MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Saturday (Anticipated)

Belaire Cove Chapel – 4 p.m.
Sacred Heart – 4 p.m.

Sunday

Sacred Heart – 7 a.m.

10 a.m. (Solemn)

5 p.m.

Weekdays

Sacred Heart
Monday-Friday – 6:30 a.m.
Saturday – 8 a.m.

Confessions:

Sundays & Weekdays

30 minutes before Masses

*New Saturday Confession time*

Saturdays 2:30-3:45 p.m.
30 minutes before all weekday Masses

Devotions at Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Parish has several devotions that take place each week in church.

  • The Holy Rosary is prayed every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for peace in our world & families.
  • The Holy Rosary is prayed each Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
  • The Pro-Life Rosary is prayed each Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.
  • The Pro-Life Rosary is prayed on the first Saturday of each month after 8:00 a.m. Mass. 
  • The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed each Thursday morning at 6:10 a.m.
  • Thursday before the first Friday of each month a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Exposition of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • The litany of the Sacred Heart is prayed each First Friday after Holy Mass at 6:30am.

PARISH BULLETIN

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The Stained Glass Windows of Sacred Heart Church

Eighteen windows add to the devotion and beauty of Sacred Heart Church. Each window has a story. Here follows a presentation of each window. The windows begin with the first moment of Jesus Christ’s conception and end with his glorious resurrection. This description begins with the widow near St. Joseph’s Altar.

The Virginal Conception

The Virginal Conception

1.  The Virginal Conception

The first window depicting the great wonder that God allowed to happen to Mary, the Virgin whom He destined to be the Mother of His Son, Jesus. We behold our Blessed Mother as the central figure in blue with the Angel Gabriel, who brought her the Divine Message. The Holy Spirit pictured, rejoices in this humble handmaid of the Lord, who above all creatures on earth most perfectly reflects the image of the Triune God. From this scene, we learn to bow our heads in submission to the will of God, following the example of Mary, even when we cannot understand what the Lord is asking of us.

The Birth of Jesus

The Birth of Jesus

2.  THE BIRTH OF JESUS

In the second window we see the fruit of Mary's womb, Jesus. Mary and Joseph kneel by His side trying to penetrate this mystery of mysteries - the Word made Flesh. In the Nativity we see the Divine Child in His manger of straw, with His very own Mother, Mary, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. Above the holy three, a star appears announcing the glad tidings that "He who was the expected of nations has come." The stable, which houses the Son of God, is kept warm only by the breathing of the cow and the donkey. From this window on the Nativity, we can recall the poverty of spirit that the Lord asks of us.

The Shepherds

The Shepherds

3. THE SHEPHERDS

The shepherds portrayed in this window are the ones to whom the Lamb of God first manifested Himself. Angels sang their "Gloria in excelsis Deo" (Glory to God in the highest) on that first Christmas night. May our lives be a continuous song of praise to the new born King. Let us give thanks for our priests, who give birth to Christ at holy Mass each time they say the words, "this is my body - this is my blood."

The Holy Family

The Holy Family

4. THE HOLY FAMILY

In this window Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - the Holy Family - hold out to us the virtues of an ideal family unit of a father, mother, and children, as well of a parish family with love, obedience, and mutual respect for each other. In addition, Jesus, God of Heaven and Earth, and His Blessed Mother, purity itself, render to Saint Joseph perfect subjection in all things.

The Sacraments

The Sacraments

5. THE SACRAMENTS

The life-giving soul of the Church is the grace of the Sacraments, the inheritance of every baptized Catholic. Every member of Sacred Heart Parish who has been united in wedlock has received as from the hands of Christ himself, through His ordained Priests or Deacons, the Nuptial Blessing. Our Blessed Mother, shown in this picture, shows her consideration of others by asking her Divine Son to perform His first public miracle at Cana of Galilee. She knows that her Son Christ will change water into wine at her request. We can see Him blessing the water, changing it into wine, as the young servant boy fills the water jugs to overflowing. In being present at the marriage feast, Christ and His Blessed Mother show their high regard for this sacrament. From it we can remember the words of the marriage vows, “until death do us part.”

