"THIS IS THE LORD'S PLACE AND THE WAY TO HEAVEN"
An appropriate paraphrase of the Psalm to describe SACRED HEART PARISH, which has so diligently served the immigrant Germans and their descendants in this community since 1870, and then to be joined by the immigrant Italians and their descendants since 1969, from the original site on 5th and Broadway. Spiritual service is now rendered to all who come to worship the Lord at Sacred Heart.
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FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
Laudetur Jesus Christus! Gelobt sei Jesus Christus! Sia lodato Gesù Cristo! Praised be Jesus Christ!
I would like to thank everyone for their patience and all of their assistance over these past few weeks. As I indicated on my first Sunday at Sacred Heart, this transition was not usual and came at a difficult time as we prepared for Holy Week, the busiest time in the Church year. Things went well, with a few bumps, so thank you to everyone who has assisted with the transition and throughout Holy Week and Easter. I am looking forward, now that things have slowed down, on getting to know Sacred Heart and each of you. I ask that you welcome Fr. Lawrence Juarez to Sacred Heart today. You will be seeing him from time to time for Sunday Mass, as a member of the Community-in-Formation.
Over this past week, I have been on retreat in France. I kept both Old St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart in my prayers and remembered each of you at my Masses during this time. This retreat was planned well before we knew that Fr. Fernandes would be reassigned to Washington DC. However, after Holy Week, the retreat was especially welcome.
During my retreat, I was able to visit the tenth century Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Convent of the Visitation in Paray-le-Monial, France. I was afforded the privilege to offer Mass at the Altar where the body of St. Margaret Mary Alocoque lies, just a few feet from the place where she had the vision of Our Lord when He revealed the Sacred Heart to her. I was able to also visit the confessional where St. Claude de la Colombière heard St. Margaret Mary’s confession. St. Claude was the priest that Our Lord sent to St. Margaret Mary to assist her in spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart throughout the world. For those who heard my Holy Thursday sermon, this was the priest that Our Lord described as his most ‘faithful servant and perfect friend.’ St. Claude has a book published by Ignatius Press called “The Spiritual Direction of St. Claude de la Colombière.” I would recommend this to each of you.
I ask everyone to pray that Our Lord can describe all His priests as His most faithful servants and perfect friends. This was my prayer while I visited that holy place, in addition to specifically praying for Sacred Heart Church in the place where this devotion was revealed to the entire Church. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is as relevant to the world today as it was in the seventeenth century. In those days, Our Lord revealed the Sacred Heart to battle the heresy of Jansenism, which adopted a rigid and impossible standard of living. It imposed harsh penances and a strict doctrine on worthiness to receive the Sacraments, which nearly tore the Church in France and Ireland apart. The Lord’s Sacred Heart was revealed to remind humanity that His heart, as above the Tabernacle of our Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains says, ‘burns with love of us.’
The world today is anything but strict and rigid, but it certainly still doesn’t understand that Our Lord’s Sacred Heart continues to burn with love for us. Not so that we can do what we want and when we want, but so that we can become more like Him. That our hearts become more like the Sacred Heart. The Lord offers us mercy, grace, and the Sacraments so that we can become more like Him. So that we can be divinized. May this continue to be the mission of Sacred Heart Church, to always proclaim God’s deep love for His creation, a love perfectly demonstrated in His Sacred Heart. May we embrace this as part of our own lives as we carry out the vocations and situations that our Lord has asked of us. May God Bless you in this week ahead!
RAVIOLI DINNER STOCK FOR SALE. Frozen ravioli $9.00 per box of 50, sauce $6.00 per quart and grated cheese $5.00 per pint. No meatballs sorry! Please call the office Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for information at 541-4654.
Third Banns - Dustin Smith is to marry Amber Roellig at Sacred Heart Church on April 16, 2016.
First Banns - Rick Endres is to marry Natalie Schrand at Sacred Heart Church on April 30, 2016, and Katie Veatch is to marry Justin Jones at Sacred Heart Church on April 30, 2016.
