"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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RAVIOLI DINNER - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE OUR RAVIOLI DINNER A SUCCESS!
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS: THE DIACONATE
Next Saturday, April 25th, Alex McCullough, a son of the parish, will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. He will be ordained as a deacon at the cathedral at 11:00 am. There are three degrees of Holy Orders: bishops, priests and deacons. Alex will be ordained as a deacon and will have a special attachment to the bishop. He will receive an “imprint” or character which cannot be removed and which configures him to Christ who made Himself the “deacon” and servant of all. Alex will also promise celibacy, obedience, and to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. He will assist in the proclamation of the Gospel, preaching, distributing Communion, performing baptisms and weddings, and will dedicate himself to the ministry of charity.
Holy Hour Each Saturday morning after 7:30 Mass, I hear confessions and have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 9:00 a.m. I invite parishioners to come for Mass and/or the Holy Hour to pray for him, his classmates and their vocations. He will diaconate and preach at the 9:00 a.m. Mass next Sunday and a reception will follow in the auditorium. All are invited.
The homily in the Rite of Ordination reads: “Strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, they (deacons) will help the Bishop and his Priests in the ministry of the word, of the altar, and of charity, showing themselves to be servants to all. As ministers of the altar, they will proclaim the Gospel, prepare the Sacrifice, and distribute the Lord’s Body and Blood to the faithful. Furthermore, it will be their duty, at the Bishop’s discretion, to exhort believers and unbelievers alike and to instruct them in holy doctrine. They will preside over public prayer, administer Baptism, assist at and bless Marriages, bring Viaticum to the dying, and conduct funeral rites. Consecrated by the laying on of hands that comes down to us from the Apostles and bound more closely to the service of the altar, they will perform works of charity in the name of the Bishop or the pastor. With the help of God, they are to go about all these duties in such a way that you will recognize them as disciples of him who came not to be served but to serve.”
We congratulate and thank him as he enters the clerical state and begins the ordained ministry. I thank his parents, Dan and Kelly, for their handing on of the faith, as well as his family members and friends. I thank Fr. Mario, who, for many years, nourished his vocation, when he was a young altar boy. Finally, I thank you, the people of Sacred Heart, for helping his vocation to grow and flourish. Our tiny flock has given a great gift to the local Church.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Immediately following the 9:00 Mass this Sunday, children will receive the sacrament of penance for the first time. Next Sunday at both the 9:00 and 11:30 Mass, children will be making their First Holy Communion. Those children include: Jacob White, Nicholas and Ella Smith, Nora Gerrity, Anne Riley and Kristen Schutte. Additionally, some of other children will be making first Holy Communion at other parishes. Tommaso Caggioni will make his First Communion at St. Gertrude and Claire Bockrath will make hers at Old St. Mary’s. Finally, in late June Tommy Schrand will receive Jesus for the first time. Please pray for all these little ones as a day of great expectation and joy approaches and give thanks to God for the gift of the Eucharist.
Social Next Weekend Next weekend we will have a social after all the Masses- 9 am (English); 10 am (Italian); and 11:30 (Latin), sponsored by the Fuscaldese Society. Please join us.
If you wish to have a mass offered for the intentions of a person living or the repose of the soul of a beloved deceased, please call the office at 541-4654 Monday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or send your request to Sacred Heart Church, 2733 Massachusetts Ave., Cinti., OH 45225. The standard offering for the Mass remains $5.00.
Weddings. We have had a number of requests for weddings- in the Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite- at Sacred Heart in the past few months. We have had very few weddings here the past few years, but we are happy to welcome those wishing to be married in the Church here at Sacred Heart. Celebrating weddings here is a great way to connect people with the parish and to bring them to our beautiful church. If you know of someone looking to get married and or searching for a home in a parish, please send them our way. The parish WEDDING GUIDELINES can be found here.
"THE GIFT OF THE PRIESTHOOD" VIDEOS …
The Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has released a series of videos entitled "The Gift of the Priesthood." Filmed in conjunction with Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West, they offer the opportunity to draw young men to consider a priestly vocation: http://www.cincinnativocations.org/category/video/
FR. MARIO'S and FR. VINCENT'S ADDRESS:
VILLA SCALABRINI RETIREMENT CENTER
10631 VINEDALE ST.
SUN VALLEY, CA 91352
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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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