Catholic Resources

"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live." 
John Paul II

The resources listed below will help you understand the teaching of the Catholic Church.

* Visit the site for great Catholic resources and loads of information!

* If you want to get to know Pope Francis, CLICK HERE.

* Visit the GIFT page to learn more about what Sacred Heart Church has to offer adults who wish to grow in their faith.

* Pray the Rosary! Click here for all you need to know.

* Julie Nelson wrote an article entitled "How can I better love my spouse?" for the 'Bite-Sized Faith' site provided by the St. Joseph Educational Center. Click here to read the article. 

* If you would like to see the readings of the day, click here.

* Locally, the St. Joseph Education Center lists regional opportunities if you wish to grow in your faith. Check out the Bite-Sized Faith articles.

* Word on Fire offers commentaries by Fr. Robert Barron, an author, speaker, theologian and creator of Catholicism, the TV and DVD series which illuminates and explains the beauty, worldwide scope and convictions of the Catholic Church. 

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Celebrate Your Faith

Lent, the Paschal Triduum and the Season of Easter

LENT begins on Sacred Heart Church | LentAsh Wednesday and ends before the Celebration of the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. The 40 days of Lent remind us of all the other uses of '40' throughout the Bible: Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days; Moses and Elijah fasted for 40 days; it rained for 40 days and 40 nights on Noah's Ark and the earth had a new beginning. The number 40 signifies "a long time" and it means that something important is taking place. 

We enter Lent with ashes on our heads to remind us that we need to look at ourselves, repent of our sins and change our lives. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are integral to our preparation for the upcoming Paschal Triduum and the Season of Easter.

Sacred Heart Church | LentThe broken pottery you will see in front of our Ambo in our church reminds us that Christ is ever present in the midst of our brokeness. Through God's grace, our brokenness is healed.

Throughout Lent, our church provides a variety of opportunities for worship and prayer. If you wish to see the events we have planned, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Liturgical Calendar.

Holy Days of Obligation

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Holy Days of Obligation for the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are as follows:

* The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1;
* The Solemnity of the Ascension is celebrated 6 weeks after Easter;
* The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin mary, August 15;
* The Solemnity of All Saints, November 1;
* The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8;
* The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, December 25.

Whenever ...
* January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God,
* August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption,
* November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints
fall on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

The information listed above was provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Give Back to the World!

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
James 2:14

If you are interested in ways to serve the world around you, we will be adding ideas periodically that you might find helpful.

* Catholic Relief Services (CRS) helps people in need throughout the world. Each year during Lent, the Rice Bowl projects bring in money to support the many efforts of CRS. CLICK HERE to learn more.

* The Sacred Heart Church St. Vincent de Paul Conference offers opportunities to help people from our community. CLICK HERE to visit their page.

* It's easy to prepare casseroles for the Family Violence Center. This is a great service project for groups or for families. Click here to find out more. 

The Knights if Columbus list as a core principle "Charity". They offer many opportunities for the men of our community to care for those in need. Click here to learn how to join the Knights of Columbus.

Catholic Charities offers a variety of services to the people of our community and the entire world. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Our Youth Group (SMASH) offers several opportunities each year to serve other people.

* Each year, the Children's Faith Formation program uses hundreds of volunteers to help with events throughout the year. In addition, the Sunday Morning Preschool program and the Wednesday evening classes require about 100 catechists to teach the classes. This is a great way to give back to Sacred Heart! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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