Sacred Heart of Jesus

"Understood in the light of the Scriptures,
the term ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus' denotes the entire mystery of Christ,
the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential:
Son of God, uncreated wisdom;
infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind."

— Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

Every church receives a title—the name of saint or a "mystery" (event) of the Lord—to inspire the people who worship there. Our own parish church is dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. (The parish's titular feast is celebrated on the third Sunday after Pentecost, in June.)

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is based on the Scriptures, and has developed through the centuries thanks to the example and writings of numerous saints. Notably, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a French nun, received numerous visions of the Lord. Christ instructed her to make known the love of his Sacred Heart for all men and women. Since that time, devotion to the Sacred Heart has been tied to the First Friday of the month, when Confession, attendance at Mass, the reception of Holy Communion, and Eucharistic Adoration are encouraged.

On First Fridays in the parish, the Eucharist is exposed for prayer from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Mass is celebrated at 12:10pm, and Father Jonathan is available for Confession.

O most holy heart of Jesus,
fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you,
and with lively sorrow for my sins
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure
and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, Good Jesus,
that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger.
Comfort me in my afflictions.
Give me health of body,
assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do,
and the grace of a holy death.