Sacred Heart Church Pictures
 This Weeks Calendar of Events

CH=Carroll Hall (basement of church) --HC=Hogan Center (hill)
WMH=Whitemarsh Hall - LCH=Low-ceiling Hall (both in HC)
Sunday (7/20/2014)
Food collected for Spanish Catholic Center
10 a.m. - Nursery - CH

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
Noon-4 p.m.-YG Girls Only - Hill (see below)
7:00 p.m. - New EM Training - Church
8:00 p.m. - College Bible Study - HC

Food driven to Spanish Catholic Center
After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
Noon-4 p.m.-YG Boys Only (see below)
7 p.m. - Complete Rosary - Seiths (3300 Mayo Pl)

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
8 a.m.-4 p.m.-YG Boys & Girls (see below)
7 p.m. - YG Family Pot Luck - WMH
Followed by World Cup & Outdoor Movie

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
8:45 a.m. - Seminarian Talk - LCH(HC)

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
8:30 p.m. – AA Meeting – Carroll Hall

 Youth Group Events

Youth Group Summer Schedule resumes
Mondays-Girls only/Tuesdays-Boys only/Wednesdays-Boys & Girls
Monday, July 21 & Tuesday, July 22 - 12 noon-4 pm
12:00 noon  -  Angelus - Hill
12:45 pm   -   Movies/Indoor/Outdoor games
3:00 pm   -   Activities - WMH
4:00 pm   -   Pick up

Wednesday, July 23 - 8:00 am-4:00 pm
8:00 am  -   Mass - Chapel
8:30 am  -   Coffee and tea - LCH
9:00 am  -   Youth Group Trail
9:45 am  -   Garden
11:00 am  -  Girls-Volley ball/Boys-Dodge ball/
12:00 noon - Angelus
12:05 pm  -  Bagged lunch
12:45 pm  -  Adoration/Confessions/SD
1:30 pm  -  Indoor/Outdoor games
3:00 pm  -  Activities - WMH
4:00 pm  -  Pick up
7:00 pm  -  Family Pot Luck - WMH

Wednesday, July 30 - Hershey Park Trip
6:30 a.m. - Mass on Hill. Return at 10 p.m. to Hill. The cost is $40. Permission slip is in your email.
Adults interested in chaperoning should contact
Stephen McGinley at 240-291-2518 or


 Parish Registration

New families are welcome! Please contact the parish office over the summer months to make an appointment to register with Sacred Heart Parish.

 Faith Quest

As the Archdiocese of Washington celebrates its 75th anniversary, Faith Quest again offers a chance to explore our rich Catholic legacy in the District of Columbia and five surrounding Maryland counties. Although designated as an archdiocese in 1939, Catholics in this area can trace their roots back to the settlers who landed in Maryland in 1634 and attended the first Catholic Mass in the English-speaking colonies. In the Faith Quest adventure we hope you will be inspired by the example of flourishing faith that has grown from that beginning. May it be a blessing to you.

We encourage you to visit as many Faith Quest sites as you can, in any order, between now and September 7. You can start at Sacred Heart! Additional sites are listed in the Pilgrimage Passport booklet. (There are a few booklets in the back of the church and in the parish office.) You can also download the booklet and/or get more information at You’ll find information about each site in the passport booklet.


 Defend Life Group

The DEFEND LIFE Group will have its “Face the Truth Tour” in Bowie on Wednesday, July 30. They will be on  Routes 450 and 3 from 7 to 9 a.m. Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel followed by refreshments in Whitemarsh Hall. To help with the food or for more information call Rosemary Morson at 410-721-5756. For additional information go to

 Coffee House

Join our seminarian for a short coffee house talk about Praying with the Scriptures on Thursday the 24th at 8:45 a.m. in the Low Ceiling Hall of the Hogan Center.

