We Celebrate

The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus encourage you to celebrate with us our deep gratitude for the unwavering support of so many of our friends… Due to the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the 2020 Journey of Hope, we offer instead a look at the Advertisement and Program book that has been created for the event.  In addition to our faithful advertisers, this publication also includes the names of our friends and constituents who so generously contributed to the success of this event (or non-event!) All proceeds will benefit the project undertaken by the St. Raphaela Center – The Last Supper…

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Hope for the Future

The Handmaids have always been a group of resilient and determined women religious, who work with Christ to “bring healing to people’s hearts and peace to their relationships with God, with one another, and with creation.” Now, more than ever, is a time when the need for healing and reconciliation is inescapable. As we face what may be the greatest pandemic of all times, our global society is experiencing unprecedented and rapidly changing events. These events are altering lives and creating chaotic disruption to our norms. Many of us are fearful, confused, apprehensive, doubtful. But guided by the Spirit, we pray:Creator God, we…

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We Are Filled With JOY

We prepare this third week of Advent by feeling the joy.  We move through this week feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand.  And so we consciously ask:  Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his presence will bestow. Each morning this week, in that brief moment we are becoming accustomed to, we want to light a third inner candle.  Three candles, going from expectation, to longing, to joy.  They represent our inner preparation, or inner perspective.  Each night this…

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One Candle Lights the Way

As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world.  It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope.  Three “advents” or “comings” shape our desire.  We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death.  We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose.  And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth. So, we…

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

As we gather at the table this Thanksgiving Day, we reflect on a prayer written by Rev. James Martin, SJ. May you be filled with abundant gratitude during this blessed season and may your hearts be overflowing with the love our God continues to share with each of us. We thank you for the gift of life itself, which you gave us in our mothers’ wombs. We thank you for the fresh start of each new day, which is a sign of your renewing and creative love. And we thank you for our friends, our families,our neighbors and our coworkers, whose human love…

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