Pope Francis’ s universal prayer intention for May is That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed. Watch the Pope Video
8 February – the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita – will be a day of prayer and reflection on human trafficking. St Josephine Bakhita experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. Following her delivery to freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She eventually became a Canossian Sister, living a life of prayer and service for fifty years. She died on 8 February 1947 and was canonized in 2000. St Bakhita Feast Day Resources Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans has prepared this reflection sheet to help communities, classes and groups to mark the day. You may find
During Advent we wait in hope for the birth of the Christ child. This Inspirational People of 2015 Advent Calendar helps us to count down the days. Each day another story of an inspirational person is revealed. These stories of people taking action against trafficking in persons remind us that we are not powerless. The Calendar is the work of Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ANZRATH). Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans raises awareness of human trafficking, its causes and of the scope for local action. ANZRATH collaborates with other organizations in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region, and around the world, to advocate for measures
Sr Joan Pender RSCJ, Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia and New Zealand, will join a number of Australia’s religious leaders in Canberra on Thursday, 15 October. They will meet with politicians to express their concern about the plight of asylum seekers throughout the world, and especially their ongoing concern for those detained by Australia in off-shore detention centres. Prayer Vigil 6 pm 12 October To support this important interfaith initiative, a prayer vigil will be held at Mary MacKillop Chapel at 6.00 pm on 12 October. We pray that the minds and hearts of politicians, and of all Australians, will be touched by the plight of asylum seekers who are
The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Migrant & Refugee Sunday on the last Sunday in August. The message of Bishop Vincent Long, Delegate for the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, for this occasion can be read here. Esmey Herscovitch RSCJ marks Migrant & Refugee Sunday 2015 by reflecting on the readings for the day. She asks “Where are our hearts?” The one thing I remember from a talk many years ago on the new code of Canon Law i.e. Church law, is that laws are made to protect peoples’ rights and freedoms and not to bind and constrict. Today’s readings focus to a large extent on law and observance. The first reading from
Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical on the environment has arrived! Lauadto Si – On the Care of Our Common Home – takes its title from the famous canticle of St Francis of Assisi. Like Pope Francis, the Society of the Sacred Heart has recognized the ecological crisis as a major priority. The first chapter of Laudato Si contemplates what is happening to our common home, the earth. Chapter 2 presents a Biblical vision of creation, and Chapter 6 stresses the potential of Christian spirituality to motivate and support appropriate responses. These are excellent chapters to take into our prayer as we begin to consider the analysis and directions for action
Will you be switching off and unplugging for Earth Hour 2015? The International Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation Coordination Committee of the Society of the Sacred Heart is inviting the whole Society internationally to focus on the causes and consequences of climate change. Participating in Earth Hour 2015 is one way in which you can support this international priority. Learn about Earth Hour. Find events near you. Buy the cookbook for year round action. See who else is switching off – and add your picture to the wall.
How will you transform your relationship with God, and all of God’s creation, during Lent 2015? Once again the Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar from CLRI NSW offers action ideas for every day of Lent 2015. Download the CLRI(NSW) Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar 2015.
The World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking will be celebrated for the first time on Sunday 8 February 2015, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita. The Day has been declared in response to a request from women religious to Pope Francis. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia are getting behind it and have produced a range of useful resources for schools, parishes, religious communities and groups. The Society of the Sacred Heart is a long time supporter of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans and New Zealand Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans. We encourage you to join in prayer, reflection and
JPIC International Coordinator, Anne Corry RSCJ reflects on the Sydney hostage crisis and draws our attention to Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace 2015 read more. A summary of the message, titled No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters, a link to the full text, and questions for reflection are available here.