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The Pastor’s Corner


Join in the Day of Prayer

On October 5th, the III General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops addressing The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization will commence in Rome. In order to prepare for this important moment in the Church, the Holy Father has announced a universal Day of Prayer for today, Sunday, September 28. Please consider saying the following prayer, composed by Pope Francis, with your families that the Lord will grant the Synod His wisdom and divine assistance.

Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
In you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn in trust.Holy Family of Nazareth,
Grant that our families too
May be places of communion and prayer,
Authentic schools of the Gospel
And small domestic Churches.Holy Family of Nazareth,
May families never again
Experience violence, rejection and division:
May all who have been hurt or scandalized
Find ready comfort and healing.Holy Family of Nazareth,
May the approaching synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Graciously hear our prayer.


In Our Lord,

Father Brendan Bartlett

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On Saturday, October 4th, we will have our traditional St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals. This will take place in the lower parking lot behind the Rectory at Noon. Please bring your animals for this blessing.

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From our principal

“I want to thparksank all of Sacred Heart for the warm welcome I have received. My name is Susan Parks and I am the new principal of Sacred Heart Academy. I moved here from the Crystal Coast of North Carolina where I was Principal at Annunciation Catholic School. I grew up in Maryland and lived for many years in Northern Virginia, so I feel I am returning home.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from George Mason University, a Master of Science in Education Administration from the University of Scranton, and a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. I am currently pursuing my EdD in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.

My hobbies are my four children, seven grandchildren and Catholic education. I am very excited to be part of such a delightful community. I look forward to meeting everyone and having a wonderful 2014-2015 school year.”


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