Sacred Heart of Jesus Church - Serving the Communities of South Bend and Lakeville, Indiana
Our church decorator, Ellen (SJ) had the sanctuary of the church decorated for Palm Sunday last weekend as we once again live-streamed our Mass at 10 a.m. that Sunday. Thanks, Ellen!
Offertory Income to the Parish: it was told to me today (Monday) that many offerings for the support of the parishes during this difficult time have come in through the mail, if not by people making the extra effort to arrange some form of on-line giving or direct withdrawal from their checking account. I am very grateful and also very edified that so many have been so conscientious about their support of our parishes at this time. I know, for some, they are unable to do much because they are out of work and wondering how they will keep their own bills paid. At the same time, any in that position are very much aware of our own struggle at the parish level where all of what we have to do with is based on what you are able to do. Thanks again to all of you who are able to be so giving and generously so, in these most difficult of times. We continue our prayers that normalcy will return soon.

I have to tell you a cute story, sans names. One of our parishioners was telling the "office" that she and her children were watching Mass from St. Jude, and that her (several) children were still in their jammies (my comment made, intended to be more humorous; but I had become a bit tearful as I first commented on missing the presence of the congregation ). They somehow thought that I was able to see them and that's how I knew they were in their jammies. Suddenly they became very modest and ran for blankets! Too funny! Leave it to kids to keep life in perspective!

I am thrilled to have Abe and hopefully by weekend, Emily too, back with us and out of self quarantine. Until they could be tested and the results back, they had to error on the side of complete caution and have therefore been home bound for two weeks, plus. Abe has been (since) diligently working on making our "live" liturgies/prayers more professionally edited so that they can be even more prayerful for you. I am so grateful for his knowledge of techie stuff as well as his sound knowledge of liturgy. We will have some more opportunities for you to join the parish in prayer in these days ahead, including your ability to pray with us, as a group (or later on your own) even for the Divine Mercy chaplet/novena in these days ahead. Please do join and if not able, pray for the intercession of the saints, but most especially for action of the Holy Spirit in this World-wide concern for God's people.

 

Blessings and prayers for you all, 

- Fr. John
In directives from the diocese, we have guidance on how to celebrate Palm (Passion) Sunday as well as the rest of Holy Week and Easter. We will try to keep you updated through the various media forms we have: School newsletters, Facebook, the bulletin posted on our parish website, etc.  Please help us in our best efforts to reach you by checking any of these formats.

Masses that have been scheduled (in memory of loved ones or for the special intention of) are still going on daily and on weekends. Great care is being taken to make sure that all “Mass intentions” will be fulfilled, if even at a later date than originally scheduled.

We ARE asked to have the church open (available) for individuals to come in to pray. Sit apart the recommended distance! For St.Jude, you may enter from10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays, by simply pushing the buzzer at the handicap door #13. A secretary will “buzz” you through. If you turn on a light, use the BACK light switch, and TURN IT OFF when you leave. The Sanctuary light will remain on to assist you in your focus on the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. For Sacred Heart, they are open weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on the weekends at regular Mass times. Parishioners are welcome to pray in church at these times. 

