Presentation Sisters Union News Update June 2009 Print Version
Now, with a deeper experience of God and the support of our Sisters, we had reached our final step, and were ready to say “yes” to our God and to the service of His people. This is a very special year for our Congregation when we are celebrating the 225th Death Anniversary of our beloved Nano Nagle. We feel very proud and blessed that our Final Profession Day happened in this special year.
Our celebration began with The Annointing Ceremony on the eve of our Profession Day. (This is the equivalent of a very special ritual in Pakistani culture known as the Oiling Ceremony before marriage.) The ceremony was prepared by Sr. Nargis. We were brought under the customary red veil, symbolic of happiness, by the Junior Sisters into the presence of God in the Church where we were warmly welcomed by the Sisters of the Vice-Province who had gathered for the occasion.
The ceremony began with a prayer. After the prayer the Sisters in turn anointed our hands and forehead and prayed for us individually. Then we distributed the sweets as a sign of celebration and joy. Finally, we were blessed by our Vice- provincial, Sr. Catherine Sardar and our Junior Mistress, Sr. Teresa Baily. On the 1st May, 2009, the Sisters from our Province, together with the priests and representatives of other Congregations, gathered to celebrate our special day with us. Jhelum Convent was full of joy and happiness, conversation and laughter echoing from every room. Before we went to the Church we were again blessed by Sr.Catherine. This was a source of strength and encouragement for both of us.
We processed into the Church which was beautifully decorated. We were delighted to hear the melodious hymns from the choir. Sr. Nargis was excellent as M.C. welcoming everybody and giving the commentary. Our special ceremony was incorporated into the celebration of Holy Mass. We were very happy and grateful to see our Bishop, Most Reverend Anthony Lobo who was recovering from serious illness and had made a great effort to be present for the occasion.
The message of his homily was very meaningful for all of us. It was in the form of a story reminding us to move towards the poor and carry out Nano Nagle’s work in our world today. Then we pronounced our Vows and signed them in the presence of God and His people, promising our wholehearted love to God and to the Presentation Congregation. We were invited by the Bishop to come forward to receive our rings from Sr. Catherine. This was a very special moment for both of us, symbolizing our total commitment and fidelity to Him who is always faithful.
In the Offertory Procession, we brought our Vows and our parents presented gifts for use in the Church. During the Eucharistic celebration we shared the Sign of Peace with everyone and showered blessings on each other. The Eucharist ended with blessing and thanksgiving. The Bishop presented each of us with a Rosary beads and a book on Mary’s Life. Sr. Nargis, as M.C., invited everyone to move towards the school hall. There, we and our families and guests were welcomed by the band in full colour. It was obvious that time and energy had been spent by Sr. Riffat, the teachers and workers in preparing the grounds and decorating the hall for the occasion and it was a credit to all concerned. The whole programme was very colourful and the food was delicious. Our parents and friends felt very much at home and at one with our Presentation family. Many photos were taken, a few of which are included with this article.
In the evening Sr. Akhtar and I led Thanksgiving Prayer with all the Sisters. We remembered each and every moment where we were supported and encouraged. We thanked the Lord for those who helped us in this life especially our loving communities. No celebration would be complete without recreation. This was willingly prepared and joyfully presented by our six beautiful young candidates and was accompanied by refreshments which were relished by all. We ended the day with Mary’s Magnificat.
We are very happy that the whole event ran smoothly with the co-operation of so many people, especially our Sisters. There was a wonderful sense of contentment and peace. We are very proud to be Presentation Sisters. We also feel that our beloved Nano was walking with us throughout the day. We pray that our good Lord may continue to bless us and take care of us. May He send us many more companions in His vineyard. Amen. [Article submitted by Sr. Ghazala Daniel]
Freedom of the City at 90
On 22 May 2009, the City Hall in Cork was crowded to greet and applaud ninety-year old Sr. Eucharia
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