Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. he asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour.
When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine — it is the Heart of God.
There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His love for us.
In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love. This love of Christ for us was the moving force of all he did and suffered for us — in Nazareth, on the Cross, in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His teaching and healing, in His praying and working. When we speak of the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus showing us His Heart, Jesus all love for us and all lovable.
Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God’s infinite love. The Human Nature which the Son of God took upon Himself was filled with love and kindness that has never found an equal. He is the perfect model of love of God and neighbor.
Every day of His life was filled with repeated proofs of “Christ’s love that surpasses all knowledge” (Eph 3:19). Jesus handed down for all time the fundamental feature of His character: “Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). He invited all, refusing none, surprising friends and rivals by His unconditional generosity.
The meaning of love in the life of Jesus was especially evident in His sufferings. Out of love for His Father He willed to undergo the death of the Cross. “The world must know that I love the Father and do just as the Father has commanded Me” (Jn 14:31).
The love that Jesus bore toward us also urged Him to undergo the death of the Cross. At the Last Supper, He said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13)
The Heart of Jesus never ceases to love us in heaven. He sanctifies us through the Sacraments. These are inexhaustible fountains of grace and holiness which have their source in the boundless ocean of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (via EWTN.)
My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.
Following is the Latin Mass Schedule for June:
First Saturday Devotion
10:00am – Rosary
10:30am – Mass, followed by 15 minutes of Adoration and Benediction.
Sundays – Confessions start at 11:30am / Mass starts at Noon.
June 4 – Fr. Allen
June 11 – Monsignor Calkins
June 18 – Monsignor Calkins
June 25 – Fr. Allen
Tuesday – June 20 – 6:30am – Fr. Jambon
Thursday – June 22 – 6:30am – Fr. Jambon
Friday – June 23 – 6:00pm – Feast of the Sacred Heart Note: This is an evening Mass followed by a reception for Fr. Jambon.
Saturday – June 24 – 6:30am – Nativity of John the Baptist
The Revelations of devotion to the Sacred Heart, specifically the First Friday Devotions were revealed to Sr. Margaret Mary Aloque, of the Visitation Sisters, which is the order founded by St. Jane de Chantal.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this year, is Friday, June 23. (Padre Pio recited this novena every day for all those who requested his prayers.)
Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…….(here name your request) Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…..(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Fr. Kevin has been a valued member of our Parish Family for four years now. And as he moves on we’d like to show our appreciation and affection with one of our great gourmet luncheons. Fr. Delerno will be celebrating the 10AM Mass on Sunday, June 25 and afterwards we will have a luncheon to bid him farewell.
(He’ll still be saying Masses during the week as usual, though will also be busy moving. I’m sure that volunteers are welcomed in the moving process!)
Fr. Delerno will be deeply missed at St. Jane for the many gifts which he has brought to the Parish, and for his dedicated work in so many areas of our Parish life.
Thank you Fr. Kevin, for your Priesthood. You are great.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.
I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee.
I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Because the Archdiocese is maintaining closures, St. Jane will remain closed on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
ALL Catholic school-based Summer Camps, meaning any summer camp housed on the campus of a Catholic school in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes will be CLOSED Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.
ALL Catholic school-based early childhood learning centers/daycare centers in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes will be CLOSED Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.
The office will reopen Friday at 8:30am.
Masses will continue, with 8am daily Mass; Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6:30am on Thursday Morning, and 7pm Spanish Mass Thursday evening.
Vacation Bible School will resume Friday, with the closing program scheduled for 11:30am.
The Parish Office will be closed due to Severe Weather, on June 21, 2017.
Pending further notice, we will reopen at 8:30AM, Thursday June 22, 2017.
While it’s no Katrina – Stay safe, and stay dry!
