Welcome to Sacred Heart
We extend a warm welcome to those who attend our Church. We hope that you will find our parish community a place where your life of faith will be nourished. We also hope that you will share your special gifts within the community. Your prayers, your presence and your talents are most welcome. Parish registration forms are in the back of the church or may be obtained at the Parish Office.
DIOCESAN GUIDELINES FOR RESUMING MASS
Several important reminders for a safe and orderly transition:
- We will follow the current guidance from the civil and health authorities.
- Before attending Mass remember substantial risks remain for infection.
- Bishop Estévez continues the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
- Remember that both of your priests are in the higher risk category.
Conditions for Weekend and Daily Masses
Weekend Masses are permitted beginning on May 16/17; daily Masses on May 18, and SUBJECT to the following conditions in Sullivan Hall:
- In consultation with parish staff, I determined Sullivan Hall is better for physical distancing seating. This will impose restrictions on the number of people at Masses. Call the office and indicate what Mass you will be attending; your first choice may be full. Stay home at first if you can.
- The regular, full schedule of Masses will resume at their usual times.
- You must wear a mask at all times while at Mass. Only at Communion can masks be lifted.
- There will be no hymnals or books in the pews. The choir will lead us.
- If you attend Mass, please follow the instructions on where you can and cannot sit. There must be four empty chairs between non-family members. It is possible to stream 8:00 a.m. Mass in parking lot with phone or Wi-Fi. Communion would be distributed by the fountain in front of hall.
- Entering and exiting the Hall will be with care. Anyone sitting on the patio side can exit around the Hall. Others leave by side emergency exit or through main Hall doors.
- The two Ministers will cleanse hands before and after Communion. Remain seated until your row’s turn and observe the markers on the floor for spacing. Communion is in the hand only – NO exceptions – and not from the cup. Gloves, if worn, must be removed before receiving.
- It is helpful if you bring your own wipes and/or hand sanitizer. Supplies are extremely scarce, even for churches.
- For people not risking Mass in the Hall, Communion Services can be arranged at times other than Sunday.
Confessions are from 4:30 to 5:00 on Saturday, in the parking lot, in your car if possible. All other sacraments are by arrangement. Revised 5/2020.
NEW: The May/June issue of the St. Augustine Catholic magazine is hot off the (digital) press! Due to COVID-19 cutbacks, this issue of the magazine is only available in the digital format. Be sure to share a link to the magazine with your friends and family. The July/August issue will be mailed to homes as scheduled.
Inside this issue ...
- Learn ways you can help save the environment for our children’s future.
- Meet the six men who will be ordained to the priesthood in June.
- Take a look back in history and read how the Church of North Florida dealt with two Yellow Fever epidemics.
- And discover ways our parishes are virtually connecting with their flock.
Click on this link to view the digital magazine for May/June http://faithdigital.org/staugustine/SA0520/; you will have to click the adobe flash picture and then "allow view of blocked" content.
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To receive the latest (video/statement) from Bishop Estevez:
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED: The bishops of the state of Florida in consultation with each other and with superintendents of their diocesan schools, have decided to close Catholic schools for remainder of the school year. More information can be found at www.dosaeducation.org and Annunciation School’s website, www.Annunciationcatholic.org .
Do you know someone who wants to send their child to a Catholic school near you and might benefit from a Step Up For Students Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year? Tell them to visit http://www.stepupforstudents.org/catholic/ to learn more.
Select to read Urbi et Orbi Homily of Pope Francis. (Multiple Language Selection)
“We Live Stream Sunday Mass at 8:00 am (See button below). You can view it at anytime after, as well. Daily Mass is being streamed as well."
About Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Church began in 1874. By 1945, when the Navy came to Lee Field, the Mass schedule increased from 3 to 5 Masses which ended up being held at the Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs because the church started to fall apart.
May 1946 ground broke for the greatly needed new church; on land adjacent to the old church. Navy Personnel volunteered their labor toward the building of the new church; and the old church was being used as a parish hall and classroom where Sunday school classes and children's choir were being held.
In 1994, Fr. Donal Sullivan, a native of Ireland, was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart. In 1999, work began to build another new sanctuary to accommodate the growing Catholic population.
The new Sacred Heart located at 7190 State Highway 17 in Fleming Island was built and on May 13, 2001 the dedication was presided over by Bishop John J. Snyder.
We celebrate the following categories of ministry here at Sacred Heart:
- Social Services
Compelled by the Gospel we the parish family of Sacred Heart, promote and support Christian Life by serving our parish and community through the celebration of the sacraments, educational programs, and other parish ministries.
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'" - John 6:35
The celebration of Mass is an act of the whole assembly gathered for worship. In the Mass, the Church is joined to the action of Christ. We are joined to this divine action through Baptism, which incorporates us into the risen Christ.
You will find Mass schedules for ordinary time and holidays and Mass Readings for the particular day from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.
Stewardship is a way of life. For Christians who follow in the way of the Lord Jesus, stewardship is an expression of discipleship. When we recognize that God is the origin of all life, the giver of everything that we have and are, and the source of our freedom and giftedness; the healthy person responds by thanking God through prayer, by serving God and God's people through ministry, and by sharing our financial resources with those in need.
Stewardship is a way of life based upon conversion of heart.
This is where you will find:
- Parish/event, ministry, and education calendars
- Copies of our bulletin
- Education information
- Links to other sites around the Diocese.
Weekend: Saturday Vigil 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00am, 10:30am and 5:30pm
Weekdays: Monday through Friday 8:00am
Holy Days of Obligation
8:00am and 7:00pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:30 to 5:15pm or by apt.
Saturday Vigil 7:30pm (Spanish)