Palm Sunday

April 9, 2017

Weekly Announcements

Appropriate Attire at Mass  Many have no doubt noticed the signs that appear on the inner doors leading into the church. The drawings thereon represent the minimum appropriate standards of dress for entering into the presence of God in his holy temple. However, assisting in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would seem to require more than simply the bare minimum standards of modesty in dress. The concept of one's "Sunday best" has   become increasingly obscured in the present day, and we as Catholics aspiring to more traditional practices and observances might do well to revive the old      custom of dressing just a little better than usual when assisting at Holy Mass. One should not take this as an opportunity to display one's wealth or extravagant fashions, but as a chance to acknowledge the special nature of what one is taking part in. We would certainly not have dinner with the President of the United States dressed in jeans and a t-shirt; nor should we take part in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass similarly attired.  All this is not meant to discourage those going to or getting off from work (for example) from attending Mass in their work clothes. The benefits of assisting at Mass outweigh such considerations. However, when Sunday (or another day off) rolls around, the aforementioned should be given consideration before heading off to Mass. Although most (possibly all) of the ladies attending Mass at Sacred Heart already do so, we should take this opportunity to reiterate that women are highly    encouraged to cover their heads in church, a practice in accord with Apostolic Tradition and Sacred Scripture (see 1 Cor. 11:2-16).  With due regard to time and circumstance, we encourage all to wear decorous attire befitting the sacred place and divine worship.
  •  Sunday, April 9 - Palm Sunday     8:00 a.m.    John & Phyllis Kuhn Family     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
  • Monday, April 10 - Feria of Holy Week     7:30 a.m.    Alexandra Jacobs
  • Tuesday, April 11 - Feria of Holy Week     7:30 a.m.    Alexandra Jacobs
  • Wednesday, April 12 - Feria of Holy Week     6:00 p.m.    Fr. Mark Wojdelski, FSSP
  • Thursday, April 13 - Holy Thursday     7:00 p.m.    †F.A. Coomes
  • Friday, April 14 - Good Friday     12:00 Noon  Liturgy with adoration of the Cross
  • Saturday, April 15 - Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)     9:00 p.m.    †Thomas M Spence
  • Sunday, April 16 - Easter Sunday     8:00 a.m.     John Martin     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
New Email Addresses for Sacred Heart  Parish: Pastor (Direct):
Envelopes: To help cut down on overhead, those contributing to the church by check are asked to please place their checks directly into the basket without an envelope.  The envelopes are more intended for use by those contributing with cash who would like to receive acknowledgement for their contributions.
Divine Mercy Novena Starts on Good Friday! Just a reminder for those who wish to make the Divine Mercy Novena that day one starts on Good Friday. Divine Mercy Novena booklets are available at the entrances of the church. You may also find them on line by searching  “Divine Mercy Novena.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS Sacrament of Confirmation -- Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The location is tentatively St. Stanislaus Church in South Bend. Time to be announced. Classes will start in the late summer/early fall.
New Life Tree You still have a little time left to collet gently used baby clothes, baby shampoo, wipes, monetary donations, etc. Please bring you items back by Good Friday. The list of items requested will be specifically for the Women's Care Center according to their guidelines and needs. Items  will be delivered to the Women's Care Center. If you have any questions please call Erin Rivera at 260-246-0232.
Special Collection A special collection will be next Friday, April 14th for Care of the Holy Land. There will be an envelope marked Special Collections Envelope at the entrances. Please pick one up if you would like to be acknowledged for your contribution. At the top of the Envelope please mark what  the collection is for along with your name. Thank You!
Church Cleaners Needed! We are still in need of people who would like to volunteer to help clean the church weekly. If you are interested please call Susan Devens at 744-1561.
The month of April is dedicated to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament O salutaris Hostia, Quae caeli pandis ostium: Bella premunt hostilia, Da robur, fer auxilium. Uni trinoque Domino Sit sempiterna gloria, Qui vitam sine termino Nobis donet in patria. Amen. O saving Victim, opening wide, The gate of heaven to man below! Our foes press on from every side; Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow. To Thy great name by endless praise, Immortal Godhead, one in Three; Oh, grant us endless length of days, In our true native land with Thee. Amen
News from the Diocese During the month of April, we celebrate national Child Abuse Prevention Month.  It is a time: to re-commit ourselves to keeping children and youth safe in our homes, parishes and schools, to review our policies and guidelines for the safety of children, and to celebrate the children and youth in our lives. The Catholic Church joins others across our nation in prayer and effort to end the evil of child abuse. In June, we will mark the fifteenth anniversary since the bishops of the United States wrote, The Promise to Protect, the Pledge to Heal which contains the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. In this document the church affirms the necessity to work for the prevention of child abuse and to help those  victims of abuse heal. The Charter calls for annual  audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines. Annual audits have been conducted since 2003. Results of the audits are published online in May for the public. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has been audited twelve times, most recently on September 26-27, 2016 and found compliant with the Charter each time. To read the Annual Report of Audits for all dioceses in the United States go to: