Ancient Order of the Hibernians
About The AOH
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May,1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. Today the AOH exists in America, Canada, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, however, while the organizations share a common thread, the American AOH is a separate and much larger organization.The early Irish societies were born of a need in the mid-fifteen hundreds to protect the welfare of fellow Irish Catholics, and especially the clergy who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the Penal Laws of 1691. These various secret societies were formed across the country to aid and comfort their people by whatever means was available. Similarly, the AOH in America was founded at New York’s St. James Church on May 4,1836 by men emulating these Irish societies, to protect the clergy and churches from the violent American Nativists who attacked Irish Catholic immigrants and Church property. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing Ireland’s Great Hunger in the late 1840’s, prompted a growth in many Irish societies in the USA – the largest of which was, and continues to be, the AOH.
Active across the United States, The Order seeks to aid the newly arrived Irish, both socially and economically. The many Divisions and club facilities located throughout the U.S. have traditionally been among the first to welcome new Irish immigrants. Here, the Irish culture — art, dance, music, and sports are fostered and preserved. The newcomers can meet some of ‘their own’ and are introduced to the social atmosphere of the Irish-American community. the AOH has been at the forefront for issues concerning the Irish, such as; Immigration Reform; economic Incentives both here and in Ireland; the human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation; Right-To-Life; and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.
The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our ancestral homeland. The AOH sponsors many programs associated with promoting our Irish Heritage such as the IRISH WAY PROGRAM, SCHOLARSHIPS and NATIONAL HISTORY DAY sponsorship.
We invite all Catholics of Irish birth or descent to seek admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic Organization in the World — all we would ask is for you to live our motto of: “Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity”.
About the LAOH
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc was first organized as an Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America in 1894 with the women’s organization being authorized to form its own governing structure, subject to the approval of the men officers of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America. The men’s organization is commonly referenced as the AOH, while the ladies’ organization was first referenced as the LAAOH and is now known as the LAOH. The women of the LAOH and the men of the AOH worked both collaboratively and independently on projects and events for nearly 110 years adhering to the final authority of the men’s organization.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America (LAAOH), after some study, completed the legal process to incorporate as a separate entity from the AOH. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc was incorporated in New York in 2004 as a separate legal organization with its own governance structure wholly separate from the governance structure of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America.
Today, the LAOH and the AOH continue their strong collaborative working relationship with each organization working to carry out its mission to uphold and defend the teachings of the Catholic Church, to aid and support the Irish people as they strive for a united, and peaceful independent Ireland, and to foster and perpetuate the history, culture, and traditions of the Irish people. Both LAOH and AOH members strive to meet their mission through living their motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity in their daily living.
Dia ‘s Muire dhuit! (God and Mary be with you)
Don’t make this journey alone.
Members of the Bereavement Ministry are reaching out with love, spiritual support, and concern to parishioners who are grieving the death of a loved one.
Our gatherings are every Wednesday at 10:00 am.
A new group will begin September 5th at 10 a.m. Meetings are every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Please contact Barbara Scholz to register or for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone number 843-301-9380.
Knights of Columbus
By their deeds shall you know them.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic family service organization. We as members
of the Sacred Heart Council focus on developing programs that best serve the needs of our local community. All the good works are driven by our four core principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. We are a band of brothers, more than 225 strong, doing good in the service of God, our parish, and our neighbors.
We also encourage all parishioners to visit our website at www.kofc12537.org to see news, photos, and details of our activities.
Are you interested in helping those in need, serving your parish and growing in your faith? Discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and that of others! Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Click here for our event calendar.
Next Ladies Guild Membership Meeting
The Ladies’ Guild will hold its next meeting in September, date and time to be announced. All ladies of the parish are invited and we would like to see some new faces among the old, so please consider joining the guild.
Ladies Guild is open to all women parishioners. We’d invite all ladies of our parish, who are not already members, to join. It’s a wonderful way to give back to our parish and to set a good example for our children about church involvement. Become a Ladies Guild member and help us help others in our parish and community!
We have ten regular monthly meetings (September-June)-the first Monday of the month (rescheduled if a holiday)-and we sponsor many fun and worthwhile events throughout the year. Members are encouraged to participate on any committee in which they are interested and support other committees’ activities even if they do not serve on that committee.
Membership Page (coming soon!)