The Four Evangelists

The Four Evangelists

6.THE FOUR EVANGELISTS

The four Evangelists, writers of the Gospels of the New Testament, are shown in this window. Each Evangelist and Gospel they wrote is associated with a certain symbol: Saint Matthew, a man, because he begins his account with the family tree to Christ as a man; Saint Mark, a lion, for his first chapter introduces Saint John the Baptist in the desert; Saint Luke, an ox, for his Gospel opens with the story of Zachariah offering sacrifice in the Temple; Saint John, an eagle, because his Gospel speeds straight to the Son. To these four Evangelists, who gave us such explicit and detailed accounts of our Savior's life, we should be grateful. For it is only in reading the Gospels that we can really come to know Christ, and learn to love Him as a result of this knowledge.

Our Lord with Martha and Mary

Our Lord with Martha and Mary

7. OUR LORD WITH MARTHA AND MARY

In this sketching, our Blessed Lord is visiting in the home of His friends Martha and Mary, in Bethany. Mary sits at our Lord's feet, engrossed in His explanations of the life of the spirit. Mary becomes a source of great annoyance to her sister, Martha, who is busy about trying to make her Divine Guest more comfortable. Therefore, she complains to our Lord that Mary has left her alone to do all the serving. The Divine Lord answers her in the ever memorable words, "Martha, Martha, you are busy about many things, but only one thing is necessary: Mary has chosen the better part; and it will not be taken from her." We are not to conclude from this statement of our Lord that those who live an ideal Christian life are not pleasing to Him, but that those who seek a life of perfection are His very own special ones.

The Keys to the Kingdom

The Keys to the Kingdom

8.  THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Here we see Christ giving to Peter the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Through the Power of the Keys granted by Christ, His Church, which is pictured, is able to forgive sins and the punishment due to them, eternal and temporal. The Church is able to grant indulgences to the faithful on earth and to the poor souls, and to excommunicate the recalcitrant sinner. The Apostles are shown in the background so we might understand that this power was given not only to Saint Peter, but also the Apostles.

The next three windows (windows nine, ten, eleven) are a set with the theme of "Communion of the Saints." They are in the back of the church and face the Tabernacle. The center window pictures the Sacred Heart of Jesus (window 10), to His right Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (window 11), to His left, Saint Joseph, the workman (window 9). These windows present a connection of the Holy Family's ties and that of the countries of America and France.

St. Joseph the Workman

St. Joseph the Workman

9. SAINT JOSEPH, THE WORKMAN

The window on the left of the Sacred Heart is Saint Joseph, whom God chose to watch over the childhood of the Incarnate Word. Here he is depicted in his role as a worker, holding in his hands one of the tools symbolic of his trade. In the upper right hand corner is Saint Joan of Arc, patroness of France. She met her death by flames as she was burned at the stake, defending her Faith and her country. On the lower left, Saint Louis, who became King of France at the age of twelve. He was said to be "the holiest and most just King who ever wore the Crown." At the lower right we see Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, another flower of sainthood in France. With persistent entreaties at the age of fifteen, she was permitted to enter Carmel of Lisieux, where she died at the early age of twenty-four.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

10.  THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

The center window pictures the Sacred Heart of Jesus lovingly portrayed for us. We see His heart is so full of love for us because in this Church we have honored His most adorable Heart. He has promised to bless the place in which His Sacred Heart is honored and loved. On the left of Jesus is Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini. In the lower pan is Saint Isaac Jogues, a Jesuit missionary and martyr. Below is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Iroquois girl. These three devoted servants of the Sacred Heart met their deaths in various ways, yet were united in one aspect and motive: love. We too are known for the love we bear for the Sacred Heart and for one another; therefore, our love is but an overflow of our love for God.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

