Quote of the Day
The love of the heart of Jesus urges Mary on. The will of God is everything to her. May we have the same zeal as Mary to do the good that is within our power.
~Jules Chevalier, MSC

GOOD FRIDAY 2014

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HOLY WEEK – FORGIVENESS AND MERCY

Forgiveness and Mercy

See the Vatican site for texts of Pope Francis’ homilies,

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/04/07pope_francis

 

From POPE FRANCIS’ Homily Palm Sunday:

Who am I?  Who am I before the suffering Jesus?  Where is my heart? Has my life fallen asleep?  Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?

Full text: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2014/4/14/full

 

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From PRAYER SERVICE in SOLIDARITY with  REFUGEES

ASYLUM SEEKERS

PALM SUNDAY  13 April 2014

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PALM SUNDAY PRAYER SERVICE in SOLIDARITY with REFUGEES ASYLUM SEEKERS

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

1.00 – 1.30 pm

Celebrant: Bishop Vincent Long

Whoever turns refugees away, forgets that Jesus was also one.

                                                                                                                                                   Pope Francis 2013

FOR OUR GENERAL CHAPTER

– April

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I have come that they may have life, life to the full.’ (Jn 10,10)

                                                                                                                                        (from Prayer for the General chapter 2014)

FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION

25 March

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On this feast we celebrate the 114th anniversary of the foundation of our Congregation and pray that we like Mary will be open to God’s Word in our lives.

Today we gather for Eucharist and  sharing of our lives.

Photo: Celebrant Fr  Philip Malone, msc with Sr carmel Slattery, msc

NATIONAL  LAMENT

“We are a society which has forgotten how to weep.” Pope Francis

We join the many people throughout Australia who are disturbed by the punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum in Australia are being subjected.  Following the recent incident on Manus Island which resulted in the death of a person and the injury of many Catholic Religious Australia invites participation in a “National Lament.”  It is a campaign of prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia.

It has two parts.  To participate

* using Reflection and Prayer Sheet

* for a sample/template letter  to one’s local Federal member and to the Minister, Scott Morrison

see justice@catholicreligiousaustralia.com.au

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

7 March 2014

This year the prayer was prepared by the women of Egypt with the theme: ‘Streams in the Desert’.

Egypt is a predominately Sunni Muslim country.  10% of persons identify themselves as Christian.

 

FOR OUR GENERAL CHAPTER

– March

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We continue our prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we prepare for our General Chapter in Peru, 2014: Choose Life with renewed Heart.

Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, you have been our faithful sister and mother since our founding days, accompany us on our journey.

(from Prayer for the General chapter 2014)

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD

- 2 February 2014

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE

“A church without religious sisters would be unthinkable.  Every consecrated person is a gift to the people on pilgrimage,” said Pope Francis in his address honouring both consecrated women and men in St Peter’s Square on  the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  Religious should “never be rigid or closed but always open to the God who speaks, who opens and who leads and who invites us to go out towards the horizon” he said.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK

11 February  2014

In 1992 Pope Paul 11 initiated this day - Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – as a day of prayer  calling us to pray for the sick and those who care for them.

FOR OUR GENERAL CHAPTER

– February

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We continue our prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we prepare for our General Chapter in Peru, 2014: Choose Life with renewed Heart.

“Filled with your Spirit let us always

Choose Life  with renewed Heart! (from Prayer for the General chapter 2014)

FOR OUR GENERAL CHAPTER

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We continue our prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we prepare for our General Chapter in Peru, 2014: Choose Life with renewed Heart.

Jesus, you have come into the world that we may have life, life to the full (cf. Jn 10:10).  Let us trust in your word: may it become reality for us and for allour sisters and brothers, especially the poor and marginalized. (from Prayer for the General chapter 2014)

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2014

January 1 – Feast of Mary, Mother of God, mother of the Prince of Peace.

In 1969 Pope Paul VI brought forth this ancient Marian feast to the octave of Christmas and instituted a day of Prayer for World Peace on this day.

May the Lord bless you and keep you

……..and bring you peace 

Numbers 6, 22ff (From Readings of the Day)

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CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO ALL!

The Lord became flesh and lived among us  

John 1,14

           MSC SISTERS PROVINCE CHAPTER 2013

  

            

    MSC Sisters of the Australian Province gathered in Melbourne from 16-18 December for our Province Chapter facilitated by Sr Catherine Brabender, RNDM.  Our Congregation worldwide has engaged in a process of reflection leading to and into our province chapters: Choose life – with renewed heart. Maureen Catherine Brabender Each day we began around the cross with prayer taking us into the agenda of the day.  A very important first step was the opportunity to review and to reflect together on the six years since our last chapter.  Using story, music and poetry Br James Maher, MSC, drew us deeper into reflection on our own personal journeys and our communal journey:  Choosing life – with renewed heart. James - Dec 2013 - better quality We then focussed on ‘conversation;’ our future; journeying together into the future.  We confirmed our belief in the Aboriginal peoples and re-committed ourselves to their support.  We wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, re the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers.  Srs Patricia Kinlyside and Rosalind Cairns were elected as delegates to our General Chapter in Peru in mid 2014. The chapter concluded with Eucharist celebrated by Fr Philip Malone, MSC.  Taking the readings of the day he spoke about Jeremiah, Moses, John the Baptist and Mary as instruments of God’s design, means by which God’s plan became reality.  Delegates Phil Catherine

We continue our ‘yes,’ choosing life so that the Sacred Heart of Jesus may be loved everywhere. 

                                                                                                                              –  Sr Carmel Butler, MSC

SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY EVENTS of 2013

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Annual Advent Gathering

Paul, Trish Maureen Smith

Sr Patricia Rush

75th Anniversary of Profession

 

 JUBILEES OF GOLD AND SILVER

Sr Carolle Barwick MSC

Sr Carmel Slattery

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2010 Sr Bernadette Howard rosary 2010-08-30 

           Sr Bernadette Howard’s entry into Eternal Life 13 October 2013

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Chevalier Day at Blackburn:   Sr Annabella Muller OLSH, Sr Paula Powok MSC

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Visit of Srs Dorothy Patiu and Paula Powok from Papua New Guinea for the funeral of Sr Bernadette.

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Sr Rae Anne William’s entry into Eternal life  22 August 2013

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Love is a Fire

Visit of Sr Mary Drum from Papua New Guinea.

Congratulations Mary on the publication of your book “Love is a Fire.’

St Pius X Parish West Heidelberg 60th Anniversary – 18 August

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Feast of Sacred Heart  7 June ‘Out of his heart shall flow springs of living water.’

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 FEAST OF ANNUNCIATION

6 April 2013

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GENERAL CONFERENCE NAMIBIA

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Srs Maureen Smith and Maureen Sheehan to General Conference in Namibia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SR ROSALIND CAIRNS The Compassionate Friends Victoria Inc. & The Rotary Club of Geelong Central presented Sr Rosalind, Manager of Health Chaplaincy Victoria the 2013 Compassionate Employer recognition Award on 12 March 2013. “This award recognizes the exceptional level of care and compassion shown to employees following the death of a loved one.” Congratulations Ros to you and your team!     CHAPTER PREPARATION Beginning of Chapter Preparation Process: Choose Life – with renewed heart.

SR. JOAN FISHER, MSC DIAMOND JUBILEE 2013 A very joyful day was celebrated on Sunday February 3rd with Sr. Joan Fisher on her Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession.   The ceremony and celebrations with Joan and her family focussed on the love and faithfulness of God. Over many years Joan has been involved in spiritual direction and retreat work.  This is still part of her life and ministry. Warm congratulations Joan!  Our love and prayers are with you! Joan is pictured with Sr. Maureen Smith, MSC    Sr. Carmel Butler, MSC

           Sr. Johan Kwon msc

Over the last years, several of our MSC Sisters from Korea have been our guests for varied lengths of time.  They have come to Australia to learn English, to study or to experience another culture and share our lives. Our Korean Province has nearly 200 Sisters who serve their people in a variety of ministries, mainly in Korea but also several sisters work alongside our sisters in other countries. Sr. Johan arrived in April last year to continue with her English and to further her studies in the area of Business Administration. We enjoy her youthfulness, enthusiasm and energy and admire the way she has learnt to live in Melbourne, make friends and share in the life of our Australian Province. Sr. Maureen Smith MSC

     

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JUBILEES

SR. GORETTI EVANS   -  GOLDEN

SRS. FLORIANE MELINZ  &  BENEDICT COOKE  -  DIAMOND

It was a warm Sunday afternoon when families and friends from near and far gathered at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene, to celebrate Jubilees of Gold and Diamond. Sr. Goretti  was born and grew up in Melbourne. While working at Mena House Hospital, East Melbourne, she came to know our sisters and was inspired to join the community.  Goretti made her First Profession at Mary’s Mount in 1962.  She trained as a nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital, Moreland, thus her openness to and care of others took wings and became lifelong.  Goretti became Superior & Matron at Holy Cross Hospital, Geelong, and later, at Sacred Heart Hospital, was Director of Nursing.  She was instrumental in assisting the Sisters of St Joseph initiate the School Nursing Program at Mount St Joseph’s College, Altona and for many years was the Nurse/Manager of the Christian Brothers’ Aged Care Facility, Parkville. Now she is the Brothers’ Aged Care Co Ordinator.  Goretti continues to be a very valuable resource person in the field of nursing for our own sisters & for many others as well. Sr. Floriane  was born in Croatia.  From the age of nine she wanted to be a missionary and has lived in that spirit ever since.  As a young woman she entered the MSC Sisters in Hiltrup, Germany, and at about the same time her family migrated to Australia.  After her First Profession, Floriane left Germany with eleven other sisters, braving the elements on the “Skaubryn” bound for Papua New Guinea where our main mission, Vunapope, was still in ruins after World War II.  Floriane worked on a leper station and later on the island of Tanga.  Her practicality serves her well, she can set her hand to anything.   But above all, she is a person of joy and great trust in God.  In 2000 she transferred to the Australian Province.  Tabulam and Templer Homes for the Aged and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Bayswater, became beneficiaries of her kindness and presence. Now she resides at our Hospitality House in Deepdene and continues to be available and alert to the needs of others. Sr. Benedict  was born and grew up in Melbourne.  Following her First Profession at Mary’s Mount, Balwyn, in 1952, she studied at Emily McPherson College of Domestic Science.  She used these skills with kindness, care and hospitality at Mary’s Mount, in our hospitals – Holy Cross, Geelong, and Sacred Heart, Moreland, and with residents at St Joseph’s Tower, Kew, always with a welcome to the visitor. Later, she worked in Pastoral Care at Sacred Heart Hospital and at St Joseph’s Tower before moving to St Albans East in 1992 where she continued her ministry of pastoral care and hospitality within the parish and neighbourhood. Benedict now lives at St Catherine’s, Balwyn, where she continues to be a hospitable and caring presence. Congratulations Goretti, Floriane and Benedict! Sr. Carmel Butler MSC