Friday, June 21, 2024
Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

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Special guest, special blessing

Five-year-old Rachel Cogil loved the food for dinner at the Motherhouse, and even more than that she loved the blanket that was a gift from Sister Jane Guenette. And she even loved all the attention from all the other sisters in the dining room Friday afternoon, offering prayers and thoughts to Rachel and her parents, Craig and Roxanne.

At 5, Rachel doesn’t understand that this was just the first stop on what will be the several day drive to Southern California and the medical center at UCLA. It’s a sure bet she won’t love the surgery will will undergo there. Her parents understand the risks, as does Rachel’s aunt, Sister Christy Cogil, who is in Iowa caring for the family’s three sons while Mom, Dad and Rachel are in California.

The primary reason for Friday’s stop at the Motherhouse in Concordia was so the child could receive a special blessing during the morning Mass. Father Jack Schlaf, Motherhouse chaplain, invited Rachel and her parents to stand before the altar after the homily. Sisters Marcia Allen, Pat McLennon, Pat Eichner and Ramona Medina came forward and laid hands on Rachel while sisters in the pews extended their hands for the blessing. Father Jack anointed Rachel with holy oil while administering the sacrament of the sick.

Please continue to remember Rachel, her parents and family in prayer during the coming weeks.

Even a 5-year-old can run out of steam (and enthusiasm).
Even a 5-year-old can run out of steam (and enthusiasm).

Sister Jane Guenette plays peek-a-boo with Rachel, with the pink blanket Jane gave the girl as her hiding place.
Sister Jane Guenette plays peek-a-boo with Rachel, with the pink blanket Jane gave the girl as her hiding place.

As part of Friday's Mass, sisters gathered around 5-year-old Rachel Cogil and her parents to lay hands on the child who is on her way to the UCLA medical center for life-saving surgery.
As part of Friday's Mass, sisters gathered around 5-year-old Rachel Cogil and her parents to lay hands on the child who is on her way to the UCLA medical center for life-saving surgery.

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