Welcome to our website which aims to bring together the three branches of the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary (sscc), working in both Ireland and England. Our province/sector is part of a worldwide congregation consisting of priests, brothers, sisters and lay associates.
Not to be confused with other congregations of a similar name, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (plural) was founded in 1800 in Paris, France. Its charism is based on God's unconditional love for every human being, symbolised in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and echoed in the heart of Mary his mother.
In the Irish English Province we have communities in London, Dublin and the borders areas of Cavan/Monaghan involved in pastoral apostolates including parishes, schools, hospice and retreat work. Our sscc sisters are part of a Northern European sector or region and also have connections with France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
One of the best known members of our Congregation is St Damien, known as the leper priest of Molokai who selflessly gave his life to working with the outcasts of his time. He was canonised by Pope Benedict in 2009. His co-worker, a Franciscan sister named Sr Marianne Cope, was canonised by Pope Benedict in October 2012.
Today the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts continues to contemplate live and proclaim God's compassionate love in today's society.
January 23rd is the Feastday of Saint Marianne Cope: Many people know about St. Damien of Molokai, but fewer know about his co-worker in the Hawaiian leper colonies. St. Marianne Cope, pray for us! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Cope
The Holy Fathers prayer intentions for October:
- General: “That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence”.
- Missionary: “That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world."
Sunday October 19th - World Mission Sunday
On October 19th the Church throughout the world celebrates Mission Sunday, recalling the request of Jesus to to out and proclaim the good news to the four corners of the wrorld. In particular we remember all
our missionaries overseas especially the 1,200 Irish born missionaries of different orders and organisations as well as the many lay volunteers serving overseas. So at Mass on
Mission Sunday we pray for all missionaries throughout the world as well as contributing what we can financially to assist the young Churches throughour the world to develop and prosper. Click here for resources for Mission Sunday
World Missions Ireland earlier in the year invited people to take part in a competition by submitting recipes for a nutritious meal that could be cooked for €5. This competition was to draw attention to the fact that so many people in our world are still suffering from a lack of nutritious food. Many children too are also suffering and the Society of Missionary Children based in Rathmines, encourages Irish children throughout the country to contribute from their pocket money towards trying to provide 1 million dinners to children suffering from hunger overseas.
The cook off final was held last week supported by rugby analyst Brent Pope, opera singer Celine Byrne and GAA star Dermot Early. (See photo left above) Congratulations to all entries and especially to the winner, Donal Hayes from Kinsale, Co. Cork pictured center right in the photo.
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