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)

ROSARY after all Masses
10 a.m. - Nursery - CH Nursery
10 a.m. - Pre-School CCD - CH
11 a.m. - Donuts, Coffee, Juice - CH
After 12 noon Mass - 40 HOURS (see below)

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
After 8 a.m. Mass - 40 HOURS (see below)
7-8:45 p.m. - RCIA - Hogan Center
7 p.m. - Hibernian Rosary & Meeting - HC

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
After 8 a.m. Mass - 40 HOURS (see below)
After 8 a.m. Mass - “Gaudium et Spes”- WMH
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. -St. Peter the Rock classes- HC
7 p.m. - Complete Rosary - Seiths (3300 Mayo Pl)
7 p.m. - “Walking with Purpose” - WMH
7:30-8:45 p.m. - CCD - Grades 5-8 -(see below)
7:30-8:45 p.m.-YG Bible Study to 40 Hours

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
10-12 noon - Playgroup - CH - Nursery

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. -St. Peter the Rock classes- HC
7 p.m. - Children’s Choir Rehearsal - Church
8 p.m. - Adult Choir Rehearsal - Church

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

9-10:15 a.m. - CCD-Grades K-4 - HC
6-9 p.m. -Dinner on the Hill -WMH (see below)

 Youth Group Events

Sun. Oct. 19 - Donuts after 10 a.m. Mass - CH
Tues. October 21: 7:30-8:45 p.m. - LCH (HC) - YG Bible Study/Book Club - All teens are invited!
Sat. Nov. 1 - American Indian Heritage Day - Mass-9:30 a.m. Leave 10:15 a.m. Return 4:30 p.m. FREE.
Sun. Nov. 2 - 4-8 p.m. - Spaghetti Dinner - WMH

 Religious Education News

On Tuesday, October 21 all 5th-8th grade CCD students are to meet at the church at 7:30 p.m. for the final ceremonies of the 40 hours devotion. Students will sit with their class, but all family members are encouraged to attend. Dismissal will be from the church at @ 8:30 p.m. Questions? Call CCD office at 301-262-1221.

 Spaghetti Dinner (fundraiser for the Youth Group)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014 - 4-8 P.M. -WMH
Semolina pasta, vegetarian sauce, meatballs, baguettes, Caesar salad!
Everything homemade!
Cost: $5 a person; $40 a family
RSVP to Stephen McGinley

 Dinner on the Hill

Join Msgr. Parry and Fr. Lewis for the next “DINNER ON THE HILL” POTLUCK on Saturday, October 25, 6-9 p.m., in Whitemarsh Hall. The. potluck will have an Oktoberfest theme. Bring your favorite German dish, or any other dish to share, and your favorite adult beverage. This is for adults only. If you need help finding a sitter call Sam (301) 262-0303. Hope you can make it. RSVP to (301) 262-1221 or to reserve a seat.

 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.

 Public Recitation of the Rosary

During the month of OCTOBER the public recitation of the rosary will follow the Sunday Masses (8 & 10 a.m., 12 noon). If you cannot stay after Mass every Sunday during the month, do try to pick at least one day to remain after Mass to ask Our Lady to intercede for our parish, for your family, and for our country.

 Dinner on the Hill Potluck

Join Msgr. Parry and Fr. Lewis for the next “DINNER ON THE HILL” POTLUCK on Saturday, October 25, 6-9 p.m., in Whitemarsh Hall. The. potluck will have an Oktoberfest theme. Bring your favorite German dish, or any other dish to share, and your favorite adult beverage. This is for adults only. If you need help finding a sitter call Sam (301) 262-0303. Hope you can make it. RSVP to (301) 262-1221 or to reserve a seat.

 All Soul?s Day Envelopes

All Souls Day, celebrated November 2, is the day the Church intercedes in a special way for her beloved dead. There are All Souls envelopes at all church entrances. On these envelopes you are invited to list the names of faithful departed family and friends. All Masses for November will be for All Souls, especially those listed on the All Souls envelopes and in the “Book of the Dead”, to be found at the main church entrance.

 Ancient Order of Hibernians (aoh)

Charles Carroll Division #2, will meet Monday, October 20 beginning with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. in Whitemarsh Hall. New members welcome. Call Bob April (301) 464-8196 for information. 

The AOH, America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization, will have a Recruiting table outside after all Masses this weekend distributing information on our organization and selling fundraising Raffle tickets benefiting AOH charities. We invite all Catholics of Irish birth or descent to seek admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic Organization in the World, all we would ask is for you to live our motto of: “Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity”.

 Gaudium Et Spes

is one of the principal documents of the Second Vatican Council. In the remaining 4 informal meetings Chapter 3 - “Social and Economic Development” will be prayerfully read and discussed. Highlights include listening to Fr. Robert Barron’s “The Right Reading of Gaudium et Spes”. Meetings will be Tuesday mornings, October 21, 28, November 4 & 11 in Whitemarsh Hall after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. For more information contact Margaret Grybauskas at 301-390-6560. Flyers are in the bookracks

 Annual Young Adult Mass with Cardinal Wuerl

Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. at St. Matthews Cathedral
After-Party Concert with Marie Miller@Buffalo Billiards, DC

 Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion

All are invited to participate in the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion Sunday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 21 in the Church. _Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the 12 noon Sunday Mass and the 8 a.m. Mass on Monday and Tuesday. Midday Prayer will be offered at 12 noon on Monday and Tuesday. Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed each of the 3 days at 3 p.m. Vespers and Benediction will close each day at 7:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to sign up. Sign-up sheets are in the back of the Church. All are most welcome.

 Learn More About the Church?s Teaching on the Family and God?s Design

Want to learn more about the Church’s teaching on the family and God’s design based on scripture and tradition? Sacred Heart has 3 copies of Dr. Atkinson’s series “The Biblical Vision of Marriage and Family: The Domestic Church” to loan. Contact Stephen McGinley or 240-291-2518.

 K of C Awards Catholic High School Scholarship Grants

Each year the K of C awards (3) Catholic High School scholarship grants to children of members of the K of C and (3) to Catholic students in general. More information is available in the bookracks. Deadline is February 1, 2015.

 Give a Weekend to God!

The 2nd annual Sacred Heart Men and Women’s Retreat at Loyola on the Potomac, a Jesuit Retreat House in Faulkner, MD is November 14-16. It is open to anyone who desires some quiet time away to grow in their relationship with God through prayer. A schedule of the weekend activities is available at the back of the church. For more information please call Jenna Mathers at 240-353-1793 or e-mail her at

 Md Gubernatorial Election - November 4, 2014

Last day to register is Tuesday, October 14.
Information from the Prince George’s County Board of Elections is in the bookracks. Included are:
 • Registration Guide and Forms
 • Absentee Ballot Applications
 • Listings of important dates
 • Election Judge Applications

 House on the Hill Donations

HOUSE ON THE HILL is accepting only winter clothes.  All clothes should be in GOOD condition.

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.

When a family member is ill, hospitalized or incapacitated for some reason, call the parish office to notify the priests and for prayers. (The call should come from a family member!)

 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.
 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.
 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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