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September 5, 2021 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Unite in Love, then Serve

Holy Mass

For updated COVID-19 protocols visit Saturday (Vigil): 5:00 pm Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am

Adoration & Benediction

Mon-Thurs, following 8:00 am Mass


Monday-Friday 8:45 to 9:30 am Saturday 4:00-4:45 pm

Anointing of the Sick

By appointment

Baptism & Marriage

Church Office,

Communion for Homebound/Sick

Contact Church Office

Church Open for Prayer

Monday-Thursday 8 am to 5 pm Friday 8 am to 10 am

* Sunday Masses and certain devotions will be streamed on the parish YouTube channel. On YouTube search for “Sacred Heart Catholic Church Richmond Texas” and click on Mass you wish to view.


Catholic Q & A:

Labor Day Page 5

Altar Server Training

Page 5 Adoration

Is Returning!

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Gospel Reflection

September 5, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 35:4-7a/Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 [1b]/Jas 2:1-5/Mk 7:31-37

First Reading: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. (Is 35:5-6)

Psalm: Praise the Lord, my soul! (Ps 146)

Second Reading: Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? (Jas 2:5)

Gospel: “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mk 7:37)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English transltio of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass ©1969, 1981, 1997, Int’l Commission on English in the Liturgy



Castel Gandolfo, Sunday, 9 September 2012 Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At the centre of today’s Gospel (Mk 7:31-37), there is a small but very important word. A word that — in its deepest sense — sums up Christ’s whole message and all his work. The Evangelist Mark records this word in the very language of Jesus in which Jesus spoke it so that we may hear it even more vividly. The word is “Ephphatha”, which means “be opened”. Let us look at the context in which it is used. Jesus was crossing the region known as Decapolis, between the coast of Tyre and Sidon and Galilee, hence an area that was not Jewish. They brought him a deaf-mute to be healed — evidently Jesus’ fame had spread that far. Jesus took him aside and touched his ears and his tongue and then, looking up to heaven, said with a deep sigh: “Ephphatha” which means “be

opened”. Then the man immediately began to hear and to speak plainly (see Mk 7:35).

This, therefore is the historical and literal meaning of this word: thanks to Jesus’ intervention, the deaf-mute “was opened”; previously he had been closed, isolated, it had been very difficult for him to communicate. For him heal- ing meant an “opening” to others and to the world, an opening which, starting with the organs of hearing and speech, involved his whole self and his life: he could at last communicate and thus relate in a new way.

However, we all know that a person’s closure and isolation do not only depend on the sense organs. There is an inner closure that affects the person’s inmost self, which the Bible calls the “heart”. It is this that Jesus came to

“open”, to liberate, so as to enable us to live to the full our relationship with God and with others. This is why I said that this small word, “ephphatha — be opened”, sums up in itself Christ’s entire mission. He was made man so that man, rendered inwardly deaf and mute by sin, might be able to hear God’s voice, the voice of Love that speaks to his heart, and thus in his turn learn to speak the language of love, to communicate with God and with others. For this reason the word and the action of the “ephphatha” have been integrated into the Rite of Baptism as one of the signs that explain its meaning: the priest, touching the mouth and ears of the newly baptized person says: “ephphatha”, praying that he or she may soon hear the word of God and profess the faith. Through Bap- tism, the human person begins, so to speak, to breathe the Holy Spirit whom Jesus invoked from the Father with that deep sigh in order to heal the deaf-mute.

Let us now turn in prayer to Mary Most Holy, whose Nativity we celebrated yesterday. Because of her unique relationship with the Incarnate Word Mary was fully “open” to the Lord’s love, in her heart she was constantly listening to his word. May her maternal intercession obtain that every day, in faith, we experience the miracle of the “ephphatha”, to live in communion with God and with our brothers and sisters.

