Artists at Attleboro

Demonstration given by Michael Graves;
picture shared by Ann Hussey

We are told that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In addition, scripture tells us that we can see God’s presence, power and beauty in nature around us: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft” (Psalm 19:2).
Both these truths were evident in a special program offered by the La Salette National Shrine in Attleboro this past weekend, entitled “Festival of the Art, at the Shrine.” It was a great art educational opportunity for all ages.

Twelve nationally noted “Plein Air Painters” were painting on location at the Shrine and it was free to the public. The artists that participated were: John Caggiano, T. A. Charron, Robert Duffy, Paul Goodnow, Mike Graves, Barbara Lussier, Christopher Magadini, Margaret McWethy, Dianne P. Miller, Tony Nyzio, Catherine Raynes, and Eric Tobin.

They held demonstrations from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and were seen painting on the Shrine grounds and in remote wooded areas all weekend. The weather was simply wonderful! New art was added to their display all weekend.

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The Blessing Basket and Feeding the Hungry

theresa1.jpgBaskets have been part of our lives for centuries. Webster’s dictionary defines a basket as “a container made of interwoven cane, rushes, strips of wood etc, and often having a handle or handles.” We remember how Pharaoh’s daughter spotted a papyrus basket, which contained a baby, floating in the reeds near where she bathed. Later on she adopted that baby and called him Moses [Ex 2:1-10]. 

Centuries later Christ told us that one does not “light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp-stand, where it gives light to all in the house” [Mt 5:15]. In that same Gospel we read of how Jesus multiplied five loves and two fish for some 5,000 men – how many would there have been if all the women and children were counted?  All ate and were satisfied, and [the disciples] picked up the fragments left over – twelve wicker baskets full” [14:20].

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The Charism of Reconciliation and Its Practices

world.jpgIt is certainly an auspicious time for you as Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette to return once again to reflect on your charism, the work of reconciliation. In the past twenty years, there has been a renewed interest worldwide in this theme, coming from a variety of quarters. The upsurge of conflicts within nations in the 1990s focused leaders on the need to heal deep divisions in their societies.

Native peoples in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand found their voice to witness to centuries of suffering at the hands of colonial masters and to seek pathways of renewal and reconstruction of their societies. An acknowledgement of the abuse, both physical and sexual, enacted on women and children brought into the public sphere the widespread nature of these violations of the most vulnerable, and has caused new measures to deal with the damage this has wreaked on so many lives and to put in place measures to reduce such activities in the future.

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Attleboro Shrine: Great place to visit will become even better

Visitors stolling through the La Salette
Christmas Festival of Lights in Attleboro, MA

An opportunity at La Salette for wholesome family entertainment

The National Shine of Our Lady of La Salette, officially recognized recently as one of the best places to visit in Massachusetts, has been a favorite spot locally for decades.
The site on Park Street in Attleboro is renowned throughout New England, certainly, for its annual Christmas lighting display. That tradition began more than half a century ago and now includes 300,000 lights over 10 acres of land and attracts thousands of visitors annually, without an admission charge.

There are indoor and outdoor chapels, displays of Nativity scenes from around the world and places for contemplation and reflection.  For many families, in fact, the holiday season is not complete without a visit to see "the lights."  In the summer, the shrine, with its gardens and walks, provides a quiet retreat from the hectic pace of the outside world, no matter what your religious beliefs may be.  Now the shrine may be known for something else; a destination for family fun.  An art festival, fashion show, high tea and a performance by a well-known Irish vocal group are among a series of events planned over the next several weeks at La Salette.

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St. Brendan’s Dedication

Built for Peanuts, Welcoming Everyone

Church of St. Brendan the Navigator

Our parish, St. Brendan the Navigator Church in Ocean Isle, was established on May 18, 1983, as a mission to Sacred Heart Church in Whiteville to meet the growing needs of Catholics in South Brunswick County, North Carolina. The first Mass on May 4, 1985 was celebrated in our original parish hall, a metal structure costing just $100,000.
Plans for a permanent church began with groundbreaking in March, 1994, and then the dedication on January 15, 1995. The church was literally “built for peanuts”; that is, parishioners planted, prepared and packaged peanuts, selling them locally as well as by mail order. This church sanctuary had seating to accommodate 500 – 600 people.
This area of North Carolina is very popular with vacationers looking to golf on the over 100 courses or enjoy the pristine Brunswick Isle beaches. Therefore our parish continued to grow steadily, fueled by retirees and baby boomers moving down from the north. The summer influx of visitors also created the need for additional seasonal Masses. The Easter worshippers swelled to over 4,000 people annually.

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