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Trust God and miracles will happen.

As you know from my previous post, this year our sisters celebrate 100 years of ministry to the people of St. Louis, Missouri. Our upcoming centennial would not be possible if not for an event 52 years earlier–the birth of our foundress, Mother Clelia Merloni.

Clelia Cleopatra Merloni was born in Forli, Italy on March 10, 1861. For a creative presentation on her life and the foundation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I highly recommend the great video “Oh The Places She Goes” put together by two graduates from Sacred Heart Academy (Hamden, CT).

She is for me a model for living life with total trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She believed in God’s plan for her life and for her Congregation. I pray that will continue to lead me to the fount of life and holiness that is the Sacred Heart so I can share the riches of His love with all those I meet.


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This was *the* burning question in 2nd grade this week. Teaching current events is a BLAST! And in order to help my students understand the significance of Pope Benedict’s resignation and the magnitude of the upcoming conclave, we made a timeline.  The lesson also connected to math when we looked at fractions and percents: two thirds of the students were born while Bl. John Paul II was still pope. One third was born during Benedict’s papacy–and one student was born between popes!

Thanks to www.happysaints.com for the John Paul II and Benedict XVI “head shots”!

The Question of the Day

The Question of the Day

Students wrote their name under the name of the pope when they were born.

Students wrote their name under the name of the pope when they were born.

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Apostle News

The latest Women of the Heart newsletter has been published! You can find it here. This addition offers reflections from our novices “on mission” (engaged in part-time ministry and living in community). It also includes a picture of our postulants at Mount Sacred Heart.

And, I’m a little late–but better late than never–in celebrating the kick-off to our Centennial Celebration in St. Louis.

Five Sisters (Mother Hildegarde Campodonico, Sr. Berchmans Oliva, Sr. Marie Citterio, Sr. Emilia Bove, Sr. Margaret Fazio) journeyed from Connecticut to this Midwestern city for the same reason the Apostles had already travelled from Italy at the turn of the century. They came first to Boston and then to New Haven in order to serve Italian immigrants who were struggling and to preserve their Catholic, moral and cultural life in the “New World.” Fr. Cesar Spigardi, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians or “the Italian Church”—as it was deemed—reached out to the Apostles whom he had met in 1912 while in New Haven giving a mission. He saw in the Sisters the zeal and charity necessary to help him renew the faith of his flock. The Apostles arrived in St. Louis on January 24, 1913 and began teaching in the new parish school almost immediately. From downtown, the sisters’ mission expanded to the Hill in 1940 at Sacred Heart Villa and 1941 at St. Ambrose School. The Apostles went to Our Lady of Good Counsel in North County in 1953 and built Cor Jesu Academy in Affton in 1965. For the past 100 years, the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have served in more than 35 schools, parishes, and other ministries in St. Louis and Kansas City.

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Late last month Sr. Virginia and I had the opportunity to visit the 2nd graders at St. Jude Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. (My alma mater.) They were incredibly polite and inquisitive. It is such an honor to share about the joys of religious life to a captive audience. Evidently we left a favorable impression on them as they’ve posted our picture on their blog. Thanks for the great hospitality!

Photo credit is all theirs:

Visit to St. Jude 2nd grade

SOURCE: http://saintjude2a.weebly.com/2b-photos.html

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Periodically Sr. Colleen Therese Smith, ASCJ (from our vocation office) publishes the “Women of the Heart” newsletter. It’s a little snapshot into Apostle life and frequently focuses on our sisters in formation. The September edition recaps much of the excitement held on and around August 4, 2012–entrance into the novitiate, first profession and renewal of vows.

Check it out to see pictures too.

Archived newsletters from earlier this year and previous years can be found here.

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Hello friends! Today marks the one month anniversary of my first profession of vows as an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Congratulations also to the sisters in my group- Sr. Cara Grace and Sr. Carolyn.

You can see the video of the beautiful day here:

There are also pictures from the day here:

Photos from First Profession

Please come back and visit again as I work to update my blog and resume posting on a semi-regular basis.

God Bless!!

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Making it a habit…

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Peace and thank you for all your prayers! On August 6, I received my habit and entered the novitiate. The picture above was taken after our investiture where many of our sisters came to support us and celebrate our special day.

From our provincial website (http://www.ascjus.org/called_to_be_an_apostle/formation.asp)

The Novitiate consists of a two year period. The Canonical year is dedicated to the religious and spiritual formation of the novice. During the Canonical year the novice will experience the consecrated life through study and internalization of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The Canonical year is completed at Mount Sacred Heart. The Apostolic year is a year of practical experience when the novice is assigned to an Apostle community to experience the many dimensions of religious life and share in that community’s life and ministry. The Novitiate period is a continuation of the journey towards holiness, by means of a deeper experience of God.

This year I will be an apostolic novice teaching and ministering at our schools in Bronx, NY. I am looking forward to living and working alongside my Apostle sisters and learning from my students!

As a novice, I will no longer be updating my blog. However, you can follow me and the new group of pre-postulants on our website: www.ascjus.org. If you have prayer requests and/or would like to receive an occasional email with updates, please email me kpress (at) ascjus (dot) org and I will add you to the list.

In His Sacred Heart,
Sr. Katie

PS- Lastly here’s a shout out to Michele, a fellow Apostle-discerner. Many prayers for her as she works to eradicate her debt. Michele’s blog: http://shelltonsblog.blogspot.com

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Happy July! I mentioned in my June post, that life here at Mount Sacred Heart was busy. In the past three weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to have great reasons to celebrate– first the jubilees of our sisters celebrating 80, 75, 65, and 60 years of religious profession. Then another party for a 50th Jubilee–it’s kind of a big deal. And then after a wonderful week-long retreat, saw three of our sisters renew vows and then witnessed Sr. Angela Gertsema, ASCJ profess perpetual vows. One of Sr. Angela’s former students traveled from New York to come and sing, and Sr. Angela herself composed the final song of the liturgy. Beautiful celebrations.

Please take a moment and look at both the photo gallery and video gallery (vows are at the very top of the page) of the Congregational website as they are all updated.

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Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart!

I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord God.
Ezekiel 34:15

“There’s nothing sadder than a life without love. But even in those seasons when we feel most alone and uncherished, how dearly beloved we are! When in doubt, look to that blazing Sacred Heart on fire with yearning for your joy and fulfillment. Every good thing under heaven is offered to you in the benevolent gaze of Jesus Christ. Trust this.

Written by Alice Camille

It’s quite the celebration here in Connecticut. Today we gather with sisters from all up and down the east coast in one of the largest gatherings of the year. At our Mass this evening we will honor eight sisters celebrating over 500 years of religious profession (80th, 75th, 65th, and 60th Jubilees). They’re an inspiring witness to the fidelity of their vocation. Do stay tuned to our website as pictures will likely be posted this week.

Please also know that today we remember all of our benefactors and supporters in a special way in our prayers. May the Sacred Heart bless each of you and inflame your heart anew.

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A snapshot of life in the convent. The other weekend, we postulants were fortunate enough to have a weekend off to spend at our lake/retreat house tucked in the woods of central Connecticut. The weather was agreeable so we christened the paddle boat for its first ride of the season to the island. As you can tell, it’s early spring and the grass isn’t quite green yet. But we had a great time nonetheless. Can’t wait until it’s warm enough to picnic and go swimming.

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