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The Opening- A Personal Perspective

 

 

My alarm clock rang and I crawled out of bed- heading to the window to peer out-no blizzard today and a hint of sunshine- God is good! February 11th-2014-today was the day for the long awaited opening.

 

Approximately two and a half years previously- I had received a call from Sister Anne Marie to come to the Pastoral Centre-I arrived at the appointed time and was ushered up to her office-not knowing what this visit was about. Sister soon shared her thoughts with me-she felt that God was calling her to do something else and on Ash Wednesday of that year she was leaving her position at the Pastoral Centre I am positive I sat there with a dumfounded look on my face. And so began the journey-each Sunday afternoon the other Associates, the Sisters and I came together in prayer. OH yes- there were days when I was not sure what I was praying for- but Sister said- “ Trust in the Lord-invoke the Holy Spirit”, and sure enough- the logo for the ministry was born-Kairos Blessings-one hand reaching to the other hand that held a broken heart. And the search was on- a place for the ministry-but it was not yet time.

I don’t think that Sister ever thought she would find a home for Kairos Blessings in the lower level of a mall-across from a bowling alley- but that space had become available.

 

 

 

 

GetAttachment.aspx13The evening before the grand opening- I found my way to the mall to see what I could do to help with the preparations- only to find that Sister was wanting a few things to make it complete. So off I went- shopping list in hand to seek what was necessary. Two hours later I returned, only to find the place in darkness. As I peeked through the windows- the room was bare- and I thought to myself-“If there is anything taking place here the next day-then the sisters would have to be up and at work before the chickens arose”.

 

 

 

 

 

GetAttachment.aspx5When I arrived the following morning- February-11th the space had been transformed-everything in place- floor shining- pictures on the walls-chairs set up-makeshift altar ready-loads of food-just like a miracle had transpired. God is excellent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here we were in Spryfield- half a world away from Africa and whom do we have to con celebrate mass but four African priests with Father Frank the main celebrant- the former pastor – the one person who had originally checked this place out with sister over a year ago-when it was not yet time. Father Owen and Deacon Boudreau soon arrived as well and the room was beginning to fill. There had to be fifty or more people crowded into the main room.

 

 

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I felt the excitement as mass began and Sister Joana and I beat the drums and the choir sang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GetAttachment.aspx16GetAttachment.aspx1Everything went according to plan- thanks to the many benefactors and friends. To say that Sister was happy is an understatement-she was elated and it showed in her speech at the end of mass.

Everything in God’s time-Kairos Blessings- Food Court for the Soul was now official- after what seemed like a never ending journey. Of course the journey will not end after this milestone and we know not where it will lead Sister-but she has total trust in the Lord to take her where He will.

Kairos Blessings-It is a Place of Peace and Quiet. So we invite you- come as you are-drop in for a chat with sister-a time of prayer or for a spot of tea.

Come and see. Come – be our guest.

 

 

 

 

The author-Sharon MacKinnon is a lay associate of the order of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and President of the Associates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mass Schedule

Note:Mass starts at 9:00am each Saturday at Saint Gabriel's Convent

 

Click here to view the photos in our photo album of this event:

 

70th Year Anniversary of the Congregation of the Sisters of Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

 

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Thursday August 15, 2013, was a special day for the Congregation of Sisters of Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in Nigeria. It was all happening at Sacred Heart Parish, Ojota, Lagos.  It was the silver Jubilee celebration of first vows of Srs. Helen Oyekanmi, Anne Marie Ezenwa, Josephine Akwaoh, Mary Anthony Opara, Patricia Obavowodo, Josephine Iteghite, Rosemary Ogale. Four sisters also made their final profession of vows.

It was an occasion filled with joy. The Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Adewale Martins presided at the mass. The Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie was also in attendance. The families and friends of the Sisters came in full galore. It was a special and joyous occasion. Different cultural groups came with music. The parish hosted the sisters and made delicious meals.

During the Mass the Archbishop encouraged the Sisters to always graft themselves as good branches unto our Lord Jesus, the only True vine. As the Lord did say in the Gospel of John, apart from me you can do nothing; the Bishop continued, the Sisters can do nothing if there are separated from the Lord. The way to remain close to the Lord according to him, is through prayer and sacrifice.  The Superior General Sr. Agatha Osarenkhoe congratulated the Sisters and thanked the Bishops and all in attendance. It was a great day of celebration. The Sisters were overwhelmed by love and generosity of family, friends and Sisters. May the life of the Sisters continue to give glory to  God.

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IMG_2494You may view the slide show of Sr Anne Marie's 25th Anniversary Celebration at this link:  Slideshow

 SrAnneSisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Congregation and their Associates invite you all to join them in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the First profession of Vows of Sr. Anne Marie Ezenwa as a sister in the congregation of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus on Saturday July 27th at St. Michael’s Church, Halifax. Mass time is at 11:00am with a reception to follow in the parish hall.

                                             

Please join us Saturday's after 9:00 am Mass at the convent  to pray the rosary in October and May

Come and bring a friend-all are welcome.