A blessed & white Christmas!

Sr. Aloysia throwing bread to migrating birds.

Dialogue between the ox (Sr. Elizabeth) & the ass ( Sr. Paul Therese)

"The Christmas Alphabet" by the novitiate

'O Holy Night' with flute and guitar

Ours was not only a blessed but also a truly white Christmas this year because the snow kept coming. But despite the unfavorable condition on the road, there were still quite a number of churchgoers who braved the snow, even more than we expected. The Gregorian choir of the Norbertine Abbey in Grimbergen contributed a lot in making our midnight Mass very solemn.

On Christmas day itself, we also had a very well prepared Liturgy. Two of our Sisters and two lay musicians played the flute. Our churchgoers greeted us after the Mass as a tradition on special and big feasts like Christmas and Easter.

In the evening of the 25th, the Novitiate presented a short play around the crib, a dialogue between the ox and the ass, a choral presentation with illustrations on the Chrismas Alphabet, then "O Holy Night" with flute and guitar. Simple yet meaningful presentation that delighted our Sisters. We then retired early to make up for our lack of sleep the previous night because we return to bed at past 2:00 o'clock in the morning because after the midnight mass we still partook of some warm drink and bread.

Wishing you all a blessed and happy Christmas and a grace-filled 2011!


Saint Nicholas and Black Peter

Saint Nicholas and his assistant black Peter came a day earlier than his feast on December 6.

Piet told us to go to another place in procession.

So all went eagerly and cheerfully in obedience.

Sr. Paul Therese played with the flute a hymn to St Nicholas so that he will come.

And indeed, the Saint appeared!

and gave each sister some words of advise and encourgament.

And of course, the much-awaited gifts!
Our eldest sister, Sr. Augustina received a teddy bear!

Sr. Lutgart, our liturgist, received clear books for her music pieces.

After each one received her gift, a souvenir pose with the Saint before he proceded to his next itinerary. Black Peter took this photo so he is nowhere to be seen.

Winter 2010

On the first week of December we had our first snow this winter. It is still the second winter for our 3 new Filipina sisters, so we went out again to our garden so that they can really feel, play and enjoy the snow!

Hurrah! Thank you, Lord for the snow!

As if we have a very big forest no?

Under the weeping willow

Oei, oie, oei, what are they going to do with the ladder?

So,now you know, someone wanted to climb the Magnolia tree.

How do you like this one? And my! Look at Sr. Paul Therese's very big pair of boots!

Here is also another one, Sr. Elizabeth, posing with Jesus on the Cross
but not resembling Mary Magdalen because she is smiling and not crying

Thanks to our very patient and eager photographer, Sr. Aloysia!