Sacred Heart Mass Times
Sunday Mass: 8:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. (with Choir), 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. in Spanish; 6:00 p.m. (Hearts on Fire Contemporary Music Ensemble)
Saturday Mass: 9:00 a.m.; 5:30 p.m. (Vigil)
Weekday Mass: 7:00 a.m.; 12:10 p.m.
Holy Days: 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., & 7:00 p.m.
Confession: Monday & Friday: 11:15 a.m.; Saturday: 4:30-5:00 p.m.; Sunday in Spanish: 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays immediately after the 12:10 p.m. Mass until 1:45 p.m.
TODAY'S MASS READINGS
Welcome to Advent!
Advent points us towards the birth of Jesus and to that day when the triumphant Christ shall return to establish his reign--when nations “will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks,” as Isaiah so beautifully describes that wondrous time. Isaiah looked forward to the coming of the Messiah.
Advent is a celebration of hope. If Christmas is the season of childhood, Advent is the season of maturity.
When parts of the New Testament were written, the church was at the kind of low ebb. Persecuted and torn by dissension, the New Testament Church went through several times of crises. Only one thing sustained them, the conviction that the Messiah had not forgotten them but would return to rescue those who had been faithful--often faithful unto death; every believer’s lips echoed those precious words, “Maranatha,” Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
We look at the threat of terrorism in our largest cities, the brutality of Isis, people suffering because of falling wages, inequality and racism; will we ever be optimistic again? Frederick Douglas spoke to a great crowd during his time when it seemed that the abolitionist cause was going to fail. As Douglas spoke with despairing words about the future of the movement to end slavery, there slowly rose an old black woman, “Sojourner Truth.” She cried out, “Frederick, is God dead?” Sojourner Truth helped the audience refocus their hope with that one question. God is alive and at work in our world and one day those who have been hurting will be healed, those who have been mourning will break out in laughter.
I hope that you and I are not simply looking forward to the superficial elements of this special season. I hope that ours is a mature faith that can declare, even when it seems that we have come to the end of our rope, even when everywhere we turn there seems to be darkness, that we are not without hope, for God is alive. With such a faith, maybe we can sing with Handel, the immortal lines, “And he shall reign forever and ever, King of kings and Lord of lords!”
NEW PARKING PROCEDURE Update
Reminder: The gate will be down and cars can gain access by license plate scan or by taking a ticket for validation. Free parking with either method is ONLY FREE on Wednesday evening from 5 pm until 8 pm and on Friday from 5pm until Sunday at 8pm. At all other times, the lot is available for paid parking only. A number of parishioners have already been using the new system, both ticket validation and license scan, and things have been working well.
License Plate Scan Access: Enter lot at Ralph McGill Blvd., approach gate, wait 1-2 seconds, gate opens automatically, proceed through gate. Exiting works that same way (approach, wait for read, gate opens, proceed). IMPORTANT NOTE: Most, but not all, license plate registrations have been entered into the scan system. If your plate is not being read, just take a ticket and validate it in the vestibule. We hope to have all in order shortly and ask your patience. Use this License Plate Validation Form to add your license plate to the database.
Ticket Validation Access: Enter lot at Ralph McGill Blvd., take parking ticket from box at gate, gate will open, proceed to parking lot. Before returning to your car, insert parking ticket into one of the validation boxes located in Church vestibule (insert only once). On exiting lot, insert validated ticket into box at exit gate. Gate will open.
ONE LAST THING: There is one Entrance to the parking lot - Ralph McGill Blvd. But there are two Exits - one onto Ralph McGill at the entry gate and one onto Peachtree Center Avenue along side Sacred Heart Way. Having and using two exits can keep things moving smoothly and quickly.
We have had wonderful assistance and enthusiasm regarding our new process and feel confident that Sacred Heart parishioners can make this work. Thanks to all for such great cooperation and help.
No matter your background, personal history, age, ethnicity, culture, marital status, self-image, esteem, past or present religious affiliation; We believe in a warm, friendly and diverse congregation, offering outreach and a variety of ministry services to our growing community. You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected at The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Christmas Week Schedule
Dec 22: Office Closure Begins
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
4:00pm Children’s Choir Concert
4:30pm Family Mass with Children’s Pageant
6:30pm Hearts on Fire Concert
7:00pm Mass with Hearts on Fire
10:45pm doors open for Midnight Mass and Carol Service
11:00pm Carol Service
Dec 25 Christmas Day Masses
No 6:00pm Mass
Dec 26-30 Weekday Masses, 9:00am ONLY
Dec 31-Jan 1 Regular Mass schedule
Jan 2 Office remains closed
Jan 3 Office Re-opens and regular schedule resumes
NEWS & EVENTS
What is that new machine in the vestibule?? ANSWER
Nov 20-27: Christmas Giving Tree in vestibule. Take a tag!
Dec 10, 3:50 p.m.: Parish Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 26: SH volunteer night at Central Presbyterian Night Shelter
archbishop's annual appeal