Bulletin 16 June 2024


June is the Month of the Sacred Heart

Pope to write document on Sacred Heart for a world that ‘has lost its heart’

Pope Francis has announced he is preparing to write a document dedicated to this devotion to “illuminate the path of ecclesial renewal, but also to say something significant to a world that seems to have lost its heart.” Speaking during the weekly General Audience he recalled that last 27 December (2023) marked the 350th anniversary of the first of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He said that, on that date, celebrations for this devotion began in many countries across the world. For this reason, the Pope said, he is preparing “a document that gathers the precious reflections of previous magisterial texts and a long history dating back to the Holy Scriptures, to reintroduce today, to the whole Church, this devotion full of spiritual beauty.”

“I believe it will be very beneficial for us to meditate on various aspects of the Lord’s love that can illuminate the path of ecclesial renewal; but also to say something significant to a world that seems to have lost its heart,” he said. Thus, Pope Francis asked believers to accompany him in prayer during this time of preparation, with the intention of making this document public next September.

St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) was a French nun in Paray-le-Monial in the east of France. Her visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus began in 1673. These visions revealed to her forms of devotion to the Sacred Heart: First Friday devotion; Eucharistic adoration; the celebration of the feast of the Sacred Heart. For several years now Paray-le-Monial is a place of renewal and pilgrimage, especially for young people.

Father’s Day

Today we celebrate Father’s Day. The third Sunday of June is the day when we salute fathers and offer our support in so many ways, not least with our prayers. We pray for all fathers and grandfathers, especially for those who are ill or whose lives are challenging in a serious way.

Legion of Mary: Change of Meeting Time

The Legion of Mary is now meeting at 10.45 am every Thursday in the Parish Centre. New members will be very welcome.

Cemetery Mass

St Michael’s Cemetery Mass takes place on Wednesday 26th June, at 7.30 pm

Church Gate Collection Next weekend on behalf of MS Ireland