Friday, April 7, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm | Hosted at the Divine Mercy Center
33826 Beaconsfield Street
Clinton, Township, MI 48035
6:00pm: Doors open
6:15pm: Confessions, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Veneration of a First-Class Relic of St. Faustina and First Friday Devotional Prayers
7:00pm: Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Sama Muma, Associate Pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish
8:00pm: Veneration of a First-Class Relic of St. Faustina and First Friday Devotional Prayers, followed by Prayer Ministry for Healing and the Gift Shoppe
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HISTORY OF THE FIRST FRIDAYS
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the first Catholic devotion specifically requested and established by Our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, in His revelations over a period of two years to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, a Visantine nun in France, beginning in 1693. The Church and Pope St. John Paul II strongly endorse the practice of the devotion, especially in these difficult and uncertain times, when we all need the blessings of the “12 Promises” more than ever before.
To encourage the practice of the Devotion, the Church grants a Plenary indulgence to those who attend Mass and receive Communion in honor of His Sacred Heart on the First Friday of each month (Raccolta, S.C. Ind., Sept. 7, 1897; S.P. AP., June 1, 1934 and May 15, 1949).
(A Plenary Indulgence is the complete remission of all temporal (bodily) punishment due to sins already forgiven upon performance of three conditions: Confession, Communion and a prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father (Our Father, Hail Mary). It may be applied to oneself, or a departed loved one. It cannot be applied to any other living person and can only be gained once per day.)
THE 12 PROMISES OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS TO ST. MARGARET MARY
Faithful Catholics consecrate to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in a spirit of reparation, the First Friday of each month. Jesus Himself made the following promises to St. Margaret Mary in favor of those who practice and promote this devotion.
- 1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
- 2. I will establish peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.
- 3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
- 4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death.
- 5. I will bestow the blessings of Heaven on all their enterprises.
- 6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
- 7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
- 8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
- 9. I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored and will imprint My love on the hearts of all those who would wear this image on their person. I will also destroy in them all disordered movements.
- 10. I will give the priests who are animated by a tender devotion to My Divine Heart the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
- 11. Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
- 12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
ACT OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Most sweet Jesus, You have bestowed on men the benefits of Your charity, but their ingratitude only responds with forgetfulness, negligence and spite. Thus here we prostrate ourselves before Your altar, inspired by the desire to make reparation through a special homage for their culpable indifference and the outrages which, in all ways, they oppress Your most loving Heart.
Nevertheless, we remember that we ourselves have been guilty of unworthy conduct in the past, and filled with profound sorrow, we implore Your mercy for us first of all. By voluntary expiation, we are ready to atone for the faults we have committed, ready also to expiate for those who, led astray from the way of salvation and remaining obstinate in their infidelity, refuse to follow You, their Shepherd and chief, thus throwing off the yoke of Your law and trampling the promises of their Baptism.
We would like to expiate for too many lamentable faults, making reparation for each of the following: our disorderly conduct, indecent fashions, scandalous corruption of innocent souls, profanation of Sundays and feasts, detestable blasphemies against You and against Your Saints, insults to your Vicar and to Your priests, reckless violations and odious sacrileges to the divine Sacrament of Your love, and finally the public sins of nations who revolt against the rights and authority of Your Church.
If only we could erase so many offenses with our own blood! At the least we wish to make reparation to Your outraged honor. We present to You even the satisfaction that You have offered to Your Father on the Cross, and the offering You have renewed each day on the altar. We present that sacrifice to You, accompanied with all the acts of atonement made by the Most Holy Virgin Your Mother, the Saints, and by faithful Christians. We promise You with all of our hearts, with the help of Your grace, to use all our means to do penance for our past faults and those of our neighbor. By the fervor of our faith, the purity of our life, and by perfect docility to the precepts of the Gospel, we desire to atone for the indifference toward such a great love, to which belongs all charity. We also promise You to make every effort to spare You new offenses and to lead the most souls possible to follow You.
Agreed, we offer You in this matter, O most good Jesus, by the intercession of the gracious Virgin Mary, Reparatrix, this spontaneous homage of expiation. Guard us until death, keeping us unshakably faithful to our duty and to Your service. Accord to us this precious gift of perseverance, which leads us finally to our native land where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, You reign, God, forever and ever. Amen.