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Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

December 12, 2016

Dear Friends,

Christmas is coming closer. It is such an exciting time of the year. I see the most beautiful decorations, many lights, also angels. We also see the displays of a crèche with the baby in it. The world is again waiting, waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Christ that came into the world to save us from our sins. God loved us so much that He sent us His only begotten Son to set us free. This is the greatest gift we can ever embrace.

The Angel said to Mary: “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”



Mary was greatly troubled at these words, but the Angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, so the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

Mary said, “Yes.” She did not know what to expect, but she said yes to our Lord because she loved the Lord.

The world is hungry for that perfect love. So often we can see how love changes situations and people. If we surrender our life to the Lord, He will show us and teach us how to love. He can use us to soften those hardened hearts when love enters their life.  He wants our all, and He will give us His all. Life will never be the same. He will open our eyes and our hearts to see.

Let this Christmas season be a time where we join our hearts and hands to show the love of our Lord to many who are so hungry for His love. The only love that can bring change to the world, one soul at a time.

The new Christmas painting I created with the idea of the Angel surprising Mary in the garden. I just love it. My art is always a surprise to me also. I hope you will enjoy it too.

May you feel our Lords blessings and love especially this Christmas season.

Much love to all of you,

your friend Brunhilde



Day of Prayer, “You Search Me,” at Campion Center in Weston, MA

November 3, 2016

You are warmly invited to attend a day of prayer entitled


Campion Center, Weston
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Kathryn O’Connell Cleary, Director
9:30 am – 4:00pm

Artist: Mary Southard in Caldendar, 2015, Ministry of the Arts

Artist: Mary Southard in Calendar, 2015, Ministry of the Arts

In Psalm 139 we pray, “O God, you search me and you know me…”

Together, we will reflect upon these words, and the assurance that we are each deeply known, and being known, we are loved beyond imagining.

Registration: Phone:  781-419-1337

Cost: $40.00 (including lunch)


You are invited to an open discussion of women in the diaconate

November 3, 2016

women-deaconsThe members of the Commission for Women again wish to extend an invitation to anyone who wishes to join us in our renewed study of the possibility of women serving in the diaconal ministry.  A Commission appointed by Pope Francis will begin their deliberations Thanksgiving week.  Phyllis Zagano, a member of that commission compiled the essays found in the book we are studying.

We welcome those of you who wish to read and discuss this issue with us. The title of the book is –Women Deacons?  Essays With Answers. (You can order this book on Amazon).We will meet on Tuesday, November 15 in the upstairs gathering room at St. Mary’s Parish in Shrewsbury.  Our meeting will begin at 3:30. We welcome your participation.

Questions? Write to us at


Autumn 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

October 28, 2016

Summer has just ended. We are still enjoying a beautiful fall and preparing our garden for the winter to come.


For me it is also a time to look inside. The noise from the elections will soon be over and we certainly know that our Lord is in charge. He was there at the beginning and He will be here until the end. Even Jesus looked for a quiet spot when He wanted time out with the Father.

2 Peter 3:13

“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
Just as we clean out our garden and prepare it for spring, we pull out the weeds we don’t want to show up in spring.

1 Peter 5: 6-7

“Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”

John 15: 4

Abide in Me.

Let us enjoy the beautiful fall before the cold of the winter.

A poem about Autumn

Fall has arrived with all off its splendor
Hundreds of shades of yellow, orange, brown, golden,
Red and some green, crown the trees around.
They build a glorious canopy all over the streets.
Even on a cloudy day
It looks like the sun is shining.

The fall flowers are all dressed up
Like they are going to a dance.
Squirrels hustling around
Getting ready for winter,
Even the bees are busy
Collecting the rest of the honey.
The chipmunks are resting on the wall
Catching the warmth of the sun,
Before the cold winter days.
There, a butterfly with her wings wide spread
Settling down right next to me.

