Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
SacristanSacristans are the women or men behind the scenes who set the Table for the Lord; and also after Mass, remove and clean the vessels that are used.  For the weekly Masses, three or four people are needed to assist.  One can help as much, or as little, as preferred.  On the average, a person is needed every two or three months, Monday through Friday. At the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Mass, help is needed for the fourth Sunday of each month; for the 10:00 a.m. Mass, the second Sunday of each month.  Please call Carol Cruz for information at home, 922-1428, or mobile at 984-1524. Also needed is someone to help with the Flower Donations sign-up book, flower ordering, etc. Please call Carol if you can help.
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Ben Riley
2016 Isidro Negrete
Isidro Negrete
We are blessed to have two seminarians, Ben Riley and Isidro Negrete, as well as Aubrey Volpert (picture not available), a senior at Catholic High School in Little Rock, with us at Sacred Heart from July 19-29.  They will be helping with our Vacation Bible School July 24-28, and will be serving on the altar and accompanying Father Bill as he ministers to people in the hospital, nursing home or other venues.  Let's make these young men feel welcome among us and affirm them in their discernment of God's call in their lives.  For your information, Ben will be starting his fourth year studies in philosophy and Isidro his third year.
Farmers MarketFarmer Tom Henry and his helpers, from Guy, Arkansas, will be at Sacred Heart for the last time this summer, Tuesday, July 26.  Farmer Tom will be under the portico in front of church from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Come and purchase fresh Arkansas strawberries and produce.  The truck leaves early if all produce is sold out.  See you there!
Vacation Bible SchoolJoin us this summer for Vacation Bible School at the Sacred Heart Surf Shack!  All children of the community are invited to share the fun during the week of July 24 through July 28.  From 6:00 to 8:00 each evening we will explore the themes of Creation, Miriam and Moses, the Baptism of Jesus, Jesus Calming the Storm, and Breakfast on the Beach.

Bring your kids, their friends, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and anybody from the ages of 6 to 13 who want to learn more about Jesus and have fun at the same time.

We still need some adults or teens who can help with SIMPLE snacks and carts.  Please call Terry Poldrack at 922-6095 to volunteer and/or to register participants.
St. Mother TheresaThe next movie night has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, and will feature "The Letters."  Mother Theresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times.  Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world.  "The Letters" as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable woman who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God.  The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death.  He recounts her life's work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit. The movie will be shown in the Lower Hall at 6:00 p.m.  Please come and join us.
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DOLR Seminarians; Bottom row l-r, Monsignor Friend and Bishop Taylor
Our annual Seminarian Endowment Dinner will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016.  Tickets will be $20 per person, and will be on sale the weekends of July 9 and July 16, before and after all Masses.  Dinner will be catered by Chef Johnna and will include:  Beef Tips with Portabella Mushrooms, salad, vegetable, and Father Bill's ice cream for dessert.  Ten seminarians will be here as well as Bishop Taylor and other special guests from the Diocese.  Entertainment will be provided by the Hot Springs Village Strings.  Please mark your calendars to attend this special event honoring our seminarians.  Space is limited.  All money donated will go directly to the Seminarian Endowment Fund.  This fund is the foundation for the education for our future priests who will be dedicated to upholding the Word of the Lord and the principles and doctrines of our Catholic faith.  We would like to have you join us, mingle with the seminarians and special guests and be a part of this special evening.  We have always had a lot of fun at this event with the seminarians in years past, and this year promises to be equally enjoyable.
Spiritual DirectionWould you like to deepen your relationship with God?  Spiritual direction is now available to anyone in the parish at no cost except a desire to grow closer to God and one another.  Call 922-5771 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
fortnight 4 freedom 270x140 no border animatedWe are Catholics.  We are Americans.  We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens.  To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other.  Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary.  That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land.  That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.

The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21 through July 4.  During the fortnight, we celebrate the feast days of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher (June 22), St. John the Baptist (June 24), Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, all great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power.  All these people died, in part, because they stood for religious freedom.  It is up to us, not necssarily to die for religious freedom in our country, but to be ready to speak up and speak out strongly when religious liberty is threatened.  I pray we have the courage and conviction to do so.  It will bless us and future fenerations of believers as well.
FlagPlease join us for a Fourth of July barbeque in the Lower Hall following the Mass (10:00 a.m.) and Patriotic Rosary (10:40 a.m.) on Monday, July 4.  Sponsors are our Parish Life Commission and the Knights of Columbus.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks will be provided.  Please sign-up so we can get an estimate as to the number of people attending.  Guests are welcome.  Side dishes are appreciated and can be indicated when signing up.
Treasure SaleIt's that time again - our biennial Treasure Sale preparations are in the works.  Sale dates are September 23 and 24, 2016.  In our upcoming bulletins, you will find information on donations, dates and times for collection, and contact information for items you cannot transport yourself.  You will also find a volunteer sign-up sheet so that you can lend a hand and meet some other great and generous parishioners who support the Treasure Sale in numerous ways using their time and talents, muscles and experience; all to generate tuition support for our nearby Catholic schools, Our Lady of Fatima in Benton and St. John's in Hot Springs.

