Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms!
Let’s make today special for our Mothers! Give your mom an especially long HUG today and tell her “THANK YOU” for all that she does to make your life special!
Let’s remember those moms that have passed away and those dear moms that have lost a child. Our hearts and our prayers surround you today and always! We also thank those special women that have stepped in and been “like a mom” – your caring means so much to our children.
A Mother’s Day Prayer and blessing:
You wrap your arms around your people and show your everlasting love
In the same way a mother loves her children.
We are grateful for the love you have taught us through the mothers in our lives:
Our own mother who brought us into this world; the mothers of friends who have
Welcomed us into their homes and families, our grandmothers, who took time
for us; and the mothers who have helped us even though we were not their children.
Bless all the mothers of this world today. May they know the fullness of love
They have shared and be blessed every day of their lives.
Be inspired to Be Kind and show that you care by following “God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness!”
Have a wonderful week! May God’s loving care always be with you!
Our Lenten Kindness Program is fully underway. Many parish members shared with us that they can feel the kindness coming through this Lenten Season! We also heard from many of our students that they have already completed their kindness act! We could feel their excitement and see how happy it made them to share their Red Heart of Kindness! We thank those in our parish that are sharing their kindness this Lenten Season.
The Lenten season is one of love and on this weekend, we wanted to share with you excerpts from an article by Ralph Marston on “Respond with love!” We shared some of these words in other bulletins.
Let love be your first response, for your sake, and for everyone’s sake!
Advance goodness in the world, not pain or outrage!
love always has a place!
love frees you from the burdens of judgment, retribution
and the downward spiral they engender!
When love is your first response, you won’t waste energy or anger, blame or conflict!
love can soothe the stress of the situation and melt away anxiety!
No matter where others are coming from, you can operate from a perspective of love!
Seek to act from genuine love and you’ll uncover the most beneficial options!
love will not magically solve all the problems!
love will challenge you to work on truly making the situation better!
In the remaining weeks of this Lenten Season, let’s all follow God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness” and “Respond with love!”
Continue to get inspired and share you RED HEART of Kindness with someone!!
Our Lenten Kindness Program is fully underway. Many parish members commented on how beautiful the cross was with all the red hearts of kindness. We also saw the excitement on our children and teens as they removed their red heart of kindness from the cross. Enjoy doing your act of kindness listed on the red heart!
There are so many beautiful stories that we found about how churches and communities are pulling together during the Lenten Season. Just as our mission is to inspire kindness, many other Catholic churches and schools are also following God’s Way – “The Road to kindness” this Lenten Season.
One that we want to highlight is in Binghamton and Broome County. WBNG News prepared a story on Ash Wednesday about the Catholic Schools in Broome County.
“The Catholic school is encouraging all of its students, faculty and staff members to complete one act of kindness everyday of Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday. The Catholic Schools of Broome County president says if they do that, they will complete more than 40,000 acts of kindness. She calls it the Acts of kindness Campaign, and says it is her mission to do some good in a society where there seems to be so much bad. It is not only about our schools but it involves the entire community. Students at Seton Catholic Central High School said the acts of kindness have already had a noticeable and positive impact on the school.”
How exciting! This sounds a lot like our Lenten Season’s kindness Program. We can make an impact and our mission is to inspire every member of our parish and those in our communities to BE KIND and to follow God’s Way – “The Road to kindness!” Thank you for sharing your red heart of kindness with someone this Lenten Season! Have a wonderful week filled with kindness.
This week, we are saying thank you to the caregivers: the doctors, nurses, and people that care for our sick and ill, our elderly, and those with special needs. We know the commitment that you make each day to bring your caring and kindness to those in need. We want to share a wonderful story about how a special caregiver showed so much patience, love, and kindness!
This caregiver works at an elderly home and works closely with patients that have dementia. One Sunday morning, Emily got a call to come into work, as one of her patients was very agitated and was saying that she wanted to go home. Emily rushed over to the elderly home to find her patient, Martha, extremely nervous, agitated, and pacing the floor. Emily tried calling Martha’s son; however, he was traveling and could not be reached. Emily convinced Martha to come to the cafeteria where they could have a cup of tea. Emily sat patiently with Martha talking to her for about an hour. Emily then started walking Martha back to her room. Martha again said that she wanted to go home; Emily tried to explain to Martha that this was her home now. Once Martha got to her room, she saw her family pictures and a special picture of Jesus that was by her bed. She sat calmly and cried. Emily held her hand and said that Jesus is always watching over you! Martha hugged Emily! Just then, the phone rang, and it was Martha’s son. He thanked Emily for caring for his mom while he was away. Emily was Martha’s guardian angel! God sees our kind acts and He never forgets the kindness we show to those in need!
This week’s focus is our family and friends! Let’s all be kind to our family and friends by showing and telling them how much we care about them. Time goes by so quickly. We get tied up in our work or school and we do not tell a family member that we love them or we miss an opportunity to give that special someone a hug.
Spread your love! Never wait until tomorrow to hug someone you could hug today!
We wish you a wonderful week filled with kindness and love! Please share your kindness acts with us.
This week we wanted to share with you some pictures of the Advent Christmas Kindness Trees. They are really special and truly demonstrate the impact of being kind!
We have posted several pictures and examples of the kindness acts that our students did during the Advent Season on the parish website in the Road to Kindness section. Please take some time to look at these pictures and be touched! We want to thank all of our wonderful students in our school, REP, Edge, and Life Teen programs! We also want to thank Sister Eileen and all the teachers, as well as the leaders and teachers of the REP, Edge, and Life Teen programs for their continued support of our kindness program!
As the new year kicked off, we heard so many wonderful stories of kindness during this past week. Many of our parish members told us stories about their specific kindness acts and those that they observed. Thank you for sharing your kindness!
This week, we want to share some ideas for weaving kindness into 2019, excerpts taken from The Chopra Center.
As the New Year begins, many of us will be thinking about our resolutions. Let’s make one of our resolutions for 2019 to spread our kindness!
When we started our kindness journey, we said kindness starts with you; you have the ability to impact someone’s life today! Thank you for your wonderful support of our kindness program! As we look to 2019, we want to share with you the words from Ralph Marston’s, “A Bit of Kindness.”
Offer a bit of kindness to life today! Offer a bit of kindness and discover how much it grows. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to give kindness away, yet that kindness never goes away. The more you give kindness, the more there is. Looking for a quick and accessible way to get yourself positively focused? Give a bit of kindness, and elevate your perspective to a more favorable, effective place. There is no limit to the goodness that will result when you give a bit of kindness. Each kindness takes on a life of its own and can keep building upon itself long after you’ve forgotten about it. Eventually, all those bits of kindness you give will come back to you. Though you won’t know exactly how, your world will be warmed by every kindness you offer. Give a little bit of kindness every chance you get! It’s a gift that never stops making life better!
Thank you for embracing our Advent Kindness Program! We have four more kindness acts to do on our Advent kindness journey:
We want to thank the students in our school, REP, Edge, and Life Teen programs! They have put their kindness acts on Christmas trees in the school hallway toward the gymnasium. This is a beautiful sight to see! We will be posting pictures to our blog. We also want to thank those in our parish who participated in our Christmas Tree Giving Program! Through our acts of kindness, we have made an impact in our community. We are blessed to have such caring people in our parish!
“Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it touches!”
Thank you for embracing our Advent Kindness Program! There are some wonderful kindness acts included in this week’s Advent kindness calendar. This week we want to share a wonderful story of kindness from one of our parish members:
“A family was having breakfast at a local diner. The waitress came over to their table and informed them that their breakfast was already paid for by another customer in the diner. The family asked them to point out the person that was so kind to pay for their family’s breakfast. As the waitress went to identify the customer that had paid for their breakfast, the person was no longer in the restaurant. It became clear to the family that the person did not want them to know who had paid for their breakfast. This family then decided to pay for the breakfast of the next customer who came into the diner. This family then left the diner before they could be identified as having paid for the customer’s breakfast! This is a special way to pass on the kindness shown to us!”
We have heard many stories of kindness during this Advent season! We are blessed to have such caring people in our church parish and our community! Continue to reach out - become inspired and make someone smile! Remember this phrase as you go about your week: “Kindness: impossible to wrap, but so easy to give!”
Thank you for following God’s Way - “The Road to Kindness” and for making a difference this Advent season! Blessings to you! Enjoy this wonderful Advent season and have a week filled with kindness!
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