Category Archives: Parish News

See Your Friars AND Help Our Community

During this pandemic, we can’t forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. Hopefully, you have read in the bulletin and in our parish emails about the different ministries here at Sacred Heart working with Catholic Charities to help feed the homeless in our community. Our ministries have been preparing breakfast bags and dropping them off every Sunday morning for those living in the Hillsborough Hope tent city. And all the food that we are using to prepare the breakfast bags has been provided by the generosity of you – our parishioners. We asked for your help, and the day before Palm Sunday, we had a collection drive and collected more than 5,700 fruit cups, cookies, breakfast bars, crackers, and snacks, along with 755 juice boxes.

We are going to have another collection drive for the guests of Hillsborough Hope, so mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. – noon for our next Twiggs Street drive-by collection.  Items needed include:

  • Box of individual fruit cups
  • Box of individual snack crackers
  • Bath towels (gently used okay)
  • Hygiene & toiletries items (not necessary to be travel size, just the smallest size)
  • Laundry detergent (bulk over quality)
  • Anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Boxes of individual drink products (fruit juice, Capri Sun, etc)
  • Coffee condiments: creamer, sugar, and Nutrasweet/aspartame packets
  • Large water bottles: refillable bottles

Being a Parish

The weekly bulletin and this column are a good thing. I enjoy writing; I enjoy the process of thinking about what I want to write, starting to write, and then sometimes watching the column take on a new direction of thought. Now and again by inspiration or necessity, I might write a whole month of columns or more at a go. Late in the month of February, I had produced pastor columns for the first weekend in March (First Sunday in Lent) all the way through and including Easter Sunday. Check that off the “to-do list.” Then life changed as the world declared a pandemic, the churches closed, and the world found out it was a lot safer to be at home. Some columns did not need to be redone: Unmasking (March 15) and the two columns on “Habits of the Heart” (March 22 and 29). When I made the decision to stay with them and not rewrite them in the light of these pandemic days, I thought that they were still appropriate to the moment at hand. In looking at the columns again this morning, it was a good decision. Continue reading Being a Parish

Being Community & Ministry in the Time of a Pandemic

It is so wonderful to see our ministries working to continue to be prayerful and be there for each other during this time of being Safer At Home. See how some of our ministries are coming together and staying connected.

Our Rosary Devotional Group is a group of parishioners who enjoy opening themselves up to God by praying the Rosary. Each month, they meditate on one of the mysteries – Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, or Glorious, and members have the opportunity to make prayer requests on behalf of those in need. Last Saturday was their usual meeting date and they did not allow the Safer At Home rules to keep them from meeting. They all met on Zoom and those who didn’t have a computer, called in.

Our Knights of Columbus participate in many projects within our community and within our parish. Their latest project was to assist in collecting food for Hillsborough Hope. Last week, we shared with our parishioners how we are working with Catholic Charities to help feed those residing at Hillsborough Hope, a small city of tents for some of the homeless in our community. We asked for your help and as always, you went above and beyond our expectations in helping those less fortunate. You donated enough food for many weeks. Every Sunday, we will bring 110 bagged breakfasts for those living at Hillsborough Hope. This past Sunday our Knights of Columbus handled the collection and distribution to Hillsborough Hope but some of our other ministries will also be assisting in future weeks. For more information about Hillsborough Hope and some great photos, go here.

Our Open Doors ministry welcomes LGBTQ people of faith to explore their spirituality and share their experience, strength, and hope with one another. In addition to service projects, they gather once a month for prayer and reflection. Next Monday, April 13th, they will be having a virtual “zoom” meeting. Email opendoors.sacredheartfla@gmail.com for  information on how to join the meeting.

Sacred Heart Supports Hillsborough Hope

In a previous post we announced that Sacred Heart and the parish Knights of Columbus had answered the call from Catholic Charities to support the Hillsborough Hope initiative. Palm Sunday morning, Grand Knight Walt Pjetraj delivered 110 breakfast meals to the people of the encampment. How did this all come together?

Late in the week, Fr. George was contacted by Catholic Charities to see if we would be willing to commit to providing one breakfast a week to the residents of Hillsborough Hope. Fr George responded “absolutely — how many, when and where”…. and then immediately reached out to several ministries to garner support. The Knights, 90 members strong, agreed to take on the task to supply the Palm Sunday breakfast. Friday, they acquired enough for the first week and delivered it to the parish office. Later on Friday we put out the call to the parish: Palm Sunday, Hillsborough Hope and You. Saturday afternoon a small team of Knights came to the parish hall to assemble the 110 breakfast meals. Continue reading Sacred Heart Supports Hillsborough Hope

Mass: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

With the announcement from Bishop Parkes about the suspension of all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings, our goal is to continue our weekly Sunday tradition of celebrating Mass together.

While we can’t be together in person, we’ve recorded Mass celebrating Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Watch now and celebrate with us.

 

Palm Sunday, Hillsborough Hope and You

In preparation to celebrate Palm Sunday, you are invited to stop by Sacred Heart and pick up blessed palms, the day before Palm Sunday, Saturday, April 4th. Also, during this pandemic, we can’t forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. We are working with Catholic Charities to help feed the homeless in our community (read below for more details) and hope you can help us.

How can you help?  Simply bring one of the needed items listed below when you pick up your palms on

    • Saturday, April 4th, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at the Parish Hall (corner of E. Twiggs St. and N. Marion St.).
    • Receive blessed palm fronds from one of the friars (as you stay in your vehicle) and they will collect your donations.
    • And don’t forget to join us on Sunday for our Online Mass!

Sacred Heart has agreed to provide breakfast for one morning a week for the immediate future. Items most in need to offer this breakfast include:

  • Box of individual drink products (fruit juice, Capri Sun)
  • Box of individual breakfast bars
  • Box of individual granola bars
  • Box of individual fruit cups
  • Box of individual fruit packs
  • Box of individual snack crackers
  • Box of individual packs of Pop Tarts
  • Box of Ensure
  • Container of Lysol wipes

*To note: Please do not bring fresh fruit, perishable items, or items that require refrigeration.

Continue reading Palm Sunday, Hillsborough Hope and You

Mass: 5th Sunday of Lent

With the announcement from Bishop Parkes about the suspension of all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings, our goal is to continue our weekly Sunday tradition of celebrating Mass together.

While we can’t be together in person, we’ve recorded Mass celebrating the 5th Sunday of Lent. Watch now and celebrate with us.

Mass: 4th Sunday of Lent

With the recent announcement from Bishop Parkes about the suspension of all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings, our goal is to continue our weekly Sunday tradition of celebrating Mass together.

While we can’t be together in person, we’ve recorded our very first online Mass celebrating the 4th Sunday of Lent. Watch now and celebrate with us.

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