MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Saturday (Anticipated)

Belaire Cove Chapel – 4 p.m.
Sacred Heart – 4 p.m.

Sunday

Sacred Heart – 7 a.m.

10 a.m. (Solemn)

5 p.m.

Weekdays

Sacred Heart
Monday-Friday – 6:30 a.m.
Saturday – 8 a.m.

Confessions:

Sundays & Weekdays

30 minutes before Masses

*New Saturday Confession time*

Saturdays 2:30-3:45 p.m.
30 minutes before all weekday Masses

Devotions at Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Parish has several devotions that take place each week in church.

  • The Holy Rosary is prayed every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for peace in our world & families.
  • The Holy Rosary is prayed each Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
  • The Pro-Life Rosary is prayed each Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.
  • The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed each Thursday morning at 6:10 a.m.
  • Thursday before the first Friday of each month a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Exposition of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • The litany of the Sacred Heart is prayed each First Friday after Holy Mass at 6:30am.

PARISH BULLETIN

Here you will find the most recent bulletin as well as bulletin archives. All bulletins are published in Adobe Reader Format.

The Stained Glass Windows of Sacred Heart Church

Eighteen windows add to the devotion and beauty of Sacred Heart Church. Each window has a story. Here follows a presentation of each window. The windows begin with the first moment of Jesus Christ’s conception and end with his glorious resurrection. This description begins with the widow near St. Joseph’s Altar.

The Virginal Conception

The Virginal Conception

1.  The Virginal Conception

The first window depicting the great wonder that God allowed to happen to Mary, the Virgin whom He destined to be the Mother of His Son, Jesus. We behold our Blessed Mother as the central figure in blue with the Angel Gabriel, who brought her the Divine Message. The Holy Spirit pictured, rejoices in this humble handmaid of the Lord, who above all creatures on earth most perfectly reflects the image of the Triune God. From this scene, we learn to bow our heads in submission to the will of God, following the example of Mary, even when we cannot understand what the Lord is asking of us.

The Birth of Jesus

The Birth of Jesus

2.  THE BIRTH OF JESUS

In the second window we see the fruit of Mary's womb, Jesus. Mary and Joseph kneel by His side trying to penetrate this mystery of mysteries - the Word made Flesh. In the Nativity we see the Divine Child in His manger of straw, with His very own Mother, Mary, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. Above the holy three, a star appears announcing the glad tidings that "He who was the expected of nations has come." The stable, which houses the Son of God, is kept warm only by the breathing of the cow and the donkey. From this window on the Nativity, we can recall the poverty of spirit that the Lord asks of us.

The Shepherds

The Shepherds

3. THE SHEPHERDS

The shepherds portrayed in this window are the ones to whom the Lamb of God first manifested Himself. Angels sang their "Gloria in excelsis Deo" (Glory to God in the highest) on that first Christmas night. May our lives be a continuous song of praise to the new born King. Let us give thanks for our priests, who give birth to Christ at holy Mass each time they say the words, "this is my body - this is my blood."

The Holy Family

The Holy Family

4. THE HOLY FAMILY

In this window Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - the Holy Family - hold out to us the virtues of an ideal family unit of a father, mother, and children, as well of a parish family with love, obedience, and mutual respect for each other. In addition, Jesus, God of Heaven and Earth, and His Blessed Mother, purity itself, render to Saint Joseph perfect subjection in all things.

The Sacraments

The Sacraments

5. THE SACRAMENTS

The life-giving soul of the Church is the grace of the Sacraments, the inheritance of every baptized Catholic. Every member of Sacred Heart Parish who has been united in wedlock has received as from the hands of Christ himself, through His ordained Priests or Deacons, the Nuptial Blessing. Our Blessed Mother, shown in this picture, shows her consideration of others by asking her Divine Son to perform His first public miracle at Cana of Galilee. She knows that her Son Christ will change water into wine at her request. We can see Him blessing the water, changing it into wine, as the young servant boy fills the water jugs to overflowing. In being present at the marriage feast, Christ and His Blessed Mother show their high regard for this sacrament. From it we can remember the words of the marriage vows, “until death do us part.”

