Gathering at Baulkham Hills to begin the process of reimagining how we organise ourselves I still have ringing in my mind the final hymn I am with you on the journey and I will never leave you … and we are on a journey that has truly begun but the process was part of a continuum and this gathering was another step in the process; it was obvious that it was so and there is still much work and reflection before decisions are made. Hints of spring in budding wattle and later sunrises and sunsets added a note of hopefulness. Much of the time we worked at our tables in
On August 1st, 2017, those still able to travel the distance greeted each other with genuine longing to be together, ready to embark upon the hard work needing to be addressed. I felt a sense of connection with all, past and present, who had journeyed with us in former years, but who can no longer physically manage to join such gatherings. The familiar surroundings of Baulkham Hills Spirituality Centre greeted us on arrival, its beauty promising to sustain the reflective energy levels of our group. This time together cemented the commitment that each RSCJ has for moving forward as a Australia New Zealand Province during these times of change. The
As we gathered around our tables at St Joseph’s, Baulkham Hills, for our Assembly, the small labyrinths at the centre of each table gave us a clue to the spirit in which we would explore the way we might organise ourselves in the future. If we were a commercial company we might have said that we were about to engage in some “blue sky thinking” but, for us, the image of a pilgrimage was more inspirational. The various items that are the traditional signs of a pilgrim on a journey, staff, sandals, backpack etc invited us to think creatively about what would be essential on the way ahead and what
St Madeleine Sophie would have approved of Sorry Day being so close to her Feast Day, but it does mean that we gather for two significant liturgies on consecutive days at Stuartholme. On Thursday we gathered in the Chapel for a prayerful Mass in honour of Sophie followed by celebrations on the Oval. The following day, we gathered again in a more solemn mood for our annual National Sorry Day Liturgy. Our Liturgy was introduced by reminding us of its special significance this year. “In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.
PROVINCE RETREAT – 2017 This retreat is now fully booked. Be Still and Know that I am God. A reflective retreat experience you will not want to miss. The Sacred Heart charism is wholly contemplative and wholly apostolic. The Province retreat underlines the importance of regular prayer and reflection in the busyness of life and ministry. The Province Retreat focuses on nurturing each person’s relationship with God in order to support a contemplative and discerning approach to leadership that attends to God’s call. The retreat is open to Directors of Sacred Heart school boards, school staff, alumnae and others who are interested in the spirituality of the Society of the
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 focuses on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Its title is The Word is a Gift. Other Persons are a Gift and you can find the full text here. Our Province offers these Reflections on Pope Francis Message for Lent 2017 to encourage members of the Sacred Heart Family to reflect on Pope Francis’ Message in the light of core elements of our spirituality, and the calls, or major directions, identified by General Chapter 2016. Links to Resources Catholic Religious Australia provides links to a wide range of resources for Lent 2017 on this page. Here
Religious of the Sacred Heart from the Australia New Zealand Province gathered on 29 January 2017 for a liturgy passing the flame from the outgoing to the incoming Provincial Council. The outgoing Provincial Council – Joan Pender (Provincial), Esmey Herscovitch, Kathleen Muirhead and Susan Ross – gave thanks for the loving support they received from members of the province during a challenging six years in office. They said, “We have endeavored to do our very best aware of our limitations. Thank you for your understanding during the more difficult moments. We were so often uplifted by your kind words of support along the way.” All gathered joined in thanksgiving and