By Kenneth J. Souza
ATTLEBORO, Mass. — In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis earlier this year, St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Attleboro will initiate a three-hour program of prayer and reparation on First Friday evenings and First Saturday mornings of each month. Catholic faithful throughout the diocese are invited to participate in this monthly First Friday and First Saturday program to fulfill the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The program will begin on the First Friday evening, December 4, from 9 p.m. to midnight at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 71 Linden Street in Attleboro. The program will provide the faithful with a solemn and prayerful opportunity to fulfill the requests of Our Lord to make the first nine Fridays in reparation to His Sacred Heart and obtain the 12 promises of His Sacred Heart.
The evening will begin with adoration, meditation on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, hymns and reflections on the Sacred Heart, with Confession being offered at 11 p.m. and Holy Mass celebrated at 11:30 p.m.
The First Saturday devotions will commence on December 5 at 8:30 a.m. with Confession, Holy Mass at 9 a.m., adoration, Holy Rosary, hymns and reflection until noon. The First Saturday program will seek to assist the faithful in fulfilling the requests of Our Blessed Mother to make the first five Saturdays in reparation to Her Immaculate Heart by making a Sacramental Confession and receiving Holy Communion in reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, with prayer and meditation on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
This event during the Jubilee Year of Mercy is an important opportunity for all the faithful to pray in this time of moral confusion and global insecurity. The faithful will be guided to renew their fervor and love to these Sacred Hearts, make reparation to them for their sins and implore mercy for themselves, their families, community, nation and world.
On January 14 in Sri Lanka, Pope Francis mentioned the relationship of the Blessed Mother to humanity in promoting prayer of reparation. He said, “In the wake of so much hatred, violence and destruction, we want to thank her for continuing to bring us Jesus, Who alone has the power to heal open wounds and to restore peace to broken hearts. But we also want to ask her to implore for us the grace of God’s mercy. We ask also for the grace to make reparation for our sins and for all the evil which this land has known.”
The jubilee, which is to be called the Holy Year of Mercy, will begin on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. It will close on Nov. 20, 2016, the day celebrated that year as the feast of Christ the King.