IHM Catholic Education Newsletter
JUNE 2022
Animated by the IHM Charism ... Embracing the Mission
With Love, Creative Hope & Fidelity...A Legacy of Grace!

Once again, we have witnessed recently the overwhelming grief of those who have lost loved ones in mass shootings in the United States as well as the continued devastation in Ukraine. In addition, we can almost taste the trauma of those who survive these tragic incidents of inhumanity. Hopefully we number ourselves among those who continue to be outraged and distressed at the senseless violence. Grief looms large for all of us!

The Sacred Heart of Jesus may bring us consolation and a courageous way forward to not let ourselves be numbed or hardened by such events. The Sacred Heart of Jesus teaches us that real love - the only true antidote to violence and hatred - is always costly, but that it always gives life. Pope Francis encourages us:" I invite each one of you to look with confidence to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to repeat often, especially during this month of June: Jesus, meek and humble of heart, transform our hearts and teach us to love God and our neighbor with generosity."

Praying that your confidence to continue loving and your resolve to bring more peace and good will into the world are strengthened by the love poured out by the Sacred Heart of Jesus, sincerely,
Sister Stephen Anne IHM
The IHM Charism grace of LOVE

The IHM Charism, our unique way of being present to God's people, is defined by three graces: love, creative hope and fidelity. We are always eager to share these graces with those around us in every circumstance!
We say that our Charism grace of LOVE manifests itself in joy, respect and reverence; that it becomes real in kindness and compassion; it is present in our availability, approachability and accessibility; that it exercises justice with mercy; that it responds with acute sensitivity and large-heartedness to human need. This is not necessarily dramatic but an everyday ordinary response to a need that we recognize. In a special way, our Charism directs our love and concern to God’s people, especially those most abandoned or neglected - the poor among us, to those who could fall between the cracks, get left on the margins or become almost invisible.

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit...the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs!
  • Matt 5:3
Poor in Spirit - Say what? Be poor? Really! No, not at all. This is a call to unclutter our minds and hearts to make room for God to enter! Be open to the possibilities and watch what happens!
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: A treasured ministry of the IHM Sisters is preparing young people for the Sacraments! This is a legacy ministry that dates back to our foundation in 1845! Here are some glimpses as IHM Sisters and their devoted lay colleagues continue this good work in the present time for so many students.
Sacred Heart
St. Francis
St. Cecilia
St. Laurence
Upper Darby
St. Monica
St. Matthew
St. Peter
St. Teresa
Sts. Philip & James
St. Patrick
St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments
Good Shepherd
Divine Mercy
St. David
Willow Grove
Sts. Simon and Jude
West Chester
Embracing the Mission
Laudato Si
Our Common Home Needs Our Help!
We are called to care for our common home! We can do our part through awareness and action! Our Earth...God's Gift!
IHM EdCamp 2023
WHEN: Saturday
March 18, 2023

WHERE: St. Aloysius Academy
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

A unique learning experience for educators of all levels in all Catholic education settings!
Want personalized learning? Consider a first class faculty of caring and competent professors at Immaculata!
Culture Matters!
No matter your place of ministry, are you a culture builder? Are you committed to the mission?
This video,although about company culture, has much to offer us about the importance of culture to fulfill the mission! See what you think!

5 Pentecost Sunday

12 Trinity Sunday

14 Flag Day

19 Corpus Christi Sunday

19 Happy Father's Day to all Dads & those who are like a loving Dad to others!

24 Sacred Heart of Jesus

25 Immaculate Heart of Mary

27 Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Hymn for the Hurting by Amanda Gorman
Everything hurts,
Our hearts overshadowed and strange,
Minds clouded and made dumb.
We carry tragedy, terrifying and true.
And yet none of it is new;
We knew it as home,
as horror,
As heritage.
Even our children
Can’t be kids
Can’t be.

Everything hurts.
It’s a hard time to be alive
And even harder to stay that way.
We are burdened to live these days,
And at the same time blessed to survive them.
This alarm is how we know
We need to be changed –
That we must differ or die,
That we must prevail or try.
So though hate cannot be ended,
It can be transformed
In a love that makes us live.

May we not only mourn, but give:
May we not only hurt, but act;
May our signed right to bear arms
Never blind our sight to shared evil;
May we choose our children over chaos.
May never another innocent be lost.

Maybe everything hurts
Our hearts overshadowed and strange.
But only when everything hurts
May everything change.
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Proclaiming the Gospel Message in the Spirit of Jesus the Redeemer