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.
Confession: Monday & Friday: 11:30 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., at the main altar of the Basilica.
TODAY'S MASS READINGS
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.
Message From Deacon Mike
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We like to think of ourselves as being in control of our lives. We often fail to acknowledge that in reality God is…or should be. But the surprising thing is that sometimes we fail to realize that it’s possible for inanimate things to control us…things like possessions, cars, homes, or vacations or even time itself.
In Mark’s Gospel 10: 17-30, the rich young man is asking what will save him. Jesus is saying telling him and us that what will save us will come from our hearts and souls, not from our brains and hands.
We see a very polite, respectful, and eager young man who leaves Christ and goes away sorrowful. Why? This young man came, not to test or trap Christ, but to learn from him.
The Gospel says He looked at him and "loved him." He was a good man at heart. But possibly, this man was adept at keeping the letter of the law, but he was coming up short in abiding by the spirit of the law. Christ gets right to the bottom line, the problem is his love of the world. He tells him to sell his possessions, give the money away, and follow him.
He is unwilling to do this. His treasure was here on earth. His money exerted a stronger tug on his heart than Christ did. Christ's high standards and his own desires were incompatible. He went away "sorrowful." He was bound up with “golden” chains.
What has a hold on us that distances our relationship with God? My friends, we are at the closing of the Time, Talent and Treasure season. We are called to be good stewards and part of that responsibility is to communicate our needs. We are in need of your support and your willingness to, responsibly increase.
You know of this parish’s commitment to the poor and the homeless. We budget for this because the Gospel compels us to and by your 2nd collection generosity you are telling us you support this kind of ministry, You are committed to this work of justice and peace.
The offertory collection, the financial source of our ability to exist, is down. I know we have to plan for about mortgages, insurance, tuition, food, health care, and all the things that keep a household going.
I too have those same worries. But we MUST include the church in that list. But we can’t, if we claim to be Catholic Christians, leave the parish off that list. This is where we should turn to God. God WILL provide. We must trust. He knows our needs … our faith comes alive when we trust in Him.
We are one Body in Christ. If you made a pledge to the Annual Appeal, please, in prayerful support complete that pledge before the end of the year.
I am asking you to go first to prayer. Risk for God, give back to God some of what he has given you. God is not asking us to give all that we have away like the rich young man, but He is saying that where our treasure is, there also is our heart. What treasure is more precious, more valuable than eternal life with God?
Everything we have, everything, is gift from God. We will be balanced eventually by what we have given back to him in our time, talents and yes, from our Treasure.
Part of why I became a deacon is my love for my God and a desire to let others know that God does loves us, in this moment, just as we are.
Never forget that. GOD LOVES YOU!!!!! Please let God know how much you love him…by how much you trust him. Jesus said to the young man, “You are lacking one thing."
We all probably have something in our lives that serves as a major obstacle in our relationship with God and hence, to our happiness and peace. The rich and good young man’s sin was not one of co-mission or doing something wrong…it was a great sin of o-mission, failing to do something right.
I ask you to look deep inside, in quiet prayer and ask can I give more of myself to God. Today we are being invited by Christ, to live forever with Him. The question for us today then becomes…is there anything in our lives that we are holding onto that will cause us to turn and walk away from that invitation.
Dear God, I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands? Please help me to gradually open my hands and to discover that I am not what I have, but what I give.
May the peace of Christ always be with you,
Deacon Mike Balfour
NEWS & EVENTS
Dec 5-6 - Return Gifts for Christmas Giving Tree
Dec 6, 9:00-11:30 am - Breakfast with St. Nicholas
Dec 27 - Night Shelter Ministry
Assist Middle East Refugees - Details here
CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY - FRIDAY
Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 23 & 24, 2015
Regular Masses 7:00 & 12:10
Wednesday November 25th, 2015
7:00 a.m. Mass
NO 12:10 Mass Today
6:30 p.m. Family Mass
Thursday November 26th, 2015
9:00 a.m. Mass
Friday November 27th, 2015
No Mass Today
The Basilica on of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was founded in 1880. The original church, known as Saints Peter and Paul, was a small wooden building located at the southwest corner of Marietta and Alexander Streets.
There are many opportunities at Sacred Heart to get involved in your church and community. Please visit our volunteer ministry page and reach out to the contact for the ministry that calls you.
As Christians, we are obligated to take responsibility for managing the resources that God has so abundantly shared with us here are several ways that you can financially support your parish.