Sacred Heart Mission Council Mission Statement
Sacred Heart Mission Council serves our parish community and beyond by actively promoting the Gospel with the love of Jesus Christ through formation, education, and prayer for the good of the missions abroad, our parish, and the Catholic Church.
Much of what the Mission Council is about and really, much of what Sacred Heart is about, can be found in the reflection often attributed to the late Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero; the reflection, also known as “Romero’s Prayer”, was actually written by the late Ken Untener, Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan on the anniversary of the murder of Romero. Please read it below and see for yourself how you can contribute not just to the success of our mission ministry but for the good of all the world as well.
Yes, much of what we do is for schools but more of who we are is about serving those in need, wherever they are. Not long ago we kicked off our drive for scholarships that support Escuela Nuestra Señora del Carmen, the school in the mission in Patzún, Guatemala. With thanksgiving to God, we are delighted by the generous response of Sacred Heart parishioners and today, while some children are still without a sponsor, most of the scholarships have been taken by parishioners.
Membership on the Mission Council is open to any registered parishioner, 18 years or older. If you would like to join, or simply want to speak with one of our Council members to find out more, please call the parish offices and one of us will get back to you within a couple of days.
Children at Patzun school
Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer:
A Step Along the Way
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between
the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
*This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, drafted for a homily by Card. John Dearden in Nov. 1979 for a celebration of departed priests. As a reflection on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Romero, Bishop Untener included in a reflection book a passage titled "The mystery of the Romero Prayer." The mystery is that the words of the prayer are attributed to Oscar Romero, but they were never spoken by him.