The Pastor’s Corner
The summer seems to have passed very quickly and now we are already beginning the school year. Sacred Heart Academy begins with our student body at capacity. Very soon we will be back to the usual round of Academy activities.
The multi-purpose room in the Academy looks great. I’m told that the cafeteria should be up and running for the start of the school year, at least that is our hope! The new gymnasium will take a while longer.
Once again, I ask that you support the Academy in any way you can. In addition to the fundraising events, there is the “Tuition Angels” fund through which parishioners can help pay the tuition for students in need.
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In early September, I will be speaking about the increased offertory campaign that Bishop Loverde has endorsed for every parish. It is an opportunity to reflect on how much we are giving to the weekly offertory collection and see whether any adjustments should be made. It is a low key campaign geared to help us all examine the level of support we are giving and can give to Sacred Heart Church.
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We are coming to a conclusion in our search process for a new Coordinator of Music Ministries. As mentioned last week, we would like to have someone in place by Labor Day. That is also a good time of the year to seek to expand the adult choir.
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The RCIA program also begins after Labor Day. If you are interested in joining the Catholic Church or know of anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, please fill out a registration form that is found on the table in the narthex (below the picture of the Sacred Heart). The RCIA sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.
In Our Lord
Father Stan Krempa
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A note about Mass attire: We come to the summer months when people tend to dress more casually because of the heat. Let us all try to dress appropriately for Mass. How we dress is a sign of our respect for the Mass, respect for the congregation and respect for ourselves as Catholics. Dressing appropriately for Mass reflects our dignity as people of God, unified by Baptism and graced through the saving Death and Resurrection of Christ.
Appropriate dress is a way of recognizing that what we are doing on Sunday is important and sacred. Let us make the effort to show our reverence not only in our words but in our dress and demeanor. It can also be a reminder to others of the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
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A new, two-minute video each month to help “build the virtues you wish you already had” from the Arlington Diocese. Each month features a different priest from our diocese.