The Four Evangelists

The Four Evangelists

6.THE FOUR EVANGELISTS

The four Evangelists, writers of the Gospels of the New Testament, are shown in this window. Each Evangelist and Gospel they wrote is associated with a certain symbol: Saint Matthew, a man, because he begins his account with the family tree to Christ as a man; Saint Mark, a lion, for his first chapter introduces Saint John the Baptist in the desert; Saint Luke, an ox, for his Gospel opens with the story of Zachariah offering sacrifice in the Temple; Saint John, an eagle, because his Gospel speeds straight to the Son. To these four Evangelists, who gave us such explicit and detailed accounts of our Savior's life, we should be grateful. For it is only in reading the Gospels that we can really come to know Christ, and learn to love Him as a result of this knowledge.

Our Lord with Martha and Mary

Our Lord with Martha and Mary

7. OUR LORD WITH MARTHA AND MARY

In this sketching, our Blessed Lord is visiting in the home of His friends Martha and Mary, in Bethany. Mary sits at our Lord's feet, engrossed in His explanations of the life of the spirit. Mary becomes a source of great annoyance to her sister, Martha, who is busy about trying to make her Divine Guest more comfortable. Therefore, she complains to our Lord that Mary has left her alone to do all the serving. The Divine Lord answers her in the ever memorable words, "Martha, Martha, you are busy about many things, but only one thing is necessary: Mary has chosen the better part; and it will not be taken from her." We are not to conclude from this statement of our Lord that those who live an ideal Christian life are not pleasing to Him, but that those who seek a life of perfection are His very own special ones.

The Keys to the Kingdom

The Keys to the Kingdom

8.  THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Here we see Christ giving to Peter the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Through the Power of the Keys granted by Christ, His Church, which is pictured, is able to forgive sins and the punishment due to them, eternal and temporal. The Church is able to grant indulgences to the faithful on earth and to the poor souls, and to excommunicate the recalcitrant sinner. The Apostles are shown in the background so we might understand that this power was given not only to Saint Peter, but also the Apostles.

The next three windows (windows nine, ten, eleven) are a set with the theme of "Communion of the Saints." They are in the back of the church and face the Tabernacle. The center window pictures the Sacred Heart of Jesus (window 10), to His right Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (window 11), to His left, Saint Joseph, the workman (window 9). These windows present a connection of the Holy Family's ties and that of the countries of America and France.

St. Joseph the Workman

St. Joseph the Workman

9. SAINT JOSEPH, THE WORKMAN

The window on the left of the Sacred Heart is Saint Joseph, whom God chose to watch over the childhood of the Incarnate Word. Here he is depicted in his role as a worker, holding in his hands one of the tools symbolic of his trade. In the upper right hand corner is Saint Joan of Arc, patroness of France. She met her death by flames as she was burned at the stake, defending her Faith and her country. On the lower left, Saint Louis, who became King of France at the age of twelve. He was said to be "the holiest and most just King who ever wore the Crown." At the lower right we see Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, another flower of sainthood in France. With persistent entreaties at the age of fifteen, she was permitted to enter Carmel of Lisieux, where she died at the early age of twenty-four.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

10.  THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

The center window pictures the Sacred Heart of Jesus lovingly portrayed for us. We see His heart is so full of love for us because in this Church we have honored His most adorable Heart. He has promised to bless the place in which His Sacred Heart is honored and loved. On the left of Jesus is Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini. In the lower pan is Saint Isaac Jogues, a Jesuit missionary and martyr. Below is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Iroquois girl. These three devoted servants of the Sacred Heart met their deaths in various ways, yet were united in one aspect and motive: love. We too are known for the love we bear for the Sacred Heart and for one another; therefore, our love is but an overflow of our love for God.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

