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First Friday Reflection, October 2013

When first visiting Santa Maria del Trastevere in Rome my eye was immediately drawn to mosaics above the altar depicting the life of Mary, Mother of God. A new discovery held me captive, the image of the Dormition of Mary (or the Death of Mary.) As I gazed at the image of Mary’s soul being held in the arms of the Risen Jesus, I saw a new image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Risen Jesus was holding Mary in a maternal pose usually associated with depictions of Mary as Madonna holding the infant Jesus.

Mary Genevieve Smyth

Birth: June 30, 1929
Profession: Feb. 8, 1960
Death: Sept. 18, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Mary Genevieve Smyth, died September 18, at Teresian House in Albany, New York. Remembered for her prayerfulness and loving interest in each person she met, her life was celebrated in a Memorial Mass at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 30 in the Teresian House Chapel. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at Kenwood in Albany.

Joanne Reynolds, RSCJ

Joanne Reynolds, RSCJ

Birth: September 23, 1926
Profession: July 30, 1956
Death: September 14, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Joanne Reynolds died unexpectedly September 14 in Atherton, California. A quiet, gentle soul who put others before herself, her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. at Oakwood. Burial will be at Oakwood.

Joan McKenna, RSCJ

Joan McKenna, RSCJ

Birth: January 19, 1932
Profession: July 21, 1963
Death:September 12, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Joan McKenna died September 12 at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atherton, California. Known for her razor-sharp mind, tireless curiosity and a beautiful gift for friendship, her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Oakwood, 140 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at Oakwood.

Sr. Betsy Hartson in the news

The August issue of the Corps Connector - the newsletter of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps - features a piece on Sister Betsy Hartson's ministry, Living Wages. Sister Hartson and a colleague, Bob Crittenden, founded Living Wages in 1998 because they believed education was the key to ending poverty. Read the IVC article. To learn more about Sister Hartson, see her profile on this site.

Our Lady of Sorrows in the Society

On June 4, 1836, St. Madeleine Sophie moved into a new motherhouse in Paris and consecrated it to Our Lady of Sorrows. This is perhaps the first public indication of her deep devotion to Mary under this title. The devotion arose in the 17th century with the Servite Order, and commemorated the “seven sorrows” of Mary: the prophecy of Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the loss of Jesus in the Temple, her encounter with Jesus on the way to Calvary, the death of Jesus, Mary receiving his body from the cross, and the burial of Jesus.

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Yes, do be a saint; why not? What else is worth living for, caring about; and every little thing in the day may help you on towards it, if you look at it on the right side as coming from our dearest Lord, who is so in with us in all our daily troubles and duties.

Patricia Steppe, RSCJ

Patricia Steppe, RSCJ, RIP

Birth: March 27, 1928
Profession: May 11, 1969
Death: September 4, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Patricia Steppe died peacefully on Wednesday, September 4, at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart retirement center in Atherton, California. Sister Steppe’s impact on the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles – the school founded by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne –is her most lasting legacy. Her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 14th at Oakwood. Burial will also be at Oakwood.

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