Letter from Fr. David
Dear Friends in Christ,
Last week Montini Middle School had a special celebration in honor of the “Two Hearts” – the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (see pictures in bulletin). At the end of a typical school Mass special donated images of the Two Hearts were blessed, prayers of consecration to the Two Hearts were led by the students, the pictures were carried in a singing procession over to the school, and finally the images were placed ceremoniously on a ledge in the main hallway for all to view. This entire ceremony is called the Enthronement of the Two Hearts, and some of you may be familiar with it from the practice being done in your own families.
I share this news with you first of all because it was a momentous event for our school. We cannot overstate the value of these tried and true spiritual traditions of our faith. Especially when it comes to our children, anything like this that we can do to draw them more deeply into the Heart of Christ and the heart of his Church should be promoted. I encourage all of you families who are not familiar with the tradition of the Enthronement of the Two Hearts to investigate it. Perhaps have a little ceremony in your own homes with your families. You don’t need a priest to do this; you simply need yourselves and your own faith. It is preferable that the father of the family lead the Enthronement, with the other members of the family all participating. If you have not done this, no doubt you will find it a powerful faith experience.
For those who are not familiar with the Enthronement, the crux of the devotion is to entrust your families and your home life to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Jesus’ heart bled out and was pierced on Good Friday for our sins and our salvation. We then immerse ourselves in this infinite merciful love of Jesus, and strive to imitate him in every aspect of our family lives. Mary’s heart was also pierced for us, but in a different manner. Our Mother’s heart was crushed and refashioned so that it could now contain all the petitions and desires of her children. Her pure heart suffered its own passion so she could become the Co-Redemptrix with her divine Son. Recognizing this unique role of Mary we strive to imitate the purity and sacrificial love of her Immaculate Heart in our family lives. The goal then is for the Two Hearts to become the centerpiece, if you will, of our homes and our lives. By enthroning Jesus and Mary we allow them to have full reign in our homes, and to grace and bless us as they see fit. We in turn seek to become more and more like them, and in doing so thus become more of a blessing ourselves.
I am very grateful for the lay people who presented this idea to us pastors. We pastors cannot, nor should we have to think of all these types of ideas. But together pastors and lay people can bring these sorts of traditions forward and make them happen. This is how the Church works. Of course we pastors cannot simply let every single devotion and tradition come to fruition; we have to carefully discern and prioritize what is most important among our volumes of traditions. Furthermore we must remember that we cannot make these customs ends in and of themselves; they must not become false idols. All devotions must always serve the unity of the Church, her liturgy, and above all the centrality of the Eucharist. That said, the Enthronement of the Two Hearts is a solid and long-standing devotion encouraged by the Church for all of our Catholic families. My hope and prayer is that you will carry on this tradition in your own families.
In Jesus and Mary,
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday Weekend – Saturday – April 8 – Vigil Mass – 4:00pm; Sunday – April 9 – 7:00am, 9:00am and 11:00am Mass
Holy Thursday – April 13 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30pm; Adoration Garden – 9:00pm – Midnight – Mary Hall (Located under church)
Good Friday – April 14 – Passion of the Lord – 1:00pm – No Soup and Stations
Holy Saturday – April 15 – Resurrection Garden Plant Drop off – 8:00am – 10:00am; Easter Basket Blessing – Noon in Church; Easter Vigil Mass – 8:00pm
Easter Sunday – April 16 – 8:00am and 10:00am Mass – Note Mass schedule change this weekend only