Search This Blog

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Prayer to the Infant Jesus: Written by Mother Duchesne in her Office Book

Prayer to the Infant Jesus
You have come down from Heaven, O King of Heaven, to a lowly stable on earth, to cold and poverty. Your love alone has urged You to suffer all this. O Omnipotent Creator of the World, clothed in swaddling bands, Your poverty increases my love for You, for I know that You endure it for me.

O sweet Love of my heart, You leave the bosom of the Father and suffer on this earth, to which love alone attracted You.  But if You desire to suffer, why do You weep? O Jesus, I understand: You weep because I do not weep over my own ingratitude to You. You weep because my love for You is so weak. O Beloved of my heart, do not shed more tears.  I love You; yes, I love You now and forever.

Written by Mother Duchesne in her Office Book
Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Thursday, December 29, 2011

To Mother Adeline Boilvin, American RSCJ

Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot
Foundress of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith

December 29, 1844 ~ Mother Duchesne writes to Mother Adeline Boilvin, RSCJ,  "I have asked someone in Lyons to send you the collection of the Annals of the Propagation of the Faith. You should procure the English edition and pay the subscription fee.  I have never in all my life read anything more interesting or better calculated to enkindle zeal.  This reading is my delight."

Taken from the book:  Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

More about the Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot...
Pauline-Marie Jaricot was born in Lyons, France on July 22, 1799.  She died on January 9, 1862 and was declared venerable on February 25, 1963. It was under the influence of her brother (a student at the Seminary of St. Sulpice) that Pauline-Marie developed a concern for the Asian missions and at the young age of 17 began to lead a life of abnegation and self-sacrifice. It was on Christmas Day, 1816, that she took a vow of perpetual virginity.  At the young age of 18, Pauline-Marie Jaricot composed a treatise on the Infinite Love of the Divine Eucharist.  
In order to repair the sins of neglect and ingratitude committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pauline-Marie Jaricot established a union of prayer among pious servant girls, the members of which were known as the "Réparatrices du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus-Christ".
During an extended visit to her married sister at Saint-Vallier (Drôme), she succeeded in effecting a complete transformation in the licentious lives of the numerous girls employed by her brother-in-law. It was among them and the "Réparatrices" that she first solicited offerings for the foreign missions. Her systematic organization of such collections dates back to 1819 when she asked each of her intimate friends to act as a promoter by finding ten associates willing to contribute one cent each week to the propagation of the Faith. One out of every ten promoters gathered the collections of their fellow-promoters; through a logical extention of this system, all the offerings were ultimately remitted to one central treasurer. The Society for the Propagation of Faith at its official foundation (3 May 1822) adopted this method, and easily triumphed over the opposition which had sought from the very start to thwart the realization of Pauline Jaricot's plans.
In 1826 she founded the Association of the Living Rosary. The fifteen decades of the Rosary were divided among fifteen associates, each of whom had to recite daily only one determined decade. A second object of the new foundation was the spread of good books and articles of piety. An undertaking of Pauline's in the interest of social reform, though begun with prudence, involved her in considerable financial difficulties and ended in failure. She died on January 9, 1862 and was declared venerable on February 25, 1963. Taken from the site                        

Monday, December 26, 2011

Prayer to the Infant Jesus

Written by Mother Duchesne in her Office Book ~

Prayer to the Infant Jesus

You sleep, sweet Infant, but your Heart is ever watchful.  O beautiful Lamb of God, what are You thinking about? You answer me: I am thinking about dying for you. My God, what love can I offer You in return for this but Your very own love! O Mary, my sure Hope, love Jesus for me, since I cannot do so as I ought.

Taken from the book:  Through the Year Philippine Duchesne

Sunday, December 25, 2011

To Mother Adeline Boilvin, American RSCJ

December 25, 1837 ~  Mother Duchesne writes to Mother Adeline Boilvin, "The Crib and Calvary are the dwelling places dearest to those that love Jesus. Pray to Him for me, that I may never withdraw from these dwellings."

Taken from the book:  Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kateri Tekakwitha destined to become the first American Indian saint

Above Holy Card by Margaret Mary Nealis, R.S.C.J. 
The Holy Card above is a lithograph copy of Mother Nealis' original work titled "Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha".  The original was painted in 1927 (oil on canvas 15"x18") and it shows the image of young Kateri Tekakwitha (Gah-deh-lee Deh-gah-quee-tah) standing before a cross. She is dressed in traditional Native American long dress made of deerskin with a long blouse and a blue blanket over her shoulders. At the bottom right corner of the holy card are the artist's initials, "M.M.N., R.S.C.J. Printed on the reverse is a prayer. 

