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Lourdes: baths to be moved Sunday, February 19th, 2012 The retiring bishop of Lourdes announced last month that the baths in Lourdes in south western France are to be moved from the crowded building beside the grotto, to a field across the river from the apparition site known as the…
New Monthly Mass at Erskineville The ACM Sydney is excited to announce that commencing in February 2012 there will be a monthly Mass at St Mary's Erskineville. This in addition to the one held at the Reconciliation Church at La Perouse. Earlier this year we held some forums to listen and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:20

MISC MINISTRY COLOMBIA

A Christmas Experience From the US MSC Website, Monday, 13 February 2012 “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4) It was around 5:30 pm on December 20, 2011. I had just arrived from celebrating Mass in Cajibio (Cauca), and was preparing to…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:14

MSC MINISTRY IN cOLOMBIA

A Christmas Experience Monday, 13 February 2012 From the MSC US Website “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4) It was around 5:30 pm on December 20, 2011. I had just arrived from celebrating Mass in Cajibio (Cauca), and was preparing to…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:05

FILM AND FAITH BOOKS

Further to the previous news item on the workshops:  CFA has published five books annually on Film and Faith (pictured). They are available from CFA.  The titles are: Film and Faith, Film Faith and the Church, Spirituality in Filipino Cinema, Film and Sacraments, Film and Mary.
Since January 2007, CFA, the Communication Foundation for Asia, the MSC flagship for Media Ministry, has conducted an annual workshop on Film and Faith.  2012 saw the 6th workshop.  After Faith and Sacraments in 2011, the theme for 2012 was Film and Mary.  In Manila, there were two days on…
Monday, 13 February 2012 21:14

Nightcliff Requiem for Ken Gallagher MSC

Roy O'Neill MSC writes from Darwin that a Reqiem Mass was celebrated at St Paul's Nightcliff for Ken Gallagher MSC for those who knew Ken in the NT.  (Pciture by Pat O'Brien(
Monday, 13 February 2012 00:04

LIFE'S HEALING JOURNEY

New Book - Life’s Healing Journey: A Path to Peace US Province Website 03 February 2012 Fr. Peter Campbell’s book, Life’s Healing Journey: A Path to Peace, is now available for online purchase. Fr. Peter is the co-founder of Life’s Healing Journey Retreats, a series of retreats that offers a…
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:26

RIP BROTHER KEN GALLAGHER MSC

Br Ken Gallagher MSC,  died in Sydney, 6th Feburary 2012 after being admitted to hospital earlier in the day. He had been suffering from pneumonia. He would have been 80 on May 14th. He made his first vows on February 26th, 1964. For many years he was the Business Manager…
Sunday, 05 February 2012 19:48

FROM BANGALORE TO RANDWICK

Indian Union bids farewell to P. Prasad Rao Chinthakunta, MSC BANGALORE, India Fr. Prasad was ordained a priest in 2006. After one year of experience in a parish in Andra Pradesh, he was sent to Pune for a year long course on formation. Ever since he has been into formation…
Friday, 03 February 2012 18:50

SISTER RITA GRUNKE FDNSC AND THE SUDAN

Robin Williams of the Brisbane Catholic Leader conducted an interview with Sr Rita Grunke FDNSC. ONE of the first things Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Sister Rita Grunke will do when she arrives back in South Sudan is find a village that needs a water well. Sr…
Friday, 03 February 2012 17:43

RIP FR PETER FULTON

Fr Peter Fulton, of the archdiocese of Melbourne, has died in the Austin Hospital, February 3rd 2012. Peter Fulton volunteered for the Melbourne Overseas Mission and went to the diocese of Kerema in 1977.  The bishops of the diocese have included Virgil Copas MSC and Paul Marx MSC. In a…
From the CFA, Communication Foundation for Asia (the MSC media ministry flagship in Manila) Website Social Media Workshop for Asian Bishops    With bishops, priests, lay and religious leaders from ten Asian countries as participants, CFA’s popular Social Media workshop took place in Hualien, Taiwan on November 14-19, 2011. The…
Sunday, 29 January 2012 12:07

CFA BOARD MEMBER WINS FESTIVAL AWARD

Member of the Board of the MSC media centre in Manila, the Communication Foundation for Asia, Doy del Mondo Jr, has won the prize for best fiction feature in the Spirituality section of the 12 th Dhaka International Film Festival held in Bangladesh, January 12-20th. His film, Flight of an…
Saturday, 28 January 2012 23:07

AUSTRALIA MEDAL: PAT WALSH

Pat Walsh has been awarded the Australia Medal, AM, in the Australia Day Honours' List.  He has been acknowledged for his continuous commitment to the cause of East Timor, especially independence and, since then, in development. For several years, Pat was an MSC priest and taught at Monivae College, Hamilton.…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:52

