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
The Australia New Zealand Province welcomes the election of Barbara Dawson RSCJ as Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart. We ask you to pray for her as she begins her eight year term. Lighting the Founder’s Candle The photo below shows Barbara lighting the candle that was by the bedside of St Madeleine Sophie Barat at the time of her death. It is a tradition for each new Superior General to light Sophie’s candle. Outgoing Superior General Kathleen Conan RSCJ looks on. The photo appears courtesy of www.rscjinternational.org where you can also view a video of the celebration of Barbara Dawson’s election.
RSCJ Arrive in Nemi The international website of the Society of the Sacred Heart will post updates as the General Chapter takes place. Visit this page for a video of participants arriving. Can you spot Joan Pender, Lynette Toohey and Anne Corry from the Australia New Zealand Province? How many other RSCJ can you recognise? Thanks to Anne Corry (right) for this lovely photo of herself with Joan (left) and Lynette (centre) preparing for the Chapter. General Chapter Opening Liturgy Here is the opening liturgy material to help you to accompany the Chapter in your prayers. The celebrant for Mass is Fr Adolfo Nicolas SJ, the Superior General of the
As the Australian Federal election approaches, we pray and reflect on the needs of Australian society, especially its most vulnerable members. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have issued a statement called A Vote for the Voiceless NetAct has also produced material to encourage reflection on critical issues in Australian society ahead of the election. Download NetAct’s 2016 Election Kit We join the Australian Bishops in their prayer for the Federal election. Prayer for the Election Holy God, at the dawn of time you fashioned the world and set it on its course. In the fullness of time your Son took flesh and sowed the seeds of a new order, and day by day