We are currently working on an online Ladies Guild Membership Directory. For more information or questions about Ladies Guild membership, contact Patti Kidney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events and Projects
April 2-24, 2022 Dresser Project
April 4, 2022 Ladies Guild Membership Meeting – Speaker: Cape Fear Catholic Charities
May 2, 2022 Ladies Guild Membership Meeting – Speaker: Mary Jo Schepf, Blue Star Mothers of America
June 26th, 2022 Trivia Night
May 28 & 29, 2022 Memorial Day Bake Sale
June 6, 2022 Ladies Guild Membership Meeting and Spring Luncheon
July 2 &3, 2022 July 4th Bake Sale
Ladies Guild Mission
To promote fellowship among the women of the parish and enhance their spiritual growth by prayer and activities that facilitate charitable works through financial and nonfinancial assistance to our community organizations
Ladies Guild Purpose
- To foster a feeling of fellowship and faith for the women of the parish
- To support and aid Sacred Heart parish women in their spiritual journey through prayer, charitable work and camaraderie
- To assist in the hospitality of the parish and extend the hand of friendship
- To offer financial assistance and resources through fundraising and charitable works for the needs of local charitable organizations
Our parish takes pride in beautiful liturgies that help us turn toward God. This takes coordinated planning, practice and participation.
To become the behind-the-scenes person that makes everything in our beautiful Church run smoothly, contact the church office at (910) 4557-6173
Eucharistic Ministers help distribute Holy Communion and take Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass.
Lectors read the Scripture passages prior to the gospel. They also recite petitions for the Prayer of the Faithful.
Ushers welcome parishioners to our parish, seat worshipers at the weekend liturgies, collect the offertory contributions and aid in the flow of communicants.
Altar servers assist the Priest during Mass and other religious ceremonies.
The Pastoral Council is a consultative body whose policies and decisions require the authority of the pastor to become effective. Its function is established under the Pastoral Council guidelines of the Diocese of Raleigh.
In responding to the Lord who has called the parish to be a community of faithful disciples, council members are challenged to ongoing renewal through prayer, study, listening, and dialogue. In working with the pastor to develop priorities and directions for the parish, the council is to become the means of achieving full participation by the whole parish community in its mission by giving all a voice in assisting the pastor in his guidance and direction of parish life.
Please refer to the current bulletin for the next Pastoral Council Meeting.
The goal of the Parish Pastoral Council is not imply to serve the members of the parish, but to work with the pastor to develop a common vision and purpose, actively advocate for the poor and the powerless, and extend Christian commitment to the surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Toward that end, a statement of mission for the parish community is orchestrated by this body and becomes the reference point for activity in the parish.
In addition the council’s responsibilities will also include ways:
- To provide a structured way for laity, religious, and priests to coordinate, encourage, promote, and participate in the apostolic and spiritual work of the parish.
- To provide recommendations for parish priorities, directions, and policies through pastoral planning;
- To promote communication, understanding , and collaboration among parish organizations and between the parish, the Diocese and the universal Church
- To provide a continuous and integrated survey of the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish and the community. They should work closely with the pastor to develop and implement programs aimed at meeting these needs.
- To serve as a permanent structure for construction dialogue among priests. , religious, and laity of the parish so that all can work in close cooperation as a truly Christian community, fulfilling the mission of Christ.
- To show by example how the total parish community, working together, can promote the kingdom of Christ and proclaim His Gospel.
Respect Life Ministry
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Respect Life Ministry
FIRST FRIDAY HOLY HOUR
Guide our public officials to defend each and every human life through just laws.
Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life, to speak for those who have no voice.
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself. Amen.”
- Rosary for the Unborn every Friday
- Rosary to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary the First Sunday of each month
- America Needs Fatima Rosary Service Sunday in Oct
- Knights of Columbus Stations of the Cross for the Unborn
- Knights of Columbus May Crowning of the Blessed Mother Statue to the Unborn on Mothers’ Day
- Pastoral Care
- Quarterly meeting with Pastor and the Ministry members
- Diaper Drive for Catholic Charities in Aug-Sep
- Baby Item Donation Basket for Brunswick County Charities (Year ’round except during Diaper Drive and Ladies’ Guild Dresser Project
- Love My Life Youth Rally and March for Life in Raleigh
- 40 Days for Life in Wilmington
- Education and Outreach
- Weekly Pro-Life Info in Parish Bulletin in the “Culture of Life Corner”
- Respect Life Bulletin Board Display
- Coordination with Knights of Columbus Respect Life Initiatives
- Member of Cape Fear Deanery Pro-Life Organization
- Contact Info
Mission of the Sacred Heart Parish Respect Life Ministry
The Parish Respect Life Ministry is tasked with supporting the objectives of the Diocese of Raleigh Respect Life Initiatives and Programs. Specifically, The objectives of the parish pro-life ministry are to:
- coordinate parish implementation of the annual Respect Life Program, promoting it to agencies and organizations in the parishes, especially schools and religious education programs; and encourage parish discussion groups to use the program as a basis for their discussions
- promote and assist pregnancy counseling and comprehensive maternity support services, as well as post-abortion counseling and reconciliation programs, and make these well known in the parish and local community
- develop or adopt, where feasible, a parish-based ministry to pregnant women and their children
- encourage and support parishioners’ involvement in services to help those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying and their families
- sponsor programs of prayer in the parish to pray for mothers and their unborn children, for those who are dying, for those who are disabled, for prisoners on death row and those they have harmed, and indeed for all who are in need, that the culture of death that surrounds us may be replaced by a culture of life
- foster awareness of the need to restore legal protection to the lives of unborn children to the maximum degree possible and to safeguard in law the lives of those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying
- keep parishioners informed of upcoming important legislation; and, at the direction of the diocesan pro-life director, organize letter-writing, postcard campaigns, or similar appropriate activities when important votes are expected
- The Parish Respect Life Ministry should play a vital role in parish life and enjoy the strong support of priests and other key personnel. The committee should also dovetail its efforts from time to time with other programs of the parish. For example, in many parts of the country, parishes conduct programs where parishioners study and discuss the teachings of the faith. Members of the pro-life committee should take part in such programs and invite other program leaders to take part in pro-life initiatives.
