St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte plans Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
CHARLOTTE — The diverse and multicultural parish family of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, in preparing for an upcoming parish mission later this month, is planning for an Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The parish has reached out to both national and international prayer groups and religious communities around the world. More than 125 prayer groups have been solicited and have made a commitment to be in prayer for the success of the church's mission planned for May 20-23. The mission, offered by the National Office of the Sacred Heart Apostolate, has the theme "Bring the Fire Home," through the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Sacred Heart mission will address the greatest crisis in the Church today: the breakdown of family life. The mission will speak about a way of life that calls families and individuals to have the Sacred Heart of Jesus "enthroned" in their homes as a sign of their commitment to live out the truths of the Gospel and to pattern their hearts after the Heart of Jesus.
The ritual of the Enthronement itself is a two-fold action of installing a blessed image of the Sacred Heart and making a covenant of love with Him. Our Lord in turn will honor this covenant of love by bestowing significant graces and blessings as told to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: "I will bless every dwelling in which an image of My Heart is both exposed and honored."
The recognition of the Heart of Christ in our midst through the Enthronement ceremony is not reserved just for families. It is open to individuals, parishes, communities and institutions.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish also plans to have the church Enthroned on the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 15.
Among the many fruits to follow from the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart are a revitalization of faith and love in the home, along with reconciliation and forgiveness, a reconnection of the family with the parish, reverence for the Eucharist, greater appreciation of the Word of God, renewed awareness of the truths of the Catholic faith, and the family once again becoming the seed-bed of vocations.
The parish mission will be held starting at 7 p.m. nightly from May 20 to 23 in the church. For more information about the parish mission, call Geri King at 704-455-6819.
— Geri King, special to the Catholic News Herald
Learn more about the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart: www.sacredheartapostolate.com