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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas


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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.
2014 Flag Day - Posting the Colors
Posting the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance
About 165 people attended the June 14 Flag Day 2014 ceremonies in the Lower Hall at Sacred Heart.  Following the Patriotic Rosary in the main body of the church, Mike Kerwin of the Knights of Columbus welcomed everyone and acknowledged and thanked all the groups who helped plan and organize the event.  Fr. Bill Elser lead the opening prayer.

After the American Legion Post 123/VFW Post 10483 Honor Guard posted the colors, Legion member Garry Berry led the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dennis Zymboly then provided a brief history of the U. S. Flag and invited those who were interested to join him after the ceremony to see and hear the various stages of our flag.

Jimmy Weber of the Sons of the American Revolution gave a brief talk on his colonial attire and ties to the Revolution, then introduced Bill Wood who presented a certificate of recognition to Sacred Heart for its flag display around the church on national holidays.  Accepting the certificate was Valerie Hartnett, wife of Bill Hartnett who is responsible for the flag program.

The highlight of the Flag Day event was a musical celebration of the flag led by Lynne Border and members of the Sacred Heart Choir.  For each song a short history of its creation was presented, followed by the singing of the song. Selections were from various eras and written for various reasons but all focused on the flag.  Songs included "The Star Spangled Banner," "Stars and Stripes Forever," It's a Grand Old Flag," "There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere," and "The Ragged Old Flag." Every piece was enjoyed, with some bringing tears to attendee's eyes.

A 50/50 drawing was held, with proceeds to the Knights of Columbus Flags Forever Program.  American Legion Chaplain Rev. Burle Mattingly gave the closing benediction.  The event was sponsored by the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, VFW and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  In addition, to the sponsors, D.A.R., S.A.R, members of the church and the widows of deceased Knights provided food under the leadership of Jean Dobes.

Click here and go to 2014 Village Flag Day for more pictures.  

church library 1Our library has books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and puzzles for children.  Need other ideas? Our own parishioner, Anne Dierks, has written a book entitled "Granny Camp" with lots of great ideas for entertaining children.  That book is featured just inside the library on your left, along with a book for teens and a book with children's Bible stories.  The library is located just to the left before you enter the Chapel.
Heaven is for RealJoin us for Movie Night on Wednesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Hall.  The movie that will be showing is "Heaven is for Real".  When four-year-old Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the following months—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back. Refreshments will be served.
houseofformation 092012This Sunday will be the last weekend the Knights of Columbus will be selling tickets for the Seafood Feast dinner.  This event will benefit The House of Formation building expansion project.  The dinner is on Thursday, July 17, and begins at 5:00 p.m.  Only 47 tickets remain to be sold.  Seating is limited and once we are sold out, there are no more tickets available.  Please do not wait until the last minute.  This is a sit-down, waiter served dinner complete with keyboard dinner music by Larry Lintau of Malvern.  It promises to be a memorable evening and a superb meal for all for only $18 per person.  See you there.
150px-Dickey-Stephens Park logoDue to the inclement weather on June 9, the "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" trip had to be rescheduled.  A replacement game has been arranged for Monday, July 28.  There have been some cancellations due to the date change; so, if you did not sign-up for the June 9 date and would like to attend on July 28, please send your check for $36 per person to Buddy Dixon, 5 Sur de Curso Lane.
Treasure SaleThe collection dates for July are Wednesday, July 16, and Saturday, July 19, both from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in the Lower Hall.  The Treasure Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 26/27.  Your donations are welcome and appreciated.
2014 Murrys Dinner TheaterMembers  who signed-up to attend Murry's Dinner Theater this Sunday, July 13, should meet at the Fuel Stop at 10:00 a.m. to car pool to Little Rock.  Call Ann at 922-6963 with questions.
Rosary Makers
The Sacred Heart Rosary Makers have had another very busy year and have now sent out over 63,000 rosaries to date. Delores Griffin expressed her thanks to the Rosary Makers for all their dedication and work to fill the empty hands needing rosaries.  The Rosary Makers receive many more requests than they are able to provide rosaries.  They are always looking for new members to help make rosaries.  The group will be taking off for the summer months of June, July and August and will meet again on Thursday, September 11 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  They will then meet each Thursday in Classroom C.  For more information about making rosaries and to join their lively group, call Delores Griffin at 226-5647.
Baby The members of our parish family still have an opportunity again this year to "spiritually" adopt a child who is newly conceived in the month of April.

Prayer commitment cards are available on the cabinet in the hallway.  You can "adopt" a child individually or as a family.  You are asked to name the child for whom you will be praying, thereby giving  the child the humanity he or she deserves.  Just say a short prayer each day for nine months, for your unborn child and for all the unborn children.
casalogo08Mi CASA es tu casa.  This Hispanic saying holds a special meaning for us here in Arkansas. CASA, our Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal, is a way for all of us to make a difference right here at home.  No matter your resources, your monthly support can fit your budget.  It's not the amount of the gift that is the most important.  As they say, many hands make the work light. Please return your CASA Gift/Pledge card. Our parish goal is $58,323.  276 parishioner households have pledged and/or given $68,000 to date.

Click here to view a video entitled Help Us Build the Kingdom of God in Arkansas showing what CASA can do.

Perpetual AdorationThere are so many needs for our prayers.  So much is happening in our world and we feel helpless to do anything about it; but we are not helpless, we have the Power of Prayers.

We cannot send troops to all the areas of the world where there is trouble, as that has proven not to always be the solution.  Prayer is the answer.  Pray for peace, pray for the suffering millions, pray for food to feed the starving, pray for the homeless whose homes have been destroyed by war, and pray for the refugees who have to flee their country.

Be an adorer and spend one hour a week thanking Jesus for our many blessings and pray for those in need.  The Adoration Chapel needs you.

Please say YES and call one of these leaders: Sherrie Nichols for Late Night at 617-733-1395, Don Ritter for Night at 224-659-5001, Dick Hill for Morning at 922-3945/984-2474 or Joan Smith for Afternoon at 922-1958.

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2014 Jackson House
Jackson House, Hot Springs, AR
The donations made through the box in the narthex marked "Jackson House" resulted in over $9,000 donated in 2013! This is in addition to a significant amount of food donated each week.  Since Jackson House purchases their food through a food bank, they recieved at least three times more than if the food were purchased at a retail grocery.  Bags containing at least $50 in food were provided to 10,756 individuals during 2013.  That equates to approximately 375,000 pounds of food with a retail value of over $540,000!  Both monetary and food donations are necessary.  The food donations fill in items that can't be purchased at the food bank.  Please continue to be generous in contributing to Jackson House.  Janie Smith, Executive Director, stated "We couldn't have met the demand in 2013 without the generous donations from Sacred Heart".
pull tabMembers of the Ladies of the Sacred Heart are helping to support the Ronald McDonald House with a collection of 'pull tabs'.  We recently turned over 30 pounds of metal tabs!  Thanks ever so much for your collection efforts.  The tabs can be taken from cat food cans, soup, vegetable or fruit cans, soda or beer cans.  Tabs are collected at church where there is a box under the table in the hallway.  Thanks for helping us support this worthwhile charity.
blooddriveThe next Red Cross Blood Drive supported by the Knights of Columbus and hosted by the Village United Methodist Church at 200 Carmona Road, is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.  Previous donors at this site with e-mail addresses have been sent an e-mail reminder.  New donors can go to for detailed information and to schedule an appointment.  Contact John Bodensteiner with questions - or be placed on an e-mail reminder list.  Call 915-0339 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Thanks for sharing your "Gift of Life".
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