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Lady Wisdom 1 Stained Glass Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel Yankton Benedictines Sacred Heart MonasteryGreetings,

Please pray for us as we prepare for our Monastic Chapter this weekend.

It is wonderfully appropriate that our June Monastic Chapter should coincide with our patronal feast, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; for we as discern the needs of our monastic community, we strive to see Christ present in each other. We ask for your prayers as all of our sisters, from prioress to newly professed, travel home to discuss the “important business [that] has to be done in the monastery.”
Rule of Benedict 3:1

However, it isn’t all work and meetings.  All throughout the weekend, we visit with our sisters: catching up on news, sharing joys and sorrows, taking walks and playing favorite games. We also take time to celebrate.  One evening we will honor our Jubilarians of 25, 50, 60, 75 and even 80 years as professed sisters.  The next night we will remember our beloved sisters who have died this past year with prayer and a procession through our cemetery.

Whenever any important business has to be done in the monastery, let the Abbot call together the whole community and state the matter to be acted upon. Then, having heard the brethren’s advice, let him turn the matter over in his own mind and do what he shall judge to be most expedient. The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best. 

Let the brethren give their advice with all the deference required by humility, and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions; but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot’s judgment, and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.  However, just as it is proper for the disciples to obey their master, so also it is his function to dispose all things with prudence and justice.
Prayer schedule during Monastic Chapter…
Thursday:  Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel
~ Prayer 5:15 PM, First Vespers for the SolemnityDining Refectory Incense Yankton Benedictines Sacred Heart Monastery Sisters
Friday:  Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
~ Prayer 8:30 AM
~ Mass 9:00 AM
~ Prayer 4:45 PM
Saturday:  Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel
~ Prayer 8:30 AM
~ Evening Prayer & Remembering Service within the Monastic Chapter
Sunday: Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel
~ Prayer 8:30 AM
~ Mass 10 AM
~ Prayer 5:00 PM

Blessings to you,

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