 R.c.i.a. (rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Adults seeking information regarding joining the Catholic Church and Catholics seeking to learn more about their faith are invited to attend R.C.I.A. classes which will begin in the fall and conclude at Easter. If interested, please call the Parish Office 301-262-0704 (M-F, 9-4) and leave your name and phone number. More information will be provided later.

 Sunday Mass when on Vacation

Vacations are a very important part of our life. They are the stuff that re-creation is made of! But to leave God out of that re-creation is to leave out a vital element – the One who creates! We are bound by the Third Commandment to keep holy the Sabbath and we are obligated by Church Law which states, “On Sunday and other holydays of obligation, the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.” If you are planning a self-directed vacation it should be relatively easy to insure Mass attendance. If, however, you are part of an organized group or tour, let the organizer know of your desire to attend Mass. Chances are you are not the only Catholic going! The availability of Sunday and holyday Mass is an important consideration when you are planning a vacation. Part of it is spiritual, let us not forget to nourish and rejuvenate that spiritual part as we enjoy the physical and mental respite of our vacations this summer! Wherever you are in the U.S. go on-line at and you’ll find the nearest Church and its Mass schedule.

Hope you’re having a Blessed Summer!

 House on the Hill Donations

is in need of summer clothes, from infants to adults and small household items in good condition

The HOUSE ON THE HILL, located on the Hill near the Parish Office, is a converted classroom building from which donated clothes are given away at no charge. It is open 9:15-11:15 a.m., Monday through Friday and is manned by volunteers. A VOLUNTEER is needed to work in the HOUSE Monday morning, 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. beginning in August. Duties include greeting and signing in customers and distributing donated clothes. If interested please call the parish office 301-262-0704 and leave your name and phone number. You will be contacted.

Rules Concerning the Donations Shed.

The shed will be open Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. only.
It will not be open Sundays, federal holidays or when Prince Georges County schools are closed (during the school year).


The only items that can be accepted are in-season clothes, household goods, children?s books and linens. Donations must be in bags or boxes. NO FURNITURE CAN BE ACCEPTED!

 Sacred Heart Book

During the summer the 3 books of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri will be discussed over 3 months.
Meeting on July 21 - The Inferno
Meeting on August 18 - The Purgatorio
Meeting on September 15 The Paradiso
Information? Call Gael Swick 301-464-8569.

 College Students Book Club

During the summer a COLLEGE STUDENTS BOOK CLUB is meeting in the Hogan Center on Monday nights at 8 p.m. The next meeting is Monday, July 21, 8 p.m. Chapters 1-5 of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis are being discussed. You don’t want to miss “C. S. Lewis with (Fr.) P. S. Lewis!!” Questions? Contact Rebekah Hayes at

 "open" Parish Council Meeting

will be held on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. in Whitemarsh Hall.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

 Tuition Aid Program for the Coming 2014/2015 School Year

The Regional Parishes of St. Pius X Regional School are pleased to announce the opening of a Tuition Aid Program for the coming 2014/2015 school year. Application to the program is open to all members of the four regional parishes: Ascension, Sacred Heart, St. Pius X Church, and St. Edward the Confessor, to children attending our Regional School. The application will be open on the TADS website ( mid June 2014.

The Regional Tuition Aid committee, made up of non-school representatives from each parish will review all applications and make recommendations to the Regional Pastors.

Application deadline is Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

 Mass for Hope and Healing for Those Struggling with Infertility or Pregnancy Loss.

Saturday, July 26, 2014  -  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Feast of St. Joachim and Anne) at St. Jerome’s Church, 5205 43rd Ave., Hyattsville, MD

10 a.m. - Celebration of Mass. All are welcome to come forward afterwards for individual  prayers for healing.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Lunch and Personal Testimony by Nick and Melissa Hladek.
12:15-12:30 p.m. - Lunch, Closing Remarks, and Prayers by Fr. Rick Kramer.

