Christmas Children's Mass
      Fr. Richard Greene explains the story of Christ's birth to children attending the Children's Christmas Mass.
      50th Anniversary Mass
      Bishop Michael Jarrell and the pastors of the New Iberia parishes celebrate Mass June 27, 2010, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding the parish.
      Sacred Heart of Jesus Dedication
      Bishop Michael Jarrell dedicates the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the parish's 50th anniversary celebration.
      Outdoor Gathering Area
      A spacious outdoor plaza, it serves as a ritual place to welcome catechumens and begin Palm Sunday processions.
      Sugar Kettle Fountain
      The fountain is made from an old sugar kettle, part of the beauty of Acadiana. It also introduces baptismal imagery. New Iberia is the sugar cane capital of the area.
      Devotional Area to Mary
      Artwork by Michael Crespo of the LSU Art Department, surrounded by devotional candleholders created by James Wade.
      The Great Cross
      Carved from basswood by Byron Wickstrom of Alburquerque, N.M., the corpus is mounted on a moveable cross built by Patrick Richard.
      Dedicational Area to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
      The Altar
      The parishioners wanted their alter to be in the center of the community celebrations as Christ is to be the center of our lives.
      Baptismal Font
      Holy water flows into the font from the sugar kettle, which was intrinsic to the life and work of sugar cane farmers who made up much of the early Catholic population in the area.
      Indoor Gathering Area
      The community can gather in this space to grow in fellowship.
    • News
      • by Fr. Richard Greene, Pastor
        Palm Sunday today begins Holy Week which culminates in three events—Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Those events spanned three days: Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. The Church views those three events, and hence those three days, in a most special way, teaching that they are so intimately connected as to comprise, as it were, one single event called “the Passover mystery” of Jesus which took place, as it were, on one single day. In other words, there were three separate events over three different days, but so closely united in purpose as to form one single reality—namely, Jesus’ one work of salvation offered to the entire human race and accomplished by his “passing over” from his earthly life, which ended in his death and three-day burial, to his heavenly risen life, never to die again. To describe this “Passover mystery” the Church speaks of “the Easter Triduum,” with the term “Triduum” resulting from combining two Latin words for “three” and “one” to create the meaning of “three-in-one” and applied to Jesus’ “Three Events Taken as One Event” and “Three Days Taken As One Day.” To look more closely at those three events and three days which comprise Jesus’ one saving event we have to realize that biblical Jews marked the start and end of a day differently from us moderns. Jews back then started each new day at sunset and it ended the following evening at sunset (“sunset to sunset,” whereas we Americans instead start and end each day at midnight). Thus, according to a biblical day the following are the events of the three days of Jesus’ Passover mystery, and thus of the Church’s Easter Triduum: “Day One”—Good Friday started on what in our reckoning was sunset on a Thursday and ended the following evening at sunset. Accordingly, the Last Supper for Jesus was his first activity on the same day—a Friday—on which he would later during the night be arrested, tortured and crowned with thorns, then once dawn came be tried and convicted by Pilate, be forced to carry his cross, be crucified, die, be taken down from the cross and buried in the evening just before sunset. This latter sunset thus ended the first day of Jesus’ Passover and also concluded the first day on which his body was in the tomb, even if only for a few minutes, in that Mark 15,42 says the burial took place “when it was already evening,…the day of preparation, the day before the sabbath” (which was to begin at sunset), while Matthew 27,57 says only “when it was evening” but Luke 23,54 explains explicitly that “it was the day of preparation, and the sabbath was about to begin,” namely, at sunset. “Day Two”—Holy Saturday (the Jewish sabbath to which the Gospels refer) started on what in our reckoning was sunset on our Friday and ended the following evening at sunset. This latter sunset ended the second day Jesus’ body was in the tomb, the second day of his Passover. “Day Three”—Easter Sunday started on what in our reckoning was sunset on a Saturday and ended the following late afternoon at sunset. This marked the third day Jesus’ body was in the tomb, the third day of his Passover, although Mark 16,6 reports that by dawn of this third day, as an angel said to women at the empty tomb, Jesus “has [already] been raised; he is not here.” Again, here is a briefer summary of the Easter Triduum’s “three days/events-as-one day/event”: On the Easter Triduum’s first day (Friday) Jesus died, and his death was on the same day on which he had earlier celebrated the Last Supper (at the day’s beginning after sunset), and later that same day his body was buried (as day’s end neared, that is, just before sunset); On the Easter Triduum’s second day (Saturday) his body remained in the tomb (sunset to sunset); On the Easter Triduum’s third day (Sunday), which began (at sunset) with his body still in the tomb, he rose from the dead (before the following dawn of that same day). + + + ....No Jokes Today — it’s Holy Week during which we, the Church, mourn our Crucified Savior....
      • Sacred Heart if now accepting donations for Easter flower memorials. If you would like to donate toward making our church beautiful for Easter in memory of your loved one call Mindy at the office at 364-4439 or go online to www.sacredheartofjesusnewiberia.com (click online giving), no later than Wednesday, April 16. The names will be listed in the bulletin the weekend following Easter.
      • Jesus said, “If I, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet . . . So that as I have done for you, you should also do.” On Holy Thursday, April 24 we will do exactly what Jesus called us to do, to wash one another’s feet. If you would like to participate in this most moving and rewarding experience by being one of the foot washers please call Sandra at 364-4439.
      • The current discipline of penance for the United States, in addition to the general character of the Lenten season, is as follows: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast (limited to one full meal) and abstinence from meat. Concerning the Good Friday fast, the Second Vatican Council teaches: “Let the Easter fast be kept sacred. Let it be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the Resurrection may be attained with uplifted and clear mind.” The other Fridays of the season of Lent are also days of abstinence from meat, but each individual may substitute, for the traditional abstinence from meat, some other practice of voluntary or personal penance. This may be physical mortification, temperance, acts of religion, charity or Christian witness. The obligation to abstain from meat binds Catholics 14 years of age and older. The obligation to fast, limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of the day, binds Catholics from the age of 18 to 59. Those who are younger or older may freely embrace these disciplines; however, Lenten regulations should never endanger one’s health. With regards to the obligatory days listed above, there are frequent questions about the degree of the seriousness of the matter. The teaching of Pope Paul may be simply paraphrased: The obligation to observe, as a whole or “substantially,” the penitential days specified by the Church is also serious. People should seek to do more rather than less; fast and abstinence on the days prescribed, and works of religion and charity on the Fridays of Lent, should be considered a minimal response to the Lord’s call to penance and conversion of life.
    • Office Hours

      MONDAY THRU THURSDAY: 9:00 AM—4:30 PM
      FRIDAY: 9:00 AM—12:00 NOON
      The hours on Monday through Thursday will give more time for those of you who work to visit the parish office. Please put this new schedule in a handy place for reference.

      THE OFFICE WILL ALSO BEGIN CLOSING ON HOLY DAYS.

    • Calendar
      • Feb 10 - Apr 24, 2014
        Confirmation class dates for the spring semester are as follows: Monday, February 10th, 17th, 24th, March 10th & 17th from 6:30-8:00pm. There will be a Confirmation practice on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30pm for all candidates and their sponsor must attend. Confirmation will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30pm. Please mark these dates on your calendars! Any questions, contact Robin at 364-4439 or email her at sacredheartofjesusdre@gmail.com
      • Mar 10 - Apr 24, 2014
        Confirmation class dates for the spring semester are as follows: Monday, March 10th & 17th from 6:30-8:00pm. There will be a Confirmation practice on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30pm for all candidates and their sponsor must attend. Confirmation will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30pm. Please mark these dates on your calendars! Any questions, contact Robin at 364-4439 or email her at sacredheartofjesusdre@gmail.com
      • Apr 12-18, 2014
        Please come and help the Décor Committee prepare the Church for Holy Week ceremonies, the holiest week in the church year. The schedule is as follows: Saturday, April 12: Set up and decorate for Palm Sunday weekend at 1:15pm. Monday, April 14: Take down Palm Sunday Décor and set up for Holy Thursday at 10:00am. Thursday, April 17: Immediately following Holy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper we will prepare the church for the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday; We will need several men to help take down Jesus from the big cross and move the altar. Friday, April 18: Immediately following The Lord’s Passion we will take down Good Friday’s setup and begin decorating for Eater weekend; Again several men will be needed to help put Jesus back on the big cross and return the altar.