On the back of the holy card the following prayer: 

"Oh God, who among the many marvels of Your Grace in the New World, did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mohawk and of the St. Lawrence, the pure and tender Lily, Kateri Tekakwitha, grant, we beseech You, the favor we beg through her intercession -- that this Young Lover of Jesus and of His Cross may soon be counted among her Saints by Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith. Through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen."

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha as seen in the
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
 in Washington, DC
- photo credit, Sr. Mary Schumacher, RSCJ

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born near the town of Auriesville, New York in the year 1656, the daugther of a Mohawk warrior.  At the age of four her mother died of smallpox and Kateri contracted the disease which caused permanent scaring on her face.  Adopted by relatives she later converted amongst a great deal of hostility by those in her tribe.  She was baptized on Easter Sunday, April 18, 1676 and died on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, 1680.  She was beatified on June 22, 1980.  On December 19, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI declared that a medical intervention is to be attributed to Kateri Tekakwitha and she is expected to be canonized a saint sometime in 2012.

Canada celebrates her holy day on April 17 and in the United States it is celebrated on July 14

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Greetings from the AASH 2011-2013 Board of Directors

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world" - JOHN 1:29
"Lambs at the Crib" is a Christmas tradition involving Sacred Heart schools' creche scenes.  Each student is assigned a lamb to place by the scene, and moves it closer to the manger as they complete projects or good works.

The above mosiac can be seen in the Villa Duchesne / Oak Hill School Chapel.  

Friday, December 16, 2011

Former Barat College property gets closer to being reunited with Woodlands Academy

Lake Forest resident Ralph Ewart, a trustee at Woodlands Academy,told the Plan Commission 
Wednesday night,  "This is a long term plan in terms of generations, not months or years."
The Lake Forest Plan Commission agreed (3-2 vote) last evening to recommend to the City Council that they grant a special use permit to Woodlands Academy which will limit the combined parcels of their campus and the former Barat College campus to educational use.  Woodlands Academy indicates that this will be an extension of their special use permit and does not expect to gain possession of the property for approximately 12 months after the Old Main buidling is demolished and the property is cleaned up.  Ralph Elwart, trustee at Woodlands Academy indicated that the time frame will allow Woodlands the necessary time to conisder how to properly develop the potential blank canvas for the educational purposes they are considering.  The anonymous donor had hoped to close the deal by December 20th, however, the LF City Council will not meet until January 3, 2012. 

To read the details of the LF Plan Commission meeting held on December 14th as reported by Steve Sadin reporter for the LakeForest-LakeBluff Patch - click here  and to watch the coverage of the meeting see below.

Click here for video coverage.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

To her sister Euphrosine, Madame Jean-Joseph Jouve

Philippine Duchesne Aboard the 'Rebecca' - undated, oil on panel, 13" x 28",
portrait by Margaret Mary Nealis, R.S.C.J.
location Sacred Heart School in Halifax

December 14, 1817 ~  Mother Duchesne writes to her sister Euphrosine, "I am most grateful to you for your gift and for the good wishes you express for my happiness.  I shall find it always in the accomplishment of God's Will for me, so a change of residence will make no difference.  When I came to Paris I neither expected nor desired to remain here.  I love far more the simplicity of small towns.  Wherever, I may be, I shall always find a way to give you news of myself and to recieve news from you. As yet nothing has been decided. . . Fiat in all!"

Taken from the book:  "Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Second Convent of the Society of the Sacred Heart opened in Sainte-Marie-d'en-Haut, Grenoble

Former convent of the Visitation of Sainte Marie d'en Haut

December 13, 1804 ~ Arrival of St. Madeleine Sophie and two companions at Sainte-Marie-d'en-Haut, Grenoble, to found the second convent of the Sacred Heart and to admit Philippine Duchesne and her companions into the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Taken from the book:  Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Monday, December 12, 2011

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat born on this day in 1779

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
(The above portrait hangs in the Sacred Heart School of Montreal)

Madeleine Louise Sophie Barat was born two months premature and on a night that her parents would soon not forget. On December 12, 1779 a fire broke out in Joigny, France.  It is said that the stress and terror that her mother Madame Madeleine Fouffe Barat experienced brought her third child into this world earlier than expected and she was considered to be very fragile.  Baby Madeleine's parents took her very early the next morning to be baptized in St. Thibault Church.  A local woman by the name of Louise-Sophie Cedor was also heading to the 5 am mass and so she and baby Madeleine’s brother Louis Barat were chosen to stand in as her godparents.

