"Always keep your eyes on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all hearts. From him you will learn the great lesson of love, goodness, of sacrifice, of piety… so necessary for every Christian family . From him you will obtain strength, serenity, authentic and profound happiness for your married life! You will draw down his blessing , if the image of His Heart – besides being impressed on your mind – is always exposed and honored on the wall of your home!"
Pope John Paul the Great
We are dedicated to inviting every parish household to open themselves to developing a more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by Enthroning The Sacred Heart as the King, Brother and Friend of their households.
WHAT AN ENTHRONEMENT IS, AND WHAT IT MEANS:
According to ‘Enthronement of the Sacred Heart,’ by Rev. Francis Larkin, SS.CC, we are told that: “The Enthronement IS the official and social recognition of the sovereignty of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over the Christian family, a recognition affirmed, outwardly expressed, and made permanent by the solemn installation of the image of that divine Heart in a conspicuous place in the home and by the Act of Consecration -” made and renewed daily.p.62 By it’s nature, “the Enthronement seeks to establish the effective reign of the Sacred Heart in the family, through the family and in society.” It is the most appropriate response to our Lords words to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, “I will reign through the merciful omnipotence of my Sacred Heart.” p.vii It further satisfies all the desires and requests the Sacred Heart made to her…
Father Larkin reminds us that, “It preaches a life; it holds forth the fundamental principles of our religion and applies them to everyday life. It brings out the loving Person of our divine Lord and associates Him with every detail of home life. It insists not so much on devotion to the Sacred Heart as on the spirit of that devotion. Rather than burden our life with supplementary devotional practices, it transforms life itself, giving to everything we do the Soul Of Divine Love.”p.63
The Enthronement is the collective response of the family to the Sacred Heart’s request to ‘reign.’ It is also an act of reparation for those in the world who cry out, “We will not have this man reign over us.” The Enthronement MEANS in effect that the family is saying: “Lord, we want you to rule over our family. We adore You as our King of Love; we accept You as our loving Friend, always occupying the first place in our hearts and in our home. Thy Kingdom Come! You must reign, and You will reign in our home.” p.65 Mt. 10:32
This response of the family to the divine requests, gives the Sacred Heart “cause”, as it were, to pour out His Marvelous Promises, given to St. Margaret Mary for those who honor Him through his Sacred Heart, among which He said: “I will bless every home in which an image of my heart is both exposed and honored.”
At their Enthronement a family makes a public declaration that The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the center of their lives, by placing the image of His Sacred Heart in a prominent place in the home together with their bible, rosary, holy water, family portraits, etc.– making of their home a truly “Domestic Church”. From there the family enters into a prayer of covenant with the Sacred Heart. They are invited to live this new way of life out by a daily renewal of that covenant, morning offering, scripture reading, etc. to draw them into closer union with The Sacred Heart. The principle gift of the Enthronement is the awareness of the Living Presence of the Lord in the home, and in all the household living out each day of their lives with this reality at the forefront of their minds.
“The word “home” is an important word in the language of angels and in that of men. Even God, who is above the home, has three tabernacles among us: the tabernacle of grace in our hearts, the Eucharistic tabernacle in the church and the tabernacle of friendship in our homes.” p.viii. As was described above, the Enthronement seeks to enliven the reality of Sacred Hearts real and tangible presence in all three tabernacles so that He might restore the Home and in time Society to himself and protect households from the enemy without and within that seeks to destroy every ‘home.’
The Enthronement of The Sacred Heart in the home was established in 1907 by Father Mateo Crowley-Boevey. He was a passionate priest who joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Valparaiso, Chile, at the age of sixteen, whence he began to apply himself with great zeal to promoting devotedness to the heart of Christ. Upon reviewing his plans, for the Enthronement, Pope Pius X, declared:
“In the name of the Church, I command you to give the rest of your life to this work of social salvation…the sanctification of families.”
This effort, whose goal is to link the tabernacle of the altar with the tabernacle of the home – thus restoring Christ’s reign in the family and in society, and making the 12 Promises better known, has receivedThe Full Endorsement of All The Popes since and it continues to spread throughout the globe through worldwide apostolates!