* WIND: PROTECT AGAINST HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND SOUTH MISSISSIPPI. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: – DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, SHEDS, AND UNANCHORED MOBILE HOMES. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT. – MANY LARGE TREE LIMBS BROKEN OFF. A FEW TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SOME FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. – A FEW ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM DEBRIS, PARTICULARLY WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ON BRIDGES AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS. – SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES. * TORNADOES: PROTECT AGAINST A TORNADO EVENT HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND SOUTH MISSISSIPPI. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: – THE OCCURRENCE OF ISOLATED TORNADOES CAN HINDER THE EXECUTION OF EMERGENCY PLANS DURING TROPICAL EVENTS. – A FEW PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE TORNADO DAMAGE, ALONG WITH POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTIONS. – LOCATIONS COULD REALIZE ROOFS PEELED OFF BUILDINGS, CHIMNEYS TOPPLED, MOBILE HOMES PUSHED OFF FOUNDATIONS OR OVERTURNED, LARGE TREE TOPS AND BRANCHES SNAPPED OFF, SHALLOW-ROOTED TREES KNOCKED OVER, MOVING VEHICLES BLOWN OFF ROADS, AND SMALL BOATS PULLED FROM MOORINGS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ———————————- * EVACUATIONS: NONE ANTICIPATED. * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: NOW IS THE TIME TO BRING TO COMPLETION ALL PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN. OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE WRAPPED UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE WEATHER CONDITIONS COMPLETELY DETERIORATE. ANY REMAINING EVACUATIONS AND RELOCATIONS SHOULD BE EXPEDITED BEFORE THE ONSET OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND. CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. BE READY TO ADAPT TO POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE FORECAST. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: – FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV – FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG – FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG NEXT UPDATE ———– THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW ORLEANS LA AROUND 4 PM CDT, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
Below is the policy for Family Promise and Severe Weather – Keep in Touch!
With the pending storm in the gulf, please see the below policy on hurricane preparedness. I will continue to monitor the storm and ask that each of you do as well as it pertains to your hosting duties and shelter of the families. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me at anytime.
XI. Hurricane Preparedness Policy:
In the event our community is placed under a hurricane watch, Family Promise staff will maintain daily communication with the current host congregation as well as the following two host congregations. The Family Promise office and congregations will keep abreast of the forecast. If our community is placed under a hurricane warning, the daycenter will close to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff. The Family Promise staff will notify the Host Congregation upon closing under the hurricane warning. Family Promise staff will transport families to an open emergency shelter:
* Guests will be given time to gather necessary personal items.
* Guests will receive an ice chest, canned goods, bottled water, paper supplies, flashlight, pillows, blankets and one mattress per person.
* Guests, volunteers and staff will vacate the building.
* Guests will be transported by the Family Promise van to the designated Storm Shelter. Disabled guests will be transported to shelter for special needs.
* Staff will confirm guests have staff emergency cell phone numbers.
* Staff and guests will stay in touch by cell phone as needed.
* Staff will return to work when the hurricane has passed, power is restored and roads are clear for travel.
* Guests will return when the daycenter is reopened.
*The hosting will start once the host congregation is able to receive our guests again. The staff will confirm with the host congregation that they are able to host in their facilities (utilities are on and the building is free from damage) and their volunteers are available to serve.
“Thus, this Novena is appropriate for use, not only in the days preceding Pentecost, but at any time throughout the year.”
Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration.
As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
© 1912 Holy Spirit Fathers
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, we will be having a formal observance of the First Saturday Devotions, beginning Saturday, June 3, and ending Saturday October 7. We will continue to observe them, though less formally, from here on.
During her July 1917 apparition at Fatima, Our Lady said to Lucy, “I shall come to ask… that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”
“Many consider the First Five Saturdays to be a forgotten part of the Fatima message, and very few people observe them,” said EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary. “This is to help inspire people to observe the five first Saturdays.”
“This devotion has four parts – all four should be made in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy and ingratitude and for peace in the world,” Fr. Joseph continued.
- First, one should go to confession, generally eight days before or after the First Saturday of the month
- Second, one should receive Holy Communion on the First Saturday of the month
- Third, recite five decades of the Rosary
- Fourth, meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
There are great benefits for those who comply with this request. Our Lady told Sister Lucia she would “assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months confess, receive Holy Communion, pray a rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour meditating on the 15 mysteries with the intention of offering reparation.”
Many ask why Our Lady asked her children to observe FIVE first Saturdays. Our Lady told Sister Lucia the five Saturdays are to make reparation for the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies uttered against her Immaculate Heart.
The offenses are
- against her Immaculate Conception
- against her virginity
- against her Divine maternity
- by those who openly seek to foster in the hearts of children indifference, or even hatred, for this Immaculate Mother
- by those who directly outrage her holy images