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Jackson School Enters into the Spirit of Lent

by Mary Pat Joy, Communications Director, Jackson Walnut Park Schools

On Ash Wednesday, the Jackson School community joined with parishioners of Our Lady Help of Christians, Newton, for a liturgy at which Father Dan Riley invited participants to join in the prayer, “Show Me My Neighbor.” The prayer is a reminder to be attentive to our neighbor during the Lenten season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

In the spirit of caring for our neighbor, third and fourth grade Jackson teachers and students organized a Read-A-Thon service project. The purpose of the Read-A- Thon was to encourage Jackson students to develop a lifelong love of reading while raising money to support a CSSJsponsored charity.

Students in Grades 1—6 selected books and collected pledges for the number of pages they would read in the one hour of quiet, uninterrupted time. Collectively, they raised $8,000 for the Mission Haiti Project which supports primary and secondary school children in Léogâne, Haiti. Mission Haiti is a joint project of the Canadian and U.S. Federations of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, in collaboration with Mission Haiti, Inc.

The Mission Haiti Project grew out of a dire need to supply educational materials and rebuild schools destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, and to assist in funding the education of Haitian girls and the salaries and certification of teachers.

During the week leading up to the Read-A-Thon, Jackson students collected hundreds of new or gently used books to be donated to a local shelter or school in need. Additionally, during the hour of reading, held in the JWP Student Center that was brightly decorated with reading themes, milk and cookies were sold with the profits used to purchase new books for the Jackson School library.

Pictured: A three-part Jackson School Lenten Read-A-Thon raised $8,000 to support Mission Haiti, Inc., a CSSJ sponsored ministry. Additionally, students raised funds to support their Jackson School library and collected gently used books for a local shelter or school in need. Project for Lent: Rebuilding Haiti through the Empowerment of Girls

5TH CSJ BOSTON HERITAGE CONVOCATION | Once upon a Time…Telling Our Deep CSJ Story

April 4, 2019, marked the occasion of our 15th CSJ Heritage Convocation of the Sponsored and Congregation Ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. Christine Alessandro, Chair of the Corporation’s Board, and Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, Executive Director of the Corporation for Sponsored Ministries, welcomed the CSJ leadership team, trustees, leaders of our ministries, and mission integration facilitators. Christine greeted those gathered saying, “As we continue to widen the circle of our CSJ charism, I never cease to be amazed by the dedication of each of you.”

Pat Kozak, CSJ, of the Congregation of St. Joseph, was our speaker for the evening. During her presentation titled, “Once Upon a Time…”, she spoke of the power of story not only in our personal lives but also in the gospel story, our ministry stories, and the core values of our deep CSJ story. She invited us to consider reflective questions including, “What is the deep story we’re telling today? What chapter are you and your ministry writing today? What’s the title of the next chapter? How do we go deeper in the story?” She concluded by saying, “These stories come alive because each one of us lives the story each day.”

The evening ended with a blessing by Lee Hogan, CSJ, President of the Congregation and the presentation of the clay figure of a Native American Storyteller to each of our ministries.

Pictured: Jim Dowd with Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ; Maria Sarte, with Mary Nagle, CSJ; participants join in the blessing prayer; Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ, [right] presents Jaklin Ugras and Sandra Selvarajah with a Native American Storyteller for their ministry; Pat Kozak, CSJ, during her presentation; participants join in table conversation during dinner; Lee Hogan, CSJ, offers a blessing to all at the Convocation

NOTE: A slide presentation and a video of Sister Pat Kocak’s presentation will soon be available at

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