On Saturday, 27th May 2017, the Columban Sisters had a Mass of thanksgiving for all who participated in running our
SALE OF WORK since 1927.
” Loving and gracious God, we give thanks that you watch over your people at all times. We thank you especially today for gracing the Columban Sisters with faithful lay co-workers to assist them in their efforts of witnessing to your Gospel across the world.
We ask you to bless them for their fidelity in prayer and work during their ninety years of cooperation with Columban Sisters, and to reward them with gift of eternal life, through Christ our Lord. Amen”
Words of welcome from Sr. Rose Gallagher, SSC during the Mass:
“Good afternoon everyone, you are all most welcome.
St. John’s Gospel reads: I have called you friends…..
I was reminded of those words when talking with Sr. Kathleen McGrath recently about the Sale of Work, Kathleen shared that the Sale of Work was coming to an end but that our friendship with all of you remains.
You, our cherished friends in whom our charism has flowered and flourished…. you will remain one with us always.
John’s Gospel continues: I have called you to bear fruit, fruit that will last… your enduring friendship has enabled us to bear fruit in the lives of so many
in our mission countries down through the years….leaning on your steady companionship, we continue to respond to the call of mission…
Ten days ago, the privilege was ours, of sending forth our two young Korean Sisters, Lucy and Maria, on mission to Burma, (Myanmar)….
pledging ourselves to follow them with our love, ever mindful of them in our prayer.
I promised Lucy and Maria, I would ask you today, the whole 80-plus of you!
to take them on as a daily prayer intention that they will be – all that God wants them to be – in the heart of the Burmese people…
They are deeply grateful that their names will always be written in your hearts …
Both Lucy and Maria are only daughters to their parents. Let us include them now, their parents and their siblings, in the prayer of the Mass.
…thanking God for them and thanking God too for the fruit you have borne over the years, in the heart of the Columban Sisters and their many missions.
Fr. Pat, our resident chaplain, will lead us in our liturgy and Sr. Redempta is the homilist today.
Our Lady, Queen of the May and of the Missions, pray for us.”
Please click below the Reflection given by Sr. Redempta Twomey,SSC: