A MESSAGE FROM FATHER JAMES

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,
In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington D.C., became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of honor. These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I that occurred at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918. The day became known as ``Armistice Day.``
This holiday is celebrated in many countries around the world. In some countries it is called Armistice Day. In others it may be called Remembrance Day. No matter what you call it, it is a day on which we honor the men and women who have served in the military. We also honor those who have died for the cause of freedom. It is a time for us to say ``Thank You`` for the sacrifices they have made. It is a time to think about the freedoms we enjoy because they were willing to serve. It is a time to think about love -- the love they showed for their country and for their fellow man.
I once talked to a man who had lost a leg in World War II. When I remarked about the price he had paid, he said, “It was worth it, wasn’t it?” The freedoms we enjoy today, including the freedom to move from place to place as we wish, the freedom to elect our governing officials and the freedom we have to gather here in this place to worship – these freedoms and more were bought with a price. We need only look at the recent events in the world to be reminded of the enormity of that price.
For the Veterans who served us, and for the families who stood by them…Thanks be to God.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
A little girl finally got to attend a wedding for the first time. While in the church, the girl asked her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?” The mother replied to the girl, “Because white is the color of happiness and it’s the happiest day of her life today.” After a little bit, the girl looks up at her mother and says: “But, then why is the groom wearing black?”

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 The Solemnity of All Saints

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Sacred Heart Family:

I have an important announcement to share with you. There has been a change in leadership at Sacred Heart Catholic School. This decision has come after a great deal of prayer by all. St. Francis Catholic Academy, a High School in the Diocese of St. Augustine, located in Gainesville has been in need of a principal and Mr. Jason Acosta applied for that position. All qualified candidates were interviewed by a committee comprised of clergy, religious, local principal, and laity who submitted their recommendation to Bishop. Bishop Estévez has appointed Jason Acosta the principal of St. Francis Catholic Academy in Gainesville. Jason Acosta is a resident of Gainesville and was a teacher in St. Patrick school in Gainesville. We all wish Jason well as he leaves us and begins this new journey in his professional career.

After much time of prayer and reflection by our Bishop Estevez, Deacon Conway, the Superintendent of Catholic schools, and myself we are excited to announce that Sister Rosario Vega, a Mercedarian Sister of the Blessed Sacrament, has been appointed as the new principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School. She will take charge as principal on November 15th. Sister Rosario received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision from Texas A & M University. She has been an educator for many years and comes to us after being a principal in Texas and Ohio for twenty years. In 2005 Sister Rosario was voted Principal of the Year by the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) for the Great Lakes Region of Ohio, Michigan and Chicago.

Sister Rosario has just recently joined our Sacred Heart family taking residence in the Sacred Heart Convent with Sr. Chiara Katie McCloskey and Sr. Josefina April Candelaria. Sister Rosario was surprised when we approached her to take on the awesome responsibility of leading Sacred Heart Catholic School. She was going to take a role as Assistant Principal, but happily accepted this new opportunity to get back into the ministry of education as the leader of one of the best schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine. Sister Rosario is looking forward to getting even more involved in the community and contributing to the overall excellence of Sacred Heart Catholic School mission as it continues to grow.

We are so blessed here at Sacred Heart and continue to strive in our pursuit for holiness and educational excellence. The students are truly the greatest gift of the school.

May God continue to bless you and your families

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,
This week, November 5-11, 2017, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week. This observance is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate, and Consecrated life.
Pope Francis, in his message states ``Responding to God's call means allowing Him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind, and to strike out on the path which leads to Jesus Christ, the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness.`` The Holy Father stresses, ``The Christian vocation, rooted in the contemplation of the Father's heart, thus inspires us to solidarity in bringing liberation to our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest.`` National Vocations Awareness Week is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: ``To what Vocation in life is God calling me?``
Our diocese is blessed with 27 seminarians in formation. Our parish is also blessed with Sr. Rosario Vega, Sr. Chiara Katie McCloskey, Sr. Josefina April Candelaria who just started ministry at Sacred Heart. We need more young men and women to follow God’s call to serve the church.
We have the Elijah Cup in the parish to pray for an increase of Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life. If you would like to receive the Cup and pray for Priestly and Religious Vocations, you can contact Romy Go at 904 772 8661.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
A Religion teacher was describing that when Lot's wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted. ``My mommy looked back once while she was driving,`` he announced, ``and she turned into a telephone pole.``

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,
I wish to extend a warm welcome to Sr. Rosario Vega, Sr. Chiara Katie McCloskey, Sr. Josefina April Candelaria to our Sacred Heart Family. After a long time of praying and preparation, this is a dream come true. It is a new beginning at Sacred Heart and I am confident that their ministry will bring many blessings to our Sacred Heart Family. The Sisters will teach in our school and be actively involved in Sacred Heart’s mission of the New Evangelization, proclaiming the Good News of Christ’s love and mercy. I have deep-felt gratitude for the Irish Mercy Sisters who spent many years serving the spiritual needs of our parish and school. Please support and encourage our sisters through your prayers and kindness. I would like to thank all who helped make this dream possible. The renovation of the convent is the best example of stewardship. Over three months, more than 100 parishioners contributed their time & talent to renovate the convent. I would especially like to thank Joe Waters who coordinated the many details in order to make a beautiful new home for our sisters. I pray for all of the people who contributed their time, talent, and treasure for this great mission. May the good Lord reward you for your generosity.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
A pastor is golfing on a Sunday. St Peter looks down from heaven and says to God ``You have to punish him for this!`` God agrees. St. Peter continues to watch as the man finishes the rest of his game, under par for every hole and even a few holes-in-one. He storms angrily up to God ``You call this punishment?!`` God smiles. ``He's a pastor, golfing on a Sunday, and he just played the best game he's ever had. Who's he going to tell?``

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother appeared once each month from May 13 until Oct. 13, 1917. The message of Fatima highlights many central truths and devotions of the Catholic faith: The Trinity, the Eucharist, penance, the Rosary, and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. There is special emphasis on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is a refuge of maternal love for us all and a sure path that leads us to God. In the end, Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph because Mary is full of God’s grace and is all pure. She has the heart of a mother who cares for her children and wishes them to be saved by her divine Son, Jesus. I invite all parish and school families to celebrate the 100th anniversary Our Lady of Fatima on Wednesday, October 25th. We will begin with 8:15am Mass, followed by the crowning of the new statue of our Lady of Fatima, a procession, singing of Marian hymns, and a living Rosary with our school children. I will conclude with consecrating all our families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
A prosperous farmer was miserly in what he gave to his Church. So his pastor went to visit him with the hope of getting him to increase his donation. The pastor pointed out to him that the Lord had given him a fertile piece of land and had blessed him with sunshine and rain so that his crops would grow. The priest added, “You know, this farm and everything you have is really on loan to you from God. You should be more grateful.” The farmer replied, “I don’t mean to complain, Father, but you should have seen what a mess this place was when God was running it by Himself!”

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

Weddings were such an important occasion in Palestine in Jesus’s time that people were expected to wear the proper clothing to show appreciation and respect for the invitation. In today’s Gospel Jesus demands the wedding garment of righteousness from his followers. In the Gospel, Jesus describes the banquet of heaven in the parable. He characterizes the reign of God as a wedding feast. When the banquet is rejected by the chosen guests, it is offered to all and sundry. Thus, all the readings suggest that God loves his people and provides for their eternal salvation. We need to be grateful to Jesus for the invitation to the heavenly banquet: Ever since we received baptism, we have been invited to the heavenly banquet and provided with the wedding garment of sanctifying grace. These great privileges and blessings are freely given to us by a loving God. Receiving these gifts of God also demands that, instead of remaining marginal members of our parish community, we bear visible witness to our beliefs. Let us pray that we may keep our wedding garments pure and spotless and that we may become disciples who really practice the teachings of Jesus, rather than remaining mere Sunday Catholics. Let us pray for a deeper faith and love and a better spirit of responsibility to our community.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
A good Christian lady moved into the neighborhood, right next door to an atheist. Every day she would run out on the front porch and yell out. ``PRAISE THE LORD, PRAISE - THE - LORD”! This was getting on the atheist's nerves so he waited for her to run out and yell her daily prayers. He runs over and this time, he asked the lady, ``Don't you know there is no Lord? Why do you keep wasting your time? The lady replied, “I have no food in my house and I know if I keep asking God he'll answer my prayers”. The next day the atheist got up early and placed a bag of groceries on her front porch. The lady runs out on the porch and yell's out, ``PRAISE THE LORD! THANK YOU, GOD, PRAISE THE LORD”! The atheist runs over and says, ``The Lord didn't give you those groceries, I did”. The Christian lady then yells out, ``PRAISE GOD, HE BROUGHT ME GROCERIES AND MADE THE DEVIL PAY FOR THEM!

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

How important is life to us? How important is human life? These are great questions for us to ask anytime, but especially in October when the Church celebrates Respect Life month. How important is human life to God? It is most important. Just as children are most important to their parents, we are most important to God.
Human life, from womb to tomb, is sacred, and the Christian cannot understand life, all of life, apart from God. Faith must inform all of our decisions, for it is faith which reminds us of the value of each and every life, a life created by God and set upon this earthly stage in order to reveal who God is. While the scientist can tell us how life begins, it is faith which tells us that all life is precious. It is only by faith that we come to appreciate more fully God’s gift of life, a gift worth preserving, a gift that should be clothed with dignity at all of its stages.
The month of October is also dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The feast day of the Holy Rosary is October 7th. The month of October is a good time to commit to praying the Rosary every day. We pray the Rosary twenty minutes before all of the Masses. The Rosary will bring great peace and holiness to your life. It is a powerful instrument for conversion. The Rosary is the best method of honoring Mary.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
Mommy,” asked a little girl, “do men ever go to heaven?” “Why, yes, of course, my dear,” answered the mother. “Why do you ask?” “Because I have never seen angels with mustaches, whiskers or beards.” “Well,” replied the mother, “some men do go to Heaven, but they get there only by a close shave!”

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

In the parable in today’s gospel, a man who has two sons tells both to go out to work in the vineyard. The first son says he won’t go, but later regrets it and works. The second son says he will go, but does not. In each case, it is the final decision that is more important. Repentant tax-collectors and prostitutes, represented by the first son who initially refused to go, will make their way into the kingdom of God before the chief priests and the elders, represented by the second son in the parable. The beautiful parable teaches us that promises can never take the place of action, and fine words can never be a substitute for fine deeds. Most of us say yes to God with our words, and some time say no to God with our deeds. It would be wonderful if we take an honest look at our words and actions, our faith and deeds. We need God’s grace to work in us to turn our words to deeds.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, ``Son, can you tell me where the post office is?`` The little boy replied, ``Sure, just go straight down the street a couple of blocks and turn to your right.`` The man thanked the boy kindly and said, ``I'm the new pastor in town, and I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday. I'll show you how to get to Heaven.`` The little boy replied with a chuckle, ``Awww, come on; you don't even know the way to the post office!``

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

We as individuals are accustomed to receiving rewards for what we do or how we perform. A student works hard to get good grades. A worker produces good results in order to get recognition or a promotion. There is always a reward attached to what we do and how we perform.
In today’s Gospel, we see that everyone gets the same reward regardless of merit. The people who have worked long and hard and the ones who turn up at the last moment are treated equal. We ought to understand that this passage is not the explanation of good labor relations, successful business practices, or of obtaining academic excellence. It is an invitation to broaden our vision about Jesus and the way God looks at things. Jesus wants to tell the disciples also of the contradictions that exist between the Kingdom of God and the ways of the world. Here we meet a God who is just and at the same time a God who is universally generous. We are prepared and renewed in the Eucharist not because we deserve it, but because God is more than generous than we can imagine.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
After church service, the pastor waits at the door to shake each churchgoer's hand as they leave. When it is the turn of a frequently absent member, the preacher grabs his hand and chides him, ``You must join the Army of the Lord.`` The man replies, ``But I already serve in the Army of the Lord.`` ``Why do I never see you save for Christmas and Easter?`` asks the pastor. The man answers, ``That's because I'm in the secret service.``

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother appeared once each month from May 13 until Oct. 13, 1917. The message of Fatima highlights many central truths and devotions of the Catholic faith: The Trinity, the Eucharist, penance, the Rosary, and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. There is special emphasis on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is a refuge of maternal love for us all and a sure path that leads us to God. In the end, Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph because Mary is full of God’s grace and is all pure. She has the heart of a mother who cares for her children and wishes them to be saved by her divine Son, Jesus. I invite all parish and school families to celebrate the 100th anniversary Our Lady of Fatima on Wednesday, October 25th. We will begin with 8:15am Mass, followed by the crowning of the new statue of our Lady of Fatima, a procession, singing of Marian hymns, and a living Rosary with our school children. I will conclude with consecrating all our families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
With Prayers, Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
A prosperous farmer was miserly in what he gave to his Church. So his pastor went to visit him with the hope of getting him to increase his donation. The pastor pointed out to him that the Lord had given him a fertile piece of land and had blessed him with sunshine and rain so that his crops would grow. The priest added, “You know, this farm and everything you have is really on loan to you from God. You should be more grateful.” The farmer replied, “I don’t mean to complain, Father, but you should have seen what a mess this place was when God was running it by Himself!”

