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The Southern Cross : March 2012
Page 22 March 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news Little Sister Mathilde Jeanne Bellecave Born November 3, 1931 Died August 8, 2011 Crossword No. 129 ACROSS 1 Estuarine inlet near 1 First Friday in March is celebrated as World ... (3,2,6). 9 Intravenous or in vitro (abbr.). 10 Seep; exude. 11 Famous composer. 13 Label; graffiti 'signature'. 15 False god; celebrity. 16 Egyptian deity. 17 Favourite; companion animal. 19 Flying mammal; sporting implement. 20 Conscious. 22 Ancient British tribe. 23 Sesame. 24 Primate; mimic. 26 Has existence. 27 Deserve; gain by effort. 29 Choose. 31 Elevated; lifted up. 32 Victorian alpine town. 24 Sodium (chem. symb.). 35 Excess. DOWN 1 Attempts to ascertain the will of the gods or the future. 2 Greedy; enthusiastic. 3 Gem. 4 Fat person (colloq.). 5 King (Fr.). 6 Early French chemical symbol for nitrogen; prefix -- nitrogen. 7 Adverb of time. 8 Period of special prayer (8, 3). 12 Pertaining to voice. 14 Island off the coast of Ireland. 17 Vegetable (technically a fruit!). 18 Bundle together. 19 Fathered (Old Biblical). 21 Small or thin grouping. 25 Evidence for. 27 Brother of Jacob; ancestor of the Edomites. 28 Lease. 30 Apex. 31 Personal pronoun. 33 Personal pronoun. 1 234 5 6 78 91 0 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Solution on page 22. The Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross SA will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on Saturday, March 24, followed by a dinner at Morphettville Junction Complex. It was in February 1922 that a small group of Catholic men met in Adelaide to lay the foundation of the Knights in SA. The objectives of that group are the same as those of today -- to support the Church and Catholic Charities in the community. Currently there are approximately 500 members in a total of 17 branches -- nine in the city and eight in the country. Celebration of the anniversary will begin with the Cathedral Mass at 10am concelebrated by Archbishop Philip Wilson, Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner and State Chaplain Monsignor Vincent Tiggeman. Other priests are invited to join the celebration of the Mass. State chairman Michael Boyle urged all members and their families to attend the celebration which would be a public display of the Order and its works over 90 years. He said special guests at the dinner would be Archbishop Wilson and Emeritus Archbishop Faulkner who over the years had given their full support and encouragement to all the works of the Knights. The Knights are actively involved in many project areas such as spiritual formation programs for members, life issues, promotion of palliative care, Southern Cross Care, Marian Procession, the John Brewer Memorial Scholarship for Year 11 students and social justice awards. Past achievements include lobbying for State aid for Catholic Schools, aged pension for priests and the establishment of aged care facilities. One of the Knights' current projects is to provide 10,000 prayer books containing the Revised Translation and prayers specific to military personnel to Catholic members of the Australian Defence Force. This follows the printing and distribution of 10,000 prayer books five years ago -- an initiative which Mr Boyle said was widely appreciated by troops in overseas postings. "The books are specially designed and waterproofed and will be available at no cost to Catholic service personnel," he said. "All branches are encouraged to support the project by sponsoring this appeal. The cost of each book is $4." Mr Boyle said the Order was always pleased to welcome new members. For more information phone 8371 3301. Ninety years of Knights A Thanksgiving Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral. Concelebrated by Archbishop Wilson, Emeritus Archbishop Faulkner and State Chaplain Mons. Tiggeman. 10.00am Saturday 24th March 2012. All Welcome Celebration Dinner will be held at the Morphettville Junction Complex at 7.00 pm. Enquiries to Catherine 8371 3301 Ls Jeanne loved life and lived it to the full, enjoying every bit of it; the walks on the beach and swims in the sea, the singing and laughter, the shared meals with friends taking every opportunity to celebrate the love of God in her life. Born in France, she joined the Little Sisters of Jesus in December 1958 and it was the land of Somalia -- Ethiopia which welcomed her. Close to the nomads, she experienced their trust in God. Through the years, the memory of their continual surrender to God nourished her faith and their welcoming culture found echo in her own love of people. In 1973 it's with the travelling people of Ireland (gypsies) under a milder climate, that she shared her faith. She loved dearly the green island where she left many dear friends when she was sent Down Under in 1978. For many years the Collingwood neighbourhood in Melbourne was her home; the living room often a community of nations passing from one tradition to the next in a mixture of languages where the heart could express itself when words failed. There were many small groups searching for meaningful Gospel community living. Fully immersed in the church, her love for singing made her an instant part of the choir in the parish. She played the organ for the Melkite parish and joined in many Maronite celebrations too. Coming to Murray Bridge her rural background from the Basque region of France came to the fore always at home with the local folk. When it was decided to move to Adelaide in 1985 to be a better support for the Little Sisters living in Central Australia, she accepted it whole- heartedly and soon became part of the Woodville community. Jeanne was keen to introduce others to Brother Charles de Foucald's way of sharing what was the source of her life, a contemplative life in the world among the poor with people of all faiths and cultures, just as Jesus lived. She hosted a lay fraternity of Charles de Foucald each month in the house with Lectio Divina and the Taizé prayer group, gathering people of all faiths around Jesus on the Cross, sometimes in the chapel. She took part in all events whether group meditation, Tai Chi or Gospel-sharing and retreat days in the diocese. Each Thursday a priest of the Diocese would offer Mass in the house, welcoming all who came to the table of the Lord and farewelling them with a hot cup of Milo afterwards. Her strong faith was an encouragement to many people and her joy in the ups and downs of daily living brought sparks to life wherever she went. Her brother Louis visited her in her final days and wrote to her upon his return to France "this country has adopted you and you have adopted it; today Australian earth will keep you and you will fertilise it." Ls Jeanne died on the feast of our first Australian Saint Mary MacKillop and was buried from Mater Dei Church, Woodville, where she had worshipped and sung in the choir for 25 years, surrounded by her fellow Little Sisters, parishioners and friends from all over South Australia and beyond. Her Golden Jubilee as a professed Little Sister of Jesus was celebrated at her funeral vigil on August 15. She is buried at West Terrace cemetery in the 'Australian earth.' - Taken from the eulogy by Ls Magali. French Sister brings joy Down Under