wonderful devotion encouraged by the Church is devotion to the Sacred
Heart, especially by consecrating our families to the Sacred Heart.
Here is one version of a consecration.
a picture or statue of the Sacred Heart in a conspicuous place in
the home, or in the place of honor on the family altar. In the evening
the whole family gathers there before the altar on which a number
of candles (the baptismal candles may be used) are lighted as symbols
of faith and love of the members for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Here is the official form for the private devotion of the
O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thou didst reveal
blessed Margaret Mary Thy desire to rule over Christian families;
behold, in order to please Thee, we stand before Thee this day,
to proclaim Thy full sovereignty over our family. We desire henceforth
to live Thy life, we desire that the virtues, to which Thou hast
promised peace on earth, may flower in the bosom of our family;
we desire to keep far from us the spirit of the world, which Thou
hast condemned. Thou art King of our minds by the simplicity of
Thou art King of our hearts by our love of Thee alone, with which
our hearts are on fire and whose flame we shall keep alive by frequently
receiving the Holy Eucharist. Be pleased, O Sacred Heart, to preside
over our gathering together, to bless our spiritual and temporal
affairs, to ward off all annoyance from us, to hallow our joys and
comfort our sorrows. If any of us has ever been so unhappy as to
fall into the misery of displeasing Thee, grant that he may remember,
O Heart of Jesus, that Thou art full of goodness and mercy toward
the repentant sinner. And when the hour
of separation strikes and death enters our family circle, whether
we go or whether we stay, we shall all bow humbly before Thine eternal
decrees. This shall be our consolation, to remember that the day
will come, when our entire family, once more united in heaven, shall
be able to sing of Thy glory and Thy goodness forever. May theImmaculate
Heart of Mary and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph vouchsafe to
offer Thee this our act of consecration, and to keep the memory
thereof alive in us all the days of our lives.
to the Heart of Jesus, our King and Our Father!
The Sacred Heart of Jesus page
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?