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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas


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Saint MonicaSt. Monica prayed for her erring son for nine years until he returned to the church.  A priest has assured her that 'no son of these tears' would remain far away.  St. Monica invites us to pray for our erring loved ones.

A novena to St. Monica will begin August 19 after daily Mass, continuing on your own over the weekend, and ending on the Feast of St. Monica on Wednesday, August 27.  Join members of Guild One in this prayer for our loved ones.
Table gamesSacred Heart Singles, family and friends, are invited to play cards (Hand and Foot, Five Crowns, Mahjong, etc.) the first and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Upper Hall
choirBritish researchers recently surveyed 375 people who sang in a choir, sang alone, or played on a sports team. All of these activities contribute to emotional well-being, but people in choirs reported feeling happier than those who belted out tunes on their own.  Chorus members also rated their choirs as more meaningful social groups than athletes did their sports teams.  Studies show that the physical synchrony, acting in time with others, of choral singing could promote feelings of unity. ( 2914)

We will soon begin our fall choir program at Sacred Heart. Perhaps you previously sang with a chorus, a church choir or even like to sing in the shower.  Consider joining one of our choir programs soon!  Contact Diane Patterson for the Saturday night choir, 922-6965, or Lynne Border, 231-881-4472, for the Sunday choir, Resurrection choir or as a week-day or weekend cantor.  Come-join in the fun and help us "make a joyful noise unto the Lord!"
Gods Not DeadAn atheist Philosophy Professor will give a passing grade to all students who turn in a paper declaring God is dead. Josh cannot believe himself to do this and debates his college professor, risking a failing grade.  This movie has received great reviews; it's done well.  To quote Albert Einstein, "the more I study science, the more I believe in God." Join us for Movie Night in the Lower Hall on Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m.  We'll show another good movie and serve refreshments.
2014 Treasure Sale 1
The Guys – l to r, front, Mike Frantz, Ken Buch. Jim Dyar, Chris Gleason, Dewey Beaver, Roland Steegmuller, Art Morissette, and Bud Campbell; and back row, Larry Lipsmeyer, Ed Keearns, Don Abbott, Chuck MacDonald, and Tom Thorton.
2014 Treasure Sale 2
The Gals – l to r, front, Shirley Bartle, Bev Abbot, Diane Condon, Chris Frantz; and back row, Barb Wallisch, Dianna Gleason, Marilyn Burke, Bennie Buch, Libby Dyar, Pat Cuba, and Claudia Keearns.
Sacred Heart of Jesus guys and gals are busy pricing and storing parishioners’ donations to the upcoming September Treasure Sale.  The Treasure Sale is a biennial fund raiser in support of Catholic education in Saline and Garland counties.  Parishioners at Sacred Heart bring their donations to the church on collection dates and a small army of SHJ guys assist in unloading these “treasures”.  The items are then turned over to the gals who price everything, sort it all into categories, pack it up in labeled boxes, and turn everything back over to the guys who take it to temporary storage. 

There will be two collection dates in August, the 20th and 23rd, when once again these generous guys and gals will resume their labors toward a successful 2014 Treasure Sale.  And things really heat up for the collections crew during September with six collection dates so that parishioners can comb through their little used or no longer needed possessions to see what might be donated.  Parishioners with larger items to donate will have the choice of having these items picked up if they are unable to transport them to church. 

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handandfootThe new year will be starting in September.  Hopefully we will have a fun time for the 2014-15 year.  We need to get a count of teams set-up by August 22.  Scheduling the groups takes a lot of time.  We would like to invite newcomers to the Village to contact Ed Harrigan.  It's a great way to meet other parish members for a good social time and a fun and easy-to-learn game of cards. Call Ed at 915-0314 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
golfThis tournament, sponsored by our parish and the Knights of Columbus of our parish and those in Hot Springs, is being played this year at our own Magellan Golf Course on Saturday, August 23, at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.  Nice prizes will be given for first, second and third place teams in a number of flights in this four-person scramble format.  A delicious barbeque spare rib lunch at Balboa Pavilion following the tournament is included in the $85 fee.  Remember, all the proceeds from your fee will go to benefit Catholic School education at St. John's in Hot Springs.  A separate woman's flight is something new this year for women who are interested.  You can sign-up as a team or individually, and teams will try to be assembled to make each one competitive.  Call Ralph Melenson at 915-0303 to sign-up or get more information.  This tournament promises to be a fun and rewarding day for all, especially for the students of St. John's School.  Sign-up as soon as possible.
Cortez PavilionWe are putting together a team of walkers for the annual Village Cancer Walk, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 a.m., and would like you to be a part of our group.  No distance is required.  You can walk a few feet or five miles. Free fruit, coffee and water will be available before the walk and free hamburgers and hot dogs will be available after the walk, even if you don't leave the pavilion. The registration fee is $30 before August 1 which includes a free tee shirt.  After August 1, the cost increases to $35. The goal for 2014 is to register 600 walkers and raise $43,000 from sponsors, walkers, a silent auction, bake sale and from donations.  Our Church Ministry Team would like Sacred Heart to have a good-size team for this special event. Before the walk, each group will have a group photo taken, so come and be a part of this wonderful event!

Please complete the registration form found in the narthex and send it, along with your check, to the address at the bottom of the form.  If you have questions, our coordinator is Jane Kearby at 922-2338.
church library 1Have you discovered our library? We are always adding to our collection of books, tapes, DVDs and pamphlets.  We have something for everyone.  Whether you need children's stories or fiction/non-fiction for grownups, we have it.  Stop by to check out your library.
Three month fetusYour baby will be completely formed by the end of the third month.  He may have begun moving his hands, legs, and head and opening and closing his mouth.  He is still too small for you to feel the movement.  His fingers and toes are now more distinct and have soft nails.  His hands are more developed than the feet, and his arms are longer than the legs.  Your baby's head is quite large compared to the rest of his body.  Hair may have started to form on the head. Tooth buds have formed under your baby's gums.  By the end of this month, the umbilical cord, which carries nutrients to your baby and takes wastes away, will be fully formed.  Please continue to pray for this special child of God.
drivingThe date is August 7, 2014, from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Sign-up for the one-day course in the A & E Building hallway.  Meet in the Upper Hall, and bring your driver's license, your AARP card, and a check made payable to AARP for $15 each for AARP members and $20 each for non-members.  Call Gene Widlowski at 922-5170 with questions.
Farmers MarketTom Henry, the farmer from Guy, Arkansas, will be here every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  He sets up under the trees in the lower parking lot with all kinds of fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables.  Peaches this year are large and juicy.  Come and enjoy the best of the frowing season in Arkansas!
2014 Forest Path GalleryThe Sacred Heart Singles will be touring Forest Path Gallery, Thursday, August 7, to view the work of Gene Sparling and his "Wonder Bowls".  The group will meet at the church at 1:30 p.m., and will carpool to Hot Springs. Following the tour the Singles will enjoy a meal at the Longhorn Steak House.  Sign-up sheets are in the narthex. Any questions, call Ann at 922-6963 or Eileen at 915-9229.
LOSH Baby Shower
Cathy Ament speaking to the ladies in attendance.
On Monday, June 16, 2014 the Ladies of Sacred Heart held a baby shower for a young mother-to-be who has literally lost everyting in recent weeks-car, job, house, and most tragically, the father of her unborn baby. The shower was organized by Cathy Ament, Family Assistance Committee, and attended by about 30 women representing the different Guilds and membership who participated in responding to the needs of this expectant mother and neighbor.

The mother-to-be couldn't attend in person, too full of sorrow to join in the shower with burial of the baby's father upcoming in two days.  Gathered together with all the presents, the story of this neighbor in need was told to the women present.  A special prayer written by Deacon John, a blessing for both the mother and the baby, was recited.  It reflected the power of God's love and the power of practicing to love one's neighbor in very real terms.

With this shower, our recipient neighbor felt the love of women she did not know in her time of sorrow and loss as well as new beginnings and new joy in the anticipated birth of a son.  She felt the balm of neighborly love and prayer and generosity help her overcome the pain of her loss, as we, the participants, felt the gift of love flowing out from our organization in praise of our God and our faith.  May we all continue the prayers for this neighbor that she may continue to feel the love of the Father reach into her heart and into all the hearts of good neighbors everywhere.  Click here to view additional pictures and go to photos at the top of the page.
Fr Bill Annointing the  sick 03682014-Feast of the Sacred Heart DinnerParishioners numering three hundred gathered together to celebrate the feast day of Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Mass was also an opportunity for many to receive the sacrament of the sick.  Father Bill invited three other priests to concelebrate. The priests included retired Monsignor Bernard Malone, Fr. Innocent from Hot Springs and Father Y.C. from Benton.  Following the Mass, the throng shared a fine meal prepared by Johnna Westerman and served by the Parish Life Team. Generous sponsors donated prizes given away by playing Bingo.  A good time was had by all!
2 monthsYour adopted Unborn Baby is now two months old and is less than an inch long.  By the end of the second month, all of your baby's major body organs and body systems, including the brain, lungs, liver and stomach, have begun to develop.  The first bone cells appear during this time.  Eyelids form and grow but remain sealed shut.  The inner ear is forming.  Ankles, toes, wrists, fingers and sexual organs are developing.  At the end of the second month of pregnancy, your baby looks like a tiny human infant. Please continue to pray for this special child of God.
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