Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
casalogo08The good thing about the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal is that the money goes to a great variety of people in need from the poor (Catholic Charities), to the Unborn (through the efforts of the Respect Life Office), to needy students (in Catholic Schools, religious education, and College Campus Ministry Programs) to our seminarians (who are being prepared to be our future priests in Arkansas), to our adults and youth who use diocesan facilities (that have recently been renovated) for retreats (like our own parish men's retreat February 26-March 1), and opportunities for formation and education (like our future permanent deacons).  The list is long.  The bottom line is THEY ALL need our support and will get it through our gift to the Arkansas Sharing Appeal.  While we, thanks be to God have reached and surpassed our goal this past year and in previous years, the overall goal has not been reached for quite a few years, so some hard decisions have to be made when it comes to who might not get as much as they need.

PLEASE have an open mind and heart, especially if you haven't given anything to this appeal in the past, consider doing something this year.  I am happy to say, our parish has, in the last number of years, had some of the highest numbers of total givers, and I hope and pray that trend continues and goes even higher this year.

Praise God for all the work that's being done in the name of Jesus Christ and all of us who give to the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal!
lifetouch church logo sm 300x150LifeTouch will begin photographs on Thursday, March 8, at Sacred Heart.  Please click on the Photo Directory Sign-up button (to the left of this article, just above Parish News) to choose the date and time for your photography session.  Remember, you may include your pet in your portrait.  For questions or help scheduling call Lynne Border at 501-922-2062, extension 13. 

There is no high pressure selling and you will receive a free picture 
AND church pictorial directory for getting your picture taken.  There will be a sign-up this weekend February 17/18 and February 24/25 in the narthex after ALL the Masses.  Don't miss getting your portrait in our new directory!
formed logo semiboldBeginning in the week of February 19, the parish will offer a five-week Lenten study focused on our need for God's mercy and forgiveness.  "Forgiven" is a video-based program that reminds us, through the biblical stories of the prodigal son and the women taken in adultery, that, as sinners, we rely on reconciliation with God as we endeavor to reform our lives.  In weekly meetings lasting approximately 75 minutes, we will see the action of God's mercy in the Bible and examine sections of both the Old and New Testaments that form the background for the Church's practice of sacramental confession.

Participants may choose to attend weekly discussion sessions or to follow the program on an independent study basis.  There will be four sessions at Sacred Heart, each with its own facilitators(s):  Mondays at 9:45 a.m. (Paula Doyle), Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. (Dave Johnston and Rose Harrigan), Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. (Tom Canavan), and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. (Mike Kerwin and Don Ritter).

Sign-up sheets for the discussion groups and independent study are in the Narthex.  The study guide for those participating in the scheduled sessions costs $6.00 to be paid at the first meeting.  Those following the program on an independent study basis should pick up an instruction sheet on the sign-up table that outlines the steps to access the Formed website and the "Forgiven" videos and study guide.
The WoodcarverThe Sacred Heart Men's Club will be the sponsor for parish Movie Night on Thursday, February 22.  Please join us as brats will be served.  Popcorn included!  Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall to view "The Woodcarver."
Fish fry 1The Knights of Columbus will offer three Fish Fry events during Lent starting on Friday, February 23, at 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall.  Cost for this dinner is $10.00.  Tickets sold at the door.  Meal includes wonderful fried fish, cole slaw, baked potato, plus dessert.  Other Fish Fry dinners will be held on March 9 and March 23.  All proceeds will go to the Knights Charitable causes.  Please join us for a spectacular meal and fellowship!
New MembersA Welcome Dinner for those who joined our parish between July and December, 2017, will be held February 24, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. after Saturday Mass in the Upper Hall.  Leaders of the various parish commissions have also been invited.  Come and meet fellow parishioners and learn more about our parish.  Please RSVP to either Art or Marna Morissette at 501-915-8021 no later than February 14.  We look forward to seeing you!
2018 Mon. Scott FriendConsider attending the Lenten Retreat scheduled from Monday afternoon until noon on Thursday, February 26 to March 1, at St. John's Center in Little Rock.

Monsignor Scott Friend, Vicar General and Vocational Seminarian Director, has agreed to be Retreat Master for this event.  There will be a combination of talks from Monsignor Friend, silent time for reflection and prayer, discussion and social times, daily Mass and other sacramental opportunities.

The cost of $200 will cover lodging for three nights at the newly-renovated Fletcher Hall and meals (provided by members of our own Knights of Columbus) starting with dinner on Monday, February 26, and ending with breakfast, March 1 - a total of eight meals.

