"The light of faith illumines all our relationships and helps us to live them in union with the love of Christ, to live them like Christ."
Pope Francis, Twitter, August 5, 2013
At this time each year when Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we again face the deeper mystery of our own lives. Our astonishment at the marvel of God's Son becoming a human child is stilled only by our awe at being called children of God. That is the real Christmas, renewing Christ's spirit within our own hearts, letting light shine where there was darkness.
Advent reminds us and offers us the opportunity to take inventory of how we are doing at being a living sign of God's love. The season of Advent asks us to be quiet, to spend quality time with God, to prepare our hearts by focusing on our inner preparations and looking beyond what our eyes can see, distancing ourselves from all the distractions for awhile. Below are a few suggestions at how we might begin:
How am I doing at:
Smiling rather than frowning
Persevering rather than quitting
Giving rather than grasping
Being rather than doing
Forgiving rather than cursing
Building rather than destroying
Healing rather than wounding
Acting rather than delaying
Praising rather than gossiping
Loving rather than hating
By taking time to reflect on what is going on deep in our hearts this Advent, may we bring into all our relationships peace and the light o Christ.
V. Rev. Raymond Diesbourg, MSC
New Article on Living Faith
Monday, 25 November 2013 15:25
In the United States when we think of Thanksgiving Day, we remember how the Pilgrim Father celebrated a day of thanksgiving in 1621 after the first harvest in the new land. According to the legend, the Pilgrims and the Indians from the area came together for a great feast. Many of the traditions and symbols of our Thanksgiving Day come from our images of the feast and which are part of the legend: the horn of plenty, the pumpkins, and the Thanksgiving turkey for dinner. We celebrate this day giving thanks for the blessings and benefits we have received...
But there are always some people who find themselves dealing with other realities and difficult circumstances in their lives. We might think of those who suffer from the economy and a lack of work. Or we think of those who are sick or the seniors that feel alone and weary, or those who are grieving for a loved one. They too recognize the love of God and his presence in their lives, giving deep thanks because God has shared their difficulties. But it may not be a time when they are focusing on a big celebration...
We invite you to read and reflect on Fr. Dave Foxen's latest article on Living Faith, What is the Real Meaning of Thanksgiving Day?
MSC Provincial Council Visits MSC Community in Colombia
Thursday, 31 October 2013 16:06
On October 15 and 16, the Provincial Council of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart held their meeting in Bogota, Colombia. Fr. Raymond Diesbourg, MSC (our Provincial Superior), Br. Jim Miller, MSC, Fr. Richard Kennedy, MSC, Fr. Vincent Freeh, MSC and Fr. David Foxen, MSC all traveled together from Miami to Bogota on October 13. They were welcomed by Fr. Luis Segura, MSC, Superior of the Colombian Section (and fellow member of the Provincial Council), Fr. Juan Pablo, MSC, a newly ordained priest, and a couple MSC seminarians.
The first day consisted of orientation around the MSC community house and house of formation, which are situated close together. The evening of Oct 16, the council members went to Santa Margarita parish for a Mass with the parishioners and were treated to a delicious catered meal in the hall by one of the parishioners. The following day, they went to the Finca (farm) to look at the newly renovated house and new multipurpose building followed by a bbq lunch with several members of the MSC Community in Bogota. They also had the chance to visit the parish of Sagrado Corozon de Jesus in 'Fusa' where Fr Tito Medina is pastor. Fr Tito showed them around his parish boundary which includes the poorest area of the city and the parish welcomed them at a Mass that evening.
Sacred Heart Foundation Hosts Annual Dinner
Friday, 25 October 2013 09:41
Nearly 300 people, family and friends of the Sacred Heart Foundation and the region’s MSCs, gathered in mid-September at Watertown’s Hilton Garden Inn to celebrate the 47th year of the Foundation’s existence and four decades of dinners. The September 18th event celebrated the Foundation’s awards of forty-four scholarships totaling $72,000 in 2013 to seminarians studying to become Missionaries of the Sacred Heart priests and brothers.
The program theme, Locally Connected to the World, is evidenced by the region’s benefitting from the generosity of the Foundation’s supporters. This year’s scholarships support students in the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Cameroun, Fiji, India, and Indonesia.
The evening opened with the Foundation’s Annual meeting chaired by Foundation President, Nancy McCabe. Deacon Kevin Mastellon, Deacon Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown and a member of the Foundation Board, was Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s program. Fr. Joseph Morgan, Vicar General of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, offered the invocation.
Following a scrumptious dinner, Fr. E. Michael Camilli, MSC, shared his thoughts on Renewed Missionary Energy in the Year of Faith. Father’s remarks are available on the Foundation web site, www.sacredheartfoundation.com
Fr. Raymond Diesbourg, MSC, Provincial Superior, closed the evening with benediction.
Image provided by Sacred Heart Foundation
Eleven MSCs attended this year’s celebration. Back Row: left to right: Br. John Peralta, MSC; Fr. Pierre Aubin, MSC; Fr. E. Michael Camilli, MSC (Guest speaker); Fr. Richard Kennedy, MSC; Fr. Jonas Tandayu, MSC; Fr. David DeLuca, MSC; Fr. Raymond Diesbourg, MSC, Provincial Superior; Fr. Joseph Kanemea, MSC. Front row (seated): Brother Jean-Paul Paradis, MSC; Brother Pierre Marceau, MSC; Fr. Vincent Freeh, MSC