SAINT ANDREW'S DAY
Her vow to continue the dreams that she and Charles had formed – to help the poorest of the poor and give them a better life – still continues 171 years later in the Community of St. John Baptist. We give thanks to Mother Harriet, to Charles, to T.T. Carter, and to Mariquita Tennant for their tireless dedication to God’s work.
Men's ward at St. Andrew's Hospital, founded by CSJB Sisters in England
Chapel at St. Andrew's Hospital, 211-212 E. 17th St. New York City, circa 1919. Founded by American CSJB Sisters. The altar and reredos were later moved to the chapel in Mendham
We give thanks for all of you who make our ministries possible. Our dedicated Oblates, Associates, staff, and friends provide volunteer hours, donations, and prayers which have kept this Community alive for 171 years. We could not do what we do, without YOU. Many, many thanks.
A beautiful slide from the monthly zoom intercessory prayers, designed by Online Prayer Team member Pat McKenzie
CONCERT AT THE CONVENT
A small snippet of November 19th's concert in the CSJB Main Chapel
On November 19, we hosted a Concert at the Convent to benefit the CSJB Capital Campaign. Three members of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra presented a piano trio featuring music from Schubert, Beethoven, Gershwin, and other composers. We are so grateful to all who came to our concert, enjoyed the superb music, and generously donated. Funds raised from the concert will go towards the Capital Campaign to repair and restore our buildings and grounds.
If you'd like to learn more about our Capital Campaign, CLICK HERE.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD HOME FOR CHILDREN IN CAMEROON
Akwa Gilberto, who also grew up at the Home and is now a doctor, sends us this report on his Mother Jane Legacy Foundation which brings medical care to the poorest of the poor:
MENDHAM FAITH LEADERS – LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE
December 21 at 7:00 PM – Hilltop Presbyterian Church,
20 Hilltop Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4012
OUR KNITTING MINISTRY
THE CSJB EPIPHANY PARTY SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Please RSVP to Sister Monica Clare if you’d like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email Sister Pamela if you’d like to bring food: email@example.com.
We hope to see you there!
REACHING OUT TO GOD’S PEOPLE
Many thanks to all who have donated to our 2023 Reaching Out campaign, and all who have contributed in the past to this annual appeal. Your generosity helps with our operating budget, which has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. It is not an exaggeration to say that CSJB is kept alive by individual donations.
In 2018, when the government stopped giving grants to religious organizations, we lost nearly 80% of funding for the upkeep of our property. We now rely heavily on donations from individuals and every amount, no matter how small, makes a difference. Thank you for keeping our mission and ministry alive.
CLICK HERE to read this year’s Reaching Out letter.
CALLING ALL SNAILS!
ST. MARGUERITE’S RETREAT HOUSE
American National Catholic Church vocations retreat at St. Marguerite's
This month at St. Marguerite’s, we welcomed the retreat for formerly homeless women sponsored by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Nov. 4-6, then the “When Women Pray” group Nov. 10-12. The American National Catholic Church vocations retreat was held here Nov. 17-19, and Sister Monica Clare helped to lead their afternoon session on discernment stories. The hardworking retreat house staff had a much-needed weekend off for Thanksgiving and then they'll be back on the job in December.
THE PHILADELPHIA 11 FILM
NUN BETTER CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
SERMONS BY THE SISTERS
The Sisters of CSJB often preach in the Convent chapel and at local parishes. Here are some of the recent sermons:
CLICK HERE to read Sister Monica's Sermon at the Church of the Savior Nov. 12
CLICK HERE to read Sister Deborah Francis' sermon at CSJB on Nov. 26
ASSOCIATES AND OBLATES
ST. JOHN BAPTIST SCHOOL ALUMNAE
St. John Baptist schoolgirl Deborah Almy Ransom posted this great photo in the SJBS Facebook group of a Christmas performance group from 1967. Deb played the cello.
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 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