It was a pleasure this past week to host once again the annual Crab, Shrimp and Chicken Dinner as a means of honoring and thanking the many volunteers of the parish. This has been an event that I have always enjoyed not only for the crabs but also, and more importantly, because it gives me the opportunity to personally thank many of those who assist in the various works of the parish on a volunteer basis throughout the year. There were nearly 160 volunteers present, and this doesn’t include those who for various reasons were unable to attend.
Sacred Heart parish is well known in the archdiocese for many good reasons - and one has always been the outstanding spirit of volunteerism evident in our community. In the parish Service Opportunities booklet, there are over 30 different ways to offer volunteer service to the parish and to the local community. This does not take into account a host of additional requests that are made to our parishioners throughout the year. Somehow almost every base is covered when and how it needs to be. Again, I am most grateful to each of you for giving of your time and talent as it is needed to assist with the many volunteer efforts of the parish and of the community.
In another week, on September 29th at the Bowie Golf and Country Club, the parish will host the 12th annual Monsignor John F. Hogan Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. Besides having a great time on the golf course, the proceeds of this event are utilized as Catholic secondary school scholarships for our own high school students. In the current school year just underway, Sacred Heart is able to provide scholarships in the amount of $25,000.00 to parishioners attending a Catholic secondary school. Our Catholic schools work diligently to assist parents as the primary educator of their children. I am very please that a parish like ours is able to provide needed financial assistance to our parishioners in the form of scholarships. Many parishes are unable to provide for parishioners in this way, but we are able to do it thanks to your generosity!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy On Us!