Feast of the Visitation

Visitation painting by Therese Quinn rsj.

In recent years on the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I would send my sister a message saying, “Happy Feast Day!” We call it “our feast day” as our names are Mary and Elizabeth.

The feast of the Visitation celebrated on 31 May annually, commemorates the moment when Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth.

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National Reconciliation Week 2024

National Reconciliation Week 2024 poster.

National Reconciliation Week takes place on 27 May – 3 June with the theme Now More Than Ever. 

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. It is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will —and must —continue. 

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Feast of the Sacred Heart 2024

Greetings for the Feast of the Sacred Heart 2024 

The Feast of the Sacred Heart (7 June) marks a special day in the life of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.  When seeking approval for the Institute from Rome, the Sacred Heart was part of the official title bestowed upon the new Institute.  

For us as Josephites, the symbol of the Sacred Heart, speaks of God’s great love for each one. It tells us that our God is a God who is full of compassion, tenderness, and mercy whose love is boundless. The Sisters’ Constitutions reminds us ‘that God’s compassionate love, symbolised by the Sacred Heart’ and calls us to be the compassionate face, hands and feet in our world today. 

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Trinity

Icon of the Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev via Wikimedia Commons.

On Sunday 26 May, we celebrate Trinity Sunday, otherwise known as the feast of the Holy Trinity.

God, Lord and Architect of the whole world, was something more than loving towards mankind. God was long-suffering as well. So, God has always been, still is, and ever shall be out-pouring upon us the Infinite Design, great and beyond all telling.Diognetus, Early letter to Christians.

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Westbury Church turns 150

Holy Trinity Church, Westbury in Tasmania.

Friday 24 May 2024 marks 150 years since Holy Trinity Church, Westbury (Tasmania) was opened. It also marks 137 years since five Sisters of Saint Joseph were warmly welcomed into the village, having been invited by the parish priest to set up a Catholic school.

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Pentecost 2024

Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe.

When Mary MacKillop wrote to Monsignor Kirby in October 1873 on The Necessity of the Institute, she begins by writing, “May the Holy Spirit, my God, direct me in what I am about to write.” In doing so, she invokes the outpouring of the Spirit on this important missionary work that needs to be undertaken in Australia. The fruits of the Spirit were abundant in Mary MacKillop’s life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.

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Laudato Si’ Week 2024: 19-26 May

Laudato Si’ Week 2024 logo with image by Francesco Gallarotti.

This year marks the ninth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical to every person living on this planet. Seeds of Hope is the chosen theme of the weeklong Laudato Si’ celebration. We are invited to be seeds of hope in our lives and our world, and to be rooted in the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love.

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Mothering Today

Janette (right) with her mother (left).

Mother’s Day (12 May) has taken on new meaning for me this year. My wonderful mother is still very much alive and well, but we are beginning a new relationship.

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