Sisters and associates in San Francisco held two gatherings to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
By Sister Rosemary McKean
On a glorious, sunny Saturday morning, April 23, 12 Earth enthusiasts gathered at our Moss Beach garden, ready to spruce it up and plant several colorful new plants. We began with our Earth Day prayer ritual, and then we proceeded to the garden. Some plants planted in the garden at St. Katherine’s included lavender, African daisy, bacopa and several other perennials.
Sharing in the good fun and spirited hard work of trimming, weeding, digging and planting were Sisters Rosemary Campi, Jackie Graham, Kathleen Healy, Catherine Mary King, Lucia Lodolo, Rosemary McKean, Joanne O’Shea, Ruth Patrick, Pati Reinhart and Joan Riordan, along with Presentation Associate Loretta Nekota and Presentation alumna Ellie Adamo.
At left, Sister Catherine Mary King delighted in planting flowers which will be appreciated by all who visit the Moss Beach vacation house.
As an additional treat, Loretta brought a delicious picnic lunch of Polish hot dogs, macaroni salad and all the trimmings for everyone. Presentation Associate Sionie Del Rosario was not able to attend, but sent her famous coconut cake for our dessert.
A good time was enjoyed by all, and Earth is a more beautiful place for our having been there!
At right, Sister Pati Reinhart took on the task of digging the holes for the plants at Moss Beach which is about twenty minutes south of San Francisco.
At left, Sister Kathleen Healy made sure all the plants were watered at St. Katherine’s garden at Moss Beach.
Sisters and associates joined the motherhouse residents in San Francisco to hold a second gathering to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Twenty Presentation women met by the library windows overlooking the chapel garden. They used the Earth Day 2016 prayer ritual prepared by Sister Jacqueline Graham. “We listened, we prayed and we shared,” said Sister Rita Jovick. As part of the celebration, Sisters Helen Matosich and Toni Martinez planted flowers that had been on the motherhouse altar during Holy Week. The ritual ended with an enthusiastic singing of How Great Thou Art.
At left, sisters gathered to pray for Mother Earth while contemplating the chapel garden.
At right, Sisters Helen Matosich and Toni Martinez carefully plotted where to transplant several flowers that had adorned the chapel.