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Join us in Person for the
Annual Novena to the Sacred Heart at
the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Thursday 16th June - Friday 24th June 2022

Annual Novena and Pilgrimage flyer

Join us in person for our annual Novena to the Sacred Heart at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Mass, Sermon and Novena each evening at 7.00 pm, Thursday 16th June to Friday 24th June 2022.

Date and Time


Thursday 16th June
Mgr Daniel McHugh
Friday 17th June
Fr Robert Taylerson
Saturday 18th June
Fr David Lacy
Sunday 19th June
Bp David Evans
Monday 20th June
Fr Simon Ellis
Tuesday 21st June
Fr Thé Quang
Wednesday 22nd
Fr Michael Dolman
Thursday 23rd June
Fr Joseph McLoughlin
Friday 24th June
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart
Fr Douglas Lamb

Sacred Heart Novena leaflet download

Maryvale Sacred Heart Novena

Maryvale House is a place of pilgrimage and devotion as well as an educational centre, and the focus of that devotion is the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The story of Maryvale’s link with the Sacred Heart begins with Bishop John Milner who became Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District in 1803. He had a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart and when he enlarged the main chapel of the seminary/school, he built above the sacristy a small chapel in the Gothic style which became the first public shrine of the Sacred Heart in the British Isles. In 1814 Bishop Milner brought back from Rome a small panel of painted glass showing the Sacred Heart of Jesus as described by St. Gertrude; he set the panel in a window of the shrine and from that time onwards devotion to the Sacred Heart has been a key part of Maryvale’s life of faith and prayer.

Sacred Heart Chapel Pre-Refurbishment

St John Henry Newman, who founded the Oratory at Maryvale in 1848 said “In the Eucharist, the Heart of Jesus beats for us still.”

The Sisters of Mercy kept Devotion to the Sacred Heart going when they came to live at Maryvale in 1851 and started the practice of keeping a “Perpetual Lamp” burning in the Chapel.

The link between Maryvale (Old Seminary) has continued over the years with students and staff coming to Maryvale Institute and visiting the Chapel and the Shrine of Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart Chapel

When Fr Daniel McHugh came in June 1980 to start the new Maryvale Institute, the Sisters of Mercy schooled him in the importance of the Shrine to the people in the area and beyond. He was fortunate that the Sisters of St Paul the Apostle joined him in August as the Sisters of Mercy departed. One of them, Sister Philomena, took on looking after the Shrine. Father McHugh began the public First Friday Masses and in 1981 the Novena of Masses leading up to the Feast, together with a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament on the Sunday after the Feast.

Between their arrival at Maryvale in 1999 and departure in 2021, the Bridgettine Sisters continued to promote the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And it is wonderful to see that the Feast of the Sacred Heart has now become the Annual World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests (2007).

Sacred Heart window

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