The Liturgical celebrations of a parish community, whether on Sundays, feast days of weekdays, in celebration of the sacraments, or on other occasions, must visibly reflect the involvement and commitment of the members of that faith community. Good liturgical celebrations require the active participation of all members of a parish, from those involved in preparation and minister to those in the congregation who are celebrating the Church’s liturgy. It is with this thought in mind that Sacred Heart Church formed its liturgical committee, which meets on a monthly basis on the last Wednesday of each month from September to June in order to plan for our liturgical celebrations. This committee has attempted to include representation from all the ministries and groups in the parish whose voices need to be heard when planning and preparing for our liturgies.
The purpose of the Parish Council is to advise and assist the Pastor in the service of the Church, as represented by the Parish, the Archdiocese and the people of God throughout the world. the Pastor is the Presiding Officer of the Parish Council. There are 12 elected members, four who are appointed by the Pastor for a fixed term – the Parish Secretary is a non-voting member. The Parish Council meetings are guided by the official parish Council Constitution. The Council meets the first Tuesday of the month, September to June.
A Parish Finance Counsil is reqired by Universal & Diocesan Law. Its function is to assist the Pastor who is the administrator of the goods of the parish. The Council coordinates the parish Annual Budget, reviews financial reports, supervises the Church collections and disbursements of funds, coordinates fundraising, and monitors the upkeep of all properties. This council meets bi-monthly September to June.
Choir members support congregational hymn singing at the Sunday Masses. The members practice one night a week during the fall and winter seasons. New Volunteers are welcome! Contact Susanne Sandness, Organist & Coordinator.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD
Parish lectors, as readers and bearers of God’s word, have the task and responsibility of making the word of God come alive, by proclaiming it for the Christian assembly. Lectors are called to be a means of grace, a channel through which God can touch and change those who hear the word, “…instruments that God can use to accomplish the diving will’.
If you are someone who desires to share your gift in the skill of public speaking, let the Spirit of God guide you n the decision to volunteer as a Lector.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
A Minister of the Eucharist is one who serves God’s people in a specific way. Our life as Minister of the Eucharist must be one of both being and administering the Body of Christ.
We serve God’s people in the following ways:
- Assisting the priest at Mass by the administration of the Body and Blood of Christ to our fellow worshippers;
- Bringing Holy Communion to those confined to their homes due to illness or old age;
- Giving Viaticum to the dying.
The parish Priest initially asks one to consider this ministry and, after prayer, reflection and training, one is then commissioned.
God has been calling people to serve Him from the beginning of time: Moses, David, Mary, Peter, Paul and the list goes on. Many young boys and girls hear the call to serve at the altar in their hearts and answer the call by volunteering their services. The Mass server is a Prayer leader. By their attentive service they help the congregation to focus and participate in the worship of God. At Sacred Heart, boys and girls can begin their training at 9 years of age. The senior servers under the supervision of the Pastor conduct training sessions.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD PROGRAM
Children are invited and encouraged to participate at 10:00 am Mass on Sundays. The Children’s Liturgy of the Word Program runs from September to June, offering a variety of techniques to help children grow in the spirit of our Lord. With the guidance of our Pastor, parish volunteers and students, children experience the Mass in an interactive manner. Children are invited to walk in the opening procession to carry the cross and book of worship. They gather in the Church hall to learn the gospel message in a simplified version, along with the completion of weekly response sheets, the singing of hymns, the reciting of prayers, stories and discussions. Children as young as three years of age, and up to eight years old, continue to participate in the offertory portion of the Mass. They are called up to the altar to hold hands with the Celebrant and join in singing the Our Father in prayer and in he sign of peace.
The Altar Society takes care of flower arrangements for the Church, launders Sacristy linens, and prepares the church for Holy Week and other services throughout the year.
STRENGTHENING THE CARING COMMUNITY
All Church volunteers are screened.
Contact the Rectory if you are interested in organizing a Youth Ministry.
Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery – 14360 Jane Street Contact the Rectory.
(Registered Parishioners only)
Holy Name Catholic School 905-833-5852
PRINCIPAL: JUNE BUICK
SECRETARY: Angie DellaRovere
York Catholic District School Board
THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE
Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
(September – June) check the Bulletin for dates and location.
President: Mrs. Toni Pascale
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (September – June)
in the Parish Centre at 8:00 pm in the Meeting Room upstairs.
GRAND KNIGHT: Mr. Greg Maltby