Weekly Updates – Ash Wednesday Services, Confirmation Mass, and more!

The church remains open for personal prayer: Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reconciliation: Saturdays, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. OR by appointment Masses on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. will still be live-streamed Dear…
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Sacred Heart Catholic Church

  • The church remains open for personal prayer: Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Reconciliation: Saturdays, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. OR by appointment
  • Masses on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. will still be live-streamed

Dear parishioner,
Here’s what’s happening this week!

Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022
8:25 A.M.-Mass and Distribution of Ashes w/School Community 
12:10 P.M.-Distribution of Ashes 
5:30 P.M.-Distribution of Ashes 
7:00 P.M.-Mass and Distribution of Ashes (Spanish) 

Synod Session
This Sunday, March 6, will be our second of three Synod sessions.  This session will focus on participation.   There are three questions that will focus our discussions:

Under what circumstances and in what ways are Catholics communicating in the world today?
How is the Church dialoguing, collaborating, and resolving conflicts among its own members in the Church?
How is the Church dialoguing, collaborating, and resolving conflicts with members of other Christian denominations, people of other non-Christian religious traditions, and people with no religious affiliation?
Below please find the link to the participant guide which will be made available at the discussions, but we encourage you to review them and become more familiar with the importance of this synod.  

Please join us for a discussion this Sunday (3/6 after the 9:00 Mass for English and after the 12:00 Mass for the Hispanic Community.  Sandra Garcia will help facilitate the Hispanic meeting.  

Please register using the Sign Up button below if you plan on attending by Friday 3/4 to allow for proper planning. The sessions should run approximately one hour.  
Written responses are also accepted and can be submitted to the church office or to my email address kiraskania@gmail.com

Thank you and we look forward to working together with you as a church community.

Confirmation Mass
This Thursday, March 3rd, we will have a Confirmation Mass here at Sacred Heart Church at 7:00 p.m. with The Most Reverend Bishop Knestout presiding. We invite every parishioner to assist as we confirm youth from our parish and others in the area!

CRS Rice Bowl
During Lent, we are called to give special attention to our relationship with God. Through opportunities to deepen our prayer, practice fasting and give alms, we meet our Lord and encounter our sisters and brothers around the world.
Make a donation to CRS Rice Bowl to help communities in Guatemala, Bangladesh, Rwanda and other countries overcome hunger and malnutrition. Your almsgiving will make a difference for families trying to escape poverty and thrive.

Calling All Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help during Ash Wednesday and Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Volunteers must be eucharistic ministers to help with the distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday during the 5:30 p.m. service. We will need 3 volunteers for the service. We also need volunteers to help lead the Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. during Lent. If you feel called to volunteer, please call the church office at (434) 792-9456

Second Collection
The second collection for this upcoming weekend is for maintenance and improvement around the church. Thank you for your financial support and generosity!  

You can make your contributions by giving online or through the GivePlus mobile app. You can also drop off your envelopes at the church!  

September Pilgrimage to St. John Paul II sites and Central Europe
Save the dates – Sept 18-30, 2022 
Come and join a wonderful spiritual journey to Pope John Paul’s places in Poland’s Krakow and then to other inspiring places in Prague and Vienna. Our spiritual journey also includes places of St. Faustina, the saint of Divine Mercy. Our spiritual leaders include Fr. Danny Cogut, pastor of Salem’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Fr. John David, pastor of Richmond’s St. Benedict.
Reservations are due now on March 31st with $500 deposit per person. Total cost per person for airfare, lodging and meals is $4,399 for double occupancy.
Especially for people from southern Virginia, we have an option to travel via the Charlotte airport, instead of Dulles.
For a detailed information including registration form, please pick up a brochure in the church literature rack or contact Vicki and Larry Cogut at email LCOGUT@GMAIL.COM or phone 703-635-9243.

Annual Diocesan Appeal
It can be easy to read Sunday’s Gospel primarily as an account of Jesus saying “no.” No to the devil’s temptations of earthly comfort, no to idols of power and glory, and no to arrogantly manipulating God’s will.

But this Gospel passage is as much about what Jesus is saying “yes” to as it is what he’s saying “no” to. Each denial of the devil is really a profound affirmation of Christ’s identity as the Son of God. Jesus rejects these temptations, not because things like bread or even ruling are bad, but because they’re being offered to him on the condition that He turns away from God the Father. In fact, Jesus’s relationship with the Father is the source of his resistance to the devil’s temptations. He isn’t “going it alone.” Instead, he’s relying upon the strength of the Father to carry him through. It’s relationship, not isolated “willpower,” that is the source of His strength.

This is such an important lesson for us as we begin our Lenten season. Lenten disciplines are not about proving our “spiritual toughness.” They’re about abandoning ourselves more fully to the Father, so that we might not “live on bread alone.” One way we do this during Lent is through the practice of almsgiving—giving to the poor or to some other worthy cause. One cause our parish is striving to support is the Annual Diocesan Appeal. At the beginning of this Lenten season, let’s embrace almsgiving as an opportunity to say “yes” to the Father and our relationship with Him.

Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Wednesday Night Bible Study will change topic to Lectio: Prayer. The Bible Study Group meets on Wednesdays from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. If you would be interested in joining the group, please click the Sign Up button.

First Holy Communion
This Sunday, March 6th, First Communion students will have class at 10:15 a.m. 
The First Holy Communion retreat will be held on Saturday, April 23rd.

Family Faith Formation
Most Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Faith Formation is Catholic religious education for children in Pre-K3 through 12th grade. 
If you would like to volunteer, please speak with Joyce Bustamante at 434-792-9456 or joyceb@sheartchurch.org

Prayer List
Please continue to pray for the spiritual and physical health of these brothers and sisters in Christ.