11.OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

The window to the right of the center is our Lady of the Sacred Heart, one especially dear to Monsignor Maurice Bourgeois because of his great love for our Lady and for what the figures in the picture represent. Above our Lady of the Sacred Heart is Saint Maurice, who was a true soldier of Christ. He was martyred during the time of the severe persecutions of the Church by Maximian Herculius. To the lower right of our Lady is Saint John Mary Vianney, better known as the Cure d'Ars. He is beloved by all priests because Pius XI at the time of his canonization named him patron of the clergy. Right next to our Lady stands Saint Philomena, to whom the Cure d'Ars had great devotion in his life time. At the very bottom of the picture is Saint John the Baptist, who may also be called a model for those who preach the Word of God.

The Miracle Cure of the Paralytic

The Miracle Cure of the Paralytic

12.  THE MIRACLE CURE OF THE PARALYTIC

Pictured in this window is Jesus, speaking to a paralyzed man, who because of the crowd has been lowered from the roof of the house into the presence of Jesus. Jesus seeing their faith, said "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home," which, as He implied, was like saying, "your sins are forgiven." Looking at this window we learn the lessons our Lord was trying to convey to the crowd, that He was soon to confer upon the newly ordained priests, His Apostles, on the night of the Resurrection: the power to forgive sins. Let us be truly grateful for the great benefit we receive each time we go to confession and our sins are forgiven when the priest says, "I absolve you..."

The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration

13.  THE TRANSFIGURATION

In this window we see the transfiguration of Jesus on the Mountain. Here with the three Apostles with whom He is closest - Peter, James, and John - Jesus gives them a glimpse of Himself resplendent in glory. As they see Jesus transfigured before them, talking to Elijah and Moses, they are astonished at what they hear and see. In this Gospel narrative, Christ is revealing Himself to the world as He will appear one day to judge the living and the dead. Let us prepare ourselves for His final coming so that we may bear witness of His glorious Transfiguration.

Symbols of the Old Testament

Symbols of the Old Testament

14.  SYMBOLS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Here we see depicted symbols of the Old Testament, the seven-branched candlestick, the horn, and the scroll. The seven-branched candlestick given to Aaron by Moses, who had been commanded to do so by the Lord. It was to be turned against the north, toward the table of the loaves of proposition so that it might give forth light to the children of Israel. The horn, symbolic of a trumpet, was used to gather the multitude to the door of the tabernacle of the Covenant. The scroll contained the inspired word of God, the Jewish Bible. From these symbols of light, sound and written word, we, the people of the New Testament, can also be guided by the beacon of sanctifying grace from a life of darkness to one of light. By the chimes of our church bells we may be led to the altar of God, and by the inspired words of the New Testament come to a greater knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone is the way, the truth, and the life.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

15.  PALM SUNDAY

In this scene, we witness Jesus in His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. There, the King of Glory seated upon an ass, processed in, and before him branches were spread by the populace. They saluted Him as they acclaim in a loud voice, "Hosanna! Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord." Within a few days, though, this fickle-minded crowd would be crying out again. The words would not be words of praise, but of hatred and revenge, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" How often are we like that crowd, in time of consolation and peace we feel inclined to sing His praises; but in moments of aridity and trail we are inclined to say "Crucify Him!"

Maybe not by actual speech, but by our actions, we may indicate that we do not know that Man. It is then when trails and tribulations weigh us down that we need to seek GOD, and go to confession for words of comfort and hope.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

16.  THE LAST SUPPER

Of all the windows in the Church, this one is perhaps the most precious because of the stupendous miracle that our Lord performed at this time. It was at this time that He gave us the fullest proof of His love: Himself in the Holy Eucharist. Yet even this beautiful ceremony of the first Mass and the ordination of His first priests was marred by the presence of Judas. Judas is the traitor who sacrilegiously received holy Communion from the hands of our Lord Himself. We need to show gratitude to our Lord for this great gift, without which we would have been left orphans. We need to pray for the institution of Sacred Priesthood that our priests may live up to the high ideals of Jesus and their sacred calling. Let us also pray that our church parish will have many native sons in the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

