St. Scholastica Monastery Fort Smith

St. Scholastica Monastery Fort Smith

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Graduate of 1953. Love the Academy
Happy Feast Day! I had three great aunts that were nuns here. Thank you for your yes!
Happy Feast Day to our beloved Saint Scholastica!
Please tell Sister Adrain "Hello" for me. She was my second grade teacher at Nazareth High School. She is greatly missed by me.
Happy feast day---celebrate well!
Wishing all the Sisters a beautiful and Blessed Christmas filled with joy.
A MESSAGE FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE Hello Friends of St. Scholastica Monastery, Due to some unforeseen setbacks related to mailing out the final appeal letters, we have extended the deadline to make a donation or pledge to the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign to October 7, 2018. Please note that this is the day of the Dedication Ceremony of the new monastery and that the deadline noted on the final appeal letter is void. Thank you for your support of the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. We hope to see you at the ceremony! Kindly, Jennifer Burchett St. Scholastica Monastery Development/Communications Director
Happy St. Benedict's Feast Day!
Thank you to all for another beautiful Triduum Retreat at the Monastery. The liturgies, music, homilies were beautiful. God bless all.
The remaining 7,950 square feet of floor slab for the new monastery was placed yesterday. Now the building framing will start going up on the rest of the building slab and tie the two living quarter wings together! In about a month the entire building frame will be up and you will be able to see how big this building really is going to be.
Wishing all the Sisters joy and abundant blessings on the Anniversary of your professions.

Seeking God in our life togetherand enlivened by daily prayer,we respond to the needs of the people of God in a spirit of hospitality, simplicity,and reverence for one another and all creation.

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The Prioress Elect loves to decorate for our sister's birthday and feast day celebrations!! We did not get to do this last month so we honor those who celebrate in June and July! Doesn't Sister Madeline B’s cake look yummy?!?

Summer is here! We are grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us. We received some beans fresh from the farm. We had a hulling party on the patio! A yummy meal they will make! ❤ (Photo credit: Sister Pat)

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fort Smith

Covid 19 News from IC Parish, Fort Smith.

Please read the following letter from our pastor, Father John.

Good evening, I.C. Family,

It seems highly likely that one of our church staff has contracted the COVID-19 virus. This staff person has been in close contact with family members who tested positive, and is now showing clear symptoms of this virus. This person will be tested tomorrow (July 13) and will hopefully learn the results within a few days.

Therefore, exercising an abundance of caution, we will cancel our daily Masses for this coming week, from Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17th. That is, we will NOT have our daily 7 a.m. English Mass nor 6 p.m. Spanish Mass. Additionally, the priests will NOT hear confessions on Tuesday or Thursday from 5 - 6 p.m. The church, however, will be open for private prayer from 6 a.m. till 7 p.m. daily, and regularly and thoroughly sanitized.

The church offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, July 13, until further notice. All the church staff will be tested for possible infection on Monday. We will follow all protocols from the state Health Department and the Diocese regarding testing and contact tracing. Above all, we want to ensure the safety of our staff and our parishioners, especially those most vulnerable.

We did not have much time to make this announcement, and I realize it will come as a surprise (and inconvenience) to those who attend daily Masses. Please help me share this announcement among our parishioners and with those who attend daily Mass. Signs will be posted on the church doors and shared on social media.

Last week I presided at the funerals of two parishioners who died from COVID-19. The reality of this pandemic is hitting very close to home, and should be approached with utmost seriousness. Please pray for our church staff and personally exercise every precaution to prevent the spread of this disease.

God bless!
Fr. John

COVID 19 UPDATE

Dear Friends, Family Members, Employees, Alumnae, Oblates, and Volunteers of St. Scholastica Monastery:

We are happy to report that the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery are all COVID free following our recent testing and strict quarantine.

It has been four months since St. Scholastica began to shelter in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and we are grateful that no sisters have been infected.

With this happy news, we will continue our practice safety and take continued precautions to prevent the virus's spread. On July 13th, we will conclude our strict quarantine.

Every sister and all of our on-site employees have been tested. If anyone has been in contact with the community and holds concern, we encourage you to please get tested.

We thank you for your prayers for our employees and us during this challenging time!

Additionally, the Monastery Gift Shop will be closed for two weeks as we usually do for summer break and will be closed from July 14-28, 2020. If you need something we can assist you with that need starting July 29, 2020.

The monastery will continue to be CLOSED to the public for the foreseeable future, including Hesychia House of Prayer, in New Blaine. Thank you very much for your prayers and support of us here at St. Scholastica Monastery.

When in self quarantine what might one do for St. Benedict's Feast?
First, we are Benedictines. Secondly, we enjoy and live near Braums and the combination is born!
Thank you to our delivery people Debby B. and Fr. Les. We enjoyed the treat today! Yum!!

