ALL together at World Youth Day 2011!

More than 130 young people are taking part in the meeting of the Sacred Heart Family described here below, organised under the aegis of WYD. They have come from Mexico, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Chad, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Uganda...
Many other young members of the Sacred Heart Family, from
other countries are also experiencing WYD in Madrid, often accompanied by RSCJ... It's all one big party!

Click here to see the slideshow with its captions (in Spanish).

If you’re between 16 and 30, if you would you like to take part in World Youth Day, August 16th-21st, 2011 in Madrid (Spain), if you would you like to meet other young people from every continent who are already in touch with the friends and Religious of the Sacred Heart, then welcome!

We can offer:

Accommodation for you all right in the heart of Madrid (at Chamartin);
An experience of living as Sacred Heart family, with three sessions in which you share with each other about your faith, joys and life in general.
The chance to take part together, as members of the Church, in other activities planned for World Youth Day.

More than 160 young adults have already applied; they will come from Mexico, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Chad, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Uganda...

If you're interested, get in touch with the friends or Religious of the Sacred Heart you already know.

For further information: and

It will be a joy to welcome you! We look forward to it.

The friends and religious of the Sacred Heart in Spain.

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See other "News of RSCJ projects with young people".

Sarah rscj, province of Belgium-France-Netherlands  October 28, 2010
I've been with the Religious of the Sacred Heart for nearly 3 years now. During the precious time of the novitiate, I learned to put all my trust in the Lord, to examine deeply my desire to follow him, to seek and find him in all things. It has been my good fortune to have some very beautiful encounters in various settings: at a centre for young drug addicts, working with children and young students, or with the poorest in our society (those who are homeless or very cut off from others). From these encounters I have really learned to listen, to look with the eyes of my heart, to hope and believe in each one, always on the look-out for what is most beautiful in the other person… they have taught me to listen at depth!

On this faith-journey, I have experienced God’s infinite love for me and for all humanity… and so my desire to give myself completely to Him, to learn to serve and love as He does, has kept on growing.

After this long apprenticeship, I had the great joy of pronouncing my first vows. I prepared for it with my community and with the people living in precarious situations who had become my friends. It was a special time, as we shared deeply about the meaning of my commitment. They enjoyed writing a prayer of the faithful for those poorer than themselves, and walking in the offertory procession, a sign that we give our lives to help our world become more just. The children, too, prepared for this time of recollection, by drawing pictures of the first reading, and coming up at the offertory to place them at the foot of the altar.

On the day of my commitment, I felt a very deep peace and joy. The moment of my actual commitment was a very special one for me and for the congregation: a promise made before God, my provincial superior and the witnesses present, to follow Christ more closely by committing myself to the mission of revealing God’s love, especially to the little ones. The offertory procession was also a very beautiful moment, during which I had a keen sense of God’s joy at seeing “the little ones” coming to Him, “children and those wounded by life”, and His desire to see us grow in humility, and so enter more fully into the close union that he wants with each of us.

nce de la Villéon, Provincial. I was also deeply touched by the joy I could see on the faces of my sisters of the Sacred Heart after I pronounced my vows, a deep experience of belonging to a “body”. To commit myself, to promise God that I will follow Him, before all these very dear witnesses, especially before my parents, is a unique, intense moment, full of emotion because the whole truth of my life and of my desire is expressed before everyone…

The grace of commitment through the vows carries me along and gives me new fervour, a great trust in my desire to bear witness to God’s joy and peace wherever I am called to live… in particular my desire to help everyone feel loved and know their worth, to grow in truth and freedom, and be able to make real choices. Helping to build an increase of justice in the world is something I also want to do through my profession as a doctor, by putting myself at the service of the families and young people that will be entrusted to me.

Today I am sent to the Potiers community, in a poor district of Brussels, and I am happy to live the fullness of my vocation as religious of the Sacred Heart and to continue on my way towards the One who calls us to love as He does…

France: Contemplative dialogue, with children from 5 to 11.
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Every Thursday morning before class, i.e. between 8 and 8.30 a.m., some delightful children from the Sacred Heart school, aged between 5 and 11,have been invading the oratory of the rscj community of Lyon-Boissac for a simplified “contemplative dialogue” on the Gospel of the following Sunday. This happens from September to the beginning of July, and has been going on for two years now.

A short hymn led by Blandine (a teacher) brings us together in song, then we tell the story of the Gospel text, setting it in its context, explaining the “big words” but always using them again. This is followed by a few minutes’ silence during which they are invited to receive the text with their senses, to “see” it, and to let a striking word or sentence echo in their hearts. Then Blandine reads the text again, which is the signal for the first sharing: as they hold the little candle, they can each say the words that have struck them. When everyone has done so, another short silence, giving the prayer we want to share a chance to take shape, enriched by what the others have expressed. Then an Our Father and a final hymn conclude our prayer-time.

In the first months, about twenty children came, but although this is a large number for a contemplative dialogue, it seemed better not to separate them. Many of them were preparing for their First Communion, and we felt a community was forming; the rscj oratory was also a great advantage. Of course not everyone shared; the numbers perhaps made it harder for some. But all held in their hands “the light representing Jesus”. Once, I saw a child moving his lips as he held the candle. Afterwards he told me: “I talked to Jesus in my heart, but I don’t know how to say it out loud.”

This year, there was a group of 7 or 8 children. Every week a parent (Mummy or Daddy), the Principal or a Sister from the community joined us, which meant there were always 4 or 5 adults with the children. These times of prayer shared between generations are important for mutual formation, sharing and support.

I loved these occasions, an oasis during the week, feeling the children’s thirst for them, their freshness and confidence. I often thought of St Madeleine Sophie who “would have founded the Society for the sake of a single soul”. This time very often kept me going for several days, and I particularly remember some sharing that built on what went before and invited me to let myself be taught:

“John the Baptist is the voice, but Jesus is the Word.”
“Come and see” … and after a moment’s silence, another added: “He saw and he believed”.
Surely the whole Gospel is contained between these two sentences, and we really need our whole lives and all these experiences to grasp even a little of it!!!
So thanks to each one, the community, the different actors in this dialogue – children and adults – and thanks to the Lord for letting us have these times of intimacy with Him.

Michèle Nard, rscj.

        Province of Belgium/France/Netherland