Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween/All Saints Celebration at the Convent

October 31st was a fun and eventful day. Sister Pamela Catherine and I helped Sister Daniella (a Benedictine Sister from Tanzania) and Sister Therese (a Dominican Sister from Vietnam) carve Jack-O-Lanterns. (We host Sisters from other communities--our "cousins.") We had so much fun! I played a Halloween mix that I found on Pandora, we had some Halloween candy, and Sisters Daniella and Therese used their amazing creativity!

Then Sister Daniella impressed us all with her ability to balance her jack-o-lantern on her head....and dance! The jack-o-lantern looked like he was having a good time, too!

Soon after that I left with a group of Sisters for the Manitowoc Life Chain, as part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign. You can read more about our experience here. It was nice to spend an hour in prayer and solidarity. My sign said, "Abortion Hurts Women," which is something I think organizations like Planned Parenthood gloss over. It is why I am so happy that there are programs like Project Rachel that offer healing for women who have had an abortion.

If you or your partner have had an abortion, please know that you are in daily prayer, and that God loves you more than you know.
If you are a woman who has had an abortion, I invite you to visit this website to begin/continue your healing journey:
If you are a gentleman whose partner has had an abortion, I invite you to visit this website for your path to healing:

Here is a music video that I really like that shows a lot of the internal struggles of an abortion:

On a lighter note, we had a fun "All Saints' Party" Sunday night! We dressed up as saints (like last year) and we walked around St. Rita's Health Care Center serenading them with "When the Saints Go Marching In" and showing them our costumes. Then the postulants hosted everyone in their homeroom for games and prizes. So many wonderful saints were present....Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc, St. Philomena, St. Juan Diego, St. Lucy, St. Mary, etc. I was St. John Bosco, so I dressed up as a clown. I don't have any pictures of the party, but my mom sent me an email with pictures from my childhood clown obsession, so I thought I'd share them:

My mom decorated this cake for my 4th Birthday. She is very artistic- she put these picture together in a scrapbook. (My baptismal name is Kara.)

My mom thinks I was 6 when this picture was taken:

Oops, just kidding found this picture!


  1. Sr. Monica,

    Thanks for sharing all of this wonderful information! It sounds like you all had fun at the All Saints Day party!

    One of my favorite anti-abortion songs comes from Nick Cannon (husband to Mariah Carey and the host of America's Got Talent).

    It's his mother's story. Very powerful.

    I thought you'd enjoy it.

    See you in 10 days!!

  2. Wow, it's a really good thing I didn't see that photo of Sister Daniella until *after* my pumpkin had been composted. Otherwise, I would have tried to dance too... and I doubt I am as skilled at the balancing....

  3. Sr. Monica, I thought that it was so fitting that you dressed up as St. John Bosco. The two of you have many things in common. Some time, I will have to send your community a copy of the book that my aunt wrote about the Saint. It has such beautiful pictures in it.

    It is so wonderful to see you grow in the religious life! Please pray for me as I prepare to enter a beautiful Franciscan community!