDAY - JANUARY 22, 2022
Religious Life Sunday encourages all Episcopal and Anglican churches to share printed and video resources with their parishes to make people aware of the many gifts religious communities offer the church and the world. To download free resources to share with your parish, go to www.religiouslifesunday.org To read the official resolution, CLICK HERE.
ST. MARK’S WINTER MARKET
Sister Monica Clare, Sister Mary Lynne, and Sister Deborah Francis were at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Winter Market in Mendham on December 3 alongside many other vendors offering handmade crafts to the public. The Sisters were there with Nun Better jewelry, crafts, cards, and other items to sell, but they were also there to enjoy fellowship with local artisans and residents.
THE GARDEN OF HOPE
The Sharing Project. who volunteers at the Community's Garden of Hope, shared some holiday spirit by providing holiday stockings for the Mendham Chester Food pantry.
OUR KNITTING MINISTRY
CHRISTMAS CAROLING SING-A-LONG
NETWORKING PILGRIMS GATHER FOR FESTIVE DAY OF REFLECTION
GREAT CYCLE CHALLENGE UPDATE AND HOLIDAY GREETING
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL
We thought it would be fun this month to post some vintage SJBS photos of schoolgirls enjoying the snow!
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 Eve
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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!
Thank you to all our donors who raised over $480,000 to replace our 114-year-old septic system!
Next, we hope to replace the Convent stucco and restore our cemetery.
Thank you for supporting our Capital Campaign to help us continue God's work in our sacred space.
It's easy to help!
To donate by check, make your check out to:
St. John the Baptist Foundation
"Capital Campaign" on the ledger line of your check.
Mail to: PO Box 240
Mendham, NJ .7945
To donate by PAYPAL, go to
and in the "purpose" section of your online donation type "Capital Campaign."
Thank you for supporting our ministries of retreat and spiritual direction which are needed more than ever in today's world.
The State of New Jersey recently stopped giving grants for repairs to religious structures, so this has taken away half our funding for repairs and restorations. The COVID crisis has also negatively impacted our funding for these projects.
If you're interested in contributing to our Capital Campaign to help with these goals, or you'd like to learn about donating in other ways to the ministries of CSJB, CLICK HERE
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