This weekend we join Jesuit communities around the world in reconsecrating our lives, our work, and our Parish to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. During Mass, the presider will offer a prayer written by Servant of God Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. in 1972, and we will respond with the Suscipe, the response to God's love with which St. Ignatius ends the Spiritual Exercises. During this prayer, we offer all that God has given us back to God in love and gratitude.
At St. Ignatius Parish, where our history and our mission call us to stand in solidarity with the wounded of our city, our nation, and our Church, the reimagined devotion to the Sacred Heart is something we need. In this article, Fr. John Whitney shares how post-Vatican II emphasis on the incarnation of Christ brought about the reconsecration of the Jesuit order to the Sacred Heart.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Fr. Arrupe’s re-consecration of the Society of Jesus to the Sacred Heart. In this article, Fr. John Whitney, S.J. outlines the history of this devotion from its beginnings in the 17th century to the present.
New research in April by the Pew Research Center recently found that about 40 percent of Catholics continue to watch Mass online, despite a recent lifting of mask mandates and other loosening restrictions around Covid-19. This statistic tracks closely with our own data about livestream attendance here at St. Ignatius Parish. For most, it’s been a wonderful, even radical, experiment. My guess, though, is that many have also experienced a sense of frustration or disappointment at times – both technologically and and spiritually.
Over the past few weeks here at St. Ignatius, our parish has been blessed to bear witness to many of our fellow parishioners who have celebrated their Sacraments of Initiation. For those of us who have been present during what amount to public professions of faith, these moments have been moving and reminiscent of other sacramental celebrations experienced both by ourselves and by those we love.
In his pastoral letter, Fr. Greg announces the launch of the public phase of the Preservation & Promise Campaign, an extraordinary fundraising effort that will help us preserve and restore our magnificent church. In addition to the physical restoration, we will invest in our faith community’s future, securing funding for our ongoing formation in faith, social ministries outreach and for innovation. This once-in-a-generation campaign will help ensure that our parish remains vibrant and relevant and that our “beacon on the hill” stands tall for the century ahead.
Tonight and tomorrow, Christians around the world gather together to celebrate our highest of holy days: the resurrection of Jesus. In his pastoral letter, Fr. Greg reminds us that love is stronger than death and that the Light of the Word dispels both our personal and communal darknesses.