"Sophie had once overheard someone telling the story of the fire on the night of her birth, and the grown-ups would ask: "What brought you into the world, Sophie?" for the pleasure of hearing her grave reply: "It was fire." This answer became a family legend, and grew into a symbol of the destiny of this "child of fire". But at the time none of them could have given it its true significance, the fiery devotion to the Divine Heart to which Sophie's life was to be given.  This devotion had not yet penetrated into Joigny."

Taken from the book: St. Madeleine Sophie - Her Life and Letters by Margaret Williams, R.S.C.J.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sacred Heart alum's HBO film won Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival - now you can own a copy!

A beautiful way to celebrate the holidays! 

The Emmy-nominated HBO film won Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival and is currently airing in over 30 countries around the world.

MONICA & DAVID is the love story of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Directed & produced by Sacred Heart alum, Alexandra Codina.

EDUCATIONAL EDITION DVD--For schools, companies, libraries & organizations to share with groups in their community. On sale now - please visit the MONICA & DAVID website (see link below).

HOME VIDEO DVD--online sales start Tuesday, December 13th

**Both DVDs are fully accessible & bilingual, with Audio Description (for people who are blind or vision impaired) and enhanced Subtitles (for people who are deaf or hearing impaired) in both English & Spanish.**

**Educational Edition includes 5 bonus features on: employment, independence, sexuality, relationships, and reflections on society.**

MONICA & DAVID will also be airing again on HBO this month!  Tune in or set your DVR for 12/12, 12/25, 12/28 or 12/29.  Check your local listing for times.

I first saw this incrediable documentary in Miami at the AASH National Conference last April.  Ali Codina a Sacred Heart alumna has done an extrodinary job capturing the real life love story of Monica & David.  This film will touch you!  Congratulations to Ali for producing and directing a documentary that is both insightful and inspiring!  All my best to Monica & David and their families.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

St. Madeleine Sophie to Mother Duchesne:

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

December 10, 1805 ~ St. Madeleine Sophie to Mother Duchesne: "Safeguard your peace of soul and sacrifice all else for it, for it conditions the soul for the reign of our beloved Jesus. Grow in His love and you will have peace. Daily I beg this grace for you from our Lord.  Do the same for your friend who is all yours in life and in aerternum."  Sophie Barat

Taken from the book: "Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne"

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

O LADY, QUEEN of Heaven, My Mother Mary, I offer thee my memory and my imagination, begging of thee by thine Immaculate Conception, that I may never let them dwell but on things pleasing to thee!

Ave Maria
O Lady, Queen of Heaven, my Mother Mary, I offer thee my mind and understanding, begging of thee by thine Immaculate Conception, that I may judge and esteem all things according as they are pleasing to thee! 

Ave Maria
O Lady, Queen of Heaven, my Mother Mary, I offer thee my heart and will, begging of thee by thine Immaculate Conception, that I may choose and love only those things that are pleasing to thee!

Ave Maria
O Mary, by thy love for Jesus and for me, I beg but one more grace of thee: never to let pass an opportunity of serving thee, and to persevere in fervor until death.  Amen

From the book: SPECIAL DEVOTIONS - Compiled for the Children of the Sacred Heart

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

María Josefa Bultó, RSCJ (1905-2011) has died at the age of 106

María Josefa Bultó, RSCJ

María Josefa Bultó, RSCJ who served as the 11th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart  died Tuesday evening in Barcelona, Spain.  She was 106 years old.  Mother Bultó is considered to be one of the longest surviving religious in her order. She served as Superior General through three years (1967-1970) of tension and tumultuous adjustment as the Society undertook the implementation of the the changes enacted in 1967.  Mother Bultó  presided over the transition to full participation of the religious in the governance of the Society during a brief, transitional mandate.  Five fundamentals were reaffirmed at the close of Mother Bulto's term: internationally, an educational mission, solidarity with the poor, solidarity with the Third World and community life. 

Superior General, Kathleen Conan, RSCJ writes, "Mother Bultó guided us with grace, understanding and enormous trust that God remains faithful in the midst of great challenges.  It is clear from her writings and letters that her primary concern was to call us to maintain union of hearts and minds at a time of divergent viewpoints concerning the way to live religious life following Vatican Council II.  Over and over in her letters she pleaded with us to move beyond our differences into one much wider vision. We thank God for giving to the Society a leader so well suited for those times, and we are grateful to Mother Bultó for exemplifying and calling us to live our Cor unum et anima una in Corde Jesu."

Mother Bultó, RSCJ wrote to the Society in September 1968: “Love must be real, concrete; we must train ourselves ceaselessly to recognize the presence of Christ in our Sisters…The only way we can learn to love one another truly, courageously, is to abide in the living Christ…For it is truly a matter of giving one’s life, of wearing oneself out in the service of others, of sharing the responsibilities of others, of bearing their burdens.”

Mother Bultó celebrating her 105th birthday September 15, 2010
pictured on the left  Sr. Margarita Bofarull, RSCJ, Provincial of Northern Spain
Today let us pray for Mother Bultó and all of our beloved RSCJ who have passed away.

St. Madeleine Sophie to Mother Duchesne:

Window of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and child
(photo taken on December 8, 2008) and
Bishop George Rassas
 at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

December 7, 1810 ~ St. Madeleine Sophie to Mother Duchesne: "Be docile and faithful, and even if you do not make great strides, go on trying without losing courage.  Can you refuse these efforts to the Infant Jesus, Who in His little crib preaches so eloquently, so persausively, the virtures of humility, meekness, obedience?"

Taken from the book:  Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Below is a brief history of the window pictured above with Bishop George Rassas

The Woodlands Academy St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Window

Thanks to the generosity of the Barat Education Foundation, a historic Barat College stained glass window picturing St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and a young child now graces the Bolton Sullivan Library at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart. A bequest from the William B. Traynor Estate to the Barat Education Foundation funded the restoration and installation of the beautiful floor-to-ceiling window, which was formally dedicated in December 2008 as part of Woodlands’ Year long commemoration of 150 years of Sacred Heart education in Chicago.

The St. Madeleine Sophie Barat window was dedicated to honor Barat College of the Sacred Heart faculty and alumnae/i. The engraved plaque next to the window reads:

"For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society of the Sacred Heart."
-St. Madeleine Sophie Barat-
This window is dedicated to honor the Alumnae/i and Faculty of Barat
College of the Sacred Heart, 1918- 2005, each of whom is that one child.

The St. Madeleine Sophie Barat window was commissioned for the Academy of the Sacred Heart at the time of the building of the chapel at Barat College of the Sacred Heart. The chapel was built in 1924 by George Hellmuth of St. Louis, whose sister, Mother Mary Hellmuth, RSCJ was a faculty member at the Academy.

The window itself was one of three above the entrance to Old Main welcoming students to the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Barat College. All three windows were designed by Emil Frei, Sr., also of St. Louis. It was the Emil Frei Art Glass Company, still based in St. Louis, which undertook the window’s restoration.

Today, those who use the Woodlands library and pass through the hallway to its adjoining courtyard experience the window’s beauty and serenity, and are reminded of the Sacred Heart legacy that connects Woodlands Academy and Barat College.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

To her sister Amelie, Madame Constans de Mauduit

As seen in the former convent at Old St. Ferdinand in Florissant, MO

December 4, 1836 ~ Mother Duchesne writes to her sister Amelie, "Our first foothold in America was at St. Charles, beyond the Missouri River; our first permanent convent was at St. Ferdinand de Florissant, where I am living now. The second permanent convent in Missouri was at St. Louis on the Mississippi, and the third was a return to St. Charles, where the convent is built near a very pretty Jesuit Church, so spiritual helps are numerous.  As St. Louis is the chief city in the state, that convent is in every way the most important one we have."

Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Thursday, December 1, 2011

To St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

The above icon was commissioned by Sacred Heart Schools Chicago
and the original hangs in their Chapel.
by Artist and Iconographer Patricia Reid, RSCJ

December 1, 1822 ~  Mother Duchesne writes to St. Madeleine Sophie Barat ~ "Kneeling in spirit at your feet, dear Reverend Mother, I offer my wishes for you to the Heart of Jesus.  May He bless the year that is ahead of us; may He take care of you, help you bear the burden you carry, and never let me add to it by any fault of mine."

