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Fr. Ron’s Prayer Intentions for January:

In thanksgiving for the benefactors small and large of our Parish who for 100 years have provided for the worthy Divine Worship in Sacred Heart Church.


January

21—Donuts after 9:30 & 11:30 Masses in Cebelak Hall Young Adult Volleyball at 6pm in the gym, Men’s Basketball at 8pm in the gym
22—Troops of St. George at 6:30pm in the gym, RCIA at 7pm in Cebelak Hall
24—Mission Trip Letter Writing Campaign 3:30-6:00 in Cebelak Hall, Sacramental Preparation Classes at 4pm St. Margaret Mary Singers rehearsal at 6pm Colombière Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
25—Marriage Class at 6pm in Cebelak Hall 26—Holy Hour at 3pm
27—Pillar Men’s Group Adoration at 5:45 a.m.

COMING UP

28-Feb. 4—Catholic Schools Week

FEBRUARY

1—Authenticum at 6:30 in Cebelak Hall
9—Half day at Academy 12:15 dismissal
10—Wild Game Dinner at 6 pm
11—40 Days for Life speaker at 3:00pm in Cebelak Hall

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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Discerning Priesthood—Mundelein Seminary Visits

March 15-18, 2024
7 p.m. Friday—1 p.m. Sunday

Mundelein Seminary invites any man discerning the priesthood to visit campus for a retreat to further discern God’s call to the priesthood. The weekend will include prayer, discussion, fraternity, and recreation.

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for all those who participated in our Parish Council Meeting yesterday. Here is the restoration project update. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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Baptism Class

IF YOU ARE EXPECTING YOUR FIRST BABY and want to schedule a baptism here at Sacred Heart, please contact Noelle in the parish office (616-459-8362) to sign up for the mandatory baptism class. These are only held quarterly and are required for first-time parents.

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for all those who participated in our Parish Council Meeting yesterday. Here is the restoration project update. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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SHA THEATER GIFTS!

UPDATE FROM THEATER ARTS PROGRAM

Thank you to all who attended our MS Production of Oliver JR! The students are so grateful for your support! Now we switch our focus to telling our stories about St Clare & Anastasia with our talented cast of high school students from the parish and academy! Sharing here important 2024 dates for our community:

Mon, Jan 22 – Sewing committee finalized before instructions are sent out (please
email mashby@shgr.org to join!)

February – Students interested in joining our talented Art Crew should be signed up by February to be included in correspondence regarding set build dates @ the Walsh home

Fri, March 15 – Last chance to donate props from our Amazon Wish List before committee makes remaining purchases, and last chance to donate/loan ball gowns and flapper dresses (please hang in Cebelak Hall by bathrooms – labeled if wanting them returned)

Thurs, Apr 11 – Tickets on sale community- wide @ shgr.org/theaterarts!

Fri, Apr 26 @ 7 pm – Opening performance of Candle in Umbria / Anastasia the Musical

Sat, Apr 27 @ 2 pm – Matinee performance Sat, Apr 27 @ 7 pm – Final performance!

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for all those who participated in our Parish Council Meeting yesterday. Here is the restoration project update. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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Hearing Assistance Available

We are excited to announce that a hearing assistance system is available. Please see an usher to sign-out a receiver before Mass.

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for all those who participated in our Parish Council Meeting yesterday. Here is the restoration project update. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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Please pray for Father Ron’s intentions for the month of January

In thanksgiving for the benefactors small and large of our Parish who for 100 years have provided for the worthy Divine Worship in Sacred Heart Church.

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for all those who participated in our Parish Council Meeting yesterday. Here is the restoration project update. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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Restoration News

Current Update:

This week work continued on the school and sacristy windows and the new sound system in the sanctuary was installed. Projects in the sanctuary will resume this winter. Below is a list of projects that you can expect to see from now until spring!

√ Broken windows in the academy and sacristies replaced

  • Window work in the nave will continue with new frames installed and the beginning of the stained glass restoration

 √ New sound system installed

  • Reredos added (decorative shelf for the candles, relics, and tabernacle)
  • Stand for angel statues that will flank the altar and pulpit added
  • Build out the side shrines for the Blessed Mother and Sacred Heart statues
  • A new baptismal font installed
  • Sanctuary floor refinishedIt will be an exciting time at Sacred Heart. The hope is that most of the work is done by Easter 2024. Please pray for the workmen, artists, and contractors involved.

