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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 (9/7/2014)
10 a.m. - Nursery - CH
After 10 a.m. Mass - Parish Registration - CH

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)
7 p.m. - History Committee Meeting - HC

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. - Complete Rosary - Seiths (3300 Mayo Pl)
7:30-8:45 p.m.-CCD begins for Grades 5-8-HC

After 8 a.m. Mass - Coffee, Tea, etc - LCH (HC)

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.-“Open” Parish Council Meeting- WMH
8 p.m. - Choir Practice begins - Church

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

7-8:30 a.m. - Men’s Group - WMH
9-10:15 a.m. - CCD - Grades K-4 - HC

 Youth Group Events

September 14,21,28: 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Meeting - WMH
September 14 - Quo Vadis Excursion Day (boys)  Canoeing & Kayaking in Southern Maryland. See Stephen’s e-mail for link to register.
Saturday, September 20 -7-11 p.m. -Montpelier Farms
September 21 - After 10 a.m. Mass - Donuts - CH

 Labor Day Raffle Winners

The winners of the Labor Day Raffle:
$600 - Pat McHale                                                                        
$400 - Stephanie Block
$100 - Alfred & Joann Johnbrier, Chris Bucy, Renee Smigielski, Jim Woodard, Julia Luciani
Our Lady of Rock Springs Statue -Evie Svoboda
Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all entrants.

 Pre-school Ccd Sign-up

will be held in Carroll Hall on Sunday, September 21 after the 10 a.m. Mass. Classes will begin Sunday, October 5 in Carroll Hall during the 10 a.m. Mass. More information will be in next week’s bulletin.

 Ccd Classes

for Grades K-4 began Saturday, September 6. CCD classes for Grades 5-8 will begin Tuesday, September 9, 7:30-8:45 p.m. CCD REGISTRATION is now available online! If you have not registered your child yet please do so by going to, and then find CCD Registration. Follow directions to complete the registration. Questions? Please call the CCD Office at 301-262-1221 or email

 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.

 Adult Choir Rehearsals

will resume on Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. in the church. We do need and encourage new members to join. If you would like additional information please call Joe Bottner, director at (301)-262-8133 or e-mail

 Men's Group

The next MEN’S GROUP meeting will be Saturday, September 13, 7-8:30 a.m. The meeting will be in Whitemarsh Hall and will include prayer, discussion and well as coffee and food. Chapter 8 of “Be a Man! - Becoming  the Man God Created You To Be” by Fr. Larry Richards will be discussed. For more information about the Men’s Group contact Rob Hayes at or 301-464-4306.

 Parish Adult Volunteer Appreciation

Crab. Shrimp, Chicken Dinner

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.  CARROLL HALL

If you have donated at least 15 volunteer hours to Sacred Heart Parish between July 2013 and July 2014, Monsignor Parry and Father Lewis would like to invit to you to the Volunteer Appreciation Crab/Shrimp/Chicken Dinner! Please complete the form located on the web sites home page and return it to the Parish Office no later than Monday, September 15, 2014.  

 "open" Parish Council Meeting

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

 Catholic Secondary School Tuition Grant

applications are in the church bookracks. Forms are to be returned to the parish office by Friday, August 29.

 Calling All Golfers!!

Plan to be with us on Monday, September 29 for the 12th Annual Monsignor Hogan Memorial Golf Tournament. Anyone interested in playing, or sponsoring a donation and/or prize for the Tournament will find flyers and sponsor sheets at all church exits and in the parish office. All proceeds go to the Sacred Heart Catholic High School Scholarship Fund. Volunteers are needed to assist in planning and carrying on this important program. To volunteer please call 301-262-0704, ext. 33, and leave a message.

 Franciscan Monastery Events

September 8 and October 7, 1 p.m. - Tour the Marian shrines with the “Franciscan Crown Tour with Lourdes” which is based on a rosary Franciscans have used since the 15th century featuring the seven joys of the Blessed Mother.

September 14, 4 p.m. - The free Fall “Music at the Monastery” concert series begins with works by Bach and more.

The Franciscan Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Information: or 202-526-6800


A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGE: Retrouvaille (French for Rediscovery) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It is designed to provide the tools to get troubled marriages back on track. It gives couples the opportunity to rediscover one another and to examine their lives together in a new and positive way. The next weekend planned is September 19-21. All calls and inquiries are confidential. To register or obtain more information call (443) 400-7017, visit the web site or email

 Charlotte Hall Veterans Hall

is a 454 bed facility, providing assisted living and long term care to eligible Maryland veterans and their spouses. They strive to meet all the needs of their residents from the basic, to the social and spiritual. The Mass is offered weekly and other sacraments are available routinely. Residents have the opportunity to pray the Holy Rosary together weekly.

29449 Charlotte Hall Road - Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
1-884-8171 x409 or
Check out the website

 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.

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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