"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.'"
- Mark 16:15
Over the last several years, we have made great strides in bringing the three parishes of LaPorte together in proclaiming Christ and our Catholic Faith. Much has been initiated by YOU as groups and ministries have chosen to merge together to better fulfill their mission. So many false barriers that in the past kept us from worshiping and ministering together have come down. I believe we are better for it.
I have asked a diverse group of parishioners to come together as an ad hoc advisory committee. This Unity Committee has been tasked to continue the process of bringing us together as one parish family. They are working to ensure that we are focused on our Mission of proclaiming Christ and not stuck in a rut or status quo. One of the fruits of the committee is the new parish logo being presented here. This Logo proclaims both our diversity and our unity. Important symbols from each church have been incorporated into one logo to show how we have come together but yet also proclaim our unique identities.
I think you will find our new Logo to be beautiful and beautifully symbolic of who we are. This is a step in the continuing process we have been undergoing over these past years. My hope/dream is for our Catholic Parish to be united in such a way that celebrates our diverse history and traditions and provides a foundation on which we can build for the future.
This logo is meant to truly represent each of the three churches in LaPorte by including a symbol that represents the patron of each church: the inverted cross of St. Peter, the lily of St. Joseph, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Below you can find more information about the meaning of each symbol.
- The inverted cross of St. Peter: St. Peter died a martyr's death of crucifixion. He asked that the cross be placed upside-down because he felt he was not worthy to die in the same manner as our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The lily of St. Joseph: The lily represents the integrity and purity of St. Joseph. There is an ancient legend that says Joseph was chosen as a husband for Mary above other men because of a blossom that sprung from his staff like a lily. He is often depicted with this blossoming staff.
- The Sacred Heart of Jesus: The love of Jesus for all of mankind is represented by the Sacred Heart. Jesus' heart, wrapped in the crown of thorns, is shown with a flame that signifies the divine light of love.
Also included in the logo are the words: "Be a Family - Be Disciples." This represents the unity of all of us as a family in the Church and reflects our call to be disciples for Christ. St. John Paul II said, "The parish is not principally a structure, a territory, or a building, but rather, the family of God, a fellowship afire with a unifying spirit." As each of us thinks about the meaning of these symbols and this saying, may we embrace our universal call to holiness, know of God's unending love for us, and find the conviction to be the disciples we are meant to be.
Welcome to LaPorte Catholic Church
We praise God that you are here with us today. We pray for the opportunity to no longer call each other strangers, but friends. Together, we seek to be a Eucharistic people centered in the love of Christ. We strive to share the love that we’ve received from God through serving others. May the Lord bless us with the courage and grace to be the hands and feet of Jesus for all.
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Sacred Heart Church
201 Bach St
LaPorte, IN 46350
Thank you and God Bless you for your continued support of our three Parishes.
Our parish food pantries participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program. If you shop at Kroger Foods a portion of your sales are rebated back to our Sacred Heart and St. Joseph food pantries. To Participate, click on the Kroger logo and sign up. Our NPO number for Sacred Heart is GU841 or for St. Joseph is 10524. Or if you need assistance contact Karen Burns at 362-7990 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.