Cherry Season!

Can you believe the fruit picking season has already begun? It seems as though our cherry blossoms changed into plump crimson cherries in the blink of an eye! The netting successfully kept the birds out this year (so far, anyways!), and a few days ago some of the sisters began picking. This year, instead of taking the netting off of the bushes they found it much easier to just duck under the netting and pick from the inside! With this nice warm sunny weather the fruit is ripening quickly. Our bushes are Carmine Jewel Dwarf cherries, a tart cherry perfect for pies. Sr. Mary Catharine's first cherry pies of the season already debuted and they were a hit!

Going Up!

Last week after the construction crew was done for the day, one adventurous sister was given the opportunity to go up in the boom! Don't worry, she was perfectly safe and wearing a harness and the boom was operated by a professional. The height gave her a bird's eye view to the construction's progress, and she took pictures to share with the rest of us who kept our feet firmly on the ground. Check out these videos (one, two, three) on our Centennial Campaign Facebook page to find out which sister went up! 

Can you make out the floor plan? Not all of the interior walls are in place in these pictures, but here is a rough idea:

They've just about finished installing the roof trusses, so this view would look much different today! 

NOTICE: Morris Ave Closure 6/11-13
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We've been informed that Morris Ave will be closed for paving on
from 7am to 3:30pm on Monday 6/11 and Tuesday 6/12
and from 7am Wednesday 6/13 to 7am Thursday 6/14.
Our only usable entrance is on Morris Ave and
will NOT be accessible during these closures.
The sidewalk to the driveway will remain open.

You are a Priest Forever...

Last Thursday, May 24th, we had the joy of having Fr. Leo Camurati, OP say Mass for us. Father had just been ordained a priest the previous Saturday, May 19th, by Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. It was a fitting day to come, as May 24th was the memorial of the translation of the relics of our Holy Father Dominic. Father gave a wonderful homily and after Mass gave us his blessing. 

After breakfast we were able to visit with Fr. Leo in the parlor for a little while. As is our custom for newly ordained Dominican priests, we made a handwoven and embroidered confessional stole as an ordination gift. 

 

Construction Progress!

Our new wing is quickly taking shape before our eyes! It seems like only yesterday that they were tearing down the wall, and now both the main floor and the basement have been poured and the steel structure is going up! We can begin to see rooms and corridors taking form as the interior steel supports are placed. The interior of the old parlor, bathroom, and volunteers' office is also keeping pace, although there have been some surprises for the crew along the way! Now that the parapet over the old parlor entrance has been demolished, we have a great view of the construction from that cell's window. The gigantic mounds of dirt that have littered the front lawn have been graded, so we no longer have people asking "What's going on behind those big piles of dirt?" Here's a look at the progression of the construction:

 

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Monday, the day after we celebrate the Birthday of the Church at Pentecost, is the inaugural celebration of the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. Back in March, Pope Francis decreed that the ancient devotion to Our Lady as Mother of the Church be inserted into the Roman calendar.

The decree explains: "This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God."

You can read the full English text of the decree HERE.

Although this is the first time that this devotion has been inserted in the official calendar, a votive Mass for the devotion of Mary, Mother of the Church was inserted into the Roman Missal in 1975. In 1979, our Sr. Maria of the Cross composed a hymn for Mary, Mother of the Church. We'd like to share it with you! Feel free to download/print/distribute/reproduce/etc. the sheet music (just make sure any reproductions contain the copyright/attribution!).

To save: click the first page below for the .PDF file or right-click both sheets below to save as  .PNG (image) files.