Activities of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Jacksonville, Florida (United States), October 2013.
On October 8th, the Servant Sisters officially started teaching at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Jacksonville. They go into each class, once a week, to help teach religion. The school offers classes for Pre-school to 8th grade. Right now the classes are in modules as they wait to transition to the new school building that is being built and is expected be finished after Christmas break.
Bishop Felipe Estévez of Jesus, the current bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine received permission from the Holy See to make October 11th the official feast of Our Lady of la Leche and this year was the first official celebration. The Shrine of Our Lady of la Leche was the first shrine dedicated to Our Blessed Mother in the United States. The Servant Sisters attended the Mass celebrated by Bishop Felipe in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. To honor Our Blessed Mother and in thanksgiving for the feast, the Servant Sisters organized a rosary procession at the Shrine in St. Augustine in the evening. Everyone in the diocese was invited, and the celebration continued at Dr. Mary Soha’s house with dinner and songs for the families that attended.
Assumption Parish celebrated its annual Fall Festival and the Servant Sisters were there to serve cotton candy and raise money for HM activities. With the help of generous donors, the Servant Sisters were able to use a cotton candy machine to make over 300 bags of cotton candy for the many families and children who attended the Fall Festival. There were various attractions and games, such as bounce houses, wall climbing, putt-putt golf and more. All proceeds at the Sisters cotton candy stand will be to support the Home of the Mother Fall Activities that are quickly approaching in November, such as the Adult Silent Retreat, Young Men’s Silent Retreat, and the Thanksgiving Family Encounter. To find out more about these activities and to sign up click here.