Weekly Updates – The Lenten Retreat, the Lenten Evening of Reconciliation, and much 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!

Lenten Retreat
Saturday, March 26th, 2022
10:00 a.m.
We invite you to join us on Saturday, March 26th for our Lenten Retreat titled Divine Mercy 101! There will be presentations, talks, lunch, discussions, a Divine Mercy Holy Hour, and time for confessions! If you are interested, please sign up in the commons or click “Sign Up” below.

Second Collection
The second collection for this upcoming weekend is for Catholic Student Tuition Assistance. Thank you for your financial support and generosity!

This week we will also have a collection for Catholic Relief Services. For 75 years, CRS has provided expertise and compassion to the poorest of our brothers and sisters in more than 100 countries. But they can’t do this life-saving work without your help, so make a generous donation today.

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

Lenten Evening of Reconciliation
Tuesday, March 29th
6:00 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday, March 29th for our Lenten Evening of Reconciliation. We will have Fr. Jim Gallagher, Fr. Carlos H. Lerma, and Fr. Anthony Senyah hearing confessions all evening.
First come, first served, so arrive early!

Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 16th, 2022 
8:00 p.m.
Please join us in supporting the spiritual journey of all our community and especially: -Dianna Salas 
-Hayden Ehrhardt -Xavier Ehrhardt 
-Forest Crumpton -Courtney Pritchett 
-Diego Mendoza – Juan Mendoza 
-Gustavo Mendoza -Carol Moore
as they continue to prepare for reception into the church this Easter.

Easter Lilies
We will be decorating the church with lilies for Easter. If you would like to purchase a Lily In Honor of, or In Memory of, someone, please fill out the form below and submit a check payable to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Place the check, along with your form in an envelope in the offertory basket or bring it by the parish office. The deadline to order is Monday, April 11th.

Book Club
Please join us this week for our book discussion on “Life is Messy” with Matthew Kelly. This book is about putting our lives back together, and allowing ourselves to be put back together, when life doesn’t turn out as we expected it to. Based on his own heart-wrenching personal journals, Matthew Kelly shares how the worst three years of his life affected him, by exploring this question: Can someone who has been broken be healed and become more beautiful and more lovable than ever before?

We have copies of the book available at our office.
Sessions: In- Person (11:30 am) Virtual (7:00 pm)

3              Thurs, March 24           Thurs, March 24
4              Thurs, March 31           Thurs, March 31
5              Thurs, April 7                Thurs, April 7

For more information about the book or to watch the video series, visit this website.

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.

There is a table in the commons with more information about the CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten activities!

Calling All Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Vacation Bible School! We will need both adults and high school teens who would like to help with planning, teaching, security, food prep and serving, craft, and games. Be on the lookout for a date for VBS.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Joyce Bustamante at (434) 792-9456.

K of C Easter Egg Hunt
The Knights of Columbus will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9th, 2022. The Egg Hunt is open to everyone and will happen in different areas of Sacred Heart with separate age groups. 

God’s Storehouse Shopping List
A way that we can be charitable during this season of Lent is to help out those who are less fortunate than us. God’s Storehouse works throughout the Danville and Pittsylvania County communities to collect food, distribute food resources to those in need, promote nutrition, and connect customers to local resources. A great way to help is by purchasing items we give to our customers. Please click this link to see a few printable Grocery Lists you can take with you on your next grocery run!

God’s Storehouse asks that food donations are no larger than 5 lbs. and canned foods are no larger than 18 ounces.  
Hours: Mon/Tues/Wed 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & Thursday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. – FRIDAY CLOSED 

Annual Diocesan Appeal
We’ve all heard the parable of the Prodigal Son, the focus of today’s Gospel, several times before. We know how it begins—the younger son squandering his inheritance—and we know how it ends—the son being welcomed back into his father’s house with open arms and a celebratory feast.

But do we know what happens next? Do we stop to consider how the Prodigal Son’s life might have been transformed through that encounter with his father’s love and mercy? It’s likely that he experienced a sense of gratitude he never had before, when he had taken what his father had for granted. And it’s likely that this experience of gratitude transformed the way he lived and served on his father’s estate. Humbled by his great need and insufficiency, but also uplifted by his father’s love and providence, it’s easy to imagine that the once-Prodigal Son became a loyal and dependable partner in his father’s work, eager to give of himself

Like the Prodigal Son, we’ve all experienced profound mercy from God our Father. Despite our sinfulness, He has redeemed us through Jesus and invites us to eternal life with Him. How has this radical and undeserved gift of mercy transformed us? Has it made us more humble, more grateful, and more willing to generously give of ourselves? Because it should! If we don’t feel or act upon this gratitude, now might be an appropriate time to reflect on why that is and how we can grow in this virtue.

And once we’ve rekindled this gratefulness for all that God has given us, it might be a good time to consider how we can give of ourselves in turn. Supporting our Annual Diocesan Appeal —which contributes to our Father’s work in our local Church—is one concrete way that we can respond in gratitude. Reflect upon your own experience of God’s loving, unmerited mercy and see how it prompts you to give.
Please click here to donate to the Diocesan Annual Appeal today!
Our current contribution Year to Date to the Diocesan Annual Appeal:
Goal – $30,750 / Raised – $13,390 / Collected – $11,100 / # donors – 45 / 44% of Goal  

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.

First Holy Communion
This Sunday, March 27th, First Communion students will not have class. Next class will be on Sunday, April 10th.
The First Holy Communion retreat will be held on Saturday, April 23rd.
First Holy Communion Mass will be held on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m.

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.

March 19th, 2022
Weekly Offertory Received: $5,693.02
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

You asked, and we’re answering your call!  Nothing says “Spring is in the air” like gorgeous GERANIUMS from WINDY ACRES NURSERY!
Colors and prices are listed on the order form which is attached below. Payment is due with orders by Wednesday, March 23rd.  The delivery date is Thursday, April 7th, so orders WILL be here before our Easter break! Please contact the front office at 434-793-2656 or email Donna Waymouth at dwaymouth@sheartschool.com with any questions.

Book Fair
The Book Fair is from March 30th until April 7th. There will be plenty of great books and items for birthday gifts, Easter gifts, or just because gifts!  
Golf Tournament
SHCS’s 31st Annual Golf Tournament is Friday, May 6. Please email Delaney Sullivan at dsullivan@sheartschool.com for more information.  

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 22nd – 12:10 p.m.
Repose of the souls of Phyllis Camm and Ed Camm, requested by Joan Decker
-Wednesday, March 23rd – 8:25 a.m.
Special intentions of Lan Nguyen, requested by Van Yeager
-Friday, March 25th – 12:10 p.m.
Repose of the soul of James A. Rich III & special intentions of his family, requested by Sandy & Rich Miller
-Saturday, March 26th – 5:00 p.m.
Repose of the soul of Marielena Calderon, requested by Juanita Padrino
-Sunday, March 27th – 9:00 a.m.
Pro Populo
-Sunday, March 27th – 12:00 p.m.
Repose of the soul of Stephen Atkinson, requested by Charlie & Cindy Jefferson
-Monday, March 28th – 12:10 p.m.
Repose of all souls, requested by Loan Tran

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

Eucharistic Adoration
Wednesdays | 7:00 p.m.

Come spend some time with our Lord! Jesus is waiting for you!  

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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To view our previous recordings and/or watch our upcoming live-streams, please check out the links below!

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


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