On Tuesday, December 10th, a group of Sisters volunteered along with the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program director, Sr. Luke Boiarski and the assistant director, Felicia Rowe, to travel to Beattyville, Kentucky to assist Ms. Dora Ross in sorting and wrapping gifts to be distributed to the needy families of Appalachia this season. The group also brought along their own donations to contribute including hats, scarves and hand knitted sweaters. The gifts combined with other food donations will be shared with over 500 families this Saturday at Ms. Dora Ross’ annual holiday party.
December 11, 2013 | Employees
This holiday season, in the spirit of giving, employees of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth who work at the SCN Center in Nazareth, Ky., recently gave back to their community. After some research, they contacted Barry McGuffin, Director of Bethany Haven, in Bardstown, Ky. Bethany Haven is a seven room/14 bed unit that serves as an emergency homeless shelter for the Nelson Co., Ky., area. The center currently serves single women, mothers with children, married couples and married couples with children. They do not house single men or fathers with children, but that is a future goal of Bethany Haven.
After reviewing the current needs of Bethany Haven, the group decided to do a pantry makeover. Representatives from the SCN Center spent part of the day, cleaning, organizing, and installing shelving at the center. This past Wednesday, a group went to Bethany Haven and restocked the pantry with items donated by the staff.
This project was made possible due to the generosity and kindness of everyone involved at the SCN Center.
The senior division (classes vi to xii) of Nazareth Academy, Gaya celebrated annual Parents’ Day on December 7, 2013. The theme of the day was PEACE. The varicolored stage decorations depicting the flags of many countries of the UN with a lighted revolving map of the world highlighted the theme poignantly. The satirical Hindi play ‘Asha Ke Deepak’ ( Light of Hope) scripted by Mr. Balmukund , one of our staff, brought out the social ills of our times and how we can create unity and harmony despite the harm we do to ourselves and our Mother Earth. The boys and girls of different ages enthralled the packed audience with their semi classical and upbeat dances, patriotic action song, Kawali etc. Befitting the season and no less entertaining was the English drama “Christmas Carol”.
The city officials , The District Magistrate , Mr. Balamurugan Devraj, IAS , Chief Guest and Mr. Nishant Tiwary, IAS , Senior Superintendent of Police , Guest of Honor graced the occasion. They congratulated the students for their exceptionally well-done performance. They also invited the students and parents to look at an important aspect of education, that is to have the courage to face the many challenges arising from an apparent downgrading of true human values in our post modern society today.
Written by Anne Marie Thayilchirayil, SCN
December 11, 2013
Braving bitter cold, and wrapped head to toe, dozens turned out to hear women religious and members of the Interfaith Community read and commit themselves to an Energy Vision Statement. With a family farm in the background, those gathered pledged to protect the earth and to find alternatives for energy so that destructive practices for accessing energy sources, like fracking or the installation of pipeline systems, can be addressed and stopped.