"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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LENT Lent begins this coming Wednesday which is Ash Wednesday. While it is not a holy day of obligation, it certainly is an important day as we begin the journey toward Easter. It is a day of fast and abstinence. On Ash Wednesday, Msgr. Lane will be at Sacred Heart to offer Masses in English at 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM and in Latin at 7:00 PM (Low Mass) with the distribution of ashes, beginning at 6:45 PM. The collection on Ash Wednesday will benefit the Churches of Eastern Europe which were devastated by 70 years of Communist oppression. Please be generous.
The Lenten season is marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is an opportunity to create space in our lives for God and His grace. It is also a special time to experience his mercy and to have a conversion of heart- to commit ourselves to living our Faith in a new way. Lent is also a time of intense preparation for those preparing for baptism and reception into full Communion with the Catholic Church. We have a number who have been quietly preparing to answer the Lord’s call and I would invite all parishioners to pray for them intensely.
As Lent begins, I will be in Rome to be commissioned as a Missionary of Mercy but I will certainly remember all of you at Mass as our journey begins, praying for a fruitful and joy-filled Easter! The Missionaries of Mercy are to preach and model God’s mercy to others. We will be given special faculties for hearing confessions and absolving sins. Please pray for me and for all priests during this Lenten season that we may be effective ministers of God’s mercy.
Each Friday in Lent, there will be some spiritual activity in the parish. The first Friday of Lent, we will not be able to have Mass as I will not have returned from Rome, but we will have Stations of the Cross (St. Alphonsus Liguori version) and a Holy Hour beginning at 6:30, led by Deacon Alex McCullough. The following Friday I will have Station of the Cross and Mass (Extra-ordinary Form); and the following Friday, Fr. Veras will be here for the Lenten Mission and will preach at Mass.
LENTEN MISSION - SAVE THE DATE From February 26-28, Fr. Richard Veras will preach our parish mission. Fr. Veras, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is the Director of Pastoral Formation at St. Joseph Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, New York. His reflections and meditations appear regularly in Magnificat. He will preach at all the Masses that weekend and give talks on Friday and Saturday as well. Details will follow. Mark your calendars.
LEAVE A LIGHT ON CAMPAIGN The Leave a Light on Campaign is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Almost every parish in the Archdiocese (or pastoral region) will have the sacrament of penance and reconciliation available. Please take advantage of the opportunity and of the generosity of our priests. No sin is greater than God’s Mercy! We will not have confessions at Sacred Heart that night but will have ample confession times throughout Lent and during the parish mission.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR The Little Sisters of the Poor, our neighbors on Riddle Road, will be at all the Masses this weekend, seeking alms to help support their apostolate of caring for the elderly poor. The Sisters rely on your generosity to carry out their wonderful ministry of mercy to the sick and elderly. They are also at the forefront of defending religious liberty. Please be generous.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK February 11 is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and is the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. No one avoids sickness and each of us has a special duty to pray for the sick and to try to visit them. They too deserve God’s care and it is our solemn duty to protect and defend their dignity. In addition to praying for the sick, I ask that you also pray for doctors, nurses, caregivers and family members who are so integral to promoting a culture of life.
THANK YOU! I want to offer a special word of thank to the Aztec Services Group, Inc. This week I received a phone call from Al Meininger, President & CEO of Aztec Services Group, who cleaned the pigeon droppings from our steeple. He has decided not to send the parish an invoice, saving the parish thousands of dollars. I have already offered a Mass for these our benefactors, but I ask each of you to pray for the good people of Aztec Services Group, Inc.
Help Keep Church CleanBill Kleiner, our part-time maintenance man, will be out for another five weeks. A small group of volunteers from the lay movement Communion and Liberation has agreed to clean church as a charitable work. Please put kneelers up; make sure hymnals and missalettes are placed horizontally in the racks; take bulletins home with you or if you see a bulletin or Latin Mass booklet left behind, please return it to one of the tables. Thank you.
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) Last year, returning from the Little Sisters of the Poor one night, I noticed how dark and impoverished the neighborhood was. I looked up and our steeple was not lit, a symbol of what happened over the years to the whole area. I celebrated a wedding in autumn and the father of the bride gave me an envelope which had a check to re-light our steeple. 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.
DECLARATIONS OF NULLITY
Declarations of Nullity These are commonly called annulments. If you or someone you know has a marriage that has ended in divorce and wishes to investigate the possibility that the Church might declare the marriage null, giving a person a chance to marry validly in the Catholic Church, please call the rectory. Likewise, if you know of someone in an irregular marriage situation and would like to regularize the marriage, please invite them to call too.
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.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 have them send an email to Fr. Fernandes. 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/
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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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