Sunday Readings


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Faith Formation Office, 281-342-8371 Shara Fagnant (Elementary) x 344 Nan Haskins (Jr. High & High School) x342

Kim Roy (Dir. of Faith Formation) x336 Aaron Lanik (Asst. Faith Formation Coordinator) x339

Faith Formation Registration 2021-2022

Registration for in-person and home study Faith Formation

classes is open!

Classes Begin Sept. 19, 2021

Faith Formation In-Person Class Times:

Grades K-5: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45 pm Grades 1-8: Wednesdays 6:45-8:00 pm

Grades 9-12 Sundays 6:30-7:45 pm Faith Formation Home Study Option:

All regular Faith Formation classes may be completed inde- pendently by the student with the Home Study option, except

Sacramental Preparation classes.

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Sacramental Preparation Programs:

Sacramental Preparation for 1st Eucharist and Confirmation is a two year process, usually beginning in 1st and 9th grades.

Copy of Baptismal Certificate Required.

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ceive a deeper relationship with Christ and a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith! We

meet Sundays at 9:30 in the CCE building. To Register or find out more information: Contact Kim

Roy at or call at 281-342-8371

Topics covered for anyone else looking to learn more about our faith:

September 12: Origins of the Catholic Bible September 19: Happiness/Christian Moral Life

September 26: Grace and Sin

October 3: Law and 10 Commandments




All Day Eucharistic Adoration!

We need Adorers for our weekly Thursday Eucharistic Adoration from 9am -7pm.

We are asking for at least THREE Adorers for each hour to en- sure our Lord is never left alone. Exposition begins after 8 AM

Mass and conclude with Benediction at 7 PM.

Please consider spending at least an hour with Jesus. He awaits you.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28

If interested please send an email to


Helping Hands need your help!

Rosenberg / Richmond Helping Hands provides low income families with much needed food and clothing needs.

In 2019 they served 5000 individual and families.

In 2020 they served 23,274 with food distributions.

In 2021 Jan thru May (5 months) they served 12,000.

Please bring food / toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, etc) to weekly mass and put in the brown baskets in the foyer.

Jesus said... Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me...

Golden Hearts:

All Joyful Persons over age 50 are welcome!

Join us for our Fall Pot Luck Lunch Wednesday, 9/8 CCE building

11:30 Social 12:00 Meal

Bring any dish to share... Bring a friend Bring ideas for future meetings More Info: Julie Heath 281-342-0818


Every Pro-Lifer is Needed!

Learn all the ways YOU can help prevent abortions!

Whether it is a few hours a week or month or 5 minutes a day - At home - at church - in the community

When: Saturday, Sept. 18, 9:00-10:30 AM

Where: St. Laurence Ave Maria Center, 3103 Sweetwater Blvd, Sugar Land

A light buffet breakfast will be served; Mass available at 8:00 AM in the church

Speakers: Marie McCoy – Christian Voices for Life Christine Mel- chor – Houston Coalition for Life

Pro-Life books, DVDs and LOTS of information will be available RSVP: Marie McCoy 281-265-7749


·Coming September 25 and 26, 2019

· Our opportunity to support the vital work of the Pregnancy Resource Medical Center

· Donations are needed for the Learn/Earn/and/Plan program (L/E/a/P), which provides expectant mothers with the skills and materials needed in caring for their newborn.

· Baby bottles to hold your donations will be distributed on Sept. 25 and 26 at all Masses.

· Please return these bottles with your donations the following week.

· This is a ministry of the Respect Life Committee · More in-

formation: Lark Maresh,, 281-222-1434


5 The Society of St. Margaret Mary is a service and social group for the women of Sacred Heart Parish. We welcome all ladies of the parish to join us in 2021. Watch the bulletin for dates of our next meeting. For more information email Danette Fennesy at

Sacred Heart Richmond has 2 rosary groups on Mondays at 7:30 pm. You are free to join either group.

One group meets outside on the plaza and the other group meets via Zoom. Both groups will meet via Zoom during inclement weather. Zoom meeting information: Meeting Id: 742 313 3625 Passcode: 888231


The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization open to all men, eighteen years of age or older, who are practicing Catholics in sacramental union with the Church. For more information visit

Altar Server Training ATTENTION:

Altar Servers are planning to resume in the Fall. Be- cause of the important role and responsibility of the Altar Server within the celebration of the mass, suc- cessful completion of mandatory training will be re- quired. If interested please send name and email to Richard Rebeles. Watch for upcoming training dates.

Richard Rebeles: Chris Haskins: SOCIETY OF SAINT MARGARET MARY

Parish Ministries

Rena and Leroy Joswiak In Loving Memory of;

Paul and Lena Beatrice And

Adile Mensik In Memory of;

Frank Mensik

Altar flowers are a beautiful way to honor a loved one or recog- nize a special occasion. Cost: $50. The Altar Flower Calendar Binder is in the narthex of the church.

Altar Flowers for September 5 Society of St. Margaret Mary Meeting

* Monday, September 13, CCE Building

* 6:30 pm: Social 7:00 pm Meeting

* We will pray the Patriotic Rosary to start our meeting

* We look forward to seeing you

* More info: Julie Heath 281-342-0818

Catholic Q & A

Question: As we celebrate Labor Day, can you tell me about Catholic teaching regarding labor?


One of the most important principles of Catholic social teaching is the dignity of work and the rights of workers.

Four encyclicals address this foundational social teaching:

Rerum Novarum (1891) by Leo XIII, Quadragesimo Anno (1931) by Pius XI, Laborem Exercens

(1981), and Centesimus Annus (1991) by John Paul II. They address both the theology and dignity of work. In Genesis, God takes the initiative in creating the world, calling forth human beings to be faithful stewards of creation. We are thus formed to share in God’s continuing creative activity by partnering with God in finishing the world and helping bring it to completion and fulfillment. From this perspec- tive, work can be spiritually understood in terms of sharing in God’s ongoing activity to build, create, and transform the world. Human beings are co-creators with God. This voca- tion demands self-discipline.

Besides an exercise in self-discipline, work is also the means by which we develop and fulfill ourselves. In work, we shape the world and our environment. Through work, we also shape ourselves. Pope John Paul II summarized this point in Laborem Exercens #6, “the value of work is not primarily the kind of work being done, but the fact that the one who is doing it is a person.”

Labor Day offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on how we view work in light of our Catholic social teaching.


BULLETIN SUBMISSION & MASS ANOUNCEMENT REQUESTS Bulletin Submissions: Send to Aaron ( Dead- line—10 am the Tuesday 12 days prior to bulletin publication date. Mass Announcements (from the pulpit): Send to Kathy (

Deadline—Wednesday at noon, three days before the requested announcement is to be made.




Into the Breach


The Knights of Columbus will keep the series "Into The Beach" available on the Internet. There are 12 short videos followed by reflection questions as a thought-provoking pro- gram for men of this parish. See it at:, or click on the anvil pic- ture on the parish web site.Go to

INTOTHEBREACH. Or click on the anvil on the Sacred Heart website. Please watch one each week and make sure enjoy the reflections suggested afterwards, linked under each video.

Attention Crafters!

Sacred Heart is having a bazaar Oct 10!

If you are interested in making items for the Time For All Sea- sons Booth, please contact;

Paula Obsta

or Jane Hausler

for more information.

Sacred Heart’s Bazaar and Dinner will be held on October 10th at Sacred Heart. We would like to limit the number of auction (live and silent) items. We have created a list of the items that seem to work best. Please let the bazaar chairs know if you are wishing to donate items so we can track items being delivered by emailing

Sept 26th is the deadline of any auction items. Please deliver to church office by deadline.


Dog, training, food, bedding, etc?

