We are located in Ione, California, in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada. We are one of six Roman Catholic churches in the Amador Catholic Community, a part of the Diocese of Sacramento. Bishop Jaime Soto is the Bishop of Sacramento. Father Larry Beck is our pastor, Fr. Michael Olszewski our Parochial Vicar, and Father Thomas Relihan is our Pastor Emeritus.

Welcome to Sacred Heart Church!

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
(a mission church of St. Katharine Drexel Parish)

Whatever may befall me Lord, though dark the hour may be;

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

209-223-2970 (St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center contact number)

Please pick up a bulletin in the vestibule of the church for mass schedules at all churches in Amador County.  

 If you would like something included in the current weekly bulletin, please e-mail Maryanne at s_h_bulletins@yahoo.com or call  SKD directly at the Amador Catholic Center at 223-2970.  The information must reach them no later than 4:30 pm on Monday.

Faith Formation  for grades K-8.   If you have any questions about our Faith Formation program, please contact our Coordinator Maureen Curran at 274-4454.  Classes are held after the 8 am mass on Sundays.  

Coming in September:
September 14 (Sunday) -
Classes begin for the Faith Formation Program for grades K-8.  Please call Maureen if you have any questions.  Registration may be done of the first day of class.  If you have not registered your child within the SKD parish, please bring a Baptismal Certificate with you.

September 18 (Thursday)  - Sacred Heart Leadership Committee Mtg.  6:00 pm in the Church Hall.  All parishioners are welcome to attend!
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The Interfaith Food Bank is an on-going donation program for all of our churches.  With your donations, you are making a difference to those who have no food or very little food to eat each and every day.  This program is available to those in need in our county which allows us to help our neighbors directly.  The suggested items for the month of September will be Rice, Beans, Pasta, Pasta Sauces and Ramen Noodles.  If you see something else on your grocery shopping trip to donate,  remember that any food products are very welcome.  

Our church donated a total of 122 pounds for the months of July and August.  Thanks for making a difference!

Sacred Heart News:

The month of September is traditionally dedicated to the Seven Sorrows(or Dolours) of Mary, and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows falls in September.  The Sorrows are:  the prophecy of Simeon, the flight onto Egypt, the loss of the Holy Child at Jerusalem for three days, meeting  Jesus on his way to Calvary, standing at the foot of the Cross , Jesus being taken from the Cross, and burial of Christ.  

The title, “Our Lady of Sorrows,” given to our Blessed Mother focuses on her intense suffering and grief during the passion and death of our Lord. Traditionally, this suffering was not limited to the passion and death event; rather, it comprised “the seven dolors” or “seven sorrows” of Mary, which were foretold by the Priest Simeon who proclaimed to Mary, “This child [Jesus] is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare” (Luke 2:34-35).

Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of September, 2014:

  • Mentally disabled. That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
  • Service to the poor.  That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.


    St. Katharine Drexel Parish:  Parish Center Update:

    Katharine Drexel Parish Center:
    Office Hours:  9:am -- 4:30 pm
    Days of Operation:  Monday -- Friday
    website:  http://stkatharinedrexel.com  

    The Virgin Mary, who believed in the word of the Lord, did not lose her faith in God when she saw her Son rejected, abused and crucified. Rather she remained beside Jesus, suffering and praying, until the end. And she saw the
    radiant dawn of His Resurrection. Let us learn from her to witness to our faith with a life of humble service, ready to personally pay the price of staying faithful to the Gospel of love and truth, certain that nothing that we do will be lost.
    — Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus - September 13, 2009