February 26th, 2022
Weekly Offertory Received: $6,511.25
Amt. Needed for weekly budgeted expenses: $12,464.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church thanks you for your Sacrificial Gift!

The Scoop – Sacred Heart Catholic School

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what we’re up to in our virtual and in-person classrooms!

For more information:

Sacred Heart Catholic School
540 Central Blvd.
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 793-2656

SHCS 2022-2023 School Year
SHCS has applications open for the 2022-2023 school year! If you’re interested in finding out more about our PK3-8th grade school, please reach out to Development & Enrollment Specialist Delaney Sullivan at dsullivan@sheartschool.com or by calling 434-793-2656.  
Amazon Smile Program
Want to support Sacred Heart Catholic School when you make purchases on Amazon? Participate in the Amazon Smile Program that contributes to non-profits. The program has the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com, but the school will receive .5% of the amount purchased. We’ve currently received over $100 this quarter! The school’s direct link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0851867.
Box Tops for Education
We are still taking Box Tops! Box Tops for Education has a new app for attaining Box Top points. You can also go to BTFE.COM. They are still accepting clipped Box Tops and will continue to do so until products no longer have them on the packages. Labels may be left in the church or school office. These labels provide the school with free educational supplies.

Help SHCS, Help You!
Would you like to direct your Virginia State Taxes to Sacred Heart Catholic School? You can through the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits program. Individuals or businesses making contributions of $500 or more can receive a Virginia TAX CREDIT equal to 65% of the donation. The monies are used for tuition assistance for students from families whose household income is less than 300% of the poverty level (for example, $83,250 for a family of 4), or 400% if the child is disabled. In addition, donors who itemize will also receive deductions for charitable contributions on state and federal taxes. Participants should consult their tax advisors to determine their specific tax savings.  Individuals and businesses can receive substantial tax benefits by contributing through the EISTC program. Contact Donna Comper at 793-2656 for more information. 

Our Mission
Sacred Heart Catholic School’s mission is to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning and provide an educational environment in which the basic tenets of Christian morals and ethics are visibly present. Recognizing the unique needs of each student, the faculty and staff will endeavor to nurture, challenge and guide all students toward their maximum academic, spiritual, physical, social, and emotional potential. As a Catholic school, we will emphasize God’s word and celebrate His presence through prayer, liturgy, and service to others. 

Mass Times

Bishop Knestout and other bishops have decided to lift the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation in the Dioceses of Richmond, and will reinstate that obligation beginning on Saturday, June 26, 2021 and Sunday, June 27, 2021. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith. If you would like to read the joint statement regarding Lifting the General Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass , please click here.
This obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus, another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Mass is still being live-streamed for use on various Diocesan digital media accounts of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, including, but not limited to, the websites of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and the Catholic Virginian, and the social media platforms of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Photography and/or screenshot images from the live-stream may be used for the Catholic Virginian print edition. If you do not wish to be captured by live streaming, please refrain from attending that particular Mass time.

Mass Times & Intentions
-Tuesday, March 1st – 12:10 p.m.
Repose of the soul of John Dziedziak, requested by Terri Dziedziak
-Wednesday, March 2nd – 8:25 a.m.
Repose of the soul of Limbert Zarco and special intentions of the Zarco family, requested by Karina Sanchez
-Wednesday, March 2nd – 7:00 p.m.
Repose of the souls of Jose Salinas and Maria Morales, requested by Marina Salinas
-Friday, March 4th – 12:10 p.m.
Repose of the soul of James A. Rich III and special intentions of the family, requested by Sandy & Rich Miller
-Saturday, March 5th – 10:00 a.m.
Repose of the soul of Allen Chambers, requested by Dolly & Don Supernault
-Saturday, March 5th – 5:00 p.m.
Repose of the soul of Michelle Uitto, requested by M.J. and Gary Uitto
-Sunday, March 6th – 9:00 a.m.
Repose of the soul of Elaine Smith, requested by Norma Howard
-Sunday, March 6th – 12:00 p.m.
Pro Populo
-Monday, March 7th – 12:10 p.m.
Repose of the soul of Mary J. Dowell and special intentions of the family, requested by Sandy & Rich Miller

*Sunday Masses are live-streamed on our Facebook pages – @sheartchurch and @IglSagradoCorazon.  

First Friday Adoration and First Saturday Devotion
We will have a Holy Hour from 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on 
Friday, March 4th followed by Mass at 12:10 p.m. 
Members of the Legion of Mary will lead us in a rosary starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5th in the sanctuary, followed by time for confession and Mass at 10:00 a.m. We invite you to join us for this devotion 

Dear Sacred Heart Parishioners: 

This is just a friendly reminder as it has become more and more frequent that people are receiving fake emails requesting money, gift cards, etc. from someone pretending to be a person that you know. Unfortunately, many of these emails tend to come in the form of an email account pretending to be Fr. Anthony, other parish office personnel, or school personnel. While, the Diocesan I.T. Department has zero control over which email accounts are created, it’s important to identify these fake email accounts, and remember that Fr. Anthony (or any Diocesan employee for that matter) will not handle business through an email address that is not part of the Richmond Diocese domain (@richmonddiocese.org). This is also the case for any Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Catholic School employee and our email domains (@sheartchurch.org and @sheartschool.com, respectively).   

These scams continue to be perpetuated because they continue to work. We ask that you do not reply to such emails, click on links within those emails or download content in them. If you receive help requests that you think are legitimate, verify that the person is legitimate by calling them directly on another known valid number. Don’t ask the emailer for information or a call. Find an offline method of correspondence that you and that person have used in the past to talk with each other.

In Christ,
Sacred Heart Catholic Church personnel 

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538 Central Blvd., Danville, VA 24541 | (434) 792-9456


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