REJOICE First Profession


First Profession - Barbara Gartland rscj

7th January 2017 St. Malachy's Armagh


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Barbara Gartland made her First Vows
as a religious of the Sacred Heart
in St. Malachy's parish church in Armagh
on Sat 7th January 2017.

It was a great celebration with rscj, family, friends
and parishioners
- uniting Catholics and Protestants,
friends from all walks of life,

rscj from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and
the Republic of Ireland in Armagh
- an amazing experience of life and joy.

Congratulations Barbara !

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Barbara Gartland professing her vows in front of Barbara Duffy rscj, Provincial of Ireland/ Scotland, in Armagh

 Barbara began welcoming everyone with the following greeting
explaining in her own words
what the vows she was making
mean in today's world for her.

 To my family, my friends, my sisters in community and
members of this parish
where my faith has been nurtured,

Today is the day that the Lord has made and
I am profoundly grateful to Him, and
to you for coming to share this day with me. Let us be glad and rejoice.

Today, I take another step in my journey
by making vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience
in the Society of the Sacred Heart.

You might well ask,


The vow of Poverty reminds me
that I am totally dependent upon God and his gifts.
Everything I have and need comes as gift from God.

As sisters, we try to live simply,
committed to sharing our resources of time
and gifts with each other and with our brothers and sisters
- especially those most in need of our support and love.

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 Everything we are and have is God’s gift to be shared
- it’s in giving we receive.

Obedience is about listening to God in every situation of life.


Listening to God in prayer,
in others and
in creation and trying to respond in love.

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In prayerful discernment we want
to listen to the Holy Spirit,
to become more attentive to the
needs of the world in the here and now,
and to give ourselves in service for others.


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 In the world today there is so much noise,
so much movement,
our lives are so busy - it’s hard to take time out to be still,
in order to listen to the sound of God in silence,
in others and in nature.


This is what Jesus did, he took time out for prayer to the Father,
he wanted to understand his Father's will and he responded in trust,
giving himself in love.

In making the vow of Chastity I want to make God more and more the centre of my life.

With God’s help, we are freed to grow as lovers of God and lovers of all people.

For God is all loving, all compassionate, and all merciful.

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The vows I make will challenge me every day
and I thank God for that because
they remind me to go beyond myself.

With God’s help and your prayers,
I will grow in freedom, to live in God and for God and
become more open to the Spirit.

During this ceremony, I will receive a medal
as a sign of my consecration to God in
the Society of the Sacred Heart.

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The symbol on the medal is the Open Heart of Jesus.
It shows the world in the Heart of God,
which is an open Heart gathering into its centre
all peoples of all nations.

This expresses what our Foundress Sophie Barat wanted for us,
that our lives radiate the love of the Heart of God in the world today.

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 This my friends,  is a beautiful life, a life to be recommended - lived in the love of God!


Thanks to Barbara for text and Carmel, google images and Eileen for photos 

Congratulations to RSCJ who celebrated their 90th Birthdays


Cardinal Sean Brady celebrated the Eucharist in Cedar House on Saturday 17January in honour of Betty Casey’s 90th birthday, which is on 20th. His sister Kitty accompanied him; they had lunch with Betty and greeted all the residents.


 Madeleine Minogue on her 90th birthday pictured here with her sisters Joan and Sr Kathleen (Sr of Mercy) and Sheila McAuliffe.

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To mark her 90th Birthday Sister Deirdre Doyle is presented with a bouquet of flowers by a pupil of Mount Anville Senior Secondary School

The Blessing of the Croft Building in Mount Anvil

The opening of the Eliza Croft building at Mount Anville on Friday, 6 March 2015 marked a significant moment in the history of the school linking the inherited tradition of Sacred Heart education with new frontiers in teaching and learning. The Learning Hub, Forum and Outside Learning Space have been designed to facilitate and stimulate a collaborative, student-centred approach to learning which will enable the 21st century learner develop and prepare for the worlds of university and work.

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Thus, on the eve of International Women’s Day, it was inspiring for students to witness the blessing, led by a woman of Faith and to hear the story of a young woman representing 21st century learning bringing together the Heritage of Sacred Heart education and the Horizon into the future which the school seeks to accomplish for all students.

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More photos of the event can be found in our Photo Gallery.

Gathering at Ancient Friary Armagh

Gathering at Ancient Friary in Armagh

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The rain was soft, it fell gently as people gathered at the Ancient Friary in Armagh at 5.30 p.m.
on Saturday 7 September to pray.

They had come from different faith traditions to be reminded of the history of the place,
the difference between
a monk and a friar and to learn
something about the rule of Saint Francis and Saint Claire.

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The call to worship was taken from the Rule of Saint Francis

‘all good belongs to the Lord who is God most high and Supreme…’ 

Ministers of the different churches present led those assembled in prayer

and the McGrath family accompanied the singing. 
Following a prayer by Dean Dunstan, Mr. Harry Carson gave a brief account of the history of the place,
of the long tradition of the monks and their current responsibility for many of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

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The McGrath family sang psalm 63 prior to a reading of the Gospel Matthew Ch. 5 1-6.
Then Sister Roisin Coulter, a Sister of Saint Clare
spoke about Saint.Clare and the connection with Saint Francis.

 Representatives of the various cathedrals led the assembly in prayers to which people responded

We honour and give you our love’.

One of the prayers was for the suffering people of Syria
and the final one was a petition 
‘to be salt and light and to work together as a community with humility and understanding,
(in Armagh) for the sake of Christ Our Lord’.  

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The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon,
from the writings of Saint.Francis
was read by the Reverend Grace Clunie.
The prayer concluded and as rain continued to fall  all sang

Make me a channel of your peace.

Then Father Peter McAnenly encouraged everyone present with these words

Let us go forward together

In the compassion of our Father,

In the forgiveness of the Son,

In the Life of the Spirit,

In the love of the three in One……

Many accepted the invitation to a Mayor’s reception in the
Armagh City Council and District Offices,The Palace.

There, while enjoying the variety of food that was provided 
old acquaintances met and renewed friendships, 
new contacts were made and all were grateful for the opportunity to come together.

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The Deputy Mayor addressing those who attended the reception in the palace.