Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
lifetouch church logo sm 300x150LifeTouch is coming soon to Sacred Heart.  Please look at the weekend bulletin inserts and click on the Photo Directory Signup button (to the left of this article, just above Parish News).  For questions or help scheduling call Lynne Border at 501-922-2062, extension 13.  Don't miss getting your portrait in our new directory!
Spaghetti DinnerWHAT:  A delicious Knights of Columbus prepared and served Spaghetti Dinner!  We serve family-style, with salad, pasta, marinara sauce, meatballs, garlic bread and dessert.  A donation refreshment center will also offer wines, brews, sodas, and other adult refreshments.  Coffee is gratis.

WHEN:   Saturday evening, January 20, at 5:15 p.m. after the 4:00 p.m. Mass.

WHERE:  The Lower Hall of the church.  Doors open and seating accommodated after 5:00 p.m.

WHY:  Ticket proceeds of 100% go to charity.  The dinner costs for this meal were underwritten by Anna Suttor.

TICKET:  $8.00 each.  Get your tickets this weekend, before or after all Masses.  We, again, expect a sellout for this well-received dinner at such a reasonable price.  With only 220 tickets available, don't delay!  Reserved tables of eight can be arranged with ticket salespersons.

TAKE-AWAY:  Sorry, no take-away.  To provide fast, hot and responsive service to diners, we will not be able to provide take-away service, except for a few "shut-in" parishioners on a "by-exception" and prearranged basis.
Right To LifeThe 2018 Mass for Life will be celebrated by Bishop Anthony Taylor on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Little Rock.  Preceding the Mass, a Rosary for Life will be prayed beginning at 11:30 a.m.  The Vigil for Life at the Cathedral will begin with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, and will continue with Adoration through the night until 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  Everyone is invited to participate in these celebrations of the precious gift of all Life.

The annual March for Life is scheduled for the same day, January 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.  The annual March for Life reminds us of the lives lost since the 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion.  Sign-up in the narthex as carpools can be arranged.  You can choose to attend both the Mass and the March - or only the march.  Also, please indicate if you can drive or prefer to be a passenger.
helpinghandsSTUCK at home with no one to talk to?  TIRED of feeling useless, sad and lonely?  OVERWHELMED by the unrelenting demands of caring for a loved one?  UNSURE of what steps to take next to get help?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE to all parishioners for regular visits and calls if you, a friend or loved one, would like to talk with someone now and then, or need transportation to Mass or medical appointments - or errands?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE to provide respite to family caregivers by sitting with your loved one for a few minutes or a few hours to give you a break?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS COORDINATORS ARE AVAILABLE to assist you in gathering the necessary information and assessing your options for ongoing skilled care when circumstances change because of declining health?

DID YOU KNOW THAT IT IS DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING FOR ALL OF US when we reach the point at which we must admit that we can't go it alone and do everything by ourselves any more?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERS are standing by, eager to help and waiting for the opportunity to be answer to someone's prayer?  DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS can't help you if we don't know who you are?  DID YOU KNOW THAT HELPING HANDS can't help you if you don't ask?

PLEASE CALL TODAY.  PLEASE HONOR US WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP YOU:  Cathy Wedwick at 915-8456 or Pat Widlowski at 922-1395.

Parishioners:  Please consider taking a bulletin to those who can't get to church.  Encourage them to call Helping Hands for assistance.  Consider being a Helping Hands volunteer:  we always need drivers.
Ping PongBrrr, winter months get cold!  A fun inside activity is available on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 3:30 p.m., so come and enjoy playing Ping Pong in the Lower Hall.  Bring a friend as paddles and balls are available.  Call Bob Bowman with inquiries at 922-6619.  The next date we meet is Wednesday, January 24.
Pot of GoldThe Ladies of the Sacred Heart (LOSH) is sponsoring a fundraiser for the benefit of women and children on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.  A ticket will entitle you to two dinners of Pot of Chicken Ranch Casserole, family-style salad and dessert.  Also included will be an exciting raffle that will present a one-time chance to get a return on your ticket investment of $100.

During the raffle, the first ticket drawn returns $100, every tenth ticket drawn returns $100, the 97th ticket drawn returns $100, the 98th ticket drawn gives $200, the 99th ticket gives $500 and the 100th ticket returns $2,500!  Won't you take a chance?  You do not have to be present to win.

Each ticket sells for $100 and can be purchased from Mary Lou George at 922-8155, Carol Barrett at 922-0071, or JoAnn O'Brien at 922-1730.  Please make checks payable to Ladies of the Sacred Heart.  Join us on January 26 for a barrel of fun, good food, good drink, and the building exitement of the raffle!

We raise funds each year to help support the following charities:  Potter's Clay, St. John's School, Our Lady of Fatima School, Project Rachel, Boys and Girls Club (Summer Lunches), Catholic Charities Adoption Services, Abba House, Quachita Children's Center, Mountain Pine Elementary School, St. Scholastica Monastery Retreat Center, and Change Point.  Please help us continue our charitable works.
2018 Bishop Brendan CahillThis conference will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The theme is: "Hearing God's Voice in a Noisy World."  Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas and Jim Drake, founder of Miracles for Mary Ministry, will be the featured speakers.  Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate Mass at 7:50 a.m.  The conference begins at 9:00 a.m.  The cost to attend is $25 per person which includes breakfast and lunch.  Registration increases to $35 after January 20, 2018.  For more information, contact Brian Gilmartin at 501-765-1300 or transmit an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the conference Facebook page.
Rosary2Lenten Rosaries will be available in the hallway between the church narthex and the A & E Building beginning two weeks prior to Lent.  These rosaries were made and are provided free-of-charge by the Sacred Heart Rosary Makers to anyone who wants one.

The tradition of the Lenten Rosary began in Venezuela and was brought to the United States by a Minnesota priest.  The rosary consists of a cross on a cord with seven sets of three beads (The Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be).  You are encouraged to say the rosary every day for the 40-day Lenten period, beginning Ash Wednesday, for someone special in your life; and, after Lent, you are encouraged to give the rosary to that special person that you were praying for.
French Toast 1The Knights of Columbus invite everyone to a parish breakfast on Sunday, February 4.  This breakfast is being underwitten by Anna Suttor in memory of Carl.  The menu includes French Toast, link suausage, hash browns, juice, coffee or milk.  We will be welcoming new parishioners who will be guests of the Knights.  Breakfast is on $6.00 and children under 12 years eat free.  All proceeds are used to help fund Knights charitable activities.  See you there!
CoupleCouples . . . . Want to give each other something really special?  How about a gift filled with romance and excitement?  That's just the beginning of what you will receive on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  This special weekend is scheduled for February 9-11, 2018 and will be held at Subiaco, Arkansas.  Space is limited.

Apply on line at  For more information, call Ben or Leah Brewer at 501-733-1235.
formed logo semiboldOn January 25, the Church will celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul.  FORMED, our new parish online resource of audio, video, and print materials for Catholics, gives us several ways to think about the importance of conversion in the lives of the saints and in our own lives.  On the FORMED website, check out the short video "Paul of Tarsus" or the audio book The World of St. Paul to gain insight into the events of St. Paul's life that led to the moment of his conversion and acceptance of Christ.  Or for something more contemporary, sample Paul Kim's reflection on his conversion in That Awkward Moment When God Changed My LIfe or Jennifer Fulwiler's From Atheism to Catholicism: My Conversion Diary.  These and hundreds more resources are available to those who register or have registered on the FORMED website.  If you haven't registered yet, just type into your browser, enter the parish's code - CNT7WK - on the FORMED homepage, and create a password for your continued use of the website, allowing you unimited access to its library of materials.
2018 Mon. Scott FriendConsider attending the Lenten Retreat scheduled from Monday afternoon until noon on Thursday, February 26 to March 1, at St. John's Center in Little Rock.

Monsignor Scott Friend, Vicar General and Vocational Seminarian Director, has agreed to be Retreat Master for this event.  There will be a combination of talks from Monsignor Friend, silent time for reflection and prayer, discussion and social times, daily Mass and other sacramental opportunities.

The cost of $225 will cover lodging for three nights at the newly-renovated Fletcher Hall and meals (provided by members of our own Knights of Columbus) starting with dinner on Monday, February 26, and ending with breakfast, March 1 - a total of eight meals.

Please commit early to be assured of a spot at this first ever Sacred Heart Men's Retreat at St. John's Center.  Sign-up in the narthex or call Ed Doyle at 922-5771 or transmit an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   
food basketThank you to all who helped with the basket program for 2017.  We delivered 31 baskets at Easter, 30 baskets during the summer, 20 baskets at Thanksgiving and 52 baskets at Christmas.  This is a total of 142 baskets to families that included 432 children.  Our area has many families that are living with incomes below the poverty line.  This is our way of making their lives a little easiesr!  Thank you!
Cancelled StampWe have found a group that will benefit from receiving cancelled stamps.  They are appreciative of our ability to collect them for the benefit of their "Ministry with the Poor Fund."  It is through the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Notre Dame, IN.  Please drop your stamps in the available container on the credenza of the A & E Hallway, and thank you!
Social SixSign-up for our spring Social Six program.  It is a great way to promote fellowship and get to know all those fellow parishioners you see at Mass every week.

Three couples will be grouped together and then arrange among themselves to share a simple dinner or lunch at alternate homes - once each month for March, April and May.  We need both new members and long-time parishioners.  Get to know your Sacred Heart family!  To sign-up, call Dotti or Dennis Kessen at 501-226-5090 or transmit an e-mail message to Dotti Kessen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Final sign-up date for the spring session is February 20.
Spiritual DirectionPaula Doyle, a certified spiritual director since 2001 and Sacred Heart parishioner, is again offering to accompany you on your spiritual journey, now in a private practice from her home.  There is no charge for the first visit, and subsequent sessions are subject to a nominal fee.  If you are interested or have questions, please call Paula at 922-5771 or transmit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..