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Striving to be a grateful parish following Christ by loving God, and loving our neighbors as ourselves through our words, deeds, and thoughts.


"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.”

― Pope Francis

 

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Reminder: Parents of Sacramental Prep students - This Tuesday, while you children are in their classrooms, I will be meeting briefly with you to talk about 1st Reconciliation and answer any questions you might have. After this you may join

Deacon Dance in Room 6 with the other parents for his talk. Have a beautiful week!

Melanie Broswick #442-6466 ext 1103

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Weekly Reflection

January 14, 2018- Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

We now begin what the Church calls “Ordinary Time.” Christmas season is over, and we begin to see Jesus at work.

We begin with a significant story, found in the First Reading for Sunday.

A young man named Samuel is sleeping in the temple, as he was allowed to do. He wakes up instantly when he hears his name spoken out loud. He cries out, “Here I am!” and runs to his master, Eli, who is sleeping in another place in the temple. “You called me, what do you want?”

“I didn’t call you,” Eli rasps. “Go back to sleep.”
But the same thing happened again. Samuel runs to Eli, with the same result.

On the third time, the old man at last understands. Wisely, he says “Samuel if this happens again, say these words: ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’”

Only God can satisfy the desire that is most precious of all in us: the reaching out for a person we want most and for whose sake we love others.

So Samuel goes back to sleep. He hears his name called again, “Samuel, Samuel”! Following instructions he says, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening!” God speaks, and Samuel grows up accompanied by the Lord’s presence.

Another naming is represented in the Gospel. John the Baptist points to Jesus, who is waiting for two particular men to notice him and get interested. They start to follow and Jesus says bluntly, “What are you looking for?”

There are several layers to this question. The plain meaning is, “What’s up? Why are you following me?” But the depth charge is there too, the same one that finally shook Samuel loose: “Are you seeking God? Is that your hunger? Is there something about me that answers the deep desire of your heart?”

They stammer some kind of reply. “Well, uh, well, um, where, where are you staying?” Jesus replies as he does to you and me:

  “Come and see.”

They do go and see, spending the day with him. One of them, Andrew, runs to get his brother Simon, shouting, “we have found the Messiah!” They run back to Jesus and the most important event in Simon’s life takes place: Jesus gives him the name Cephas, a new deep identity for him. The word Cephas’ base meaning is “the rock.” Jesus must have seen innermost stability in him.

Peter could never have become fully himself if someone had not called his name all the way to its depths. The same goes for Samuel. God can call any of us by a name that reaches all the way down into our souls, to a place that we do not even know about!
Our job is to hear and to grow.

Must it always be God or Jesus who calls our name in order for us to become ourselves? Couldn’t a psychologist do it, or a spouse, or a dear friend who believes in us? Yes, of course, each of these know us and beckon us to be ourselves.

But only God can know our very deepest desires, and only God can satisfy the desire that is most precious of all in us: the reaching out for a person we want most and for whose sake we love others.

God.

Do you sense in your insides a kind voice whispering such an invitation, calling you by your real name, calling you to be a partner of the Christ of God?           

– John Foley, S.J.

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Mass Times

Sunday

9:00 am - English
12:15 pm - Spanish

4:30 pm - English

First Saturdays: 8:30 am

Weekdays

Tuesday - 11:30 am @ St. Joseph Hospital

Wednesday - 7:00 pm, Spanish

Thursday - 11:30 am @ St. Joseph Hospital

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday: 6:00-6:50 pm - English/Spanish

First Saturdays: 9-10 am

Sacraments

Reconciliation

Wed., 6:00-6:50 pm
First Saturday, 9-10 am
Also by appointment

Baptism

We ask for a two month notice and baptismal classes are required. Baptismal classes in Spanish are on the last Friday of each month at 7:00 pm. at Sacred Heart and in English on the third Monday of every month at 7:00 pm at St. Bernard Parish for all Eureka churches.

Marriage

Couples intending to marry need to call the parish office at least six months prior to the marriage. Marriage preparation classes are required.

Ministry to the Sick

If you would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick please call the parish office at 707-443-8429 or come to a mass at St. Joseph Hospital on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:30 am.

In Case of Emergency

If there is an emergency please phone 707-800-2699.

For non-emergencies after hours but you need to contact a priest phone Sacred Heart  (707) 443-8429 and listen to the automated message on the phone to leave a message in the priest’s mailbox. You may also FAX a message using (707) 443-8420.

Get in Touch

  • Office Hours:
    9:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm Mon. - Wed.
  • Office closed on Thur. & Fri.
  • Phone:
    (707) 443-8429
  • Fax:
    (707) 443-8540
  • Email:
    Parish Office
  • Address:
    2085 Myrtle Ave.
    Eureka, CA
    95501
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