Special guest, special blessing

March 17, 2009 by

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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6 Responses to “Special guest, special blessing”

  1. Kelly Tyler on April 16th, 2009 3:36 pm

    I”m glad the surgery went well for her. I”m still praying for her and her family

    Love,
    Kelly Tyler

  2. Mary Fran Simons on April 7th, 2009 8:40 pm

    I just found the news about Rachel’s surgery. Thank God it went well. She her family remain in my prayer.
    Love,
    Mary Fran

  3. Veronica on April 5th, 2009 6:41 pm

    Christy,
    I am gald Rachel’s surgery went fine. Hopefully, the boys are behaving for you. I know for the short time I worked with Rachel they could be a handful for both Roxanne and Craig. I will continue to keep the whole family in my prayers.

  4. Sr. Eileen Farley on April 4th, 2009 7:13 pm

    I hope so too, Christy. That
    is so hard for a little one to have to undergo such an
    operation.
    I missed her here at Motherhouse because of Mary but
    it’s great you can send all those updates for us.

  5. Christy Cogil, CSJ on April 1st, 2009 8:43 pm

    Dear Kelly,

    Thanks so much for your prayers for Rachel. She had surgery last Thursday, March 26 and was able to speak when awakening in the recovery room (a very good sign). Her left side is paralyzed but, she will hopefully be able to regain movement of everything except fine motor movement in her left hand. The third day after surgery was the hardest when Rachel discovered that she could not move her left side. She told her Daddy, “I just want my two hands again.”

    Rachel’s three brothers are able to visit with her and Mommy and Daddy almost daily via webcam on a program called SKYPE. We get to see Rachel improving each day and she loves to talk with her brothers. What a wonderful gift this technology is for us.

    Thanks for continuing your prayers. We are hopeful that she will not need a shunt for her brain and that her physical recovery will come speedily so that she can return home soon.

    Blessings, Christy

  6. Kelly Tyler on March 30th, 2009 9:13 pm

    You and your famliy our in our thoughts and prayers.
    Please keep us up to date on how she is doing.
    and if there is anything we can do for you.

    love always,
    Kelly Tyler

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