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In this issue:
  • Sr. Snyder - pocket change makes a difference
  • Two Very Special Events
  • Sr. Kuebrich - Footprints in "A Nun's Pocket"
  • Upcoming Prairie Retreats - Including one just for MEN
  • First family in the "Rent it Forward" program
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by Sister Mary Bea Snyder
Several years ago I started saving my pocket change, planning to use it to help pay bills. Rarely did I use it for anything more than a cup of coffee. So I began putting my coins in a jar and when it was full, I gave the money to a friend who helps support a school in Mexico. I didn’t miss the change and I felt good about it being used to help children. 

In 2004 the Sisters who live at Humility of Mary Center came on board and now save their change for three worthy causes:
1. The Quarter Jar. Goes to HMSI to help people pay to do their laundry. 
2. The Seniors at the Friendly House Jar. Items are purchased for the elders which they are unable to buy with food stamps (Imagine - not being able to afford toilet paper or soap!)
3.  The Change for Children Jar. When $100 is collected a check is sent to a program working with children such as Special Olympics, Riverbend Food Bank Backpack Program, Juan Diez Rancheros therapy horses, Project Renewal and many more.

You are encouraged to meet the Change for Children challenge!  If there is a program in your area for elders or children that you would like us to donate to, let me know. 563-323-9466.
Support CHM Ministries
We invite you to join us for these
special events co-sponsored by
The Congregation of the Humility of Mary and Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat

Sun, March 5 | 6:30pm
Lenten Taizé Vigil Service

Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Ave. So, Clinton, IA, Gathering Space
Taize` is an ecumenical movement, drawing Christians of all denominations together in unified and compassionate prayer. Its purpose is to provide a setting where beautiful traditional prayer can be offered in an ecumenical group, without violating the norms of formal worship of Catholics or any other Christian group.
All people of faith are invited to participate.
Pre-registration encouraged - No fee.
Email or phone 563-336-8414

Thurs, March 23 7:00pm
Singing the Liturgy
Fr. (Jan) Michael Joncas, author of 4 books on liturgy, composed 25 collections of liturgical music including “On Eagles’ Wings” often used for funeral services.

St Paul the Apostle Church 916 E. Rusholme St, Davenport, IA
Explore the meaning of various elements of the Mass: Introductory Rites, Liturgy of God’s Word, Liturgy of the Lord’s Table, Dismissal Rites. Discover music that helps the “full, conscious and active” participation of the faithful associated with these elements.
Fee: Free will offering.
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written by Sister Joann Kuebrich
"In so doing I, along with other members of the CHM community, are assuring that the legacy of our congregation lives on in the neighborhood. God called us into this ministry of presence and it is where we belong..."
A Nun's Pocket - the CHM Blog
A new Humility of Mary Housing program supports true independence now. 
Click here to learn about
"Rent it Forward"

and how with HMHI assistance this family is succeeding and giving back to the community.

Registrations must be made by
3 days prior to date of retreat.
Thank you!

To register e-mail Sister Rae
Wed, March 8 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
Come to the Quiet
Pat Shea

St. Brigid of Kildare, prompts us to remember Christ dwells in every creature. She recognized the manifestation of divine gifts in all creation and the healing peace that comes from that awareness. Come to the Quiet for a day of peaceful reflection. The day begins with a short message from a wise, holy person who exemplifies an abundant and compassionate life. Time for quiet, a nutritional seasonal lunch, more silence and a closing reflection summarizes the day. Fee: $20
Wed, March 8 | 5:30pm
light supper followed by
6:00pm film
Visio Divina through Film
Film: As It Is In Heaven

This is the story of a successful internationally known orchestra conductor who returns to his childhood home to confront bullying and grief. An excellent Lenten film. (132 minutes, Swedish subtitles)
Visio Divina allows us to sink into God’s presence through visual stories of redemption, transformation, awe and beauty. Sharing our experience of viewing these films together will open doors to “see” more abundant life around us. Join us for a light supper followed by the film.
Fee: $15

5:00pm Fri, March 10 –
11:00am Sun, March 12
Men’s Retreat:
Empty Yourself So
That You Can Believe God
Abundantly Loves You

John Cooper, MA Theology

Our human lives are like bowls. We are created to hold what God gives us. Even before our birth, as we rested within our mother’s womb, God’s unconditional gift of life was competing with the forces of sin. Emerging as infants into a finite and complex world, God’s grace was pumped into us, culminating for most of us in our Baptism. In the ensuing years, our bowls have at times overflowed with happiness and joy and other times with sadness and pain. This retreat will focus on what we are carrying in our bowls today.  Fee: $125
March 24 – 26
Fri, 5:00 pm – Sun, 11:00am
Roman Catholic Thought
and Practice 50 Years
after Vatican II

Fr. (Jan) Michael Joncas

Explore the meaning of the four great Constitutions of Vatican II 50 years after their publication: Sacrosanctum Concilium on the Liturgy; Lumen Gentium on the Church; Dei Verbum on Sacred Scripture; and Gaudium et Spes on the Church in the Modern World. Fee: $125
Tues, March 28 | 9:30am–3:30pm
Clifton StrengthsFinder Workshop
Focusing on What’s STRONG, Not What’s Wrong
Pat Shea

An opportunity to identify and develop unique talents to enhance personal and professional lives. Our talents are the ways in which we most naturally think, feel, and behave and represent our innate power and potential. When we tap into this source of wisdom and power, we gain the ability to transform every moment, every interaction, and every day. The process begins with a web-based survey, taken prior to the workshop. Registration due March 15. Fee: $30
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