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

This Sunday, we mark Catechetical Sunday, an opportunity to celebrate, pray for, and bless those men and women who use their time, talent, and love to teach the faith. What is catechesis? It comes from the Greek word meaning “to echo, or resound.” A catechist is one who resounds the Joy of the Gospel and the teachings of the Church.

Pope Francis reminds us that catechesis does not most effectively occur by parents, teachers, and catechists handing their children or students the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church and saying, “Now read both of these from cover to cover and you will have the necessary knowledge --- and my work is now done.” No, Pope Francis says that the major role of parents, teachers, and catechists is to lead their children and students to an encounter with the Person of Jesus Christ. This is where it must begin. Once others encounter Jesus and His infinite love and mercy, then the door is open, then they will want to further explore His Gospel and the teachings of the Church.

Dear parents, you are the first catechists and teachers of your children in the ways of faith. Never tire of spending your time and energy by providing your children with what they need most in life: the tools and foundations to encounter the Lord, especially as you teach them to pray and to listen to His Word, and bring them to the Sacraments of the Church. On Sunday, at the 9:3oam Mass, we will commission and bless the Religious Education and School teachers for the ministry of sharing the Good News to our children.

With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Prayer for Hurricane Irma Victims
God of grace and God of mercy, our hearts break as we watch stories on the news, of dangerous floods, of lost lives, and rains that won’t stop. We trust that you are present in the desperation and hopelessness that abounds. Transform our broken hearts so that we might be agents of your love in the coming days and months. God in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

Today's Gospel reminds us of the good we can do together, and of how we can do it. Jesus says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” If any group of us will gather, work, and act with the Holy Spirit guiding us, we become much more than simply the sum of our numbers. Two becomes more than two, and three becomes more than three. The sum of our individual ideas, resources, and abilities becomes much more because of the synergy that God’s presence provides. In our Faith community, we act together so that we may help one another in God’s Name, thereby multiplying our resources and ability to do what God calls us to do. Today, Jesus makes it clear how important we are, one to another. Through our links to one another in Christ, there is a capacity in our community, which enables us to use God’s power to make healing and life-giving love more effective among His people. We come together, we stay together, we work together – in our Lord's name, bringing to focus the presence of God and unleashing the power of the Spirit – to transform our lives and the lives of all God’s children. We do gather in Jesus’ name and invoke his presence, and that opens our hearts to allow him to be a part of us and of what we do. That is what we experience at each Eucharist—we in him and he in us.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Joke of the Week
There was the grandmother celebrating her golden wedding anniversary who told the secret of her long and happy marriage. ``On my wedding day, I decided to make a list of ten of my husband’s faults which, for the sake of the marriage, I would overlook.`` A guest asked the woman what some of the faults she had chosen to overlook were. The grandmother replied, ``To tell you the truth, I never did get around to making that list. But whenever my husband did something that made me hopping mad, I would say to myself, ``Lucky for him that’s one of the ten.``

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,

On Monday, we celebrate Labor Day. It will be a day of parades, picnics, and political speeches. It is also a good day to reflect on the dignity of work, the necessity of work, and the danger of work. The dignity of work is enshrined on the very first pages of the Bible. God said, “Let us make man in our own image.” Scripture scholars tell us that this means as a co-creator.

We are to cooperate with God in bringing this world and its contents to its completion, to its fulfillment. By our work and using our talents, we participate in the creative act of God. So great is the dignity that comes from work, that the jobless, the unemployed, those who want to work and can’t find a job, can feel the loss of self-respect.

Let us consider the necessity of work. Work is necessary for our own well-being, for health of body, mind, and spirit. By working, by using the talents God has given us, we grow, mature, and become the unique person God created us to be. The danger with work is that instead of it being a means to an end, it can become the end itself. We can become workaholics. Work can become our god, an escape mechanism. From whom or what are we running away from: our self, our spouse, our family, our God?

On this Labor Day, let us thank the Lord for the talents and work He has given us to do. And let us pray that we may find joy and satisfaction in our work, realizing that we are co-creators with God and stewards of His creation. And let us pray for those less fortunate, that they may find work that will sustain their families, nurture their children, and secure their future.

St. Joseph, model of workers, pray for us that we may work as if it all depended on us and trust as if it all depended on God.
With Prayers,
Fr. James CMI

Testimonial Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Rev. James Kaniparampil CMI
Pastor