Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Liturgy and Prayer




Extraordinary Ministers

Assist the celebrant of the Mass with distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ.  Ministers are scheduled for weekend and Holy Day Masses.  

Renee Steinpreis

Extraordinary Ministers for the Homebound

Deliver the Blessed Sacrament to those who are unable to attend Mass at church.  Approximately 25 people serve the homebound.

Marjorie Stehling

Gift Bearers

Encourages parishioners to participate in Mass by bringing the water and wine to the altar prior to the Consecration.  Gift Bearers sign-up in the narthex two months prior to the date of scheduled Mass.

Marcie Margel


Scheduled for the purpose of reading the Word of God clearly to the parish community.  Lectors are scheduled to read at all Masses.  There are approximately 30 people currently serving as lectors.

Mike Garstecki

Deacon John Froning


Prepare the church and altars for Mass, along with decorating the church seasonally. These volunteers also assist at funeral and other special occasion.  There are 30 women who serve as sacristans.

Carol Cruz


Assist the celebrant and deacons with the celebration of the Mass.  This ministry is open to men, woman and children.  

Bill Patterson


Help manage the flow of parishioners at Mass and with collections. Assist at funeral and other special occasions.  Thirty people are involved in this ministry.

Bill Roe

Music Ministry





Scheduled to bring the song of the assembled community to life.  Cantors serve at all weekend and Holy Day Masses, and serve as song leaders at the 9:00 a.m. weekday Masses.  

Lynne Border
922-2062 ext. 13 
Cantor Schedule

Sacred Heart Mixed Choir

Formed as a liturgical choir that sings primarily at the 10:00 a.m.  Sunday Mass from September through May.  Choir members sing in support of the Liturgy of the Word and the Eucharist. The Mixed Choir normally practices in the Church from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays from mid-August through May. There are approximately 24 people involved.

Lynne Border
922-2062 ext. 13 
Sunday Choir Photo

Saturday Night Choir

Provides support for congregational singing of more contemporary liturgical music, led by guitar, with two to four-part harmony.  Practice takes place at the church on Thursday afternoons from September through May.

Diane Patterson

Resurrection (Funeral) Choir

The Resurrection Choir sings for most of the scheduled funerals.  Anyone is welcome to join.  The choir sings in two to four-part harmony and practices one hour, in the Upper Hall, before a scheduled funeral.
Lynne Border
922-2062 ext. 13 

Parish Life





Hand and Foot Card Club

Meet at members homes monthly to play the Hand and Foot card game.  Each group normally has 6 people.  Once annually, all members meet at the church hall for a potluck dinner and Hand and Foot cards.  There are currently 115 members, and dues are $3.00 per person, each year; $2.00 per person for substitute players.

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Knights of Columbus Third Degree, Council 10208

Dedicated to support the Church and community along fraternal and charitable avenues.  Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall of the Church.  Annual events include the “Persons with Disability” Tootsie Roll Drive in October, Memorial Dinner in November, New Year’s Eve Party, annual picnic in May, and quarterly Breakfast with Parishioners after Sunday Masses.  Membership is 266 Catholic men.  Dues are $25 each year.

Tom Donnelly

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Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Assembly 2316

Dedicated to patriotism of our country as a fraternal organization. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Church Hall.  The Honor Guard, the visible members of the Knights that march at many parades and other festivities, are members of the Fourth Degree.  Annual events include the Flag Day Program.  The Honor Guard usually marches in the Hot Springs Christmas Parade and the Walk for Life in Little Rock.  Members also erect American flags around the church on patriotic holidays. Currently there are over 100 Catholic men who are members.  Dues are $10 each year.

Tom Donnelly

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Ladies of the Sacred Heart

Membership is open to all women of the parish and others in the community who want to participate.  The group unites women in religious and social activities helpful to the parish.  Annual events include Christmas Brunch, card party, fashion show and ladies golf outing. There are 325 members; annual dues are $5.00.  Meetings are held the second Monday of each month, excluding summer, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. In addition to this umbrella organization, there are 10 guilds that meet separately with their own charities to support.

Mary Lou George
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Meeting Photos

Newcomers Welcoming Committee

Welcomes new parishioners by visiting them at home and supplying them with information about Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.  Questions are answered about activities and ministries within the parish. There are 24 people involved with this committee.

Marna Morissette

Parish Life

On various occasions during the years meals are served in the church
hall.  The majority of these meals are open to all parishioners.
Volunteer help is often needed in the kitchen to either serve, prepare
(chopping, slicing, plating, etc.) or help clean up.  If you are interested
in helping from time-to-time, pleace call JoAnn.   She would very much
appreciate any help you can give.

Cathy Silk
Sacred Heart Bowling League Ann Bowman

Sacred Heart Men’s Club

Promote our Catholic faith, fellowship and socialbility in the parish.  Members participate in Village community affairs and give support to charitable groups in the area.  Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, starting at 5:00 p.m.  Annual events include the Community Fish Bake during Lent, St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, Steak Fry for members and spouses, Community Chicken Dinner, Fall Picnic, and a Christmas Dinner for families.  There are 200 members, and annual dues are $10.

