By Sister Therese Maria Touma
During weekend of March 11-13th, the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light were on mission at our Lady Star of the East in Pleasantville, New Jersey. We were invited by pastor, Reverend Kamil Al-Chouefete to give a parish-wide retreat on Mercy. On Friday evening we joined the parish in praying the Way of Cross and Benediction of the Cross, and offered meditations we edited from Patriarch Rai's reflections.
The weekend included a children’s retreat from 9AM to noon on Saturday, then visits to the sick and home bound. In the evening, Mother Marla Marie spoke on vocations and the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light mission at the Divine Liturgy. Later in the evening, we guided the parish in Eucharistic adoration and healing service, which included confession. We also had an interactive evening and sharing with the MYO on mercy and forgiveness in our lives.
On Sunday, we offered the mothers a presentation on how to keep children in the faith. Afterwards, these women requested to make a retreat at our convent for extended time to pray with us.
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend with the beautiful parish family of Our Lady Star of the East. We thank Abouna Kamil and the parishioners for their warm hospitality, support and goodness in welcoming us and responding so positively to our mission. We look forward to being with them again in the near future.