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Like other Christian mystics, Saint Thérèse experienced from her own life and prayer that the path to happiness is handing oneself over to God, in union with the self-giving of Christ.

Let's celebrate her Feast Day in prayer.

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National Rosary Novena Kicks Off August 15!

During this critical time in our nation's history, the faithful are being asked to join a new nationwide prayer campaign entitled, "Novena for our Nation" which will begin on August 15 and end on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.  For more information please follow click on the following above.

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Papal Edition

Dear Cenacle Friends,

Attached is the "Papa Edition" of the Chapter Bulletin that has photos of our attending Pope Francis' General Audience this past Wed. He mentioned the Cenacle congregation by name (along with other groups) and we all cheered, waving our purple scarfs. We wore those to keep track of all of us (nearly 50 people).

I'm under the yellow straw hat, on the second page. Our Madagascar Sisters gave such a hat to each councilor. It came in very handy that day. We stood in the sun for over four hours! 

The Pope mentioned that he was praying not only for those at the audience (tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square), but our families and loved ones. That includes you!

After the audience, we walked together through the Holy Door at St Peter's. I carried you, your families and your loved ones with me in prayer.


Sr. Mary Guido, rc
Director of Ministry
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Please see the attached document for Sr. Mary Guido's Rome Grounds Newsletter

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Greetings from Dubai

On Sunday, May 8th, I had the privilege of attending Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dubai, UAE.

They begin celebrating to what we refer to as Sunday liturgy on Friday and continue through Sunday. Mass is offered in seventeen different languages, but the majority is done in English.

Sunday's here are the beginning of a new work week, so I wasn't expecting the church to be very full. But I was wrong. The main sanctuary was full as was the side Chapel.

They had three very large screens mounted and the entire Mass showed on the all the screens. On Friday and Saturday, the attendance is so high, it's also shown in the courtyard on a large screen.

Everyone participated in strong voice to all the prayers and songs. They had more than twenty Eucharistic Ministers all robed in white. I would venture that almost everyone in attendance went to communion.

Maybe being in a part of the world that has low regard for Christianity makes Christians here have a greater sense of being able to participate in Mass.

I did have to smile and think of home when I saw how many people arrived late. Of course traffic issues could very well have been the cause. The road is a main thoroughfare and moves at a snail’s pace or not at all.

The Sign of Peace was shared by very reverent bows to each person around you.

The choir had a drummer, guitar, and piano and the songs were those we sing at an ACTS retreat. Everyone participated and sang out strong.

When I was here two years ago I attended Mass on a Saturday afternoon and had a similar experience. This week I hope to attend on Friday to see if there are any differences.


Mary Pierson

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Hello from Rome, Everyone!

I'm sorry that this e-mail is impersonal, but I have far less unscheduled time in Rome than I did while on my sabbatical in Jerusalem last fall. So I won't be writing much.

I'm here for the month of May for the Cenacle Sisters' General Chapter, which occurs once every six years. I tell people it's like a synod and a conclave all rolled up into one. Yes, we elect our General (international) Leader, but no, we don't blow white smoke like the Pope. Instead, one of the Italian sisters tolls a large church bell that is here when the election is over. The neighbors must say, "Ah, the Cenacle Sisters have their new leader!" when they hear it.

Delegates come from around the world and while it's great to serve, it's a lot of work.  Language is just one of the challenges. (Another is not to eat too much of this great food!)

I arrived last week and spent an overnight in Assisi, about a 2 hours' train ride north of Rome through some beautiful countryside. I've attached a few photos. It was my first visit. If you ever have the chance to go, please do, and spend at least one overnight. I don't know how people visit with just a few hours packed into a week's trip with their church. Such a peaceful and beautiful place. No wonder St. Francis could write his "Canticle of Creation".

If you're interested in following along with the General Chapter - or about the Cenacle Sisters around the world - check out our international website: I'm on a committee that posts bulletins, photos and videos.

I'll write once or twice more before I leave on May 30. Thank you for your prayers. You're in not only mine, but in those of the 50 of us here.


Sr. Mary Guido, rc
Director of Ministry

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New Year's Eve in Prayer

Join Richard Wahl, CSB  on the threshold of the year for a time of prayer, reflection and fellowship.  The evening will conclude with Mass at 11 pm followed by festive refreshments.

Evening Only - $40 - with midnight reception

Overnight Option $75 - includes midnight reception, overnight accommodations and continental breakfast.

Register Online   or call 281-497-3131 Ext. 112 by December 29th.


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Come to pray over the texts of the liturgies to enter into the events described in the scriptures. 

We proclaim Jesus as our Lord,
The Way that leads to the fullness of life,
The Truth that cannot be silenced,
The Final Word of a gracious God,
The one who calls us to life beyond the tomb.

Presented by:
Rev. John Rooney
April 3, 2015
Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Minimum Offering: $45 includes lunch

Online Registration is now  closed. Call 281-497-3131 to register.
Walk Ins are welcome.

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4 week series for all who seek to integrate spiritual values into their life choices. We will explore the spiritual tradition of Ignatian discernment, criteria and methods for discernment and ways to apply these tools to your life situations as offered in the book The Art of Discernment by Stan Kiechle.
January 20 - February 10, 2015
7-9 pm Tuesday evening
Given by: Sr Roselle Haas, rc
Minimum Offering: $50 for the series
Register Online
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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.

Click Here for Online Reservations

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