2018 will be the year when you stop living paycheck to paycheck and start winning with money!

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a life-changing nine-week program on personal finance. It is taught by Dave Ramsey, America’s most trusted source for financial straight talk.

You will walk through the basics to manage money better, budget, eliminate debt, build wealth, give generously and plan for the future.

The best way to jumpstart your financial journey and see the most significant life changes is to join a local group and experience the class with other people. Classes typically meet for ninety minutes per week. Each class features a lecture by Dave Ramsey on DVD. Then a small group discussion is led by a volunteer coordinator. The accountability and motivation you receive from discussing the lessons and meeting with people face to face is the key to changing your life!

Financial Peace University is designed for you if:

  • You live paycheck to paycheck (too much month at the end of your money.)
  • You feel like your money has control over you.
  • You carry large credit card balances or use debt consolidation loans.
  • You struggle in your relationships due to finances.
  • You don’t have a clear understanding of real estate and mortgages, college planning, credit reports, etc.
  • You don’t understand stocks, bonds, mutual funds or how to invest for your future.

September 9th is the second time Sacred Hearts will offer Financial Peace University. Deb and Michael Johnoff (parishioners) are the Coordinators. We took the course two years ago (at a different church in town) and were very impressed with the practicality and logic and the fact that it WORKS. By following the outlined “Baby Steps,” we were able to get out of debt (except for house) for the first time in our 37 years of married life! It feels amazing to have no car loans, no student loans, and not even any Christmas credit card loans. It feels good to have increased our monthly charity giving as well.

On average, FPU graduates pay off $5300 in debt over the first 90 days.

Come join us in this journey toward Financial Peace.  To enroll go to https://www.financialpeace.com/classes/1068119/registration.

As Dave Ramsey says: “Normal is broke, be weird.”

Fact-Sheet.pdf (12 downloads)

August 23, 2018

Dear Parishioner,

For more than 100 years, parishioners have enjoyed the spiritual comforts offered by Sacred Heart Catholic Church. As a cornerstone of our Catholic faith, the parish serves as a place of worship, providing the opportunity to grow closer to Christ through active church ministries, while building a faith community.

It is in that spirit that we now look to the future. After careful study, prayer, and review of the visioning project, members of a leadership team have defined a plan that would be completed in two phases, depending on the outcome of this feasibility study.

Phase I calls for removal of the old office building on Locust Street. to construct a memorial garden and a columbarium; and the construction of a new activity building to replace the old building.

If the feasibility study shows support for a Phase II, the current office building/rectory would be removed to make room for the expansion of the newly constructed activity building, providing additional meeting and classroom space.

Previous discussions called for remodeling the Education Building. However, it was determined that replacing the current office building was a more cost effective option.

Before we consider these changes, we need to hear from you. We have retained the services of the Steier Group, a Catholic development consulting firm, to conduct a comprehensive planning study. Along with gathering your opinions regarding the proposed plans, the study will also determine whether there is sufficient support to move forward with a major fund-raising effort to accomplish some, or all, of these goals. The extent of the building enhancements to the parish grounds will be dependent upon the success of the feasibility study.

Should we embark on a capital campaign, the study will help us determine a realistic fund-raising goal and identify campaign leaders and potential major donors.

Please take a few minutes to review the enclosed master plan fact sheet. Once you have read about the proposed plans, please share your thoughts by completing the accompanying survey and return it no later than Tuesday, Sept. 4. You may also place completed surveys in the collection basket during weekend Masses.

If you would like to complete the survey online, visit steiergroup.com/survey. Click on Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and enter the password sacredheart2018.

As we look to add to Sacred Heart’s history, I hope that you will agree to share your time and thoughts. Your participation is crucial as we plan for the continued success of Sacred Heart Parish.

God Bless,

Fr. Francis Doyle, Pastor


Sacred Heart has made some changes recently to be more environmentally friendly. We are all responsible to do our part to protect and care for the gifts God has given us such as this wonderful place to live, Earth.

One of the steps we have taken is to no longer buy any Styrofoam items such as cups, bowls or plates. Although someone keeps donating Styrofoam cups, we have completely gone to paper products.  When we can find them we have gone to products that are easily recycled.

The other major step we have done is making sure there are recycle containers in both the Activity Building and the Education Building. There are three containers in the AB: one is for plastic and glass.  The plastic that can be recycled in Columbia are any with the # 1-7, NO Styrofoam. And any glass items such as wine bottles.  The second container is for Aluminum cans such as soda and food cans.  The third container is for Fiber such as cardboard, paper plates and paper cups.

We need your help, instead of throwing items in the trash can please use the recycle containers we have provided. Every little thing we can do can make the future better and protect our environment for generations to come.  If you would like to get information about setting up recycling in your own home check out the city of Columbia’s website at www.como.gov