Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church - Hot Springs Village, AR
Mountain Pine school supplies
Mountain Pine school supplies

LOSH members collected school supplies for Mountain Pine Elementary School at their LOSH September "Something Special" meeting. After the meeting, a group of dedicated volunteers convoyed to Mountain Pine to deliver the supplies directly to the school. Volunteers standing from left: Ruth Kerwin and Linda Good. Volunteers seated from left: Patty Doublin and Kay Tyree. Volunteer Char Greil snapped the picture. Thanks, Ladies!
2017 LOSH Living Rosary
2017 LOSH Living Rosary
The Ladies of Sacred Heart guild members participated in a Living Rosary after the 9:00 a.m. mass on Monday, May 8.

What is a Living Rosary? The devotion appears to have begun in France in 1826, when Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot formed the Living Rosary Association. She was inspired to pull together groups of 15 persons who would each be responsible for praying one decade of the Rosary each day, so that the full 15-decade Rosary would be prayed each day by the group.

Over a century later, during the Nazi occupation of Poland, a young layman named Jan Tyranowski formed prayer groups of 15 men in his parish, representing the 15 mysteries of the Rosary. One of the group’s leaders was the young Karol Wojtyla—the young St. John Paul II (who would later introduce the Luminous Mysteries in his pontificate). Tyranowski met with the men in prayer and guided them in spiritual direction. He called it the Living Rosary prayer group. Wojtyla, the future pope, remained devoted to the Living Rosary prayer group and brought this model into his own parishes after he became a priest.
b_325_247_16777215_01_images_2017_Photos_2017_Retreat.jpgThe Spiritual Life Committee of Ladies of Sacred Heart recently promoted a Women's Retreat. Ten ladies of our parish were able to attend at Saint Scholastica Monastery of Benedictine Sisters in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The theme of the retreat was "The Circle of Life: Journey through the Seasons." It was a combination of retreat talks, prayer and/or time for contemplation, silence during parts of the retreat, fellowship and Sunday morning Mass in the beautiful chapel at the Monastery.

The weekend retreat was led by speakers Joyce Rupp, an award-winning author and a much sought after retreat speaker and Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, who is a Benedictine Sister at Saint Scholastica, a well-known author and retreat director.

Pictured front row, left to right: Evelyn Garrison, Chris Stein, Char Greil, Ann Krawczynski.

Back row, left to right: Ann Bowman, Joyce Rupp (retreat presenter and author), Mary Lucas, Sister Macrina Wiederkehr (retreat presenter and author), Valerie Hartnett, Martha Rogers (speaker), Paula Doyle (speaker), Maureen Halloran.

2014 June LOSH Baby Shower
2014 June LOSH Baby Shower
On Monday, June 16, 2014 the Ladies of Sacred Heart held a baby shower for a young mother to be who has literally lost everything in recent weeks -- car, job, house, and most tragically, the father of her unborn baby.  The shower was organized by Cathy Ament, Family Assistance Committee, and attended by about 30 women representing our Guilds and membership who participated in responding to the needs of this expectant mother and neighbor.  

The mother-to-be couldn't attend in person, too full of sorrow to join in the shower with burial of the baby's father upcoming in two days. Gathered together with all the presents, the story of this neighbor in need was told to the women present.  A special prayer written by Deacon John, a blessing for both the mother and the baby, was recited.  It reflected the power of God's love and the power of practicing to love one's neighbor in very real terms.  

Everyone joined in the food and drink and lively stories followed about participants' memories of their first child being born. Some of the stories were hysterical, some were spiritual, all brought lifting of hearts and sprits and good will.

Everyone then signed the giant baby shower card and Sheila Harrison took photos of the gathering.  Three carloads of presents were delivered to the recipient's home.  Her neighbors, husband, wife, and 4-year-old daughter helped unload and take in all the gifts. The LOSH representatives delivering the shower gifts told our mom-to-be that our group fully understood why she could not attend in person.  Then everyone prayed with their arms outstretched including the little girl who said "me too" as she reached her arms over the as yet unborn baby.