PIOUS HOUSE OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, APRIL, 17, 2016 – Everyone is welcome to an Open House of the Oratory-in-Formation’s Pious House next Sunday. The house is just down the street from Old St. Mary’s Church. The open house will occur after each Sunday Mass at Old St. Mary’s (9:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.). The Archbishop will come to bless the house next week. This is one of the final steps in our formation, so please continue to pray for the establishment of the Cincinnati Oratory. We hope to take up residence soon. The house will be able to house twelve priests.
My Dear Friends,
This is my last weekend at Sacred Heart as I begin work at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC, tomorrow. Unless you become like a child, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of God. I want to speak like a child and say things simply. First, I love you. I love each of you and this parish. A priest must fall deeply in love with his people. I have done my best to give myself over entirely to the parish as best as I could, given my duties at the seminary. I hope you realize how much you mean to me. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. May we grow in love, united in the Heart of Jesus.
Second, I thank you. Since my arrival, everyone has been so gracious. Thank you for your spirit of welcome and hospitality. Thank you for helping to make this parish so vibrant again. Thank you for your personal and financial sacrifices for the parish, the Church, and our Lord. Thank you for your deep faith and love for the liturgy. This parish helped me to become a priest. I love being a priest. Thank you for fostering and nurturing so many vocations. There are many reasons why I am sad to go; you are those reasons. There is a temptation to complain to God or to the archbishop. Resist that temptation. Instead, give thanks to God unceasingly. Write to the archbishop thanking him for this parish and the time we have shared.
Third, be hopeful. In hope we were saved. In this period, we have received many calls about whether the parish will close. The short answer is No. This parish has been here since 1870 and by every objective marker (attendance, collections, vocations, baptisms, weddings, converts) the parish grown over the past two years. Some have wondered what will happen will the parish financial assets. The parish is in a significantly improved financial position. Those assets remain for the Congregation of Sacred Heart only; they will be separate from the financial accounts of Old St. Mary’s. Some have asked whether the parish will be a Latin Mass-only parish. Fr. Bevak wanted me to assure the people of the parish that it is not his intention to go that direction. Bishop Binzer was of the mind that the different groups that worship here need each other. I too am convinced of this, which is why I have always emphasized the parish. I love this parish and encourage each person to build the parish in unity. We are one Body in Christ.
Many wonder about the future. I have every confidence in Fr. Bevak and Fr. Hilton. I ask that everyone welcome them with open arms. I have every confidence that God knows what He is doing. We cannot see the future clearly, but we must have hope and trust in God. Remember the words of Divine Mercy: Jesus, I trust in you. Finally, pray for one another and be assured of my prayers for you. May you never lose your place in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Completely Yours in the Lord,
THE FAREWELL RECEPTION Fr. Fernandes wishes to thank the Ladies Sodality, the Order Sons of Italy, The Fuscaldese Society and the United Italian Society who held a wonderful farewell reception. It is never easy to leave, but the presence of so many parishioners brought him much consolation. It may be a long time before he has the opportunity to write thank you notes, but he wishes to express his gratitude for all the cards, gifts, kind words, and prayers. He gives thanks to God for you and for this time of grace and favor from the Lord.
KEEP IN TOUCH Due to the nature of his work, Fr. Fernandes will be keeping a very low profile and will not be disseminating his phone number or email address. If you wish to contact him via email, send the email to the parish and Joyce Gordon will forward it to him. If you wish to write to him, mail can be sent to: Father Earl Fernandes, Apostolic Nunciature, 3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008.
My Dear Friends,
As you know I announced at all the Masses last weekend that I would be leaving Sacred Heart to begin work at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC. My last Masses will be the weekend of March 5-6. I want to thank everyone for their kind words, cards, emails, and outpouring of support. They have brought me much consolation and strength. As I said, I am grateful to God for you and for the time that we have shared.
On Monday, I received a call from Bishop Binzer. The Archbishop will appoint Father Jon-Paul Bevak as Administrator of the Parish. He and the priests of the Oratory, the Community in Formation, at Old St. Mary’s will be responsible for the pastoral care and administration of the parish. In addition to their duties at Old St. Mary’s, Fr. Bevak teaches at LaSalle High School and Fr. Adrian Hilton works at Christ Hospital. Given their work schedule, some changes to the Mass schedule will need to happen immediately, beginning March 7. These include immediate suspension of all weekday Masses, the Saturday evening Vigil Mass, and the Italian Mass. They will revisit this at a future date, but given their many tasks, it is impossible for them to maintain the current schedule. Saturday morning confessions and Adoration will not be held either.
