This week we looked at men, Father’s and St. Joseph. St. Joseph was the foster father of Jesus and significant masculine model for him in his life. Joseph is a model for men in the family who in the hour of danger, “took the child and his mother by night” (Mt 2:14) and brought them to safety. Father’s today are called to model this courage and faith towards their own family, protecting their wife and children from the harm of this world.
As we see and feel the commercial side of Christmas pervading this season, let us be intentional on slowing down and prayerfully consider what we are “preparing” to celebrate. Christmas is about celebrating our God coming into the world and becoming one of us. This entering into the world came as part of a family with Mary and Joseph as earthly parents.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
12/3/17 Offertory $23,696.44 12/3/17 Building and Maintenance Fund $7,249.64
Sacred Heart of Jesus Update If you are interested in what’s going on around our church parish, you now have access to the church calendar. You can see scheduled events such as small faith sharing groups, faith formation and sacrament classes at shbroussard.org/ facilitiescalendar
Priest vs. Seminarians Basketball Runnin’ Revs and Slammin’ Sems will be taking it to the Cathedral-Carmel court on December 27th at 6:30pm. $5 for adults, $1 for children. Sponsored by KC Council 1286.
Food for the Journey The Central Deanery of the Diocese of Lafayette presents “Food for the Journey”, a monthly lunchtime speakers series designed to help Catholics live out our faith in our daily lives. Our speaker for December is Rev. Joseph Campion, SSJ, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Breaux Bridge. “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at...