Please give your attention to this parish-wide endeavor.  Whether you help by donating no longer desired household items, or by supporting us in the collection or pricing of items during the week of the sale, cashiering and accounting on the sale dates, transporting to or setting up the goods for sale, we need YOU!  Keep the Treasure Sale in mind; pray about how you can make a difference in this particular parish undertaking that benefits nearby children who need our support to receive a Catholic education; and check future bulletins for inserts on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Treasure Sale.
2016 Faith of Our FathersCome join us for our first movie night coming this Wednesday, June 22, at 6:00 p.m. as we watch "Faith of Our Fathers," a story of fatherhood and a journey of brotherhood.  It is the story of two young men who are in search of their fathers who died 25 years ago in the Vietnam War.  This is a good and timely movie as we are showing it only days after Father's Day and at the start of the Fortnight for Freedom observance which actually starts June 21 and ends July 4. Fresh popcorn, snacks and drinks will be provided to those who join us, starting around 5:30 p.m.  (NOTE:  This is a change from a movie that was previsouly advertised in last week's bulletin.  It will be re-scheduled at a later date).
Reaffirming Wedding VowsA service to renew wedding vows for all parishioners has been scheduled during weekend Masses on Father's Day, June 19.

The Knights of Columbus will host a Lower Hall Social after the Sunday Masses, providing all parishioners free coffee, donuts and pastries and juice - regardless of current marital status!  Be our guest, please.  We invite all brothers and sisters in Christ to gather together in fellowship as we celebrate the joy of our Catholic unity.
FlagOn Tuesday, June 14, Sacred Heart will host the following Flag Day activities:

09:45 a.m. Patriotic Rosary Main Church
10:45 a.m. Short Program
Lower Hall

This is a community-wide activity, and all parishioners and friends are invited.  The days activities are sponsored by the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Call Mike Kerwin at 922-1531 with questions.
Dickey-Stephens Park logoThe Sacred Heart Men's Club is sponsoring a baseball trip to the Travelers' baseball game on Monday, June 13.  This event is open to all members of the parish and their friends. Those attending will leave church on buses from the Village at 4:30 p.m.  We will start loading buses at 4:00 p.m. Once there, we will have a two-hour, all-you-care-to-eat dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, etc. at the food pavilion in the stadium. Game time is 7:10 p.m., and we will board the buses for the return trip about 10:00 p.m.  The cost for this event is $39 per person which includes the transportation, food and reserved seats.  We believe we can easily fill two buses.  There will be prizes. . . . . . . 

If you want to attend this game, please send your check to Buddy Dixon, 5 Sur de Curso Lane, Hot Springs Village, 71909 as soon as possible.  Each bus has a capacity of 56 people, and inclusion in this event is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get your checks in early to ensure your ticket for this fun evening of baseball!  Make your check out to Sacred Heart Men's Club.  For additional information, call Buddy at 922-2811.

This is not a fund raiser for the Men's Club; members are only acting as facilitators for this event.
golf1The Eighth Annual Golf Tournament, as sponsored by the Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village Knights of Columbus Councils for the benefit of St. John's School in Hot Spring, will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Balboa Golf Course in Hot Springs Village.  The Knights of Columbus are looking for players and sponsors for this event.  Please pick-up a registration form from the hallway of the Administration and Education Building.  Cost is $90 per person or $360 per team to play 18 holes as a four-person scramble with tee time at 9:00 a.m.  A barbeque lunch at noon is also included.  Please make checks payable to Knights of Columbus and mail to Hans Purkott at the address listed on the registration form.  If you need additional information, contact Sacred Heart parishioners Ralph Melenson at 915-0303 or Ken Silver at 520-247-6804.
VIRTUSA VIRTUS training session will be offered on Monday evening,June 6, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the A & E classroom area.  If you are a new volunteer minister and have not attended a previous training session, you are required to attend to meet the bishop's directive that all volunteer ministers be in compliance with this diocesan program.  To register, go online to and select "Registration" then "Little Rock Diocese," the date of the class, and follow instructions.  If you have questions, call Russ Harrison at 922-1767.