MSC RELIEF WORK, COLUMBIA FLOODS

Bringing Food to Victims of Flooding in Colombia Tuesday, 24 January 2012  In the past couple of months, more than half a million peoples’ homes have been flooded due to heavy rains, and in Bogotá alone, more than 45,000 people have been displaced. Thanks to the collaboration of the Colombian…
Saturday, 21 January 2012 13:12

MSC MOVIE CONNECTION 2

Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, 1996. The first MSC movie connection (on site last November) was also a Baz Luhrmann film, Australia (2008) which drew on the MSC experience of Melville Island, fictionalising it, as well as drawing on the messages to Darwin of the Japanese planes approaching.  The film…
Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:41

RIP FR FREDERICK ROSS MSC

Fr Fred Ross MSC has died in Sydney, 19th January, 2012.  He had suffered a stroke and was in the Palliative Care Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He would have turned 86 in February. He made his first vows in 1950 and was ordained in 1954.  After many…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:15

ABORIGINAL CATHOLIC MINISTRY, SYDNEY

Graeme Mundine. In the 1990s, indigenous Catholics from inner city suburbs such as Redfern, Waterloo, Alexandria and Newtown helped keep the community's two churches full. St Vincent's, just up the road from The Block in Redfern, became synonymous with the indigenous outreach of Father Ted Kennedy, whose departure in 2002…
Sunday, 15 January 2012 13:53

CENTENARY OF ARCHBISHOP NAVARRE MSC

January 16th is the centenary of the death of pioneer MSC missionary Archbishop Louis Andre Navarre. Here are reports of his death and funeral from The Townsville Daily Bulletin of the time. ARCHBISHOP LOUIS NAVARRE Missionary of the Sacred Heart Died Townsville, Tuesday 16th January 1912. Reports in the “Townsville…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:51

SILVER JUBILEE: PETER HUAN MSC

Fr Peter Huan MSC celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his religious profession, 10th January, 1987 - January 10th, 2012.Peter Huan arrived from Vietnam where he done some theological studies.  He experienced the refugee boat travel to Australia. After his ordination, he worked amongst aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, then…
Monday, 09 January 2012 18:04

SILVER JUBILEE: PAUL BOWEN MSC

Brother Paul Bowen MSC celebrates his Silver Jubilee of profession, 10th January 1987 - 10th January 2012. He has worked in many parts of Papua New Guinea and Kiribati as well as in communities in Australia.  He is presently stationed at Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington.
Sunday, 08 January 2012 10:39

FDNSC JUBILEES 2012

Sisters Pat Smith and Fiona McKee FDNSC Several Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart celebrated Jubilees on January 6th, 2012: Sister Benedicta Carroll, 70 years of profession; Sisters Annette Henschke and Duchesne Lavin, 60 years and Sisters Fiona McKee and Pat Smith, 50 years. Celebrations were held in…
Friday, 06 January 2012 07:26

PARISH PRIESTS 2012

2012 sees changes in some MSC parishes. Fr Gerard McCormick MSC moves to Kippax, ACT.  He has just completed a term at Camp Hill in Brisbane.  Gerard has served at Monivae College, St Paul's National Seminary and, while at Narabeen, part of the liturgical team of Broken Bay diocese.  His…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 10:47

THE PALM ISLANDS: MSC MINISTRY

Fr Jim Littleton MSC continues his booklets on facets of MSC history. The focus here is the Palm Islands off the Townsville coast and the MSC presence during the 1930s and 1950s. The diocese of Townsville took on the responsibility of Palm Island in 1950. One of the interesting features…
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:57

JUSTICE AND PEACE: 2012 MSC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

·On November 22nd 2011, there was a conference/discussion amongst members of the Chevalier Family focusing on Justice and Peace commitment.  Following the resolutions of the Provincial Chapter of 2010, these acknowledgements were stated:      We acknowledge that as MSC was have a responsibility as individuals and as a Province…
Sunday, 01 January 2012 09:24

2012

A New Year greeting for blessings in 2012 to all visitors to this site.   By mid-year, we hope to have not only revamped this site, but will have created a new site with the domain, MSC Australia.   If you have any suggestions or questions, they would be much…
In November 2011, the Little Sisters of the Poor celebrated 125 years of service to the elderly in Sydney.  Most of that time has been at Randwick.  A number of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have been cared for by the sisters.  A number of MSCs have served as chaplains,…
On Wednesday December 21st, the community of the Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington, gathered to thank the outgoing community leader, Brother Peter Harvey-Jackson MSC, who has spent most of the last decade at the service of the community.  He will move to the MSC community in Willoughby, a house for initial…
Monday, 26 December 2011 23:57

RIP: FR MAKATO MAKINO MSC

Fr John Bosco Makoto Makino MSC has died on Christmas Day 2011. He would have been 70 at the end of January. Makino was one of two Japanese Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.  With Fr Sadami Takayama MSC, he made his first profession in November 1979.  He was ordained on…