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.

Catholic Women Now is Sacred Heart Church | Catholic Women Nowa half-hour show exploring the topics on the hearts and minds of Catholic women. The hosts of the show are: our very own Julie Nelson and Chris Magruder. Listen to Julie and Chris Thursdays at either 9 am or 9 pm. CLICK HERE to learn more or to listen to past shows through the audio archives.

* If you have questions about the teaching of the Catholic Church, CLICK HERE to receive authentic Catholic Answers.

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

* 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.

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Celebrate Your Faith

Ordinary Time is when you get your faith in order!

Just because Ordinary Time refers to the period of the Catholic Church's liturgical calendarSacred Heart Church | Ordinary Time that falls outside of the major seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter does not mean it is ORDINARY in the way many people might think! Ordinary used in reference to the Catholic Liturgical Calendar comes from the Latin word ordinalis which means 'ordered.' The Sunday celebrations are numbered (i.e. The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time). We should spend this time growing in our faith (thus the color for this season is green). During Ordinary Time, we are not feasting as we do during Christmas and Easter, nor in introspective penance as during Advent and Lent, but we are living our lives, watching and waiting for the Second Coming of Christ.

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.

For more information on Holy Days of Obligation, CLICK HERE.

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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