Quote of the Day
To be a Missionary of the Sacred Heart is to be an apostle of the love of Jesus.
~Jules Chevalier, MSC

Tess' 70th - Tony Tess PhilSR THERSA CRESP

MISSIONARY SISTER OF THE SACRED HEART

70TH JUBILEE

17 AUGUST 2014

Sr Theresa is pictured with Frs Anthony Doran and Philip Malone, Celebrants of the Eucharist at St Catherine’s Aged care Facility, Balwyn, to mark this momentous occasion.

CONGRATULATIONS, TESS!

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Sr Theresa with Sr Maureen Smith, Province Leader.

 

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Sr Theresa with MSC Priests, Philip and Peter Malone.

MSC SISTERS PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Blessing and Opening of

Sacred Heart Women’s Hostel

& Linckens Child Day Care

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

  During Blessing 12 RC  

 

acknowledging contributors

 Sr Mary Drum, MSC acknowledges the contributors to the Project.  Seated is Sr Hubertine Babe, MSC

Blessing Sacred Heart Icon picture

‘The Sacred Heart picture unveiled today is a print of the Sacred heart icon from Issoudun, France.  It has an inscription which translates in English to read:

To be on Earth the Heart of God.

This is the centre of the spirituality of our Congregation.’

Sr Dorothy Patiu, MSC

Province Leader.

‘Gracious God, you have filled the hearts of your faithful people with gifts of love for one another.

Hear the prayers we offer today for all, near and far, who have contributed to the establishment of this facility through their prayer and generous contributions of funding, services and labour.

Bless all those who will serve and be served in this Hostel and child Day Care, grant them health of mind and body, give them your constant encouragement and guide them throughout their lives.’

From Paraliturgy of Blessing MSC Sisters Gerehu 19 July 2014

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Today, the FEAST of the SACRED HEART our General Chapter will conclude.

This feast we share with MSC and OLSH Communities around the world.

It expresses God’s deep love for all shown in the life of Jesus.

It is that love that we wish to live by and share.

“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.’

Matt 11,28  (from today’s liturgy)

ELECTION OF COUNCILLORS 

Sr Bonaventura Kim (Korea)

Sr Dorothy Patiu (PNG)

Sr Nicola Sprenger (Province Latina)

Sr Juana Valera (Province Latina)

Council

New General Council with Sr Barbara Winkler (centre)

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ELECTION OF GENERAL SUPERIOR

Message from the General Chapter Election Committee

(Sr Gregoria Jeon and Sr Maureen Smith)

We are happy to announce that Sr Barbara Winkler from the US Province was elected our 9th General Superior on June 16.

We are grateful to her for her ‘Yes’ to God’s Call and ask God to bless her in her new ministry of leadership. 

(See photo later)

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Eucharist of Thanksgiving was celebrated for the outgoing Congregational Leadership Team

by Fr Hugo Londono MSC

This week Chapter delegates will be setting direction for the Congregation for the next six years in preparation for the election of the new Congregational Leadership Team.

NATIONAL LAMENT

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During the final week of the national lament, the week leading up to the Feast of Pentecost members of Catholic Religious congregations engaged in a prophetic presence at Detention Centres.  It was a time of prayer and reflection.

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PRAYER for those seeking asylum in Australia

Friday 6 JUNE 2014

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MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR 48th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

Sunday 1 June 2014

‘The internet, in particular, offers immense opportunities for encounter and solidarity.  It is something truly good,  a gift from God.

The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God.’

More: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

31 May 2014

OLSH Issoudun

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

 

ORDINATION TO PRIESTHOOD

Today PATRICK MARA, MSC  was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Hurley in St Thomas’ Church, Lewisham, NSW.

Congratulations Patrick!

 

Also on this feast day (1 June) in 1940 Mother M. Electa, MSC, promised to build a Chapel to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at our Motherhouse  in Hiltrup, Germany,

calling upon her protection during World War 11.

 

MSC SISTERS 17 th GENERAL CHAPTER BEGINS TODAY in PERU

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The theme of our  GENERAL CHAPTER is Choose Lifewith renewed heart taking inspiration from Jn 10:10: ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.’

From June 2013 to March 2014 all MSC Sisters around the world  have been involved in a Reflective Journey towards the General Chapter this heading.  Contributions came from various parts of our Congregation.    Australia’s  was “Consecration for mission – a commitment to our Vows.’

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SR ERIN FRENEY, MSC

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After 23 1/2 years with Centacare Disability Services in Brisbane Sr Erin Freney retired from her position as a Support Worker with a group of women with multiple disabilities.

Staff and Parents gathered to farewell and thank Erin.

Congratulations and well done, Erin!

Erin & Gayle Shortland.

She is continuing involvement on a voluntary basis assisting one of the ladies with her communication skills.

FOR OUR GENERAL CHAPTER

 - MAY

WE CONTINUE OUR PRAYERFUL WORLDWIDE VIGIL FOR OUR GENERAL CHAPTER

BEGINNING IN PERU LATER THIS MONTH -

May this important event be a new day of Pentecost.

Filled with your Spirit let us always

Choose Life with renewed Heart!

                                                                                                (from Prayer for the General chapter 2014)

EASTER  2014

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Easter Candle - 2104.

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 f