Special Prayers for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday, June 16

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the light of recent blasphemies and displays of anti-Catholic bigotry and immorality in our country, the bishops have asked Catholics to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart tomorrow on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The Litany can be found HERE and we ask you to pray the litany in your homes if you are not able to attend Mass tomorrow at 10 am.

Fr. Longenecker
The bishops’ invitation to the faithful follows:“Catholic Christians traditionally recognize June as the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. During this time, we call to mind Christ’s love for us, which is visible in a special way in the image of His pierced heart, and we pray that our own hearts might be conformed to His, calling us to love and respect all His people.“This year, on June 16—the day of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus—a professional baseball team has shockingly chosen to honor a group whose lewdness and vulgarity in mocking our Lord, His Mother, and consecrated women cannot be overstated. This is not just offensive and painful to Christians everywhere; it is blasphemy.“It has been heartening to see so many faithful Catholics and others of good will stand up to say that what this group does is wrong, and it is wrong to honor them. We call on Catholics to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on June 16, offering this prayer as an act of reparation for the blasphemies against our Lord we see in our culture today.”