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June – Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. This year, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart takes place on Friday, 19th June 2020. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is designated as The Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.

During the month of the Sacred Heart, we will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus each day before the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the sanctification of the priests of our Archdiocese. Each week we will pray for the priests of a particular deanery, mentioning the priests by name.

Let us pray for our priests:

  • Rev. Agi Alphonse, IC
  • Rev. Andrea Bord
  • Rev. John Boye
  • Mgr. Joseph Boardman, VG
  • Rev. Peter Collins
  • Rev. Peter Davies
  • Rev. Michael Evans
  • Rev. Christopher Fuse, IC
  • Rev. Alexander Gee, CO
  • Rev. Brian Gray
  • Rev. David Hathaway
  • Rev. Paul Irikefe
  • Rev. William Isaac
  • Rev. Matthew Jones
  • Rev. Sebastian Jones, CO
  • Rev. John Maguire
  • Rev. Michael McCarthy, IC
  • Rev. David O’Donnell
  • Rev. Pat O’Gorman
  • Rev. Justus Okibo, IC
  • Rev. Ray O’Shea
  • Rev. David Pritchard
  • Rev. Philip Scanclan, IC
  • Rev. Daniel Stanton
  • Rev. Ambrose Walsh
  • Rev. Nicholas Williams
  • Rev. Silvio Briffa
  • Rev. Laurence Bryce
  • Rev. Brian Cuddihy, IC
  • Rev. Michael Doyle
  • Rev. Robert James
  • Rev. Roman Kawalski
  • Rev. Peter McLaren
  • Rev. Edmund Neizer
  • Rev. Timothy McGrath
  • Rev. Mark Rowles
  • Rev. Michael St Clare
  • Rev. Eric Willett, IC
  • Rev. Dom Andrew Berry, OSB
  • Rev. Dom Michael Evans, OSB
  • Rev. Dom Stephen Holdsworth, OSB
  • Rev. Nicholas James
  • Rev. Dom Patrick Lobo, OSB
  • Rev. Dom Simon McGurk, OSB
  • Rev. Paul Millar
  • Rev. Dom Joseph Parkinson, OSB
  • Rev. Dom Jonathan Rollinson, OSB
  • Right Rev. Dom Paul Stonham, OSB
  • Very Rev. Dom Brendan Thomas, OSB
  • Rev. Adrian Wiltshire
  • Rev. Dom Matthew Carney, OSB
  • Rev. John Griffiths
  • Rev. David Hayman
  • Rev. Liam Hennessy
  • Rev. Nicholas James
  • Rev. Joseph Mensah
  • Rev. Kevin Payne
  • Rev. Bernard Sixtus
  • Rev. Allan Davies-Hale
  • Rev. Barry English
  • Rev. Christopher Hancock, MHM
  • Rev. John Kelly
  • Rev. Eddie O’Connell
  • Rev. John Phillips
  • Rev. Robert Reardon
  • Rev. Dermot Tredget

First Friday Devotions

In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here at the Cathedral, we celebrate the First Fridays devotion each month. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.

Our Lord had revealed to St. Margaret Mary:

“I promise you, in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the first Friday for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance; they shall not die in my disgrace nor without receiving the sacraments; my divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in that last moment.”

First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart begin with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the celebration of Mass. Please see the newsletter for up-to-date information.

The Twelve Promises

Jesus made twelve promises to St. Margaret Mary. This list of twelve promises does not comprise all of the promises concerning the devotion. These are the twelve promises most likely to draw faithful souls to this most worthy devotion. They are only a few of the many graces promised to those willing to offer up their broken hearts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for nine consecutive first Fridays.

  1. Christ promises: “I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.”
  1. Christ promises: “I will give peace in their families.” 
  1. Christ promises: “I will console them in all their troubles.”
  1. Christ promises: “They shall find in my heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.” 
  1. Christ promises: “I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.”
  1. Christ promises: “Sinners shall find in my heart the source and infinite Ocean of mercy.”
  1. Christ promises: “Tepid souls shall become fervent.”
  1. Christ promises: “Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.”
  1. Christ promises: “I will bless the homes in which the image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.”
  1. Christ promises: “I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.”
  1. Christ promises: “Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in my heart and it shall never be effaced.”
  1. Christ Promises: “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 the sacraments; my heart shall be their assured refuge at the last hour.”