With this shower, our recipient neighbor felt the love of women she did not know in her time of sorrow and loss as well as new beginnings and new joy in the anticipated birth of a son.  She felt the balm of neighborly love and prayer and generosity help her overcome the pain of her loss, as we, the participants, felt the gift of love flowing out from our organization in praise of our God and our faith.  May we all continue the prayers for this neighbor that she may continue to feel the love of the Father reach into her heart and into all the hearts of good neighbors everywhere.  

Gifts included:
Baby washcloths, towels, burb towels, newborn undershirts and onesies.
Crib sheets and baby clothes for 3 month olds, socks, sun hat, and even baby sunglasses
Changing table with pad and 6 month clothes for the cooler months
Receiving blankets and crib blankets and 6 month clothes for cool weather
Bumper pads for crib and 6-9 month clothing
Digital thermometer and 9 month clothing
Jacket/snow suit, hat, for 9 month old
Diabers, pacifier, wipes, lotion, vaseline, A&D ointment, shampoo, baby tylenol, Q-tips, nasal aspirator.

Also provided were baby bed and car seat furnished by ChangePoint (pregnancy counseling) in Hot Springs, and a monetary gift from the Sacred Heart Respect Life Committee.  The Family Asssistance Committee of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church organized the Baby Shower.  The Family Assistance Committee is newly formed and funded by Sacred Heart Social Justice committe to assist needy families identified by parishioners and/or local institutions or authorities.

Photos: kindness of Sheila Harrison

b_275_206_16777215_01_images_November_2013_001.JPGRobi Heffington, wife of the Chaplain Rich, welcomed all the donations from Ladies of Sacred Heart. The bags were delivered by Nancy Froning and Sheila Harrison. The horses started arriving at the track on Monday and along with them will come the workers. Robi said she now had two volunteers who manage the clothes closet and our gifts will provide them with several days work of sorting, sizing and putting away all the very useful items.

The chaplain and Robi offered a prayer of thanksgiving before we left and prayed especially for our generous members.
Submitted by Sheila Harrison 11/14/2013
Sent:Friday, January 18, 2013 7:22 PM
Subject:Thank you!
My name is Dawn and we have never met, but I needed to send you a note of thanks. On Dec.14,2012 my community was harmed in a way no one could imagine.
What started out being a day full of promise and love turned into a day of horror, shock, and sadness. My three children were off to school, my husband, who is a Police Lieutenant was hard at work and I had taken the day off to clean my house and go Christmas shopping. As I am vacuuming I realize my doorbell is ringing and my phone is going off with text messages, calls, and emails all at once. My neighbor starts yelling something about a shooting and a lockdown and what did I know.
I listened to my voice mails, to the recorded message that all schools are locked down for a possible shooting in a school. My breathe was lost, my stomach hurt and I got my keys and drove to my children's school which is Newtown High School as fast as I could. I, like the rest of my town assumed if there is a shooting, it was at our high school. As I drove the pit in my stomach increased with every police car, ambulance, and helicopter that was rushing into our town. I could tell by the lack of activity at the High School that there was nothing going on there and I thanked God.
As I turned down the next road to make the loop back to my house, and I realized it's our elementary school. It was like a war zone with police running; guns drawn and parents frantic and crying and ambulances lined up. There were at least 50 of them just sitting idling. I remember wondering why there were so many ambulance and why were they just sitting there? Why weren't they helping to save someone?  Sadly we know now that they had no one to save.
The past few weeks have been a blur. As a community we have mourned, comforted and cried. We have started memorials, baked pies, and lit candles. We have written poetry, songs and petitions.  We have painted pictures and looked at the smiling faces from photos of each and every one of the victims. We have buried children and teachers.  Our community is broken but being held together through love.
A few days ago, I received one of your prayer shawls. I feel as if one of the 26 angles brought it to me. Who would believe that a piece of cloth could have so much power. I have kept myself wrapped in it and have felt your love and blessing daily. In addition to physically warming my back, it gives me strength and comfort and it is helping me through this difficult time. I hope you understand how powerful your love and prayer is and please know that the hours you spent putting together shawls have brought comfort to so many. I cannot thank you enough and please know that so many others feel the same as me.
We are Newtown, We are Strong, and we choose Love!
Many thanks,