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2015 marks the 60th year the Cenacle Sisters have been in service to the Gulf Coast area. They annually host nearly 5,000 individuals for retreats, programs, individual spiritual direction and offer their services to churches and other non-profit organizations. This year the Board of Directors have chosen the Cenacle Sisters as the honorees for the annual Spring Dinner which will take place on March 4, 2015 at Chateau Crystale, 2517 S. Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77063. Wine Reception starts at 6:00 and Dinner begins at 6:30.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the keynote speaker. Seating will be limited so secure your table now! Table Sponsorship and Individual Tickets can be purchased on line or by calling 281-497-3131.

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This Christmas consider giving the gift of retreat to your loved ones!

For your husband, father, brother we have an acclaimed series for men "So Dad,
What Makes a Man? A Walking Tour of Male Spirituality"
.  The series begins on Thursday January 22nd, 7-9 pm and runs for 10 weeks. It is presented by Tom Peery, author of "So Day What Makes a Man?", Luis Canales and Lloyd Guerin.

For your Wife, Mother, Aunt - invite them for a retreat designed for women beginning their transition from the "doing" years to the "being" years. Mid-Life I - Welcome to the "Being" Years, for women 45-55+ it offers some understandings of early mid-life: listening to its invitation to a fuller life and deepening friendship with God. Friday, January 16 7pm - Sunday January 18 1:30pm. Presented by Sr. Mary Dennison, rc, Diane Cotton, and Sharon Jacobson.

For your parents, grandparents - are they looking towards retirement? Sunday, January 18, 1:30- 5pm we are offering Towards a Healthy Retirement: Perceptions, Reflections and Attitudes presented by Pastor Chuck Kindsvatter.

For your Dreamers - Dream's are God's gift for healing and wholeness. One way to listen to the guidance of God for your life is to pay attention to your dreams. Dream Work as Prayer Friday February 6, 7pm - Sunday, February 8, 1:30pm. Presented by Sr. Lois Dideon, rc

This is only a small sampling of the programs and retreats we offer. Call 281-497-3131 and order a gift certificate that can be used for any of our retreats or days of prayer.  Check out the web-site for a complete list of upcoming programs and retreats.
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Giving Tuesday


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

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The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking and we have therefore been robbed of much of the true meaning of this season.

During Advent we recall the history of God's people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a background for the present. Today we can reflect on the past track record of God and so begin to understand what it means to us now for the sake of what is to come, in our own future and that of our world.


© Liguori Publications Excerpt from Advent - A Quality Storecupboard The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

The Cenacle Sister invite you to join them for special Advent preparations.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2-5pm is the Advent Mini-Retreat presented by Sr. Mary Dennison, rc and Connie Longsworth. This mini-retreat will explore the meaning and mystery of Christmas through the Advent scriptures. Register Now

Friday, Dec 12 - Saturday, Dec. 13, 7pm -4pm is an Advent Overnight of Prayer presented by Sr. Mary Guido, rc. Come away from the noise of the "Pre-Christmas Rush" and discover the hope and promise that God offers during Advent.  Register Now

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    Cenacle Garden News

Merry Christmas to all.  December will be a short month for us in the gardens.  We will not be working on the 26th, so that means only three Fridays of gardening in December.

While the volunteers work on Fridays (and Catalina occasionally on Wednesdays), Carlos and Barry are busy addressing issues presented to them in our new landscaping log book.  This little book is a big help in getting much needed  work on the grounds done.  

The cold weather is the primary concern this month.  Being ready for freezes can be a challenge, especially on weekends when the staff is gone.  Advance planning is a necessity, and temperatures will be regularly discussed at weekly meetings. Remember that a well watered plant can stand a freeze better than a dry one!

This will be a good planning month and designing month for the new plant area we want to put in across from the meeting room.  Some progress in this area should be made.  The next couple of months are best for planting shrubs and trees.  Also, the decision about whether to put in a rain barrel in the butterfly garden or not needs to be made this month, so we can act on it in January (should we get the okay). I also want to spend some time planning next year's work on the grounds with the volunteers and the staff. 

Garden work will focus on the Sisters' courtyard , the bed along the library wall and planting in Thu's garden.  Cleanup in the Alcove and the bookstore niche area are also needed.  There are other areas we can address, given time.

December is time for an updated bulletin board.  By the end of the month, I should have a new patron saint and pictures up for everyone.  Be prepared for photo opportunities during the next couple of weeks.  Our saint for 2015 will be Kateri  Tekakwitha.  She is the patron saint of the environment and ecology, as is St. Francis of Assisi.  Kateri was an Iroquois who lived in the 1600's in what is now upper New York State. She was canonized in 2012. 

Thank you, Jan Casey (and her neighbors),  for bringing needed pine needles to the main path at the Cenacle last week.  There were many bare spots due to all the rains we got recently.   The needles are a great help.

Above all, thank you to all the volunteers for their time and service beautifying the grounds over the past year. Your dedication is greatly appreciated.  The love you put into your work shows. The friendships we've forged working together are a great blessing.

Hope to see you in the gardens,

Mary Ellen

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