Love must urge us on.
SR BERNADETTE HOWARD, MSC
Our Lady of Good Counsel Deepdene
22 October 2013
Born 17 May 1917
Born to Eternal Life 13 October 2013
Sr Maureen Smith, Provincial, lit the Paschal Candle.
Sr Paula Kowok placed a shell on Sr Bernadette’s coffin.
On behalf of Sr Bernadette’s family her nephew, Graham Bates, spoke of what it was like to have an aunt who was a real life missionary and Sr Dorothy Patiu, Leader of the PNG Province, thanked Bernadette for her love, her inspiration and her prayer and encouragement of the young Sisters and others. She thanked her especially for her love of PNG and its peoples throughout her life.
One of Bernadette’s requests was that ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ be sung in Pidgin. This was led by Srs Dorothy and Paula and MSC students Patrick and Peter with organist, Sr Kathleen Boschetti MSC.
Celebrating the Eucharist were MSC Frs Paul Castelly, Philip Malone and Frank Dineen.
Sr Dorothy and Sr Paula stand by Bernadette outside our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Rest in peace, Bernadette.
CHEVALIER DAY 2013
This year the MSC Community at Blackburn hosted the get together on the occasion of the death of Fr Jules Chevalier, MSC, Founder of the MSCs, OLSH Sisters and whose Charism our Founder, Fr Linckens handed on to us. It was wonderful to share this experience with two of our Sisters who had just arrived from PNG.
Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Brian Gallagher, MSC .
Srs Annabella Muller OLSH and Paula Kowok MSC (PNG Province) who had studied together at Teachers’ College in PNG were both surprised and delighted to meet each other again on this occasion.
SR PATRICIA RUSH, MSC
18 October 2013
Today we joined Sr Patricia in celebrating her 75th jubilee as a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart. Trish was one of the first group of two young Australian women (the other being Annie Glavin, RIP) to enter our Congregation and they became lifelong friends. Trish is the first Sister in our Province to celebrate 75 years of commitment to God and his people.
Congratulations, Trish and thank you for all that you are to us and to many.
Among family, friends and MSCs Trish’s brother, Fr Theophane Rush, OFM, celebrated the Eucharist this afternoon. Together with him we gave thanks to God and asked continued blessing on her.
SR MARY BERNADETTE HOWARD, MSC
13 October 2013
This evening Bernadette died peacefully, aged 96, after a life of dedicated service. Sixty-one years of those years were lived wholeheartedly in Papua New Guinea where she was, for the most of that time, midwife, delivering countless babies. Bishop Rochus Tatamai, MSC (Bereina, PNG) is one of those she delivered in Vunapope Hospital, Kokopo. On hearing of her death he wrote, “I will be forever grateful to her for her prayers and encouragement.”
Rest in the Heart of God, dear Bernadette.
JUBILEES – GOLDEN AND SILVER
Sr Carmel Slattery, MSC
Sr Carolle Barwick, MSC
29 September 2013
It was in a spirit of thanksgiving and of standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before that Srs Carmel Slattery (50 years) and Sr Carolle Barwick (25 years) entered into the Eucharist celebrated by Fr Philip Malone, MSC. Joining them at our Hospitality Centre and honouring them were MSC Communities and both Carmel and Carolle’s families.
“Today Carmel and Carolle are celebrating their 50 years and 25 years respectively of their Profession, their commitment as MSC Sisters.
With them we give thanks to God for His faithfulness and love and we thank them for listening and responding to God’s call enabling them to serve his people, to share His love with them in a variety of ways and to be the people they are today.
All of us here know Carmel and Carolle well, both very different people but both with hearts filled with love and goodness and trusting in God – no matter what in the ups and downs of life.
I’d just like to share the following words with you – that Carolle shared with us in a Thank You note on the actual day of her anniversary _
Commitment is that quality of human nature that tells us
not to count the days or months or years, conversations or efforts or rejections
but to simply go on going on until “all things in the fullness of time,”
until everything is ready, until all hearts are in waiting for the Word of God
in this situation to be fulfilled.
Joan Chittister in “Songs of the Heart” (Twenty-Third Publications)
As Carmel and Carolle celebrate and renew their commitment today may it be an opportunity for each of us too to reflect on our own commitments that we have made along our life’s path and give thanks to God and renew our trust in Him.”
Sr Maureen Smith, MSC
ASIA/PACIFIC/AUSTRALIA (APA) LEADERS CONFERENCE
From September 9 – 19 eight MSC Sisters from across the regions took part in this Conference, Together in one heart, in Tagaytay City, Philippines, along with thirteen MSC Fathers and ten Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
Sr Maureen Smith represented our Province. “Being on mission together is a powerful witness in today’s fragmented world; we believe that our spirituality helps bring people together, and so we reaffirm that engagement with the poor and marginalized is an integral part of our spirituality and mission.” From the Congress Report.
SR RAE ANNE WILLIAMS,MSC
22 August 2013
Today we were saddened by the unexpected death of our dear Rae Anne who died peacefully at Box Hill Hospital this morning.
May she be enfolded in the love of God whom she so faithfully served.
Rae Anne Williams Born 4 September 1939
Entered Eternal Life 22 August 2013
Remembered with love at her Funeral Liturgy 26 August 2013
St Bridget’s Church, Greythorn
RAE ANNE’S EULOGY – AUGUST 26TH 2013
“ Have you seen Him whom my soul loves ?”
These words from “the Song of Songs” seem to me to apply to the life of our Sr. Rae Anne.
Rae Anne joined our MSC Congregation in 1963, and made her final profession of vows in 1969. It was a time of great change in the church and therefore also in Religious life.
From Alan you have heard of the richness in life and attitude received through Rae Anne’s family. She trained as a secretary and within that span of life she sought the future for the continuity of her life. She was received into the Catholic Faith by Fr.Tom Foynes who was her guide at that time and then she made the giant leap to choose Religious Life. And so her search continued.
This year marks the 50th year since Rae Anne joined our community. After her Novitiate, she first attended Emily MacPherson College, to become a future cook/Chef in one of our hospitals. At that time a specialized course was also conducted for Religious – the future Chefs in Religious Hospitals and Institutions. They usually cooked for large numbers and learnt all the secrets of the trade. The “Master Chefs” of that time.
As a member of community, wherever she was, Rae Anne was able to place her many skills at the service of others. She was a very practical person. And as her life continued, she built on the foundations of her early years. Besides cooking she also studied for future ministries- a Teaching Diploma at Christ College and later a Batchelor in Theology. Her search continued.
Rae Anne, though being a very private person, was also affectionately and deeply involved with the many people she met through her ministries. In a sense she was a “small group” person, catering in fact and through listening to the groups in her Parishes whose formation she enabled. Those of you here will remember her through her personal care and interest and, again, her ability to arrange the practicalities on which any group depends.
She had a keen sense for truth and justice and in the difficulties of life which meet us all, she was able to forgive and move on. Her reason for entering the Convent, supported through the Religious studies she undertook , was nourished through her life of prayer and shared liturgical life in the Parishes in which she ministered. She knew God as Emmanuel, God-with-us. And not, as the song says, “ at a distance”.
Rae Anne’s fields of ministry were in the kitchen at Holy Cross Hospital; at Sacred Heart Hospital and at Mary’s Mount; She taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School in Wattle Park and taught and was Religious Education co-ordinator at Holy Eucharist Parish in St.Alban’s. Rae Anne also attended some of our own overseas courses and was able to visit Israel en route to one of those courses. Since living at Box Hill North she was Pastoral Associate at St. Brigid’s, Greythorn (here) and also did some Chaplaincy work at Box Hill hospital, where she gave her life back to God last Thursday, August 22nd. The Feast of the Queenship of Mary.
An ancient Hebrew prayer starts:
“Life is a journey and death a destination…” Rae Anne has now completed that journey. She has now has met Him face to face, for whom her heart always searched.
In the words of St. John, like Mary of Magdela, she can say ; “I have seen the Lord and he said these things to me.” (John 20: 18)
Let us all remember Rae Anne ; her life with us goes on. Rest in Peace, Rae Anne.
Sr Francis Baum, MSC
ST CHRISTOPHER’S GERMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY 2013
Congratulations to St Christopher’s on your 60th Jubilee!
For many years Sr Elizabeth Scheer was Pastoral Associate sharing her love of God, people and music with many people, often travelling long distances to visit the sick and elderly. St Christopher’s remains a welcoming community that knows how to celebrate well.
ST PIUS X, WEST HEIDELBERG 18 August 2013
This year St Pius X Parish celebrates its 60th Anniversary! Congratulations!
Sunday 18 August was chosen to celebrate this momentous occasion. Eucharist was celebrated at 10.30 am followed by tours of St Pius X School and the planting of an olive tree in remembrance of St Pius X and his Italian roots. After a meal the commemorative cake was cut by an original parishioner and the daughters of another family. A truly wonderful day was had by all!