OUR PARISH MINISTRY’S HISTORY
Families of the Sacred Heart was launched as a parish ministry with a Four Day Parish Mission that began on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013. The first night drew over 300 interested parishioners and the following days had similar attendance. Forty five parishioners registered to Enthrone the Sacred Heart in their homes and interest continues to grow. It was and is an incalculable outpouring of grace!
Interest in the Enthronement, began when our Pastor, Father Vincent Au, experienced an Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, in the home of the ministry founder(s), Steven and Josie Edmisten – June 28, 2012. He was so moved by the experience, which in fact was new to all involved, and by what it means for families, that he asked for nearly a year for the Edmisten’s support in starting a parish ministry to bring the Enthronement to other parish households. March 12, 2013 they agreed, the Mission was scheduled, with Sacred Heart Apostolate of New York’s, Mrs. Gloria Anson and Father Bill Gaffney as speakers, to spread the Enthronement message to the entire parish. The rest is HIS-STORY! “The Sacred Heart Apostolate” is the source for our Enthronement packages for families, and of much of our additional info online.
PREPARING HOUSEHOLDS FOR THE ENTHRONEMENT OF THE SACRED HEART:
The Enthronement is available for all registered parishioners, in all states of life who are actively practicing our Holy Catholic Faith – in accordance with Church teaching. Accordingly, married couples are to be married through the Sacrament of Matrimony and as with widows, widowers, single persons, or single parents; are to be living in harmony with the churches moral teachings for their state in life.
Families are asked to register at the office or HERE. Complete this form and turn it into the office where it will be placed in our Coordinators inbox. Before inviting Jesus into our homes and proclaiming Him as the King, Brother, and Friend of our households, through the Enthronement, families must be well prepared. For this reason, Promoters are sent ahead of the Enthronement day, as forerunners, to prepare households. At their visit, they will go over the preparations, ceremonial details, and suggestions for living out this new way of life… The more well prepared a family is, the greater outpouring of graces they’ll experience from their Enthronement of the Sacred Heart.
Our Promoter Member Commitments:
Our Promoter Team has responded with a resounding “YES” to the call – that Pope Pius XII made in a letter to Father Mateo on July 2, 1948 – upon those who Enthrone the Sacred Heart in their homes. They have agreed especially to respond to his last remark by promoting the Enthronement of The Sacred Heart in our Parish.
Pope Pius XII wrote: “that each must conform his own life to Christian precepts; must burn with ardent love for the Blessed Eucharist, and partake of the divine Banquet as often as possible; must strive, through humble prayer to God and through holy penance, to obtain by every means in his power not only his own salvation, but also the redemption of others.”
Promoters commit to meet the First Saturday of every month (following morning Mass), to offer certain day(s) of the week when they are available to prepare families for their Enthronements and to fulfill their role in preparing that household up to their Enthronement date, even if another promoter will be the Enthronement Day witness, to attend the monthly Reflection Workshops as a team and with other Enthronement households for further Spiritual growth, and to plan and attend an annual Sacred Heart Retreat for Promoters and Enthronement Families
Our Enthroned Families and ALL Parishioners are Invited to JOIN in the following:
Please join together with our Pastor, our Promoters and Apostles of Prayer throughout the world in praying a TRADITIONAL MORNING OFFERING for the Intentions of The Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians; for the intentions of our bishops, of all Apostles of Prayer and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father each month. You can offer your day, just like The Little Flower – St. Therese of Lisieux, one of the earliest members of “The Apostles of Prayer,” for all of the above – so that nothing of your prayers, works, joys or suffering is for not…Visit: The Apostleship of Prayer and enroll.
Join our promoter members at our:
* Monthly Reflection Workshops – Casual gatherings with light refreshments, where Enthroned Families can continue to grow in their faith through various means, such as, videos, special workshops, speakers, retreats, books, prayer, fellowship, etc.