11.OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

The window to the right of the center is our Lady of the Sacred Heart, one especially dear to Monsignor Maurice Bourgeois because of his great love for our Lady and for what the figures in the picture represent. Above our Lady of the Sacred Heart is Saint Maurice, who was a true soldier of Christ. He was martyred during the time of the severe persecutions of the Church by Maximian Herculius. To the lower right of our Lady is Saint John Mary Vianney, better known as the Cure d'Ars. He is beloved by all priests because Pius XI at the time of his canonization named him patron of the clergy. Right next to our Lady stands Saint Philomena, to whom the Cure d'Ars had great devotion in his life time. At the very bottom of the picture is Saint John the Baptist, who may also be called a model for those who preach the Word of God.

The Miracle Cure of the Paralytic

The Miracle Cure of the Paralytic

12.  THE MIRACLE CURE OF THE PARALYTIC

Pictured in this window is Jesus, speaking to a paralyzed man, who because of the crowd has been lowered from the roof of the house into the presence of Jesus. Jesus seeing their faith, said "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home," which, as He implied, was like saying, "your sins are forgiven." Looking at this window we learn the lessons our Lord was trying to convey to the crowd, that He was soon to confer upon the newly ordained priests, His Apostles, on the night of the Resurrection: the power to forgive sins. Let us be truly grateful for the great benefit we receive each time we go to confession and our sins are forgiven when the priest says, "I absolve you..."

The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration

13.  THE TRANSFIGURATION

In this window we see the transfiguration of Jesus on the Mountain. Here with the three Apostles with whom He is closest - Peter, James, and John - Jesus gives them a glimpse of Himself resplendent in glory. As they see Jesus transfigured before them, talking to Elijah and Moses, they are astonished at what they hear and see. In this Gospel narrative, Christ is revealing Himself to the world as He will appear one day to judge the living and the dead. Let us prepare ourselves for His final coming so that we may bear witness of His glorious Transfiguration.

Symbols of the Old Testament

Symbols of the Old Testament

14.  SYMBOLS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Here we see depicted symbols of the Old Testament, the seven-branched candlestick, the horn, and the scroll. The seven-branched candlestick given to Aaron by Moses, who had been commanded to do so by the Lord. It was to be turned against the north, toward the table of the loaves of proposition so that it might give forth light to the children of Israel. The horn, symbolic of a trumpet, was used to gather the multitude to the door of the tabernacle of the Covenant. The scroll contained the inspired word of God, the Jewish Bible. From these symbols of light, sound and written word, we, the people of the New Testament, can also be guided by the beacon of sanctifying grace from a life of darkness to one of light. By the chimes of our church bells we may be led to the altar of God, and by the inspired words of the New Testament come to a greater knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone is the way, the truth, and the life.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

15.  PALM SUNDAY

In this scene, we witness Jesus in His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. There, the King of Glory seated upon an ass, processed in, and before him branches were spread by the populace. They saluted Him as they acclaim in a loud voice, "Hosanna! Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord." Within a few days, though, this fickle-minded crowd would be crying out again. The words would not be words of praise, but of hatred and revenge, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" How often are we like that crowd, in time of consolation and peace we feel inclined to sing His praises; but in moments of aridity and trail we are inclined to say "Crucify Him!"

Maybe not by actual speech, but by our actions, we may indicate that we do not know that Man. It is then when trails and tribulations weigh us down that we need to seek GOD, and go to confession for words of comfort and hope.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

16.  THE LAST SUPPER

Of all the windows in the Church, this one is perhaps the most precious because of the stupendous miracle that our Lord performed at this time. It was at this time that He gave us the fullest proof of His love: Himself in the Holy Eucharist. Yet even this beautiful ceremony of the first Mass and the ordination of His first priests was marred by the presence of Judas. Judas is the traitor who sacrilegiously received holy Communion from the hands of our Lord Himself. We need to show gratitude to our Lord for this great gift, without which we would have been left orphans. We need to pray for the institution of Sacred Priesthood that our priests may live up to the high ideals of Jesus and their sacred calling. Let us also pray that our church parish will have many native sons in the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

The Burial of Christ

The Burial of Christ

17.  THE BURIAL OF CHRIST

Jesus had now fulfilled the purpose for which He became incarnate - the Redemption of the human race. The horrors are over, the betrayal of Judas, the denial of Peter, the desertion of the Apostles, the scourging, the crowing with thorns, the long steep road to Calvary, the Crucifixion! The seventh dolor of Mary, as pictured so often by swords, is the piercing of her maternal heart. She sees His mangled body, prepared for burial. Though her faith in His rising again is supreme, she realizes that this burial severs all natural earthly ties with her Divine Son. How desolate this moment was for the Mother of our Divine Savior! There may be moments in our life when God will visit us with such desolation of spirit. Will we be as valiant as this woman, the Co-redemptrix of the human race?

The Resurrection

The Resurrection

18. THE RESURRECTION

This third day dawns bright and beautifully as our crucified Christ throws off the bondage of His burial garments, and arises in His glorified state, the conqueror of sin and death. Though there is no special mention of His appearance to His Blessed Mother recorded in the Gospels, it is commonly believed that He must have appeared to her first. She, by whom He was given birth, gave vent to the wonders that God had worked in her many years previous and truly exalted in this triumphal victory of her Son. Her joy was now complete. However, her Son, our Lord was to ask one more sacrifice of her, she must remain on earth to mother the infant Church until He would see fit to raise her up body and soul into Heaven. There she would reign forever as "Queen of Martyrs." We, too, will one day rise gloriously with the crucified Lord because we will have lived the life of a true follower of Christ.

Devotion of the Month

June- Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most popular Catholic devotions. Although it was beloved in previous centuries, Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673, showing her a vision of the now-famous image of His Sacred Heart, surrounded by flames. He said to her: “My Heart is so full of love for men that It can no longer contain the flames of Its burning love. I must discover to men the treasures of My Heart and save them from perdition.” She was given the special mission to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart throughout the Church. Jesus gave St. Margaret Mary many promises associated with this devotion, and requested that a feast day in honor of His Sacred Heart be instituted on the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi. In 1856, the Feast of the Sacred Heart was spread to the Universal Church, and in 1899 Pope Leo XIII solemnly consecrated all mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, calling it “the great act” of his pontificate.

+School News+

+ Required Documents & Spirit Items Day: June 12 & 13 from 8:00am-3:00pm. Volunteers will be needed.

ACTS Retreat

The next Women’s ACTS Retreat will be August 22nd – 25th, 2019.

The next Men’s ACTS Retreat will be October 10th – 13th, 2019.

 

 

 

If you have any questions about ACTS, please email the CORE team at core@holyfamilyacts.org

or email Fr. Tom at frtom@sacredheartvp.com.

Religious Education Program

+ Religious Education Program +

Director of Religious Education: Tiffany Tate Alfred

Phone: 363.5167  Email: olqasdre@centurytel.net

CCD Classes:

6:00pm- 7:00pm at the Family Life Center

Click Here for the Elementary class schedule. 

Click Here for the High school class schedule.

 

What’s Happening Around the Diocese?

+ NFP Workshop with Fr. Dubroc:

Natural Family Planning (NFP) and its relationship to St. John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body/Theology of the Family will be the theme of the workshop presented by Fr. Blake Dubroc.

Join us as we end NFP awareness week on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Immaculata Center, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette.

Fr. Dubroc will help participants receive a better understanding of the theology behind NFP; the teachings of the church, and an explanation of the different natural family planning methods. After the presentation, you will have a better understanding on “What is NFP?” as well as how to promote NFP within your parish. The morning is open to all individuals/couples that are interested in becoming an instructor for NFP, DRE in the parish, marriage prep coordinator, Religious Curriculum Administrators, mentor couples, etc. The morning is free however we ask that you register through the following link: https://www.diolaf.org/theology-of-the-body-for-nfp or email Kelley Chapman at kchapman@diolaf.org, as space is limited.

