Category Archives: Parish News

March 12th: Virtual Stations of the Cross

Due to COVID-19, Sacred Heart will not be hosting in-person Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent. Instead, we invite you to join us for a virtual presentation. We have produced two different videos – one centers on the notion of Pax Christi, which is a Catholic peace movement promoting peace, justice, reconciliation, and respect for human rights throughout the world, and the other on St. John Paul II’s devotion to and care for creation and the urgent need for the Church to respond to its moral and spiritual dimensions.

St. John Paul II / Care for Creation Stations of the Cross

 


We also invite you to watch this week’s reflection on the Stations of the Cross, presented by Aprile Black. Although we cannot gather together as a community, we hope you and your family enjoy and participate with us at home.

Reflection 4

March 5th: Virtual Stations of the Cross

Due to COVID-19, Sacred Heart will not be hosting in-person Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent. Instead, we invite you to join us for a virtual presentation. We have produced two different videos – one centers on the notion of Pax Christi, which is a Catholic peace movement promoting peace, justice, reconciliation, and respect for human rights throughout the world, and the other on St. John Paul II’s devotion to and care for creation and the urgent need for the Church to respond to its moral and spiritual dimensions.

Pax Christi Stations of the Cross

 


We also invite you to watch this week’s reflection on the Stations of the Cross, presented by Deacon Ray and Barbara Ferreris. Although we cannot gather together as a community, we hope you and your family enjoy and participate with us at home.

Reflection 3

 

February 26th: Virtual Stations of the Cross

Due to COVID-19, Sacred Heart will not be hosting in-person Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent. Instead, we invite you to join us for a virtual presentation. We have produced two different videos – one centers on the notion of Pax Christi, which is a Catholic peace movement promoting peace, justice, reconciliation, and respect for human rights throughout the world, and the other on St. John Paul II’s devotion to and care for creation and the urgent need for the Church to respond to its moral and spiritual dimensions.

St. John Paul II / Care for Creation Stations of the Cross

 


We also invite you to watch this week’s reflection on the Stations of the Cross, presented by Sr. Cathy Cahill, OSF. Although we cannot gather together as a community, we hope you and your family enjoy and participate with us at home.

Reflection 2

February 19th: Virtual Stations of the Cross

Due to COVID-19, Sacred Heart will not be hosting in-person Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent. Instead, we invite you to join us for a virtual presentation. We have produced two different videos – one centers on the notion of Pax Christi, which is a Catholic peace movement promoting peace, justice, reconciliation, and respect for human rights throughout the world, and the other on St. John Paul II’s devotion to and care for creation and the urgent need for the Church to respond to its moral and spiritual dimensions.

Pax Christi Stations of the Cross

 


We also invite you to watch this week’s reflection on the Stations of the Cross, presented by Fr. Stephen. Although we cannot gather together as a community, we hope you and your family enjoy and participate with us at home.

Reflection 1

Enjoy Your Favorite Sacred Heart Christmas Traditions

It’s Christmastime here at Sacred Heart! And with the Christmas season comes many of our favorite traditions that we usually celebrate together – like our choir singing Christmas carols or the annual Children’s Christmas pageant. Since we can’t be together in person this year, we’ve recorded videos of both so that you can watch in the comfort and safety of your own home. We hope you enjoy both of these presentations. Merry Christmas!


Children’s Christmas Pageant

 


Christmas Carols with the Sacred Heart Choir

 

How Will You Celebrate Christmas with Us?

Make Your Plans to Celebrate Christmas With Us
We have been working hard to provide you and your family with as many options as possible to celebrate the birth of our Savior while keeping everyone safe and healthy. Take a look at the many opportunities we have and learn more about each below:

  • Join us in person at the church or at the North Campus (but make sure you have a reservation!)
  • Watch three of our Masses online in the comfort and safety of your home
  • Receive Communion on Christmas Day at our North Campus from the safety of your car
  • Park across the street from the church and listen to Mass via radio (89.3 FM)
  • Celebrate Mass at our outdoor service on Christmas Day (no reservation needed)

Reserved Seats Still Available for Our Christmas Masses
Due to our limited seating capacity during the pandemic, Sacred Heart will require a reservation for each and every person wishing to attend any of our Christmas Masses, either at the church or at the North Campus. There are still limited seats available at select Masses. Please confirm your attendance by making a reservation.


