NICOLAS BARRE'S FEAST DAY IN OUR COMMUNITIES

 THE 389 ANIVERSARY OF FATHER BARRE IN MAKÉNÉNÉ

On the 21st of October, we the Infant Jesus Sisters commemorated the 389 anniversary of our founder Nicolas Barré. This year it was no exception in Makénéné. Three days before the tridium began, some laities were asked to share their experiences on the congregation of I.J.S since their arrival in Makénéné. We noticed that most of them spoke about the act of charity and serious engagement by the first sisters mainly the white. One of them said, the sisters spent most of their time in the quarter helping the children and even bring some of them to live with in the convent. Some assisted many families in paying their school fees and as also assisted in building their houses. Others said women after delivery, were given milk during infant wale fare clinic. Some children were taken to the hospital for treatment even though it was not easy because the population was quite ignorant about treatment at the hospital level. Most of them concluded by saying that, these works of charity have been degradated and they wish to know why such challenges do not exist nowadays. In conclusion, Sr Suzanne explained to them that nowadays there is a lot of modernity most parents have discovered the importance of educating their children as well as treating them when they are ill as such the sister nowadays cannot work in the same spirit like the first sisters. She furthers explained that the first sisters were mainly white with very rich background and some of them could use 10% of their money to help the population but with the blacks, the case is quite different. To conclude she said, if the presence of the sisters left a mark in the life of the Christians in Makénéné why is it that there are no vocations here both for religious life and priesthood? In orders to create greater awareness on the feast, announcement was made at Mass. The prayer part of the occasion was done in church every evening with Christians and children of different groups who actively took part.

 A VERY MEANINGFUL FEAST

In orders to create greater awareness on the feast, announcement was made at Mass. The prayer part of the occasion was done in church every evening with Christians and children of different groups who actively took part. During the three days prayers, we prayed for vocations in the church in general and in the congregation of I.J.S is in particular, for the mission of every baptized Christians and that of all the infant Jesus sisters all over the world and we finally concluded by praying for total abandonment in God's service. 21st October was the final day; we invited our friend's colleague's children and all well wishers who came along with Birthday present accompanied by letters to father Barré and we all had a cocktail party. At the beginning of the ceremony the sisters enlightened the people on the congregation through brief explanation of the spirituality of I.J.S and brief history of Father Barré At the end of the ceremony messages of Father Barré were giving to every body and most of the people were quite happy because the messages were really inspiring. It was and enriching experience for us all. We are being evangelized by those we live and work with. It is a great challenge for us to continue seeking ways and means to keep alive and share the heritage that father Barré has left us.

 NICOLAS BARRE'S FEAST DAY IN FUNDONG

October 21st is a special day for all infant Jesus Sisters, wherever we find ourselves in the world. This year it was no exception in Fundong. In order to create greater awareness, we decided in Community that whatever groups we were attending be it, Small Christian communities, Youth Groups in the schools, C W A etc. it would be an opportunity for us to talk and share on our Founder, Nicolas Barré. As well as having the feast announced at Mass, a Novena was prepared for the nine days before, using the writing and letters from Father Barré people joined us each evening, to pray and share. What struck me most was how relevant his spirituality, writing are to all kinds of people. Everybody found something that touched them, gave them courage and hope. Gave them peace of mine and some inspirations to continue their lives, inspite of their many difficulties. It was and enriching experience for us all. We are being evangelised every day by those we live and work with. Signs of God's presence are always there but sometimes we are so blind that we miss out, it might take the act of a little child for u to see. If we could only realize that "A little love makes everything easy" It is a great challenge for us continues seeking ways and means to keep alive and share the rich heritage that Father Barré has left us
Sr. Noreen

 HERE ARE THE IMPRESSIONS OF ONE OF THE PARTICIPANT TO THE NOVENA

The Novena to Nicolas Barré began on Wednesday 13th October at the Convent. At the beginning Srs. Francisca and Noreen explained that the Novena was because the Infant Jesus Sisters were celebrating the birth of Nicolas Barré, the founder of the Congregation. Most of the people who came to the Novena were teachers, students and children. The Novena started each evening at 5 pm with hymns from Cameroon Hymnal as well as readings from Fr. Barré's letters and some other texts written by him. As it was the month of Mary, sometimes we said a decade of the Rosary. Each evening we shared what touched us. This we liked very much. Many things touched me in Fr. Barré's Letters, which will help me and other people. For example, he was attentive to the needs of others, it taught me that I have to be attentive to the needy, especially the poor. I liked too his words, whatever happens, be always at peace. He asked questions like: Are you happy when your brother living according to the Word of God. Are you happy when you see your sister's soul in danger? The phrase that struck me most was that our spiritual life is more important than the body. It teaches me that I have to take care of my spiritual life because my body will die but my spiritual life will live forever.