Our Lady of the Rosary
This past Saturday was our monastery's patronal feast: Our Lady of the Rosary. In the morning we enjoyed snacks while Sr. Mary Catharine gave us a demonstration of the new cash register for our new (and temporary) gift shop. This is a big upgrade and also a complicated one, at least as we learn how to use it! Sr. Mary Jacinta came to the monastery with a lot of experience with cash registers, so she helped sister and us figure things out as the demonstration went along.
In the afternoon we had a virtual visit with Sr. Mary Magdalene who is at Our Lady of Peace Monastery in Canada helping them out for three months. Sister shared with us some of her adventures as well as her day to day life there while we enjoyed sorbet and cookies. It was so good to 'visit' with sister!
In the evening it was time to sing, twice! Sr. Maria Johanna celebrated her birthday the day before, but as we were on a silent Triduum we were unable to sing to her on the actual day. Sr. Mary Jacinta celebrates her feast day on Our Lady of the Rosary, so we had a round of singing for her as well! And yes, we passed the chocolate box twice!
Some of the sisters have become serious puzzle-masters as of late. They've found a way to continue working on the puzzle even when not at the actual puzzle table by bringing sections of pieces over in reused yogurt containers.
That evening was also Sr. Mary Ana's violin debut as she preformed for the community! Sister has been taking lessons and is doing great. Actually, all of our novitiate sisters are in the process of learning new instruments, so hopefully there will be more debuts soon!
We capped off the evening with Sr. Mary Martin's reading of the poem The Battle of Lepanto. It was the first time some of our sisters had ever heard it.