The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

August 6, 2017

Weekly Announcements

INCENSATION OF THE ALTAR (cont.)   (Taken from Notes Made at the Conferences of Dom Prosper Guéranger).   The Priest incenses the Bread and Wine in such a way, that its odour may perfume, and wholly cloud in fragrance the Things offered; while so doing, he says these words: Incensum istud a te benedictum, ascendat ad Te Domine, et descendat super nos misericordia tua. May this incense, O blessed by Thee, ascend to Thee, O Lord, and may Thy Mercy descend upon us. This Prayer, whilst being a homage paid to God, is a wish expressed for ourselves also. The Priest divides these words, at intervals, whilst incensing at several parts to be thus honoured, in performing which ceremony, he follows what the rubrics prescribe. When he first incensed the Altar, the Priest said no Prayer; but now, when thus honouring it a second time, Holy Church bids him repeat a portion of Psalm cxl., which she selects, chiefly on account of these words which occur therein, and which are the first she puts on the lips of the Priest: Dirigatur, Domine, oratio mea sicut incensum in conspectu tuo. May my prayer, O Lord, ascend as incense in Thy sight. It is thus she always does, ever selecting with wonderful appropriateness whatsoever suits the circumstance, whether in Psalms, or in Gospels and Epistles. The Priest begins by incensing the Cross, or the Most Holy Sacrament if exposed; he then bows before the Cross, or genuflects, if the Most Holy Sacrament is reserved in the Tabernacle of that Altar; then, if there be relics there exposed, he incenses them with two throws of the Thurible, first on the Gospel side, then on the Epistle side; after which he incenses every part of the Altar. In all other respects, this incensing differs in no way front the first, nor from that which is performed at Lands and Vespers. On returning the Thurible to the Deacon, the Priest gives expression to a good wish in his regard as well as in his own, saying: Accendat in nobis Dominus ignem sui amoris et flammam aeternae caritatis. May the Lord enkindle in its the fire of His Love and the flame of everlasting charity. On taking the Thurible, the Deacon kisses the Priest’s hand, and then the top of the chains; he does the contrary, on presenting it. These customs have come to us from the East, and, inasmuch as they are marks of reverence and respect, it is to the Liturgy we owe the preservation of them. The Deacon then honours the Priest with incense, who receives it standing sideways to the Altar; but if the Most Holy Sacrament be exposed, as, for instance, at the Mass of Reposition, the Priest comes down from the Altar, and with his face turned to the people, he receives the said honours from the Deacon, who likewise suits his position to the occasion. Then follows the incensing of the Choir, beginning with the Bishop, if present; next the Prelates, if there then the Priests and Clerics; and, finally, all the Faithful, to show that all form but one Body, of whom Jesus Christ is the Head. All, whether Bishops, Prelates, or simple Faithful, should rise on receiving the incense; the Pope alone remains seated for its reception.
  • Sunday, August 6 - The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ     8:00 a.m.    Debra S Heiny     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
  • Monday, August 7 - St. Cajetan, Confessor     7:30 a.m.    Bruno Dziadkowiec
  • Tuesday, August 8 - St. John Mary Vianney, Confessor     7:30 a.m.    Fr Calvin Goodwin
  • Wednesday, August 9 - Vigil of St. Laurence     6:00 p.m.    Jim Momper
  • Thursday, August 10 - St. Laurence, Martyr     7:30 a.m.    Edward Dahm
  • Friday, August 11 - Feria     6:00 p.m.    Katherine DeLaGrange
  • Saturday, August 12 - St. Clare, Virgin     9:00 a.m.    Jim Momper 
  • Sunday, August 13 - 10th Sunday after Pentecost     8:00 a.m.    John & Phyllis† Kuhn Family Living & Deceased     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
REGINA CAELI CHOIR The new choir season is fast approaching and we would like to send an invitation to anyone considering being a part of this vital ministry.  As you know, a choir is necessary in order to have a High Mass, and Sacred Heart is in need of new choir members, especially men. Singing in the choir is an excellent way to participate in the Mass. The only requirement is the ability to match pitch. Practice times are Wednesdays after the 6:00 pm evening Mass and Sundays at 9:00 am before the morning Mass. Occasional Saturday practices will be required for major Feast Days and new members. If traveling distance is a problem in  attending a practice, special arrangements can be made. Our first practice is August 9th at 6:45 pm.   Remember, as St. Augustine said, He who sings well, prays twice. If you are interested, please contact the choir director, Teresa Smith, at 260-565-4449, or
Scrip   For the month of July we made $57.25. Scrip is a very easy way to help the parish financially without increasing your Sunday contribution. Please take a look at the order forms to see if there are vendors that you frequent. If so, just fill in the amount you would like to purchase. You will receive a gift card back that can be used any time and never expires. Please submit the form with a check by dropping it in the collection basket. For any questions call the office at 260-744-2519. All orders must be prepaid and will be placed on Monday of each week. Due to processing costs, in order to make a few dollars we have to have a combined total of all orders come to $400 or more. Your small order can help to reach this threshold.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS Parish picnic -- Sunday, September 24, at Foster Park in Fort Wayne.  More details to come.
St. Vincent de Paul “Brown Bag Collection” Please continue to help our food bank here at Sacred Heart by taking a brown bag and filling it with non perishable foods. Every Friday the  Sacred Heart St Vincent de Paul Society has a food bank that is open to anyone living in the Fort Wayne area. We currently serve an average of 110 families. Please bring the filled bag back by the 2nd Sunday of each month and we will exchange it with another empty brown bag. This gives everyone an  opportunity to help feed the poor in our city and work on our corporal works of mercy. Thank you in advance to all those who help us keep our food bank going.
Kroger Rewards Program Our supporters (19 households) who shopped at Kroger between 3-31-2017 and 6-30-2017 (Cycle 2017, Qtr 2) have contributed $128.60 total donation.
MASS REQUESTS If you desire a Mass to be celebrated for a particular intention, please place the offering along with the specific intention in writing in an envelope clearly marked Mass Intention and place it in the collection basket.  For individual intentions, make sure to specify whether the person is living or deceased. Alternatively, you can approach the pastor or bring or mail the request to the church. We do not accept phoned-in or emailed requests. Everything must be together at the time the request is made. Please note that Mass stipends are NOT tax-deductible according to IRS regulations.
Today’s Catholic Since 1926, Today’s Catholic, the newspaper for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, has been printed locally with complimentary printed editions mailed to all registered Catholics. Starting August 1, Today’s Catholic will also be launching free digital products including a brand new website, digital edition, app and Facebook page. For those who wish to retain a print subscription, they may do so for an annual price of $20. Subscribe to print or digital in your parish or online at