Word of the Week 2021
Keep up with the Word of the Week Scripture reflections!
See the bulletin also. Note that the entire month is now online.
Faith Sharing Groups
(Will be held on Zoom as we did during Advent!)
LENTEN FAITH SHARING 2021
Lent begins February 17th. Since we have ZOOM as a tool to gather people together, I’d like to invite you to join me in a virtual faith sharing venture. It was quite successful during Advent. Since we are still leery of gathering in public, it is the best alternative. But you must have access to ZOOM in order to participate.
I have secured 30 copies of a Lenten program entitled LENT 2021: TO LIVE ANEW by Sister Joan Chittister. In six brief reflections we will be offered insight into how “living anew” might look in these extraordinary times of pandemic and political upheaval. We will also be introduced to six companions—one for each week of Lent—to walk with us during these 40 days of spiritual renewal.
Meetings will take place on Monday evenings beginning February 22nd from 7 to 8 PM. PLEASE NOTE: In order to secure the material we will be using, you must call me at (718-224-5695) or email email@example.com.
The Labyrinth at Sacred Heart
Unlike a maze, which befuddles and confuses, a labyrinth is a form of contemplative prayer that takes the pilgrim on a journey of discovery.
The labyrinth’s winding path mimics the road of life, with its unexpected turns. Walking it is a miniature pilgrimage that helps us to reflect on our life.
Twice a year we convert the church hall into a pilgrimage site. The labyrinth has been part of our spiritual lives here at Sacred Heart since 2000.
For more information, click on the labyrinth pamphlet.
MOMENTS IN BETWEEN
A Mini Retreat Experience
MOMENTS IN BETWEEN, the space between the big events of our lives, the holy pause that refreshes.
Through short video presentations these mini-retreat experiences introduce us to some of the world’s great spiritual GUIDES: Ronald Rolheiser,OMI, Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, Father Henri Nouwen, Father Richard Rohr, etc… Our time together consists of input, contemplative silence, reflection, and optional sharing.
TENTATIVE MEETINGS FOR THE FALL: The 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning in October from 12:30 to 2:30PM.
During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent we experience the beautiful CHANTS OF TAIZÉ.
Taizé prayer is a distinctive style of meditative prayer developed by an ecumenical community of monks in rural France. This quiet, moving reflective prayer combines elements of the Church’s traditional Liturgy of the Hours with elements of contemplative meditation.
A typical Taizé prayer service incorporates periods of silence with meditative readings from Scripture and contemporary prose, prayers of praise and intercessory prayer. Short songs or chants, repeated over and over again, create a meditative environment. The intent is to gradually move prayer from the head to the heart.
“It is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being.”
Do check back to see when we will be offering our next Taizé evening of prayer. We are hoping for the Fall, a time when all of us will need the blessings and graces that such an evening of prayer can offer.
Spiritual Support for Parishioners
The following links are offered to you during this difficult time of separation from our parish community. Let us all pray for one another and help one another as best we can. Check back for additional links.
(Brief Reflections on the week’s Scripture readings)
Sacred Heart Prayer Garden
Consider ordering a brick in memory of/or to honor a relative or friend. Order forms for the bricks can be found AT THE APPROPRIATE LINK BELOW, or can be picked up at the rectory. Orders can be submitted at any time. However, bricks will be ordered and planted in the fall and spring only. Those who order bricks will be notified of the date for the Blessing of the newly planted bricks.
Contact: Sr. Ellen Smith at 718-428-2200 EXT. 104 (Tuesdays from 9-3pm.)
Order forms must be downloaded, filled out and returned to the Rectory.