Community Service News How Do Domestic Violence Survivors Define Success? Sacred Heart Community Service is a leading agency serving domestic violence survivors in California. SHCS participated in a Blue Shield Foundation Project and co-authored “Going Against the Grain: A Report from a Survivor-Centered Practices Learning Circle” (July 2017). Some of the key findings include: 1) Survivors are the experts of their own experiences, not the practitioners who support them. 2) Approaches must promote survivor choice and control. 3) We must engage survivors as whole people, not solely as DV survivors. For more information go to: https://sacredheartcs.org/2017/08/shifting-towards-survivor-centered-practices-in-trauma-informed-work/ Our parish supports Sacred Heart Community Service in many ways. SHCS constantly thanks us for the support we give. You can help by volunteering and contributing to our Quarterly Outreach collection. Volunteer Opportunities: Where When Sacred Heart Community Service Mon., Oct. 9th 8:30 am Martha’s Kitchen Every Tuesday 3:00 pm Re: Sacred Heart Community Service: Join our volunteer team to help distribute food and clothing to the needy in our community. Our volunteer team meets in our church parking lot to car pool on the second Monday at 8:30 am. For more information please contact Bill Kroenung at 408-255-6529 or email Bill at email@example.com Re: Martha’s Kitchen visits: Help MK. Every Tuesday of the month we meet in our church parking lot at 3:00 pm and carpool [...]
Between September 27 and November 5, our parish will again participate in 40 Days for Life, an international program of prayer and fasting to end abortion. It involves many parishes in our Diocese and over 250 cities across all 50 states and 19 countries. This year we will again have a Holy Hour each Friday from in the Church. We encourage you to join us to pray for an end to abortion and healing for those who have been involved in abortion. The Holy Hour will consist of a hymn, the rosary, a short scripture reading, general intercessions, and time for meditation. On the first Fridays of the month, we will also have benediction. The dates of the Holy Hours and the leaders are: September 29th, 8 am - 9 am – Olga Kelly October 6th, 12 pm - 1 pm including Benediction - Fr. Gary Thomas October 13th, 8 am - 9 am – Pat Bortle October 20th, 8 am - 9 am – Lorna Ortanez October 27th, 8 am - 9 am – Peggy Montoya November 3rd, 12 pm - 1 pm including Benediction - Deacon Don Sifferman. In addition, our parish will pray each week during the campaign outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 1691 The Alameda. We invite you to join us in this peaceful vigil. For more information contact Anne Marie Chrisoulis firstname.lastname@example.org or (337) 936-6687. There are other sanctity-of-life issues including physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia, the death penalty, human trafficking, embryonic stem cell research, and in-vitro fertilization. Brochures are available in the rack in the back of church. Please take brochures that interest you and pray for the sanctity of life.
Tuesday, October 10th 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Extended Care Guest Speaker: Maryellen Stamos, BSN Discussion Topic: What is the Whole Foods Plant Based Way and How Incorporating Its Principles Can Help to Optimize Your Health? Maryellen is a Whole Foods Plant Based Educator, Chef and a health coach. As a nurse consultant, she sees clients who have chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and obesity. She works with her clients using Lifestyle Medicine principles and nursing principles to develop personalized plans. Maryellen is presently teaching a Whole Foods Plant Based Cooking Course at the Saratoga Community Center. Women’s Club meetings are open to all women of the Parish. Bring a friend and join us for this informative evening.
Sacred Heart October 24, 2017 Support for the Grieving Sacred Heart’s Bereavement Ministry calls us to compassionately embrace more fully those members of our parish who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Many of us have experienced loss and walked the healing journey. We invite you to offer compassion, wisdom and to be a listening presence to help others find their way through the grieving process. Volunteers are needed to provide consolation in four areas: Family Funeral Support; Abiding Care; Group Grief Support Sessions, and Kitchen Angels. To learn more about these Areas of Care and how you might become part of the team join us for one of two Information meetings on Tuesday, October 24 at 10:00am in the morning in the Church or 7:00pm in the evening in the Little Shepard Room. Contact: Nancy Crowley at 408-374-3197 or email@example.com
Something Missing in Your Life? Thinking About the Catholic Faith? Do you desire to be closer to God or want to know more about the Catholic faith? You are invited to join a small group of adults who come together twice a month on Sunday from 10:15 AM-12:00 PM to pray, reflect on Scripture, and learn about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church. Anyone interested in preparing for Confirmation or First Communion or who would like to reconnect with the Catholic faith is also welcome. Come and See! RCIA Open House on Sunday, October 8th from 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Sacred Heart School Pre-K Classroom For more information about the process of becoming Catholic or preparing for the sacraments Contact Jeannine Leichner at 867-3634 x 524 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochures that describe the RCIA process are also available in the pamphlet rack in the back of Church.
Sunday, September 17th Join friends and family after 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, or 11:00 AM Mass for yummy pancakes prepared by the Sacred Heart's Men's Club. You can purchase tickets after Mass or at the Door. Everyone is welcome!
To stay current regarding the status of Social Justice and Respect for Life issues being considered by our legislative bodies (both California and Federal), the following websites provide some good information: California Legislative Network (California Catholic Conference) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Who? Me? Catholic? Why do people become interested in RCIA? Have you ever wondered about the Catholic faith or exploring the Catholic Church? If you have, consider coming to RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation. It is a gentle process helping people who are not baptized or who have been baptized in another tradition, come to a greater knowledge of God, Jesus, the Catholic Church and its practices and beliefs. The RCIA process at Sacred Heart helps people grow in their relationship with God and learn more about what Catholics believe, how we pray, what our values are, and how we celebrate. Scripture is also an important part of the process. RCIA welcomes all seekers, including those who would like to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation and those who would like to reconnect with their faith. Sessions are held twice a month after the 9 a.m. Mass. If you would like more information, pick up one of the brochures in the back of the church. Contact Jeannine Leichner, RCIA Coordinator at email@example.com or call 408-867-3634 x 524.