Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Fr. Tomy and I went out fishing last Saturday with some parishioners. I have to be honest and say that Fr. Tomy out fished me. It made me feel better that he also out fished everyone else on the boat!
There have been some questions about the placement of the statues at Sacred Heart. There have been a few different iterations so I had to make the call on who goes where when we moved everything back upstairs from the basement. We have Mary and Joseph on their own respective side altars in the Sanctuary with the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the side shrine. I wanted the Sacred Heart statue in the Votive Candle area for two reasons. Firstly, the Sacred Heart is front and center in the middle window in the Sanctuary. Secondly, with the Sacred Heart being our Patron I wanted him to be in the side shrine so people can stop and pray and, if they want, light a candle for a particular intention.
This past week we had the parking lot resealed at St. Mary’s, much like it was done at Sacred Heart. It is part of the regular maintenance required to keep a parking lot in good shape. That is not a bad analogy for our souls- we also require regular maintenance to keep us healthy and in good working order. So, I want to mention briefly some good Catholic Maintenance that should be a consistent part of our lives.
Daily Prayer time– this should be a measurable time that we plan into our day everyday no matter what. Usually we don’t have an issue praying to much so I always encourage people to find their minimum. What is the minimum amount of time I am called to give to Jesus each day? Once we know that we can plan it in and also hold ourselves accountable to it.
Reading the Bible– This can easily be a part of our regular daily prayer time. But in some way scripture should be a part of our lives. When is the last time the bible at home as been cracked? Pope Francis once asked “Do you read the Bible as often as you check your phone?” The only caveat I would put on that is if you have a Bible App on your phone- which is something I would highly recommend!
Confession– This is a great sacrament that cleans us up. For healing things need to be named, claimed, and then tamed by God’s grace. Confessions are available at Sacred Heart Tuesday’s 4:45-5:45pm and Saturday’s from 3:45-4:15pm. At St. Mary’s they are available Thursday’s and Sunday’s from 8:30am-9:15am. Never be afraid of not knowing the right words- either Fr. Tomy and I are happy to walk through this sacrament with you. The whole point is to give Jesus our hearts and whatever is in them for His healing.
Acts of service– We heard last weekend the reading from James where he tells us faith with out works is dead. It is the that any claim to faith that doesn’t reach outside of ourselves isn’t real. One way to measure that is acts of love for the people around us. Is there someone I keep an eye on and watch out for? We are our brother’s keeper. Look for someone to help and if there is someone you haven’t seen in a while consider reaching out.