Pope Francis is inviting all of the world's Catholics to participate in a consultation about how the Church journeys with them, invites their authentic communication, listens to their concerns, and promotes their participation in the full life of the Church. Have you experienced times of disappointment or joy in the church; what do you hope for in the Church? Whether you are actively engaged in the parish or have found yourself taking a break from church life, your personal experience matters...you matter. Please consider joining in this process here at Sacred Heart, as we create a safe and respectful environment for encounter and sharing of personal stories of how we experience church. Then together may we gain fresh insights and understandings, wisdom and healing to more fully realize the call of the Gospel. All voices/experiences shared will be included & passed on for the synodal process anonymously. OUR FIRST SIGN UPS WILL BE HELD AFTER MASSES THIS WEEKEND *Our parish gathering is planned for Saturday, March 12TH: 8:30 hospitality 9-12n in Sacred Heart Parish Center ONLINE REGISTRATION: Use QR code or link: forms.gle/6F3FYtRiohz5G7Tx9... See MoreSee Less
Shift Your Point of Gravity Jesus’ response to our worry-filled lives is quite different. He asks us to shift the point of gravity, to relocate the center of our attention, to change our priorities. Jesus wants us to move from the “many things” to the “one necessary thing.” It is important for us to realize that Jesus in no way wants us to leave our many-faceted world. Rather, he wants us to live in it, but firmly rooted in the center of all things. Jesus does not speak about a change of activities, a change of contacts, or even a change of pace. He speaks about a change of heart. This change of heart makes everything different, even while everything appears to remain the same. This is the meaning of “Set your hearts on his kingdom first . . . and all these other things will be given you as well.” What counts is where our hearts are. When we worry, we have our hearts in the wrong place. Jesus asks us to move our hearts to the center, where all other things fall into place. -Fr. Henri Nouwen 📷On the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Primacy of Peter Church ... See MoreSee Less
Pope Francis: “Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is necessary to foster in the new generations an awareness of the horror of this black page of history, so that we can build a future where human dignity is no longer trampled underfoot. (Meeting with Mrs. Edith Bruck, poet and holocaust survivor)” ... See MoreSee Less
The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. But they have no roots; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:1-20 #dailyingodsword... See MoreSee Less
Sunday’s installation of lay lectors and catechists at the Vatican may seem inconsequential because lay men and women already serve in those roles, but Pope Francis’ formalization of these ministries is historic. The new law replaced the term "lay men" as the category of those who can formally serve in those ministries with "lay persons" and gave the role permanence, while highlighting an “expression of the Spirit of God working through the laity to bring the church to greater faithfulness."
Catechists, Lectors and Acolytes are responsible for "serving the Gospel of Jesus, of proclaiming him, so that his consolation, his joy and his liberation can reach everyone." Their task — and that of all Christians, said Francis — is to "put the word of God at the center of the church’s life and pastoral activity." ... See MoreSee Less
On the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul: A Sonnet by M. Guite
An enemy whom God has made a friend, A righteous man discounting righteousness, Last to believe and first for God to send, He found the fountain in the wilderness.
Thrown to the ground and raised at the same moment, A prisoner who set his captors free, A naked man with love his only garment, A blinded man who helped the world to see,
A Jew who had been perfect in the law, Blesses the flesh of every other race And helps them see what the apostles saw; The glory of the lord in Jesus' face.
Strong in his weakness, joyful in his pains, And bound by love, he freed us from our chains. 📷 Conversion of Saint Paul Artist Unknown Niedersaechsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover, Germany ... See MoreSee Less