By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
March 8th – 14th marked the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt’s annual Catholic Sisters Week celebration.
During the week, the Congregation hosted and participated in several events that brought together Sisters, Associates, other Women Religious, local students, and community members.
On Sunday, March 8th, the Catholic Sisters Week festivities began with the annual Ladies Celtic Tea event. Over 150 attendees gathered together at the Motherhouse to enjoy Irish tea, food, raffles, entertainment, and preaching from Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, OP.
In her preaching, Sr. Kathleen reflected on the Breastplate of St. Patrick, as well as the reasons why people attend the Celtic Tea each year and included thoughts about the message that God wants to bring us today.
“And there is one message that came quickly to mind:
God, who is present to us within and around us, wants to connect with us…
wants our minds and hearts to be aware of God’s presence.
More easily said than done!
We are 21st-century folks!
...constantly engaged by the noise of our modern world and its many distractions
…by the voices that emanate from devices that we carry with us - everywhere.
And even our faith is being challenged by some of the modern sciences
which allege that everything can be reduced to algorithms – no need for a Creator.
Does this noise of our modern world engage us in ways that make our awareness of God a “second thought” or maybe only an avenue we pursue when we are desperate for God’s help?
Or have we learned to remove ourselves from the “noise” of our world,
our devices, our fears, our needs to embrace the silence that reveals
God’s Presence to us and engages us as preachers of the reality of Patrick’s message?
Are we managing our lives in ways that allows Silence
to reveal God’s presence and his love to us?
Do we make the time in our busy lives to silence all that surrounds us?
To just be silent and listen to God who we believe (in Patrick’s words)
is --behind, before, within us.
Do we place ourselves in that presence without the need to use words…
to just be conscious of God who embraces us?”
-Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, OP
After Sr. Kathleen’s preaching, Celtic Tea guests were treated to a wonderful performance from the talented students of the Pearl River School of Irish Music and Strings of Tara.
Along with these performers, attendees also enjoyed musical entertainment from Kevin Cronin, a Dominican College graduate.