The Burial of Christ

The Burial of Christ

17.  THE BURIAL OF CHRIST

Jesus had now fulfilled the purpose for which He became incarnate - the Redemption of the human race. The horrors are over, the betrayal of Judas, the denial of Peter, the desertion of the Apostles, the scourging, the crowing with thorns, the long steep road to Calvary, the Crucifixion! The seventh dolor of Mary, as pictured so often by swords, is the piercing of her maternal heart. She sees His mangled body, prepared for burial. Though her faith in His rising again is supreme, she realizes that this burial severs all natural earthly ties with her Divine Son. How desolate this moment was for the Mother of our Divine Savior! There may be moments in our life when God will visit us with such desolation of spirit. Will we be as valiant as this woman, the Co-redemptrix of the human race?

The Resurrection

The Resurrection

18. THE RESURRECTION

This third day dawns bright and beautifully as our crucified Christ throws off the bondage of His burial garments, and arises in His glorified state, the conqueror of sin and death. Though there is no special mention of His appearance to His Blessed Mother recorded in the Gospels, it is commonly believed that He must have appeared to her first. She, by whom He was given birth, gave vent to the wonders that God had worked in her many years previous and truly exalted in this triumphal victory of her Son. Her joy was now complete. However, her Son, our Lord was to ask one more sacrifice of her, she must remain on earth to mother the infant Church until He would see fit to raise her up body and soul into Heaven. There she would reign forever as "Queen of Martyrs." We, too, will one day rise gloriously with the crucified Lord because we will have lived the life of a true follower of Christ.

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+School News+

+ SHS Raffle Tickets (for a needy family) are due on Monday, April 16th.                                                 Drawing Date: Monday, April 23rd

+ ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR: Parent volunteers are needed for the elementary book fair Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23rd-25th, from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Service hours are available for parent volunteers. Volunteers can contact scheduling chairperson Desi Johnson at desjohnson1021@gmail.com. Reminder: Volunteers must be Safe Environment certified.

 

TROJAN DAY ANNOUNCEMENT:  The date of our 2018 Trojan Day has been scheduled for Saturday, August 18th. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to share our love and Trojan pride by hosting this event. As many of you are aware, it takes a joint effort from the members of our Trojan family to make this a special day for our students and families. With that being said, Jamie Vidrine has graciously volunteered to be the Chairman and is need of additional volunteers to help plan this amazing event. Please contact Jamie @ 337-849-5448 if you would like to help. We appreciate our Trojan families’ continued support and dedication!

 

 

The Christ: A Faithful Picture of Jesus from the Gospels

This video series examines the Four Gospels to see how each one gives us an insight into Jesus as God, Man, Savior, and Friend.

The last session will be on Monday, April 16th from 5:30-6:30pm at the Family Life Center.

Please join us and bring a friend!

8WeekLesson

What’s Happening Around the Diocese?

+ A Special Mass for Survivors of Violence: Violence hits all communities, all income and age groups, and it also tests our faith. We have a responsibility to respond. Please help us reach out to those individuals and families who have experienced the pain and hurt of losing a love one through a violent act. The Catholic community cannot ignore the moral and human costs of so much violence in our mist. A special mass will be held on Sunday, April 29th at 2:00pm at the Cathedral of St. John. Bishop Douglas Deshotel will be the celebrant. All are invited to the Mass and the reception that follows. Please call the Office of Justice & Peace (261-5545) for more information or to make a referral and a personal invitation will be extended.

+ Annulment Process Workshop: Msgr. Robie Robichaux, the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Lafayette, will be presenting workshops on Declaration of Nullity and what is needed to begin the process. Additionally, the Office of Marriage and Family Life will provide information and resources available to individuals dealing with divorce and grief recovery. The two-hour workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 10:00am and 6:00pm at the Diocesan offices, 1408 Carmel Dr. in Lafayette, LA. Please register by calling 261-5623 or via email to catrahan@diolaf.org. This is a FREE workshop!

