In October, we celebrate the Feast of Mater Admirabilis, a fresco which has captured the hearts of all Sacred Heart communities around the world for years. This fresco created by Pauline Perdrau, a young RSCJ, was once considered unappealing, but eventually became well known and praised. In fact, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat insisted that a rendering of the image be placed in every school around the world so that no matter what school in whatever part of the world you were in, once you enter a Sacred Heart school, Mater would welcome you home.
This image of her portrays a youthful Mary with symbols of hope, dedication and purity which stem from her faith in and relationship with God. Students, alumnae and educators alike have benefitted for her daily presence, and their relationship with Mater deepens as they come to understand her more. Read Mrs. Heather Gillingham-Rivas’s reflection on Mater to understand how the intimate bond with Our Lady is a life-long gift students receive as members of the Sacred Heart community.
This year our Carrollton celebration of Mater looked a little different with the view of an empty church as students and families live streamed mass from home, but we were still together in heart and mind. May Mater serve as our example, that in the midst of everything going on through this pandemic, that we have the peace, wisdom and patience of Mater to navigate through it all.
Click here if you’d like to stream a recording of the all school Mater mass.