      • Apr 14-28, 2014
        Below are dates & times for R.C.I.A. upcoming activities: Mon., April 14, 2014 @ 6:00pm             Seder meal Thurs,, April 17, 2014 @ 7:00pm      Holy Thursday Mass Fri., April 18, 2014 @ 3:00pm          Good Friday services Sat., April 19 @ 5:00pm               Easter Vigil practice Sat., April 19 @ 8:00pm Easter Vigil Mass  Tues., April 22 @ 6:00pm                    Family Gathering Mon., April 28 @ 6:30pm                    Continuing Class Please mark your calendars with these important dates! If you have any questions, please call me at 364-4439 or email me @: sacredheartofjesusdre@gmail.com Thanks, Robin Landry, DRE
      • Apr 17, 2014
        7:00pm only Commemorates the Last Supper Easter Triduum of Jesus’ death, burial & resurrection begins
      • Apr 17-20, 2014
        Holy Thursday: April 17 7:00pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper Followed by Adoration until 10:00pm Note: The Adoration Chapel will close on Holy Thursday at 10:00pm and will re-open following the Easter Vigil’s Mass of the Resurrection Good Friday: April 18 3:00pm: The Lord’s Passion Holy Saturday: April 19 Note: There will be NO Reconciliation & NO 4:30pm Mass! 8:00pm: Easter Vigil Mass of Resurrection Note: The church requires the Easter Vigil to begin after nightfall. Easter Sunday: April 20 9:00am & 11:00am: Mass Note: NO 6:00pm Life Teen Mass
      • Apr 18, 2014
        3:00pm only Service commemorates Jesus’ death on Calvary for our sins
      • Apr 18-21, 2014
        Sacred Heart’s parish office will be closed on the following days for Easter: Friday, April 18—Monday, April 21 If there is an emergency that you need to get in touch with someone, please call the office at 364-4439 and the answering service will forward you to the appropriate person.
      • Apr 19, 2014
        8:00pm only This evening and tomorrow commemorate Jesus’ victory over death, sin and Satan
      • Apr 20, 2014
        There will be NO Life Night on April 20th and there will be NO 6:00pm Mass. There will be a Life Night on April 27th following the 6:00pm Mass Reminder, 9th & 10th graders, Life Teen Life Nights are your Religious Education instructions during the school year. Confirmation Candidates, Life Teen Life Nights are part of your preparation for Sacred Heart’s Confirmation program. Please sign in every night!
      • Apr 20, 2014
        9:00am & 11am NOTE: NO 6:00 pm Life Teen Mass today!
      • Apr 22, 2014
        6:00 PM
      • Apr 23, 2014
        Confirmation practice will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30pm. All candidates and sponsors must attend the Confirmation practice. Please meet in the church area.
      • Apr 24, 2014
        On Thursday, April 24th there will be NO 5:30pm regularly scheduled Mass. We encourage you all to attend the Confirmation Mass at 6:30pm!
      • Apr 24, 2014
        On Thursday, April 24th there will be NO 5:30pm regularly scheduled Mass. We encourage you all to attend the Confirmation Mass at 6:30pm!
      • Apr 24, 2014
        Bishop Michael Jarrell will celebrate the Confirmation Mass on Thursday, April 24,2014 at 6:30pm in the Church. All candidates must meet in the St. Peter/Paul room for 5:45pm. All sponsors must meet in their assigned pews for 6:10pm. Any questions, please call me at 364-4439 or email me at: sacredheartofjesusdre@gmail.com Everyone is invited to attend this Mass in Honor of our Confirmation candidates.
      • Apr 26, 2014
        On Saturday, April 26th during the regular 4:30pm Mass we will also have First Communion! We also welcome you to attend this Mass to witness the Children receive Jesus’ Bread & Body for the first time!
      • Apr 26, 2014
        4:30 PM
      • Apr 28, 2014
        6:30 PM
      • May 2, 2014
        Sacred Heart’s 7th Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, May 2, 2014 at Sugar Oaks Golf & Country Club, New Iberia. Check-in and lunch begins at 11:00am with Shotgun Start at 1:00pm. All profits will go toward Sacred Heart’s youth programs. Registration and Sponsorship Forms are available on the table in the church gathering area, or you may call or pick one up in the parish office. All golfers are encouraged to register and/or obtain a sponsorship. Many thanks to all of you for your generous support of our youth year after year! For more information call the office at 337-364-4439.