Please commit early to be assured of a spot at this first ever Sacred Heart Men's Retreat at St. John's Center.  Sign-up in the narthex or call Ed Doyle at 922-5771 or transmit an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
eggs sausageOn Sunday, March 4, the Knights of Columbus invite all to a parish breakfast after both Masses.  The menu: sausage and eggs, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, juice, coffee or milk.  This breakfast is being underwritten by Bill Roe in memory of Becky and Gladys Welsh in memory of Mike.  We will be welcoming new parishioners as guests.  Please join us in welcoming them to the Sacred Heart family.  Breakfast is only $6.00 a plate and children 12 years and under are free.  All breakfast proceeds are used to help fund Knights charitable activities.  Your support is greatly appreciated.
Soup and sandwich 2Parish Life will be sponsoring two Soup and Sandwich dinners during Lent.  The first one will be on Wednesday, February 28, at 6:15 p.m. in the Lower Hall after the 5:30 Mass.  Menu includes chicken noodle soup with turkey/cheese and ham/cheese sandwiches.  Sign-up sheets are in the narthex this weekend.  The next dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:15 p.m. in the Lower Hall after the 5:30 Mass.  Menu includes ham and bean soup along with turkey/cheese and roast beef/cheese sandwiches.  Look for the sign-up sheet on March 3 and after.  The Education Commission will be showing a video during both of these dinners.  Please join us for a delicious meal.  Call Jen Rivera at 928-358-9069 or Sherrie Nichols at 617-733-1395 with questions.
griefHave you said to yourself, or others, "I'm doing pretty well, I think.  Learning how to adjust."  That's good, but you might help others who have suffered the loss of a loved one by sharing what worked for you and what you still struggle with.  And, others can help you by sharing their experiences.  There is a safe place for just that!  We will begin another Grief Support Group here at Sacred Heart.  The group will meet in the library on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 beginning March 6.  There will be six weekly sessions facilitated by Deacon John.  Each session will last one and a half hours.  If you know of people who could benefit from these sessions, invite them to attend as they don't need to be a parishioner to sign-up.  The size of the group is limited, so if you wish to attend, please make a reservation by calling Deacon John at 226-9035 or transmit an e-mail message to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
helpinghandsSTUCK at home with no one to talk to?  TIRED of feeling useless, sad and lonely?  OVERWHELMED by the unrelenting demands of caring for a loved one?  UNSURE of what steps to take next to get help?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE to all parishioners for regular visits and calls if you, a friend or loved one, would like to talk with someone now and then, or need transportation to Mass or medical appointments - or errands?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE to provide respite to family caregivers by sitting with your loved one for a few minutes or a few hours to give you a break?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS COORDINATORS ARE AVAILABLE to assist you in gathering the necessary information and assessing your options for ongoing skilled care when circumstances change because of declining health?

DID YOU KNOW THAT IT IS DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING FOR ALL OF US when we reach the point at which we must admit that we can't go it alone and do everything by ourselves any more?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERS are standing by, eager to help and waiting for the opportunity to be answer to someone's prayer?  DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS can't help you if we don't know who you are?  DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS can't help you if you don't ask?

PLEASE CALL TODAY.  PLEASE HONOR US WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP YOU:  Cathy Wedwick at 915-8456 or Pat Widlowski at 922-1395.

Parishioners:  Please consider taking a bulletin to those who can't get to church.  Encourage them to call Helping Hands for assistance.  Consider being a Helping Hands volunteer:  we always need drivers.
Rosary2Lenten Rosaries will be available in the hallway between the church narthex and the A & E Building beginning two weeks prior to Lent.  These rosaries were made and are provided free-of-charge by the Sacred Heart Rosary Makers to anyone who wants one.

The tradition of the Lenten Rosary began in Venezuela and was brought to the United States by a Minnesota priest.  The rosary consists of a cross on a cord with seven sets of three beads (The Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be).  You are encouraged to say the rosary every day for the 40-day Lenten period, beginning Ash Wednesday, for someone special in your life; and, after Lent, you are encouraged to give the rosary to that special person that you were praying for.
Social SixSign-up for our spring Social Six program.  It is a great way to promote fellowship and get to know all those fellow parishioners you see at Mass every week.

Three couples will be grouped together and then arrange among themselves to share a simple dinner or lunch at alternate homes - once each month for March, April and May.  We need both new members and long-time parishioners.  Get to know your Sacred Heart family!  To sign-up, call Dotti or Dennis Kessen at 501-226-5090 or transmit an e-mail message to Dotti Kessen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Final sign-up date for the spring session is February 20.
Spiritual DirectionPaula Doyle, a certified spiritual director since 2001 and Sacred Heart parishioner, is again offering to accompany you on your spiritual journey, now in a private practice from her home.  There is no charge for the first visit, and subsequent sessions are subject to a nominal fee.  If you are interested or have questions, please call Paula at 922-5771 or transmit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Label for EducationPlease help St. John's School in Hot Springs by saving coupons, box tops and labels for education.  They can be turned in for educational materials.  Please put your labels in the container on the cabinet in the hallway of the Administration and Education Building.  Don't throw away St. John's money!
Cancelled StampWe have found a group that will benefit from receiving cancelled stamps.  They are appreciative of our ability to collect them for the benefit of their "Ministry with the Poor Fund."  It is through the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Notre Dame, IN.  Please drop your stamps in the available container on the credenza of the A & E Hallway, and thank you!