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Lent is a season of prayer and penance set apart by the Church to prepare us for Easter and to recall Our Lord’s fast in the desert (cf. Matt 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13). This season of preparation and sanctification can be fittingly accomplished through voluntary amendment of life, acts of penance, and works of charity. Lent is a time to learn to love our souls more than our bodies. Thus, every Christian should make a special effort to practice mortification and strive for holiness during the forty days of Lent.

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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