Previous Update:

We had a brief pause in our restoration work to celebrate the birth of our Lord! The projects will start back up on January 3rd. Thankfully we will be able to continue to have Mass in the upper church during the remaining work. Below is a list of projects that you can expect to see from now until spring!

  • Broken windows in the academy and sacristies will be replaced
  • Window work in the nave will continue with new frames installed and the beginning of the stained glass restoration
  • New sound system installed
  • Reredos added (decorative shelf for the candles, relics, and tabernacle)
  • Stand for angel statues that will flank the altar and pulpit added
  • Build out the side shrines for the Blessed Mother and Sacred Heart statues
  • A new baptismal font installed
  • Sanctuary floor refinished

It will be an exciting time at Sacred Heart. The hope is that most of the work is done by Easter 2024. Please pray for the workmen, artists, and contractors involved.

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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BLESSINGS AT COMMUNION

Bishop Walkowiak has issued new regulations on the care, handling, and distribution of the Most Blessed Sacrament. These changes have the force of “particular law” in our Diocese and will take effect this fall. Most of these represent little or no change from our current practices at Sacred Heart. However, the most significant change will be the Bishop’s prohibition of any blessing for those unable to receive Holy Communion.

The Bishop’s decree states: “Ministers of Holy Communion may not impart special blessings, (e.g. for children or non- Catholics) while distributing Communion.”

You might wonder what the reason for this norm is. The reception of Communion is the reception of Jesus Himself, whole and entire, and ALIVE. It has always been the tradition of the Church that priests, who make Jesus present in a lesser way (“in persona Christi”), do not bless anyone or anything else while Christ, the One Who blesses, is truly present before them in the Blessed Sacrament. The custom of blessing that has popped up in the last forty years or so, largely for sentimental reasons, never really made theological sense since it distracts from the purpose of the moment, namely union with the One Who blesses. As the Bishop reminds us, after Communion is received, “all members of the assembly, including those who have not received the Eucharist, are blessed at the end of Mass” by the priest.

Starting this fall, we ask that if you are unable to receive Communion for any reason, you should stay in your pew, making way for those approaching the altar and asking the Lord to make a spiritual communion. To facilitate this, please be flexible with your seating at Communion time. Remember, if there is a free space at the altar rail, please take it without drawing attention to those ahead of you who, for whatever reason, are not ready to approach the altar. Parents of small children are, of course, still welcome to bring their children with them if necessary so long as it is understood that they will be blessed at the end of Mass.

Here is an act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things,
And I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
And unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Contact:Mr. Jonathan BadingDirector of Sacred Music, Church phone: (616) 459 - 8362 ext. 6musicdirector@shgr.orgSecchia family gifts organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic ChurchSacred Heart Parish is happy to announce that, through the immense generosity of the Secchia Family, we are now able to embark on another crucial piece of our ongoing restoration project–the construction of a new pipe organ! The organ is a gift to honor the memory of Peter F. Secchia. Mr. Secchia was a celebrated businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids who served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 -1993.The Peter F. Secchia Memorial Organ will be a new 39-rank instrument of 2,340 pipes made by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. The Ruffattis are a world-class organ building firm that has installed organs across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Secchia Organ will be handcrafted to match the Sacred Heart’s architecture and acoustics. This new instrument will bring the love of the Sacred Heart to the people of Grand Rapids, particularly through the indispensable gift of Sacred Music. This gift comes at a providential time as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parish church, continue our efforts to restore our sanctuary as a worthy place to worship God, and prepare for our year-long choral festival, Palestrina500 (palestrina500.org), beginning in December of this year. Construction of the custom-made organ will begin this month with plans to install it in the summer of 2025. It will be the only Italian made organ of its kind in the State of Michigan. We hope it will serve as the musical backbone of the sacred liturgies, making a joyful noise unto the Lord for another 100 years, and especially for our festival's latter half. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTPlease join us for our Parish Pastoral Council Meeting this Thursday, February 22nd, from 7pm until 8pm in Cebelak Hall. At the meeting we will review the parish financial report, receive updates on the restoration project, and continue our discussion of strategic planning started last year. This meeting is open to all parishioners. We hope you can attend. Also please remember that our Parish Mission is being held on March 8th and 9th. Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University, and author of the book Plan of Life, will be with us to preach the mission. The schedule is in the bulletin this week. We hope you will join us for as much of the mission as you and your family can. We are in need of volunteers during the parish retreat. Please click on this link: shorturl.at/sxRS9 and sign up. Many hands lighten the load! ... See MoreSee Less
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