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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to Our Worldwide Sacred Heart Family

AASH President 1957-1959

On behalf of the 2011-2013 AASH Board of Directors we wish all a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

The Story of Christmas ~ From Luke 2: 1-20

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Artwork /Photo credit:  Hildreth Meière, Nativity, 1946, exterior terracotta relief, St. Mary's High School, Manhasset, New York.  Photograph by Hildreth Meière Dunn © 2009

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Students from Convent of the Sacred Heart (Greenwich, CT) Perform Live on NBC's "Today Show" Dec 20th at 9 am

 Jayne Collins, left in red, the head of the Upper School at Convent of the Sacred Heart, 
announces that the Madrigals, wearing black, would perform on the “Today” show. 
At right is Music Director Annette Etheridge.
Photo: Contributed Photo / CT

Oh what a treat viewers will have when then tune in Thursday, December 20th at 9 am to NBC's "Today Show".  The Convent of the Sacred Heart school's Madrigals singing group is scheduled to perform outside the NBC Studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

The all girls choir has 39 members and will sing "Carol of the Bells" under the direction of Annette Etheridge, Music Director.  This is the first time since 2007 that the Madrigals have appeared on the "Today Show".  If time allows,  and I sure hope that it does, the students will also perform a portion of Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus from the "Messiah".

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prayers to the Community of Sandy Hook Elementary School

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Our hearts are filled with deep sorrow for the families and the community of Sandy Hook Elementary school.  On behalf of the Associated Alumnae & Alumni of the Sacred Heart we pray for all those that have been affected by the senseless tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut.

Heartfelt sympathies to the families of the following victims:

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

A Prayer St. Madeleine Sophie Recited Every Day

Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus,
give me a heart that is one with your own;
a humble heart
that knows and loves nothingness;
a gentle heart
that holds and calms its own anxieties;
a loving heart
that has compassion for the suffering of others;
a pure heart
that recoils even at the appearance of evil;
a detached heart
that longs for nothing other than the goodness of heaven;
a heart detached from self-love and embraced by the love of God,
its attention focused on God,
its goodness is its only treasure
in time and in eternity.