Social Justice Commitee
2019 SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: PURPOSE AND STRATEGIES
The Social Justice Committee provides education on Catholic Social Teaching and, based on those teachings, organizes activities to address long-term problems in our community.
It does this by:
Organizing educational programs and initiatives, e.g., Seminars on Laudato Si, Care for God’s Creation, immigration reform; Fact Sheet on Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness in Brunswick County; recycling program at Sacred Heart.
Developing programs and activities to address issues in our community, e.g., Resource Fair, support for the Food Pantry, Adopt-a-Backpack program to support of Matthew’s Ministry; support for home repair, WARM; sheltering the homeless for one week in winter – with Street Reach and SOIICF churches.
Advocacy, e.g., for reducing homelessness in Brunswick County.
2019 Adopt-a-Backpack Supporting Matthew’s Ministry~ 480 Backpack’s Collected!!!! many, many thanks for the generous support to our recent drive!
Committee and a few other volunteers assembling Breakfast-Lunch bags for those in Winter Sheltering program last year.
2019 Southport Day of Service (a Trinity UMC event for 18 years, was expanded to include all member churches of the Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship (SOIICF)
The Social Justice Committee piloted Sacred Heart’s involvement in the Service Day on Saturday April 6, 2019.
Leaders of the various projects were:
Bob Trzeciak, Knights of Columbus. and Pat Naughton, Hibernian men’s group, – the clean-up on Dosher Cut-off, Hwy 211 with the collection of debris from the roadside.
Tom Parnell, The Men’s Prayer Group and Scriptures, – the outdoor planting work for the church with plants and pots ready to go.
Ruthann Donaldson & Shelly Keenan – Ladies Guild – the church plantings, closet clean-up and special plantings for the new statue. The powder blue SHCC Tee shirts were a hit!
The Social Justice Committee meets in at Sacred Heart on the third Wednesday of the month in a designated classroom. Questions about how you can join or help our ministry ~ Please contact Pat Lund email@example.com
The purpose of the Welcome Committee is to reach out to and assist new registered parishioners with a personal invitation to become valued members of the Sacred Heart family. That coordinator will assign this person/family to one of the welcoming volunteers with their contact information.
The welcome volunteer will contact the person/family through a phone call/text with a follow up personal meeting. This meeting can be accomplished by visiting the person/family at their home (and bringing cookies, etc if possible). This will be an opportunity to share some information about Sacred Heart and its activities, as well as learn about their previous parish and involvement. The volunteer will also bring them the Sacred Heart welcome packet including the various ministry descriptions. If an area of interest is identified, the volunteer can follow up to be sure the new parishioner is contacted by the ministry coordinator. Any needs of the parishioner/family can also be identified at this time and the volunteer can offer direction and where to seek assistance either in the parish or in the community. The volunteer will also share their contact information, should they need additional support while adjusting to Sacred Heart.
As the number of volunteers grow, it would be ideal to link the volunteer to a new parishioner/family who live in the same community or town, ie., Winding River, St. James or Boiling Springs. This can increase Catholic fellowship and spirit during the week and not just at Mass. It would be ideal for the volunteer to follow up with the parishioner/family periodically for a few months to ensure that they feel part of the Sacred Heart family.
MAY 25, 2022 RECEPTION FOR NEW MEMBERS
A reception for new members who joined over the past year was held in the social hall on May 25, 2022. It was well attended and the feedback was very positive. Pictures from the reception follow…