Info? Mary Hamm,, 301-853-4499


 Anointing of the Sick As Non-emergency

If you are someone in your family is preparing for a serious surgery or will be put under anesthesia for a serious procedure, it is proper that the Anointing of the Sick be administered prior to the operation or procedure. The Anointing can take place at Sacred Heart following a Sunday or daily Mass or by appointment even a couple of days prior to the surgery or surgical procedure. Notify one of the priests to receive the Sacrament.

 Parish Facilities Usage Guidelines

If you need to use a parish facility for a meeting, etc. please call the parish office 301-262-0704 (M-F, 9-4). A form has to be filled out.

If you wish to use a parish hall for a birthday, baptism, anniversary, etc. celebration, please call the parish office. There is an insurance fee. (No fee for funeral repasts.)

(All requests must be approved by the pastor.)

If you need to get into a parish building, please call the parish office before you need to get in, preferably the day before. Thank you.

 Sacred Heart Library
The Sacred Heart Library located in Carroll Hall welcomes borrowers. It is available for all to use from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Please feel free to borrow books; just sign your name and phone number on the clipboard on the shelf.
 Foster Care
On any given day there are hundreds of children in foster care in Prince George's County, many of them needing a safe, nurturing and stable environment. If you can provide a home for a child in need, call 301-909-CARE.
 Sacred Heart Bookrack
offers a variety of free booklets & pamphlets. Please do not take more than 1 or 2 of any particular handout so the supply is not depleted. If a larger quantity is needed, please check the back of the pamphlet for ordering information. Donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to replenish the bookrack.
 Home Communion
In the event that a family member is incapacitated for several weeks or more and unable to attend Mass on Sundays, arrangements may be made to have Holy Communion brought to the individual at home. To arrange for Home Communion, please contact the PARISH OFFICE 301-262-0704, M-F, 9-4.
 Sacred Heart Association
The Sacred Heart Association is established so that the Mass can be offered on a regular basis for the enrolled members. Membership is for the deceased. Members will receive one Mass each month for a 12-month period. A $25 enrollment fee will be added to a special fund for continued maintenance of the Chapel. See the green flyers at the back of the church for more information or to enroll a loved one. The August list of those persons enrolled in the Sacred Heart Association can also be found at the back of the church.

Renewal notices will be sent out one month prior to their renewal date.
 Family, Address, or Phone Change?

Please notify the Rectory (262-0704) with any changes in your household so that we may keep our records updated. Thank you for your help.
 After the Abortion: Project Rachel
is a post-abortion healing ministry that offers referrals to professional counselors or trained priests. We realize women and men suffer from pain after abortion. Call our confidential help line at 202-269-4673 or by email
Did you know that Hospice in P.G. County is a certified health care provider for the terminally ill? Did you know that Hospice provides medical, social and spiritual support to patients and their families in the comfort of their own home? Did you know that these services are covered under Medicare and most private insurance plans? Did you know that Hospice helps you to live until you die and that Hospice is a good alternative to institutional dying?
For information on help for the terminally ill and for information on volunteer training opportunities at the heart of Hospice in P.G. County call 301-499-0550.
 Parkinson's Disease and Caregivers Support Group
meets the 4th Monday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Bowie Senior Center. Information? Call Ed Wiese 301-262-0947 or Carter Rardon 301-412-0835.
 Eucharist for the ILL and Shut-in
If you or someone in your home is unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Communion at home, please call the Office 262-0704.
 Mass for Shut-Ins
is broadcast every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on Channel 32. Call 301-853-4515 for information about the Mass or to receive a semi-annual newsletter.
 Need Help Paying for your Medications?
If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying for prescription medications, assistance may be available. Pharmacy programs are available in Maryland for low-income individuals, Medicare recipients, HIV/AIDS patients, veterans and others. For more information, consult the web site of the Maryland Catholic Conference ( or call Jeff Caruso 410-269-1155.
 Traveling on Sunday?
There is a free ministry that provides schedules of Masses at all Catholic Churches across the nation. To access this service, call 1-800-Mass Times. Use the keypad to enter the zip code of the area to be visited; the computerized voice will give you the five nearest Catholic churches, phone numbers and Mass times. Help is also on the net at This link is also located on our Sacred Heart LINKS webpage.
 Movie Reviews
The Catholic Communications Campaign sponsors a toll free number (1-800-311-4CCC) to provide callers with access to brief reviews of current movies ? all evaluated for plot, entertainment value and moral content.
 Lost & Found
is located in the Altar Servers? Room that is to your right as you exit the main entrance of the Church.
 GOD in a Box
Often enough we humans put God in a small box, label it ?Religion? and set it aside for Sundays and other special moments. We go to Church, a wedding, a funeral, our little box in hand, then put it away until we need it again. There may come a time, however, when we will open our little box, only to find that it?s empty. The reason, of course, is that we cannot put God in a box. He is much too large, for one thing, and too full of surprises for another. But that is something we Catholics should have known. After all, we are a ?sacramental? people. Jesus gave us the graced moments called sacraments for two reasons. He intended Baptism, Eucharist and the other sacraments to be times of personal encounter with Himself. He also wanted to alert us to the ?sacramentality? of the world around us.

In the sacraments God uses things we can see and hear and taste, familiar parts of our world, to lead us into a world we cannot see, the world of the sacred. The Sacrament of Matrimony is a good example. When two Christians exchange their vows, they commit themselves to one another without reservations, without conditions ? and so long as they both shall live. The commitment is both beautiful and breathtaking. It is also sacramental, i.e. it hints at a reality beyond our immediate vision, the reality of the commitment God has made to us in Christ, a love that will endure forever.

Each of the other sacraments uses a familiar part of our world to put us in touch with the sacred ? water (Baptism), bread and wine (Eucharist), oil (Confirmation and healing). These same sacraments should alert us to the ?sacramentality? of all creation. God is present to us in the touch of a breeze, the warmth of the sun, the changing seasons, the quiet splendor of star-filled nights. These familiar moments in our lives remind us that ?in God we live and move and have our being.? (Acts 17:26)

Above all, our seven Sacraments should alert us to the sacredness of our own histories. For these graced moments are timed to significant events in our lives, from birth to death. They hint at the holiness of that unique, unrepeatable story that we tell with the days of our lives. Our separate histories, our ?stories,? are themselves ?sacramental.? They remind us that our daily human experience is the field of our interaction with God. He follows us with fascination through each of our days, for He is ours and we are His. He sees clearly what we cannot, that our world is a womb and our limited time here a preparation for our birth into the Kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of time. Each ?yes? we say to Him helps us grow in the life He gave us in Baptism, a life that will fully flower only in His Kingdom.
 Lewis & Clark's Trees at Sacred Heart
The three old gnarled trees at the entrance of the Chapel are Osage orange trees, linked to the Lewis and Clark expedition. It is 200 years since Meriwether Lewis brought cuttings of the Osage Orange trees to Philadelphia, our nation's capital at the time, for Thomas Jefferson. They were the first Osage orange trees east of the Mississippi River. The stately Osage orange trees, whose deeply scored bark has an orange hue, seem to glow when the sun strikes them. They stretch their limbs high above the graves of Monsignor Hogan and Monsignor Wells.

The Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) 'might have been the most significant horticultural 'discovery' of the expedition,' according to Peter J. Hatch, director of Monticello's gardens and grounds. The Osage Indians prized the wood for tomahawks and bows because of its exceptional strength and elasticity. The trees at Sacred Heart are male. Females would drop lumpy green grapefruit-sized fruit in the fall.

The Osage orange cuttings were brought to Philadelphia in 1804, fifteen years after John Carroll was elected at Sacred Heart to became the first Catholic bishop of the American colonies. Bishop Carroll's brother Daniel Carroll was a signer of the United States Constitution and may have been instrumental in obtaining the Osage orange cuttings at Sacred Heart Chapel that became our trees that are almost two hundred years old.
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