“God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being loved.”
― Pope Francis
RCIA . . . Go Tell the Good News
Today we joyfully welcome Joey Couch into the Catechumenate, Steve Payton on his journey toward reception into the Catholic Church, and Andy and Coraima Godoy who seek to complete their initiation through reception of the Easter sacraments. We also continue to support Kristyn Fresz who also seeks full communion with the Church. Please pray for them!
Our Faith Formation (CCD) program is moving
This includes all parent classes! Beginning January 31, all classes that were being held at Pacific View Charter School are moving to St. Bernard Catholic School at 222 Dollison Street, Eureka. This includes all Monday and Thursday evening classes! Contact Kim Farrell at 442-2233 or email@example.com with any questions!
Adult Faith Workshop Has Moved
The Adult Faith Workshop with Deacon Dance has moved to Saint Bernard’s School, room 215 from 6:15-7:30pm Thursday nights. Anyone is welcome, bring your questions about our Catholic Faith! For more information, call 442-2233.
North Coast Catholic January 2019 Issue
Click here or on the image below to download a pdf of the January 2019 issue referenced in the article below.
Chancery Clergy Abuse Response in North Coast Catholic
You are likely aware, the upcoming issue of the North Coast Catholic will have many articles pertaining to the abuse of minors by clergy.
Our bishop has done a thorough review of the files, as have others of us here at the Chancery, to gather a list of priests who have served in our diocese who have been accused of misconduct with minors. Some of the listed priests were incardinated here (belonged to our diocese) and abused here. Some of the listed priests abused here but actually belonged to another diocese. Some of the priests belonged to another diocese and abused elsewhere, but are included in the list because they served here at some point. In that way, the list is as complete as we can make it. Is it everyone who should be included? I hope so, but I can never say that with absolute certainty. Each of the priests listed were publically accused in some way. Bishop Vasa writes in one of his articles about the laws surrounding personnel files so there are a few that he is unable to name, according to state law. Bishop is being as transparent as he is allowed to be. You will probably find the list shocking/surprising. Relative to our size, there are a lot of priests on that list.
There are articles about abuse, about forgiveness, in addition to the bishops articles in this issue of the NCC. I can’t imagine that it will be a very easy issue to read, but I am hopeful that it will finally give us as a diocese, an opportunity to really heal. I expect that it will stir up a lot of emotions in our parishes and schools. I am also prepared for many people to come forward. The listing of names has often given victims of clergy abuse the strength to come forward – knowing that they are not the only ones who were harmed at the hands of a named priest. With that in mind, I am asking you to review pages 1-2 in the current (new in 2018) Safe Environment Coordinator Handbook. I have attached them to this email as well. Please inform/retrain anyone at your location who is likely to get that phone call so they also know what is required. Remember the courage it takes to speak about this abuse, that listening is what is needed and not necessarily questions. You only need to gather the basics in order to pass this information on to me.
The timeline for release is as follows:
- Saturday, January 12 – NCC delivered to parishes and a press release to local media
- Sunday, January 13 – possible media coverage?
- Monday, January 14- Press conference with Bishop Vasa at the Chancery
Please pray for those individuals who were harmed by clergy abuse, pray for their families, and pray for our Church. Pray for healing, pray for courage, pray for strength. Don’t hesitate to call me or email if you have any questions.
- Julie Sparacio
We live in troubled times. For our safety and that of our children’s, we need to make sure our environments are as safe as they possibly can be. There are a number of things our parishes do to ensure that goal.
St. Bernard and Sacred Heart have had a Safe Environment Coordinator for a number of years to verify that each employee and volunteer that has regular contact with children complete a Diocesan-mandated fingerprinting, background check and online training. Our CCD and Confirmation programs annually teach a program called Circle of Grace to instruct our children that their bodies are sacred on a grade-specific level.
Our parishes work most diligently with the Santa Rosa Diocese to ensure safety standards are met and exceeded where possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our current Safe Environment Coordinator for both parishes, Kim Farrell at 442-2233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reader & Extraordinary Minister Schedule for Jan. - March., 2019
You can download a pdf of the schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the link below.
You can download a pdf of the Oct. - Dec., 2018 schedule by clicking here .
Pray With The Pope, From Your iPhone
"Click to pray" are not words you'd expect to come out of the pope's mouth.
But that's what onlookers heard during the traditional Sunday address from Pope Francis, as he introduced ClickToPray, an app for communal prayer aimed at young people.
"The Internet and social media are a resource of our time," the pope said. From a balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square, Francis then gestured to a tablet. Father Frédéric Fornos, international director of the pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, held up the device for the crowd to see.
"Here," Francis said, "I'll insert the intentions and the prayer requests for the mission of the Church."
He tapped the screen several times before glancing up at Fornos.
"Did I do it?" he asked.
The pope has made earnest efforts to embrace technology, tweeting frequently and calling the Web "a gift from God." Now he's given his followers a convenient way to turn on their smart devices and see what the leader of the Catholic Church is praying for at any given time.
"Pray every day," reads the app when it opens. "Pray together with others. Give to the community."
More than 18,000 people have clicked on the pope's prayer intention for January. The prayer, "Young People and the Example of Mary," focuses on young Catholics, especially in Latin America.
But the app is more democratic than the pope's Sunday address, with a timeline of prayers from other users that you can scroll through, similar to a social media feed. People write prayers for weddings, celebrations, illnesses and more, and others can click to pray with them or leave a comment.
A prayer in English asks for employment "where I can make a difference," while another in Italian seeks an end to international borders. Prayers in Spanish, French, Portuguese and German have also been posted to the app, ranging from precise requests to generic expressions of love and fraternity.
In his address, Pope Francis specifically called on young people to download the app. The pope has long sought to make the Church relevant for younger generations, as the proportion of Catholics declines across the world. Recent attempts to connect with the younger generation, however, have been overshadowed by the sex abuse crisis within the Church that has also dragged down the pope's approval rating.
The pope also used his Sunday address to pray for Colombia, following a bombing at a Bogotá police academy, and for 170 migrants believed to have died in the Mediterranean.
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