The Spirit of Christmas around the World
The Nigerian Sisters make the house sparkling clean, creatively decorate and make ready the Formation Center for a gathering of all the HVM Sisters.
The Sisters gather in Gwagwalada, our HVM Nigerian home, for singing, laughter, small gift sharing and a delicious festive meal together. The Christmas spirit is also alive at the diocesan gathering of priests and Sisters of the diocese at a Mass with the Cardinal followed by meeting, greeting and eating and a specially wrapped gift.
The Christmas spirit comes to life as the Sisters participate with the parishioners at Midnight Mass in their respective parishes. There is splendid décor of lights and draping cloth, the joyous singing led by the choir and ending with the visit to a simple crib. At the crib everyone dabs powder on their face, a common custom when visiting the home of a newborn baby.
May the peace, joy and awe of the spirit of Christmas abide in you and your family at Christmas and through the New Year.
Merry Christmas and all the blessings of the New Year!
Sr. Barbara, HVM
Sr. Barbara lived the past seventeen years in Nigeria and is now living most of the year in Detroit.
Other HVM Happenings in 2017:
The chapel in Gwagwalada formation house is built!
Sr. Chioma took lst vows on Sept. 2nd and now teaches at Little Angels School in Ichama. Photo of Happy First Communicants at Little Angels School.
Mary’s Little Flowers: The Nigerian Home Visitors of Mary continue the HVM mission “anointed by the Spirit to bring good news to the poor.” Lk 4:18. Five years ago they published a culturally sensitive religion text book. This year Sr. Martha Mary, a full time student at the Catholic University in Abuja and director of faith formation at a parish, created, published and began distribution of the Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary Bimonthly Catholic Children Publication. The booklets are called: Mary’s Little Flowers.
A colorful, attractive, hands-on presentation of our Sunday Scripture readings that not only form the children of Nigeria but enter the home and touch the entire family. Your financial help will put these impressive booklets into many more hands.
We give Thanks to all who support with their gifts of money and prayer the HVM Nigerian Mission.