Annual Retreat 2022 (June 16-24) led by Benedictine Fr. Thomas Acklin, OSB and Neil and Janet Lozano and Unbound Team from Baltimore, Maryland
Summer Camp in Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Swedesburg) From June 25-July 2, our Sisters conducted a summer catechesis camp for grade school children from Sacred Heart Parish in Swedesburg, Pennsylvania, in which our Sisters served from 2004-2017, (the pastor is Fr. Peter DiMaria, a longtime friend of the American Province). The theme for the week was the Miracles of the Lord Jesus, and activities included lessons, games, music, video presentations, snack and lunch. Nearly all of the 25 children who participated in the camp, do not practice their Catholic faith. The families were of different national descent: one was of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, Mexican, Indian, and American. Our Sisters stayed with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters at the convent there, and who invited our Sisters to see their Motherhouse in Immaculata, Pennsylvania. When not conducting the camp, our Sisters visited the city of Philadelphia, praying at the National Shrines of the Miraculous Medal and St. John Neumann, and also seeing the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo.
Summer Catechesis Program in Page, Arizona (Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico) For the third consecutive year, from July 16-31, our Sisters conducted the two week summer catechesis program at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Page, Arizona for Very Reverend Father Thomas Maikowski, D.Ed, Ph.D., Vicar of the Navajo Vicariate in the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, the poorest diocese in the United States. 41 children, mostly Navajo American Indian attended the summer program, which included catechesis on the miracles of the Lord Jesus, preparation for the sacraments for two catechumens and one candidate, daily Holy Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the children, religious songs and artwork, including an outside chalk display of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, games, snacks, and lunch. The Navajo children come from the nearby reservation and do not have electricity or running water in their homes. They came hungry each day, and our Sisters shared food with the poorest families. The Sisters prepared the children’s photos and crafts for the families, as well as a picture collage of memories for the pastor, including the last three years of our service for this beautiful people and place in the desert of Arizona. The temperature there was over 100 degrees each day, and the Sisters experienced a wind storm and dramatic lightning. Father Maikowski prepared a nearby house for our Sisters, including a reservation chapel with the Most Blessed Sacrament and parishioners brought meals each evening. Father arranged for a trip for our Sisters to see the panoramic view of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Mount Zion National Park in Utah. For the second year, our Sisters promoted the enthronement of the Sacred Heart at this parish, which has many tourists visiting, and 50 families consecrated themselves to the Sacred Heart, among them, people from Poland, the Philippines, Canada and America.
Summer Catechesis and Ethnic Culture Program in Boswell, Pennsylvania (Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown) From August 2-5, our Sisters participated in a week of catechesis and Polish culture at All Saints Parish in Boswell, Pennsylvania under the pastor, Fr. Aron Maghsoudi. 62 children participated in these days that included lessons - for the younger children, on the miracles of the Lord Jesus, and, for the older children, on the virtues. Sr. Jana Paula Sloboda presented daily Polish language and music lessons, as well as teaching, games, activities and songs for the Kindergarten children; Sr. Angela Marie Igou and Sr. Augustine Marie Molnar conducted catechism classes for the 1st and 2nd graders; Aspirants Keli Jo Conner and Catherine Federline for grades 3 and 4; and Sr. Mary Joseph Calore with Father Aron Maghsoudi and the Confirmation director, for grades 5-8. Sr. Mary Barbara Hoyt helped in serving food in the kitchen. Polish language and customs were presented, such as pisanki, pierogi, palm weaving, and an ethnic dance presentation by a dance troupe from Pittsburgh. Our Sisters prepared a great outdoor chalk art display of Our Lady of Czestochowa and the flags of Poland and America. Many of the children come from non-practicing Catholic families and broken homes. In January, our Sisters promoted the enthronement of the Sacred Heart in this parish and two other parishes nearby.
Glory be to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
We, the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus are a contemplative-active, pontifical, Franciscan Religious Congregation founded by St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar and Blessed Klara Szczesna in 1894 in Krakow, Poland.
By our prayer and apostolic service, we are devoted to extending the Kingdom of Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus everywhere. We are an international Congregation serving in Poland, Ukraine, Italy, France, Bolivia, Argentina, Jamaica, West Indies, and the United States.
Our American Province is engaged in teaching and catechesis, nursing and personal care, parish ministry, kitchen and clothing outreach to the poor, evangelization of homes and families, especially through the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and pastoral visits, social media outreach, prison ministry, and missionary work in Jamaica.
The United States Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is represented in the Dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Buffalo, Columbus, Grand Rapids, and Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.
SENTINELS OF THE SACRED HEART: YOUNG WOMEN'S WEEKLY SPIRITUALITY AND DISCERNMENT MEETING SATURDAYS at 2:00PM VIA ZOOM.