Eight Locations to Serve as Veneration Sites:
- Rockville Centre – St. Agnes Cathedral
- Island Park - Sacred Heart Parish
- Williston Park - St. Aidan Parish
- Manhasset - St Ignatius Retreat House
- St. James - Sts Philip and St. James Parish
- Merrick - Cure of Ars Parish
- Manorville - Shrine of Our Lady of the Island
- Hampton Bays - St. Rosalie Parish
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – July 30, 2010 – A first class relic of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque will be venerated from August 16 – August 23, 2010 at eight locations throughout Long Island. In addition, the Vatican exhibit on 40 of the 121 Miracles of the Eucharist will be on display at each of the sites.
Sr. Margaret Mary Alacoque is most known for her revelations with the Lord inviting her to take the place St. John occupied at the Last Supper. In 1674, Sr. Margaret Mary had a vision of the Sacred Heart and the Lord instructed her to spread the love of His heart and that he would reveal his graces through her. The Lord also told her to receive Jesus in Holy Communion on the first Friday of every month and to make a Holy Hour, lying prostrate from 11 p.m. to midnight on each Friday.
Sr. Margaret Mary believed she had been chosen as the transmitter of a new devotion to the Sacred Heart. After a few priests deemed her to be delusional, Father Claude de la Columbiere, a Jesuit priest, was convinced she was speaking the truth and wrote of the nun. Sr. Margaret Mary was appointed assistant and novice-mistress. It is said that before Sr. Margaret passed away at 43 years old she exclaimed “I need nothing but God and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.”
Although the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was present before, it now was widely known. The Sacred Heart is regarded as “the symbol of that boundless love which moved the Word to take flesh, to institute the Holy Eucharist, to take our sins upon Himself, and dying on the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and sacrifice to the eternal Father.”
The schedule of the relic is as follows:
August 16 – St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre from 2 – 8 p.m. Maria Alessia miracle story and Fr. Moray will speak. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, will be in the Cathedral from 6-8 p.m. In April 2009, Pope Bendict XVI appointed Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, to his current position of President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers.
August 17 – Sacred Heart Parish, Island Park from 2 – 8 p.m.
August 18 – St. Aidan Parish, Williston Park from 2 - 8 p.m. Mass held at 5:30 p.m.
August 19 – St Ignatius Retreat House, Manhasset from 2 – 8 p.m. Healing Mass concelebrated by priests of the retreat house at 7:00 p.m.
August 20 – Sts Philip and St. James Parish, St. James from 2 – 8 p.m.
August 21 – Cure of Ars Parish, Merrick from 2 – 8 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (2pm-4:45p.m. Evening Mass at 5 p.m.; Benediction at 8 pm.)
August 22 – Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville from 2 – 8 p.m.
August 23 – St. Rosalie Parish, Hampton Bays from 2 – 8 p.m. Bishop Libasci will say the concluding Mass here at 7 p.m.
For additional information contact Brenda Pistani BPistani@drvc.org or by calling 516.678.5800 x519
About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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