A Crib with a Difference
This year the residents at Calvary Cessnock Retirement Community will have a crib with a difference to remind them of the events we celebrate at Christmas.
This is largely due to the handicraft skills of our Sr Genevieve, who with loving care knitted all the figures in the nativity scene – the Holy Family, shepherds, kings, angels and sheep. She had Sr Dorothy Woodward design a wooden stable which was built by the men from the Calvary work shed. Lights, donated by a staff member, were installed by Genevieve’s friend and craft enthusiast, Julie, whose mother shares a room with Genevieve.
A resident at Calvary since 2016 when her mobility was affected by the progress of the disease Peripheral Neuropathy, Genevieve has continued her Josephite mission and ministry with great commitment and enthusiasm. She has always been skilled in handicrafts and has used her gifts to give joy to other residents, encouraging and helping them use their craft skills, making toy animals and other items to brighten their lives and those of their families.
Genevieve’s presence is appreciated in many other ways by staff and residents at Calvary. She visits other residents especially when they are sick or in need of a listening ear. She has been a comforting presence for families whose loved ones have died in the facility. She entertained pupils from Cessnock High School and Nulkaba Public Primary School and provided interesting material for their school projects. As one young man from Nulkaba put it “Genevieve believes in Jesus and is very intrigued in the Religious Industry”.
Genevieve is true to the words of St Mary MacKillop: ‘never see a need without doing something about it’. Recently she said “I believe I take my Josephite ministry with me wherever I am sent and I carry out that ministry t the best of my ability”