21 Dec
2014

“…Your Kingdom Shall Endure Forever…”

Advent 2010-004This Sunday’s readings provide us with a good example of the Christian tradition of reading and understanding the Old Testament, in the light of the New Testament. In our first reading God makes a promise to King David that an offspring of  his will live and reign forever.

“… I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.”

But how can this be so? The answer to this seeming impossibility is found in today’s Gospel.  The sacred writer Luke, after making clear that her human lineage is from the line of David, recounts that the angel Gabriel announced to Mary “…Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

This is but one example among so many in salvation history recounted in the Bible illustrating that God keeps His promises – albeit not always in the way we expect!  And God’s greatest promise… sending of His Son into our world to make our crooked and straying ways straight!

21 Dec
2014

New to Sacred Heart Parish?

Mass 1WELCOME! We are happy to have you in our community and hope that you will enjoy a truly Christian experience with us. Please call the rectory to register (274-1363) or print & fill out a copy of the Sacred Heart Church Parish Registration Form and bring to the Church or Rectory (Copies of the form are also available on the bulletin board in the back of church.)  A completed registration form helps us for sacraments, sick calls or any other assistance you may need. Thank you!

 

20 Dec
2014

Holiday Mass Schedules

Holiday Mass Schedule for Our Local Catholic Communities is as follows;

Sacred Heart:  Christmas Vigil – 4, 6:30 & 10:00pm, Christmas Day – 9:00am, New Year’s Vigil – 5:45pm, New Year’s Day – 9:00am.

St. Jude’s: Christmas Vigil – 4 & 6pm, Christmas Day – 9:00am, New Year’s Vigil – 4:00pm, New Year’s Day – 9:00am.

St. Michael’s: Christmas Vigil - 4:30 & 6:15pm, Christmas Day – 8:30pm, New Year’s Vigil – 5:30pm, New Year’s Day – None.

For a printable copy of the above click on the link at right  LCC 2014 Holiday Mass Schedule

20 Dec
2014

Holiday Parish Office Hours

The Parish office will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and also Friday, December 26th. The office will be reopen on Monday, December 29th at 9am.  The office will also close on New Year’s Eve at Noon and will reopen on Monday, January 5th at 9am.

20 Dec
2014

From the Parish Nurses

Climb with caution between readying roofs for winter and decorating for the holidays, ladder related injuries spike at this time of the year. To avoid accidents, place straight or extension ladders one foot from the surface they rest against for every four feet of ladder height. Maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times. either 1 foot and 2 hands or 2 feet and 1 hand.

18 Dec
2014

Intrigued…Worship w/ Us this Christmas!

“We need to show people in practical ways how we are happiest when we allow the timeless insights of the Gospel to direct our actions. We need to provide answers to the pressing questions of our age and the common objections
to Catholicism, answers that resonate deeply with the people of our times.” “…to articulate the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world in ways that are bold, brilliant, coherent, and inspiring. And above all, we need to become prayerful people, and thus a people of prayer.” – M.K.

A special gift will be distributed following each Christmas Mass at Sacred Heart this year. This small gift, holds the potential to influence your life, and the lives of those you love in many and profound ways! Check the bulletin, and parish website for more information!

14 Dec
2014

What Path Has God Created for You?

DSC_5715“The idea of vocation in general has nothing to do with priesthood. Everyone has a vocation, and finding it truly is the single event that will create more happiness in our lives than anything else. Life, therefore, is about vocation. It is about seeking and finding what God has created you for… and then doing it.” – M.K.

A special gift is planned for distribution following each Christmas Mass this year. This gift, though small, is mighty and holds the potential to influence your life in many and profound ways! Check the bulletin, and parish website, for more info in the weeks ahead!

14 Dec
2014

Will You Commit to the Spirit?

Advent 2010-003Last week we heard the prophet Isaiah announce “…in the desert prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!”  In today’s Gospel, St. John the Baptist quotes this very passage as the role he plays in preparing for the coming of Christ. And the form John’s preparation takes?  Baptism!

In Christian Baptism we are introduced into the life of the Spirit.  Isaiah tells us: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed (Baptized) me…” Isaiah then elaborates on some of the works of the Spirit: “…to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners…”

Last week we were reminded of the need to find time for silence and solitude so as to hear Christ speaking to us amidst  the tumult of the world around us. But how we respond to Christ’s  call and whether or not we allow the Spirit to flourish in us and transform us depends greatly on our daily responses.

Heed the words of St. Paul in today’s second reading: “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.”

As we begin the third week of Advent and continue to prepare for the coming of the Savior let us each commit to giving ourselves to the true Spirit in the hope that the God of peace may make us perfectly holy, “…in spirit, soul and body…” as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

14 Dec
2014

Communal Penance Service

A communal penance service will be held at Sacred Heart on Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 7:00pm (Private Confessions will also be available)
Individual confessions will also be heard during Advent at the following locations:

  • Sacred Heart Saturdays from 3-3:45pm
  • St Jude’s Saturdays from 3-3:30pm
  • St Michael’s Saturdays from 3:45-4:15pm
13 Dec
2014

Faith Formation

Religious Education:  Classes will be held THIS Sunday, December 14, followed by attendance at the 11:15 AM Sacred Heart Family Mass, and next Sunday, December 21.

CONFIRMATION – Grades 9-10: Don’t forget about our “Holiday Bag for our Homebound” event on Monday, December 15th
in our Cafeteria at 6:30pm.  NEXT CLASS is Sunday, January 11 from 6-8pm.

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CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SACRED HEART – MISSION STATEMENT

The Catholic Community of Sacred Heart welcomes all people to join in our celebration of Gods love. Through prayer, education, and caring for others, we strive to serve the needs of Gods people, thereby gaining a richer understanding of the gospel message.

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Sunday 8:45am & 11:15am Weekday 9:00am

Confessions

Saturday: 3:00pm or by appointment (Call 274-1363)

Baptism

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for information and scheduled dates.

Marriage

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for an appointment at least six months in advance of wedding.

Hospital Visits

If you, or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, it is important that you identify yourself to the hospital as a member of Sacred Heart Parish or contact the Rectory (274-1363) to inform us of your hospitalization.