Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Today we celebrate the Optional Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a seventeenth century Visitation Sister in France. Since our parish is named in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and because of the many saints who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque is the most well-known, we’d like to tell you a bit about her.
At twenty-two, Margaret Mary entered the Visitation convent of Paray-le-Monial. One day when praying in the chapel, Margaret Mary heard the Lord inviting her to take the place of St. John the Evangelist close to his Sacred Heart and to spread such devotion to his Sacred Heart that all Catholics would know of his great love for them. It was a time when many French people were caught up in Jansenism, a heresy which emphasized God’s judgment to the neglect of his mercy, so much so that many Catholics rarely frequented Holy Communion. Church historians regard devotion to the Sacred Heart as the Holy Spirit’s remedy for Jansenism. Eventually, devotion to the Sacred Heart would spread throughout the world. Since 1929 (when our parish was built), the Feast of the Sacred Heart has been elevated to the highest rank.
The next time we gaze upon the beautiful painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our sanctuary, may our hearts echo the last words of St. Margaret Mary: “I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.”
Fire Disaster Relief
- This Saturday and Monday from 8-11:00, the Knights will be offering free food items and other goods at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 772 Black Oak Drive. Thank you, Knights!
- This Saturday and Sunday, Catholic Charities will be a the parish hall all day, beginning around 9:30 -10AM. For those who lost their homes, they will be offering fire relief aid, and free legal advice and counseling.
- Online scheduling is still required for mass, 60 hours in advance, please. Just go towww.sacredheartmedford.org and click the scheduling link. Easy!
The first 100 people to be checked in may go into the church; after that, you’ll go to the parish hall. Please arrive about 15 minutes in advance to check in. The church door will be locked when mass begins, and late arrivals will be directed to the parish hall.
No online bulletin this weekend. The urgency and work of preparing for another distribution of the parish’s fire relief fund – which requires Bernice’s bilingual capabilities and time – is needing to take priority over the writing of this weekend’s bulletin, but the bulletin will return next week. In the meantime, please find this week’s mass intentions below.
8:30AM Daily Mass
- Oct 19: +Francisco Rios
- Oct 20: +Steve Berntsen
- Oct 21: +Boy Boyea
Th. Oct 22: +John Kosmatka
F: Oct 23: +Kathryn Geaney
- Oct 23: +Denny Ferrin
- Oct 23, 5:30 Sieg Family
- Oct 24 8:30 Sacred Heart Parish
Sun Oct 24 Noon +Joseph Menicucci
Sun Oct 24 3:30 +John Kosmatka
May God bless you all with a peaceful, safe and healthy week ahead.
With our love and prayers,
The Sacred Heart Staff