Planning to Watch Online?
We know many of you remain hesitant to attend Mass in person for the safety of yourself and others. We will be live streaming on our Vimeo channel for the Christmas Eve 4 p.m., 11 p.m., and Christmas Day 9:30 a.m. Masses should you plan to view in the safety of your own home.

We are also offering Communion at our North Campus (3515 N. Florida Ave.) on Christmas Day, from 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., if you would like to receive the Eucharist from the safety of your car.

If you can’t join at these specific times, the livestream videos should be available to view 15 minutes after each Mass has ended. Watch here.


Don’t Have a Reservation for Mass?
If you don’t have a reservation for Mass, you can park across the street from the church and listen to Mass on your car’s radio. We will be broadcasting live each of our six Masses at the church on 89.3 FM. A Eucharistic Minister will also come to the parking lot during Mass to distribute Communion.


Prefer to Sit Outside for Mass?
If you feel safer outside, our 10 a.m. Christmas Mass at the North Campus will be an outdoor service. Bring your own lawn chairs or sit in one of the folding chairs provided. There is no reservation needed.


Safety Guidelines
Please note: Sacred Heart requires everyone who plans to attend one of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses to adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • Sanitizing your hands when entering and leaving the church.
  • Wearing a protective mask while inside the church building, North Campus, or any area where crowds have the potential to gather, except when receiving Communion.
  • Respecting the 6-foot distancing rule from others who are not in your household.
  • Limiting seating to every other pew. Please respect the parts of the church that are roped off.
  • Receiving Communion via hand.

Christmas Collection for Those in Need

Christmas Collection for Those in Need

Several of our ministries are teaming together to help those less fortunate this Christmas season and we need your support!  Join us on Saturday, Dec 12th from 10 am – 12 pm at our Sacred Heart North Campus (3515 N. Florida Ave. ) for our final donation drive of the year! This is a drive-through event, so there is no need to leave your car! PLUS, you have the opportunity to say hello to our friars!

Bring any of the items listed below to help a handful of charitable organizations providing essential services within our Community.
– Our Catholic Council of Catholic Women is collecting in support for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, St. Vincent de Paul, and Salvation Army.
– Our Young Professionals Ministry is collecting support of St. Vincent de Paul.
– Our Open Doors Ministry is collecting in support of Foster Angels.

Items Most Needed:

  • Men’s or Women’s Underwear, including T-shirts, underpants
  • Men’s or Women’s Socks
  • Light Blankets
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Tooth Brushes and Toothpaste
  • Disposable Shaving Razors
  • Toys for children all ages
  • Gifts for Teenagers
    – Dove Body Set (Girls and Boys)
    – Axe Body Set (Boys)
    – Shea Moisture Butter
    – Nail Polish Set
    – Socks
    – Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Visa, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A)

Suggestions on where to purchase “Budget Friendly” items:

Target – You can order online and pick up without leaving your car. Prices listed below reflect regular prices, not reduced.

  • 10 pack of women’s underwear is $10
  • 6 pack of women’s socks is $9
  • Lightweight “twin” blankets $10
  • 8 pack men’s Underwear $13.99
  • 10 pack men’s ankle socks or crew socks $9.99

Walmart – You can order online and pick up without leaving your car. Prices listed below reflect regular prices, not reduced.

  • 6 pack of women’s Underwear $7.99
  • 8 pack of women’s socks $8.97
  • Lightweight blankets $5.88
  • 6 pack of men’s underwear $9.33
  • 12 pack of ankle or crew socks $9.97

Join Our Sacred Heart Thanksgiving

A Special Invitation from Fr. Stephen

 



Join Us for Our Sacred Heart Thanksgiving
This year, with the help of our Open Doors and Knights of Columbus ministries, we’ve planned a combined event to foster a sense of connection with one another and to serve our larger community. Join us on Wednesday, November 25th, from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, for a Thanksgiving Dish Exchange and a Thanksgiving Food Drive, benefitting our St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry.

Our food drive, collecting non-perishable food items, will serve the wider community, and our dish exchange will promote a sense of connection among fellow parishioners. This combined event promises to express our gratitude in tangible ways.

The friars will also be present offering blessings and Thanksgiving greetings. We know that you are still getting to know your new friars, so we look forward to seeing you. See below for more information on our Thanksgiving Dish Exchange and Food Drive.