Sacred Hearts Parish is a Latin Rite (Roman) Catholic Parish located in Cardington, Ohio. Our parish is the only Catholic church in Morrow County, and we are part of the Columbus Ohio Diocese. There are approximately 1.166 Billion Roman Catholics world wide[†], yet by our estimates there are less than 800 practicing Roman Catholics living in Morrow County, Ohio. We account for less then 2.5% of the population. While we may be a small parish, we are not a young one, our parish was founded over 100 years ago.
Traditionally Catholic churches are named after a saint, but our parish is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most famous religious devotions to Jesus’ physical heart as the representation of His divine love for Humanity. The devotion especially emphasizes the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering of the heart of Christ towards humanity. The origin of this devotion in its modern form is derived from a French Roman Catholic nun, Marguerite Marie Alacoque, who said she learned the devotion from Jesus during a miraculous visions.
The Sacred Heart has been closely associated with Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ. ‘Reparations’ are a prayer or devotion with the intent to repair the “sins of others”. In his encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor, Pope Pius XI stated: “the spirit of expiation or reparation has always had the first and foremost place in the worship given to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus“.
Sacred Heart of Mary
The Sacred Heart of Mary, today more commonly called The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a devotional name used to refer to the interior life of Mary, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for her God, her maternal love for her Son, Jesus, and her compassionate love for all people. The consideration of Mary’s interior life and the beauties of her soul, without any thought of her physical heart, does not constitute the traditional devotion; still less does it consist in the consideration of the Heart of Mary merely as a part of her virginal body.