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:
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.