The Sunday Liturgy is the core and pinnacle of our parish activity. Almost every activity of the parish could be done by some other agency, except the Sunday Eucharist. The people of Sacred Heart are never urged to be at Mass but to do the Mass for the sake of the whole world. The people are encouraged to use their hearts more than their heads and enter deeply into the ritual.
In an age that is too often governed by the hard facts of practicality and isolation from the nourishment of the natural world, we strive to do our sacred ritual with loving care and bring the seasons into church both liturgically and naturally and celebrate them with joy and enthusiasm.
In a world where gathering places are often too big and too impersonal, where welcome and acknowledgment are seldom experienced, a church on Sunday must above all be a place of hospitality. We need touches of the hospitality of God’s heaven, expressed in every face and gesture. At Sacred Heart, we try to make our church at least as friendly as an Irish pub, where equality, acknowledgment, and friendship are the happy responsibility of everyone.
Liturgy Leads to Justice
One of the fundamental principles of Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart is that Liturgy leads to Justice. If we “break open” the Gospels, we are empowered to proclaim the Good News in words that call for actions of justice. If we Break the Bread on Sunday, we are empowered and are called to share bread on Monday and every other day. Then all of our service, all of our ministries for justice and peace flow from the Sunday Eucharist and are sustained by it.