Pernet's Summer Outings program provides an opportunity for families to create positive memories together while doing a fun summer activity. This summer, so far, families have joined us at joined us at the Southwick's Zoo and Douglas Lake.
A BIG THANK YOU to the volunteers from St. Matthew's in Southborough for collecting donating 33 hours of your time to help Pernet in our community youth garden and sorting and organizing formula! We appreciate your time and energy!
Patricia, the new Early Intervention Director for Pernet Family Health Service, comes to Pernet as a seasoned professional with over twenty years experience in, Program Management, Education, Non Profit/ Human Service, and Community Outreach. Major strengths in human relations, leadership, Early Childhood Education, supervision and her twenty plus years in both public and private nonprofit has enabled Pattie to significantly impact the families of the North Central MA area from which she hails. Over the years Pattie has been frequently called upon to develop initial staffing and programs for start-up operations and continued planning and development of program goals.
Most recently Pattie served as the Executive Director of The Roudenbush Community Center in Westford, MA. As Executive Director she oversaw the strategic development of the Community Center and overall operations, staff management and marketing to ensure that the Center exceled in its mission to enrich the lives of Westford residents through programs and services in the areas of education, entertainment, health, and the arts.
Pattie supervised the center’s staff and a large group of volunteers as well as managed the relationship between the Center and the Town of Westford for mutual benefit.
Prior to Roudenbush, Pattie was the Director of both Fitchburg Community Connections and the Family Resource Center @ Fitchburg Community Connections. The Family Resource Center was created in July 2012 with Pattie’s guidance and her expertise in the area of Family Issues. The Center serviced and impacted more than 1500 family members, in the first two years, under Pattie’s leadership. Prior to this position Pattie serviced as Supervisor of the Healthy Families Program with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. While in this role Pattie received the “Face of Prevention” Award on the Steps of the Statehouse in Boston.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood from Fitchburg State College. Pattie also has numerous trainings from The Children’s Trust Fund of MA and other Agencies that support the area of Children and Families. Ms.Pichette serves on numerous boards of community organizations and is active on state committees for policies affecting children’s issues, and systems of care. She has conducted numerous trainings, workshops and in-services on early childhood, parenting, job skills and positive behavior supports.
Pattie is an active participant in Community Theater both as a Singer and Actress and has taught drama at Mt Wachusett Community College’s Children’s Drama Camp Program.
We're so glad you're here with us, Pattie!
Last week, Homework Club celebrated its last day of program for the 2017 – 2018 school year with food, games, arts and crafts, and model airplanes! Thank you to all of our wonderful families and volunteers that helped make this happen! Here are some pictures we’d love to share with you!
"Today it is necessary to begin by struggling
against one’s own violence”
Sr. Paul- Hélène Saint- Raymond
Little Sister of the Assumption
«…To procure the Glory of God by the Salvation of the poor and little ones, in the way of Incarnation followed by Jesus the Servant, the One sent by the Father, who laid down His life to save humankind and gather them together as one people. »
She was born into a profoundly Christian family, the eighth of ten children.
After studying at the Sorbonne and a short period of time spent in professional life, she entered the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Assumption where she made her vows on the 29th of July, 1954. During her first years of religious life, she was successively sent to Creil in the north of Paris, to the house of studies in rue Morère during her nursing training, then to the St Ambroise community in Paris (11th arrondissement) and later to Petit Quevilly near Rouen.
It was in 1963, at Les Sources, that Algiers welcomed her. She remained there until 1973. After a brief stay in Tunis in 1974, she went to Casablanca in Morocco in 1975. In 1984 it was Algeria again, in Ksar el Boukhari, and in 1988 she returned to Algiers (Belcourt).
At that time, she began her missionary work at the Ben Cheneb library in the Casbah. Paul-Hélène, a woman who bore God through simple actions, who loved with a free and open heart, to Him she consecrated her life with a Yes forever. She proclaimed the Life, Mission, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, Servant and Saviour, in the midst of the Moslem culture, among those who were not Christians. She bravely revealed the loving face of God Father and Mother in a country where there were intense conflicts at different levels and in different situations.
Algeria was experiencing a civil war. In various excerpts from letters sent by Sister Paul-Hélène to her family or to the general council of the congregation we can read:
'You are surely wondering what we are experiencing here, and how we are living through it... doing our best, no doubt?
... There are serious problems:
· Attacks, acts of sabotage in the cities, the building up of real underground forces in the mountainous areas; it seems that the groups are varied and autonomous ... But both the violence of the terrorism and the violence of the repression used against it are breeding profound hatred and bitterness that will leave their mark for a long time.
· The patronage and corruption that made so many people wealthy under the last régime seem untouched (a minister of justice, with a reputation for competence and integrity, who had tried to do something under Abdesselem, was soon dismissed). And that nurtures terrorism by reaction... or by secret alliances? (Who was behind Boudiaf's assassination? And the assassination of the economists Liabès and Boukhobza, given the responsibility of a programme of analyses and economic forecasting…?)
· The economic and social situation continues to deteriorate: inflation over 30%, salaries frozen, unemployment becoming more widespread, businesses coming to a complete standstill (when they haven't been set afire): Abdesselem's economic policy (summer '92 to summer '93) was: austerity – reduction of imports; but, without natural resources, or spare parts, how can the management of businesses be "cleaned up"? bring any "health" into the way businesses are managed? Since then, Redha Malek has been trying since to restore ties with international institutions and foreign businesses. But the still 'imminent' agreement with the IMF and IRDB has still not been signed, it seems. Is this for fear of social upheaval? Fear of unpopularity++ as a political term comes to an end? Reservations on the part of the IMF?
