March 2011 Month of St. Joseph

+JMJ Lent has begun with the Feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph this month … this month is dedicated to St. Joseph and construction on our convent is moving along… During last month, what was suppose to only be one week of work turned out to be three weeks with rainstorms interrupting the men laying concrete work. Yet all the exterior concrete work was completed thanks to Ralph, JP and gang! May the Lord bless these men who generously gave themselves reconstructing our block wall, laying cement for the patio, sidewalks and driveway and installing new fences on three sides of our convent-home! Just one more fence to be replaced in the backyard, but it will have to be done sometime in the future.

Installation of the downstairs flooring and the kitchen cabinets has to begun and work on the bathroom vanity cabinets is to being done next.

We have had problems of water seepage from the rains and rust leeching from the tiles on the outside back stairwell, which our contractor is trying to resolve. The tile work on the stairwell may need to be redone! Please pray that the tile suppliers will guarantee replacement of the faulty tiles.

We must thank the Lord and thank Chris Higgins, a good friend and parishioner, an artist and skilled woodwork craftsman, who has completed some of our chapel furnishings… He and his brother have installed the Tabernacle, the base of the Altar and the Crucifix. The Altar candle stands, Lectern, Sanctuary lamp holder and the Presider’s chair are the furnishings Christ will be working on this month. A beautiful stone top of the Altar, queried and delivered, was installed on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th! This is the progress that gives us hope that our Convent-home will be completed

Perhaps in these six weeks, the 40 days of Lent will bring completion of the construction and we will be able to celebrate the Easter in our convent-home, God Willing! While we wait, we are united in praying with our Lay Associates the 40 Days of Reflection in the booklet, Way of Life, Be a Saint, as a renewal of our Consecration and Commitment as Handmaids to live the Family Life of the Blessed Trinity as reflected in the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We invite anyone interested to join us during this Lent in these reflections… just email us or contact us by phone so that we can share more with you personally. May our Lenten journey be one of conversion that we may “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel, as we “remember” that we are dust and to dust we shall return!

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