Taken from the book:  Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

To St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

part of a collage - as seen at
Villa Duchesne / Oak Hill School

November 30, 1819 ~ Mother Duchesne writes to St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, "So much about material things - but my heart is with you and with the Societies of Jesus and of the Sacred Heart.  When I meditate on the fact that I belong to our Society, my soul expands with joy, tears of gratitude flow, and I see only happininess in privations.  Could God do more for me?  Only one greater favor could He bestow - the privilege of martyrdom.  But on my side, how much more I could do!" 

Taken from the book:  Through the Year with Philippne Duchesne

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Patron Saint of Social Causes - Senator Dick Durbin remembers Maggie Daley

More on Maggie Daley by Senator Dick Durbin ~  " A role model for many...she was the heart of Chicago"

In Cor Unum Chicago pays their respects to Maggie Daley

Margaret Corbett Daley
Former First Lady of Chicago

November 28, 2011 ~  Earlier today, First Lady Michele Obama, Vice President and Mrs. Joseph Biden, Mayor Bloomberg, George Lucas,  a host of Chicago politicians and many many residents from all over  the city came to Old St. Patrick's Church to attend the funeral of Chicago's former First Lady Maggie Daley. While Maggie was not an alumna of the Sacred Heart, she truly evoked many of the qualities of a Cor Unum recipient and it is with one heart we all mourn her passing.

Many came not only to pay tribute and celebrate Maggie's life but more importantly to show their appreciation for a woman who quietly and gracefully did more for the city of Chicago and its citizens than any other First Lady before her.  Maggie Daley's number one priority was her husband, children and grandchildren.  They meant the world to her.

Twenty years ago Maggie Daley channeled her energies and passion for high school teens and helped create After School Matters.  When she was first diagnosed with cancer other women with a similar diagnoses found her positive attitude inspiring.  

She has been described as a woman who lived her life with grace and class, always ready to greet you with her heartwarming smile, she loved to dance and sing.  Her life long legacy will be the lesson she taught us all and that is showing us the importance of a giving and spiritual life. And, each spring we will be forever reminded of Maggie Daley as the tulips throughout this wonderful city start to bloom.

Maggie may you rest in peace!  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

To her sister Euphrosine, Madame Jean-Joseph Jouve

Part of a collage of hearts - photo taken at
Villa Duchesne/ Oak Hill School

November 26, 1814 ~ Philippine writes to her sister Euphrosine, "When the desires of one's heart call for separation from a dearly lovcd family, it is not easy to speak of them.  The heart suffers, knowing it must cause suffering to others."

Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A very Gaga Thanksgiving and Sacred Heart 3rd graders

Tonight Lady Gaga will visit Sacred Heart ~ 91st Street her alma mater.  Enjoy the show!  

Sister Angela Bayo, RSCJ
Religious Education Consultant

Sacred Heart Academy ~ 91st Street
During the show there was a very touching moment when Sr. Bayo, RSCJ came into the room during Lady Gaga's interview with Katie Couric. (See below for a video portion.)  Lady Gaga spoke of her dad opening a restaurant named Joanne's (named after her Aunt who passed away as a young teenager) and launching the Born This Way Foundation (empowering youth, inspiring bravery) with her mom, to learn more about the foundation - click here.

Happy Thanksgiving from Sacred Heart Schools Chicago - (my kinda town... Chicago is!)

I received the following adorable You Tube video from Sacred Heart Schools Chicago!  
Wishing all a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sacred Heart Academy ~ Saint Charles, Mo ... Pilgrims and Indians prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday

Last week while at our Sacred Heart school in St. Charles, MO I spotted these young pilgrims (students)  waiting for their respective rides home.  How adorable I thought and quickly snapped a few photos to remind me of this very special place and the youngs students who will one day be fellow alums!

A little more about Sprout Creek Farm... just say Cheese!

Many of you have been intrigued about Sprout Creek Farm and my earlier post.  I found a video to hopefuly wet your appetitie for some delicious cheese!  I have ordered a selection of cheeses and now look forward to hosting a few Sacred Heart alums next month for a tasting!  

Please note: Between now and December 1st if you make an on-line donation to AASH we will give 10% back to Sprout Creek Farm. Please tell fellow alums to click here and donate today! Also, did you know that many companies will match your donation!  Please ask your Human Resource department for the proper forms and you can double and sometimes triple your gift!   All Sacred Heart alums let's show Sprout Creek we care and go on-line to donate today and buy some cheese this holiday season!

