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The Promises of the Sacred Heart

Dear Friends in Christ, 

One of the most beautiful elements of our beautiful church is the statue of the Sacred Heart. That statue conveys both our Lord’s strength and his mercy. He opens his Heart, to show us what he has endured for our salvation: his Heart is aflame with love for us; pierced for our offenses; surrounded by a crown of thorns; and surmounted by the Cross.

 At the same time, by opening his Heart, Jesus invites us to greater intimacy with him. We are not to be satisfied with a superficial relationship but to “put out into the deep” (Lk 5:4). By revealing his Heart and allowing it to be pierced, our Lord has taken the initiative. He now asks us to open our hearts to his divine friendship.  

Today (or what's left of it) is the feast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, to whom our Lord appeared and revealed his Sacred Heart over the course of 18 months from 1673 to 1674. This devotion (which is in fact more than a devotion; our Lord’s Sacred Heart is part of divine worship) comes in large part from those apparitions. That simple, humble Visitation nun became the Apostle of the Sacred Heart. From our Lord’s words to her we have 12 promises of the Sacred Heart [below].

It is a good day to renew our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, perhaps with the simple prayer: 

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,

make my heart like unto Thine.

 Updates

Christ the King Novena

Please plan on joining together for a novena to Christ the King for our nation. We will begin Saturday, October 24 and conclude Sunday, November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints. On those days the priest will lead the congregation in these prayers after every Mass. You can also pray the novena at home. Prayers can be found here.

Ushers Needed – Please Help!

Because of the pandemic, we are currently short on ushers and in need of volunteers. If you can assist at the Mass you attend, please check in and speak with the head usher in the vestibule at the main entrance. Or go ahead and email our head usher, John Vrablik@cox.net

Rectory Ramblings Return
Tonight at 8pm (er, in a few minutes now!) we will be discussing the theological virtues: faith, hope, and love. Then on Monday we will discuss your questions! Email them to askrambling@gmail.com

Food Distribution
Looking ahead to the November 6th food distribution, our Social Outreach is in need of donations. Please leave items in the back of the church. Especially needed are the following staples: canned chicken or tuna, cereal, dry beans (no larger than 3 lbs.), rice (no larger than 3 lbs.), peanut butter, jelly/jam, pasta, pasta sauce, hearty soups, canned fruit. Please, no glass jars, bulk, or very large items because these items make it tough on our volunteers

Through the intercession of our Lady and Saint James, may the Lord bless and keep you.

Sincerely in Christ, 

 Fr. Scalia 

 

The Twelve Promises of Jesusto those devoted to his Sacred Heart

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

2. I will establish peace in their families.

3. I will console them in all their troubles.

4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.

5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.

6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.

7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.

9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.

10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.

11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.

12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.