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Hurricane Idalia Updates and Closures

*This page will be updated as additional information is received.

Monday, August 28: The following parish activities have been adjusted or cancelled through the evening of Wednesday, August 30. This includes:

  • Bible Study | Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. | Cancelled
  • A.A. | Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. | To meet via Zoom
  • Daily Mass | Wednesday at 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m. | Cancelled
  • Confessions | Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. | Cancelled
  • Catechist Orientation | Wednesday at 6 p.m. | Cancelled

*Additional events, groups, and ministries may appear on this list at the situation develops.

The normal daily Mass and Confession schedule will remain for Tuesday, August 29.

The church, parish office, and North Campus will be closed on Wednesday, August 30. Daily Mass and confessions will not be held.

The normal daily Mass and Confession schedule is slated to resume on Thursday, August 31, beginning with the 7 a.m. Mass (subject to change).

Information about Catholic Schools and Diocesan Closures can be found here.

Additional Resources:

Prayer against Storms | from the Pieta Prayer Book
Make the sign of the cross when you see the (+) symbol.

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. + God became man, + and the Word was made flesh. + Christ was born of a virgin. + Christ suffered. + Christ was crucified. + Christ died. + Christ rose from the dead. + Christ ascended into Heaven. + Christ conquers. + Christ reigns. + Christ orders. + May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning. + Christ went through their midst in Peace, + and the Word was made Flesh. + Christ is with us with Mary. + Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root of David, was won. + Holy God! + Holy Powerful God ! + Holy Immortal God! + Have mercy on us.


Online Mass | The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hymns for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Opening Song: As we gather at your table G 922
Penitential Act: Glory to God: Mass of Joy & Peace (Alonso) G 250

Responsorial Psalm 121:

When the just one cries out, the Lord hears,

When the just one cries out, the Lord hears,

And rescues him, rescues him,

And rescues him from all his distress.

(Text: Abbey Psalms & Canticles © 2010, 2018 USCCB; Music: © 2016, 2022, Philip Jakob)

Gospel Acclamation: Salisbury Alleluia (Walker)
Preparation of the Gifts I want to walk as a child of the light G 650
Eucharistic Acclamations: Mass of Creation G 231, 234, 238
Lamb of God: Mass of Creation G 240
Communion Song: Come to me (Joncas) G 789
Dismissal: We will walk with God G807

Links to Resources for Mass:

Parking Alert – November 13 & 14, 2021

To Parishioners who park in the Madison Building garage (416 E Madison St) for Mass and parish events, be advised that the building owners will have the lobby on the main floor locked for maintenance (floor replacement) the weekend of November 13-14, 2021, and parking in the garage may be limited to monthly members only. The elevators will not be available, requiring parishioners to utilize the garage’s stairwells.

Our apologies for this inconvenience.

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Nov. 2, 2021

Thank you for participating in Sacred Heart’s Mass. On this page you can find the readings for All Souls’ Day, as well as the music for Mass.

  • Readings for the All Souls’ Day
  • Music for the All Souls’ Day

Included in this Feast Day’s music document is a prayer for successful outcomes of the 26th annual U.N. Conference of the Parties on climate. For more on this important gathering, and how Pope Francis has been involved, click here.

On October 17, we began singing a new Glory to God  at most Masses. To preview the new arrangement, links to the sheet music and a recording have been added below.

  • Sheet Music for the new Glory to God from the NEW WINE Mass
  • Sample Recording of the new Glory to God from the NEW WINE Mass, as sung by the Catholic Primary School Choirs of Sheffield, England (Diocese of Hallam, 2010)

Why We Should Dress for Online Mass

It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday. I look in the mirror at my well-dressed self: spring-ready floral dress, pastel heels, dangly earrings. I dab a bit of blush on my cheeks and give my smoothly straightened locks one last spritz of hairspray. Then I take a deep breath and head to church … or, should I say, my living room.

Along with millions of other Catholic believers, for the last few weeks, I’ve been viewing Sunday Mass via livestream as a measure of social distancing. It’s an adjustment that’s certainly taken some getting used to. I’d be lying if I said if it were easy to go without the comforts of seeing friends and hearing my priest’s encouragement in person—or, most importantly, receiving the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood in the Eucharist. For me, forgoing these blessings has been one of the most painful sacrifices of the COVID-19 experience.

And yet, despite the fact that I can’t physically attend church, for the last three weeks, I’ve found comfort in dressing up to view Sunday Mass. Of course, I could wear pajamas (or at least change into some daytime jammies from my nighttime ones) — there’s no one to see or care whether I’m in any particular state of decorum or disarray. But I find that getting ready for Mass as I usually would provides a sense of normalcy. I thrive on routine. Maintaining my Sunday morning pattern of makeup, hair, and wardrobe is an anchor of order in this very disordered time.

As I put on a dress and heels, it sets the tone in my mind: I am devoting this morning to worship. Worship requires mental and spiritual preparation, which my physical preparation can enhance. Would I really be able to get into a worshipful mood with my fuzzy unicorn slippers staring goofily up at me? Probably not.

I’ve noticed, too, that looking my best keeps me engaged and reverent during the Mass itself. Wearing shoes with a lift or a skirt that makes me suck in my tummy not only formalizes my appearance, it harnesses my attention. When I don a classy outfit instead of yoga pants, I sit up straighter. I take more care in my movements as I stand or kneel. I feel, in short, more mindful. I become me more of a participant and less of an observer of Mass.

Dressing for church reminds me that the reverential supper of the Lamb, though on a screen, isn’t entertainment. Sure, maybe I’m sitting in the same spot where I’ve binge-watched old ‘90s reruns for the last several nights. But Mass deserves more from me—and my wardrobe—than any show or movie.

Besides, throughout the new normal activities of my week—educating my kids, working from home, the occasional foray to the grocery store—Sunday provides the only opportunity to get a little fancy, anyway. I’ve begun to relish having a reason to actually dress formally, to wrestle my naturally frizzy hair into something resembling a style, and maybe even shave my legs for display below a hemline. And I’m happy for my kids to step out of their usual uniform of basketball shorts and t-shirts once a week, too. It breaks us all out of monotony, pointing us to the uniqueness of the celebration of our faith.

As we face unknown weeks ahead without in-person Mass attendance, I’m thankful we can carve a bit of extra sacredness into our family’s Sunday by dressing up for church. Though our communal gathering is on pause, the work and life of the Church go on. When Mass returns in person, we’ll be ready — and dressed! — for the occasion.

Sarah Garone

Announcement: Credibly Accused Jesuits

Announcement from the Diocese of St. Petersburg: The U.S.A Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) has published a list of credibly accused members of their province, including those Jesuits who have served in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Among those listed in the report, the following four Jesuit priests served at Sacred Heart Parish:

Rev. Edward DeRussy, S.J.
Served as Parochial Vicar from 1990 to 1991. Father DeRussy also served at St. Joseph Parish, Zephyrhills (1991-1997) and St. Benedict Parish, Crystal River. He died in 2001.

Rev. Thomas Hidding, S.J.
Served as Parochial Vicar from 1993 to 1997. He was removed from ministry in 2002 and died in 2005.

Rev. Austin Park, S.J.
Served as Parochial Vicar from 1970 to 1976. He died in 2013.

Rev. Norman Rogge, S.J.
Served as Parochial Vicar from 1960 to 1972 and again from 1973 to 1979. He died in 2009.

Victims of abuse are encouraged to report crimes to local law enforcement. They may also wish to contact Mr. John Lambert, the diocesan Victim Assistance Minister at (866) 407-4505.

After receiving this list from our Bishop, the Jesuit Order also released a list of “Credibly accused Jesuit Priests formerly assigned to Jesuit High School, Tampa”:

Rev. Claude Boudreaux, S.J., 1949 – 1951
Rev. Norman Rogge, S.J., 1950 – 1953
Rev. Thomas Hatrel, S.J., 1957 – 1979
Rev. Edward De Russy, S.J., 1959 – 1960
Rev. Francis Landwermeyer, S.J., 1962 – 1963; 1978 – 1980
Rev. Charles Bartles, S.J., 1967 – 1971
Rev. Thomas Naughton, S.J., 1968 – 1972
Rev. Thomas Hidding, S.J., 1980 – 1982
Rev. Vincent Orlando, S.J., 2000 – 2002

Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Office of Communication at (727) 344- 1611.

Sacred Heart & the College Football Playoffs

cfb-playoffsWhat is going on in downtown Tampa in connection with the NCAA Championship game?
Superbowl-sized crowds are expected to participate in this exciting, multi-day, multi-location event.  Signature events include a free, 3-day music festival at Curtis Hixon Park (Friday, January 6th thru Sunday, January 8th – 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm each day), Playoff Fan Central at the Tampa Convention Center (Friday thru Sunday), Taste of the Championship at the Florida Aquarium, and 5K & Fun Run on Bayshore Boulevard (Sunday morning). They are estimating over 40,000 people in and around Curtis Hixon Park on most days (January 6th thru 8th). You can get notifications regarding road closures and emergency notifications by texting CFBPlayoff to 888777.

Will Sacred Heart have the usual weekend Mass schedule?
We will maintain the Mass schedule for Saturday and Sunday morning, however, we will not hold a 6:00 pm Mass on Sunday due to the extremely large crowds expected for the Sunday evening concert and the affect it will have on available parking.

Will you be coming from Davis Islands or South Tampa on Sunday morning?
There will be a race/fun run starting from the Amalie Arena on Sunday morning, which will also extend onto Bayshore Blvd. Please plan accordingly. You can get notifications regarding road closures and emergency notifications by texting CFBPlayoff to 888-777.

What about parking?
The Madison Building has assured us that they will make parking available as they normally do. The parking lot at the corner of Kennedy Blvd. and Florida Ave. will not be available unless one pays the posted fees.