In the morning the air so crisp,
Reminding you of the colder days to come.
There is even a special sound in the air.
You can close your eyes
And you know fall has arrived.

The smell of fresh apples at all the market stands.
The pumpkins and gourds
In their beautiful colors remind you:
Yes! Fall has arrived!

I am sitting here sipping fresh hot cider from a mug.

My thoughts go back to a beautiful summer
That just ended,
Enjoying the fall with all its splendor.

“Heaven and earth will pass away,
But my words will never pass away
(Mark 13:31)

Much love to all of you, your friend Brunhilde




You’re Invited! Morning Retreat for Women

September 15, 2016

“Late Have I Loved Thee, O Beauty”   St. Augustine
A Morning Retreat for Women with Kathryn O’Connell Cleary


Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
St. Mary’s Church Hall, Shrewsbury
Corner of Main & Summer Streets

The busyness of our lives takes us out to a larger world, often neglecting the place we are most at home….with God. How can we find practical ways to bring ourselves home to a God who waits for us? Within the shopping, commuting, caring for children, and working at our day job, we can develop organic disciplines that allow us to drop down into an awareness of the Sacred. Join us on this day to savor the Sacred and discover ways to go deeper into contemplative delight.

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Registration forms (below) and checks for the registration fee of $15.00 per person should be sent by mail to
Pat Smith, 11 Raymond Street, Worcester, MA  01607 by October 8th.  Seating is limited.
Questions may be directed to Pat at 508.754.8985.

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Life on the Rock — Mother Teresa becomes a saint

September 6, 2016

Many of us are celebrating the canonization of Mother Teresa. She certainly lived her life on the Rock, the Rock of our Salvation. I am a great admirer of Mother Teresa. If I ever would call any person my idol, it was and is “Mother Theresa.”

"Life on the Rock"

“Life on the Rock”

I know, in all I do, I know I can never come close to anything Mother Teresa did, and perhaps still does. We can all aspire and look to her as an example of strength needed in this life.

Numbers 20:11. Then raising his hand, Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and water came out in abundance, and the community and their livestock drank.

2 Samuel 22, Song of Thanksgiving. David proclaimed the words of this song to the Lord when the Lord had rescued him from the grasp of all his enemies and from the grasp of Saul. He said: O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock of refuge! My shield, my saving horn, my stronghold, my refuge, my savior, from violence you keep me safe. Praised be the Lord, I exclaim! I have been delivered from my enemies.

Psalm 31: 2, 3, 4. In you, Lord, I take refuge, let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me, incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to save me. For you are my rock and my fortress, for your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

Matthew 7:24. Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who builds his house on a rock.

Matthew 16:18. So I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.

An example to all of us, Mother Teresa had certainly built her life on the Rock. Let us all try and follow her example.

May God bless all of you, with love, your friend Brunhilde




Save this date! Women’s Gathering – Saturday, October 15, 2016

August 24, 2016

We are pleased to present a special program for all women in the Worcester Diocese on Saturday, October 15 from 8:30 to Noon at St. Mary’s in Shrewsbury (on the corner of Main and Summer Streets) in the church hall.

Kathryn O’Connell Cleary will speak and the theme of her talk is “Late Have I Loved Thee, O Beauty”
based on quote by St. Augustine.

ClearyKathrynAs part of the Campion Renewal Center of Weston, MA, Kathryn holds a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College. She worked in parish ministry for 20 years, in the role of pastoral associate and director of liturgy and music. From 1992 until 1998, Kathryn was a member of the retreat team at St. Stephen Priory. Presently she offers spiritual direction as well as directed and guided retreats on a freelance basis. Kathryn is married and has recently and joyfully become a grandmother.

Registration fee is $15; make checks payable to Worcester Commission for Women

Registration begins September 17th. Registrations are to be mailed to:
Pat Smith, 11 Raymond St, Worcester, MA 01607 (Any questions, please contact Pat at 508-754-8985)

Spread the word to family, friends and your parish — we hope to see you there!