Who we are

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.

Ministry Mission

Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.

Peace, Justice, Creation

We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.

Spirituality

We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.

 

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From the 22nd to the 26th of  September the annual meeting of the Young MSCs of Europe (those in formation and those finally professed for 10 years or less) took place in Waterford in the south of Ireland.

 

Read more: EUROPEAN YOUNG MSC MEETING

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Fr Kingston Summerhayes MSC has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.

 

Read more: IN MEMORIAM: KINGSTON SUMMERHAYES MSC

 RITUALS OF LIFE

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When Pope John Paul went to Australia in 1986 he made a speech in Alice Springs which is very famous. Four points stand out from that speech. He said Indigenous Australian culture must not be allowed to disappear, that you hold an original understanding of creation, and a long understanding of the environment and sustainability, and cultural revival is very important. So as the Pope went to Australia to reconnect and for reconciliation, Fr Mapelli, director of the Vatican's ethnological exhibitions also travelled with this philosophy. In the far north you can see Melville Island, Bathurst Island, the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley and then on the West Coast, New Norcia in Perth. The idea was to culturally reconnect through the objects with the people and give voice back to those communities. (Katherine Aignier, Australian National Museum)

Read more: ABORIGINAL ARTIFACTS: VATICAN EXHIBITION

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Violence in Australia a message of peace.

This is the title of the 2010 Social Justice Statement.

On September 22, 2010, Claude Mostowik msc launched the document with this address:

Jesus‘ words, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’ (Matthew 5:44) set the tone for this Social Justice Statement and the everyday challenge to us in our streets, schools, workplaces and international relations to overcome violence and make space for peace. It is a very difficult challenge.

 

Read more: MSC JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTRE/ NOVEMBER 2010

 

The Northern Territory's largest Aboriginal community celebrates 75 years since the arrival of the first Catholic priest.

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A pilgrim group from Wadeye attended the canonisation of St Mary McKillop. Deacon Boniface Perdjert was the deacon at the Australian Mass celebrated at St Paul's Outside the Walls in Rome on the day after the canonisation and presided over by Cardinal Pell, concelebrated by Australian bishops. Fr Leo Wearden MSC, parish priest, participated in the pilgrimage.

Part of the transcript of an ABC program on Wadeye follows.

 

Read more: 75 YEARS OF CATHOLICISM IN WADEYE

ADVENT:  LIGHTS...  CAMERA...FAITH

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At the end of 2009, the Catholic Communications Network of the Bishops Conference and UK and Wales, put on their website a series of reflection for each day of Advent.  It followed the Lights... Camera.... Faith... developed by Peter Malone MSC from the books of that name.

For each day there was a review of a film chosen to illustrate the Gospel message – and for the Gospel to illuminate the film.  A written review is available on the site.  There is also a 3-4 minutes discussion of the film with James Abbott of the Catholic Network and Peter Malone and so additional sound clips from the film.

Work is being done at present to add five more reflections for 2010, especially the Sundays.  However, for the other days in Advent, the readings remain the same each year and so the current reflections on the site can be used and downloaded.

The CNN did the same for each day of Lent.

The web address is  http://www.catholicchurch.org.uk/Catholic-Church/Events/Advent-and-Christmas/Advent/Advent-Movies

A list of titles follows

 

Read more: ADVENT REFLECTIONS

BY KERRIE ARMSTRONG

Wollondilly Advertiser.   10 November 2010

 

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OWNERS of several heritage-listed buildings around Wollondilly are concerned that planned longwall mining could cause irreparable damage to the properties.

Three buildings threatened by Illawarra Coal's mining plans are St Mary's Towers in Douglas Park, St James's Church in Menangle, and Gilbulla, the former residence of John Macarthur's grandson, also in Menangle.

 

Read more: "FEARS FOR WOLLONDILLY HERITAGE BUILDINGS"

TITULAR CHURCH FOR SWISS CARDINAL

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With the recent consistory where twenty four new cardinals were created, each cardinal was given a Roman church for his titular church.

 

Read more: OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART CHURCH, ROME

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Sunday 14th, November, the ABC screened the film about the Japanese invasion of New Britain, the story of the nurses and the religious who were interned, especially the friendship between Sister Berenice Twohill FDNSC and nurse Lorna Whyte, which continues to the present day.  Bishop Leo Scharmach MSC, bishop of Rabaul, is also a key character.

A review of the film follows.

Read more: SISTERS OF WAR

GRADUATION CEREMONY

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The Heart of Life Spirituality Centre held its annual graduation ceremony on the evening of November 22nd.  Steve Dives MSC, community leader at St Mary’s Towers, Douglas Park,  was one of the graduates of the full-time Siloam course in Spiritual Direction.

 

Read more: SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

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On Friday 5th November the Australian Province celebrated the reception of four men into MSC Novitiate at Douglas Park.

After completing their Pre-Novitiate training at St. Joseph’s Formation House, Willoughby, Alak Dout, Krish Jon Mathavan, Iokimi (Kimi) Vunivesilevu and Themba Saini enter the Novitiate to join Sandy Abbey and Tru Nguyen who will make their first profession on the 18th December.

 

Read more: MSC NOVITIATE