Welcome To Sacred Heart Parish!
We encourage all members of Sacred Heart to be involved in the mission of Jesus Christ: to share His message of salvation, to build up the Body of Christ, the Church, and to encounter Christ through regular reception of His sacraments, that we would all know, love and live for our Lord Jesus. Please join us in our service to the Lord!
Sacred Heart Parish Mass Times
Mon 5:30 PM
Wed. 12:10 and 5:30 PM
Tues,Thur,Fri: 7:30 AM
Sat. 8:15 am
SATURDAY Vigil: 5pm
SUNDAY: 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am
Mon. 5:00pm, Tues 7:00am, Wed. 5:00pm
Thur., & Fri. 7:00am
Sat. 7:30-8:00am & 3:30-4:30pm
Please schedule an appointment with Bremer Photography for the new parish directory (see below link). You will receive 1 free 8.5x10 portrait as well as a Church directory if you participate. Thank you!
Snowman Holiday Luncheon January 19th
Holiday Luncheon will be Saturday at noon on January 19, 2019 at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 409 3rd Ave SE. Cost is $12. Door prizes, goodies and snowmen for sale. Come for lunch and stay to play cards or visit with friends. Reservations required and can be made starting January 6th. Call Helen at 605-225-7088.
THE MESSIAH IS IN OUR MIDST
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
written by Douglas Sousa, S.T.L.
This Sunday, we end our Christmas celebration with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. It marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry of preaching the good news of reconciliation for sinners. This feast reveals more of the mystery of Jesus and his mission. As Luke tells us, when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came down upon him and a voice booming from above declared that he was the Son of God and that the Father was pleased with him. God was declaring that the long-awaited Messiah was now in their midst.
Though the scene is majestic, there is another dimension to this baptism story. Anyone listening carefully to God’s voice would have heard an echo of the ancient prophecies of Isaiah called the Servant Songs. Through the prophet Isaiah, God describes the Messiah as one with whom he is pleased and as the one upon whom he has placed his Spirit. This matches exactly the words spoken from heaven at Jesus’ baptism. And so, God is pointing out to the people that Jesus is the servant whom Isaiah foretold many centuries earlier. In another of the Servant Songs, however, Isaiah prophesies that it would be through his suffering that this servant would bring about the salvation promised by God. We read these prophecies every year during Holy Week. The Messiah is described as a suffering servant who takes on the sins of the people and is rejected and persecuted. As Isaiah puts it, “By his stripes, we are healed” (Is 53:5).
Through these words, a little bit more of the mystery of Jesus is revealed. This Savior was destined to be rejected and to suffer death for our salvation.
Thankfully, Jesus’ death is not the end of the story. That same Spirit which alighted on Jesus at his baptism raised him from the dead. That same Spirit came upon the Apostles and Mary, empowering them to pick up where Jesus left off and spread the Good News. We ourselves are the recipients of the promise made by John the Baptist when he said One was coming who would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Each of us has received that fire of the Spirit through Baptism and Confirmation. The same Holy Spirit who came down upon Jesus was given to us. We were granted the forgiveness of our sins and the promise that the One who raised Jesus would raise us up to everlasting life. The same Spirit who ignited a fire in the Apostles has been given to us so that we can live and spread his word, not with our puny efforts but with the very power of God. All this is given to us who have believed in the name of Jesus and have been baptized in his Spirit. It is a Spirit that leads us out of fear and slavery into freedom.
And so this Sunday, we wrap up our celebration of Jesus’ birth for another year. However, we commit ourselves once again to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive all year long. We do that, however, not by keeping our Christmas tree up or singing carols. We do that by living our baptism in the power of the Spirit we have received. We do that by calling others to recognize and accept the gift of salvation offered them in the person of Jesus. We do that by striving to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah to bring freedom to captives, sight to the blind, and food to the hungry. We do that by giving our lives over to Jesus, our Messiah, every day and by asking him to work wonders in our lives and in our world.
Douglas Sousa, S.T.L.
Lord, through baptism, we have become your sons and daughters. By the Spirit we have received, we walk in newness of life. Open our hearts continually to your Spirit so that we can call captives to freedom, the blind to new vision, and the poor to claim their true dignity. Walking by that Spirit, may we find our way to your Kingdom, where you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
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Parish Registration Form and Parish Office Hours
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am -4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am -12:30pm
Phone #: 605-225-7065
- Rev. Mark Lichter, Pastor
- Fr. Patrick Grode, Parochial Vicar
- Janean Block, Administrative Secretary
- Mrs. Paulette Hay, Financial Secretary
- Carissa Baustian, Director of Music and Organist
- Thomas Eskro, Director of Evangelization and Discipleship
- Mrs. Dawn Wanttie, Asst. Coordinator of Faith Formation Grades 1-5
- Mr. Jeff Swank, Maintenance & Cemetery
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Interested in becoming Catholic?
The normal process for adults interested in becoming Catholic, or adults seeking full sacramental initiation into the church, is through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. Classes are being held Sundays from 2-3:30pm here at the parish. All those even interested in the possibility of becoming Catholic are encouraged to attend.
The first three weekends of November Fr. Mark and Fr. Patrick spent discussing what it means to be a steward of our Time, Talent, and Treasure. The parish offers a lot of opportunities for stewardship through the generosity of it's people - the body of Christ. If you didn't get a chance to fill out the stewardship form they are linked below but also available in the parish office and at each of the church entrances.
ABERDEEN CATHOLIC FOUNDATION
Contact Executive Director David M. Vetch
202 S. Main Street, Ste 314
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Readings for the Week
Keeping Jeff Updated
Something broken? Needs attention? “HEY Jeff” sheets are in each entry along with a pencil. Please use them to let Jeff know if you find something that needs attention. Completed sheets can be placed in the collection, given to Jeff, a priest or staff, or the office.
Daily Reflections Video
Prayer For Our Country
Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America in to the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she many present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our President-elect and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the innocence of our children. Grant the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners—on all who are in need.
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.
—An Act of Consecration for the United States from Prayers for All Occasions: From the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Friday: 8:30am -12:30pm