|Scrip This month we collected $69.57 with just five families participating.
Please take a look at the Scrip order forms at the front entrance to see if there are vendors that you frequent. If so, just fill in the amount you would like to purchase. Submit the form with a check of your total purchase by dropping it in the collection basket. For any questions please call Kim at the office 260-744-2519. All orders must be prepaid and will be placed on Monday of each week. Your orders will then come to the office and you will be called to pick them up or at church the following Sunday. Due to processing costs, in order to make a few dollars we have to put in an order of $300 or more.
|First Friday-April 7th
Just a reminder that this week will be the First Friday of the month. The specific conditions to fulfill the Great Promise are, therefore, twofold:
1) They must be made on nine consecutive First Fridays of the month;
2) They must receive Holy Communion; this assumes that the person is in the state of grace.
The communicant should have the intention, at least implicitly, of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for all the sinfulness and ingratitude of men. He has given 12 promises for those who make the 9 First Fridays.
1) I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life
2) I will establish peace in their homes.
3) I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4) I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death.
5) I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
6) Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
7) Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8) Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9) I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10) I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11) Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
The reward for fulfilling these requests is far greater than the effort to complete these devotions Please join us.
|REGULATIONS FOR LENT
The following are the barest minimum obligations which must be observed by Catholics under pain of serious sin (if there is no serious excusing cause).
Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older.
Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meatless meal. Two smaller meals, not equaling together a full meal, are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
If there are any questions about when one would not be obliged to this observance, please contact the office. The older regulations are given bellow for those who wish to observe Lent in a more traditional manner.
|OLDER LENTEN REGULATIONS FOR DEVOTIONAL PURPOSES (NO LONGER BINDING ON THE CONSCIENCES OF CATHOLICS)
Fasting was observed on all days of Lent, Sundays excepted. Contrary to what many believe and what many currently available “traditional” calendars claim, this even applied to major feast days (St. Joseph and the Annunciation), in order to preserve the integrity of the forty days of fast. Complete abstinence from meat was observed on Fridays and the Ember Days of Lent. Partial abstinence (meat allowed once) was observed on the remaining days. Although these regulations no longer bind, anyone able to do so is exhorted to follow the more strict, traditional fast and abstinence during the season of Lent.
|New Life Tree Visit the New Life Tree in the back of Church. Items to be collected for those in need of support. Specifically the Women's Care Center, items to be given and allocated according to their guidelines and needs. The list of items requested will be specifically put together by the Women's Care Center representatives. Things like gently used baby clothes, baby shampoo, wipes, monetary donations, etc. will be on the tree to choose from. This will continue up to Holy Week. Items would be brought back to Sacred Heart where they will be picked up and delivered to the Women's Care Center. If you have any questions please call Erin Rivera at 260-246-0232.
|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. It is a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of abuse of minors. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.
To read the document go to: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/charter.cfm