Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
handandfootThe annual Hand and Foot Club end-of-season potluck dinner and cards will be held Friday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall.  All members and subs are invited.  Call Cathy at 501-204-9088 with questions.
Blood Drive 1The next Blood Drive supported by the Knights of Columbus and hosted by the Village United Methodist Church at 200 Carmona, will be held Tuesday, May 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Previous donors at this site with e-mail addresses have been sent an e-mail reminder.  New donors can to to for detailed information and to schedule an appointment.  Contact Scott Luchesi at 501-204-4101 with questions or to be placed on the reminder list.
Rosary2The Ladies of the Sacred Heart will present their annual "Living Rosary" after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Monday, May 9, in the church.  All parishioners are invited to attend.
KofC LogoThis year, the 108th Arkansas Knights of Columbus State4thDegree
Convention will be held at the Arlington Hotel in Hot
Springs on Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, 2016.  All Knights and families are welcome.  St. Mary's in Hot Springs will present the April 30 evening bishop's Mass at 5:15 p.m. and the May 1 morning Necrology Mass at 7:00 a.m.

BusMembers of St. Anthony's guild are sponsoring a 5-night trip to Nashville and Gatlingburg, Tennessee, Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and Graceland in Memphis.  Members and friends are invited.  Complete itinerary and registration forms are available in the A & E hallway.  A depoit of $150 is due no later than June 1 to guarantee a seat on the bus. Balance due August 1.  Single $1,235, double $875, triple $775 and quad $705 per person.  For more information, contact Rosemary Miller by transmitting an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 922-5850 or 922-8801.

CRHLogoDo you know someone who has left the Church?  Most of us do not have to look very far to find nonpracticing Catholics in our circle of family and friends.  Many of us are concerned about these loved ones, but we do not know how to help them.  Obviously, most of them are searching, but how can we help them find their way home?

As baptized, practicing Catholics, we have a precious gift of faith and love from the Lord that needs to be shared with our nonpracticing brothers and sisters.  First, we need to pray for them.  Next, we need to extend a personal invitation to them to come home to the Catholic Church.  Most nonpracticing Catholics are waiting for an invitation to return.  Many mistakenly think they are excommunicated and are not welcome to return for a variety of reasons.  Many nonpracticing Catholics carry with them a tremendous amount of guilt and misinformation about the Church and are afraid of approaching the Church for fear of being rejected.  You can make a tremendous difference in someone's life simply by reaching out to them and telling them that we miss them and would like for them to come back home to our Church family.

Here at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church we have a special program to help nonpracticing Catholics return to the Church entitled "Catholics Returning Home."  The next four (4) week series starts on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 here at the Church at 10:00 a.m.  Please pass this message along to anyone who might be interested and have them call Deacon Larry Lipsmeyer at 922-3283 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
BabyThe members of our parish family have an opportunity again this year to "spiritually" adopt a child who is newly conceived in the month of April.  You see, not all newly-conceived babies are allowed to be born.  In fact, almost 4,000 babies lose their lives to abortion each day.  It is these babies who are in danger of having their lives ended before birth, who you are asked to "adopt."

Prayer commitment cards will be available after all the Masses next weekend.  You can "adopt" a chld individually or as a family.  You will be asked to name the child for whom you will be praying, thereby giving your child the humanity (s)he deserves.  Just say a short prayer each day for nine months, for your unborn child and for all the unborn children.  You will receive monthly reports describing your baby's development, and your child will be born in January, 2017.  At that time we have a baby shower and all Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners will be invited to bring gifts, which will be donated to local Pregnancy Centers.
Next of Kin   Tickets go on sale this weekend (April 23/24) and next (April 30/May1), before and after all Masses.  Sales tables will be located at the main entrance to the church.  The dinner show features Big Daddy Sugarbaker and his dysfunctional family.

Tickets for the play are $20 per person which include a terrifc dinner and the mystery theater.  If you are unable to purchse your ticket(s) at one of the Masses, feel free to call Gary Wolfer at 501-204-1192.  Seating will be first come, first serve.  Checks can be made out to Knights of Columbus with the subject line shown as Dinner Theater.

Period:  The early decade of the 1950s in the Deep South.

Dress:  Ladies, think "Southern Belle" hats, light and/or flowery dresses, gloves, etc.  Men, think Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried with light-colored jackets and a bow, string or ribbon tie.  If the Southern gentlemen don't care to get dressed up, a wide brim straw, or Panama hat, would work fine.  Note:  Dressing in the time period is a nice touch but not considered required.

