"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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Choir Voices Wanted: Sacred Heart is instituting an ensemble that may be developed into a parish choir for the English Mass at 9 am. Rehearsals will be Wednesdays at 7 pm in the music gallery of the church. Anyone with a desire to sing with us please contact John Valentine, 614-286-5710; email@example.com.
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.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH ADMINISTRATOR:
My dear brother and sisters in Christ,
I want to thank you for your hospitality and kindness during these past three months. With this letter, I want to follow up on some of the initiatives foreseen in my letter of July 2014.
I want to thank you for your generosity, not only financially but also in your willingness to serve in this parish. In July, I made known to the parish that Bishop Binzer asked me to establish a parish pastoral council and a parish finance council. To that end, a parish census was initiated; it also attempted to find out what talents and gifts parishioners might be willing to put at the service of the parish.
I am now prepared to announce to you the members of the pastoral council and finance council, which are advisory or consultative to the pastor or administrator. While the frequency and schedule of meetings has not yet been determined, the following have agreed to serve on the respective councils. The members of the parish finance council are Neil Durso; Joyce Gordon; Kelly McCullough; Joe Pitocco; and, Ed Rubeo. These members all have some expertise in finance, accounting, and/or are familiar with the administration of Sacred Heart Parish.
I tried to select members for the parish pastoral council from each of the Masses; long-time parishioners and new parishioners; members of the Italian societies who are also parishioners; and a good mix of men and women. The members of the pastoral council are: Maurice DuPont; Basilia Durso; Gail Finke; Paul Gallagher; Joyce Gordon; Don Henz; Mary Lou Lynch; Kelly McCullough; Ed Rubeo; Barry Sebralla; and, Andrew Spoor.
I am grateful for their willingness to serve in this important time of transition for the parish. I realize that there are some others who could have served well on these councils. Your advice is also welcome and your gifts are truly appreciated. I simply did not want the size of the councils to become too large. I would ask that you continue to think of ways to be engaged and to “grow the business” at Sacred Heart. You should feel free to contact me, or one of your pastoral council members, if you have ideas about how our parish can thrive and be built up.
If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do the builders labor. For the house to be built up, spiritual renewal is necessary. We have added confession times. Each Saturday morning following morning Mass, we have confessions and a Eucharistic Holy Hour. Still, we need to do more as a parish, beginning with Mass attendance. I am asking, especially during the month of October, for each parishioner or family to invite one person to Sacred Heart or to invite someone back to Sacred Heart. The personal invitation goes a long way. I am asking each parishioner to actively participate in the Mass, whether interiorly or exteriorly- through prayer and/or through song. Bunn=Minnich is nearly completed with the organ restoration. John Valentine, our organist, deserves gratitude from the parish for helping to oversee its restoration. The Latin Mass choir too is ready to resume in October and can use voices. Recently, I trained a few new altar boys for the English Mass. Think about how you can get involved in the life of the parish.
A parish is like a family. My mother used to quote Father Peyton, saying, “The family that prays together, stays together.” The family rosary was an important part of my childhood. I am asking every family to consider praying the rosary daily during the month of October, the month of the Rosary, for the renewal of our parish, for the elderly and sick of the parish, and for protection of Christians who are persecuted for their faith.
Years ago there was a Ladies’ Sodality- the Society of Our Lady of Pompeii – that was dedicated to fostering devotion to the rosary and to Our Lady of Pompeii (Pompei); caring for the church, the sacristies, and the vestments; and to fostering a sense of community among the women of the parish. I would like to restart that group during October. Melissa Talley (513.542-9569; firstname.lastname@example.org) has been serving as the parish sacristan and she has agreed to lead this group, along with Maria Sebralla (513.755-3725; email@example.com) and Virginia DuPont (513.481.3505; firstname.lastname@example.org). Members of the group would commit themselves to praying the rosary daily; to assist in the care for the church, the sacristies, vestments, and linens; to attending periodic meetings and occasional spiritual conferences; and to occasionally offering hospitality for parish functions and receptions (i.e.- coffee and donuts). If you are interested, please contact one of them, so that an initial meeting can be scheduled.
Once a month, on the Second Sunday, beginning in October, between the 9:00 am English Mass and the 11:30 am Latin Mass, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. During the time of Exposition, members of the Society, as well as all parishioners and guests, could gather to pray the rosary together. At approximately, 10:30 am, the Holy Rosary will be recited. I am hopeful that by gathering together for prayer, for spiritual conferences, and for socials, parishioners- from both the 9:00 and 11:30 Masses -will get to know one another a little better and we can be more like a family –with Jesus and Mary at the center of our life.
As a seminary dean and professor, I have been somewhat protected from the many administrative duties of a parish priest and of the many difficult decisions that must be made with respect to finances, buildings, personnel, etc. The task is daunting, and I know that I could not do it without your help and without the grace of God. Thank you for all that you are doing for Sacred Heart Church.
Completely yours in the Heart of Jesus,
Father Earl K. Fernandes, STD
Parochial Administrator, Sacred Heart Church
"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/
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Sacred Heart Bulletin:
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The Code of Canon Law requires that the pastor (or administrator) of the parish offer one Mass on Sundays and Holy Days pro populo- for the people of the parish. This Mass in recent times has been transferred to the weekday Masses, but as soon as I am able to resume the practice of offering the Mass on Sundays, I will begin to do so in compliance with canon law.
The Archdiocese also asks that parishes not have more Mass intentions than can be satisfied in one year. Excess Mass intentions are to be sent to the missions. When a stipend is received for a Mass intention, only one stipend can be received per Mass and intentions cannot be combined. Given that the number of Masses at Sacred Heart will be reduced on weekends and given that one Sunday and Holy Day Mass must be offered for the people, the number of intentions that can be satisfied here at Sacred Heart will be significantly reduced. The parish will continue to accept Mass intentions but I ask parishioners to be sensitive to the needs of one another so that there is a balance in the access to having a Mass offered here at the parish.
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 offering for the Mass remains $5.00.
Former students of Sacred Heart's school recently met at Big Boy. Click here for pictures from the reunion.
Click here for pictures from the Fall 2010 ravioli dinner
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Church Redecoration Pictures:
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