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

“The gift of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace.”

Pope Francis


Fr. Bernard's Weekly Reflection

October 22, 2017- Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The topic of “taxes” interests everyone. Even the politicians earn points at the time of election over their tax plans if they win. Taxes have always been a sensitive topic. This weekend we read about the Pharisees and how they manipulated a situation to trap Jesus. They asked Him a question about paying taxes to Caesar. Either a ’Yes’ or a ‘No’ answer would land Jesus in trouble. ‘Yes’ would mean that He would be called a traitor, a non-patriot of the Hebrew Nation and thus make Him unpopular among his people, who had found Roman taxes burdensome. There was also a group namely ‘zealots’ who revolted against the Roman rule and one of them was his Apostle.

Secondly, if Jesus answered ’No’ they would accuse Him of sedition before the procurator and report Him an instigator who was advising the populace against paying taxes.  But Jesus outsmarts the Pharisees and gives a befitting answer, though it may appear to be a diplomatic one: “Give to God the things that are God’s and to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar.

The image of Caesar on the coin is an indication that the money is of Caesar. But the point that Jesus wants to make is also that each one of us is God’s because we bear his stamp on our souls. We are created in the image of God. We ultimately belong to God.

Another thought for our reflection would be: Can God and Caesar co-exist? What if you are created to be a container for God’s presence right here in the midst of the (Caesar) secular world? Who do you belong to Caesar or God? There is a beautiful phrase: “Be in the world but not of the world.”

There is another way of looking at this passage that contains a message for us about the connection between being heavenly and earthly (God/Caesar). God has put us into this world to sanctify it, to befriend the people of Caesar and help them to belong to God, to work in the world of sin with God in spite of our own sins That is why the Lord says “establish my kingdom.”

 Let us pray for each other that we may work to promote the Kingdom of God amidst us. God bless you. 

- Fr. Bernard D’Sa

St. Vincent de Paul’s October Request

is for boxes of granola bars and/or other snacks appropriate for school-age children.  These may be put in the Buckland Box in the front of the church and will be distributed to local schools for their use.  Many students do not bring snacks to school for their mid-morning Nutrition Break and, with your help, Sacred Heart’s Conference of SVDP is trying to augment what schools and individual teachers are already providing.  Thanks for your continued support and prayer. 

Attention Volunteers

Anyone volunteering at Sacred Heart or St. Bernard church who will be working with the elderly (ie: Homebound ministry), or with children, must complete an online course required by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and/or must be fingerprinted. Please contact me as I have the forms that need to go with you to get fingerprinted, and can help answer questions regarding the course online. Thank you for helping out in our parishes! Melanie Broswick #442-6466 ext #1103.


news and events

New Sacred Heart Office Hours

The hours for the Sacred Heart Church office have been changed to Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm with a lunch break from 12-1pm.



Mass Times


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

6:00 pm - English

First Saturdays: 8:30 am


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



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


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 707-442-4540, and in English on the third Monday of every month at 7:00 pm at St. Bernard Parish for all Eureka churches 707-442-5615.


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 plese phone St. Bernards at 707-442-6466.

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. - Thurs.
  • Office closed on Fri.
  • Phone:
    (707) 443-8429
  • Fax:
    (707) 443-8540
  • Email:
    Parish Office
  • Address:
    2085 Myrtle Ave.
    Eureka, CA
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