Human Trafficking Conference

Start date: March 11, 2022 - End date: March 23, 2022

Human Trafficking Conference
Human Trafficking Conference

Please consider registering for this year's Human Trafficking Conference that UNC Pembroke is offering on Wednesday, March 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on human trafficking. Judi Paparozzi was able to gather some of the country's top experts on trafficking including the greatest pro-life congressman, Congressman Chris Smith, who wrote and sponsored the first federal legislation on this crime back in 2000. He has since authored/sponsored the five major federal laws on human trafficking including the International Megan's Law and the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act. He will give opening remarks, and we will then have a speaker on what NC is doing to address this crime, experts in law enforcement, a survivor of sex trafficking, and others who work to interdict this crime.

The conference is free and open to the public, and even if you don't have three hours, you can catch one of these amazing experts who are dedicated to fighting this terrible crime. Barbara Amaya survived sex trafficking in NYC; her story is riveting.
The other speaker who is a great pro-lifer, a Catholic, and father of six is Bill Woolf. President Trump awarded Bill the Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Even if you cannot attend during those hours, if you register, you will get the recording afterwards.

March for Life

Start date: January 27, 2022 - End date: February 6, 2022

March for Life

Wilmington's Long Leaf Park. 

Meet in church parking lot at 8:45 to carpool. 
Contact Joe Volpe at 609-744-9823 for more information.

The event will include a speech by the president of NC Right to Life, Dr. Bill Pincus. At the conclusion of the speech, the prayer warriors will then march in the park.

Fr. Doug Lawson 1933-2022

Start date: January 21, 2022 - End date: January 27, 2022

Fr. Doug Lawson 1933-2022
Rev. Joseph Douglas Lawson
Pastor Emeritus
SH Pastor 1997 - Retired 2005
Born August 31, 1933 - Died January 14, 2022 (88 YO)
Fr. Doug was the fourth of his parents' seven children. He is survived by brothers, Dr. John W. Lawson of Clemson, SC, and Mark E. Lawson of Ashville, NC, and his sister, Delores Lawson Harris of California.
Fr. Doug was predeceased by his parents, Thomas J. Lawson and Gladys Burnette (Wilson) Lawson, two brothers, Rev. Robert Lawson (known by many of our parishioners) and Dr. Thomas Lawson, and a sister, Marie Lawson Jernigan.
Their very proud father was known to have said, "I have three sons who can put people to sleep - two priests and a nurse-anesthetist!"
Father Doug Lawson began his 43-year pastoral career at the age of 16 when he entered the Franciscan seminary in NY. At the end of his novitiate year, he took his vows and became a member of the Franciscan order. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962. Fr. Doug's vocation led him to many missions and assignments including: four years in Brazil as a missionary, returning to Iona College to receive his M.S.Ed in counseling; Mission Procurator in Union City, NJ; Chaplin at St. Francis Medical Center; Civilian Chaplin at Hancock AFB, New York; and the US Army. Father Doug retired from the army in 1995 after 21 years of service. He left the Franciscan order in order to join the Diocese of Raleigh and return to his NC roots. He was assigned as Pastor to the Infant of Prague Church in Jacksonville, NC. He became pastor of Sacred Heart in 1997 and Pastor Emeritus after his retirement in 2005.
- contributed by W. Anderson 2005, edited Jan. 2022.

Pope Calls for Synod * Survey

Start date: March 12, 2022 - End date: August 15, 2022

Pope Calls for Synod * Survey

Bishop Luis elected to formally begin the Diocese of Raleigh’s synodal journey during the week of Christmas by launching an online survey, which will be followed by in-person listening sessions throughout the diocese. He explained, “Christmas is a time in which God sent his Son to be among us. God himself was looking to listen to us and be a part of our history and help us in our journey.”


The steps taken by Bishop Luis follow the Holy Father’s recent announcement of a two-year process of preparation for the 2023 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, under the guiding title, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”

Each parish is receiving a shipment of prayer cards and posters, which include the Synod Prayer along with a QR code to access the survey directly. Everyone in the diocese, including those no longer affiliated with the Church, those from other faiths, or no particular faith, are invited to provide their thoughts regarding Communion, Participation and Mission in the Church.

This web-based electronic questionnaire will be used to gather information and to issue randomly selected invitations to those also open to attending in-person listening and dialogue sessions in early 2022.

Synod Overview:

Synod Survey:


Start date: December 3, 2021 - End date: January 2, 2022



Thu.    Dec. 23    Mass at 9:00a (Office closed at noon)

Fri.      Dec. 24    Christmas Eve (Office closed)
-  Masses at 5:00p & 8:00p   (8p will be livestreamed)

(Choir: 8:00p & 10:00a; also a small choir at 5:00p)

Sat.     Dec. 25    Christmas Day - Mass at 10:00a

Sat.     Dec. 25    Holy Family - Mass at 5:00p

Sun.    Dec. 26   Holy Family - Masses at 8:30a & 11:00a

Mon.-Thu. Dec. 27-29 - 9:00a * Communion Srv. (No Mass)

Fri.      Dec. 31
    New Year’s Eve - Mass at noon (office closed)

Sat.     Jan. 1       Solemnity of Mary - Mass at 10:00a *

* Sat. evening & Sunday, Jan. 1 & 2 - regular weekend schedule *


Start date: November 16, 2021 - End date: November 27, 2021



Mon. Nov. 22    9:00a  Communion Service
Tues. Nov. 23    9:00a  Mass
Wed. Nov. 24    9:00a  Mass
(No Adoration / Church/Office Closed at 12:00)
Thu. Nov. 25      10:00  Mass
                                 1:00 Thanksgiving Dinner
(signup in commons by 11/14)
(Church/Office Closed all day)
Fri. Nov. 26       No Mass/No Communion Service
(Church/Office closed all day)

(Regular weekend Mass schedule)

54-Day Novena

Start date: November 1, 2021 - End date: December 25, 2021

54-Day Novena



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Legion of Mary

Start date: November 2, 2021 - End date: November 12, 2021

Legion of Mary

NOV. 12 * The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with over 3 million members worldwide. It was founded by Servant of God, Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland in 1921 and has been active in the United States since 1931.

The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the personal sanctification of members, who strive to imitate the virtues of Our Lady and seek to become instruments of the Holy Spirit in the community through a balanced program of prayer and service.

For more information about starting a Legion of Mary here at Sacred Heart Church; please join us Friday, November 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., in the large conference room.

Contact is Jane Walker at (845) 453 3525

Dance Party for Military

Start date: November 3, 2021 - End date: November 10, 2021

Dance Party for Military


Please share with as many people as you can!

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a dance that is raising money to make Christmas more festive for Active Duty Families who are stationed at Camp LeJeune and the Jacksonville area. Proceeds from the dance will be used by the USO to provide groceries for these families at Christmas time.

Mike's Garage Band and Carolina Mix  will provide music for your listening and dancing pleasure at the St. James Community Center on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 6pm to 10pm.

The Knights will be selling tickets for this dance before and after Masses the weekends of Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31. In addition, The Knights will also be selling tickets at the St. James Community Center on Oct. 20, 25, and 27 from 12pm to 4pm.

The cost for the dance will be $20 per person. A limited number of reserved VIP tables for eight are available for $260.  Contact Joe Volpe at for more information on the VIP tables.

So buy your tickets, bring your own adult beverages and snacks, and have a great night out supporting Active Duty families!