▪ At the beginning of this of Advent, the Sisters offered their prayers for the whole Congregation that all Sisters may experience the special graces and blessings of this season of joyful expectation.
In remembrance of the beloved dead, Srs. Mary Terence Wall, Annette Crnkovich, and Susanne Keszler attended the annual memorial service held a local Huntington Funeral Home in memory of those who had died during the current year. A time of fellowship followed after the prayer service at which Sr. Marguerite Crnkovich, who died earlier this year was remembered in a special way. At St. Joseph’s Hospital a spiritual tribute lead by Sr. Francesca Lowis was held on All Saints Day for all Pallottine Sisters who had ministered there, as well as all physicians and employees who cared for the patients during the past 90 years.
▪ The assistant General of the Marists, Fr. Larry Duffy, S.M. visited with the Fr. Ron Nikodem and Brother Roy Madigan of Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon. During his time there he celebrated Mass at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A lively discussion with Sr. Francesca developed about the UAC, because the Marists are interested in starting something like it. Sister was able to share much information on the subject!
▪ Before celebrating the great American Holiday of Thanksgiving, Srs. Mary Therese Bolduc and Susanne Keszler joined members of St. Mary's Medical Center's Auxiliary Department in bringing gifts of much needed household and personal items to the residents of the neighboring High Rise Apartments. The following day the same volunteers served a traditional turkey dinner to 68 residents along with their guests, bringing the final count to 90 people. The Upshur County Ministerial Association in Buckhannon, WV held its annual Interdenominational community Thanksgiving Service at the Church of the Nazarene. As a member of the association, Sr. Francesca Lowis took an active part by developing the program and leading the Prayer of the Faithful. The employees of St. Joseph’s Hospital have continued with the tradition of having a Thanksgiving Tree, where employees, patients, and visitors are able to write on various colored leaves something for which they are thankful, and then placing them on the branches. By Thanksgiving the tree is fully decorated.