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“The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”

― Pope Francis


Fr. D'Sa's Weekly Reflection

September 23,2018 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”  Christ and Child (1873) - Carl Bloch

A pastor was complimented for his “humble personality.” As a gesture of recognition the parishioners presented him a plaque inscribed: To the most humble priest. To the surprise of many he displayed the plaque on the center wall of the parish hall, replacing the crucifix that had hung there for many years. What a paradox of humility!

Despite Jesus’ clarification to the disciples that He is not to establish the expected Davidian Kingdom, but rather be a Messiah who would suffer and die, it made no sense to them. Just to the contrary, they were debating among themselves who would be number two in command once Jesus overthrew the rule of the Romans in Israel. Jesus steals this opportunity to bring home a powerful message of humility: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

I wish to quote a Chinese proverb here: “Be like a bamboo, the higher you grow, the deeper you bow.” It’s absolutely true, the taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends. The Lord himself bent down and washed the feet of the Apostles, a perfect example of humility and service. Also, I was struck by the Gospel reading the other day which contained the same message. A centurion (commander of soldiers) was begging Jesus to cure his slave. It is amazing to note, that a centurion who held privilege, was concerned about the health of a slave who had no status in Roman society during those days. He intercedes for the slave before Jesus Christ.

Similarly, parents are the true leaders in a family. The children look up to the parents as their role models; yet parents are at the service of their children. It is the parents’ mission of humility to work hard for their well-being. It is worth noticing therefore when a Dad lowers himself to help his little kids to put on their socks and shoes.

The Lord, however, calls us to step out a little more, to render our service beyond our family circle. We are called to serve our brothers and sisters in the world because they are created in the image of God. Saint Mother Teresa said: ”I see Christ in whom I serve.” Once Mrs. Indira Ghandi, the then prime minister of India who was tall, said while presenting Mother Teresa to an audience ”I feel myself dwarfed when I stand before this holy mighty woman who heroically showed the world how  to practice Christian love in sacrificial and humble service.”

Let us serve the Lord in our humble service to humanity. God bless you.

– Fr. Bernard D’Sa

Extraordinary Ministers

We will be meeting to go over our procedures for service at Mass. If you do not attend one of these trainings, we will presume that you are unable to serve as a minister, though we will hate to see you go. We will be more than happy to re-introduce you in the ministry once you undergo the training on the next schedule. We will have one training after each Mass, so you are welcome to attend any one you like.

  • September 29th - St. Joseph’s after 4:00pm Mass
  • October 7th - St. Joseph’s, after 7:30am Mass
  • October 14th - Sacred Heart, after 9:00am Mass
  • October 21st - St. Bernard’s, after 10:30am Mass
  • October 28th - Sacred Heart, after 4:30pm Mass

Contact Deacon W. Dance Farrell-Saint Bernard/Saint Joseph & Sacred Heart Parishes and Director of Campus Ministry - Saint Bernard’s Academy, 222 Dollison Street,Eureka, Ca 95501
(707) 443- 2735 (work)

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Reader & Extraordinary Minister Schedule for July - Sept., 2018

You can download a pdf of the schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the link below.

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Children's Faith Formation

Teachers and Teacher Aides are needed for the upcoming 2018-2019 Faith Formation Year. If there are any of you who like to work with grade school aged children and are willing to commit Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm during the Academic Year, (Mid-Sept.- early May) please consider this wonderful ministry. Maybe God is calling you now to volunteer for this year. For additional information please contact: Melanie Broswick #442-6466 ext.1103

Catholic Apps

CatholicApps.com was created in response to the call to evangelization from Saint John Paul II, and then continued on through Pope Benedict, and of course the call for deeper evangelization from Pope Francis. We aim to review, and share a lot of catholic apps that can help you deepen your own Catholic faith, or share unique Catholic apps that allow you to share and evangelize your faith with family, friends, and anyone you have a relationship with. 


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Mass Times


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

4:30 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 and in English on the third Monday of every month at 7:00 pm at St. Bernard Parish for all Eureka churches.


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