The drop in the price of oil means that the income can barely cover the interest on the debt...
· As for foreign businesses, the new investment code that has been promulgated is supposed to make things 'attractive', but the security situation is less so; the strategy is clear: in Egypt, the Islamists are trying to "destabilize the government" by attacking tourists (tourism is a major source of revenue); here they have to avoid having foreign countries, and Europe in particular, throw their economic weight into the battle. The recent anti-immigration measures, the non-renewal of papers for ISF activists in Europe have probably also something to do with the attacks against foreigners... As for foreign women married to Algerians, they are also targeted... To understand this re-read Esdras and Nehemiah!
In another letter, she wrote a little before Easter:
“... the situation is continuing to deteriorate. While last summer we were speaking of "a latent civil war", now we have to say that "we're right in the middle of a civil war". The underground forces run by groups in the mountainous regions control the villages and hamlets in their zone and force their pitiless, ferocious rule on them; in the towns, assassinations, racketeering, acts of sabotage are on the rise and strike anywhere, at any time, at anything and anyone ‑ including women, old people, adolescents, sometimes children.”
Lives for the Reign of Life
Paul-Hélène lived in the Belcourt district of Algiers; this is also a poor neighbourhood but is less exposed than the Kasbah where three sisters of the community lived.
“Called to live in this isolated house we are conscious of the precariousness of our mission and, therefore, of the richness of the gift God has for us.”
She left as usual on the morning of the 8th of May. It had been agreed that if there was any unrest, she would stay and spend the night in the Kasbah. For some months, in order to avoid making too many journeys back and forth, Paul-Hélène used to work all day on Sunday (in predominantly Moslem countries Sunday is an ordinary day, while Friday is a holiday), and take her meal at the Kasbah (10 minutes from the Ben Chebeb library). So that is what she did on the 8th of May. She left the Kasbah house at about 1:30 p.m. and went to open the library where she took her place in the courtyard at the entrance to welcome the secondary school students. She had her little table in the corner and, on another table, the boxes with index cards for use by the students.
Three men appeared and said: 'Police!' Paul-Hélène led them to Henri's office, as they had apparently asked to see the person in charge. One of the men took out his revolver and aimed it at the back of Paul-Hélène's neck. She fell backwards, killed instantly. When the sisters of her community arrived on the scene they 'found her stretched out, arms almost crossed, hands open, very peaceful, a slight smile upon her lips', one of them said.
A second shot was heard, and Henri collapsed. Henri had probably stood up, was shot, and fell face down upon his desk. The bullet had cut through his face at the level of the cheekbone and lodged in the wall. Only a trained gunman could have fired such a shot.
Messages were sent by the different institutions in solidarity with the after the sad news of the assassination of the two men religious who were filled with passion for the Reign of God and with love for the neighbour:
Communiqué from the Union
of Islamic Organisations of France:
“'Two French religious were assassinated in Algeria by unknown killers on the very day a march took place calling for dialogue and national reconciliation.
This assassination, striking innocent people, goes against all principles, and is a grievous blow to the image of Algeria.
The Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) vigorously condemns this odious crime, as well as all the acts of violence perpetrated in Algeria, and calls on all the belligerents to end this bloodshed which serves only to lead the country into chaos.”
Our Father, of the poor who are marginalised.
Our Father, of the martyrs, of those who are tortured.
Your name is sanctified in those who die
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Prayers of the community:
Response: In Christ we are all brothers (Mt. 23:8)
O God of kindness, look at our wounded world that is falling under the weight of its egoism and help us to raise up those who are frail and forgotten on this earth. Let us pray
We ask you, help us to grow in inter-religious dialogue and love, that we may be promoters of the culture of peace and of care for life. Let us pray.
Lord, send vocations to the congregation of the Little Sisters of the assumption so that, following the example of Paul-Hélène, they may be bearers of life and of hope in this world that is thirsting for Peace and Justice. Let us pray.
Lord God, our Father,
We praise you for the Passion and Death
And the Resurrection of your Son Jesus,
He, the greatest of martyrs,
By whom salvation comes.
You desired that his martyrdom be shared
With our brothers and sisters
Of the Church in Algeria:
Henri and Paul-Hèlene, Caridad and Esther,
Jean, Charles, Alain and Christian,
Angèle-Marie and Bibiane, Odette,
Christian, Luc, Christophe, Michel,
Bruno, Célestin and Paul,
And your bishop Pierre.
We ask you, Father, that,
By their intercesión,
That the dialogue, respect and love may be strengthened
Between your Christian and Moslem sons.
Bless Algeria and its people,
We glorify you, in peace.
Father, we invoke our martyrs for …
(at this point, fomulate petitions that are entrusted to our martyrs)
And you Mary, whom all love
And who are also venerated in the house of Islam,
Listen to our prayer and intercede with your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
On May 2, 1991, Sheilah H. Dooley started working at Pernet Family Health Service as an RN.
Now, 27 years later, Sheilah is our Executive Director and daily source of inspiration, knowledge, and motivation at Pernet. Thank you for everything you've done over the last 27 years, and to many more!
Check out what we’ve been doing with the Hanover Theatre!
Happy National Volunteer Week! A BIG Thank You to all of our wonderful volunteers at Homework Club and Youth Group!!!
Youth Group has been participating in a theatre program at the Hanover Theatre, working on adapting fairytales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood to modern day versions. Soon they will be performing their final pieces to the group!