Bulletin in English

March 3, 2024

Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

John 2:13-2510

full readings here



St. Andrew 9:00 am Mass

Our God Is Here # 301

I Have Loved You # 616

This Alone # 397

O Bless the Lord, My Soul # 561.

Sacred Heart 11:30 am Mass

In These Days of Lenten Journey # 131 v 1&2

Turn to Me # 658

Come to the Water # 617

In These Days of Lenten Journey # 131 v 3&4


STATIONS OF THE CROSS All are invited.

At Sacred Heart each week of Lent, Friday at noon.

At St Andrew each week of Lent, Friday at 5 pm.

SACRED HEART FIRST SUNDAY The First Sunday Potluck Lunch is this week. All are invited to please join us after the English Mass on Sunday. Bring your favorite dish to share.

Women’s Guild will meet after lunch. 

THE SEASON OF LENT We continue with some reminders about Lent.

Don’t do too much. It’s tempting to make Lent some ambitious period of personal reinvention, but it’s best to keep it simple and focused. There’s a reason the Church works on these mysteries year after year. We spend our entire lives growing closer to God. Don’t try to cram it all in one Lent. That’s a recipe for failure.

Lent reminds us of our weakness. Of course, even when we set simple goals for ourselves during Lent, we still have trouble keeping them. When we fast, we realize we’re all just one meal away from hunger. In both cases, Lent shows us our weakness. This can be painful, but recognizing how helpless we are makes us seek God’s help with renewed urgency and sincerity.

Be patient with yourself. When we’re confronted with our own weakness during Lent, the temptation is to get angry and frustrated. “What a bad person I am!” But that’s the wrong lesson. God is calling us to be patient and to see ourselves as he does, with unconditional love.

(from https://www.usccb.org/resources/10-things-remember-during-lent )


ST ANDREW FUNDRAISER TODAY: On display in the narthex are some prints of artwork by one of our parishioners. These prints are for sale today. The prints have been donated to raise funds for our Community Outreach which helps with utility bills, food assistance, and other charitable giving to needy members of our community.


DSA 2024 On behalf of those who benefit from the Diocesan Support Appeal, thank you for your generosity. The theme of the 2024 Diocesan Support Appeal is “One Body in Christ.” Inspired by 1 Corinthians 12:12, it reminds us that we are called to join together in Christ’s love to serve one another with compassion. This aligns with our new pastoral priorities for the diocese calling the faithful to draw from our communion with Christ in the Eucharist to strengthen communion within families and within the Church. You may complete a pledge envelope and return it to the Parish Office or go to charlottediocese.org/dsa to make a gift online. Watch the DSA video in English or in Spanish.


MASS INTENTIONS Mass intentions should be scheduled a few weeks in advance. If you would like to request a Mass intention, please email or call Kelly (910-515-9111).

February 29 † Tom Sparacino


SACRED HEART CONTINUES THE SPIRIT OF GIVING in support of the Reconciliation House food pantry. In addition to Cake Mixes for February, they are in desperate need of any kind of Cold Cereal, 18 to 36 oz. size boxes or bags. Matthew 25:35-37 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,” 


ST ANDREW SEEKS VOLUNTEERS The guild is looking for a volunteer or volunteers to organize and provide food/refreshments for special events, such as funerals, parties, or celebrations for the parish. Ideally, one person would volunteer to organize the other volunteers to provide the refreshments. This service does not require a full-time commitment as the events are occasional. Providing food/refreshments entails simply signing up to bring some sort of dish or dessert or snack for the event. Please see Sally Smith or Kay Galletta to volunteer. 


SAVE YOUR CAN TABS Lynette Gates, at Sacred Heart, is collecting drink can tabs for Ronald McDonald House. A collection box is located in the entry. Please save your tabs for Lynette.


ST ANDREW KITCHEN MINISTRY Thank you to Lori Swanberg for the snacks this week. If you would like to support the kitchen ministry, please speak with Michelle, Kay, or Kelly, or donate at the kitchen window.


PRAYING THE ROSARY All are invited to pray the Rosary.

Sacred Heart at 11:00, before Mass, every Sunday

St. Andrew on Tuesday after Mass or at 9:00 if Mass is canceled.


REGISTERED MEMBER? If you are not receiving the mailings from the Diocese of Charlotte, The Catholic News Herald, for example, and would like to receive them, please send me your name, address, email, and phone number, so that I can register you with the parish.



REACh @ST. ANDREW is wrapping up their study of The Gospel of Mark this week. Next, they will tackle the Book of Proverbs, Chapters 1-9, followed by the Book of Genesis in April. They meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm via Zoom. Contact Joe Oliveti, 214-718-3399, to join. 


REACh @SACRED HEART studies the Sunday Mass readings on Friday at 10am at Sacred Heart Church. Contact Joe Oliveti, 214-718-3399, to join, or just show up at the church.


ST ANDREW YOUTH FAITH FORMATION Children’s faith formation and sacramental instruction is every Sunday immediately after Mass (10:00 am) in the education wing. Parents are invited to join or to wait in the narthex.



WOMEN’S RETREAT IN MAGGIE VALLEY Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, in Maggie Valley, is hosting the Southeastern Women’s Retreat: ARISE! the weekend of April 26th-28th. Attend as Commuter on Saturday only OR for the whole weekend Friday-Sunday. The theme of the Retreat is preparing for spiritual warfare. See the flyer on the Community Board for more information on cost, how to register, etc.


RETREAT INTO THE PASSION OF JESUS:  The Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, NC, is offering a one-night retreat on the Passion readings found in the gospel of Mark.  The retreat will be a balanced blend of historical, theological, and spiritual reflections, with additional time to walk the beautiful grounds or pray in the chapel. Its March 22-23 - the day before Palm Sunday and a great way to spiritually prepare for the holiest week of the year!  Visit www.catholicconference.org/passion, email info@catholicconference.org, or call 828.327.7441 for more information.


A SERIES OF articles about the Creed will be shared each month this year in the Catholic News Herald and online at this link. It looks like it will be an interesting study.


PILGRIMAGE TO EMERALD IRELAND Join the 11-day Catholic Pilgrimage to Ireland (Our Lady of Knock, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin, tomb of Frank Duff, more).  Sept. 22-Oct 2, 2024, under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Matt Nycz, with daily Masses and beautiful weather.  Private bus and an English-speaking tour guide.  All-inclusive cost $3,999 (plus tips), out of Newark.  For more information or a registration brochure call (716) 433-8118 or email: globikon1@gmail.com. 


ATTENTION HEALTHCARE WORKERS/VOLUNTEERS Catholic Health Care Ethics Conference – Health care professionals are invited to the seventh annual Converging Roads health care ethics conference on March 16, 2024 from 8:00 am - 6:45 pm at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Charlotte, NC. This one-day conference will explore the theme of Compassion for the Sick & Dying and offers continuing education for health care professionals rooted in the Hippocratic and Catholic ethical tradition. Registration: $75-$159 based on CME/CNE inclusion. This conference is presented by the St. John Paul II Foundation, the Diocese of Charlotte, and Belmont Abbey College. For more info, please visit convergingroads.com or email heather@forlifeandfamily.org.

Submit an announcement: If you have a notice to add to the weekly bulletin, please let us know by Wednesday of the week of your notice.


Prayer Requests: Please submit prayer requests to the office by email or phone call. (If you see a name on the prayer list that can be removed because the person has recovered, please let me know.)


Prayer List


We are praying for


Carol Medley

Anthony Galletta

Lorna Gorski

Bruce Middleton

Sharon Middleton

Evelyn Wilson

RCIA candidates & catechumen

Ray Clausen

Akira Hunter

Theresa Clark

Jeanneane Lamotte

Boyd Holder

Harry Paulin & Maria

Kathleen Holstein

Idonna Bryson

Petrina Tuttle-Herring

Cathy Rankine

Gary Ramsey

Father Ray Wadas

The people of the Middle East

Trena Gange

Ruth Ellen Foster

Suzanne Riedling

Patricia & Richard Skerlec

Linda Winters

Frank Miller

Ron Jones

Joey Pontorno

Ryan Rankine

Ray Paulin

Corina Porras

Nancy Sneed

Robert Rowley

Vern Zander

Debbie Kolp

Gregory Van de Ven

Betty Wild

Don Bouret

Mary Lou Woock

Patricia Jakus


In memory

Sarrah Lewis

Ella Mae Copas

Don Bange

Fred Reno

Marla Hollrah

Noel Aguilera


Military Personnel

Adam Canty, Air Force

Noah Webb, Navy

Boone Swanberg, Coast Guard

Raney Swanberg, Army

Freddy Perez-Comacho, Army

Nathan Deese, Navy

Danny Foley, Marines



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