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The Sacred Heart community had a lot to celebrate at our first all-school Mass of the 2017-2018 school year, the Mass of the Holy Spirit. We welcomed a special guest, former Headmistress Sr. Betsy Hartson, RSCJ '55, as well as several other RSCJ. During Mass, seventeen members of the senior class were installed as Eucharistic Ministers and blessed by Father Frank Reale, S.J.
Headmistress Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ, introduced this year's theme to the school community, which is inspired by the words of St. Philippine Duchesne:
"Strengthen in us, O God, the work You have begun in us... I am where God wills me to be, and so I have found rest and security. His wisdom governs me, His power defends me, His grace sanctifies me, His mercy encompasses me, His joy sustains me and all will go well with me."
St. Philippine Duchesne, a pioneer missionary of the Society of the Sacred Heart, landed in New Orleans 200 years ago and opened the first Sacred Heart school in St. Charles, MO, after traveling up the Mississippi River. This school year, the Society of the Sacred Heart and the Network of Sacred Hearts Schools are launching a yearlong bicentennial celebration of Sacred Heart education in the U.S.
After Mass, each student and faculty/staff member received two gifts as a way to celebrate the new school year and the missionary spirit of St. Philippine Duchesne. The first gift was a bookmark with Philippine's words that inspired the theme for the 2017-2018 school year. The second gift was #FlatPhilippine, a cut-out drawing of St. Philippine who will be making appearances in photos and on social media throughout the year. Students and faculty/staff are encouraged to introduce #FlatPhilippine at school, work, or family activities and to take photos with her and share them on social media.