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.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
At this point, many of you have decided to jump into Discipleship Groups. We have launched this endeavor full scale at the parish, and we believe in their ability to transform our already beautiful parish into a community of passionate missionary-minded disciples. As we begin with Alpha and look down the road into the Parish Life Cycle, there is a growing sense of joy but also an increasing sense of purposeRead More
So by now, you are faced with the lingering question of joining a Discipleship Group. For the first two weeks, we have laid out what these groups can do for you in your journey with Christ. The struggle with fitting them into your schedule is real. Time is not something we seem to have in great abundance. However, the effects these groups can have on us individually has proven to be undeniable.Read More
So if, at this point, you are intrigued by the prospect of joining a Discipleship Group, you are probably asking some questions. What’s in it for me? What am I going to get out of it? What’s it going to cost me? The short answer is that it won’t cost you anything!Read More
Why is Sacred Heart putting all this time and energy into a small group movement? It’s very simple. They work. We live in a world where people are increasingly more distant from each other. Social media and the Internet have given us a false sense of connection to the world around us. The breakdown of the family unit over time has also increased this feeling of disconnect. If we take a look at what fueled the early church, it was a small...Read More
So What’s Next?
It’s a common question that gets asked around here, and it’s a great one to ask. If you find yourself wondering “what’s next” here at Sacred Heart you are in the middle of what we call the Parish Life Cycle. Remember that thing?
We’re going to keep talking about it. A lot. We aren’t just going to talk about it though, we’re going to put it into practice. Here’s a brief reminder...Read More
Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.” St. Pope John Paul II
If we look at one of the greatest saints in the 21st century, we see a cry for young people to encounter Christ. What St. Pope John Paul II is asking is for young people to walk with and in Christ daily. To encounter Him in the real presence to allow their hearts to be converted and for a desire to learn about their faith and share this entire journey with all those they encounter.
I’m writing this parish update on a bus ride to the airport with 19 missionaries from our parish. In the routine of life, they have chosen to give of themselves to serve others in the name of Jesus. They are not theologians or ordained ministers, but they are men and women who have come to know Jesus and want to share Him with others. I’m inspired by their choice and look forward to sharing this mission with them.Read More
This monthly report will discuss the ways we are adding value back to our parish by being mindful of how we spend and use facilities.
The entire Sacred Heart of Jesus staff are very mindful of the sacrifices that our parishioners make regarding their time, talent, and treasure, as they give back to God and His church. It is our mission to be good stewards of your gifts and utilize them to improve on the holy and exceptional facilities that we are blessed to live, work and pray in.
I have been asked to share a few words about my life with the Holy Spirit. As I sit down at my keyboard, I have no beginning, no content and no big finish. It looks like the Holy Spirit has His work cut out for him. I am waving the White Flag.
As I prayed with our Novena to Honor the Holy Spirit this morning, I asked for the words to help my fellow parishioner’s on their faith journeys and inspire them. I feel called to reflect on the words of this great novena.Read More
can think back to a time when my desires for my life and the Father’s could not have been more different. I loved the idea that the Lord had great plans for me, but I thought I’d give mine a shot first. If for some reason it didn’t work, I could use His as a backup. With some time of spiritual growth, I became more aware of the anxiety I was causing in my life.Read More
I spent my childhood years waiting for a statue to float, or some magical vision like those the saints experienced, or to witness with my own eyes a miraculous healing. Maybe a dove would exude light in plain sight and this would be my encounter with the Holy Spirit that changes everything. Childhood came and went without the spectacular miracle. Then my teen years began.Read More
To the wonderful community of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
It is with great sadness that I leave Sacred Heart Parish, which has been my second home since 1997, and where I have been privileged and blessed to have been assigned to this ministry for the 5 years since my Diaconate Ordination...Read More
I grew up doing what Mom told me to do; go to church, catechism and say your prayers before bed. As I went through the motions I never really understood what all this meant until much later in life when I found myself searching for meaning. Like many, I ventured away from the church and praying as a young adult. That is until I was knocked to my knees, struck with grief, fear, and anger. Asking God how and why?Read More