Happy Feast Day to Sister Marcella Benoit Schmalz!!
Her first feast day as someone who is 100 years old!!💕

Happy Feast of St. Benedict.
Ora et Labora! In all things may God be Glorified.
We the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas hold you in our hearts and prayers! Happy Feast Day! (July 11)

We wish our Sister Leona Marie, a delightful happy birthday on this July 10th, 2020. We celebrate the wonder of you!

We love the date 7/7 and we love it all that much more because it is our Sister Cecelia's Birthday! God bless you Sister Cecelia and the life you are to us! Celebrate you!

July 6th is the Feast of Maria Goretti. We honor our own Sister Maria Goretti this day. You are a blessing to us here at St. Scholastica. May you have a lovely day to celebrate the grace and love of your patron. We love you Sister!
Happy Feast Day!

Even with Covid-19 Quarantine we were still able to celebrate Sister Marcella's 100th Birthday! We had yellow rose of Texas touches as she was at Canyon, Texas for forty-six years. There were gifts of flowers, a yellow rose corsage to wear. We had her 'favorite meal' consisting of shrimp cocktail, angel hair pasta and spaghetti sauce, (made by our own Sister Maria) corn without the cob, green beans, tossed salad, garlic bread and lemon filled birthday cake! She received so many messages and cards from family and loved ones. She is a sweet delight.
We even had history cards telling about life one hundred years ago to commemorate her birthday! She loved the simplicity and love of the day. Happy Birthday Sister Marcella! You are a native of Paris, Arkansas and our dear little Benedictine fire-cracker!

Dear Friends, Family Members, Employees, Alumnae, Oblates, and Volunteers of St. Scholastica Monastery:

In this life of constant flux, we have more COVID-19 news to give you.

It has been nearly four months since St. Scholastica began to shelter in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and we are grateful that no sisters have been infected.
Unfortunately, we learned today that one of our employees has tested positive for the virus.
As a result, we sisters will be taking further precautions and quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus. We will be in strict quarantine through July 18th. The Monastery gift shop will not be able to assist with online shopping during this time. Every sister will be tested, and all of our on-site employees will be required to get tested. If anyone who has been in contact with the community and holds concern, we encourage you to please get tested.
Please pray for our employees and us during this challenging time!
Again, we want to emphasize that no sisters have been diagnosed with the virus at this time.
As a result, the monastery will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. We believe that in these uncertain times to keep great faith. Thank you very much for your prayerful support!

Please help us to celebrate Sister Marcella, who turns 100 years old on July 5, 2020. Please remember her as we honor her for this milestone in life. We encourage you to write birthday messages here that we will share with her for her special day. Happy Birthday, #100, Sister Marcella!

Dear Friends, Family Members, Employees, Alumnae, Oblates, and Volunteers of St. Scholastica Monastery:

It has been almost 4 months since St. Scholastica began to shelter in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and we are grateful that no sisters have been infected.

We are happy to report no other employee other than the one contracted worker has COVID. We, Sisters, and employees conclude our precautionary quarantine. We are still closed to the public and will remain so for the next several weeks until we feel it is safe to reopen.

We thank you for the prayers and continue to pray for all those suffering from COVID 19. Thank you very much for your prayerful support of us here at St. Scholastica!

Dear Friends, Family Members, Employees, Alumnae, Oblates, and Volunteers of St. Scholastica Monastery:
It has been three months since St. Scholastica began to shelter in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and we are grateful that no sisters have been infected.
Unfortunately, we recently learned that one of our contracted workers has now been diagnosed with the virus.
As a result, sisters will be taking further precautions and quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.
Please pray for our employees and us during this challenging time!
Again, we want to emphasize that no sisters have been diagnosed with the virus.
Thank you very much for your prayerful support!

Moments from our Celebration of Jubilee. The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery honored Sisters Pierre and Regina for their monastic profession. We recognized Sisters Miriam and Louise for seventy years of their monastic profession at the jubilee mass and the liturgy of the hours. Most of the monastic community made their professions on June 24th, the Feast of John the Baptist. The Mayor of Fort Smith, George McGill, presented proclamations of honor to the Sisters. We thank Mr. Gregory Allen for playing the violin in honor of the day! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this celebration all that it was for us! We are grateful!
(Photo credits: Jennifer Burchett, Novice Faustina, and Postulant Maria Elena)

Today’s Jubilee celebration was a joyous and moving occasion. Our warmest gratitude for Sister Pierre’s and Sister Regina’s ‘yes’ to Gods call for monastic life. Pictures to follow. 💛

June 2020 Horizons. Follow the link below to view the entire newsletter from our website.

https://stscho.org/newsletters/horizons/2020/horizons-june-2020.pdf

Here is a sample of apple pie from our apple picking day! Tart and sweet! Thank you to all who helped make this treat happen for us at supper tonight. Special thanks to the pie baker, Sister Maria Goretti.
We also enjoyed the vanilla yogurt and fresh blueberries from Mrs. Busby a friend to Sister Pierre.
Thank you! We are blessed!!💕

Thank you to Sister Agatha's sister, Lona Wiesenfels and family for the lovely plums we received from your plum trees!

