About us

  1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 CSU was founded in 1994. It was observed that young woman yearned for deeper knowledge of faith, spiritual growth and more involvement in the Church. Unfortunately, the existing associations in the Church didn’t quite address this yearning. Thus, some of the young women were leaving the Church to new-generation churches. This was coupled with the prevailing economic hardship.

 

1.2 Our name is “Catholic Sisters United in Christ” ( CSU). Our motto is Sisters United in Christ: Body and Soul. Our patron saint is St. Rita of Cascia.

 

2.1  AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF CSU:

2.1.1  Promote spiritual growth;

2.1.2 Foster spirit of sisterhood;

2.1.3 Inculcate in members, true spirit of leadership;

2.1.4 Take interest in affairs of the Catholic Church; and

2.1.5 Have interest of CSU at heart.

 

2.2. CSU MEMBERSHIP

2.2.1  Membership is drawn from women ages 20 to 45 years both married and single.

2.2.2   Members are to:

  1. Be on probation for a minimum of 3 months.
  2. Attend Association prayer meetings and events
  3. Own rosary, Catholic Bible, white outfit
  4. Active membership of at least one standing committee
  5. Actively participate in Association activities
  6. Attend induction seminar
  7. Pay all financial obligations
  8. Pay for mantilla, pin, Handbook and uniforms, etc.

2.2.3 New parishes are to:

  1. Have minimum of 20 members
  2. Attend, participate and deliver report at all CSU events at national, diocesan and deanery levels that fell due during the period under probation
  3. All statutory committees must be functioning
  4. Gotten Spiritual Director

2.2.4 Induction of new members are carried out once in a year during their parish AGM. Sisters must be inducted in their parish.

 

2.3   STYLE OF ADDRESS AND DRESSING

  1. To address a fellow member, we say ‘Sister’ ( then mention first name)
  2. To address the house – “Sisters United in Christ”. Response is “Body and Soul”

 

DAY 2:    MEETINGS

CSU holds the following meetings:

3.1 Weekly spiritual meetings;

3.2 Monthly Executive Committee meetings;

3.3. Monthly Standing Committee meetings;

3.4 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 

3.1 WEEKLY PRAYER MEETINGS:

Weekly prayer meetings are held in the church premises. The meeting which always starts with the rosary is held in the following format:

3.1.1. First Week of the month – General Meeting

3.1.2. Second Week of the month – Bible Sharing

3.1.3. Third week of the month – Spiritual Talk

3.1.4. Fourth Week of the month – 20 Decades of the Rosary / Blessed Sacrament Adoration

3.1.5. Fifth Week – Praise worship / intercessory prayers / Testimonies

Week 1 of the month – General Meeting

 Prayer Format

3.1.1. WEEK ONE – General Meeting

  1. Sign of the cross
  2. Rosary (there must always be prayer intentions during rosary)
  3. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. Hymn
  5. Prayer of thanksgiving from Handbook
  6. Prayer of forgiveness from Handbook
  7. One or two other prayers from Handbook
  8. 2-5 minutes Bible reflection ( to be taken by a sister who should have prepared ahead of time for it)
  9. 2-5 minutes Doctrinal Talk to be taken by a sister (who should have prepared ahead of time for it)
  10. 2-5 minutes praise worship and intercessory prayers which doubles as opening prayer for General Meeting. Then, sign of the cross
  11. General Meeting 20-40 minutes
  12. President/Facilitator’s Opening Remark
  13. Apology

iii. Minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters Arising
  2. All Standing Committees
  • Spiritual
  • Charity
  • Church Services
  • Social/Welfare
  • Evangelism (for inducted parishes)
  1. All ad-hoc committees, Neighbourhood Watch, etc, are obliged to also present their monthly reports on matters such as: finances; activities planned and executed, etc;
  2. One minute closing prayer for General Meeting
  3. General announcement / Secret bag collection (SBC) / marking of attendance / Welcoming of new members / prayerfully celebrating sisters whose birthday fall within the month (Birthday sisters are encouraged to bring refreshment to be eaten after closing prayer).
  4. One minute closing prayer with ‘Abba Father’ sang holding hands in a circle

 

NB:   1.  Pls note that when we do sign of the cross at the beginning, we don’t do another one until we finish intercessory prayer.

  1. All sisters should get copy of annual program for the year from the General Secretary and copy of the Handbook. Handbook is 1,500. Sisters should pay at their respective parishes. Parishes/Dioceses should pay to CSU National.
  2. All monies including SBC, should be paid into the parish association account within one month. For Probationary parishes it should be paid into account of Mother Parish, Deanery or Diocese depending on Diocesan directive.
  3. Under no circumstances should association money be out of the bank for up to one week.

