Welcome to Sacred Heart Parish
We pray that God will keep you safe and in the protective care of Mary our Mother during these trying times.
Jesus I Trust in You
UPDATED PARISH RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS
On September 18th, Bishop Callahan has decided "after a great deal of consultation among the leadership of the priests and inquiry among a number of God’s people" to NOT reimpose the obligation to attend Mass throughout the Diocese at this time. Please read Bishop Callahan's letter regarding his decision in its entirety here. While the obligation remains dispensed, the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath remains. If you are unable to attend Mass or join the Mass on radio, TV, or via the Internet, then please keep the day holy through the reading of scripture, recitation of the Rosary, or other spiritual activities.
At Sacred Heart Parish:
We have limited seating weekend Masses. Mass times are 4:00pm on Saturday evening and 8:00am on Sunday morning. Please call the parish office by 3:00pm on Fridays to ensure your seat and to help all who plan and assist at each Mass. Please use either the handicap or the front center doors for entry.
Weekday Masses. Weekday Mass times at Sacred Heart are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 8:15am. (Wednesday and Friday weekday Masses are held at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception church in Custer.) There is no need to register/ signup to attend a weekday Mass.
Our church is open daily, Monday through Sunday, from 7:00am-5:00pm for private prayer. Please use either the handicap or the front east side door for entry.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Saturdays 2:45-3:45pm and on Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:00am. Due to the pandemic, penitents must confess behind the screen, although you may kneel, sit, or stand.
Our office is open to limited public visits. If possible, please continue to use telephone, e-mail, and the dropbox for nonessential items. Since our office does not lend itself to social distancing, please understand that we may ask to meet in another area of the church or ask for you to wear a mask.
Weekly offerings may be mailed or dropped off at the parish office (use the drop box located on the parish porch) or placed in the receptacles located in church. Consider signing up for ACH withdrawl. The form and instructions can be downloaded from our site.
All parishioners are encouraged to pray especially for the end of the coronavirus outbreak, for those suffering from the virus, for the deceased, for our leaders and healthcare workers.
Know that Fr. Guanalla is praying for you daily.
Wash your hands, stay healthy, and may God bless you!
Click to enlarge Prayer for Protection
U.S. Bishops’ Statement on ethics of COVID-19 Vaccines. There are currently three vaccines that are likely to be made available in the coming months, those from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Neither Pfizer nor Moderna used morally compromised cell lines in producing the vaccine. A confirmatory test, however, employing the commonly used, but morally compromised HEK293 cell line (from kidney cells taken from an aborted child in the Netherlands in 1972) was performed on both vaccines. Thus, while neither vaccine is completely free from any connection to morally compromised cell lines, in this case the connection is very remote from the initial evil of the abortion. The AstraZeneca vaccine is more morally compromised. The HEK293 cell line was used in the design, development, and production stages of that vaccine, as well as for confirmatory testing. Where possible, then, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are to be used instead. Where that is not possible or would mean significant delay, the AstraZeneca vaccine may be used, in the same way that the Rubella vaccine is used because there is no alternative. To read the full statement on the vaccines, visit usccb.org/moral-considerations-covid-vaccines.
CURRENT PARISH NEWS & EVENTS
Weekly Adoration has Resumed
Please join your Lord in Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday mornings from 7:00-8:00am - even if for a few minutes! He is waiting for you!
His Church is still here, His Church is you and me, and His Church still provides the great work of uplifting and inspiring those around us and leading each other to the Kingdom of Heaven.
If you have not received your letter and pledge card for this year's Annual Appeal please contact the parish office. If you would like, you may watch the annual appeal video. If you are interested in helping Sacred Heart Parish reach its goal, in addition to mailing or dropping off your contribution, you can conveniently donate online. IMPORTANT: When donating online, please be sure to designate your contribution to parish #532 Sacred Heart Parish-Polonia. Make an online donation.
Blessed Brother James Miller
Blessed Brother James Miller holy cards are available at the entrances to the church. Please take and distribute them widely.
Year of St Joseph
May 1, 2020 – May 1, 2021. During this year, the diocese will offer prayers for God’s blessings upon our families (Patron Saint of Husbands, Fathers, and Families), our beloved dead (Patron Saint of a Happy Death), and the special needs of our Diocese (Patron Saint of the Universal Church). Several events, prayers, and novenas will be available. Follow the Diocesan website at diolc.org for further information and future events.