“From the depth of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power. Amen.” ~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today marks the day we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This beautiful celebration was instituted by the Church to counter the Calvinism and Jansenism claims of the 16th and 17th centuries which ignored the love of God and the reasons for the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus and thereby proclaimed that all humanity was damned. The feast was a result of the appearances of our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673-1675.
In speaking to the saint, Jesus said:
“Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love; and in return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this Sacrament of Love. But what I feel most keenly is that it is hearts which are consecrated to Me, that treat Me thus. Therefore, I ask of you that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart, by communicating on that day, and making reparation to It by a solemn act, in order to make amends for the indignities which It has received during the time It has been exposed on the altars. I promise you that My Heart shall expand Itself to shed in abundance the influence of Its Divine Love upon those who shall thus honor It, and cause It to be honored.”
For a more information on this feast, please visit CatholicCulture.org or watch this video:
Prayers and novenas can be found HERE and HERE.
And, finally, the text of the the revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paral-le-Monial, France can be found HERE.
“Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.”
— Saint Francis de Sales
Did you know? Today is a new feast day for Mary, under the title Mother of the Church, instituted by Pope Francis as a Memorial. This new feast in the Roman calendar will take place every year on the Monday following Pentecost. The devotion to Mary, Mother of the Church, reflected in the Mariology of Church Tradition and in the writings of the Church Fathers, used to be celebrated as a Votive Mass since Pope Paul VI inserted into the calendar during the Holy Year of Reconciliation in 1975.
For more information, please see the Vatican Press news article from March 5, 2018 at: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-03/pope-institutes-new-celebration-of-mary–mother-of-church.html
Join us this coming Sunday, May 13th, at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel for an hour of praise, recitation of the Holy Rosary, and Adoration, to honor the request of Our Lady of Fatima: to pray for peace and the conversion of hearts, and to receive abundant graces. For more information, please see church bulletin from Sunday, May 6th or contact Deacon Mikhail Alnajjar.
Have you ever wondered why Catholics honor the Virgin Mary?
NOTE: notice I wrote “honor” NOT “worship”…for our confused brothers and sisters, we DO NOT worship Mary 🙂
Today, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955 as a way to both foster a deep devotion to St. Joseph among Catholics and as a response to the Communist-sponsored May Day celebrations. St. Joseph is a model of the rights and dignity of work and family life.
To learn more about St. Joseph and this feast, please visit the Franciscan Media website: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-joseph-the-worker/
Prayer to St Joseph for workers and those seeking employment……
Silent and well-known carpenter in Nazareth, model of workers, by the work of your hands you gave your contribution to the work of the Creator, you earned your living, and you provided for the needs of the Holy Family. Intercede for all workers, in the difficulties of their daily lives especially for the unemployed, in their anxieties for tomorrow, so that through the guidance of God, the great Architect and Builder, they all may use their strength and talents to make visible God’s new creation, to offer a concrete service to society, and to earn wages worthy of their efforts. With confidence and trust we make this prayer through Jesus. Amen (Source: http://www.cdow.org/StJosephTheWorker.pdf)
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist. From the Collect (Roman Missal, 3rd edition):
O God, who raised up Saint Mark, your Evangelist, and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel, grant, we pray, that we may so profit from his teaching as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
For more information on St. Mark and his feast day, visit: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-04-25
Today is the Feast of St. Isidore, Patron Saint of the Internet. Here is a prayer to help protect you when you surf the net:
Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
To learn more about St. Isidore of Seville, visit: