Written on: July 7, 2021
The Feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated in both Philadelphia and Buffalo this year and we were all grateful to be together– especially WITHOUT MASKS!
In Buffalo there was a simple prayer service and meal at 5pm at the community room where Srs. Barbara Harrington and Ellie Martinez live. Associates and residents from the complex were invited to join us again as we did last time.
This is the second year we celebrated the feast at the community center at Liberty Park, 2019 and 2021. The supper was the first activity after the pandemic closure so people were delighted to see one another again. Sr. Sheila welcomed everyone and Sister Donna opened with a brief prayer that included mention of our centennial, the Sacred Heart and gratitude for surviving the pandemic. The attendees included residents of Liberty Park, persons who have attended programs at Sacred Heart Center, Sisters, a few of the sisters’ relatives, and our Associates. As always, the Associates renewed their annual commitment at the event. The menu included delicious roast beef, mac and cheese, string beans and sweetened carrots, with cake and ice cream for dessert. Residents helped with serving and clean-up. The residents offered donations on the occasion of our centennial targeted to the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern, Inc. Sister Dolores, who acts as chair of their board, brought information and envelopes about GMOC. Additionally, GNSH bookmarks and the Legacy Project pamphlet were placed on all the tables.
In Philadelphia, Sisters, Associates and Co-workers gathered for Mass at Maternity BVM Church. Sister Mary Lee served as cantor for the Mass which was presided over by our Congregational friend, Rev. Charlie Noone. Fr. Noone referenced his long-standing, 53 years!, relationship with the GNSH and suggested that by now his “Formation” should be complete enough to take vows!
The Mass was recorded for sharing. Photos of the Buffalo celebration and Philadelphia Mass are available here.
Thank you to all who organized these celebrations! Your efforts are always greatly appreciated!
On the Feast Day, we shared a past reflection from Sr. Eileen White. You can access it here.