The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is on Friday June 27th. We will celebrate a bilingual Mass at 7pm. During the Mass we will make a consecration of our parish to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus dates back to the medieval times. It was made popular in modern times following the apparitions of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary. Jesus revealed to her his wounded heart saying “Behold a heart that loves so much yet is so little loved in return.” He asked her to promote the Sacred Heart devotion as a means of making reparation for the many offences against our Lord. June 11th 1899 Pope Leo XIII consecrated the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Pope Benedict XVI made a consecration of all the youth of the World.
The text of our parish consecration follows:
Lord Jesus, we St. Michael’s Parish consecrate and commit ourselves to your Sacred Heart. May we be ever more devoted and faithful children of our heavenly Father.
We consecrate and commit to you all members of our parish, starting with the weakest ones: from the unborn to the sick, the disabled and the elderly. We commit to you our families, our children, our young people, the single and the widowed. We pray especially for hurting and broken families, and for the young who are searching for meaning in their lives but who are getting lost in a world of alcohol and drugs. Help the unemployed, the lonely and the desperate. We pray especially for those who have fallen away from the Church, who have distanced themselves from the parish community. Through the intercession of Mary accept all the named in your merciful heart and make us co-workers of your mercy.
Merciful Redeemer, before you we renew our Baptismal consecration, we renounce sin, the temptation of evil and the devil. We believe in everything that God has revealed to us and which is taught by the Catholic Church. Grant us the Spirit of love so that we will live according to the Gospel, fulfill your commandment of love for God and our neighbour, the commandments of God and of the Church, receive the sacraments worthily, especially the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, and act in accordance with the doctrine and teachings of the Church. Support us so that we will, in the power of the Holy Spirit with his gifts and charisms, listen to God’s call with joy and generosity, and to answer this call, cooperating in a new evangelization, contributing to the unity and growth of the parish and the universal Church.
We want to be nourished on the word of God and on heavenly bread. We want to pray regularly so that we will be well prepared to conquer every evil and always choose life. Protect us in every danger through the intercession of our Mother Mary, and after our pilgrimage on earth is over, may we be taken into the eternal embrace of our merciful Father in Heaven. Amen.Sacred Heart