+ Religious Freedom Week:

In the face of our country’s challenges, and challenges within the Church herself, Catholics find strength in the hope of Jesus Christ. We want to share that hope with everyone.

Religious freedom gives us the space to carry out the mission that Jesus has entrusted to the Church. Religious freedom means that Catholics, and all people of goodwill, are free to seek the truth and to live in accordance with that truth, and so to strengthen our common life as a nation.

Beginning June 22, the Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates Religious Freedom Week. In the midst of our current challenges, join us as we seek the kingdom and find Strength in Hope. Learn more at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek

+ Theology of the Body:

The Desormeaux Foundation, 1334 Jefferson Street, will be offering the 4-part series for Theology of the Body I on the following dates.

Wednesdays- July 10, 17, 24, 31

Mondays- September 9, 16, 23, 20

Mondays- November 4, 11, 18, 25

To register for one of the above series, please call 337-289-9366. All sessions will be held at the Desormeaux Foundation from 6:00-8:00pm. 18 years and older are invited to attend.

+ Beginning Experience:

The Beginning Experience Weekend on September 27-29, 2019 is a wonderful healing
experience for those suffering a loss of a spouse either through death or
separation/divorce. The weekend will take place at Rosaryville Spirit Life center in
Pontchatoula, Louisiana
. Those who have attended this weekend attest to the new
hope they have received and the powerful safe and loving environment they found in
the experience. Under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Family Life
Apostolate this international program has helped thousands navigate the road through
grief.
Call, text or email Renell (985) 290-7348 (renelld1@yahoo.com) for more information.

+Red Bird Ministries: Loving Through Loss:

The death of a child is never easy and grief is experienced differently by everyone. Red Bird Ministries is a Catholic grief support ministry that focuses on couples who have experienced the loss of a child of any age by loving them through their loss. Core team members of Red Bird Ministries are parents of loss and know all too well what it is to live through such a horrific experience. Our goal is to help couples living this nightmare to not just survive their loss, but to love them through it by sharing our own experiences and healings, in hopes of helping them to survive and thrive in their marriages and in life. Please contact Kelly Breaux at (337) 223-2019 or at kelly@redbird.love for more information. Visit our website at www.redbird.love.

+National Pro-Life Women’s Conference Coming to Kenner!

When: Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23

Where: Pontchartrain Civic and Convention Center

Registration is $114 until June 16th, when the price goes up. Student registration is $75.

Keynote Speakers: Abby Johnson, Michele Sterlace-Accorsi, Heather Burner and Sister John Mary with Sisters of Life. For more information, visit the conference website at www.prolifewomen.com

+ Louisiana Right to Life – Pulse Weekend:

PULSE Leadership Institute

Timothy Retreat Center, Baker

July 8-12, 2019

PULSE Leadership Institute will be an exciting week for high school and college students to give into the pro-life cause. Sessions go beyond abortion into adoption, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, human trafficking awareness, bioethics, third party reproduction, disability discrimination and more.

Early Bird Fee ($199) available until Friday, June 21

To register or get more information, visit ProLifePulseLa.com

+ Flame of Love Prayer Cenacle:

Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church (2250 Cecillia Sr H South Hwy; Breaux Bridge, LA 70517)

Contact: Michelle Guidry (337) 654-1003; laflameoflove@gmail.com

When: Every 3rd Friday of the month at 10:00a.m. in St. Joseph Church

Resource Recommendations

The following are resource recommendations from the Diocese Office of Marriage & Family Life:

Divorce & Annulment:

+Catholic Divorce Survival Guide: diolaf.org/divorcerecovery

+Office of Tribunal: diolaf.org/tribunal

+Beginning Experience: beginningexperience.org

Grief/Bereavement:

