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Join the Sacred Heart Family for our Lenten Mission from Monday, February 26th through Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm in Sacred Heart Church. The Lenten Mission will focus on the topic of “Virtues” and will be led by Sisters from The Apostles of the Interior Life. On Monday, February 26th, Sr. Raffaella will talk about what virtues are, why they are essential for a healthy spiritual life, and why they matter. On Tuesday, Sr. Clara will discuss the Human Virtues of Prudence and Justice, and on Wednesday evening, Sr. Tatum will cover the Human Virtues of Fortitude and Temperance.

In addition, you can sign up for one-on-one spiritual meetings with the Sisters during the daytime from Monday through Wednesday. If you’re interested in reserving a time to meet, please click here to reserve a time.

If you are interested in hosting the sisters for a meal during their stay please send an email to communications@sacredheart.org.

Click here to read the biographies of Sr. Raffaella, Sr. Clara and Sr. Tatum


Sacred Heart’s Lenten Reconciliation Service

Thursday, February 29th 6:30 PM

Fr. Nagel, Fr. Joseph and additional Priests will be available for individual confessions


A Call for Peace in the Middle East
Read the Joint Statement on the Conflict in Israel and Gaza


February is the month we celebrate and support the statewide Pregnancy & Parenting PREPARES Ministry with our gifts to the Open Your Heart Appeal. PREPARES accompanies pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers who make the choice for life, providing support from pregnancy to the child’s fifth birthday. To learn more, volunteer or donate to the 2024 PREPARES Open Your Heart Appeal, visit prepares for life.org

Final Parish Families Announced

After more than a year of careful planning and consultation, the final parish families were announced this weekend. Sacred Heart will be a family with St. Monica Parish (Mercer Island). The parish families will go into effect on July 1st under the leadership of a pastor and one or more parochial vicars. Pastors and parochial vicars will be announced this spring.

Final List of Parish Families

Read the Letter from Archbishop Etienne

Updated Q & A as of January, 2024


Watch Archbishop Etienne’s invitation to encounter Jesus this Lent



Stations of the Cross ~ Followed by Soup Supper

Every Friday During Lent at 6:30 PM

Please join the Sacred Heart community on Friday nights (February 16th-March 22nd) during Lent for Stations of the Cross followed by Soup Supper. There is still an opportunity to gather a group of fellow parishioners to volunteer to bring a vegetarian soup and bread for one of the evenings. Email: volunteer@sacredheart.org

Sacred Heart Winter Clothing Drive – Thank You for the Donations

Our parishioners and school families deserve a big THANK YOU for their generous donations to our Winter Clothing Drive. Despite the cold weather last week and Wednesday’s school closure, we had a very successful drive. We were able to deliver 9 large green trash bags of coats to Jubilee Reach, 4 large green trash bags of gently used clothing to Mary’s Place in Bellevue, and 5 large green trash bags of clothing, as well as miscellaneous household items, to St. Vincent de Paul. We also received donations online, with people purchasing coats and beanies for our sister school, St. Francis Mission, in South Dakota. It is truly heartwarming to see our Sacred Heart family come together to provide for others in need in our local community and beyond. Thank you all so much!

Sacred Heart Morning Bible Study “Revelation”

Classes Begin Tuesday, February 6th

The morning bible study group is starting an 11 week bible study on Revelations, led by parishioner, Lisa Herb. The bible study includes video presentations, study guides and group discussions. Join the group as they meet in Parish Conference Room Four from 8:30 – 10:00 AM on Tuesdays. Class Dates: Feb 6, 13, 27, Mar 5, 12, 26, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, and 14. To sign up, email communications@sacredheart.org. Scholarships available for class materials by contacting the parish office at 425-454-9536.

Sacred Heart Evening Bible Study “Acts-The Spread of the Kingdom” 

Classes Start Wednesday, March 6th

The evening bible study group is starting a 20 week bible study on The Acts of the Apostles, led by parishioner, Michael Wehner. The bible study includes video presentations, study guides and group discussions. Join the group as they will meet in Parish Conference Room Four at 6:30 PM on Wednesdays. To sign up, email communications@sacredheart.org. Scholarships available for class materials by contacting the parish office at 425-454-9536.



