Sacred Heart Rockne is looking for qualified individuals to sit on either the Pastoral Council or the Finance Council.To nominate someone to either (or both) of these councils, go to Pastoral Council and Finance Council Nominations. Be sure to include the name of the person you wish to nominate and a way (email or phone) for us to contact that person.You will find a full list of required qualifications below.The councils are concerned with forward looking issues, such as how to effectively encourage more Sunday mass attendance, increased interest in vocations, Pro-Life activities, evangelization, planning for future property renovation, budgeting, and fund raising.The councils propose solutions for issues to Father for his consideration and action. The councils also bring to Father any pastoral or financial issues of concern.This information will be collected through mid- to end of October for consideration by Father.QualificationsPastoral Council Members must:Be baptized Catholics (in rare circumstances an exception can be made with the approval of the pastor)Be registered in the parishHave demonstrated a commitment to the parish communityCommit themselves to spiritual growthCommit themselves to skills development as part of the Christian leadership processBe willing to commit the necessary time and energy to offer effective consultationBe able to represent the whole parish community to the extent feasibleBe familiar with programs of various diocesan commissions or standing committeesBe willing to participate in group training and formationFinance Council Members must:Be baptized Catholics (in rare circumstances an exception can be made with the approval of the pastor)Be known contributors of their time, talent, and treasure.If possible, they should possess experience or expertise in business, finance, or law and be committed to the work of the Church.They should also represent the whole parish community to the extent feasible.Be willing to commit the necessary time and energy to offer effective consultationNot have a conflict of interest.
Texas reached an extraordinary milestone in the history of human rights in our state. Elective abortion is no longer legal, thanks to the Texas Human Life Protection Act (HLPA). At the same time, vast resources for women with unplanned pregnancies are available throughout the state. The law (HB 1280) went into effect on August 25, 30 days after the Supreme Court issued its final judgment on July 26. For this reason, the HLPA is sometimes called the "trigger law". The HLPA provides multiple avenues of protection against illegal abortions in Texas. Violators can be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison, be fined $100,000 or more, and lose their medical licenses. Governor Abbott approved an appropriation of $100 million for the current two-year budget for the highly successful Alternatives to Abortion program. Support is available for at least three years after birth from nearly 200 pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies across the state, serving 150,000 clients each year, far more than the 55,000 abortions in Texas in 2020. Governor Abbott also approved $1.2 billion/year in the Medicaid Program for prenatal, childbirth, and follow-up care for low-income women and their babies. For more information, go to: Texas Alliance for Life Look for the pregnancy resources on our webpage.
Sacred Heart Rockne and St. Mary's String Prairie will be hosting the Rockne Ramble -- a 5K & 2K Run / Walk event to support sending our young parishioners to World Youth Day. The event will be held on Saturday, November 5th See the flier below for more details.
The Diocese of Austin is compiling and selling books featuring the history of all the churches in the Diocese:The book will have 325 pages.There will be 2 pages with photos and history of Sacred HeartThere will be 2 pages with photos and history of St. Mary’sBooks will soon be available for all parishioners to pre-order, delivered at the end of November or early December. Spanish translations are also available. No copies will be available after final sales.
FORMED is a website and mobile app resource that features Catholic programming, movies, eBooks, catechesis tools, sacramental prep, bible studies, and much more. With FORMED you can explore your faith anywhere.FORMED has been described as "Netflix for Catholics". But it is much, much more.It is very easy to get started. Simple go to:Go to https://formed.org/Once on the site, click Sign Up, then Sign up as a parishioner. Where it says "Find your Parish or Organization", enter the zip code "78602" or "Sacred Heart Bastrop" (has to be Bastrop because that is the mailing address). You should see our parish there. Click it, then click Next.In the next form enter your name and email address. Then click Sign Up.That's all you have to do. You may be asked to verify your identity with your email, but that's it. No user name or password required! Note, if you come to a page that asks for a credit card, you made a wrong turn along the way. Thanks to a generous gift from several parishioners at Sacred Heart Rockne and St. Mary's String Prairie, this incredible resource is now available to every member of our church family completely free of charge!What is available? Once you are signed in check out:The FORMED series on the SacramentseBooks that you can download to your e-Reader and keep forever ... book categories include being Catholic, exploring the faith, popular fiction and books for kids and teens.Faith formation studiesMovies and documentariesFORMED content for Spanish speakersThis is just scratching the surface. There's a lot to explore and experience. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Brand New Sacred Heart Rockne Website!A lot of people have been working behind the scene for months to get our new website up and running. We hope you both enjoy it and find it helpful.Why Have a New Website?Our old website had become unmaintainable, and was in need of an overhaul. Here is a list of the features the new Sacred Heart Rockne website offers:The new website is mobile device friendly. In website lingo, we say the new site is responsive. This is shorthand for saying that it scales for all size devices down to mobile phones. The new website has been designed using the very latest in modern web style guidelines and security. The new website is a collaborative effort. It receives active content updates from many ministry leaders and contributors in our parish on a variety of topics. The new website features the latest bulletins, parish news and information, material on Sacred Heart ministries and religious education, and much more.What Does the New Website Have to Offer?Plenty of stuff! Here is a quick list of some of the content that is accessible on the new website:E-BulletinsGet the latest bulletins, or search past bulletins, from Sacred Heart Rockne and our sister parish St. Mary's String Prairie.Parish NewsGet the latest comings-and-goings at Sacred Heart Rockne, Mass TimesGet Mass times for Sacred Heart Rockne and St. Mary's String Prairie including any changes or Holy Day obligations that pop up throughout the year.Live StreamYes, our Masses are live streamed. Find out how to view.WorshipMass is just one way to worship. There are other ways to participate in worship. So we have page devoted to this topic which will include both fixed and seasonal updates on worship events.SacramentsWant to find out more about the Sacraments and how Sacred Heart prepares the faithful to receive them? This is the page for you.CCD - Religious EducationOur CCD program offers religious education for our children grades K to 12. RCIA - How Do I Become Catholic?RCIA is short for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This is a program through which people can enter into the Catholic Church. But it is also open to individuals just wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith.Adult Religious EducationSacred Heart's adult religious education program provides seasoned Catholics with a way to continue their Catholic education. The page features information on seasonal classes when available, as well as information on other learning resources.Pro-Life MinistryOur pro-life ministry page contains a list of useful resources on various pro-life topics and organizations. Lay MinistryOur lay ministry page contains information on the various lay ministries at Sacred Heart Rockne to include: Eucharistic extraordinary ministers, lay readers, and ushers. EIM - Ethics and Integrity in MinistryThe Ethics and Integrity in Ministry program of Sacred Heart Rockne is devoted to providing the safest possible environment for our parishioners and visitors. The program promotes the protection of minors, elderly adults and adults with disabilities as well as ethical behavior in all ministry. Hall RentalWant to host an event at …
Pregnancy Help Related Resources Pregnancy Help-Related Resources Resource Name & Address Resource Website Contact Person Name & Contact Info List of Services Provided Provides pregnancy testing, direct help, and/or referrals Bastrop Pregnancy Resource Center 3971 Hwy 71 E. Suite 104 Bastrop 78602 BastropPregnancyResourceCenter.org 512-629-8780 Love Line Loveline.com 888-550-1588 Loveline is a crisis call line for women who are facing unplanned pregnancies who feel they have exhausted resources in their area. Our hope is to discover the need, uncover hidden resources & connect her with one of our volunteer advocates in her area to help. JPII LIFE CENTER 1600 W. 38th St. Suite 110 Austin 78731 JPiiLifeCenter.org 512-407-2900 Private Medical Practices offering Prenatal, Ob-Gyn, Birthing &/or Post-Partum Care Jessica Montalvo, M.D. Renaissance Women’s Group 441 Hwy 71 W. Bastrop 78602 512-304-0327 Michael Di Clemente, M.D. Family Health Center 3101 Hwy 71 E. Bastrop 78602 http://FHCOBWomensHealth.com 512-985-6972 Catholic Hospitals & Clinics Ascension Seton Medical Center 1201 West 38th St., Austin 78705 healthcare.ascension.org 512-324-1000 Community Hospitals & Health Centers Hope Medical Clinic 8101 Cameron Rd. Suite 101 Austin 78754 www.GetUpProject.org 512-491-0876 Free medical,dental,Rx for uninsured Maternity Homes (short/long term housing) Annunciation Maternity Home 3610 Shell Road, Georgetown 78628 TheMaternityHome.org (se habla espanol) info@TheMaternityHome.org 512-864-7755 Services: See their website for details Fertility Awareness Planning Austin Fertility Care Center AustinFCC.org/ info@AustinFCC.org 512-474-2757 Provides information about the Creighton Model which is much safer than birth control both physically & emotionally. The Creighton Model is 99.5% effective when used correctly. Natural Womanhood NaturalWomanhood.org Women are told that contraceptives are harmless. Powerful drugs or devices are pushed on them as the only effective birth control methods or even as medical treatment. We believe women deserve better. Our goal is to inform all women about the risks of contraceptives & the benefits of fertility charting for health & effective pregnancy planning. Vitae Clinic Vitaeaustin.com 512-458-6060 A medical practice that provides women from adolescence through menopause with cutting-edge, holistic healthcare. Our approach uses NaPro TECHNOLOGY™ to treat underlying causes of women’s health issues. Miscarriage-Infant Death-Infertility Support Raphael’s Refuge 2715 W. U.S. Highway 90 Flatonia 78941 www.RaphaelsRefuge.org firstname.lastname@example.org 361-258-1514 830-788-7327 (Lupe, para Espanńol) A memorial in honor of babies who have died due to miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth or infant death (from conception to 12 months). Provides peer counseling for those suffering the loss of a baby.
