Sister Nina Glinski, C.N.D., and Irene Benalli work on a ribbon star together at Marywood Retreat Centre, in Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Every fall when our women gather at Marywood Retreat Centre to plan our sessions, we also plan times for creativity.
This fall, our women gathered to learn how to make stars from intertwining regular ribbon. Ursula Grady who had learned how to make pine needle baskets from First Nation member Loreen Allard, came back to show us how to intertwine ribbon to make them look like stars. The stars make nice bows on presents or even as decorations on a Christmas tree.
During this Advent Season of planning for the Christmas celebrations, Loreen also showed the women how to make teepee ornaments from cotton canvas material and design animal shapes on them from felt material or even draw on them free hand with felt pens. We also gathered to make Christmas cards for our loved ones, using previous years cards as well as other decorations to enhance them. In winter, we craft again around Valentines Day, and this year we sat down to decorate already baked cookies.
As we share these days of leisure and working with our hands, sharing our crafts, we come to know one another in Gods presence. We often design or craft items not for ourselves but for our loved ones: for our families, for our friends. How delighted the Lord must be, to see these women working intently and creating gifts for others.
Mary Richardson coordinates the East Kootenay Catholic Native Ministry in the Diocese of Nelson, British Columbia.
Catholic Missions In Canada Magazine, Winter 2011