Experience the Whole-Life Confession this Lent

Modeled on the practice of a life confession that St. Ignatius made early in his conversion, The Whole-Life Confession is a step-by-step four-week process with spiritual exercises for each day. The Whole-Life Confession is a very dynamic and holistic method that helps you to integrate your spiritual, intellectual, and psychological/emotional history. It culminates in the grace-filled experience of reading your personal letter to Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The four week program begins on February 15th (3 preparation days) and week one starts on Sunday, February 18th. Confession services will be scheduled for the weeks of March 11th & 18th. Scholarships available through the parish office, 425-454-9536.

Please Register to Participate in Sacred Heart’s Whole Life Confession for Lent 2024: GOOGLE FORM     

 To learn more about the Whole-Life Confession click here.

St. Monica Speaker Series: Apostles of the Interior Life

St. Monica’s 2024 Speaker Series continues on Thursday & Friday, February 22 & 23, with a two-part talk given by The Apostles of the Interior Life! We will be joined by Sr. Raffaella and Sr. Tatum, who will speak to us on The Discernment of Spirits and Ignatian Spirituality. These talks will be given in St. Monica Catholic Church (4301 88TH AVE SE, MERCER ISLAND, WA 98040). Each talk will begin at 7PM.

Read Fr. Nagel’s homily from the weekend of January 6-7, as he provides insight on the recent Vatican Document, Fiducia Supplicans.

To finalize your Stewardship for 2024, please complete the Stewardship of Talent and Stewardship of Treasure forms.


Stewardship of Treasure 2023-2024

As we begin our yearly focus on Stewardship of Treasure, we invite you to reflect on how God has blessed you in your life during this past year. You will soon receive a letter from Fr. Nagel asking you to consider God’s abundant blessings and return a proper portion of those blessings to Sacred Heart Parish, as we continue the mission of helping one another encounter Jesus Christ.

Please prayerfully consider your Stewardship Sunday pledge to Sacred Heart and complete the online pledge card. Please save a copy of the completed form to your computer prior to emailing it to Lucy Paulsen, lpaulsen@sacredheart.org in the Parish office. We appreciate your investment in Sacred Heart Church, which strengthens us today and builds our legacy for the future.

Stewardship Pledge Card

Bishop Schuster’s Message on What is Stewardship

Do You Give Online? Click here to sign up for online giving.

Stewardship of Talent

Faith Stewardship of your talent transforms you, our parish, and the people you serve. Your talent is God’s gift to you. How will you use it for Him to carry out the mission of the Church? One way we can each live out a life of stewardship is to share our gifts through one of the many ministries here at Sacred Heart.

Please prayerfully consider a ministry that engages your passion and complete the online Stewardship of Time and Talent Form. Please save a copy of the completed form to your computer prior to emailing it to communications@sacredheart.org

We are very grateful to all parishioners in sharing their gifts of time and talent with the Sacred Heart community!

Read Fr. Nagel’s homily from where he talks about offering our own time as volunteers for Jesus, the Light of the World- making Him available to others.

Letter to People of God from Synod 2023

 Read Archbishop Etienne’s recent blog post with news from the Synod.

Stay up-to-date with the latest Synod news when you sign up to received Archbishop Etienne’s blog.

Initiated by Pope Francis, the Synod on Synodality is a process of listening and dialogue which began in 2021 with a worldwide consultation of the People of God. The Synod continued with gatherings of delegates in Rome in October 2023 and is expected to conclude in 2024. Learn more about the upcoming Synod in this Q & A Report, or visit the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Synod website, archseattle.org/synod.


Partners in Gospel is a strategic pastoral planning effort taking place across the Archdiocese of Seattle to re-invigorate and renew our local Catholic Church.Today we face many realities that impact parish life and make it difficult to fully live out our mission. This archdiocesan-wide renewal effort,led by the Holy Spirit and grounded in prayer, will help us better support vibrant, sustainable, mission-focused parish communities across the entire Archdiocese of Seattle. To learn more about Partners in the Gospel,please visit archseattle.org/Partners.

The Partners in the Gospel final parish families announcement was recently released by the Archdiocese of Seattle (see list below). Our parish family is with St. Monica Parish (Mercer Island).

Final List of Parish Families
Upcoming Key Dates


July 2024: Parish families, under the leadership of one pastor, will begin.

