We give thanks for the upcoming ordinations of four young men to the priesthood, both within our Diocese and within the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. Please keep them in your prayers as the set off on their new journeys of faith.
Our Diocese Bishop Gregory Parkes will ordain Deacon Kyle Bell, Deacon Lou Turcotte, and Deacon Tim Williford to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19th at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. All are invited to attend this joyous celebration! If you cannot join us in person, you are invited to watch the live video stream on the Diocesan website and listen on Spirit FM 90.5. Please keep Deacons Kyle, Lou, and Tim in your prayers!
Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Archbishop Roberto González , O.F.M. (San Juan, PR) will ordain Deacon John Aherne, O.F.M. to the priesthood on Saturday, June 23rd at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in New York City. Br. John spent the summer of 2015 with us and is remembered for many things – including his Irish Dance classes! Please keep John in your prayers.
John’s first assignment will be at St. Mary Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ.
For those whose mothers and grandmothers are still with us – cherish them today. Hug and kiss them. Honor them. Thank them. For those whose mothers have gone home to the Lord, remember them, pray for them, and thank them!
For all who bear the name Christian, the name of our eternal family, let us also honor the Mother of the Lord today. Her maternal care for Jesus still embraces all those who are joined to Him, as members of His Body, by that great new birth of Baptism.
Finally, let us ask the Lord to open our eyes, and our hearts, to come to more fully understand the great mystery and gift of the Church as our Mother. Let us live our lives as Christians, by living in the heart of Mother Church, for the sake of the world into which we are sent to bear the Good News.
Holy Week is a journey into the Heart of the Gospel. We hope that you will make room for God during your busy life as it intersects with this Holy Week. It is a matter of the heart. It is at the center of our Christian Faith.
If you’ve never attended the events of Holy Week, here’s a little bit more about them, including what you can expect. To read more about the Triduum, click here.
For Catholics around the world, Lent and meatless meals go hand in hand. But if you’re not exactly hooked on fish, there is an alternative. Give it up for soup. For Sacred Heart, Lenten Soup Suppers have become a Friday night tradition. They not only provide parishioners with an opportunity to observe their meat-free Fridays, they also bolster a sense of fellowship and belonging.
For many years, the USCCB has supported a federal ban on assault weapons, limitations on civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines, further criminalizing gun trafficking, certain limitations on the purchase of handguns, and safety measures such as locks that prevent children and anyone other than the owner from using guns without permission.
In the aftermath of the tragic attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, Chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, once again urge national leaders to finally come together and address the crisis of gun violence in a comprehensive way. Their comments are below:
Remember a loved one during the Easter season with a floral memorial used to decorate our sanctuary. A long-standing tradition, each plant that you see has been given in remembrance or honor of loved ones whose names will be memorialized online.
Request forms can be found on the table near the church entrance, or download one here. All forms, along with the suggestion donation of $15 per plant, must be received by Monday, March 26th.
Friends of Sacred Heart thanks everyone for their participation in this seasonal project. Proceeds are used for maintenance, repair, and upkeep of our beautiful, historic church.
Looking for another way to enrich your Lenten journey? Join us on Tuesday, March 20th, at 7:00 pm in the church for an evening of meditation and reflection centered on the “Women of Jerusalem.” Through word, music, and meditation, we will look at Jesus’ journey to the Place of the Skull from the viewpoint of the women whose lives had been impacted by the words and actions of Jesus.
If you’ve never attended this event, see what two of our parishioners who’ve had a role in the past had to say.
Please be advised that over the next two weekends, there will be two Gasparilla events at Curtis Hixon Park that will affect parking in downtown Tampa:
– Gasparilla Festival of the Arts / March 3rd – 4th
– Gasparilla Music Festival / March 10th – 11th
Due to the increased traffic in and around downtown Tampa, parking may be more difficult to find. Options include:
– Using the Madison Building parking garage
– Finding available street parking
– Paying the asking rate at one of the nearby commercial parking lots
Please note: The parking lot located at the corner of W. Kennedy Blvd. and N. Florida Ave. will not be available for parishioners on either weekend. The parking garage in the Madison Building will be available for Mass, however, if you plan to stay after Mass to attend either event, please pay the posted rate or move your car. Thank you.
Sacred Heart Church
509 N. Florida Avenue
Visiting Hours: Mon-Fri, until 3:00 pm
PO Box 1524
Tampa, FL 33601-1524
518 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm