― Pope Francis
Join friends, family and fellow parishioners at Sacred Heart's "A Passport to Great Tastes" from around the world. We'll feature food from India, Mexico, Germany, the Philippines, Micronesia, and China.
Friday, September 20th, starting at 4:30 PM, you're invited to enjoy authentic tastes from around the world during this family style event at the Parish Hall. Relax and enjoy an evening of fellowship or come by and pick up a meal to go.
Each $25 ticket gets you 5 food “tastes”. Try many foods from around the world or find your favorite and get lots of it. It’s your choice!
For an additional donation, take a trip to the Margarita and Bloody Mary bar or to Dessert Land.
We’ll have a total of 150 tickets. Any leftovers will be available to buy as we wrap things up around 8 o’clock. We hope to see you there.
Sacred Heart parish is pleased to offer a day of quiet retreat for women to be held in Trinity Village, just east of willow Creek on Saturday, September 21. A donation of $15 is requested and includes a light dinner. Retreatants should provide their own sack lunch. Registration forms are available in the church and parish office, and are due to Ann Lynch or Sacred Heart before September 14. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information please call Ann Lynch at 443-6741.
This weekend we are reflecting on a much quoted parable from the Bible. Often it is called the parable of “the prodigal son.” Some prefer to call it the parable of “the prodigal father” or the parable of “ the good and the bad son.” In most versions of the Bible the title is the “parable of the lost son.” All of these titles encourage the valuable human exercise of viewing from different perspectives. But most important to note here is the perfection of Jesus’ loving personal response to individual needs.
In the background of the story the tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what He had to say and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. They said “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he spoke this parable to them. The immediate thought that arrives in our minds is that the younger son is the anti-hero in this story. He lived a bad life and wasted the wealth of his father on immoral things, but it is important not to lose the final twist of the story.
The younger son is definitely the sinner in the beginning of the chapter, but he repented and now is in the house of the father. The dutiful son is the one who chooses to remain outside the home of the father due to his pride, unforgiveness, envy and self-justification.
Let us now divert our attention to the father…
The father reaches out to the dutiful son just as he did to the younger son. But the response is different. The initiation is from the father. He is giving the invitation; and pouring out his heart of compassion, he asks his older son to imitate him.
The lost son helplessly says “Father I am not worthy to be called your son” and the older one says with self-righteousness ””Look, I have served you like a slave and thus I only have the right to be your son.”
Taking into account his audience, the Lord was encouraging Pharisees and scribes to open their hearts like the heavenly father with forgiveness and compassion, accepting the tax collectors and sinners who were willing to repent.
Sometimes we are the “lost son,” sometimes the indignant self-righteous brother, sometimes the Pharisees, sometimes the scribes and at all of these times the Lord, our God, loves us, gently leading and correcting.
Lord, help me to imitate your ways. Amen.
– Fr. Bernard
Religious Education and Sacrament Preparation program for Saint Bernard and Sacred Heart Parishes 2019-2020 will begin soon!
We are excited to begin a new year! There will be a few changes, so to keep you in the loop, and help you sign up for classes:
All families will need to have an interview before enrollment. We will begin scheduling these interviews next weekend, or you can email or call Kim Farrell at email@example.com, (707) 442-2233. Interviews will be held primarily during the evenings of the month of September, and will last approximately 20 minutes.
There will be no child drop-offs at this year’s program. At least one parent / godparent / grandparent must attend with the student. Students attending without guardian will be sent home.
Classes will be held on Sunday nights at Saint Bernard’s Academy from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
All grades, Confirmation prep, and Spanish language classes will be held in the same location at the same time.
Religious Education is not for Sacrament Prep only. Please enroll your children from Kindergarten-Confirmation.
If you have a special circumstance of some kind due to the needs of the child or family challenges, please let us know in your interview.
The first day of class will be October 6th, please arrive a little early! (5:45pm)
We look forward to an exciting year for the youth of our combined parishes!
With joy we present you with the Brochure for the Santa Rosa Congress scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019. This event welcomes all adults in your parish. The cost for early bird registration is $20.00.
Con alegría os presentamos con el folleto del Congreso Santa Rosa programado para sábado, 28 de septiembre de 2019. Este evento invita a todos los adultos en su parroquia. El costo del evento es de $20.00.
Click here to download a copy of the brochure.
You can download a pdf of the schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the link below.