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 Pro-Life Rosary is prayed on the first Saturday of each month after 8:00 a.m. Mass. 
  • 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 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • The litany of the Sacred Heart is prayed each First Friday after Holy Mass at 6:30am.

PARISH BULLETIN

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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.

Devotion of the Month

AUGUST:  THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

The Church dedicates the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is a dogma of the Catholic faith that Mary is the Immaculate Conception; that is, in preparation for the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity in her womb, she was conceived without the corruption of sin through the infinite merits of her Son, Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, as saints and theologians reflected on how Mary pondered and treasured the sacred events from the life of Christ in her holy heart, as attested in Scripture, her pure heart was recognized as something to be imitated. Devotion to Our Lady’s purity of heart began to flower, so much so that in the 17th century St. John Eudes promoted it alongside the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The devotion rose to a new level after the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, when Mary revealed an image of her Immaculate Heart to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco.

+School News+

Sacred Heart School would like to welcome back all our students, new and returning!

+ Whole School Mass on Thursday, August 15th for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

+ Elementary Football Jamboree~ Saturday, August 24th at Opelousas Catholic

+ Senior Rosary~ Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30pm

+ High School Meet the Trojans ~ Thursday, August 29th

Meet the Trojan Faculty at 5:30 P.M.

Meet the Trojans Pep-Rally at 6:00 P.M.

+ High School Football Jamboree ~ Friday, August 30th at Basile

+ NO SCHOOL ~ Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day)

 

 

ACTS Retreat

The next Women’s ACTS Retreat will be August 22nd – 25th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about ACTS, please email the CORE team at core@holyfamilyacts.org

or email Fr. Tom at frtom@sacredheartvp.com.

Religious Education Program

+ Religious Education Program +

Director of Religious Education: Tiffany Tate Alfred

Phone: 363.5167  Email: olqasdre@centurytel.net

The Diocese of Lafayette has partnered with Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, to give everyone in the diocese access to workshops that can help in their religious formation. Although some of the workshops are geared towards teachers, many simply give information on topics that many of us want to know more about (i.e. the Eucharist, Mary, New Testament, Old Testament). All you have to do is go to www.franciscanathome.com/diolaf to begin to create your account. The Office of Catechetics has a short 3 minute video on their webpage that will direct you on how to create an account. Our parish has already been placed in the system, so all you have to do is create your personal account. We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for us to grow in our faith.

CCD Registration forms for the 2019-2020 school year have been mailed out. Please return the registration form to  OLQAS Family Life Center and pick up your book from Tiffany Alfred by August 1st. There will be a $5.00 late fee for any registration forms turned in after August 1st. 

Click on the link below to download the registration form.

+ Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

+ 2nd Grade/First Communion

+ Grades 9, 10, 11/Confirmation

 

Click here for the Elementary CCD schedule of classes

Click here for the High school CCD schedule of classes 

What’s Happening Around the Diocese?

+ Eucharistic Procession Along Bayou Teche: 

Thursday, August 15th ~ In honor of the 254th anniversary of the arrival of the Catholic faith to Acadiana and the 202nd anniversary of St. Martinville. Begins at 8:00am with a French Mass celebrated by Bishop Deshotel at St. Leo’s in Leonville.

+ St. Ann’s Youth Retreat: 

St. Ann’s Catholic Church invites you to a Youth Retreat for High School Teenagers grades 8th – 12th.

Registration is $130 per teen which covers food and lodging.

August 16th -18th at the Acadian Baptist Center in Richard.

Activities include: Live Music & Games, Confession, Daily Mass, Adoration, Guest Speakers and much more!

Call 337-468-3159 for more information!

+ Follow Me: A Grieving Dad’s Retreat:

Join us for a weekend of fun, fishing and fellowship! Two options: (1) September 20th at 6:00pm – September 22nd 9:00am …(2) September 27th at 6:00pm – September 29th at 9:00am. 

Location: Toledo Bend

To properly plan this retreat, RSVP’s for sleeping arrangements and pricing are needed. We will work to secure sponsorships for families who are in need, but we cannot guarantee that a retreatant will receive a sponsorship. For more information, please contact Kelly@redbird.love or 337-223-2019.

+ARISE- A Grieving Mother’s Retreat:  October 18-19, 2019

Red Bird Ministries is offering an overnight weekend retreat at Our Lady of the Bayou Retreat House for grieving mothers to experience hope, healing and fellowship. “Arise” is a great opportunity to connect with other grieving mothers in our community and walk together towards healing.

