Newsletter for May 2019

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As the days grow longer and spring bursts forth in many shades of green, we are surrounded by new life. In this “green” time, we remember St. Hildegard of Bingen, a 10th century mystic, prophet, musician, poet, healer, reformer,  saint, doctor of the Church but above all else a Benedictine sister. She saw the Spirit alive in all creation and described this presence of Spirit as greenness (viriditas, in her words). If you are interested in Hildegard, this 55-minute talk by June Boyce-Tillman is excellent. She begins her talk telling the story of Hildegard, as Hildegard. Click the white arrow to enjoy the video and celebrate the “greening”.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU - THE BAND OF SISTERS!!

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We are having a Birthday Party ro celebrate 5 years of the Band of Sisters. Plan to join the Band on Wednesday, June 19 from 1:00p - 3:00p at the home of one of our band members. There will be lemonade and cake - and even some magic!

You won’t want to miss a minute of the party because at 1:30p, we will be mesmerized by magic from our guest magician - Lee Werley. Following the show, we will have the opportunity to actually learn some magic tricks - so we can wow and delight our friends, neighbors, children, and grandchildren! Come share in the magic of celebrating together.

We will be sending out invitations soon - but you can RSVP on the calendar page at any time by clicking here. Scroll down to the date of the event and follow the registration link. Once you RSVP, we will be in touch with the Raleigh address of the party’s location.

NOTE IN THE POCKET

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This organization provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. Note in the Pocket believes it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school. Band of Sisters meets up and works with Note in the Pocket to process incoming donations and outgoing orders.

The Volunteer Center is located at: 5100 Lacy Avenue, Raleigh 27609

We are moving our regular day to volunteer to the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30a-12p. See you on May 21st! For the remainder of 2019, you can mark the following dates in your calendar: May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17.

COME WALK THE LABYRINTH WITH THE BAND OF SISTERS

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As a result of the lovely and prayerful labyrinth walk earlier this month, the Band has decided to offer continued opportunities for this prayer practice. You are invited to join the Band at the Millbrook Baptist labyrinth (1519 E. Millbrook Rd | Raleigh, NC 27609) at 9:30a on the 4th Thursday of each month for 60-90 minutes of walking, reflecting, and faith sharing.

Ann O'Hara will start off the time together with a brief orientation on the labyrinth (as needed). Following that, all will be invited to walk the labyrinth (or spend time in contemplation on the nearby benches). There will be ample opportunity for quiet reflection after the walk - as well as time for faith sharing with one another.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us. Going forward for 2019, the dates will be May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, off in November due to Thanksgiving, December 26.

DIPPED AND DYED IN PRAYER

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Save the date for our annual retreat: Monday, October 21, 2019 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the beautiful St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC (only about 2 hours from Raleigh). More details to come. Registration is open - click here to be taken to the calendar page. Scroll down to the date of the event to see pricing and accommodations.


TOUR HISTORIC OAKWOOD CEMETERY AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US.

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With our beloved dead in mind, the Band of Sisters will gather on Monday, 28 October 10:30a-12:30p to pray for our departed. In addition, we will take a guided tour of this historic cemetery - which will have a special focus on the history of some of the women of note who are buried there.

Registration requested. Click here to be taken to the calendar page. Scroll down to the date of the event and follow the registration link.


TAIZÉ PRAYER IN ADVENT

How often during the Advent season have you felt like you are moving too fast? We hear it all the time from friends and family who get overwhelmed at the busy-ness of the season.

Join us at Sacred Heart Church (the old cathedral), 100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh as we gather for an evening of Taizé Prayer during the Advent Season. Date and time to be announced.

The season of Advent embraces us with the mystery that “the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14. 

The Incarnation reminds us that God chooses to meet us where we are and invites us into a deeper relationship.

Advent gives us the opportunity to prepare our hearts to receive the incredible gift of Christmas.

This Taizé service is offered at Sacred Heart by the parish’s Contemplative Prayer Group and the Band of Sisters - with the hope that it will provide for seekers of spirituality a comfortable place to worship no matter what their creed or dogma, bring a variety of people together in loving contemplation, and enrich the lives of those who attend through beauty. The service will last 40-45 minutes.