Blessings and prayers for you all, 

- Fr. John

It is my hope that many more are becoming comfortable with and taking advantage of reading the weekly parish bulletin “on line.” It allows you to read at your leisure, re-read something in greater detail or to refresh your understanding of some important details. It can’t blow out of the car if you happened to have driven a convertible to church on a weekend! It really IS very handy and a great way to reach members of the parish!
We also encourage you to stay in close touch with our Parish and our School Facebook Pages, Steve’s ongoing School Newsletter to parents, our Parish Website, the Diocesan Website, even the Vatican Website. You may find articles or information of great interest on any or all.
You may also find the Catholic News Agency to be a good resource for articles and information. Easy to find; simply type the above title into your server (Safari or whomever).
I heard from my stock broker on Monday! Interesting since I have so little by way of stocks that I should think I’d be down the long list before he got to my name, but he’s a nice guy and must be taking particular care to stay in touch with clients, just to let them hear another friendly voice (if news on the market is that friendly right now). He is also the “dad” of a great Catholic family, a son out of college, two still in, and a daughter in Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne. Of course, all are home right now (or the graduate home for a visit) and as a way of keeping their prayer life alive and well during this abstinence from Holy Mass, they prayed the Rosary together as a family. It didn’t surprise me to have him tell me so, as he too was raised that way; to pray together often and in varied ways, as a family. I tell the story since I know a number of good friends who are doing the same thing as a family—but then, it was always their practice as a Catholic home. I encourage all of you to be doing the same. Remember, as said before, the home is the first Church. As Catholic parents, I want to believe that never a mealtime goes by, nor maybe morning breakfast table or evening dinner table, before the blab of the TV gets turned on, that you don’t first find time for at least some prayer together as a family. Along with weekly Mass (now sadly, only to be viewed on TV), prayer together, parents and children, is part of that promise parents make to God on the day of their children’s baptism. The seriousness of the current times should be a good time to take a hard look at how we are all fulfilling our commitment to daily prayer, reading of Sacred Scripture, if only a short passage for daily reflection, and encouraging such as a family. “The family that prays together, stays together!” Because of the unusual nature of what we are going through presently as a people, I’m sure children will look back some years from now and comment on “what my parents did in the time of crisis” and admire them for their fidelity to God and prayer.
Yes, this past week, I somehow MISSED the detail of it being only one of two times in the Church year when I get to wear that Rose-colored vestment—-and you know what, no one noticed, or if so, they didn’t say anything. Darn, now I have to wait till Advent again! But, we ARE half way through Lent and it WAS Laetare Sunday. And the color is Rose, not pink! Just say’n.
We had a few glitches in one of our first attempts at live-streaming Holy Mass, and there was a bit of buffering throughout, which may have confused or lost some viewers who didn’t understand what that’s all about. We will have resolved that by this weekend. BTW, you can probably read this week’s bulletin on line even a day or two earlier than the weekend itself.
Masses that have been scheduled (in memory of loved ones) are still going on, daily, and only one per weekend (at St. Jude) will have to be re-scheduled since I am only saying one Mass per day, and the Sunday Mass (one of) always must be prayed for the people, by the pastor of a parish. Great care is being taken to make sure that all “Mass intentions” will be fulfilled, if even at a later date than originally scheduled.
We ARE asked to have the church open (available) for individuals to come in to pray. Sit apart the recommended distance! For St. Jude, you may enter from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays, by simply pushing the buzzer at the handicap door #13. A secretary will “buzz” you through. If you turn on a light, use the BACK light switch, and TURN IT OFF when you leave. The Sanctuary light will remain on to assist you in your focus on the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. For Sacred Heart, they are open weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on the weekends at regular Mass times. Parishioners are welcome to pray in church at these times.
Maybe as kids finish school work for the day, Mom or Dad might bring them to church to pray the Rosary together or some other favorite prayers, or for some quiet time before the Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. When the weather is nice, remember the Gazebo is always open!

Blessings and prayers for you all, 

- Fr. John
Income:   $ 9,618.00 
Expenses  $ 3,720.20
Profit       $ 5,897.80 
We served   811 patrons! Paid but no-show (or did not turn in ticket)  38
From a patron: “We would love to give a shout out to all the workers of the Fish Fry. Everything turned out perfectly and couldn’t have gone smoother. We even sent some of our neighbors there, and they said how well organized and delicious it was.”
And kudos from Fr. John & Fr. Julius on a job well done!
Dear Parishioners, 
Truly, this is one of the most disturbing times I can ever recall as a pastor, to not be able to reach the faithful with Holy Mass and the Body and Blood of Christ.  It is heart-breaking for all those who have such deep faith in the Real Presence and the importance of “the perfect prayer”, especially in a time of great need, crisis.  The very time prayer becomes so important!            I know we can pray at home and watch Mass either live-streamed from the parish or on TV, and I pray that many are doing so.  Remember too, that the first church was and still is “the family” and the family that prays together, stays together. That should be true too for a church family.    Know that the parish is willing to
do whatever we can to help you stay connected and have a place to turn in this time of trial.  This is truly a Lent unlike any other that I know of, short of wartime—which many an official has termed these times.  Maybe a war with the Evil One who seems to be working overtime to thwart prayer, and community.  
 At the same time, it never ceases to amaze how community can come together and really think ‘out of the box’, as they say, to help one another during this time of confinement and fear for many, especially the elderly.    Much good information has been on the news, though the news too can be somewhat depressing.  Mix information with lots of time for prayer, spiritual reading, and Turning to God for direction of heart.
If one thing is true and troubling it is those who are politicizing this world crisis and using it to try to defame one or another or bolster their own egos. Shame on such behavior, and please try not to participate in it.  
 If we can be of any service to people while undergoing this time of trial, please make contact with the office.  Personal phone numbers for most of us are in the directory or the website if you cannot find us in the office when you call.  
 For personal emergencies, my cell phone is: 260.760.2604, but only to be used for an emergency need, please.    

   Blessings and prayers for you all, 

- Fr. John