R.I.P. Father Gaffney

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

It is with great sadness that I share the news I received that Fr. Gaffney died September 13, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Villa New Smyrna Beach, Florida of leukemia. He truly was a great priest and man who touched the lives of so many with his gentle spirit, and brought them closer to Our Lord. He will be greatly missed by all of us, but I can only imagine the joy and celebration in heaven as Our Lord, Mother Mary, Gloria and the many souls he touched welcomed him with jubilation!!!

We know our life here is only a temporary stop to our eternal home, and we look forward to seeing Fr. Gaffney again, and we know he will be helping us to continue to serve Our Lord through the Enthronement of His Most Sacred Heart, to build the Kingdom of Love on earth.

Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Gaffney, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the faithful departed through the mercy of God…rest in peace.

Peace in His Most Sacred Heart,
Lisa Morris

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Father Gaffney’s funeral mass will be held on Friday, September 25 at the Saint Alphonsus retreat house chapel. Due to Covid and the size of the chapel only family members, the Redemptorist community, and staff will be able to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of Father Gaffney to: Saint Alfonso Retreat House 755 Ocean Ave. PO box 3098 Long branch NJ 07740

Click image above to read the entire obituary on the Redemptorists' website.

A Meditation on the Sacred Heart of Jesus
by Fr. John Bartunek


by Fr. John Bartunek

A retreat guide to enter more deeply into the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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Night Adoration in the Home

April 4, 1929

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"Night Adoration in the Home is now, thanks be to God, a fact, a magnificent reality. It is a work solidly organized throughout the entire world in a spirit of love and penance, for the honor and glory of the Heart of Jesus. May the King of Love be blessed a thousand times for it! To Him, and to Him alone, be all the glory of this crusade of Night Adoration which, while strengthening His Social Reign, especially in the home, gives a new and vigorous impulse for the extension of that Reign." - Father Mateo

Upcoming Missions

Please pray for the success of these Lenten missions!

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I hope and pray you and your families are safe and healthy.  In this time of uncertainty the one thing we can be sure of if the love our Lord has for each one of us.  Thou we may not see now, we know that in the midst of the tragedy of so much sickness and hardships, of loss of jobs and security, we know that He knows our sorrows and what is happening with each of us and his promise that he will be with us in it all, is a constant source of comfort and truth.  He is with us and some things we will never know until we get to the other side. Due to the coronavirus we postponed the mission with Cardinal Rigali in Jenerette, LA and also  postponed the mission at Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa, TN.   Please keep these missions in your prayers as they will be rescheduled.

During this time, we have the opportunity to draw closer to our Lord in the silence we have been given.

Mother Mary is our perfect role model as one who said “Yes” to her son and our savior, may we do the same and look to Mother Mary for her wisdom and intercession during this time and pray for our world as we go through this together.  I have no doubt we will come out of this stronger and more committed and  faithful to the God who loves us than ever before. Please know that you are all in our prayers and we are here for you.

“Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for us!”

“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus…Have mercy on us!”

Peace in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,


St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Jeanerette, LA


Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
Alcoa, TN


Recent Enthronements

St. Rita School

Harahan, LA
✨Renewal of the Sacred Heart was different this year for sure! All of 6A participated on Zoom for the whole school and it was a great morning...October 14, 2020!
✨ All classroom Enthronements were renewed individually as well...
✨All kindergarten students received their Sacred Heart badges!
✨ A big Thank You to Mrs. Daniels, Mrs. Istre, Mrs. Guardian and all the teachers and students of St. Rita School for their devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Congratulations to Fr. Sylvester Adoga, Parochial Vicar
St. Rita of Cascia Parish/Harahan/LA & Notre Dame Seminary/New Orleans/LA

We welcome newly ordained, Fr. Sylvester Adoga, as our new Parochial Vicar at St. Rita Parish. Fr. Adoga graciously accepted the invite to lead his 1st Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. We are thankful for the Aviles & Balint families for recently Enthroning their homes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May the Lord bless you and keep you! May the Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
May The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!” (Numbers 6:24-26)
Aviles Family
St. Rita of Cascia Parish/Harahan/LA & Notre Dame Seminary/New Orleans/LA


Balint Family
St. Rita of Cascia Parish/Harahan/LA & Notre Dame Seminary/New Orleans/LA

Seminarian James Rome
St. Rita of Cascia Parish/Harahan/LA & Notre Dame Seminary/New Orleans/LA

Seminarian James Rome (T3) will be working with Seminarian Davis Ahimbisibwe, head of the Devotional Life Committee, to promote Sacred Heart devotion throughout Notre Dame Seminary.
Congratulations to Dr. Michael and Ann Lorio
St. John the Evangelist Parish, Jeanerette LA

May the Lord bless you and keep you! May the Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
May The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Knights of Columbus Council 1425 Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
St. John the Evangelist Church
Jeanerette, Louisianna
December 19, 2019

On December 19th 2019 during the week of the O antiphons “ Oh come! Oh come Emanuel!” the Knights of Columbus Council 1425 of St. John the Evangelist Church in Jeanerette, Louisiana invited Jesus to come into their hearts as they enthroned their organization to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a very special mass celebrated by the Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, D.D. Bishop of Lafayette. We were also very blessed to have the Bishop stand in the lead role as facilitator of the enthronement ceremony itself. After the ceremony Bishop Deshotel shook his finger at me and said “keep doing this “Our Lafayette diocese is truly blessed to have such a wonderful Bishop with a beautiful deep devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and we the apostolate are so grateful for his support of our ministry.


Parish Mission of the
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
All Saints Catholic Church
June 26 - 28, 2019
Read the article in the East Tennessee Catholic

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Sacred Heart Apostolate Relocates
to the
Diocese of Knoxville

The Diocese of Knoxville is now home to the Sacred Heart Apostolate, a global movement for promoting the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a way to renew communities by centering families on the love of God incarnated in the sacred heart of Christ.

... read more in the East Tennessee Catholic

Living in the Company of Our Lord Jesus

The family is the most shattered of all entities and the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is the cure for crises in families. It is the remedy for these times we live in. Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, the founder of this apostolate, was commanded by Pope (St.) Pius X to bring Christ alive in families throughout the world. Fr. Mateo's vision fits the needs of today's families.The Apostolate is moving in a new direction; we have a vision and this is the time! Our mission statement is still valid a global project.

Our Mission Statement

The Sacred Heart Apostolate, Inc. is a global movement for creating a civilization of love through the Enthronement to renew societies by centering families on the Love of God incarnated in the Heart of Christ and founded by Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey SSCC in Paray-le-Monial, France in 1907. It has been endorsed by the Catholic Church as a global movement which continues to renew families in every continent.

“Welcome the presence of the Heart of Christ, entrusting your home to Him Seek to draw from this open heart the saving and healing love that is so necessary for families today in order to build a civilization of love.”
St. John Paul II

“May the Holy Spirit make you brave in your initiatives so that you will be able to offer your contribution to the building up of the Civilization of Love.”
Pope Benedict XVI

“The heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God’s mercy, but it is not an imaginary symbol; It is a real symbol which represents the center, the source from which salvation for all humanity gushed forth.”
Pope Francis