Early bird registration: $125.00– Ends on September 15th, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

After this date, registration increases to $150.00. Registration closes on October 1st. Red Bird Ministries will work with your parish if you need a sponsorship. Please contact kelly@redbird.love for more information.

*Volunteers Needed: Red Bird Ministries is looking for help to make this event even better and would greatly appreciate your assistance. If interested in volunteering, please contact kelly@redbird.love.

+ Theology of the Body:

The Desormeaux Foundation, 1334 Jefferson Street, will be offering the 4-part series for Theology of the Body I on the following dates.

Wednesdays- July 10, 17, 24, 31

Mondays- September 9, 16, 23, 20

Mondays- November 4, 11, 18, 25

To register for one of the above series, please call 337-289-9366. All sessions will be held at the Desormeaux Foundation from 6:00-8:00pm. 18 years and older are invited to attend.

Parish Announcements

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements

+ Mass Schedule for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

Wednesday, August 14th (Anticipated Mass)

4:00pm at Sacred Heart Church and 4:00pm at Belaire Cove Chapel

Thursday, August 15th 

6:30am, 12:10pm & 5:30pm at Sacred Heart Church

6:00pm at St. Joseph Church

 

+ NEW Radio Station!  Tune in to 99.5 FM to listen to Catholic Radio for Acadiana!

+Family Fun Day! SAVE THE DATE! 

We will have a family fun day for ALL parishioners of St. Joseph, Our Lady Queen of All Saints, Sacred Heart & Belaire Cove church parishes. It will be held on Saturday, September 28th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at St. Francis Farms, located at 1187 AT&T Tower Road, St. Landry, LA 71367 – best route via Lone Pine Hwy (HWY 115). Lunch will be provided. Bring your beverages. No Alcohol please! There will be games, etc. for adults and children. Children may want to bring swimwear. RSVP to Dennis Fontenot by text or call (337) 962-4122. Please RSVP by Monday, September 16th. Hope you & your family will join us for this fun Community activity!

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 call Theresa Attales (337)363-1852 or Julius Bischoff (337)290-1133. 

+ 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.

Parishioners For Life

Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion

To Save The World ~ One Baby At A Time

Jesus, you gave us your mother as Our Mother.

Please send Our Mother to her daughter who is considering an abortion.

To tell her daughter, that she is greatly loved by:

• Her Mother in heaven
• Her baby
• And Jesus

Then ask her to CHOOSE LIFE for the sake of:

• Her baby
• Herself
• And the World

AMEN!

Resource Recommendations

The following are resource recommendations from the Diocese Office of Marriage & Family Life:

Divorce & Annulment:

+Catholic Divorce Survival Guide: diolaf.org/divorcerecovery

+Office of Tribunal: diolaf.org/tribunal

+Beginning Experience: beginningexperience.org

Grief/Bereavement:

+ A Catholic Journey Through Grief: diolaf.org/grief

+ Companions Along the Journey (support group, Scott area): (337)654-8917

+ Grief Share (support group, Broussard area): (337)837-1864

+ LA Grief Support Group (New Iberia area): (337)367-8003

+ St. Monica’s Society (support group for widowed women, Lafayette area): (337)235-0465

+ Healing House (Hope for Grieving Children): healing-house.org; (337)234-0443

+ Hospice of Acadiana (support group): (337)232-1234

Infertility/NFP:

+ diolaf.org/nfp

+ USCCB webpage on infertility: usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/resources/infertility

+ catholic-fertility@yahoogroups.com

Marriage Enrichment:

+ World Wide Marriage Encounter: wwwme.org

+ For Your Marriage: foryourmarriage.org

Mental Illness:

+ National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: name.org

Pregnancy & Infant Loss:

+ elizabethministry.com

+ aplacetoremember.com

+ nationalshare.org

+ maddiesfootprints.org

Struggling Marriages:

+ Retrouvaille Weekend: A program for troubled marriages. The weekend provides a safe setting; encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner. Visit the website for more information and to register www.helpourmarriage.com.

+ Codependents Anonymous (a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop health relationships: (337)261-5607

Suicide Survivors:

+ diolaf.org/suicide-survivors

+ Jacob Crouch Foundation: injacobsmemory.org

+ American Association of Suicidology: suicidology.org

+ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org

+ Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: save.org

+ Yellow Ribbon Program (Prevention of Teen Suicide): yellowribbon.org