The Sisters of Compassion founded by Meri Hōhepa-Suzanne Aubert, and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference agreed that the first Sunday of October would be marked as a day of celebration for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert. The purpose of this important national day of celebration is to promote and celebrate the spirituality and good works of Venerable Suzanne Aubert to as many people as possible. This year it will be on 2 October.
Her spirit lives on today in the work of the Sisters of Compassion. They are engaged in social work, pastoral care, prison and hospital chaplaincies, education, working with refugee and disadvantaged migrant communities, residential and home care of the sick and the elderly and support of people developing home gardens.
The theme, He wahine whakapono nui, A woman of great faith, is reflected in the Gospel Reading of the twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Link HERE for the Readings
‘for the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfilment, and will not disappoint.’
Psalm 95. R. If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.
2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14
‘Bear your share of hardships for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.’
‘If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.'
On this Celebration Sunday there are several resources you might include in your liturgy.
Prayer of the Faithful.pdf HERE
Prayer to Meri Hohepa Suzanne Aubert by Fr James Lyons.pdf HERE
Intercessory Prayer card.pdf HERE
Printed copies of these Prayers are available from the Communications team
Pictured on the main slider: Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert's sarcophagus in the chapel at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay, Wellington.