Wishing all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving holiday! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In Thanksgiving AASH wishes to help our friends at Sprout Creek Farm

Mosaic of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
as seen in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis - 
one of the many works of AASH Past President Hildreth Meiere
to learn more about her work and upcoming exhibits click here 

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was known for her pioneering spirit and along with her religious companions they weathered many harsh winters chopping their own wood, tending to the animals and their vegtable garden.  

Philippine wrote:  "I never have the least doubt as to the will of God and his watchful care for the extension of his work in this country.  My consolations exceed my prayer is one continuous thansksgiving for the knowledge of that much-desired will of God."

AASH will give 10% of all on-line donations made to us
between now and December 1st to Sprout Creek Farm

click here to donate to AASH and help feed the animals this winter!

Today, I received the Sprout Creek Farm newsletter from Margo Morris, RSCJ. The weather earlier this fall (remember the freak snow storm?) combined with the mysterious removal (theft?) of 80 thousand-pound round bales of hay have created a financial crisis for them. For those that attended the 2011 AASH Conference in Miami you may recall the delicious cheese in the hospitality / boutique room - it was from Sprout Creek Farm! Why not treat yourself and your friends to some delicious cheese this holiday season!  

Please note: Between now and December 1st if you make an on-line donation to AASH we will give 10% back to Sprout Creek Farm. Please tell fellow alums to click here and donate today! Also, did you know that many companies will match your donation!  Please ask your Human Resource department for the proper forms and you can double and sometimes triple your gift!   All Sacred Heart alums let's show Sprout Creek we care and go on-line to donate today and buy some cheese this holiday season!

Wishing all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving holiday! 


Sprout Creek Farm would love to be a part of all your Thanksgiving celebrations, near and far. Haven't figured out how to bilocate ourselves yet, but how about a wedge or two of your favorite Sprout Creek Farm cheese before dinner? Grate it atop your mashed potatoes, or shave it onto your salad.  Any way you like it, we'll be right there with you.

 From today November 22nd until Sunday November 27th, you can purchase 2 lbs. of any Sprout Creek Farm cheese, and get a free tub of our fresh goats' milk cheese, Doe Re Mi.

An added bonus. If one of the cheeses you happen to love is Toussaint, little Ruby Toussaint,
a calf born on November 3, 2011 says she'd like to give you a whopping 15% off on a wedge of any size.

No, you can't take Ruby home -- only the cheese that bears her name: Toussaint.  
NOTE:  Market is closed on Thanksgiving Day only.  If you are desperate for cheese, eggs, or anything else we carry in our market, please call the main farmhouse before NOON.  845-485-8438

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Funeral Mass of Mother Duchesne held in the old Church of St. Charles Borromeo

St. Charles Borromeo statue located
at the corner of Jefferson and Second Streets

(photo taken from church history website)

November 20, 1852 ~ The funeral of Mother Duchesne took place on this day. Father Peter Verhaegen offered the Requiem Mass in the old Church of St. Charles Borromeo, which stood where the convent chapel now stands.

Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Father Peter J. Verhaegen

Father Peter J. Verhaegen was born in Belgium and he came to the United States with a group of Jesuit Scholastics in 1823.  They settled near St. Louis at Florissant where they began an Indiana school and a seminary for the training of Scholastics.  In 1829, at the age of 30, Father Verhaegen was appointed President of Saint Louis College.  In 1832 he applied to the Missouri Legislature to have the college declared a University. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Newman Center Blessing and Dedication to Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

Photo highlights from the Blessing and Dedication of the Newman Center ~ Lindenwood University

Sr. Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Saint Charles was greeted by an alum of the Academy and current student at Lindenwood University, as well as,  Dr. Lucy S. Morros, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Lindenwood University and former President of Barat College, Lake Forest, Illinois before the Blessing and Dedication ceremony this afternoon.  Sr. Glavin presented a beautifully framed portrait of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne to hang in the Newman Catholic Student Center.  Forty-Five percent of Lindenwood University students are catholic. Saint Louis Archdiocesan Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice presided over the event. 

