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As part of our preparations for the 200 years of the birth of Mother Bernarda our temporary professed sisters from our provinces throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America will post reflections on how their ‘Dreams as religious women follow in the footsteps of Mother Bernarda, today.’  Each month the sisters will share with us their dreams in a creative way under ‘themes’ that they chose during our online Zoom meeting with them last November. 

The theme for this month is ‘HUMILITY’

 

Pope’s May prayer intention: ‘For faith-filled young people’: Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of May, and urges everyone to pray for young Catholics to be courageous in their response to God’s call.

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” W Berry

As Sisters of the Holy Cross, we commit ourselves to being co-creators that embrace God’s creation, and in solidarity we take measures to live sustainably, to promote justice, mercy and equality (Chapter Message 2019). 

As we strive to work together to make a difference, we unite ourselves in solidarity with religious women and men globally to ‘Sowing Hope for the Planet’ UISG Campaign.  

Follow link : https://www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org/

 

Mother Bernarda Heimgartner

"Expect much, yes, all from God"

 

We invite you to join us as we begin our nine-day novena prayer journey with Mother Bernarda Heimgartner, as we anticipate her 200th year of birth.  We pray for the world, we pray for all those who have asked for our prayers and we pray for our own personal intentions.

Mother Bernarda intercede for us... Amen 

To access the novena prayer in several languages click here... 

 

This year we dedicate our congregational magazine "LIFE" to the legacy of Mother Bernarda which lives on in our hearts, minds and souls as Holy Cross Sisters today.

 We invite you to share in the living experiences reflected in each page... read more...

"Trust is the source of inner joy..."                                                    Mother Bernarda 

 

What is the Creation Care Prayer Network?
The Creation Care Prayer Network is a network of communities committed to the healing of our common home. The network is connected through prayer and Eucharistic adoration and warmly welcomes religious and lay contemplative communities.
Time to act...
you are invited to join the care of the creation prayer network by registering on the link...https://laudatosipray.org/

Pope Francis' letter to Consecrated persons this year's focus is on the second word of the synod theme which invites each of us to do our part, to participate. Let no one, exclude themselves or feel excluded from this journey, let no one think "it doesn't concern me." Everyone is asked to enter into a "dynamic of mutual listening, carried out at all levels of the Church, involving all God's people' (Pope Francis to the Diocese of Rome, 18 September 2021)...

The Church of God is convoked in Synod.

With this convocation, Pope Francis invites the whole Church to question itself on synodality: a decisive theme for the life and mission of the Church. This site will accompany the two-year journey (2021-2023) of reflection and sharing of the whole Church. 

https://www.synod.va/en.html...

"By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it to live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission."

 

Season of Creation 2021: A focus on dialogue through hospitality

The 2021 Season of Creation takes place from 1 September through 4 October, marking a traditional ecumenical moment for healing and hope. Cecilia Dall'Oglio of the Global Steering Committee speaks to Vatican News about this year's edition and its link to the dialogue experience of her brother Paolo, a Jesuit missing in Syria since 2013.

AMORIS LAETITIA on love in the family...

Instituting the ministry of CATECHIST

The role played by catechists is one specific form of service among others within the Christian community. Catechists are called first to be expert in the pastoral service of transmitting the faith as it develops through its different stages from the initial proclamation of the kerygma to the instruction that presents our new life in Christ and prepares for the sacraments of Christian initiation, and then to the ongoing formation that can allow each person to give an accounting of the hope within them (cf. 1 Pet 3:15).  Read more...

25th Anniversary of the Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata

Mar 26, 2021 | Consecrated Life

The Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA), Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, sent a message to all consecrated men and women on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata of St. John Paul II. In his message, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, invites Consecrated Religious to continue being “witnesses of beauty” and thus awaken in others the attraction for what is beautiful and true, first of all, the face of God; namely: 

“Consecrated men and women must reawaken in themselves, but above all in the men and women of our time, an attraction for what is beautiful and true.

Beautiful, then, not only courageous, and truthful, must be the witness and the word offered, because the face we proclaim is beautiful.

Beautiful must be what we do and how we do it.

Beautiful is the fraternity and the atmosphere that one breathes.

Beautiful is the temple and the liturgy, to which all are invited […].

It is beautiful to be together in his name, to work together, even if tiring at times”.

To read the complete document, click on the following link: 

VITA CONSECRATA 25TH ANNIVERSARY.pdf

 

Made with Padlet

Salve Regina is shaken and dismayed at the news of violence and aggression by Russia in Ukraine. Working for a more harmonious, just and merciful world requires an active commitment to the fullness of life for our neighbours around the world, no matter where they are.

Pope Francis is calling for a day of prayer and fasting on Ash Wednesday, March 2, with the intention of peace in Ukraine. Let us join with Pope Francis in calling for peace, and offer our prayer in solidarity.

God of Mercy,
We pray for Ukraine.
For all of humanity distorted by war. For all the lives lost, homes seized and peace broken. 

May the Spirit of comfort and compassion envelop all who dwell in fear. May the Spirit of wisdom and humility enliven our global leaders. May we affirm the dignity and rights of all. May we seek peace. Amen.

 

 

 

As part of our preparations for the 200 years of the birth of Mother Bernarda our temporary professed sisters from our provinces throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America will post reflections on how their ‘Dreams as religious women follow in the footsteps of Mother Bernarda, today.’  Each month the sisters will share with us their dreams in a creative way under ‘themes’ that they chose during our online Zoom meeting with them last November. 

The theme for this month is ‘COMPASSION…’

Sometimes all that is needed is a simple gesture; a loving touch, a warm smile or even just a handshake...