Mar 6, 2018

Catholic Ministries Appeal   CMA

Sacred Heart parishioners have now donated or pledged approximately 96% of our goal.  If you have already pledged or donated, Thank You!  If you have not yet done so or you never received your mailing, please take one of the envelopes at the back of church and make a pledge.  If everyone who has not given as yet gives only a little, we are sure to reach our goal.   Please join me in this worthy cause.


Pastoral Region Penance Service

St. Ann and Sacred Heart will combine efforts for our annual Lenten Communal Penance Service to take place at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.  We use  Sacred Heart church for this each year because it has five small confessional rooms surrounding the church for ease of private confession.  We similarly use St. Ann each year for our combined celebration of the Divine Mercy Sunday Chaplet because the St. Ann church configuration and beauty lends itself so well to the celebration.   This combined St. Ann and Sacred Heart opportunity to make a Lenten Confession is open to any Catholic wishing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We will have multiple priests available.  This may be your last chance before Easter to enjoy short lines in front of the confessional.


Lenten Devotions

I will have Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Ann on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. during Lent (not Good Friday).  I will have Stations of the Cross and Benediction at Sacred Heart each Sunday during Lent at 3:00 p.m.  The Lay Presiders (lay men and women) of Sacred Heart will also have Stations of the Cross (without benediction) at Sacred Heart on the Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m.


Vacation Bible School

One of the highlights of the summer for me is the one week Vacation Bible School at St. Ann.  This year Sacred Heart will join St. Ann in our Pastoral Region VBS to take place at St. Ann.  I am looking for Virtus trained and approved volunteers who will help with this joint program.  I am asking parents from Sacred Heart and St. Ann to consider this your “home parish” Vacation Bible School.  If you have not been Virtus approved, we will provide plenty of opportunities locally.  For additional information, see notices in this bulletin.


Reflection on Scripture

“I cannot remove the splinter unless you show me where it is!”  As a small child, these were the words my mother would speak to me whenever I complained about having a splinter.  As an adult, it seems so obvious.  As a child, the logic eluded me. How childish we can be when it comes to acknowledging our sins before God.  Like a child denying the reality of a splinter, we resist acknowledging our sins.  Most people will tell you, it is hard to acknowledge my personal sins before God and a priest.  Jesus wants to take our sins away.  But if we resist owning them, he cannot take away that which we do not own up to.  Jesus cites Moses lifting up the serpent in the desert.  Only when the people looked at the symbol of idolatry were they healed of the serpent’s venom.  Only when Jesus makes us look at our sins as he hangs upon the cross; only then will we be able to acknowledge and let Jesus take away our sins.  Own the guilt for the sin; then give it away to our loving savior.


Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jer 31:31-34

Heb 5:7-9

Jn 12:20-33

Theme: Even Jesus experienced fear of suffering.