Dear Sacred Heart Family,
What a blessing to be back in the newly renovated and restored church and sanctuary at Sacred Heart. Thank you again for your generosity in supporting the project through Witness to Hope and for the many, many volunteers who have given of their time to help it go so smoothly.
At St. Mary’s this is the official end of the summer season and a time when we say goodbye to our summer parishioners. Thank you for all of your prayers and support and know of ours for you. I have enjoyed getting to know you in my short time this past summer and I look forward to you return next year. Thank you to our faithful fish fry crew- another delicious success.
The school year is off to a good start – it is great seeing the school full again. For many of us the start of the academic year is a good time to take an intentional step to deepen our walk with the Lord. That is the theme I started last week that I would like to continue.
Another great opportunity we have here at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s is the biweekly Bible Study that has been going on for the last 5-6 years. I will plan meeting for roughly an hour. Previously Fr. Joe alternated the bible study with St. Mary’s – he was at one parish one week and at the other the next week. I am going to sync them up so I will be at both parishes the same week. Sacred Heart’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday’s at 6pm in the Parish Hall. St. Mary’s meets on Thursday mornings at 10am. Both will be covering the same chapter so if it works to go to one or the other parish, we will be covering the same material.
What a blessing these times are. Scripture is transformed when we realize it is not just recounting a story but it is my story. I have heard it said that the stories in the Bible never change – only the faces do. We see ourselves in them and we meet Jesus reaching into our lives just as he reached into the lives of those we read about. Please consider coming. You will not only learn more about Jesus but you will come to know Him more fully. Paul told Timothy that “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2nd Timothy 3:16). In any encounter with the Lord in the Bible we will experience at one time or another each of these elements. And doing so we grow.
At our last meeting we picked up at the 3rd Chapter of the Gospel according to John. At our next meeting this coming week, we will jump into the 4th Chapter of John.
¨ Wednesday, September 5 at Sacred Heart at 6pm
¨ Thursday, September 6 at St. Mary’s at 10am.