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Feast day:  19 days after Pentecost Sunday

Many great saints have meditated on the enormous love flowing fromthe Sacred Heart of Jesus.  St. Bernard of Clairvaux in the 11th century, St. Gertrude and St. Bonaventure in the 12th and 13th seemto be the first.  The formal devotion began with St. John Eudes and St. Margaret Mary Alocoque in the 17th century.

In art, Jesus is usually shown revealing his heart encircled with thorns.




1664 St. Joseph, Amherst

During the next two years, the Holy Martyrs community, consisting of
parishioners from a wide variety of occupations and ethnic groups, worked to
create a permanent parish campus. On August 1, 1982, it broke ground for a
parish center, which was dedicated the following June. While the parish was
barely two-years old, it supported a vital community life, including a variety of
liturgical and parish activities. The close-knit nature of the parish was reflected
in its PSR Program, which initially held classes in private homes out of
necessity, later maintaining this format for its intimacy and fellowship. By 1984,
the parish population had risen to 1,423 members. That same year, Sister Gale
Marn, OSU, a member of Holy Martyrs.Parish's pastoral team, became a
member of the Cleveland Diocese's Rural Outreach Prograrrit.

In 1985, the community established a parish council, composed of
representatives from a number of parish commissions. With Sister Marn's
departure from the parish in July 1987, Mrs. Mary Gresock joined the Holy
Martyrs Parish's pastoral team as Director of Religious Education. That same
month, the parish completed work on its outdoor pavilion. Over the next three
years, the area's population burgeoned, resulting in overcrowding at the
community's Eucharistic celebrations. In 1988, the parish council
recommended that the parish consider the erection of a new church.
Discussions and planning sessions were held regularly for the next three years;
in September 1991, construction began on the new Holy Martyrs Church.
Construction proceeded quickly, allowing the community to celebrate its first
Mass in the new church on April 18, 1992. To complete the church complex,
the parish acquired three bells from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in
Cleveland. Named St. Stephen, St. Gabriel, and St. Francis, the bells were
acquired in September 1993, and installed at Holy Martyrs Church on
September 1, 1994.

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