November 5th: A Look at the Week Ahead

Are you looking for ways to get involved at Sacred Heart this week? We have plenty of opportunities for you with our various ministries and events. See below for this week’s highlights and consider joining us. You would be most welcome!

The Wolf of Gubbio Update
A little more than 18 months ago, there was a chance discussion with one of our parishioners, Francesca Bacci, an art history professor at the University of Tampa. She wanted to be more active in the parish and wondered what opportunities there might be. Given her expertise in medieval art, specifically Italian and in the era of St. Francis, I thought there could be some great opportunities for presentations on the art of Giotto and the art that adorns the basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.

My own idea was for a statue that portrayed the story of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio. As it happens, Francesca’s father, Fiorenzo, is an internationally-known artist who has done many major sculptures of St. Francis and his life. From time to time, I have let everyone know the on-going status of the work from first conceptualization through to its creation and casting in the foundry. I am very pleased to tell you that the work is now with us in Tampa with final plans coming together for its placement and dedication this month.

To all our donors and supporters, please know that the Friar community and the parish are grateful for your contribution to this Franciscan vision. Lots of work between now and then, but it looks as though it will all come together. So, make plans to join us on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m., outside the church on Twiggs Street, for the dedication and blessing of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio.

Christmas Tree Sales!
Looking to avoid the hassle of finding the perfect Christmas tree this year? The Knights of Columbus are selling premium-grade Fraser Fir trees and wreaths, which will be available for pickup on November 23rd and 25th. Order yours here:

A Night of Shopping at the Gift & Book Store
Please join us for an evening of Christmas shopping at the Sacred Heart Gift & Book Store on Thursday, Nov.15, from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition to having amazing gifts, the lovely ladies will serve wine and cheese and give away door prizes throughout the evening! What a great time to get your Christmas shopping done, pick up a little something for yourself, and enjoy Christmas cheer with fellow parishioners and the gift store team. We look forward to seeing you!