It’s not too late to offer a spiritual bouquet in honor of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and all of those men who have shaped us, formed us, and loved us, this Father’s Day.
If you would like to remember someone, please consider offering a spiritual bouquet in their name. Envelope packets for this occasion consist of a Father’s Day card and envelope as well as an offering envelope. You can find the packets on the table at the back of the church or simply ask for one the next time you visit the Sacred Heart Gift & Book Store.
The card is for your use, but please return the offering envelope to the Parish Office or drop it into the offertory basket no later than Wednesday, June 14th, so they can be included in the Mass intentions for all Masses on Father’s Day weekend.
Happy Father’s Day!
With summertime comes slower days and more time to relax and do the things we’ve always wanted to do. So why not consider joining our Parish Book Club? You can bring your book with you while traveling, while at the beach or pool, or even while relaxing on your back porch with a cup of coffee on those endless summer days.
The group meets once a month to discuss a particular book, and they’ve planned out their reading schedule for the next several months. If any of these books interest you, we hope you join them!
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A friendly smile. A welcoming spirit. A helping hand. These are some of the best qualities of Sacred Heart. And nowhere can you experience them firsthand than at an event managed by one of Sacred Heart’s Hospitality Ministries.
Continue reading Hospitality At Its Finest
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.
Continue reading Journey With Us for Holy Week
Are you looking to do more this Lent beyond giving something up? If whatever you give up makes more room in your life for God, then let’s be intentional about dedicating that space for God.
Sacred Heart has several ways you can get involved during this Lenten season, and we encourage you to join us in one or more of the suggestions below. Happy Lenten journey!
Continue reading Get Involved This Lent!
Please be advised that this weekend the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts will be at Curtis Hixon Park. Due to the increased traffic in and around downtown Tampa, parking may be more difficult to find.
Parking options in and around Sacred Heart can be found here.
Please note: The Parking Garage facility next door to the church will not be available for parishioners during the 7:30 am and 9:00 am Masses. It will be available for the remaining morning Masses at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm. Please let the attendant know you are going to Mass, and you will not be charged. If you plan to stay after Mass to attend the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, please pay the posted rate. Thank you.
Reflections on the Common Good
Marked with an ash-cross on our foreheads we began Lent with the hope that we would encounter the transforming effects of the cross of Jesus Christ in our upcoming Easter celebration and ultimately when we face our personal transition from this life. With these goals in mind, Lent becomes a critical season for us to enter into intense periods of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in order to experience a “change of heart” – a metanoia – that will help us look upon the world and respond to the needs of others with the love and compassion of Jesus.
Continue reading Franciscan Lenten Reflection
In flurry of activity, President Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (you can read the full text here). The key points of the Executive Order are:
- 90-day ban on entry into the US from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan
- 120-day suspension of the refugee resettlement program
- Indefinite suspension of the arrival of Syrian refugees
- 64% decrease for refugees admitted into the US in 2017
- Prioritization of refugees who are religious minorities suffering religious persecution
- Mandated review of stricter vetting procedures for refugees and immigrants.
The Franciscan OFM friars of the United States have issued a joint Franciscan Statement on the Immigration Ban:
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25.35).
Continue reading Franciscan Statement on the Recent Executive Orders
Join us Saturday, January 21st!
We Catholics attend Mass on Sundays, Holy Days, and even weekdays. We instinctively know when to stand, sit or kneel; what responses to make at different times during the Mass; and all kinds of other actions during the liturgy. But it is not always clear why we do what we do. For example, what is the meaning behind the making of the cross on our forehead, mouth, and heart before the reading of the Gospel? Why do we bless ourselves with holy water as we enter the church for Mass? Why do Catholics pause at the end of the Lord’s Prayer for the priest to add his part? Why is it that sometimes we sing the “Gloria” at Sunday Mass? What is the meaning of all the actions by the priest during Mass?
Continue reading Teaching Mass