O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
and our own most gentle Queen and Mother,
look down in mercy upon England,
thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly
hope and trust in thee.

Through thee it was that Jesus our Saviour
and our Hope was given unto the world;
and he hath given thee to us that we
might hope still more.

Plead for us thy children, whom thou
didst receive and accept at the foot
of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.
Intercede for our separated brethren,
that they may be united with
us in the one true Fold. Pray for us all,
dear Mother,that by faith fruitful in good
works, we may all deserve to see and
praise God together with thee in our
heavenly home.

Conference Theme

A word from Fr. Pat Deegan Spiritual Director of the NCC

As we know the month of June is devoted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The origin of this devotion to Jesus as the Sacred Heart can be traced back to St Gertrude the Great (1256 -1302), a Benedictine nun whose mystical revelations revealed Jesus’ heart burning with love for all humanity. Then in 1673-1675 Jesus appeared to St Margaret Mary Alacoque as the Sacred Heart and at His request she promulgated devotion to His Sacred Heart by promoting a feast day in His honour (which the Church celebrates on the Friday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost), First Friday devotions, and the Holy Hour of Reparation. Later, Pope Pius XI encapsulated the reason and necessity for this devotion when he wrote, ‘From among all the proofs of the infinite goodness of our Saviour none stands out more prominently than the fact itself, gave Himself to us to be honoured by a very special devotion and that the rich treasury of the Church was thrown wide open in the interests of that devotion

To live in filial union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the basis of the Christian life since our ability ‘to love one another, as I (Jesus) have loved you,’ ( Jn 15:12) is dependent on how close and intimate our union with the Heart of Jesus is. We hope that the talks and the sacramental celebrations of this year's NCC will inspire us all to deepen our relationship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus so that we can love one another as he told us to.

Behold the Heart that loves so much but is loved so little in return (Jesus’ words to St Margaret Mary)

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