Surprises come in all kinds of ways! Sister Agatha's, sister Lona, and family brought us some plums from Mrs. Lona Wiesenfels plum trees! Yum! Thank you! God Bless you!

The Sisters of St.Scholastica spent some time working the apple tree yesterday. Some worked the tree early in the morning. Others came to visit and continue working in the evening. We are sorry we missed getting pictures of the harvested apples this time. We did enjoy the fragrance of our gardenias too.
Thank you to those who garden and nurture the beauty of the earth here at the Monastery and elsewhere.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Morrilton, Arkansas - Mass of the Holy Trinity

Father Jack Harris. You are a blessing to your parish, to the honor of the priesthood. God bless you for this moving homily message!

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A prayerful message from the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery's Response to the Corona Virus Pandemic UPDATE

We, the Sisters, have determined that we will close our monastery for the foreseeable future, at least through July 1, 2020, due to the concerns for our monastic membership and the greater community at large.
We will not be receiving guests, friends, family, Oblates, tour groups, volunteers, and those who patronize our monastery gift shop or other ministry outreach. We will follow the procedures/timeline set by our Diocese even as some of the restrictions have lifted; we feel we should maintain as we have for the weeks ahead.
Should someone wish to purchase items from our monastery gift shop, this may be done online and or call the gift shop manager.
There will be no public religious services or any large event during this time. Please follow us on our social media or our website for further information updates.
Our paid employees are screened daily to assure their health and safety as our concern is not only for our members but for the needs of all with whom we work and minister.
We continue to hold our local community and our world in prayer during this difficult time.
--Sister Kimberly Rose Prohaska, Prioress Elect

Today, we are blessed once again by our incredible employees! Jennifer and Shay made the sisters' lovely mini-bundt cakes for supper tonight. Tasty flavors of chocolate and red velvet topped with a gentle glaze. Thank you!

We wish our Sister JoAnn a happy name day! (St. Joan of Arc) We love you and miss seeing you at Chapel Ridge.

For George. For Ahmaud. For the countless others. Vigil at Riverfront Park in Fort Smith for our murdered brothers. We are one family in Christ.

Jennifer Burchett

Fr. James Martin, SJ

In today's Gospel, Jesus prayer "That they may all be one," Jesus prayed (Jn 17). But how can we all be one with the scourge of racism that plagues our country and world? How can we be one when any one of us is treated the way that George Lloyd was treated? Racism destroys unity and destroys people.

This image, from the artist Heather Scheider, depicts Mr. Floyd with the words that his friends used to describe him. https://www.heatherschieder.com/ https://www.instagram.com/heatherschiederillustrates_/

Delicate ways to celebrate the Ascension here at St. Scholastica Monastery. Every table setting holds the sacred words of Scripture. Acts 1:1-11 💕

We have a custom here in the monastery where we honor every sister who has a name day or birthday that month and on May 13, 2020.
We had a lovely treat from our neighbors and friends from Beland Manor. They prepared a lovely dinner for us. The menu included Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach Ricotta Feta in pastry with portabella mushroom sauce, paired with lemon pepper asparagus, twice baked potato, Mike's grain bread, white chocolate cheesecake and or sponge cake with strawberries. The meal made us all feel like royalty! We experienced the additional blessing of Gregory performing several selections on his violin while we dined together.
We cannot sing the praises of thanks enough to Beland Manor for this culinary experience.
Please visit Beland Manor Bed and Breakfast website and FB pages for curbside service!
We, too, support businesses in Fort Smith! God Bless you, Suzy, Mike, and Gregory! We are grateful to each of you.

Jamberoo Abbey

Monday morning prayer...
God who speaks from out of the whirlwind, and hears sighs too deep for words: as we come to terms with small steps in our timeline for return, and struggle to make sense of the world around us and imagine what life will be like, ground us in our kindness. May a gracious word begin our next encounter, a patient thought accompany our coming breath, so that with little left in our control, we may control ourselves with grace and faith and compassion. Amen.
~ with thanks to The Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland

The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery's Response to the Corona Virus Pandemic UPDATE

We, the Sisters, have determined that we will close our monastery for the foreseeable future, at least through May 31st, due to the concerns for our monastic membership and the greater community at large.

We will not be receiving guests, friends, family, Oblates, tour groups, volunteers, and those who patronize our monastery gift shop or other ministry outreach. We will follow the procedures/timeline as set by our Diocese even as some of the restrictions have lifted; we feel we should maintain as we have for the weeks ahead.

Should someone wish to purchase items from our monastery gift shop, this may be done online and or call the gift shop manager.
There will be no public religious services or any event during this time. Please follow us on our social media or our website for further information updates.

Our paid employees are screened daily to assure their health and safety as our concern is not only for our members but for the needs of all with whom we work and minister.
We continue to hold our local community and our world in prayer during this difficult time.

--Sister Kimberly Rose Prohaska, Prioress Elect

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