Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas




Bereavement Support Team

Provides bereavement support to those parishioners who have suffered the loss of a spouse, relative or friend.  Facilitators coordinate Grief Support Groups every 6 to 12 months.  Individual one on one grief support is also available for those that are uncomfortable with a group environment.  Those involved make calls, deliver booklets and information on coping with grief, send letters and visit parishioners-in-need. Support normally continues for a year after a loss.  There are ten people involved with this ministry.

Deacon John Froning

Disaster Response Team

The Disaster Response Team (DRT) operates under the umbrella of the Diocese of Little Rock's Catholic Charities of Arkansas to provide aid in the aftermath of natural disasters.  While its efforts will be focused primarily in the immediate service area, the DRT may assist as needed throughout Arkansas as resources and personnel permit. Team members include case managers, first responders, and clean-up crews.

Gary Wolfer
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Family  Assistance
The Mission of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church Family Assistance is to provide help to those in need within our community, and to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by proclaiming His Good News through these acts of assistance.  We help utilize community resources and provide direct aide whenever possible.
Marvin Young

Helping Hands

Helping Hand Ministry is comprised of about one hundred parishioners who volunteer their time, treasure and talents to assist members of our parish family in emergency situations and during unforeseen circumstances, providing temporary assistance until permanent solutions can be found. Volunteers regularly call, visit and send greeting cards to parishioners who are homebound or in residence at care facilities in and around the Village. Helping Hands provides transportation to Mass, to medical appointments and treatments, and for local shopping and errands for those who are no longer able to drive.  Helping Hands provides respite sitters for family caregivers, and secures information on resources and services available when professional assistance is required.  Any person who is a registered parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church may request and receive assistance.  To participate in the Buddy Phone Chain for a daily wellness check-in, contact Ellen Meyer.  To volunteer for the Helping Hands Ministry or to request assistance, call Coordinators Cathy Wedwick or Pat Widlowski.
Cathy Wedwick

Pat Widlowski

Buddy Phone System
Ellen Meyer

HSV Interfaith Council

Meets monthly as representatives from Village churches to discuss issues of mutual interest; and, to coordinate programs and charitable activities. These volunteers organize Village ecumenical services for Thanksgiving, Good Friday and Easter Sunrise.

Pastoral Mission Outreach
Provide annual donations to over thirty different service organizations and charities under the headings of "Food, Shelter, Clothing;" "Children's Needs;" "Health Care;" and "Pro-Life Agencies."  These cover the Hot Springs, Benton and Little Rock areas, as well as national and international efforts.  Donations are made twice a year in December and June, or as needed.  Parishioners also put in many volunteer hours each year at a number of the charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Jackson House and Village Outreach.

Respect Life    

Proclaiming life is a gift from God from conception to natural death.

The mission of the Respect Life ministry is to encourage parishioners to participate in Pro-Life activities.  We disseminate information provided to us by the US Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Little Rock Respect Life Office.  We participate in the annual Arkansas March for Life in January; the 40 Days for Life campaign in the spring and fall; the National Life Chain and "Rosary in the Public Square" in October, which is Respect Life month. We sponsor a "Spiritual Adoption" program, encouraging parishioners to say a short prayer each day for 9 months for an unborn baby which culminates with a baby shower.  Donated items are distributed to Catholic Adoption Services in Little Rock, and pregnancy help centers in Benton and Hot Springs.

Rebecca Huber

Rosary Makers

The Rosary Makers have provided rosaries to countless missions, school and military groups in this country and around the world.  Rosaries of every color are made along with white and black for First Communions, and all black for military in combat zones.  As of September 2017 over 92,000 rosaries have been sent out worldwide. Five to ten members meet weekly to make rosaries.
Marge Newburn

Shawl Ministry

Provides the infirmed, those hospitalized, and residents of nursing homes with hand knit/crocheted shawls.  Members meet monthly.
Dee Kapple