January 28, 2018

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

This week our sisters will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  Follow the links below to check out the wonderful school communities in which our sisters bring Christ's Merciful Love.

In the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois:
St. Mary's, Alton, IL
Marquette High School, Alton, IL

In the Archdiocese of St. Louis
St. Alban Roe, Wildwood, MO

In the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas:
St. James Academy, Lenexa, KS
Cure of Ars, Leawood, KS

In the Diocese of Peoria:
St. Matthew, Champaign, IL
The High School of St. Thomas More, Champaign, IL
Alleman High School, Rock Island, IL
Jordan Catholic, Rock Island, IL

In the Diocese of Lincoln
St. Michael's, Hastings, NE
St. Cecilia's, Hastings, NE

In the Diocese of Tulsa:
St. Catherine's School, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
(Check out this video featuring Sr. M. Margaret and her students.)

December 29, 2017

Two Thousand and More Candles on the Cake

Two Thousand and more candles on the cake.
It's time to celebrate.

The birth of Jesus the
Babe in the manger,
With Mary and Joseph his father.

No King nor Ruler was told.
But Angeles sang to Shepherd's
Who were watching their herds.

Glory to God in the Highest
The Savior is born!
Make haste to Bethlehem this morn!

Lowly did they find Him!
In a manger did He lay!
Where Ox and Ass did stay.

Joseph stood by protecting!
While Mary His mother beamed with joy
Adoring her baby boy.

For our Savior is knocking on the door!

I'm coming! I'm  coming!
Prepare for my coming!
For my Birthday is coming on

- by Sr. M. Jessica

December 23, 2017

Undeserved Grace: Mercy and Advent

Check out Sr. M. Xavier's reflections on Mercy and Advent!

It is often said that God’s greatest attribute is mercy. In paragraph 277, The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “God shows forth his almighty power by converting us from our sins and restoring us to his friendship by grace.” God’s readiness to forgive, even our greatest sins, was best displayed on the cross when Jesus cried out “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). The Christian is one long journey of learning to receive the mercy God is constantly offering us. But what happens when your life seems too messy for His mercy to handle? That is when we can turn to the Saints for their help.
A beautiful gift of God’s mercy is that when He brought you into relationship with Himself through baptism and made you a partaker of the Divine Nature, He gave you friends to help you on your journey to Christian maturity. Not only does He give you people in this life to help you respond to grace in your life, but He has surrounded you with a cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1). This cloud of saints, all of whom are constantly asking God to help you, is made up of ordinary people like you and me. Some were doctors and lawyers, others business men, some kings and queens, shepherds and farmers, others stay at home moms, heroic soldiers, some educated and some who couldn’t read or write. Because of the vast diversity of Saints you can almost always find one who has been through the struggles that you are going through right now. In God’s mercy He allows the Saints to comfort you and lead you to Him. They do this not only by the life that they lived on earth but through their prayers for you right now! Your job is simply, you just have to seek out a relationship with them.

December 15, 2017

This is the Good News the prophets foretold...

"This is the good news the prophets foretold: 
The Savior will be born of the Virgin Mary."
(Antiphon for Midmorning Prayer)

The Gospel message is one for all seasons, but during Advent, it's ideal to meditate on it through the lens of the Incarnation.  Check out the latest FSGM contribution to the "Advent like Nun other."  #ShareJesus

December 10, 2017

'Tis the Season to Prepare the Way

Happy Second Sunday of Advent!  Today's #ShareJesus Advent Reflection video is presented by Sr. M. Karolyn.  Visit http://redeemedonline.com/adventseries/ to sign up to receive a daily reflection during this season from different sisters from all over the U.S.  You can also follow Redeemed Online on Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to view the videos.  There will be a couple more FSGM specials as part of the series.  Stay tuned!

October 21, 2017

Meet Thao-Vy!

My name is Thao-Vy Tran, and I am 18 years old. I was born and raised in Rochester, MN. This past June, I graduated from Lourdes High School. I am an only child, and I am very fortunate to have two amazing parents, Cuong and Hoa-Le, who instilled in me the beautiful Catholic faith, and the seeds of discerning my vocation.  Throughout my life, I have enjoyed volunteering in multiple ways, such as playing piano and organ for my church, as well as for my school and surrounding parishes. I was also a volunteer barista at St. James Coffee, which is a Catholic coffeehouse in Rochester that contains a chapel, and is a great place for evangelization! I also like to write and make knotted cord rosaries.  For the past two summers during August, I took part as a Fiat team member for Camp Summit, which is a Catholic summer camp put on by the Diocese of Winona. There, I was able to deeply encounter the merciful love of the Lord through Eucharistic Adoration, and I was inspired to bring that love to others. It was then that the overwhelming love of Christ engulfed me, and I knew I had and wanted to say, “yes,” and give Him my fiat.  
Ever since I was about eleven or twelve, I attended retreats at the Mater Redemptoris House of Formation, which was how I got to know our Sisters. Their exuberant joy and charism of “seeking to make the merciful love of Christ visible” attracted me to this community. I am so excited to be here, and to see how the Lord will work in my life.

October 19, 2017

Meet Faith!

Hello!  My name is Faith Becker and I am currently 20 years old.  I grew up on a small dairy farm in Spencer. Wisconsin. I milked alongside my parents, Daniel and Bernice, and my siblings: Father Aaron (26), Alissa (24), Jessica (18), Amber (13) and Joel (10).  After graduating high school, the Lord called me to the Mater Redemptoris House of Formation in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George ran the discernment house. It was there that I realized that the Lord definitely placed in my heart the desire to make the Merciful Love of Christ visible which just happened to be the sisters charism!  A few of my hobbies are playing games like Ticket to Ride, pinochle, and any competitive team sports. I enjoyed playing the piano with my mom in Church every Saturday.  My favorite pastimes are just sitting around and talking with people.  We are all so different and have so many incredible stories to tell!  I am excited to see what the Lord is going to do with me next on this great adventure here in AltonIllinois!