Oliver Field
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Sacred Heart Singles Club

Provides all single adults in the parish an opportunity to meet others in like circumstances to form friendships that reach beyond the group setting.  Members meet monthly at different locations depending on the scheduled activities. Twice a year members meet for a potluck dinner to plan continuing events. Membership is particularly beneficial to the recently widowed and older members of the parish who have lost many friendships to death or relocation.  There are 200 members; there are no membership dues.

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Sociable Six

Presents an opportunity for new and experienced parishioners to meet others socially on a personal level.  Six members meet once a month, for three months, in members’ homes, rotating monthly, for dinner and socialization.  The entire group meets in the spring and fall.

Dotti & Dennis Kessen

Social Justice and Community Outreach




Bereavement Support Team

Provides bereavement support to those parishioners who have suffered the loss of a spouse, relative or friend.  Facilitators coordinate Grief Support Groups every 6 to 12 months.  Individual one on one grief support is also available for those that are uncomfortable with a group environment.  Those involved make calls, deliver booklets and information on coping with grief, send letters and visit parishioners-in-need. Support normally continues for a year after a loss.  There are ten people involved with this ministry.

Deacon John Froning

Disaster Response Team

The Disaster Response Team (DRT) operates under the umbrella of the Diocese of Little Rock's Catholic Charities of Arkansas to provide aid in the aftermath of natural disasters.  While its efforts will be focused primarily in the immediate service area, the DRT may assist as needed throughout Arkansas as resources and personnel permit. Team members include case managers, first responders, and clean-up crews.

Gary Wolfer
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Family  Assistance
The Mission of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church Family Assistance is to provide help to those in need within our community, and to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by proclaiming His Good News through these acts of assistance.  We help utilize community resources and provide direct aide whenever possible.
Marvin Young

Helping Hands

Helping Hand Ministry is comprised of about one hundred parishioners who volunteer their time, treasure and talents to assist members of our parish family in emergency situations and during unforeseen circumstances, providing temporary assistance until permanent solutions can be found. Volunteers regularly call, visit and send greeting cards to parishioners who are homebound or in residence at care facilities in and around the Village. Helping Hands provides transportation to Mass, to medical appointments and treatments, and for local shopping and errands for those who are no longer able to drive.  Helping Hands provides respite sitters for family caregivers, and secures information on resources and services available when professional assistance is required.  Any person who is a registered parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church may request and receive assistance.  To participate in the Buddy Phone Chain for a daily wellness check-in, contact Ellen Meyer.  To volunteer for the Helping Hands Ministry or to request assistance, call Coordinators Cathy Wedwick or Pat Widlowski.
Cathy Wedwick

Pat Widlowski

Buddy Phone System
Ellen Meyer

HSV Interfaith Council

Meets monthly as representatives from Village churches to discuss issues of mutual interest; and, to coordinate programs and charitable activities. These volunteers organize Village ecumenical services for Thanksgiving, Good Friday and Easter Sunrise.

Pastoral Mission Outreach
Provide annual donations to over thirty different service organizations and charities under the headings of "Food, Shelter, Clothing;" "Children's Needs;" "Health Care;" and "Pro-Life Agencies."  These cover the Hot Springs, Benton and Little Rock areas, as well as national and international efforts.  Donations are made twice a year in December and June, or as needed.  Parishioners also put in many volunteer hours each year at a number of the charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Jackson House and Village Outreach.

Respect Life    

Proclaiming life is a gift from God from conception to natural death.

The mission of the Respect Life ministry is to encourage parishioners to participate in Pro-Life activities.  We disseminate information provided to us by the US Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Little Rock Respect Life Office.  We participate in the annual Arkansas March for Life in January; the 40 Days for Life campaign in the spring and fall; the National Life Chain and "Rosary in the Public Square" in October, which is Respect Life month. We sponsor a "Spiritual Adoption" program, encouraging parishioners to say a short prayer each day for 9 months for an unborn baby which culminates with a baby shower.  Donated items are distributed to Catholic Adoption Services in Little Rock, and pregnancy help centers in Benton and Hot Springs.

Rebecca Huber

Rosary Makers

The Rosary Makers have provided rosaries to countless missions, school and military groups in this country and around the world.  Rosaries of every color are made along with white and black for First Communions, and all black for military in combat zones.  As of January 2017 over 80,000 rosaries have been sent out worldwide. Five to ten members meet weekly to make rosaries.
Marge Newburn

Shawl Ministry

Provides the infirmed, those hospitalized, and residents of nursing homes with hand knit/crocheted shawls.  Members meet monthly.
Dee Kapple

Finance and Administration




Collection Counters

Volunteers count monies received from the weekend Mass collection.  Each team of five to seven parishioners, counts once per week, for about two hours, for a month.  Previous experience is not necessary.

Mike Kerwin

Grounds & Exterior

Assists the Finance & Administration Council by focusing on the appearance of the exterior church structure and grounds, making recommendations for improvements.

Dave Witchger