“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” Study Guide & Audio Recordings

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“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” Study Guide & Audio Recordings

Welcome to this Adult Faith Formation study.

Study Guide

Please download our study guide:  A study of the Roman Catholic Mass

Tuesday Class Audio Recordings

October 12, 2021 – Intro to the Liturgy:  The Paschal Mystery, Lex Orandi/Lex Credendi


Adult Faith Formation – “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” Study

Time Frame: This 9 week practical study of the Holy Mass begins on Tuesday, October 12th and ends on Tuesday, December 14th. The class is from 7pm-8:30pm in Cebelak Hall. 

About the Sessions: This practical study of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will cover an introduction to the Church’s Liturgy but also a detailed and practical study of the Rite of the Traditional Latin Mass. While studying the Ancient Rite of the Church those taking the class will come to a deeper understanding of exactly how the Mass passes on the Faith we profess. This class will also take a look at what is similar and different between the two Forms of the Roman Rite. 

Cost: NONE. Class materials will be provided. 

How to register: Please contact Michael Tober; Director of Religious Education via email at dre@shgr.org. 

Adult Faith Formation – The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Flyer

Authenticum Lecture with Dr. Whalen – Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6:30pm

Join us on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:30pm in Cebelak Hall for the next Authenticum Lecture! All adults of every age are invited! Wine & Cheese Social starts at 6:30pm and our lecture begins at 7:00pm.

“THE WISDOM OF JOHN SENIOR’S DEATH OF CHRISTIAN CULTURE. Dr. Whalen is the author of the Consolation of Rhetoric, a study of St. John Henry Newman’s epistemological thought. He has also published articles and essays on Renaissance poetry, non-fiction prose, and the history and philosophy of liberal arts education. A frequent lecturer, Dr. Whalen addresses topics such as liberal arts education; Western imagination; and the writings of Shakespeare, John Henry Newman, T.S. Eliot, Walker Percy and John Senior.

Dr. David Whalen is Provost and Professor of English at Hillsdale College.

Printable Authenticum Flyer_November 2021 – Whalen Death of Christian Culture

Authenticum presentations are approved for Catechetical Credit in the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids

Caramel Apple Sale – Order deadline, Oct. 8

The Sacred Heart High School Youth Group is having a Caramel Apple Fundraiser! You must pre-order through October 8 and to be guaranteed caramel apples for pick up after Masses on October 16 & 17. If we have any extra caramel apples left after preorders, they will be for sale on site that same weekend. All proceeds will fund the March for Life trip.

High school students are equipped with order forms, and electronic versions are available by email from mnosalik@shgr.org.

Thank you for supporting Life!


First Saturday Devotion, Family Catechesis and Potluck Breakfast – October 2nd

Join us every first Saturday of the month for the First Saturday Devotion. Mass at 7:45am, with the Rosary and Confession (pending availability of a priest) following Mass. After the Rosary we share a potluck breakfast in Cebelak Hall (below the Church), followed by catechesis options for the whole family. Everyone welcome! For more information and to be added to the email list, please contact Greg Guest at gregoryjguest@gmail.com.

LAY DOMINICAN RETREAT – Sunday, Oct. 10 at Catholic Central High School

The Dominican Laity (a.k.a. Third Order of St. Dominic), which meets at Sacred Heart of Jesus on the second Sunday of each month from 2-4pm, is hosting a retreat on Sunday, October 10 for anyone interested in becoming a Lay Dominican. Facilitator: Father R. Douglas-Adam Greer, O.P., B.A., M.A., M.Div., M.S.

Location: Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School

Time: 11:30am (lunch provided) to 4:00 pm

Mass + Vespers in chapel for the 28th Sunday in OT following the retreat

The theme of the retreat is “Dominican Saints & the Four Pillars,” (Community, Prayer, Study, Mission), with a specific focus on Lay Preaching. Given the Dominican character of the retreat, we’ll focus on the foundational importance of Study as an approach to God & the Lay Apostolate. There will be several opportunities for personal and communal prayer during the day.

Please let us know if you’d like to join us by contacting Father Doug at douggreer@grcatholiccentral.org

Preach the truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”- St. Catherine of Siena, OP

St. Ignatius Prayer Group – Abide in Me – Sign up Now!!

Would you like to learn how to hear God’s voice more deeply in your life? Have you felt God calling you to “more,” and not sure what that is? Do you need more of God’s order in the business of life? Or maybe you are looking for peace and clarity? Even if you are looking for community and want to grow closer to Our Lord, this prayer group might be for you.

