“There are two reasons most people don’t pray: Nobody ever taught them, and they don’t know where to start. The Prayer Process solves both these problems. It teaches us how to pray, and it gives us a simple step–by–step process, so we know exactly where to start.” – M. Kelley Click on The Prayer Process link above to view a short video clip, or visit www.dynamiccatholic.com
Abraham has always been considered to be an outstanding example of faith, and therefore has often been called our father in faith. In today’s second reading, St. Paul reminds us (that if we have faith) “If God is for us, who can be against us.”
Every year in Lent, the first Sunday Gospel presents us with the experience of Christ conquering temptation in the desert. Similarly, the following Sunday Gospel asks us to meditate on the Transfiguration, i.e. the solidifying of the faith of His disciples by a brief glimpse of the soon to be glorified Christ, with God the Father speaking directly to them. Note well what He says: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him.”
Remember also that there is a big difference between hearing and listening. Listening involves recognizing, reflecting upon and absorbing that which is communicated and acting in accordance with that which we have absorbed. We are constantly hearing God’s word. But are we listening?
Lent is a time for us to increase our faith by developing better habits of listening to God speaking to us. God offers us the graces to do so. But he leaves it to us to either seize the opportunity or to ignore it!
Student Thank You Cards to Parishioners: Our students created cards in thanksgiving for all your support. They are posted on the hallway bulletin boards located at the rear of the church for your perusal and enjoyment! All of you are forever in our hearts and prayers.
March Madness Holiday Raffle Update: Do not miss the opportunity of having 31 chances to win $100 and the ticket pulled on St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/15) will win $1,000. All winning tickets go back into the drum, thus providing a person with multiple opportunities to win! Tickets are available in the hallway outside of the school office, or click the link and print your own 2015-March-Madness-Ticket! Names of daily winners will be recorded on our school website and on a bulletin board outside of the school office. Good luck to all entrants!
SHS Annual Auction 2015: Mark Your Calendars! The 2015 Annual Auction will be held at the Franklin Terrace on Saturday, April 25th. Invitations will become available within the next several days and we hope to fill the room with as many smiling faces as possible. Appetizers, conversation, buffet dinner, raffles and silent/live auctions serve to make the evening enjoyable and profitable. The variety of items that we already have and the multiple forms of winning are attractive and affordable. Be sure to check our events bulletin board for the growing list of items that will be available at the auction
GOOD NEWS… Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will be taping his Easter Mass here at Sacred Heart Church on March 13th at 10:30am. So break out your Spring colors and we will all pretend it’s warm!! All are welcome!!
On Friday, March 27th at 7:30pm (after the Stations of the Cross, in the Church) Mel Gibson’s movie “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” will be shown at Sacred Heart.
Please come join us in this unique and wonderful opportunity to reflect on our Lord’s sacrifice as we enter into Holy Week.
Stay tuned for more details on where in Sacred Heart the movie will be shown.
Calling all singers in the congregation of Sacred Heart! Come and sing in Sacred Heart Adult Choir for Holy Week! Rehearsals are held on Thursdays 7-9pm. and service commitment from 3/12-4/19.
If interested either email Sue Hitchcock at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a rehearsal and service schedule. Or why not come to our first rehearsal on Thursday (3/12) from 7-9pm! Peace be with you. Sue Hitchcock, Music Director.
Religious Education, Grades 1- 8: Classes resume THIS Sunday, March 1. Confessions for grades 2-4. Class on March 8 (Daylight Saving time begins – time change); confessions for grades 5-8 and attendance at the 11:15am Mass.
CONFIRMATION – Grades 9-10: On Friday, March 20th at 6:30pm, in the Church, the Youth Ministry will be hosting “Mary’s Way of the Cross” (The Stations through the eyes of Mary).
RCIA and Adult Confirmation: If you or someone you know is interested in receiving or completing the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, or if you are interested in being part of a team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory or at 272-0367.
Pope Benedict XVI teaches in his new book “Jesus of Nazareth” that in assuming the role of savior of the entire human race Jesus took upon himself the sins of all. Even though personally without sin Jesus submitted to baptism to begin his public ministry. This was immediately followed by His retreat of forty days in the desert to initiate a new covenant. By experiencing the same purification/preparation as had the people of the previous covenant Jesus became for this new covenant, the new Moses.
For anyone willing to join him and be saved the ever present challenge is always and everywhere the same: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” to conquer death and share in His resurrection!
Thus these words always open the season of Lent in the administration of the ashes. This is the season to meditate on the truth that we are all indeed sinners in need of a change of heart and our own “desert journey” (i.e. away from all superficial distractions) if we are to understand what is really important if we are to truly live!
Please share the good news about our Christian based program of educational excellence with others. An award winning administration and faculty, dedicated staff, involved families, children ages three to sixth grade and a supportive Pastor and parish community work together; striving to provide all children with lessons for life. Registration is on-going Please feel free to contact the school at (518) 274-3655, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a personal tour of the school. Thank you!