At the center of our Memorial Chapel is a newly polychromed statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, set at the center of the triptych on the altar. Although it's alway here, we pay particular attention to it during this month, because June is the month dedicated by the Church to going more deeply to the love, mercy, and grace which flow from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is always the Friday after Corpus Christi Sunday.
In November 2016, at the ceremonies for the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy at St. Augustine Cathedral, Bishop Caggiano consecrated the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That is to say, he intentionally placed this entire local Church in a particular way under the care and protection of the Sacred Heart. This act will certainly obtain great graces for the entire family of faith which is the Diocese of Bridgeport, because we will never be able to fully comprehend or exhaust, the love of the heart of Christ for us.
Each June, especially, it is important for us to recall the 12 promises which Jesus is said to have given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, concerning the specific graces He grants to those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart. They are listed here. Please take a moment to ponder them carefully.
In these days of June, let us return often to the Heart of Christ, because there awaits us the love, mercy, and peace for which we long with all our hearts. Saint André Bessette, the famous Holy Cross Brother in Montreal, who was deeply devoted to St. Joseph, and worked prodigious miracles through St. Joseph’s intercession, put it this way. He said:
“The door of Heaven is the Heart of Jesus. The key to this door is prayer and love.”
God Bless You!
Today, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated throughout the world on the Friday following the Feast of Corpus Christi.
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.
“Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus, loved us, and at the same time, an exercise of our own love by which we are related to God and to other men.” – Pope Pius XII
Bishop Caggiano's prayer at the consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus