As the Second Vatican Council pointed out so clearly, the life of the Church centers on the liturgy, the official public worship of God by the Church as the Body of Christ. The liturgy includes, above all, the Eucharist and the other six sacraments, but also other actions of the Church such as the daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, the rites of Christian burial, and the rites for the dedication of a church or for those making religious profession. “Spiritual life “is not limited solely to participation in the liturgy. . . . according to the teaching of the apostle, [the Christian] must pray without ceasing.” Popular devotional practices play a crucial role in helping to foster this ceaseless prayer.” Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 12
Faithful practice of popular devotions can help us experience God in our everyday lives and conform us more closely to Jesus Christ. As Pope Pius XII pointed out, the purpose of popular devotional practices is
“to attract and direct our souls to God, purifying them from their sins, encouraging them to practice virtue and, finally, stimulating them to advance along the path of sincere piety by accustoming them to meditate on the eternal truths and disposing them better to contemplate the mysteries of the human and divine natures of Christ.” (USCCB, Popular Devotional Practices: Basic Questions And Answers)
First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is observed at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on the First Friday of the month at 6:30 pm. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass starts at 6:30 pm, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and devotional prayers. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered during this time. The evening concludes at 8:00 pm with prayers of consecration to the Sacred Heart and Benediction.
The Rosary is prayed before the 8:00 am Mass/Communion Service each weekday.
The Stations of the Cross are found around the worship spaces for personal meditation and prayer at any time. During Lent, the Way of the Cross is prayed communally each Friday at 7:00 PM at either Our Lady of the Sacred Heart or Sts. Peter & Paul.