April is a busy month with the Easter celebrations, the preparation of the garden and the lambing. A large crowd attended the Easter Vigil with active participation and joyful enthusiasm. The atmosphere is unique in its simplicity but has lasting impact. On April 29, a large group attended a memorial service for Dale Culbertson, a former employee of Corning Glass.
Lambing was due to begin on Easter Sunday but some ewes decided to drop their babies a couple days earlier. After 15 days, 100 ewes gave birth to 175 lambs (18 more ewes to go). The surprise of the season was a black sheep from a Blueface Leicester ewe (the occurrence is one in a thousand for us). For the donkeys, this lamb looks like a poodle who should not be with sheep. They donkeys did a good job against predators for the last year and a half. On the last day of the month, two guests witnessed an attack by a coyote while the donkeys were in an other area. The whole tragedy could be seen from the Casa at 1:30 in the afternoon. The sheep were chased out of the woods and the coyote isolated one lamb; the mother intervened but could not separate her lamb from the predator. We hope that the scene will not repeat.
Sunday, May 6th at 3pm, the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. They will perform at the Clemens Center in Elmira. Ticket prices range from $5-$15. This award-winning group of 40 musicians and 90 voices was established by Sr. Virginia Hogan of Rochester and has performed both in this country and in Europe. The choral group will sing at a 10am Mass at the monastery and the monks will begin the program at the Clemens Center by chanting None.
Shearing Day: Saturday, May 26th:
Mass with Lauds at 7:00. Shearing from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.?
Thursday, May 31st at 7pm, Frank T. Griswold. He is Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA, a former co-chair of Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue and currently co-chair of Anglican-Roman Catholic International Consultation. He has been a frequent visitor to Mt. Saviour.
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