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The Friday following the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord is observed as the Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

Prayer of Saint Francis de Sales to

the Sacred Heart of Jesus

May thy heart dwell always in our hearts!
May thy blood ever flow in the veins of our souls!
O sun of our hearts, thou givest life to all things by the rays of thy goodness!
I will not go until thy heart has strengthened me, O Lord Jesus!
May the heart of Jesus be the king of my heart!
Blessed be God.
Amen.

 


 

 

Father Leo Goodman officially becomes pastor of Saint Margaret Mary on Monday, June, 17. Father Snyder’s tenure as Administrator ends on Sunday, June 16. Father Goodman will arrive at the parish the weekend of June 29/30. Father Snyder will continue to celebrate Mass and cover emergencies the week of June 16 and June 23, but he will not have administrative responsibilities or authority.

Father Snyder’s final weekend with the parish is June 22/23, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord. He will celebrate all of the Masses that weekend and greet people after each Mass.

Bishop Gainer will install Fr. Leo Goodman as Pastor at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, July 7.

 


 

Beginning October 14, 2018, we will now be posting the homilies from Fr. Snyder. Simply click on the link below for a pdf version.

June 23, 2019
June 16, 2019
June 9, 2019
June 2, 2019

Ascension 2019

May 26, 2019
May 19, 2019
May 12, 2019
May 5, 2019

April 28, 2019
April 21, 2019
April 19, 2019
April 17, 2019
April 14, 2019
April 7, 2019

 

 


 

Parish First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart Beginning on December 7th

Parishioners are encouraged to join together in prayer for 9 consecutive First Fridays to pray for parish unity, healing for the faithful, and wisdom for Bishop Gainer in selecting a new pastor for St. Margaret Mary.  This prayer initiative, which began in October, includes praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart at the end of the First Friday 12:15 Mass, and also includes a First Friday Holy Hour in the Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel from 7 - 8 p.m.  There will be time for private and shared prayer in this way that brings honor to the Sacred Heart as encouraged by our patroness, Saint Margaret Mary.  The First Friday devotion usually includes reception of Holy Communion for nine consecutive First Fridays.  Even if you are not able to be with us in person, please join us in a spirit of prayer.

Message from Our Pastor

Readings for the Week of June 23, 2019

Sunday - The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Gn 14:18-20; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Lk 9:11b-17
Vigil: Jer 1:4-10; Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17; 1 Pt 1:8-12; Lk 1:5-17
Monday - The Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Is 49:1-6; Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 80
Tuesday
Gn 13:2, 5-18; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5; Mt 7:6, 12-14
Wednesday
Gn 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9; Mt 7:15-20
Thursday - Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Gn 16:1-12, 15-16 or Gn 16:6b-12, 15-16; Ps 106:1b-2, 3-4a, 4b-5; Mt 7:21-29
Friday - Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Ez 34:11-16; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6; Rom 5:5b-11; Lk 15:3-7
Vigil: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 19:2-3, 4-5; Gal 1:11-20; Jn 21:15-19
Saturday - Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19
Sunday - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; Gal 5:1, 13-18; Lk 9:51-62

Our Patron Saint

 

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque - 1647-1690

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was born in a remote village of France in 1647. Even in early childhood, her piety was noticed by many. At age twenty-four she entered the Convent of the Visitation, a teaching order in Paray-le-Monial, France.

In this convent she received several visions where Jesus revealed His Sacred Heart as a symbol of His love for mankind. The first revelation occurred on December 27, 1673 and for eighteen months afterwards Christ appeared to her, instructing her in a devotion. His message was that people were to venerate His Heart under the form of the Sacred Heart represented by a wound, a crown of thorns, a burning flame atop of it, and encircled with blazing light. He asked Sister Margaret Mary to receive communion frequently, which was uncommon then, and to spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of each month.

She suffered wholly because of her holiness and the visions that many refused to believe. She remained constant to her faith in Christ's love.

The convent at Paray-le-Monial began observing the feast of the Sacred Heart in 1685. A chapel was built to honor the Sacred Heart two years later. Soon, observation of the feast spread to other Visitation convents, as well as throughout France.

After serving as novice mistress and assistant superior, Sister Margaret Mary died at the age of forty-three on October 17, 1690 at Paray-le-Monial. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV proclaimed her a Saint. Her Feast day is October 17th.

The devotion was officially recognized and approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765, seventy-five years after her death. Her visions and teachings have had considerable influence on the devotional life of Catholics, especially since the inauguration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Roman calendar in 1856.

Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

2. I will establish peace in their families.

3. I will console them in all their troubles.

4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.

5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.

6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.

7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.

9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.

10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.

11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.

12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.


*About local artist Virginia Thomas and her rendering of the "The Apparition of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque”.

 

Mass Schedule

Weekly Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Monday: No Mass
Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m.

Friday Daily Mass at 8:30 a.m. is celebrated at St. Margaret Mary School Gym 2826 Herr St, Harrisburg.

First Friday is celebrated monthly at 12:15 p.m. at the church.

Holy Day Vigil: 5:30 p.m
Holy Day: 8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Penance: Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. A parish penance service is held during both Advent and Lent at announced times.

Directions

For directions to the church and rectory located at 2800 Paxton Church Road in Harrisburg, click here to enter your starting address.

The parish office and St Margaret Mary School remain at 2848 Herr Street in Harrisburg.

Cancellations

UPDATED: 1/5/18 @ 9:00AM

There are no cancellations at this time.

 

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