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
Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve, Monday December 24th - 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 10:00pm
Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25th - 7:30am and 9:30am. There will be no 11:30am Mass.
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.
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!
Advent: A Season of Discernment
We live in an age of hashtags, sound bites, and blogs and in a world of competing viewpoints and clamoring voices. It can sometimes be difficult to discern what is really worthy of our attention. This is especially true in days when partisan politics dominates our newsfeeds, and we try to make sense of senseless acts of violence and terror on so many fronts. It’s easy to place blame, make excuses, and dig into our ideological trenches, all too often losing sight of the many goods — and lives — that are sacrificed on the altars of partisanship and policy.
There is a real danger in all of this: if we settle for the mediocrity of sound bites and half-truths, without seeking to discern what is truly important, we run the risk of losing sight of the hopes and promises that can only find fulfillment in a life committed to Christ.
While we may not often think of it in this way, Advent is a season of discernment. We’re reminded of this in the second reading for this Sunday as we hear St. Paul’s words to the Philippians: “This is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Phil 1:9-10).
Building on this theme, the words of the prophet Baruch and the clarion call of John the Baptist that we hear this Sunday remind us of what it is we are called to be and do. The Baptist’s cry to “prepare the way for the Lord” is a charge to discern the Lord’s voice calling out to us in the midst of the noise and clamor that fills our daily lives and to persevere in the way of faith. This truth prompted the priest Origen to ask: “Is it not a way within ourselves that we have to prepare for the Lord? Is it not a straight and level highway in our hearts that we are to make ready? Surely this is the way by which the Word of God enters … Prepare a way for the Lord by living a good life and guard that way by good works. Let the Word of God move in you unhindered and give you a knowledge of his coming and of his mysteries.”
Hearing the voice of the Lord in the distance demands action, but this isn’t only an invitation to turn away from personal choices and sins that may limit or even prevent God’s coming among us. John is also calling us to turn toward God’s mercy. And this turning — conversion — isn’t only about what we give up, it is really about accepting the gift that we are being offered. This is why Pope Francis has reflected, “Let us ask ourselves: is it true that in the various situations and circumstances of life, we have within us the same feelings that Jesus has? Is it true that we feel as Christ feels … We must always convert and have the sentiments that Jesus had.”
In the liturgy for this Second Sunday of Advent, we are being reminded that these days of Advent demand our attention and intentionality. It is only by seeking the stillness and quiet — leaving behind the hashtags and sound bites — that we can discern the distant voice of the Coming One who brings the mercy and peace which our world so desperately needs.
Br. Silas Henderson, S.D.S.
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.
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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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