This group will meet for 9 consecutive weeks starting Oct. 7—Dec. 16 in the Bride’s Room in the church basement 9:30-11:00am. This involves a commitment to personal prayer time of approximately 1/2 hour a day in addition to meeting weekly. Please sign up ASAP as this is a small group of 8-10. Also, if you would like to sign up but cannot make it on Thursday mornings, please let me know. There are other group opportunities at other times.

Please call Annie Connette at 616-970-5802 or email (with phone number) to anneconnette@gmail.com

Monthly Novena to Celebrate Saint Joseph with Fr. Rob Mulderink – October 6

Celebrating the Year of Saint Joseph Novena

Join us on Wednesday, October 6, 6:30-8:00pm for our monthly novena to St. Joseph. We will pray the joyful mysteries of the rosary and the Litany to St. Joseph and listen to a spiritual talk by Fr. Rob Mulderink and adore Christ in the Eucharist. All families are encouraged to attend!

Year of St. Joseph – 2021 Prayer and Plenary Indulgence

Pope Francis has decreed a Year of St. Joseph from December 2020 to December 2021 during which Catholics have the opportunity to gain special indulgences. There are many new ways to receive an indulgence including through prayer, retreats, entrusting one’s daily work to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker, acts of piety and service to the poor. For each upcoming month through December, the Office of Pastoral Services will share a highlighted prayer and plenary indulgence opportunity along with suggested areas of special focus for that month. The customary conditions for indulgences apply (sacramental confession, receiving the Eucharist and prayers according to the Holy Father’s intentions). Visit Year of St. Joseph for resources and to learn more.

Did you know that each First Wednesday is dedicated to the Most Chaste Heart of St Joseph, just like First Fridays are dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and First Saturday’s dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

Join us at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish for a monthly  parish-wide novena celebrating the Year of Saint Joseph every first Wednesday beginning on April 7th until December 1st from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

  • Praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary And Litany To St. Joseph
  • Listening to spiritual talks on the Life and Calling of St. Joseph
  • Adoring Christ in the Eucharist

Questions? Contact the parish office at 616-459-8362.

Sacred Heart Parish
151 Garfield Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan


40 Days for Life Sidewalk Prayer Vigil

A HUGE thank you to those who participated on Wednesday, Sept. 22 in the prayer vigil on the sidewalk at 320 E. Fulton, our Grand Rapids abortion facility. With God’s grace we will be rid of it soon! Remember, every hour that the abortion facility is open requires our presence, our prayers, and our sacrifices.

Sacred Heart’s next scheduled day is Friday, October 29.

Sign up sheets are available at the back of church or you may register online (see below). It gives us all a boost to know that our fellow parishioners will be there with us.

How to Register Online to Pray at the Peaceful Vigil

1. Visit www.40daysforlife.com/grandrapids

2. Log in to your account or create a login

3. Click the green “Add Vigil Hours” box

4. Click on the day you want to pray at the peaceful vigil

5. Click on the hour you want to pray

6. Enter your email address

7. All done! A reminder will be sent to you via email before your prayer time. To receive updates from the local Grand Rapids campaign, email a request to 40daysgrandrapids@gmail.com

All Saints Celebration – Sunday, October 31 from 4pm-7pm

Join us for a celebration of the Feast of All Saints on Sunday, October 31, 4-7pm. Dinner in Cebelak Hall at 5pm. Hot dogs provided by the Knights of Columbus. Every family is asked to bring 1-2 LARGE side dishes to share. Games in the gym following. Dress as your favorite Saint. Prizes for the best dressed Saint. Every child goes home with a bag of candy. Volunteers needed! Sign up here to help with games, set-up, and cleanup.

New Parish Photo Directory!

It has been five years since we did our last photo directory and we have had many new families join the parish in that time. It is time for a new directory! Universal Church Directories will be here November 17-20, 26 & 27 to take photos of each of our families. Each family who sits for a portrait will receive a free 8×10 photo and a free directory.

Families will have the option of purchasing more photos and having more poses taken if desired. Sign-ups will be after all Masses or you may sign up online at www.ucdir.com. Click the button that says “Photography Appointment Scheduling Login” on the right side of the page.

Our Church Code is: mi1622.

Our Church Password is: photos.

This is a great opportunity to have photos taken conveniently for your family and they will be available before Christmas for those who wish to give family portraits as Christmas gifts. Directories will be available in February. Let’s see you in the new directory! We are also in need of volunteers to help with sign-ups after each Mass for every weekend in October. If you would like to volunteer for one or more Masses, please contact Noelle in the parish office 616-459-8362.