ITALIAN ALDER (Alnus Cordala)
NATIVE OF ITALY
HOME OF GUISEPPE SARTO
PLANTED TO COMMEMORATE
THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE PARISH OF ST PIUS X
SR MARY DRUM, MSC 27 July 2013
Mary returned from her mission in Papua New Guinea where she is currently project managing a the building of a child care centre children of working mothers and safe accomodation for young women.
Welcome home, Mary!
Mary is pictured here second from right.
SR LEONIE PIHALISE, MSC
Sr. Carmel Slattery MSC
& Sr. Leonie MSC
with PNG Bird of Paradise Emblem 2007
SR LEONIE PIHALISE, MSC
On September 9, 2012 Sr Leonie will celebrate her Golden Jubilee as a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart. Leonie was born in Manus Island and came to Melbourne as a young woman to begin her Novitiate at Mary’s Mount, Balwyn. Following First Profession she received her mission cross on 25 January 1965 and left for New Britain two days’ later. She is the first Papua New Guinean to be professed as a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU SR LEONIE! We wish you every blessing for your future!
OLYMPIC DREAM Click on this link
The Australian Province of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will conclude its Centenary
Year with Eucharist on 31 August. Congratulations Sisters!
ALL HALLOWS, BALWYN
Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the opening and blessing of your parish church.
Over the years many of our significant province celebrations were held at All Hallows which is now part of the Parish of
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene.
Opening our Doors
People seeking asylum come to Australia from many different regions of the world, the Subcontinent (incl. India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan) Australasia/Asia (including Thailand, Papua New Guinea), the Middle East (incl. Iran, Iraq), and Africa (including Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda).
Early last year in 2011 we were in the fortunate situation of having the opportunity to make one of our houses available for a needy cause. We chose to support the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project.
Our house accommodates up to seven women at a time living lawfully in the community while they await a final outcome on their Protection or Humanitarian Claims. Some of the women will be at the property for short stays, others for longer periods of time. Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project case workers assist them throughout this time.
We give thanks to God for this new opportunity.
Sr. Maureen Smith MSC
|Michelle: Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream|
Mary MacKillop Foundation Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarship
In 2008, we the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the arrival of our Sisters in Australia.
The MSC Sisters have always had a special interest in the welfare of our indigenous people and for many years our late Sr. John (Pat Durnan) worked tirelessly in Redfern, Sydney alongside Fr. Ted Kennedy and many others to help make a difference to the lives of our Aboriginal people. We were very happy to continue this involvement by marking the occasion of our Anniversary by sponsoring someone from the Aboriginal Community in his/her tertiary studies.
We sponsored Shelly who fulfilled her lifelong dream in December 2011 when she graduated as Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at James Cook University, Townsville.
Her desire is to spend her future career as a Doctor advocating for my people and working in rural and remote locations in Australia.
“Not only will I follow my dream and become an orthopaedic surgeon but I will ensure I give back to the community by doing outreach work. As an Indigenous person, I know that the Aboriginal community will benefit from my empathy, life experiences and intention to forge a more equitable health care system and I am extremely grateful for the opportunities afforded me.”
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Clan: Darumbal
In 2012, we are now sponsoring Rachelle who is studying for a Bachelor of Law at Deakin University.
Goal for the Future:
“It is my goal to one day become a legal practitioner and to offer my services to our people. Our people are highly over-represented in the justice system yet there are so few Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander legal practitioners. My purpose is to make a difference and fight for the rights of my people.”
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Clan: Barkindji
They will look on the one whom
they have pierced. Jn 19,37
Feast of the Sacred Heart
Friday June 15, 2012
We join in prayer, celebration and outreach on our Congregational Feast Day.
We have experienced God’s love
and are called to share it
through our being, and our actions,
in all circumstances, at all times.
Hubert Linckens, MSC
This year the Feast of the Sacred Heart has a special meaning for our Sisters of the Peruvian Province and of the
District of Spain-Central America. It is the day on which the sisters of the two communities will unite in the newly
established Province Latina.
Congratulations Sisters and God Bless!
SHOAH MEMORIAL SERVICE 2012
Sr Francis Baum is a member of the Melbourne Archdiocese Sub-Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations and a Member of the Council of Christians and Jews.
She is pictutred here reading at the Shoah (Holocaust) Christian Memorial Service at St Francis’ Church, Melbourne.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Congratulations to our Sisters in Papua New Guinea on 110 Years of faithful service to your peoples.
With gratitude for all that has been and wishing you every blessing as you build upon the past to shape and enrich the future.