Meat packages

Rocking chairs

Fishing trip

Homemade desserts, noodles, etc

Holy articles such as family Bible, sickness cross, prayer cards, etc

Laptop computer


Security system

Wine basket with electric cork screw, cork sealers, wine markers, etc

International Coffee and/or Tea basket with Keurig or pot

Tools and/or power tools

Air compressor


Adult bike and/or Child’s bike

Camping items-Tent, Coleman stove, lantern, ice chest, air mattress, sleeping bag, etc

BBQ grill,, utensils, beer, meat, spices, charcoal, lighter fluid, etc

spa day

Weekend Getaway

Pig Out - restaurant gift cards

Vacation homes

Wagon filled Kids games or gardening tools

outdoor playground items

homegrown honey

For silent auction items, please create basket and make a list of items contained along with costs, if possible.

Bazaar Chairs

Larry and Lois Gremminger

Children’s Midway is in need of unopened Happy Meal toys, new children’s books, new or slightly used small to medium size stuffed animals, individually wrapped snacks, and 16oz cold drinks?

Bring all donations to the church office and notify

The Bazzar


“Early Bird ticket Drawing”

“Return you tickets by September 12th to be eligible for more prizes in our early bird

drawing on Sunday, September 18th.”


Year of Saint Joseph



SATURDAY, September 4

8:00 am +John & +Florence Zalfen, 5:00 pm +Cecilia Lacson

SUNDAY, September 5 23rd

Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:30 am People & Children of the Parish

9:30 am +Lena & +Paul Beatrice 11:30 am Kelly Mueller

MONDAY, September 6 Labor Day

8:00 am +Clara Ricklefsen, +Ernest Zamarripa TUESDAY, September 7

8:00 am +Sally Migary, +Mary Helen Giusti WEDNESDAY, September 8 Nativity of Mary 8:00 am +Lawrence Shimek, +Brian LeMaire THURSDAY, September 9 Saint Peter Claver

8:00 am +Robert Lee Wheaton, +Eldon Kocian FRIDAY, September 10

8:00 am +Ella Mae Drabek & Marion Bell SATURDAY, September 11

8:00 am +Rodolfo Rodriguez, +Jose & +Elisa S Martinez 5:00 pm +Brian LeMaire

SUNDAY, September 12 24th

Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:30 am +Suat Anna Nguyen

9:30 am Gerald & +Mildred Bookmyer 11:30 am People & Children of the Parish


All Mass Intentions must be scheduled through the Church office.

Mass Intentions Prayers Requested For • 507 South Fourth Street, Richmond, TX 77469 Church Office: 281-342-3609. Monday-Thursday 8-5 pm Faith Formation Office: 281-342-8371, Monday-Thursday, 9-5 pm

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Rev. Mark Lam Tran, C.Ss.R……….. Contact Parish Office Deacons

Don Ries…...………...……… John Placette…...………...……… Director of Faith Formation

Kim Roy.………..…...… Director of Mother’s Day Out

Kelly Strnadel, 281-232-5850…..……… Pastoral Council

Paul Bordelon………...… Finance Council

Tom Phalen…….……… Faith Formation Board


Finance Report August 29 Adelle Anders

Elicia Arriaga Joe Barski Caitlyn Boyd Wanda Burgess Erik Caballero Linda Chandler Sindy Chandler Leni Dela Cruz Nancy Danna Buddy Danna Isabelle Dufilho Jeanette

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valewitz Annie Knesek Andrew Kubik James Linde-

mann Rebecca Liver-

more Carolyn

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Family Frances

Montano Nansi Moore Stephen & Lou

Ann Mowka Kelly Mueller Joyce Novosad Stephen

Oldmixon Power Family Zachary Pratt Larry & Martha

Quast Arabella Reyes Joyce Reyes Trudy Reyes Doloris Rios Mamie Robles Vince Ruiz Anna Maria


Caitlin Senior Mike Slinkard Peter & Bev

Stickler Bob Strauss Daniel Sulak Dan Schneck Gerald Sweet Judy Sullivan Jean Summerall Phyllis

Stravitsch Grant Tripp Police officers, military person- nel, healthcare providers, pray- er blanket re- cipients, prayer box intentions

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