+ A Catholic Journey Through Grief: diolaf.org/grief

+ Companions Along the Journey (support group, Scott area): (337)654-8917

+ Grief Share (support group, Broussard area): (337)837-1864

+ LA Grief Support Group (New Iberia area): (337)367-8003

+ St. Monica’s Society (support group for widowed women, Lafayette area): (337)235-0465

+ Healing House (Hope for Grieving Children): healing-house.org; (337)234-0443

+ Hospice of Acadiana (support group): (337)232-1234

Infertility/NFP:

+ diolaf.org/nfp

+ USCCB webpage on infertility: usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/resources/infertility

+ catholic-fertility@yahoogroups.com

Marriage Enrichment:

+ World Wide Marriage Encounter: wwwme.org

+ For Your Marriage: foryourmarriage.org

Mental Illness:

+ National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: name.org

Pregnancy & Infant Loss:

+ elizabethministry.com

+ aplacetoremember.com

+ nationalshare.org

+ maddiesfootprints.org

Struggling Marriages:

+ Retrouvaille Weekend: A program for troubled marriages. The weekend provides a safe setting; encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner. Visit the website for more information and to register www.helpourmarriage.com.

+ Codependents Anonymous (a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop health relationships: (337)261-5607

Suicide Survivors:

+ diolaf.org/suicide-survivors

+ Jacob Crouch Foundation: injacobsmemory.org

+ American Association of Suicidology: suicidology.org

+ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org

+ Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: save.org

+ Yellow Ribbon Program (Prevention of Teen Suicide): yellowribbon.org

Parish Announcements

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements

+ Mission Honduras:  Fill-a-Bucket Fundraiser & T-Shirt Sale

THIS WEEKEND! June 15th & 16th after all Masses

Let’s help Christian Missions by filling a bucket with monetary donations! This will be used to purchase food and school supplies for a needy community in Honduras.

The mission team will also have t-shirts available to purchase for $12.00.

 

+ Holy Hour: We will have a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Exposition and Solemn Benediction in Church on Thursday, June 27th at 5:00pm for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

+ Upcoming Baptism Class: Sunday, July 14th at 3:30pm in the Sacred Heart Church Meeting Room. Please call our office to sign up for the class. 

 

 

The Perpetual (24 hours) Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available to us at Mercy Regional Hospital Chapel. If you are interested in becoming a regularly scheduled adorer or a substitute adorer, please call Theresa Attales (337)363-1852 or Julius Bischoff (337)290-1133. 

+ We would like to remind our parishioners that if you or a family member are sick or physically unable to attend Mass, please contact our office. We can connect you with one of our Homebound Ministers to bring you the Eucharist at home.

Summer Vacation Bible School

Queen of All Saints & Sacred Heart Church

Summer Vacation Bible School!

June 10 -14, 2019

Monday – Friday         9:00am – 12:00noon each day

At the Family Life Center

**Parents and Grandparents~ Please join us on Friday at 11:30am at the Family Life Center to watch the children perform the songs they learned this week. 

Parishioners For Life

Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion

Divine Mercy and Pro-life

St. Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday. Many of the faithful pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy regularly. There is a link between this devotion and the pro-life movement. Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, who was a principal translator of St. Faustina’s diary, and the postulator of her cause of canonization, writes the following: “On at least three occasions, from 8:00-11:00 in the evening, she felt like her insides were being torn apart. She suffered so much that she thought she was going to die. The doctors couldn’t figure out what was ailing her, and no medication was able to alleviate her sufferings. Later, she was given to understand that she was undergoing those pains for mothers who were aborting their children (Diary, 1276).

“On another occasion, she had a vision of an angel coming with thunderbolts to destroy one of the most beautiful cities of her country. And she felt powerless to do anything about it (Diary, 474). What antidote did the Lord give her? The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. [She explained] that the city was to be chastised for its sins, primarily the sin of abortion. (“Wombs of Mercy,” Marian Helpers Bulletin, Summer 1995, p.13).