We welcome you to any or all of our days of prayer.
The primary aim of our society is to bring souls to God, and this means trying to encourage souls to lead good and virtuous lives, and pray to God.
Oh, if only souls realised how miserable the things of this world are compared to the love and goodness of God, how only God can satisfy our souls, how only God can give our souls peace. Once a soul experiences the love of God, it understands that God is beauty beyond compare, a source of life and grace that gently lifts us up out of our misery and gives us more joy than we can ever imagine.
Prayer is in fact the most important thing. It is our speaking with God and our unity with God. It needs to be the most important thing in our lives. A prayerfullness will lift all our actions to God, and see that our everyday activities gain a super natural dimension.
Personal prayer is wonoderful and we especially encourage devotion to Our Lady and the Rosary, to trusting in God and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and above all to the regular reception of the Sacraments, in particular Holy Mass and Confession.
As wonderful, and as important is personal prayer. There is something more powerful and that is when people come together to worship and adore God. The wonderful and gifted St John Vianney, the Holy Cure of Ars, famously said that is when people come together and pray, then it is like a great fire reaching up to heaven.
Of course, coming together in numbers is only half the story. The rest depends on the fervour of the prayers of those gathered, and the prayers that are being said as well. We do our best to make these days of prayer truly God centred and focused, so that those who come may be truly blessed.
So please, do come and join us. There is nothing that the world needs more than heartfelt prayer to God.
With Prayer, everything is possible! Without prayer, nothing is possible!
February 14, 2016
Jesus tells us, through St Margaret Mary, that His Heart is burning out of love for us and how He wishes to pour Himself out upon souls.
How beautiful it would be to have our selves and our families unfolded in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For His part Jesus promises the most wonderful things for all those who give themselves to His Divine Heart: the tepid will become fervent, the fervent will rise to great sanctity, and He will grant peace to families.
Oh how much are families in need of His peace. How wonderful it is to have the peace of Jesus present in our homes. There is nothing better here on earth than to experience the peace and love of Jesus.
At this year’s feast there will be Adoration, prayers to the Sacred Heart and Holy Mass, and something that we have never done before: A formal act of consecration of our families to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please let us know if you would like to have your family consecrated as it will help in our preparations. You may phone us on 95092207
At the end of the act of consecration a beautifully designed coloured enamel metal badge will be presented to each family and a high quality beautiful certificate as well.
The day is the actual Feast of the Sacred Heart. The Feast came about because of what Jesus said to Saint Margaret Mary:
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Friday 3rd June
St Joseph's Church Elsterwick 7.30pm
“I request... that the first Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, a specific feast be dedicated to honour My Heart, receiving Holy Communion to soothe and repair all the indignities that it receives..... And My promise to you is that My Heart will dilate to scatter with abundance the wealth of its Love on all those that will receive this honour and will endeavor others to do the same”.
Please do help spread the word about this beautiful celebration. Jesus promised:“Those who spread this devotion will have their name written in my Heart, never to be effaced.”Famous First World War Victory through the Most Sacred Heart of JesusOn June 7, 1918, in defiance of the law, Marshal Ferdinand Foch, having allowed the image of the Sacred Heart to be borne on flags and worn by soldiers, privately consecrated his army to the Sacred Heart at the parish church of Bombom.
A few days later, he and his men defeated the Germans at the Second Battle of the Marne — which decisive victory he attributed to the Sacred Heart. In November, he accepted the German armistice. The war was over — but at what a cost! Spain had remained neutral; grateful for this, on May 30, 1919, King Alfonso XIII solemnly consecrated Spain to the Sacred Heart at Cerro de los Angeles, the geographical center of the country.
Jesus promised that he would bless our undertakings if we placed ourselves under the protection of the Most Sacred Hear of Jesus. We cannot imagine any of our prime ministers puting Australia under the consecration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, but we can place our families under His care and protection. He promised if we have this devotion, then he will bless our families and our undertakings.
So please do come with your families and consecrate them to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in a beautiful formal ceremony of consecration. You could do nothing better for your family than to place it in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.St. Margaret Mary Alacoque When her tomb was canonically opened in July, 1830, two instantaneous cures took place. Her body rests under the altar in the chapel at Paray, and many striking favours have been obtained by pilgrims attracted thither from all parts of the world.We are indeed most blessed to have the First Class Relic available for veneration on this year’s Feast of the Sacred Heart. She was indeed most blessed and chosen by God from her infancy.