 + Annual Mother’s Day of Reflection: The Annual Mothers’ Day of Reflection will be held on  Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Immaculata Center (1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette 70501). The day will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 2:00 PM. The cost for the day is $25.00, which includes your lunch and materials for the day. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Deshotel.  Visit www.diolaf.org/marriage             to register. Pre-registration is required no later than April 27th.

Missy Polozola will be our guest speaker and will speak on Fiat: A Modern Day Journey with Our Lady Down the Road of Devotion and Prayer. Missy Polozola is a native of Lafayette, LA. She is wife to Kyle and mother to four beautiful, lively girls. Missy is passionate about her Catholic faith and living it, and can’t help sharing it with her world. Missy is an artist and teacher. Missy is blessed to have the opportunity to share her love of Jesus with the children at John Paul the Great Academy where she teaches Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and art classes. Missy had the distinct privilege of spending two years information with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN. She counts those years as some of the most important in her life. Missy loves to travel, paint with her kids (and without!), go on dates with her husband, open her home to guests, be a friend to many, and just enjoy people.

Parish Announcements

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements

The Perpetual (24 hours) Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available to us at Mercy Regional Hospital Chapel. If you are interested in becoming a regularly scheduled adorer or a substitute adorer, please phone 337-363-4533 for more information.

 

+ We would like to remind our parishioners that if you or a family member are sick or physically unable to attend Mass, please contact our office. We can connect you with one of our Homebound Ministers to bring you the Eucharist at home.

Fr. Tom’s Homily 2017

Homily for December 31, 2017 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Homily for December 17, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Homily for December 10, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Homily for December 3, 2017 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Homily for November 26, 2017 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Homily for November 12, 2017 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for November 5, 2017 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Homily for October 29, 2017 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for October 22, 2017 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for October 8, 2017 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for October 1, 2017 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Homily for September 24, 2017- 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for September 17, 2017- 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for September 10, 2017 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for September 3, 2017 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for August 27, 2017- 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for August 20, 2017- 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for August 13, 2017- 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for August 06, 2017- The Transfiguration of the Lord 

Homily for July 30, 2017- 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for July 16, 2017 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for July 2, 2017 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for June 25, 2017 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily for June 18, 2017 – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 

Homily for May 28, 2017 – The Ascension of the Lord 

Homily for May 21, 2017- 6th Sunday of Easter

Homily for May 14, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Easter (Mother’s Day)

Homily for May 7, 2017- 4th Sunday of Easter

Homily for April 30, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Easter 

Homily for April 16, 2017- Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Homily for April 2, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Lent 

Homily for March 19, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (Returning Mass for Men’s ACTS Retreat) 

Homily for March 12, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Lent 

Homily for February 26, 2017 – 8th Sunday Ordinary Time 

Homily for February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday Ordinary Time 

Homily for February 5, 2017 – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time

Homily for January 22, 2017 – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time 

Homily for January 15, 2017 -2nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Homily for January 8, 2017 – The Epiphany of the Lord 

Homily for January 1, 2017 – Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Parishioners For Life

Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion

A Pro-life Lent

The traditional practice of “giving something up for Lent” is a practice of self-denial; our Lord said that to follow him, we must deny our very selves. It means we say No to ourselves and Yes to God and others. This reverses the pattern of sin, which says Yes to ourselves and No to God and others. In our culture, the most violent No to God and others is abortion. Over three thousand times every day in our nation, people say No to a little child so that they may say Yes to their fears or their plans. This Lent, as we practice self-denial, let’s think of these children. Let’s offer our sacrifices for them. May all say Yes to God and Yes to the unborn. For more ideas about how to foster respect for the unborn this Lent, visit www.priestsforlife.org.