* ADVENT/LENTEN REFLECTIONS and at our ANNUAL PARISH RETREAT – to grow in your Spiritual walk with The Sacred Heart – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
* FIRST FRIDAY MASSES/ADORATION – which flows from the requests The Sacred Heart made of all the faithful in His Most Important Apparition to St. Margaret Mary in June 1675. ‘As she was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord suddenly appeared to her, showed her His Heart, and spoke these never-to-be-forgotten words:
“Behold this Heart which has loved men so much that it has spared itself nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love…In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this Sacrament of Love. And what is most painful to me is that they are hearts consecrated to me who treat me thus…It is for this reason that I ask that the First Friday after the octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi be set aside as a special Feast, to honor my Heart by communicating on that day, and making reparation for the indignity it has received. And I promise that my Heart will expand itself to pour out abundantly the influences of its love on all those who will give it this honor and get others to do the same.” p.83 * FIRST SATURDAY MASSES – in response to Our Lady of Fatima’s request – in reparation for the insults and blasphemies against her Immaculate Heart, particularly by those who ‘claim’ to love her Son…See more at: World Apostolate of Fatima - A Public International Association of the Faithful under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. * OPEN ENTHRONEMENTS – Check back here frequently because sometimes Parish Families that we are preparing for the Enthronement, offer to make their Enthronement OPEN. This means that they are OPEN to allow our Promoters to invite a handful of others, who may be considering the Enthronement for their households, to witness their Enthronement. In this case we’d post it here under EVENTS and if interested parishioners RSVP in time and within the number of guests permitted, they can attend.
Steve & Josie Edmisten Family, June 28, 2012 Teri Denton Family, July 2012
Rectory, June 15, 2013 Holy Family House, June 15, 2013
Tom & Sue Reister Family, July 5, 2013 Fred & Leticia Saldana Family, July 22, 2013
Alfonso & Carmen Martinez Family, July 19, 2013 Larry & Mary Ellen Kennedy Family, June 30, 2013
Rafael & Lupita Abundez, August 21, 2013 Victor & Maria Garcia, August 30, 2013
Ricardo & Cathy Gonzalez, July 30, 2014
The above families have all chosen to invite Jesus into their homes and to enthrone Him as King of their households. They also chose to serve their King by helping to bring His Enthronement to other homes.
RESOURCES & CATECHESIS ON LIVING THE ENTHRONEMENT
* Catechism of the Catholic Church”: Parishioners are encouraged to own one, to learn the truth and beauty of all that our Holy Catholic Church teaches, through supporting scripture and tradition that comes to us from the Apostles.
* How to Pray the Rosary: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/devotionals/rosaries/how-to-pray-the-rosary.cfm
* New American Bible for Catholics Revised Edition (NABRE): This is the full and COMPLETE Bible that our Pastor encourages all parishioners to own. Contrary to many persons knowledge, our Protestant Christian brethren’s Bible translations are different from our own – with missing books and many scriptures that have been changed by various ‘translator/reformers.’
* “Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church” by Rev. H.G. Graham is a must read for anyone who is serious about studying and living according to the Word of God. The fullness of the truth matters…Be not afraid to learn it and live according to it!
* Examination of Conscience Handout and a Catechesis to Consider on Why the Sacrament of Confession Is So Critical for our Sanctification and that of the members of our Households: We are all called to be Saints, and regular Confession (a Sacrament given to us by Christ – John 20:21-23), preceded by a good EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE is the Most Excellent means to be properly disposed to receive the flood of graces waiting on the other side of our “AMEN” (I believe…) when we receive the Eucharist at Mass. Without being properly disposed, free from ALL mortal sin, we only receive a trickle of grace and remain spiritually ill and adrift with little or no transformation in our Spiritual life. The reason for this is described implicitly by the Apostle, St. Paul in 1 Cor. 11:27-32. (Click CATECHESIS TO CONSIDER (Gospel Truths about our Faith) to SEE MORE on Why the Sacrament of Confession Is So Critical for our Sanctification and that of the Members of our Household!)