The 9 am English Mass and 11:30 am Latin Mass will continue on Sunday. Plans for the Triduum and Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, and Confirmation will be kept in place.
Transition is difficult for everyone. I ask that everyone warmly welcome these new priests and pray for them. Pray for me as I begin a new journey. Finally, pray for one another and be assured of my prayers for you. May you never lose your place in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Yours in the Christ,
My Dear Friends,
As you know I have been traveling a lot lately on seminary business: to Boynton Beach; to Tucson; and to Rome. Last Sunday after Masses here I met with the Archbishop who told me that he had received a call from the papal nuncio, the Holy Father’s representative to the United States government. The nunciature was looking for a priest to work there. On Tuesday I went to Washington to meet Archbishop Vigano. I will take up my post around March 7th. That means I will leave both the seminary and my beloved Sacred Heart. I will have all the Masses on March 5-6.
As you know, when I was appointed, it was to be for 1-3 years, with the priests of the Oratory likely taking over after my term. I hoped for more time, but this is what God gave us. I am grateful for the time we shared. In a short time we have restored the organ, stained glass windows, and steeple. The stoves for the ravioli dinners will be replaced. The whole parish contributed to a successful capital campaign. Our Mass attendance and collections are up across the board. The number of weddings and baptisms has been tremendous. All of this is the result of God’s grace at work in you.
I am sad that I will not get to spend Holy Week and Easter with you. I will not be the administrator when Alex McCullough is ordained to the priesthood or when our young people make First Communion or Confirmation. I will miss you dearly and I love you dearly. It has not been an easy undertaking to do all my jobs at the seminary and run a parish, but it has been a labor of love. I will never forget you. This parish means the world to me. I hope and pray that long after I am gone, you are still here professing the faith of our fathers. Everything has happened so quickly, but I hope to have a few more details by next week. I also urge you to come to our parish mission next week. Thank you … for everything!
Yours in the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Catholic Ministries Appeal The annual Catholic Ministries Appeal continues. The CMA 2016 Campaign – Sharing Blessings- Changing Lives- helps to support six key ministries within the Archdiocese: Catholic Charities; Campus, Hospital and Prison Ministries; Retired Diocesan Priests; the Seminary and Vocations; St. Rita School of the Deaf; and the New Evangelization. For more information visit: www.catholicappeal.info. Please be generous. Envelopes and pledge forms can be found on the tables at the back of church.
THE STEEPLE The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome the light (John 1:5) The steeple of the parish has been illuminated after many years. If you drive on I-75 you will know where Sacred Heart is, the place where the light shines in the darkness. Of course, we must let the light of faith shine even more brightly. Please be sure to point out our church to others and welcome them here.
FINANCIAL REPORT - An insert was included with this week's bulletin showing the parish financial report for 2013-14 and 2014-15 (with the fiscal year ending on June 30). Click here to see the narrative and the graphic.
FORMED Included with this week’s bulletin is an insert describing a new program called FORMED. We are excited to announce that our parish has subscribed to a dynamic new online platform called FORMED. Every parishioner will have 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including computer, smartphone, and tablet. YOU WILL NEED THE PARISH CODE TO ACCESS MATERIALS at www.formed.org/register. Our parish code is NFDBVP. Brochures, flyers, and cards are on the table at the back of church.
If you have a child in need of baptism, please call the rectory to schedule the baptism. Joyce Gordon, the parish secretary, will take down all the pertinent information. Likewise, if you know of an adult who is interested in becoming Catholic, please have him or her call the rectory to make arrangements for instruction.
Weddings. We have had a number of requests for weddings- in the Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite- at Sacred Heart. Celebrating weddings here is a great way to connect people with the parish and to bring them to our beautiful church. The parish WEDDING GUIDELINES can be found here.
FR. MARIO'S and FR. VINCENT'S ADDRESS:
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Former students of Sacred Heart's school recently met at Big Boy. Click here for pictures from the reunion.
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