As Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament,
we believe God calls us to be a sign in the world of the power of the Eucharistic Christ to effect unity and community among all peoples.
National Women’s History Month
Feast Day of Saint Patrick
Feast Day of Saint Joseph
1970s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic – Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978.
In 1979, Molly Murphy MacGregor, a member of above group,participated in The Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, chaired by noted historian, Gerda Lerner and attended by the national leaders of organizations for women and girls:success of the Sonoma County’s Women’s History Week celebration, they agreed to support an effort to secure a “National Women’s History Week.”
Presidential Message 1980
President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.
“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history
Joseph, patron saint of workers,blending skill with charity, silent carpenter, we praise you! Joining work with honesty, you taught Christ with joy to labor, sharing his nobility.
Joseph, close to Christ and Mary, lived with them in poverty, shared with them their home and labor, worked with noble dignity. May we seek God’s will as you did, leader of his family!
Joseph, inspiration for workers, man of faith and charity, make us honest, humble, faithful, strong with Christ’s true liberty, make our labor and our leisure fruitful to eternity!
As defined by the United Nations, human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that consists of the illegal trade of human beings through force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. It takes a variety of forms in every region of the world. Some people are trafficked for prostitution, pornography, and other forms of sexual exploitation. Some are trafficked for forced labor in agriculture, sweat shops, and domestic servitude. Some are trafficked for both.
DEMAND AND SUPPLY – For victims of forced labor, the body is made into a disposable machine, made to work long hours for little or no pay and for the profit of others. In both cases the person who is enslaved is treated as an object for another’s benefit. The person’s God-given human dignity is either ignored or forgotten.
Let us be like Saint Patrick who lived in slavery in Ireland for six years before escaping, and returned years later to Evangelize the people of Ireland and the world through his efforts and those who followed him tirelessly in their efforts to bring the gospel to all peoples
Saint Joseph inspiration for workers, man of faith and charity, make us honest, humble, faithful, strong with Christ’s true liberty, make our labor fruitful to eternity!
May we unite together in our effort to end the evil of HUMAN TRAFFICKING in our world today. As it took enactments of Congress to enact Voting Rights for Women, end Slavery, Labor Laws to protect the rights of Workers, etc. let us prayerfully work tirelessly to protect the Rights of All People who are caught in the web of HUMAN SUFFERING. We must become a Voice for others who can not defend themselves.
US Catholic Sisters Newsletter March Issue
Justice Committee Members:https://news.vcu.edu/article/Demand_drives_human_trafficking
Sr. Zoe Brenner, Chairperson Sr. Jean Olmstead, SBS,Joyce Hadley, ASBS, Hilda Wiltz, ASBS, Carole Blanks, ASBS, Sr. Pat Downs, SBS