General Help Related ResourcesGeneral Help-Related ResourcesResource Name & AddressResource WebsiteContact Person Name & InfoList of Services ProvidedCatholic CharitiesCatholic Charities of Central Texas1625 Rutherford Lane Austin 78754www.ccctx.org512-651-6100Counseling services Disaster Relief Financial Stability Immigration Legal Services St. Gabriel’s Pregnancy & Parenting Programs & St. Michael’s Veteran’s ProgramCatholic Counseling ServicesCatholic Charities1625 Rutherford Lane, Building B, Austin 78754www.ccctx.org/counseling-services.html512-651-9150Barbaraemail@example.com Local Food Pantry or Food Assistance ProgramsBastrop County Emergency Food Pantry806 Fayette St. Bastrop 78602www.bastropfoodpantry.org/512-303-0033 firstname.lastname@example.org Housing ProgramsSt. Louise HouseP.O. Box 150637 Austin 78715https://saintlouisehouse.org/512-302-0027St. Louise House provides single mothers & their children the stable housing & wraparound services they need to succeed. Our highly individualized holistic approach & two generational services foster education, financial stability & healthy living & provide pathways out of poverty that will last a lifetime. Foundation Communities3036 South 1st. St.Suite 200Austin 78704FoundCom.org(se habla espańol)512-447-2026Services: Offers affordable apartment living; See website for details Casa Marianella & Posada Esperanze821 Gunter St., Austin 78702CasaMarianella.org (se habla espańol)512-385-5571Services: Shelter for immigrant mothers & childrenService Organization with a local presenceLadies of Charity1202 Pine St. Bastrop 78602 512-321-9819Ladies of Charity Thrift StoreDrug/Alcohol Abuse CounselingResources in Bastrop Countywww.addictiontreatmentdivision.org/drug-alcohol/teas/bastrop-county.html855-489-3619 Adoption AgenciesLoving Hearts Christian Adoption AgencyBreathofLifeSite.email@example.com We believe that adoption is a ministry to which one is called. Whether you're a prospective birthmother or birthfather, or a Christian couple considering adoption -we have all been adopted into God's family. Loving Hearts Christian Adoption Agency provides the one-on-one personalized care and support through our experienced staff that each member of the adoption triad needs. Nightlight Christian Adoptions500 E. St. Johns Ave., Suite 2.660, Austin 78752NightLight.org512-717-4433 Family & Parenting EducationCatholic Charities of Central Texas1625 Rutherford LaneAustin 78754www.ccctx.org512-651-6100 PediatricsMichael Di Clemente, M.D. Family Health Center3101 Hwy 71 E., Suite 107, Bastrop 78602http://FHCIBWomensHealth.com512-985-6972
The Diocese of Austin has issued guidelines regarding safe worship practices. In short, parishes are instructed to return to pre-pandemic schedules and protocols in the celebration of the Mass. In a letter to parishes dated May 23, 2021, the Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, Joe Vasquez, stated:"I joyfully invite all Catholics back to in-person participation in the sacraments and the life of the parish."At Sacred Heart Rockne, masks can be worn if desired. Social distancing is still recommended when possible. For the more information, see Diocese of Austin COVID-19 Response.
Recent concerns have been raised about the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and its use of abortion-derived stem cells in its development and production. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recently come out with a statement addressing this issue. They have stated that: "While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good". In short, it is morally permissible to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The USCCB simply asks Catholics, when it is possible, to prefer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over the Johnson & Johnson option. At the same time, the USCCB recognizes that this may not be possible, and given the extreme danger posed by Covid-19, "it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines". You can check out the full statement here.
Sacred Heart Rockne and St. Mary's String Prairie live stream our weekend Masses on our own YouTube channel.
Online offertory and collection is now available for Sacred Heart Rockne. There is a permanent link located in the button panels below, or you can access the page directly using this link: Information Regading Sacred Heart Online Giving Online giving is a great way to support our church while we are prevented from coming together in the Mass as we continue to battle the Coronavirus pandemic with social distancing.