Prayer of Blessing of Image of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne  

Bishop Rice:  My brothers and sisters, as we dedicate this Newman Center to Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, we ask God's blessing upon this image. When the Church blesses a picture or statue and presents it for public veneration by the faithful, she does so for the following reasons: that when we look at the representation of those who have followed Christ faithfully, we will be motivated to seek the city that is to come; that we will learn the way that will enable us most surely to attain complete union with Christ; that, as we struggle along with our earthly cares, we will be mindful of the saints, those friends and coheirs of Christ who are also our own brothers and sisters and our special benefactors; that we will remember how they love us, are near to us, intercede ceaselessly for us and are joined to us in marvelous communion.  

Let us pray...

We bless you for you alone are holy,
and because in your compassion for sinners
you sent into the world your Son, Jesus Christ,
the author and perfecter of holiness.

He sent the Spirit
to sustain his newborn Church,
a voice that teaches us the secrets of holiness,
a breeze that strengthens and refreshes,
a fire that sears our hearts with love,
the seed of God that yields a harvest of grace.

Today we praise you
for the gifts of the Spirit bestowed on Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne,
in whose honor we dedicate this image and this Newman Center.

May we follow in the footsteps of the Lord,
keeping before us the example of Saint Rose Philippine,
and grow to maturity
measured not by nature, but by the fullness of Christ.

May we proclaim his Gospel by word and deed
and, shouldering our crosses daily,
expend ourselves for others in your service.

As we carry out our earthly duties,
may we be filled with the Spirit of Christ
and keep our eyes fixed on the glories of heaven,
where you, Father, receive those who will reign with your Son,
for ever and ever.


To learn and read more about the Newman Center - click here

Death of Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769 - 1852)

As seen in the Original House located in St. Charles, MO

November 18, 1852 ~ "The death of Blessed Philippine occurred at noon on this day as the Angelus bell was ringing."

Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Today, I will be at the Academy of St. Charles to attend mass with the students and on Saturday with the EdeM (Children of Mary) as they make a Pilgrimage to the Shrine.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For the Feast of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

The above icon was commissioned by Sacred Heart Schools Chicago
and the original hangs in their  Chapel.
by Artist and Iconographer Sr. Patricia Reid, RSCJ

Gracious God, You filled the heart of Philippine Duchesne With charity and missionary zeal, And gave her the desire To make You known among all peoples. Fill us, who honor her memory today, With that same love and zeal To extend your Kingdom to the ends of the earth. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit , One God, forever and ever. Amen

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A visit with US Provincial Paula Toner, RSCJ and Society of the Sacred Heart National Archives

A busy day as Maggie Kaspura and I stopped by the Provincial office to say hello to
Honorary AASH President and US Provincial, Sr. Paula Toner, RSCJ and then on to the
Society of the Sacred Heart National Archives to meet with Sr. Mary Lou Gavan, RSCJ and Michael Pera.

Monday, November 14, 2011

AASH Announces New National Office Director

This week I am here in St. Louis working in the National Office
with Maggie Kaspura.


     St. Louis, MO (Nov. 3, 2011) – The Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart 2011-2013 Board of Directors has retained Maggie Sieger Kaspura as Interim National Office Director to replace Susan King. Susan King served as Director since June 2011.

     AASH Board President Maureen Elizabeth Ryan expressed the association’s appreciation for King's service, stating, “This was a difficult personal decision for Susan, and I speak for the entire board when I say that it has been a pleasure to have a woman of her professional caliber working with us during these past months.”

     The AASH Board voted to employ an Interim National Office Director to insure that the National Office continues to run smoothly. The interim designation will allow the Board the necessary time to fully assess its long-term needs and to form a strategic plan for the future. Maggie Kaspura will assume responsibilities immediately in the St. Louis office on a part-time basis.

     Maggie Sieger Kaspura is an award-winning journalist and author of the book Deep in the Heart: Celebrating the First Fifty Years, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. Her work has appeared in TIME Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Reuters, Associated Press, CNN, Realtor Magazine, Readers Digest, LOGO Network and Entertainment Weekly, among others.

     She was valedictorian of the 1985 graduating class at the Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Houston, Texas, and earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. The family recently moved to St. Louis, and their daughter is a student at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles.
      “As both an alum and parent, I know the value of all the intangibles that create our Sacred Heart culture,” Kaspura said. “I am excited by this opportunity to help foster that community nationally and I am deeply honored by the Board's decision to include me in its work."

     Ryan said the board is looking forward to working with Kaspura. She has previously volunteered her services to AASH and is currently writing biographies of its 37 past presidents. The biographies will be included in a book that will be published in time for distribution at the 39th Biennial AASH Conference to be hosted in Omaha, April 11-14, 2013. ##