Best in Show:   A prize will be awarded each of the two evenings to the woman wearing the most beautiful "Southern Belle" hat.

Laugh, figure "who done it," and have a wonderful meal!  Ya'll come.

Spirituality and prayerEach Wednesday evening in April, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Father Mike Hinken will conduct a four-part seminar on "Spirituality & Prayer" here at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.  Light refreshments will be served in the Lower Hall after the program.  It's been a wonderful seminar and each session has been faith-enhancing.  Prior attendance isn't required; you will still benefit from the last one even if you've missed some or all other previous evenings.  Father Mike has graciously offered to temporarily lead an ongoing prayer group to continue our spirtual growth if there is suffecient interest.

No sign-up needed for the last session, and we hope you'll please join us!
French Toast 1On Sunday, April 24, the Knights of Columbus invite everyone to stay for their last parish breakfast for the fraternal year.  A special menu is being offered for this breakfast. The menu includes French Toast with sausage and hash browns, juice, coffee or milk.  We will be welcoming new parishioners who will be guests of the Knights. Please join us in welcoming them to the Sacred Heart Family.  Breakfast is only $6.00 a plate and as always, kids plates are free.  All breakfast proceeds are used to fund Knights charitable activities throughout the year.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  See you there!
Earth DaySacred Heart Church will be the host church for the annual Village Interfaith Council Earth Day Service on Friday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m.  This will be a service of Scripture, music and reflection on the gift of the creation that God has given for our use and care.  In light of the recent Encyclical of Pope Francis "On Care for Our Common Home," we hope that you will make time to join your fellow parishioners and others in the Village for this service.

A reception, hosted by Parish Life, will follow in the Lower Hall.
helpinghandsWe are inviting all interested parishioners as well as our dedicated Helping Hands volunteers to attend our appreciation and informational dinner on April 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall.  Dinner will be catered and served by Chef Johnna.

There is no greater ministry than to fulfill Christ's command, "Love Thy Neighbor."  Helping Hands has as its mission statement:  "Caring for each other and extending a helping hand for the moment when a helping hand is needed."  Our parish family is a family united in Christ's love to care fo each other.  There are many opportunities to extend a helping hand and perform works of mercy here at Sacred Heart.  Please consider attending this dinner and celebration of loving your neighbor.

Helping Hands is inthe process of revising application forms and our computer database. This process makes it necessary to every "Helping Hand" to submit a new application.  The revised application will be available at the dinner for existing members of the ministry and any attendees who would like to answer Christ's call to "love your neighbor." Sign-up sheets will be in the narthex.  Deadline for signing-up is April 18.
cardsTickets to the Ladies of the Sacred Heart Card Party are NO LONGER ON SALE.  This yearly fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2016. Tickets are $7.00 each and are available from any Guild member.

The party is held in the church Lower Hall and has been a sell-out for the last few years.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the silent auction.  There will be a 50/50 raffle and our famous gift baskets will again be offered as door prizes.  For more information or to reserve a table, call ticket chair Carol Barrett at 922-0071.

KraemergoldmedalWe are going to take orders one last tiem for this winter - now through April 10, and products will be delivered about April 14.  Pick up an order form from the narthex or go to the Knights of Columbus website.  We also maintian many products on hand, for istant sales, and a list of these products can be found on the Knights website under "Cheese Inventory," or call any of the sales staff listed.  Additional information can be obtained from the sales staff:  Ed Miller at 922-0501, John Meyers at 915-0746, or Al Bilgischer at 922-1047.
Arkansas Gives logoOn April 7, 2016 Arkansans will have the opportunity to donate on line from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to support their favorite charities.   Besides local charities such as Jackson House, and Samaritan Ministries, Catholic Charities of Arkansas is also on the list and would appreciate your consideration.  Your donations will no doubt help many people who are facing difficult times and challenging needs.  The web address for making your credit card donations is
AnnunciationThe Knights of Columbus Council 10208 invites all parishioners to join in recitation of the rosary as we have our annual procession to the monument of the unborn child (off to the side of our small parking lot behind our administration wing of our parish complex).  This will happen THIS Monday, April 4, the Solemnity of the Annunciation (which had to be transferred this year from March 25 due to Holy Week), immediately following the 9:00 a.m. morning Mass.