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Blessed Easter!! Looking to the Future Together

On behalf of Father Berhorst, the deacon community, Sister Mary Ruth, the parish staff and the Sacred Heart school staff, a Blessed Easter to each and every one of you and to your families. We are happy to have many visitors with us this Easter Weekend, and we pray for those who are away visiting family and friends. The Lord has risen; He has truly risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

With this article, I want to share with you, upcoming events. I invite you to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all of our parishioners and to attend as many of these as you can. April 7 is Divine Mercy Sunday. The second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday was promulgated by St. John Paul II on April 30, 2000, the day he canonized St. Faustina Kowalska, the Religious Sister who received the visions from Jesus Christ about His Divine Mercy. If one would like to pray, there is a 9 day Novena that leads up to Divine Mercy Sunday. Easter Sunday is day 3 of the Novena. The Novena is readily available on line. Day 9 is Divine Mercy Sunday. On Divine Mercy Sunday, after the 9 and 10am Masses, we will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for anyone who would like to stay and join us in this devotion.

April 12, 13, and 14 more people will be received into full communion with the church. Also, on April 13, the Stewardship Office is extending Bishop McKnight’s invitation for as many lay people as possible to attend the Stewardship Conference at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. This day is to help us better understand the spirituality (and not see stewardship as synonymous as fundraising) of stewardship. Let us all work together to understand stewardship as our grateful response as Christian Disciples who recognize and receives God’s gifts and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor. So much is done in our parish through our parishioners’ gifts of time and talent. Thank you! Let’s be present at the stewardship conference to grow in our spirituality. We will be back for the next event in our parish that deserves special recognition, our annual Hall of Fame Dinner and induction ceremony. Our celebration begins with the 4pm Mass April 13 and then we make our way to the Commons and McGremlin Gym for appetizers, dinner and program. Within the program, our inductees are introduced, recognized and honored. Hopefully you have purchased your ticket and are ready for the fun night for our parish’s school.

The next two weekends, April 21-22 and April 27-28, Knights of Columbus will sponsor the annual signature campaign for life. April 21 is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Join us as we, together as parish, discern who the Lord may be calling from our parish to consider priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. It has been four years since we had “Called by Name” and Vocation discernment dinners in our parish. With the upcoming ordination of Deacon Christopher Hoffmann to the priesthood on June 1, it is the right time to offer the “Called by Name” initiative.

April 28, as pastor, I will pray with our graduates of Smith Cotton who will be attending their baccalaureate at 3pm. Please already pray for all of our graduates at all levels in all places of education that they may hear the Lord’s plan for them and follow it. This is the only way to live the most fulfilled happiest life possible. As we look ahead, we get ready for First Communion Weekend on May 4-5, our own school’s graduations and celebrations in May; Christopher Hoffmann’s ordination at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on June 1, his 10 and 11:30 Masses of Thanksgiving on June 2 followed by the Corpus Christi Procession and his reception at the Commons and McGremlin Gym to follow. And, July 1 and 2, we are the host parish as the Blessed Sacrament and many pilgrims make their way from San Francisco to Indianapolis for the Eucharistic Congress. We will start July 1 with 6pm carry-in dinner, then a talk on the Eucharist in 2 languages; we will process to St. Patrick for overnight adoration concluding with 6:30am Mass. We will process back to Sacred Heart after Mass and the Blessed Sacraments and pilgrims will be on their way to Pilot Grove after a grab and go breakfast. More on all of these as the weeks progress, but here is a bit of a roadmap for the upcoming months. Let us pray!