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How to Help Sacred Heart This #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving centered on the power of radical generosity and how it can transform communities around the world. Celebrated on Nov. 30, 2021, and created in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a simple idea that encourages people to do good amid the holiday shopping frenzy that follows Thanksgiving. It has turned into a movement that has seen hundreds of millions donate financially or with their time and talents over the last nine years.

Sacred Heart has a number of ministries that already benefit from the time, talent, and generosity of its parishioners. From our Giving from the Heart donation drives to our Hands of Hope meal service, both are shining examples of your generosity in action. This #GivingTuesday, we encourage those who are able to consider giving toward the parish’s current 2021 Annual Pastoral Appeal shortfall or to participate in our upcoming Giving from the Heart December Donation Drive.

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How to give toward Sacred Heart’s 2021 APA Assessment:
APA Envelopes: You can pick one up in the back of the church and drop into the collection basket at Mass.
Online Giving: Simply select the option of “Ongoing Diocesan Support (APA)” and enter your contribution amount.
PayPal: Click on or scan this QR code with your device.

Thank you to our faithful parishioners who have already participated in the Annual Pastoral Appeal this year. As of Nov. 19, 175 of our nearly 1500 registered families have been able to pledge or donate toward the campaign meant to help thousands in need across our diocese. Your gift is an enormous help to our parish in strengthening our own ministries, allowing us to be advocates for those who have no voice and servants of hope for those in need physically and spiritually.

In our continued effort to meet the growing needs of the Tampa/Hillsborough County community, Sacred Heart is holding its latest Giving from the Heart drive-through donation drop-off on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the North Campus from 10 a.m.-noon. The December event is a collaborative effort of three ministries who have identified three beneficiaries with specific needs ahead of the Christmas season.

For a full list of the items requested by each ministry, or to learn how you can volunteer, click here.

As always, we are astonished by and grateful for the generosity of our parishioners and their willingness to step up for their parish community and beyond.

Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

Remember a loved one during the Christmas season with a poinsettia used to decorate our sanctuary. A long-standing Sacred Heart 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 suggested donation of $15 per plant, must be received by Thursday, December 16th.

Click here to download your 2021 Poinsettia order form



Celebrate the Season of Giving with Giving From the Heart

In our continued effort to meet the growing needs of the Tampa/Hillsborough County community, Sacred Heart is holding its latest Giving from the Heart drive-through donation drop-off on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the North Campus from 10 a.m.-noon. The December event is a collaborative effort of three ministries who have identified three beneficiaries with specific needs ahead of the Christmas season.

  • Sacred Heart’s Young Professionals will be collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society and their efforts to prepare Christmas meals.
    • Items needed include:
      • Cereal
      • Canned Meat or Fish
      • Dry Pasta, Rice, Macaroni
      • Canned or Boxed Dinners
      • Canned Vegetables
  • Sacred Heart’s Council of Catholic Women will be collecting clothing and women’s products to benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay:
    • Items needed include:
      • Tee shirts (Sizes: S, M; all colors)
      • Sports Bras (All colors)
      • Leggings (All sizes; black)
      • Blankets (Throws or lap)
      • Reusable totes/grocery bags
      • All NEW clothing items are welcome
  • Sacred Heart’s Open Doors Ministry will be collecting toys and gifts for teens and tweens to benefit Foster Angels of Hillsborough County and their mission to help foster children enjoy the Christmas season.
    • Items needed include:
      • Gift Cards to Department/Game/Electronics Stores
      • Makeup Kits
      • Men’s Grooming Kits
      • Board Games
      • Cell Phone Accessories

If you have questions about the upcoming “Giving from the Heart” initiative, or would like to volunteer, please contact:

We thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support of our neighbors.


City of Tampa to Dedicate New Historical Marker with Ties to Sacred Heart

The Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council & Community Leaders, with assistance from the city of Tampa’s Archives and Records Division, is set to unveil and dedicate a new historical marker honoring John and Ellen Jackson on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 at 10 a.m.

The Jacksons have strong ties to Sacred Heart and the cultivation of the Catholic faith here in Tampa. From lobbying the Diocese of Savannah to first send a priest to minister our area in 1847, to the dedication of our St. Patrick window in our church, the plaque will reference the significant contributions made by the family at the beginning of our parish in the mid-1800s.

The St. Patrick Window, situated along the south wall of the church.

The John and Ellen Jackson: Tampa Pioneers marker will be placed at the corner of North Franklin and East Zack Streets, and sponsored by their 99-year-old great-granddaughter, Lula Joughin Dovi. The dedication ceremony will be open to the public and include remarks from Fr. Stephen and our docents.

A reception featuring light refreshments will be held in St. Francis Hall following the conclusion of the dedication.

Sacred Heart Receives Angel Award From DOSP Catholic Charities

Each year, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg honors organizations and individuals with their annual Angel Award. This award is presented to those who show an extraordinary commitment to the Gospel Mandate of helping those in need. On Saturday, Nov. 6, during the Ministries of Mercy Celebration of Life at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Church was recognized as the 2021 Angel Award recipient, in acknowledgement of its generous support of Catholic Charities through the contributions of its religious and parishioners in time, talent, and treasure. Accepting the award for the parish were Fr. Zack and volunteer Tom Henry.

From a letter announcing the award, sent by DOSP Catholic Charities Executive Director Maggie Rogers:

“In grateful recognition of Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s generous support of Catholic Charities through the generous support of its religious and parishioners in time, talent, and treasure, we would like to honor Sacred Heart with the Catholic Charities Angel Award. Sacred Heart was one of the first groups to adopt the temporary homeless shelter we created in response to the COVID pandemic, through providing weekly meals, volunteer drivers and donating tens of thousands of dollars of clothing and household items. This stewardship continued as your [Outreach Ministries] led a Christmas Decoration of our Mercy House location. Then, your parishioners donated requested items for the children of low-income farm workers living at Catholic Charities San Jose Mission in Dover. Finally, Sacred Heart has been a great partner in the early effort to fundraise for the permanent Tampa homeless shelter.”

We extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our parish community for their dedication, kindness, and generosity. This award is a reflection of your efforts in spreading the Word.

To view a gallery from the event | 2021 Ministries of Mercy Celebration of Life

Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus to Offer Nativity Silhouettes

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus will be taking orders after each Mass for their annual outdoor Nativity silhouette fundraiser. Made of all-weather, fade-resistant, white PVC, you can proclaim “The Good News” (Mark 16:15) with these bright showpieces of the Holy Family throughout the Christmas season.

Silhouettes feature the saying “Tis the Reason for the Season” along the base, with Spanish translation available upon request. Silhouettes are available in two sizes, 4’x4’ for yards ($132), or 2’x2’ for exterior surfaces ($88).

Already have the Nativity? Additional pieces are available for purchase this year to add to your current set! Combinations include a shepherd/sheep set and a camel/donkey set (4’x4’ set for $88; 2’x2’ set for $44).

All items will be delivered by Dec. 1. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charitable activities of the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 12110.

To order, click here | 2021 Sacred Heart KofC Nativity Sale

For more information contact Michael Cabrera at 813-389-6145 or via email.

Pope Francis on COP26

Starting Oct. 31 and through Nov. 12, the 26th annual U.N. Conference of the Parties (COP26) regarding climate change will meet in Glasgow, Scotland. Earlier this month, Pope Francis hosted a two-day parliamentary meeting with the COP26 host nations of Italy and the UK to set a standard for the upcoming proceedings, saying “we owe our best efforts to future generations so they can live in hope.”

At our daily and weekend Masses during the next two weeks, you will hear special prayers for positive outcomes at COP26. The main prayer is listed below, and will be available in the Music sheets for the applicable dates on the “Readings and Hymns” section on our Online Mass page.

Prayer for the COP26 Conference:

Loving Creator,
at this moment in earth’s history
when humanity must take account of earth’s destiny,
give to those leaders who gather in Glasgow
a sense of urgency, a perception of necessity
and the wisdom and will to secure the health and wellbeing of the world
at whatever the cost to wealth, political advantage or prestige.

And give to us all
a vision of a world restored to full health
that is worthy of all those yet to be born
and worth all the work, sacrifice and commitment
which is ours to offer.

All Souls’ Day Candle Lighting 2021

All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, is a wonderful occasion for us to remember our loved ones who have gone before us and to reflect on the mystery of the Resurrection. In remembering our loved ones in prayer, we affirm our belief that we will someday be reunited with them.

We invite you and everyone as a parish community to come pray and sing together in honoring our beloved deceased on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m.

You may send in the name of your loved one via email to be included in our book of remembrance. Deadline for submission is Nov. 17. Unlike past years, candles will be available to all who attend. There is no charge for the candles.

We hope you will join us for this day of prayer, reflection, and celebration.

All Souls’ Day will be celebrated at both daily Masses (7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m.) on Tuesday, Nov. 2. These Masses will be accompanied with music.

Choir Gets Ready to Sing Again

Dependent upon the continuing downward trends for COVID-19 cases, the long-awaited return of the parish choir, alongside the start of a new children’s choir will coincide with the beginning of Advent on Sunday, Nov. 28.

The children’s choir will support the 9 a.m. Mass each Sunday. Parents should have their children meet in the pews near the organ 30 minutes before Mass. Weekly rehearsals for the children’s choir are scheduled for Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the North Campus. Initial rehearsals are slated for Saturday, Nov. 20 and 27 at 10 a.m. at the North Campus.

The Parish Choir will support the 10:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday. Weekly rehearsals currently take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the North Campus. The first preparation meeting/rehearsal is on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the North Campus.

To register, please contact our director of music, Philip Jakob, via email.