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.
TODAY'S MASS READINGS
Message from our Pastor
Have you ever climbed a hill, perhaps as a healthy form of exercise? When travelling to San Francisco I climb a famous hill with the serpentine curved roadway called Lombard Street. It is a form of exercise and a discipline that I happily embrace when travelling.
Lent also asks us to go beyond the ordinary way we live our lives and do the extraordinary. It will lead us by the hand to the way which is the Word of God, so we can be totally conscious of the faith we profess. Lent centers us around the person of Christ, His message and the mystery of His death and resurrection.
As we begin our Lenten journey, the ashes we receive on our foreheads remind us of the shortness of everything material...including our own lives. The ceremony of the ashes is also a call to conversion...to repent for the materialism and disorientation with which we live too frequently...to turn 180 degrees and towards a positive direction.
The ashes are just a beginning, a sacramental that celebrates what should be for us an admission that we need to effect changes in ourselves, our routine, and our lifestyle.
Beyond the ashes, the Lenten exercise of conversion through extra prayer, penitence, and charity is the favorable way to continue with new strength of following Jesus.
The Lenten Season should motivate us to live before God, and to overcome our superficiality, to focus on reaching what is truly important, our destiny.
Receiving the ashes is an important symbolic action but pales in comparison with a life well lived during these forty days or the years of our life going forward, with Jesus as our model.
Reminder: The gate will be down and cars can gain access by license plate scan/access card 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.
License Plate Scan/Access Card: 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: The license plate scan system does not always work. If your plate is not being read, either use the access card if you received one from the parish, or take a ticket and validate it in the vestibule. Use this Vehicle Registration 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. The exit on Peachtree Center Avenue only works with the license plate scan or an access card, however. Those using a parking ticket must exit on Ralph McGill Blvd.
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.
NEWS & EVENTS
Read a summary of a recent letter from Archbishop Gregory to the Archdiocese about House Bill 605
Every Friday during Lent, 6 pm: Stations of the Cross followed by Soup Supper at 6:30 in Parish Hall
holy week schedule
Palm Sunday, March 25
Regular Mass Schedule; No Spanish Confessions
Monday, March 26
Regular Mass Schedule
11:30 am Confessions
7:30 pm Seder Meal
Tuesday, March 27
7:00 am Mass; 12:10 pm Communion Service
Wednesday, March 28
Regular Mass Schedule; 7:30 pm Tenebrae Service
Holy Thursday, March 29
No 7:00 am or 12:10 pm Mass; Church Office closed
7:30 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper (Free parking behind Church)
Good Friday, March 30
No 7:00 am or 12:10 pm Mass
12:00 - 3:00 pm Tre Ore (Free parking behind Church)
(Meditation and prayer on the last 3 hours of Christ's earthly life, ending with Stations of the Cross at 3:00 pm)
5:30 pm Via Cruis
(Presentation of live Way of the Cross)
7:30 pm Veneration of the Cross
(Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Communion)
Holy Saturday, March 31
No daily Mass, No Confessions
8:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass (Bilingual)
Easter Sunday, April 1
Regular Mass Schedule, except no 6:00 pm Mass
Easter Monday, April 2
9:00 am Mass (No 7:00 am or 12:10 pm Mass)
Dear Friends of Sacred Heart,
At the recommendation of your Parish Council, I am publishing on this website an update to the Archbishop’s Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese. This update includes all the steps and initiatives that we at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have made to incorporate the Pastoral Plan into our programs and pastoral initiatives.
You may find it encouraging that many of the recommendations of the Plan were already a part of our current operation here at the Basilica. We have also revised some aspects of our Faith Formation program and are currently working on several areas of our communications with you, especially in the electronic media. As you can see, we also have some areas of growth that are in process and we value your assistance and volunteering to make them happen.
I welcome your comments, thoughts and suggestions as we continue together to grow our Basilica family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Msgr. Edward J. Thein, Rector
Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan
Report on Implementation at Sacred Heart
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.