To view Archbishop Etienne’s Invitation to Participate in a Partners in the Gospel Input/Listening Session, please click here

To read Archbishop Etienne’s Partners in the Gospel Pastoral Letter (July 2023), please click here

To review Partners in the Gospel Q & A, please click here (updated January 2024)

To review the Partners in the Gospel monthly newsletter click here

To read the Partners in the Gospel Current Reality Report, please click here

To view Partners in the Gospel Introductory Video, please click here

To read the prayer for Partners in the Gospel, please click here

 Groceries for Families Program ~ An Opportunity to Assist our Neighbors in Need

The Groceries for Families program has been extended for one more year to June 30, 2024. Sacred Heart parishioners have been graciously supporting the Groceries for Families Program at Jubilee REACH helping to provide individuals and families food security and hope. Please consider becoming involved by providing weekly groceries as the need remains very high in our local community. Currently, the top needed items are paper towels, #6 diapers, and baby wipes. The program is currently about 15 bags of groceries short each week and could use assistance. To sign up to bring groceries, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b49a5aa2ba3fd0-jubilee.


The Face of Homelessness

The Eastside Community Task Force on Homelessness invites you to view our educational video, “The Face of Homelessness”. Click on the below links and it will open up in YouTube.

Many families in our communities are struggling to make ends meet.  With the soaring price of food, gas, and rent, an increasing number are finding themselves homeless.  Rising drug use and street violence have reached crisis level in the greater Seattle area, and sub-freezing weather has entered the region. These conditions make it unsafe to live on the streets.

Part I:   https://youtu.be/4ZqbMwsJELI

Part II:  https://youtu.be/RymlHVJ6F2c

After viewing the video, it is our hope that you will ask yourself the important question: “HOW CAN I HELP?” – GIVE THE GIFT OF HOPE with a life changing donation to these Non-Profit Organizations and to others listed at the end of the video.

            “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

If you are interested in raising funds as a group, we can recommend resources to help you quickly organize and put the fun back into hosting a successful fundraiser. For assistance in setting up a fundraiser or If you are interested in joining The Eastside Task Force on Homelessness, please contact Molly Boll by sending an email to mollyboll@comast.net.


Volunteers Requested for 2024-Lunch Meals for Sophia’s Place

Please join the Sacred Heart Community in providing meals for Sophia’s Place.

For details/sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49a8a729a5ff2-meals3#/

Our goal is to feed 30 women each month. With 3 volunteers, each person should plan to provide a lunch that will serve 10.
A hot entree such as lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, casserole etc. is preferred, but any lunch for 10 is welcome. Please send the meal in disposable containers. Alice will be parked by the church office in a black Macan from 10-10:20am on the 2nd Thursday of each month to collect and deliver the meals. The women at Sophia’s Place are grateful for the Sacred Heart community and the assistance provided. Thank you! Contact Alice, 425-890-6121 or Stephanie, 425-269-9887 if there are any questions.


Sacred Heart Hospitality Invites You

Wine and Cheese following the Saturday, 5:00 pm Mass

Coffee and Donuts following the Sunday, 9:00 & 11:00 am Masses

Please Join the Sacred Heart Community for Fellowship!

Email: volunteer@sacredheart.org to join the Hospitality Committee and assist in this important ministry.

                                                       Sound Insight (Guest-starring Father Nagel!) – Sacred Heart Radio

Sound Insight is a Sacred Heart Radio program airing at 8AM, Monday – Friday. Dr. Tom Curran and co-hosts bring insight into issues pertaining to the Catholic faith and our local community. Both entertaining and thought provoking, this program offers humor, guest interviews, and insights from the Scripture. Great for commuters and anyone who wants to tune in for a daily boost of faith! Father Nagel is a guest on Sound Insight every Monday!

The mission of Sacred Heart Radio is to bring the light of Christ to the Northwest. They are committed to providing radio programming that glorifies God and leads souls to salvation, and they joyfully submit to all teachings of the Catholic Church. Listen on AM 1050 or on their mobile App (available on Apple & Android phones).

Visit Sacred Heart Radio/Sound Insight for more information and for a full program schedule.

Weekend Mass Schedule

Sat 5:00 PM
Sun 9:00 AM
Sun  11:00 AM
Sun 5:00 PM