Before co-founding the Daughters of Charity—serving the “poorest of the poor”—Saint Vincent de Paul began the Congregation of the Mission in 1625. Priests who joined had three requirements: to live in imitation of Christ, to take the gospel to the rural poor, and to educate fellow priests in the practical matters of being a priest. When he realized peasants knew so little about the faith and that local priests were poorly trained in administering the sacrament of Penance, Vincent preached such a stirring parish mission that priests from a nearby town had to be called in to help him hear confessions. How can you help others practice their faith?
MEMORIAL OF VINCENT DE PAUL, PRIEST TODAY’S READINGS: Ezra 9:5-9; Luke 9:1-6. “Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.” #takefiveforfaith #dailyingodsword ... See MoreSee Less
“There is always a temptation to build ‘nests’, to cling to our little group, to the things and people we like, to resist all contamination. It is only a small step from a nest to a sect, even within the Church. How many times do we define our identity in opposition to someone or something! The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, brings together those who were distant, unites those far off, brings home those who were scattered. He blends different tonalities in a single harmony, because before all else he sees goodness. He looks at individuals before looking at their mistakes, at persons before their actions. The Spirit shapes the Church and the world as a place of sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.” – Pope Francis ... See MoreSee Less
Get out your lederhosen… Sacred Heart Parish’s Oktoberfest is Sunday, October 15, 12-3pm Volunteers needed. Please reach out to Cary at 619-865-1127 if you’d like to be part of the Oktoberfest crew. ... See MoreSee Less
The Lord Jesus has entrusted the Gospel to us so that we might bear His light into the world’s darkness. Please, do not extinguish this light in you, but share it, so that fraternity might shine forth! -Pope Francis (General Audience) @franciscus ... See MoreSee Less
The Season of Creation, an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for our common home, began on September 1 (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) and ends on October 4 (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi). There is still more than a week left for you, your family, your cohort of friends, your school, and your parish to renew your relationship with the Creator and with creation, through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. How? Pray. Read Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’. Coordinate a cleanup project or other sustainability effort. Use your voice and advocate for climate justice. Best idea yet? Come up with one no one has thought of!
TODAY’S READINGS: Ezra 1:1-6; Luke 8:16-18. “No one who lights a lamp conceals it … rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.” #takefiveforfaith ... See MoreSee Less
And if you would like to attend our family friendly Feast of St. Francis Tree Festival, where each family can register to receive a small Live Oak tree and a milkweed plant, go to bit.ly/FOSF23. October 8th, 1-3PM at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
PRAYER AFTER HOLY COMMUNION St. Padre Pio Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You. Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness. Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will. Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You. Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company. Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You. Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love. Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love. Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen ... See MoreSee Less
“Live simply: Eat simply: Love one another simply: Do not complicate matters unnecessarily. How do you live simply? You remove activities that are not necessary or that pull you avay from duty. Consider your duty. Then move through each day and try to serve only that duty. Have order in your life and in the life of your family. There should be rhythm to each day that does not change. Rise at the same time. Retire at the same time in the evening. Pray at the same time. This creates an environment in which you are free to consider God. Do not think, my friends, that you live in a world where the need for simplicity has disappeared. There should be calm and if there is not calm in your life, change your life and keep changing it until you feel calm. The act of sitting and reading these words is forcing you to consider heaven’s wishes for you. Pull yourself away from the world even further and spend some time in silence. Ask Jesus to show you which activities should be removed. Live simply.” St. Padre Pio ... See MoreSee Less
“God does not love you because you think and act the right way. He loves you, plain and simple. His love is unconditional; it does not depend on you. You may have mistaken ideas, you may have made a complete mess of things, but the Lord continues to love you. How often do we think that God is good if we are good and punishes us if we are bad. Yet that is not how he is. For all our sins, he continues to love us. His love does not change. It is not fickle; it is faithful. -Pope Francis ... See MoreSee Less