June 3, 2017 was the 200th birthday of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity.
Celebrations of Mother Pauline's birthday took place in different places in the Western Region. Scroll down to enjoy the celebrations!
On September 24th a celebration took place in Wilmette, IL. The 2:00 p.m. Mass, held at St. Joseph Church, was celebrated by Bishop Francis Kane. The Mass was followed by a reception in the school's gym. Although the weather was unseasonably hot, all had a wonderful time.
Below (center) - a birthday cake -- with the image that appeared on the invitation -- was enjoyed by all.
On June 29th a celebration of Mother Pauline's 200th birthday was held in Fulton, MO. Sr. Dolores was able to attend this special Mass, joining a group of Companions of Pauline and friends.
In New Orleans, on May 12, a special Mass in honor of Blessed Pauline was held in St. Henry Church. (St. Henry's was the first SCC mission in the USA.) Seven priests concelebrated the Mass. Many friends and relatives of the Sisters were in attendance. After the conclusion of the Mass a reception was held ... and the cake (at left) was enjoyed, along with joyful conversation.
Seven priests concelebrated the Mass.
Sr. Francetta, Sr. Mary Kim and Sr. M. Joanne carry the gifts during the Offertory procession.
On June 27 the Sisters, neighbors and friends gathered at the gazebo in the back yard of Sacred Heart Convent. The annual Peace Pole Prayer Service began near the statue of St. Francis of Assisi. After the opening prayer the group processed to the Peace Pole to complete the first half of the prayer service. Then the group entered the convent and proceeded to the chapel for the second half of the service. Afterward, everyone gathered in the dining room for lemonade, cookies and conversation.
Sr. Mary Edward gave a wonderful presentation on the spirit of Blessed Pauline.
Spending Time Together
June 27-28 were Assembly days for the Western Region. Formal presentations were interspersed with groups for sharing and discussion. All of the Sisters enjoyed having the opportunity to spend time together.
At the close of Assembly is our Commissioning Service. Sr. Pauline receives her card and the admonition "Continue weaving acts of love" from Sr. Juliana.