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The Solemnity of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
from Fr. Muir on November 14, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What a blessed day today is. Today, November 16, 2014, we close our 10th anniversary celebration with a special consecration of the parish and anyone in it to the Sacred Heart.
It's no accident that we are all together for this special day. It's God's beautiful providence. The vast majority of us folks at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne parish are all from parishes and communities from other places (unless you're younger than 10 years...).
This consecration is a special moment of unity for our parish family. With all our different backgrounds and histories, what unites is our common Catholic faith in Christ Himself. His Sacred Heart--so central to our splendid patroness--stands for this unity in Christ. His Heart gives life to us all; nourishes us; cleanses us; expands us; energizes us for our mission as Catholics.
Ten years is a special number. For ten years, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was forced out of her religious community to live in hiding, living as a lay-woman. For ten years, at the end of her life, she lived a life of quiet and austere prayer. Ten years ago, we began the first-ever parish dedicated to her patronage.
Perhaps somewhat obscurely, it was ten years before she was declared "venerable" in 1909 that Pope Leo XIII consecrated the whole world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as a great act of confidence in God as we faced the challenges of the 20th century. He said this consecration is "nothing else than an offering and a binding of oneself to Jesus Christ..." and that whatever is given to this divine Heart is really and truly given to Christ Himself.
Today, we use those same words he spoke in 1899, but in a different context, and under a different Holy Father...but with the same burning mission: to make the Sacred Heart of Jesus known, honored, and adored in our lives, here in our community, and throughout the whole world. This Heart is the source of all good things--especially of the Love for which we all thirst.
Knowing, loving, and adoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus was the pulsating passion of St. Rose's beautiful life. Today we pray that it will be an ever-deepening reality of the parish that bears her name and her heavenly support...all flowing from the Loving Heart of Jesus.
In the Heart,
The Text of Consecration to the Sacred Heart, by Pope Leo XIII
Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race, look down upon us, humbly prostrate before your altar. We are yours and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your most sacred heart.
Many, indeed, have never known you, many too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your sacred heart.
Be you king, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be you king of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.
Be you king also of all those who sit in the ancient superstition of the Gentiles, and refuse not you to deliver them out of darkness into the light and kingdom of God.
Grant, O Lord, to your Church, assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor forever.
November meeting datesRead more
Annual Thanksgiving Service Project
- NOV 20
at The Mission of the Good ShepherdRead more
THIRD Thursday of the month, 10:00am-4:00pm
- NOV 23
- NOV 27
9:00am MassRead more
- NOV 29
- NOV 30
- DEC 2
- DEC 5
- DEC 6
- DEC 11
Mass on Thu, Dec 11 at 7:00pmRead more
- DEC 13
Reservation & payment must be received by Sun, Dec 7.Read more
- DEC 13
- DEC 15
- DEC 17
- DEC 21
Christmas Treats & MovieRead more
- DEC 25
Christmas Eve - Wed, Dec 24 - 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pmRead more
Christmas Day - Thu, Dec 25 - 8:00am, 11:00am at St. Rose; 9:30am at Good Shepherd Mission
- JAN 6
Required parent meetings: Tue, Jan 6 OR Sat, Jan 10Read more
- JAN 17
Help at St. Mary's Food BankRead more
- FEB 7
Help at Maggie's PlaceRead more
- FEB 21
Are you faster than the Pastor?Read more