Sacred Heart of Jesus Church - Serving the Communities of South Bend and Lakeville, Indiana
Both away:  It is good to be away and be refreshed, taking in something beyond the doors of the parish, and even seeing how parish life is in other parts of the U.S.  I'm only gone a little over a week and will only miss this weekend (as you read this) from the parish, returning this coming Tuesday.  Interestingly, Msgr. John is also in the same area I am though with his good friend, Msgr. Suelzer from Fort Wayne.

If I missed seeing you at Easter due to your own travels to family or friends outside the area, a blessed and happy Easter to you and your family!  Your reading of this will still have you within the octave of the Easter Day celebration, and of course, the season will continue on to the celebration of Pentecost.  So, not too late to say, "Happy Easter!"  Today too, Divine Mercy Sunday, is a wonderful day to recall not only that Our Lord has been raised and promises new life to all who believe, but that His mercy endures forever as well.

The Indiana bishops have released an urgent pastoral letter addressing the issue of poverty in our state. Fr. John, along with the bishops, urges all parish and school committees, leaders, and members to read, study, and discuss this document. The pastoral letter also contains reflection questions at the end of each section and state statistics.

One element in this project is a survey in which individuals comment on the issues of poverty in Indiana. The survey closes Friday, May 1.

The link to the pastoral letter can be found here:

For more information contact Jon Wheeler, Director of Faith Formation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If you have not yet participated in the survey, please do. It should not take you longer than 10 or 15 minutes, and your input is very important for the future planning of our parishes.

If you no longer have the link or there is more than one person in your family who would like to respond (anyone older than 18 years), please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will provide you with a questionnaire link.
We are in the process of "cleaning up" items from the church basement and some areas of the Social Hall. What we no longer need or can't use will be available to parishioners — proceeds to benefit the Renovation Fund.

Next Saturday and Sunday, February 7 & 8 in the Social Hall before and after each Mass!
Sunday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m., 553 Washington St., at the corner of Washington and Hill.

Starts at 2 p.m. with a prayerful walk from Council 553 to St. Joseph Church on Hill Street, where a short prayer service will begin around 2:20. All return to the hall at Washington and Hill for a panel featuring local leaders in the pro-life movement, followed by fellowship, refreshments and more information. Speakers will include Fr. Tom Shoemaker as well as Jeanette Burdell of St. Joseph County Right to Life.

Contact Bill Schmitt 574-232-6777 for more details.
The parish council and parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of you that played a hand in growing and maintaining our parish in 2014.

Thank you all who supported the basement renovation but also those who were instrumental in the landscaping endeavors of the church (tree removals, bush trimming, stump removal, grade work and driveway renovation), roof repairs to the rectory and church, those of you who painted window frames and repaired damaged windows, as well as, all who availed themselves to cleaning, such as pressure washing and tuck pointing loose mortar and debris removal of the demolition from the old basement.