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sha-enthrone 2934-webArchbishop Leonard Blair reads prayers before blessing a statue of the Sacred Heart on Oct. 3 at Sacred Heart Academy. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

HAMDEN – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated Mass for the annual Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Oct. 3 in the chapel at Sacred Heart Academy.

For nearly 60 years, the school community has gathered to enthrone Jesus as the king and center of their hearts and lives, and to make an Act of Consecration to his Sacred Heart – reaffirming the commitment of their baptismal vows.

As more than 500 students, faculty members, parents and friends looked on, an honor guard of seniors processed up the center aisle with candles and red roses that were placed on the altar. Lennix Cuffy, a senior and graduate of the Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, was chosen by her classmates to crown the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Archbishop Blair said in his homily, “I am very happy to be here on this occasion to celebrate this enthronement to the Sacred Heart … this great mystery of our faith.” 

Drawing upon the Gospel story of the lost sheep, he observed that it is in the very nature of God to be a shepherd, and the nature of people to be sheep. Noting that each person is free to follow his or her own ideologies, he challenged, “Who or what is shepherding me? Who or what is leading or misleading me?

“At this enthronement, may we the sheep allow ourselves to be led by Christ,” he urged.

Following the enthronement, Archbishop Blair met with students and faculty at a reception, toured the school, visited classrooms and announced a day off for students.

“We are delighted to have Archbishop Blair here for this longstanding tradition,” said Sister Sheila O’Neill of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, president of the academy, who expressed her pride in the students and appreciation for the “outstanding” support of their parents.

She noted that earlier in the week, Sacred Heart Academy held a joint prayer service with its sister school, Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, Mo., in preparation for the enthronement. Students gathered in their school gymnasiums and met online via Skype to pray and sing together.

Sacred Heart Academy is a Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Its students are young women in grades nine through 12 who come from five counties in Connecticut

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.