From the earliest age she had intense love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. She would regularly be carried away by intense mystical experiences and at these times would be oblivious to everything around her. These experiences were not only intense but often times rather prolonged in duration.Here following is a brief description of her life from the Advent:Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, born at Lhautecour, France, 22 July, 1647; and died at Paray-le-Monial, 17 October, 1690.
Her parents, Claude Alacoque and Philiberte Lamyn, were distinguished less for temporal possessions than for their virtue, which gave them an honourable position. From early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements. After her first communion at the age of nine, she practised in secret severe corporal mortifications, until paralysis confined her to bed for four years.
At the end of this period, having made a vow to the Blessed Virgin to consecrate herself to religious life, she was instantly restored to perfect health. The death of her father and the injustice of a relative plunged the family in poverty and humiliation, after which more than ever Margaret found consolation in the Blessed Sacrament, and Christ made her sensible of His presence and protection.
He usually appeared to her as the Crucified or the Ecce Homo, and this did not surprise her, as she thought others had the same Divine assistance. When Margaret was seventeen, the family property was recovered, and her mother besought her to establish herself in the world. Her filial tenderness made her believe that the vow of childhood was not binding, and that she could serve God at home by penance and charity to the poor. However, she began to take part in the pleasures of the world.
One night upon her return from a ball, she had a vision of Christ as He was during the scourging, reproaching her for infidelity after He had given her so many proofs of His love. During her entire life Margaret mourned over two faults committed at this time--the wearing of some superfluous ornaments and a mask at the carnival to please her brothers.
On 25 May, 1671, she entered the Visitation Convent at Paray, where she was subjected to many trials to prove her vocation, and in November, 1672, pronounced her final vows. She had a delicate constitution, but was gifted with intelligence and good judgement, and in the cloister she chose for herself what was most repugnant to her nature, making her life one of inconceivable sufferings, which were often relieved or instantly cured by our Lord, Who acted as her Director, appeared to her frequently and conversed with her, confiding to her the mission to establish the devotion to His Sacred Heart.
These extraordinary occurrences drew upon her the adverse criticism of the community, who treated her as a visionary, and her superior commanded her to live the common life. But her obedience, her humility, and invariable charity towards those who persecuted her, finally prevailed, and her mission, accomplished in the crucible of suffering, was recognized even by those who had shown her the most bitter opposition.Margaret Mary was inspired by Christ to establish the Holy Hour and to pray lying prostrate with her face to the ground from eleven till midnight on the eve of the first Friday of each month, to share in the mortal sadness He endured when abandoned by His Apostles in His Agony, and to receive holy Communion on the first Friday of every month.
In the first great revelation, He made known to her His ardent desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation. He appointed the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi as the feast of the Sacred Heart; He called her “the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart”, and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the fire which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings.
In her last illness she refused all alleviation, repeating frequently: “What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God”, and died pronouncing the Holy Name of Jesus.All her actions, her revelations, her spiritual maxims, her teachings regarding the devotion to the Sacred Heart, and her life where examined most thoroughly by the Sacred Congregation which declared the heroic virtues of this servant of God, and which subsequently beatified and then canonised this wonderful saint.
Her feast is now 16 October.
Do come and pray with her sacred relic which will be available to you at the end of the Mass. When one thinks of the graces that have come to the world through this one great saint, one cannot help but be overwhelmed. So do come and pray with St Margaret Mary who will undoubtedly intercede for you.
St Joseph’s Church is at 71 Orrong Road Elsternwick
St Joseph’s Church Elsternwick is conveniently located for public transport. A short stroll from stop 46 on the Tram 60 Route, or catch the 220 Bus that runs from Sunshine - City - Gardenvale, and go to stop 80, which is right in front of St Joseph’s.
You may catch a train to either Elsterwick station or to Glenhuntly station and then the tram route 60 will take you to the corner of Orrong Road.(Tram 60) From there it is a walk of not more than about 300 metres
St Joseph’s Church is close to both Nepean Highway and Dandenong Road. It is just a few minutes drive from either of these major highways.
Lourdes Candlelit Procession
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