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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.


Fr. Z is coming to Louisville, KY! On Saturday August 16, 2014 from 9 AM-4 PM, Juventutem Louisville is hosting a one-day conference at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 639 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY. Our keynote speaker is Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, whose popular Internet blog brings the goodness and truth of the Faith to millions of Catholics worldwide.  Admission is FREE! An optional lunch ticket is $10. (tickets must be purchased by 8/8/14, via PayPal or by checks written out to "Juventutem Louisville" and mailed to 6000 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40219.)  Visit www.juventutemlouisville.com for more information. Download the attached flyer.


Beginning Monday, August 4, weekday Mass will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday morning and on First Fridays at 7:30 AM. Start your day right with morning Mass. We have been having confessions and Adoration following the Saturday morning Mass. Please join us, especially on August 1 and 2nd for First Friday and First Saturday in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.



The reduced Mass schedule is a result of the reduced number of priests working in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Our seminary numbers are up; the seminary will be near full this year; however, we all need to pray for priestly vocations.  Please come to the Holy Hour for Vocations at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230, on Sunday, August 3, at 5:00 PM.  For more information, click here.


The Vocation Office of thr 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/



July 1, 2014

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

              I wanted to write to you to let you know how honored I am to return to Sacred Heart Church as I begin my Administrator of the Parish. I say return because Sacred Heart was my parish when I moved to Cincinnati twenty years ago. I am devoted and committed to Sacred Heart Parish. I look forward to getting to know all of you…again.

              The future of Sacred Heart will depend on God’s grace and on our cooperation with His grace, our openness to Him and willingness to build up His Church and increase His Kingdom. Unless the Lord builds the house, in vain do the builders labor. I want Sacred Heart to thrive and grow. To that end, I want to encourage each and every one of you to join me in this endeavor. We need to be “spiritual entrepreneurs”, inviting those who have left to return to Sacred Heart; inviting lapsed Catholics to come home; inviting the churched and unchurched to hear God’s Word so that they might be led to the sacramental life Christ offers. Sacred Heart means too much to me to preside over a slow decline.

              Sacred Heart Church and Parish For some time now, Sacred Heart Church has been home to those of Italian heritage. However, Fr. Mario Rauzi would remind me that it was the Germans who built this church and who first found a home here. Some parishioners have fond memories of Sacred Heart School. For the last twenty years, the parish has been home to those who worship according to the traditional Roman liturgy. I am very much interested in having one parish, not two separate communities. I am committed to making this parish a community of hospitality and mutual enrichment. Because Sacred Heart has rather small parish boundaries and draws from different parts of the city and region, many who worship here regularly have not registered in the parish. I am asking all who attend to register at the parish. I will need your cooperation, expertise, and help if the parish is to thrive.

              Gratitude I want to express my gratitude to the Missionaries of Saint Charles, especially to Father Vincent Cutrara and Father Mario Rauzi. For more than 100 years, the Scalabrinians ministered to immigrants in Cincinnati. We owe them our gratitude. Their leadership has left Sacred Heart spiritually and financially strong. I want to express my gratitude to the people of the parish. For many years, the faith of parishioners has fostered vocations and built a vibrant community. I strongly support and will continue to support many of the cultural events connected with this parish, including the Ravioli Dinner. We might show our gratitude by preserving this legacy of faith and being good stewards of the mysteries.

              Prayer St. Alphonsus de Liguori famously said, “If God is lost, all is lost.” He also writes, “He who prays will be saved, and he who does not pray will certainly be condemned.” If we want Sacred Heart to grow and thrive, each person must commit himself or herself to personal prayer and communal prayer. Each day, we must commit to talking to God and listening to God. I would like to encourage as many as are able to attend weekday Mass. I would like to foster the devotional life of the parish, which would include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, and Stations of the Cross. On Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, Mass attendance is a priority. I ask each person here to commit to coming to Sacred Heart for Sunday Mass and to praying each day. I also ask you to consider some act of fasting as a pleasing offering to the Lord.

              Almsgiving Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving go together- even outside of Lent. The previous pastors have left the parish in good financial shape; however, the weekly offertory alone is not enough to sustain the parish. Rent from the school building and the Ravioli Dinners provide some income, but capital expenditures are on the horizon. These include work on the organ, which will begin in July and continue through October. There are other parts of the physical plant- the church steps, the auditorium and kitchen, the offices, the parking lot, etc.- which also need attention. Please consider increasing your financial support of the parish. If you cannot give more monetarily, then consider volunteering and/or offering spiritual sacrifices.

              The Liturgy There have been rumors about Mass, the Mass schedule, and the liturgy. The archbishop has asked that the weekend Mass schedule be maintained. For now, each weekend, I will continue to offer 7:30 morning Mass on Saturdays and 5:30 Mass on Saturday evenings with 4:30 PM confessions. On Sundays, I will offer Mass at 9:00 am (English) and 11:30 am (Latin). There have been rumors that Sacred Heart will become a Latin Mass-only parish. The bishop had some discussions about this but did not feel that this was the direction to go. I believe that the two forms of the Roman Rite should inform one another; that Mass, regardless of the language, should be offered reverently and in a dignified manner. God deserves our worship.

              Pastoral Care and Expectations Beyond Mass, I hope to be able to administer the other sacraments generously. I will make myself available for confessions and will do my best to anoint the sick when informed of the need for the sacraments. Parishioners, even devout ones, sometimes struggle in their faith or in their marriages and family life. Again, I will do my best to be there for you. Still there need to be realistic expectations. The administration of the parish is in addition to my duties as Dean of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; as a professor of moral theology; as a formation advisor to seminarians. The seminary is located on the Eastside of Cincinnati and the commute to Sacred Heart takes twenty minutes.  I will try to take appointments in the evening at the seminary and on the weekends at Sacred Heart. I will make myself available to you as much as I am able, but the archbishop has made it clear that seminary work is my primary assignment.

              In Conclusion I am looking forward to serving you as a priest at Sacred Heart. I will need and ask for your prayers. Together, let us discover the treasures of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Father Earl K. Fernandes, STD

Administrator, Sacred Heart Church










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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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