 

3.1.2. Week  2 of the month – Bible Sharing

  1. Sign of the cross
  2. Rosary (there must be prayer intentions during rosary)
  3. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. Hymn
  5. Prayer of thanksgiving from Handbook
  6. Prayer of forgiveness from Handbook
  7. One or two prayers from Handbook
  8. 2-5 minutes Doctrinal Talk to be taken by a sister (who should have prepared ahead of time for it)
  9. 2-5 minutes praise worship and intercessory prayers which doubles as opening prayer and sign of the cross
  10. Bible sharing following the national spiritual program 20-30 minutes
  11. 1 minute closing prayer for Bible Sharing
  12. General announcement / Secret bag collection / marking of attendance / Welcoming of new members
  13. 1 minute closing prayer with ‘Abba Father’ sang holding hands in a circle.

 

3.1.3. Week  3 of the month – Spiritual Talk

  1. Sign of the cross
  2. Rosary (there must be prayer intentions during rosary)
  3. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. Hymn
  5. One or two prayers from Handbook
  6. Prayer of thanksgiving from Handbook
  7. Prayer of forgiveness from Handbook
  8. 2-5 minutes Bible Reflection to be taken by a sister (who should have prepared ahead of time for it)
  9. 2-5 minutes Doctrinal Talk to be taken by a sister (who should have prepared ahead of time for it)
  10. 2-5 minutes praise worship and intercessory prayers which doubles as opening prayer and sign of the cross
  11. Spiritual Talk to be delivered by (invited) speaker with question and answer session (20-30 minutes)
  12. 1 minute closing prayer for Spiritual Talk
  13. General announcement / Secret bag collection / marking of attendance / Welcoming of new members
  14. minute closing prayer with ‘Abba Father’ sang holding hands in a circle.

 

 

3.1.4. Week 4 – ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

  1. Prayer intention for Holy Hour
  2. Sign of the Cross
  3. Opening hymn for exposition
  4. Opening prayer as in Handbook (section for Blessed Sacrament Adoration)
  5. Rosary & Litany
  6. Prayer of thanksgiving from Handbook
  7. Prayer of forgiveness from Handbook
  8. One or two prayers from the CSU Handbook
  9. 2-5 minutes Bible reflection
  10. 2-5 minutes Doctrinal Talk
  11. 2- 10 minutes praise worship and intercessory prayers and prayers of the faithful
  12. One scripture reading as in pg 51
  13. 2-3 minutes silent adoration
  14. 1 minute closing prayer for program for the day. (After which sisters leave the chapel respectfully)
  15. General announcement / Secret bag collection / marking of attendance / Welcoming of new members (To be done outside the chapel)
  16. 1 minute closing prayer with ‘Abba Father’ sang holding hands in a circle.

 

3.1.5. Week 4 – 20 DECADES OF THE ROSARY

  1. Sign of the cross
  2. 20 decades of the Rosary (there must be prayer intentions during rosary)
  3. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. Hymn
  5. Prayer of thanksgiving from Handbook
  6. Prayer of forgiveness from Handbook
  7. One or two prayers from Handbook
  8. 2-5 minutes Bible Reflection (to be taken by sister who would have prepared for it ahead of time)
  9. 2-5 minutes Doctrinal Talk to be taken by a sister (who should have prepared ahead of time for it)
  10. 2-5 minutes praise worship and intercessory prayers which doubles as opening prayer and sign of the cross
  11. 1 minute closing prayer for General Meeting
  12. General announcement / Secret bag collection / marking of attendance / Welcoming of new members
  13. One minute closing prayer with ‘Abba Father’ sang holding hands in a circle.

 

3.1.6. Week  5 of the month – Praise Worship

  1. Sign of the cross
  2. Rosary (there must be prayer intentions during rosary)
  3. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. Hymn
  5. Prayer of thanksgiving from Handbook
  6. Prayer of forgiveness from Handbook
  7. One or two prayers from Handbook
  8. 2-5 minutes Bible Reflection from passage to be selected by the Spiritual Coordinator
  9. 2-5 minutes Doctrinal Talk selected by Spiritual Coordinator, to be taken by a sister (who should have prepared ahead of time for it)
  10. Praise Worship / Choruses / Intercessory prayers
  11. One minute closing prayer for General Meeting
  12. Testimonies
  13. General announcement / Secret bag collection / marking of attendance / Welcoming of new members
  14. 1 minute closing prayer with ‘Abba Father’ sang holding hands in a circle

 

