He is Risen!
Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
The parish family of Sacred Heart in Polonia wishes you a blessed and holy Easter Season!
The joyous Season of Easter, also known as Eastertide or Paschaltide, begins on Easter and continues for fifty days until Pentecost Sunday.
Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych!
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
PARISH RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS
As you are aware, due to the coronavirus situation, all parish events, including daily and weekend Masses, have been suspended until further notice. Nevertheless, our parish remains united in faith, hope, and love, with prayer and charity for one another and for all people, especially for those who are suffering in any way and for those who are most in need of God’s mercy. While all public Masses are suspended, Fr. Guanella is still celebrating private Masses each day for the scheduled Mass intentions and for the people of the parish. Father encourages all to practice a spiritual communion with the Lord. A short Spiritual Communion prayer can be found below.
At Sacred Heart Parish:
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.
Eucharistic Adoration is available on Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm. You must sign up to adore the Eucharist. A sign-up sheet is located on the table at the handicap entrance to church. Please bring your own sanitizing wipes to wipe down your pew area. There must be at least two adorers signed up during all hours or the adoration will be cancelled that week.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered through the screen door of the east rectory porch. Please look for a sign.
You may reach out to the Parish Office for essential services by phone or by email between the hours of 9am and 3pm, but the office is be closed to the public.
Regularly scheduled home visits and communion calls are suspended. If there is an emergency situation (that is, end of life), please do not hesitate to contact the parish or Father Guanella’s emergency line in order for the sacraments to be administered. Special procedures are currently in place.
We have a wealth of spiritual resources available on our website and through social media, including televised and livestreamed Masses, prayers, streamed content, and other resources: see the links below.
A number of parish/school meetings and classes are taking place virtually, but on-site activities have been canceled until further notice.
The parish bulletin is published weekly. It is available at the church entrances and online.
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.
First Communions have been postponed until the health crisis has passed. We will let you know as soon as we are able to reschedule.
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, especially during his private Masses.
Wash your hands, stay healthy, and may God bless you!
Click to enlarge Prayer for Protection
CURRENT PARISH NEWS & EVENTS
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020
Pope Francis has written a letter to all Catholics for the month of May.
In addition, the Vatican has released a book of prayers and homilies of Pope Francis during this time of pandemic. It can be accessed online at:
Eucharistic Adoration w ill be held at Sacred Heart on Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm. It is necessary that we limit the number of people in the church; therefore please sign up ahead of time if possible to adore the Eucharist to secure your time. If you 'drop in' during adoration, please make sure there is an open spot during the hour and sign your name. If there are no open spots you must come back at another time. Sign up sheets can be found on the podium by the elevator entrance. Please enter via the handicap door as that is where the sign up sheets are located. Access codes are no longer required. Please bring your own sanitizing wipes to wipe down your pew area. There must be at least two adorers signed up during all hours.
Year of St Joseph
May 1, 2020 – May 1, 2021. In the year ahead, 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.
Via Lucis (Way of the Light)
Father Guanella recommends we pray a devotion known as the Stations of the Resurrection or the Via Lucis. These stations complement the Stations of the Cross or the Via Crucis. These stations meditate on the various appearances of Jesus—from his Resurrection to his Ascension—in which he showed his glory to the disciples who awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit, strengthened their faith, brought to completion his teaching on the Kingdom and more closely defined the sacramental and hierarchical structure of the Church. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/liturgy/easter-season/via-lucis-way-of-the-light
Seal the Doorposts
The Marian Fathers at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy are encouraging families to seal their doorposts with the image of the Merciful Jesus (the Divine Mercy Image). Copies of the image are available at the entrances to the church. View this brief video explaining this call. https://www.thedivinemercy.org/articles/seal-doorposts
COVID At Home Resources
The Diocese has created a new webpage to provide a wealth of resources for families during this time of quarantine: https://diolc.org/marriage/at-homefamily-faith-building-resources/
FORMED – The Catholic Faith. On Demand
FORMED – which some people call “Catholic Netflix” – is offering your family free access for 40 days to all of their resources, and you can stream all of their content 24 hours a day!
Daily Mass and Readings Resources
Live Daily Mass (Monday-Saturday) from the Cathedral at diolc.org/live Mass in English – 8 am Mass in Spanish – 8:30am
EWTN offers the daily readings to enable viewers to accompany the Mass of the day as it is televised. https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/daily-readings
Magnificat is honored to provide complimentary access to their online version to help people pray from home during this pandemic. https://us.magnificat.net/free
Give Us This Day offers similar access to their publication. https://offers.giveusthisday.org/free-resources
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides online access to the daily readings and other information. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/
Word on Fire with Bishop Robert Barron. Stream Daily Mass online at: www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
Relevant Radio broadcasts Mass at 7:30am every day and also at 9:00am on Sundays. FM 92.9 | 93.9 | 94.5 https://relevantradio.com/
When we are unable to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion. Spiritual Communion Prayer