Just a reminder (including to myself!) that there is an early morning Mass tomorrow in addition to the regularly scheduled 9 AM Mass.
The immediate purpose of the early morning mass is to allow families to attend mass together before the work and school day begins.
Its timing also follows in the strong tradition of the traditional First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart. This devotion was promoted by the private revelations of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque who spoke of twelve promises relayed to her by Jesus during apparitions. The tradition of making nine First Fridays probably stems from the use of that number for special novena prayers.