One sure way to grow in our spiritual life is to receive God’s mercy more often. God’s mercy and forgiveness are offered to us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or as we commonly call it “Confession.” Many people will say that they can go straight to God with their sins and that is enough. We can ask “why do I have to go to a priest?” Perhaps this will help. The Sacrament not only is a place where we experience God’s forgiveness through grace...
A definite way to move forward is to stop looking back. Often in our spiritual life when we encounter resistance we tend to revert to our old comfortable patterns of behavior. We turn back instead of enduring the purification of our heart. Growing often comes with pains. Sometimes these pains are from sacrifices that are necessary. Other times it can be from withdrawal effects from our past sinful habits...
Yes, prayer is something we all want to do, but don’t all seem to have time to do. However, if we want to grow in our faith, we have to be intentional with prayer. Prayer is when we have a conversation with God. It looks different for all of us, but what is common to all is that it is essential to growing in relationship with God. Pope Benedict XVI says that prayer is the life breath of the soul.
Pope Francis recently said that he is calling “all Christians everywhere at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them.” We can hear the Pope’s heart and genuine rally cry for Christians to come in close to the heart of Jesus and listen to Him.
Take a minute to think of two people that have significantly impacted your life. I think of my Grandfather often with this question. How did he affect my life? It was the time we would spend together fishing where he would share stories from his life with me; especially ones dealing with his time spent serving our country. As he told the stories, I felt like I was there. These times with Grandpaw shaped my life and who I am. They were true Encounters with a great man.
We are currently in need of the following ways to give back to Sacred Heart. • Ushers: Have the opportunity to welcome individuals attending Mass, aid in seating of the congregation, handing out handouts, collecting the offering, tidying the main body of the church/narthex. You have a great opportunity to show our parishioners how much you love Sacred Heart. •Wedding Coordinator Assistant Contact Colette Anzalone at ext. 227 or email@example.com
Fr. Delcambre Update This upcoming week, I will be working at Mundeline Seminary in Chicago, IL. There I will rejoin the Institute of Priestly Formation with whom I have been an adjunct faculty member for the past nine years. The Institute (IPF) has been incredibly valuable in my spiritual development as a priest. The institute exists to assist all diocesan priests who desire to grow in their spiritual life.
This upcoming week, we will be serving over 90 priests from all over the country as they are learning the art of spiritual direction through receiving direction in a silent directed retreat. Please pray for all the priests who will be attending, that they may be refreshed and renewed with a more profound sense of God’s particular love for them.
Teurlings Catholic High School Open House All parents and students who are considering Teurlings Catholic High School for the 2018-2019 school year are invited to join us for an open house on Thursday, November 9th, in the cafetorium. Tours begin at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Hanes in the Admissions office at 235-5711 ext. 1, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit their website for more information: tchs.net.
Subiaco Academy Subiaco Academy, a college preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12, is located in western Arkansas just east of Fort Smith. Outside of Arkansas, our students come from the surrounding states of Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma...