A WORD FROM FATHER JOHN SHEEHAN, S.J.
21 August 2017
A REMINDER – Lector Workshops begin this week – Tuesday at 7:30 PM and Friday at 10 AM – if you are already reading at Mass or would like to start, this is for you. Please let me know which workshop you would like to attend – only one is required – and two more next week. Check HEARTBEAT for the time. We will start promptly on time and you must be present for the whole session. Thank you for your cooperation.
And so it begins – a new phase in the life of the parish. In the coming weeks we will also have sessions for Ministers of Hospitality, for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, and on September 6 – Singing with Father John.
Of course, the reason for all this is to give glory to God by making our community celebration as good as it can be. Hearing the Word of God proclaimed is an important part of our Eucharistic Celebration (and people who consistently come late have to ask themselves if they are really and truly attending Mass). Those who proclaim God’s Word have the important challenge of understanding the readings and then communicating them to the congregation. It is a special calling, and with our workshops, one they will be better equipped to fulfill. The same is true with the other ministries.
For those who for whatever reason cannot participate as Ministers at Mass, participating as a member of the congregation is also a truly important part of our coming together. Sharing the same physical space and taking part in the same physical responses together as a community – standing, kneeling, sitting down, reciting the prayers and responses and certainly singing – this re-enforces as bond together as Catholics. Holy Mass is not a spectator event, it invites us all to take part to whatever degree we can.
As a relative newcomer, I know that what we have is good. During Lent, when we did away with the musical instruments, we learned that we can raise our voices and come together. The work of the coordinators and the volunteers that we have is an inspiration. I also know that what is good can get better. After all, that is our call as followers of Christ, no matter where we are in our lives – to be better. And that is what I hope we will see in the coming months.
Thank you for your prayers, your encouragement and your cooperation. Let us continue to pray for one another.
All of the priests at the Jesuit Center are available for conversation, consultation and confession. It is always best to email or phone directly to make an appointment; there is no receptionist at the Jesuit Center, and if you drop in, you may find us away or otherwise occupied.
The Weekly Newsletter of the Sacred Heart English Speaking Parish
Each week,we post here a Newsletter for the parishioners of the Sacred Heart English Speaking Parish. It will be available at the churches in print form, it can be sent it via email directly to those who request it, and it will also be available on our Facebook “Parish Group” page. Below is the link for all the editions in pdf format. If you have trouble accessing the pdf document, let me know.
THE CURRENT EDITION: Heartbeat vol. 1 No. 25 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
ARCHIVE OF PREVIOUS EDITIONS:
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
August 22 – Memorial of the Queenship of Mary
Lector Training Workshop – 7:30 PM SHARP, Jesuit Center
August 24 – Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
August 25 – Lector Training Workshop – 10:00 AM SHARP at Jesuit Center
August 28 – Lector Training Workshop -7:30 PM SHARP at Jesuit Center
August 30 – Lector Training Workshop -7:30 PM SHARP at Jesuit Center
August 29 – Passion of St. John the Baptist
September 1 – 1st Friday – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the 8:30 Mass
September 6 – Singing with Father John, 7 PM at the Jesuit Center
September 8 – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 9/10 – SECOND SUNDAY COLLECTION
September 12 – Liturgy Planning Group, all are welcome – 7:30 PM Jesuit Center
September 13 – Singing with Father John, 7 PM at the Jesuit Center
September 14 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 16/17 – Catechetical Sunday
Welcome Back reception following the 5 PM Mass at Sweifieh
September 19 – Meeting of Parents of First Communion candidates, 7 PM at the Jesuit Center
September 20 – Singing with Father John, 7 PM at the Jesuit Center
September 21 – Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle
September 29 – Feast of Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
October 8 – SECOND SUNDAY COLLECTION
AT JEAN BAPTISTE DE LA SALLE CHURCH (JABAL HUSSEIN)
October 14 – SECOND SUNDAY COLLECTION AT SWEIFIEH
POPE’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR AUGUST
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity,
may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
The Jesuit Center
P.0. Box 212074, Amman 11121, JORDAN
Phone: +962 6 461-4190 (Fr Sheehan’s extension is 29) (from outside Jordan: +962 06 461-4190)
Fax: +962 6 465-1315 (from outside Jordan: +962 06 461-1315)
Mobile in Jordan: 079 013-8985 (from outside Jordan: +962 79 013-8985)
If calling, please respect Jordanian business times: M-Th, Sa 9:15 AM – 5 PM; Please, no Friday or Sunday calls. Outside of these business hours, send pastoral urgent calls and messages by voice mail or email, with thanks.
We also have a Facebook Group – Search for “Parish Group” and if you ask to be a member of the group, you will be admitted. I will try to keep items of information, copies of weekly bulletins, special prayers and other announcements on this web site and on the Facebook group page. You can also have items sent to you directly via email, including daily Lenten reflections, announcements of events, and the weekly bulletin.
If you want to come in and visit (please do!), it is always best to make an appointment by email or phone. The Pastor’s office is located at the South end of the Jesuit Center, 43 Al-Razi Street, Jabal Hussein, Jordan. On arrival, call me by intercom or mobile to be admitted; use the door at the South end of the building. I’ll make sure you don’t get lost.
FILIPINO MINISTRIES: As of January, 2017, there is an appointed chaplain for Filipino Ministries. (link to Filipino Ministries ).