The Confraternity of the Sacred Heart
The Confraternity of the Sacred Heart is a Manhattan-based group that sponsors Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite monthly on First Fridays throughout the year, annually on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and periodically on other Feasts of Our Lord or Feasts related to the Sacred Heart.
Formed fifteen years ago, members of the group (then calling themselves the "First Friday Friars") sponsored a private Mass primarily for members on each of the nine First Fridays from October through June. In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, members of the group desired to open the monthly private First Friday Mass to the public. Beginning in the fall of 2007, they have sponsored a public Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite at 6:30 PM every First Friday at the Church of the Guardian Angel in
For the June First Friday Mass of the 2007/2008 Mass cycle, the Confraternity (then called the "Oratory of the Sacred Heart") sponsored a Solemn Mass at the Church of the Guardian Angel at which the Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, Msgr. Gilles Wach, was the celebrant and the Vicar General of the Institute, Msgr. Michael Schmitz, was the homilist.
For the Feast of the Sacred Heart in 2009, the Confraternity and Ætérnum Donum sponsored a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste at which Bishop Fernando Rifan of the Apostolic Administration of St. John Mary Vianney was the celebrant and homilist.