3.1.7. Our prayer points include but not limited to:

We start with thanksgiving and forgiveness is our sins. Others are:

  1. Our Association CSU and all leaders of our Association- National, Diocese, Deanery, Parish
  2. Peace in our homes and our lives;

iii. Spiritual growth and fulfillment of all CSU members

  1. Our Spiritual Directors and Chaplains
  2. Sisters who could not attend meeting
  3. CSU evangelism and Evangelisers

vii. Healing of sick sisters

viii. Life partners for our single sisters

  1. Devine connection and financial upliftment
  2. Our husbands;
  3. Our Children;

xii. Our families;

xiii. The Church

xiv. Spiritual growth among sisters;

  1. Zeal for service in God’s house;

xvi. Unity and spirit of sisterhood among sisters in CSU;

xvii. Journey mercies

xviii. Our country;

xix. The whole world

  1. Fruit of the womb for sisters waiting on the Lord

xxi. Journey mercies

xxii. Safe delivery for our pregnant sisters

xxiii. Unity and spirit of sisterhood in CSU

xxiv The Church and the Pope

xxv.  Peace in our homes and our lives p. Zeal for service in God’s house among sisters

xxvi. Employment, promotion at work and growth in business

xxvii. Repose of souls of departed members of CSU and our loved ones

 

NB: It’s not compulsory to pray on the entire intentions

 

Day 3:  In a nutshell, who are we?

We’re the Catholic Sisters United in Christ (CSU).

  1. We’re spiritual: We organise prayers, retreats, recollections, vigils, Blessed Sacrament Adoration, novenas, etc for spiritual growth of our members and the Church.

 

  1. Who are we?……

We’re charitable: We visit, pray with, feed, pay school fees, throw party, provide gifts, introduce Christ to, organise Charity Walk, etc for the needy and less privileged in our society.

 

  1. Who are we? ……

We engage in direct services to the our parishes. We run snacks stand, care for the widows, Bible evangelism, scholarship scheme, cleaning of the church, organise / support harvest, organize children’s program and literally carry out any assignments given to us by the leadership of the Church.

 

  1. Who are we? …….

We’re social. We care for each other’s welfare.

  1. We organise regular Love Feasts to unwind. We organize skill acquisition, workshops, garage sales, etc.
  2. Are we there for you, for one another? Yes, we are. We’re there both when you rejoice or mourn. When you wed or have a baby, we celebrate with you. When you loose a parent or member of the nuclear family, be rest assured, we’ll follow you, stand by you, mourn with you all the way. We’ll be by your side to the last minute. In CSU, no sister is alone. No parish is alone.
  3. We’re realistic – very realistic. We have platform for members to save/invest. We also have group life insurance. We run cooperative society. We have group insurance as well as investment scheme. Interested sisters are encouraged to key in right away.

Who are we? ………

  1. It’s not just about us. We care. We share. We spread the good news. We’re Evangelisers. We take CSU to other dioceses, to other parishes. We’ve been charged. “Go and make disciples of all nations.” We’re encouraging more membership in our parishes. Membership drive is a annual event in every parish.
  2. Who are we? ……..

We’re LOVE. In CSU, no sister is alone. No parish is alone. We’re here for one another. When in need give a shout. We’re mindful of the corporal work of mercy.

In CSU, we teach one another how women should relate to women. We look forward to being in the fold. We look forward to our gatherings. If you always fight when you gather, there’s something seriously wrong. You’ve lost it. Pls address it.

We are givers and as such we never lack. We give what we have for everyone has something for we come with our 3 Ts – Treasure, Talent and Time. We have ideas, time, money, etc. We’re all blessed with talents. Pls let’s use it to the glory of God. We have complete gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are mindful of the parable of talent. We appreciate that heavenly race is an individual race. While our Lord charged us to make disciples of all nations, He confided in us that where two or three are gathered in His name, He is there in their midst. Quorum for prayer meetings, once it’s time, is TWO. Once 2 sisters are around and it’s time, pls start firing prayers for Our Lord had taken His position. Other sisters will join.

 

  1. Who are we? ……

We’re publishers. Corporal work of mercy: Educate the ignorant. We publish a magazine “Body and Soul” to educate ourselves and the general public. Grab a copy from your parish. In our respective parish, diocesan and national events, we also produce brochure. We publicize our events in media. We send goodwill / congratulatory messages where / when necessary. We encourage sisters to actively contribute to our Association magazine by sending articles, goodwill messages, adverts, etc. Talk to your Publicity Secretary or Mother Parish Publicity Secretary to participate. We’re all encouraged to contribute / participate. Sisters United in Christ: