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 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 (4/20/2014)
10 am - No Pre-School CCD/Nursery - CH

7:30 pm - Hibernians - HC

After 8 am Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
7 pm - Complete Rosary - Seiths (3300 Mayo Pl)
7:30-8:45 pm - NO CCD -Grades 5-8 - HC

After 8 am Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
7:30 pm - AFF Leaders Meeting - WMH

After 8 am Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
8 pm - Adult Choir Rehearsal - Church

After 8 am Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
8:30 pm - AA Meeting - CH

9-10:15 am - CCD - Grades K-4 -HC

Easter Sunday Masses
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Church
The 10:00 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday will be for those enrolled in the Sacred Heart Association.

Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Monday, April 21

 Youth Events

Sunday April 27 - 6:30 pm - Family Pot Luck - WMH

 Ccd News

There will be no CCD classes for the next two weeks in observance of Holy Week and Easter Week. Saturday classes will resume on April 26 at 9 am and Tuesday classes will resume on April 29 at 7:30 pm. Have a Blessed and Happy Easter!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Vacation Bible School will be June 30 through July 3. More information will come soon.

  Sacred Heart Book Club

will meet Monday, April 21, 7 pm, to discuss How to Share Your Faith with Anyone: a Practical Manual of Catholic Evangelization by Terry Barber. The May book will be Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile by Joseph Pearce. For more information call Gael Swick 301-464-8569.

 Divine Mercy Sunday

The Congregation for Divine Worship decreed in May 2000 that the 2nd Sunday of Easter would receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday. Devotion to the Divine Mercy was promoted by Saint Faustina Kowalska who was canonized by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000. The Holy Father entrusted the world to the Divine Mercy on August 17, 2002. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be solemnly celebrated next Sunday, April 27 after the 12 noon Mass. Benediction will follow.

This year, at the Vatican on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II- a historic moment for the Catholic Church. They will thereafter be enrolled among the saints.

 Thank You for the Flowers Decorating the Church and Chapel

A sincere thank you to all who contributed the FLOWERS that decorated the Church and Chapel this Easter season. They may be picked up by those who donated them in the church next Sunday, April 27, after the Divine Mercy Chaplet or Monday morning, April 28, at the Chapel after the 8 am Mass and Rosary.

 The Sacrament of Confirmation

will be administered here by Bishop Holley on Thursday, May 1st at 4:30 pm. To show our support for these young people, you are invited to take the name of one of our Confirmandi from the basket in the back of the church. The greatest gift we can give these young people is our prayer that they may be open to all the graces they will receive in this final Sacrament of Initiation.

 'our Lady of Rock Springs' Statue Sign-up Sheet

Since 2002 Sacred Heart has had the tradition of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary by having the Rosary offered in parishioner’s homes each day during the month of May. Ten families volunteer to keep the replica statue of Our Lady of Rock Springs in their homes for 3 days and to open their homes each evening at 7 pm for the recitation of the Rosary. A sign-up sheet is in the back of the church. Thank you!

 Celebration of John Carroll Election As the First Bishop of the Us

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SUNDAY, MAY 18TH CELEBRATION of the 225th anniversary of the election of John Carroll as the first Bishop of the United States.

 Good Samaritan Project Volunteers

will have a short meeting in Whitemarsh Hall on Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm. This is a very important meeting! Newcomers are welcome to join the group.

 Docents Needed

In honor of this event, Sacred Heart will be conducting tours of our grounds starting in the Spring. Please call the office at 301-262-0704 to volunteer.

 Jubilarian Celebration of Marriage

The annual JUBILARIAN CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE honoring couples married 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 50+ years will be held Sunday, June 15 at 2 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Donald Wuerl will preside at the Mass. To sign up, please call the Parish Office at 301-262-0704 by Monday, April 14.

 Elizabeth Seton High School - Admissions Tour

ELIZABETH SETON HIGH SCHOOL, Bladensburg, is hosting an Admissions Tour, Tue., April 29, 9-10:30 am. and an Open House, Thur. May 1, 6-8 pm Visit for more information.

 K of C Summer Camp

Registration has begun. Swim lessons, arts and crafts, games, sports and free swim are offered. Registration form at http://kofccamp.blogspot. Questions? Anne Irwin at or 240-393-2468.


is a program that helps couples going through difficult times in their marriages. It is designed to provide the tools to help get troubled marriages back on track. The next weekend is May 16-18. All calls and inquiries are confidential. To register or for more information visit, call (443) 400-7017, or email

 House on the Hill Donations

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!

 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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