This Week's Schedule
Friday, Feb. 16
Saturday, Feb. 17
Sunday, Feb. 18
9:00 am - English language Mass
12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass
4:30 pm - English language Children's Mass
Mon., Feb. 19
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours
Tues., Feb. 20
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hour
Wed., Feb. 21
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours
7:00 pm - Spanish language Mass
Thursday, Feb. 22
Friday, Feb. 23
Saturday, Feb. 24
Sunday, Feb. 25
9:00 am - English language Mass
12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass
4:30 pm - English language Mass
1st Collection Total =$2,732 -$368
*Minimum needed to maintain the parish is $3,100.
Building Maintenance= $810
Repair and Restoration=$335
Please put your parishioner # on your loose checks.
There are two envelopes in your mailing every month that deal with maintenance: The one envelope is for basic maintenance at out facility and is taken up on the 2nd Sunday of the month and the other envelope has no date on it but can be put into the collection anytime for Restoration and Repair which has over $208,000 in a saving account saving to do the main renovations when we get more $$$, from your generosity and from the Big Event on Feb 3rd and future Big Events: for parking lot repair, lighting on the grounds, new bathrooms, kitchen and remodeling of the Parish Center.
I want to thank the private donors who have given me money to do things around the rectory totaling over $7,000 this year
Upcoming Second Collections
The 4th Sunday Collection for this month is for the fire victims of our Diocese.
In order to make second collection easier all restoration and maintenance collections will be taken up on the 2nd Sundays of the month and all national and international collections will be taken up on the 3rd Sundays of the month. Collections for St Vincent de Paul or the Betty Chin Foundations will always be on the 5th Sundays of the month. The envelopes sent out to those who wish them have these collection envelopes in them. I wish everyone used envelopes as they are reminders to us to give our treasures back to God through our church. We should pray before we put anything into the envelopes as a sign that we have thought, prayed and now give a gift rather than think, “Quick we need to put something in the collection.” The envelopes should remind us to pray more in giving back to God rather than making the collections a business transaction.
Sacred Heart News
Lenten Fast and Abstinence
Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years and older. Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. From its earliest days, the Church has urged the baptized and catechumens to observe the threefold discipline of fasting, almsgiving and prayer as a preparation for the celebration of Easter. Failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious, but failure to observe any penitential days at all or a substantial number of such days must be considered serious.
St. Vincent de Paul Requests
The St. Vincent de Paul dining room serving the poor needs #10 cans of vegetables, fruit, beans,& stew. They can be purchased at Winco, CostCo, & Cash N’ Carry and placed in the Buckland box in the church vestibule.
What is Lent? ….Ash Wednesday was a few days ago, starting the Lenten countdown toward Holy Week and Easter, but maybe some of us are not completely clear as to why these weeks of preparation are there in the first place.
One opinion is that Lent is a time to deprive yourself. You give up candy or smoking or desserts or heavy meals or … choose your favorite. These are good and definitely part of Lenten practice (even if they are like New Year’s resolutions, since we usually break those).
Let the Lord’s loving deeds be your motivation for “giving up” anything during Lent.
It gave birth to Mardi Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday, literally. In contrast to tough Lent, eat all the fat you can, parade around in costume, go wild. The public usually does not recall that Mardi Gras has something to do with the quaint old practice of Lent. But that sharpens the question: what have they or we forgotten about Lent and its practice of penance?
What if we described Lent as a “Retreat”?
A Retreat, in Catholic and other religions, is a space of days taken to pray and to be with God. Often one goes to a retreat house to have one. In St. Louis, for instance, there is a beautiful place called “White House”—the president has never been there, it is a different one—which has a stunning view of the Mississippi River. For many decades Jesuits have preached retreats there every weekend and sometimes during the week. Sizeable groups of men or of women stay for two or three days to meditate, listen to talks, and to refresh their spiritual lives.
No, no, I do not mean that you should disappear for the five weeks of Lent to the nearest retreat house. But what about letting each Lenten day partake of certain retreat practices? For instance, what about setting aside a little time daily to let your insides settle down for a while, to create space within you to welcome God. Maybe set up a special place in your house or someplace else just to pray. How about a picture or crucifix or maybe just a candle? Or just 10 minutes of silence?
And why not take some time to read in advance the Gospel from the upcoming Sunday Mass? Sit down, read it slowly, and let the scene described take place within the your mind and heart. This week you could ask Jesus how it felt to have the Spirit drive him into the desert, as described in the Gospel.
The point? Let the Lord’s loving deeds be your motivation for “giving up” anything during Lent. You might begin to see that you are making a gift of gratitude to God, rather than just “giving up” something you like. How does this prepare us for Holy Week and for Easter? By doing exactly what Jesus does when he makes himself a gift of suffering and death. He is returning a gift of love to the Father. Lent prepares us to witness this reality of our savior.
It is the same gift we receive at every Mass when we go to Communion.
Maybe we could let ourselves be driven into the desert ourselves, and let the Holy Spirit guide us. That is the meaning of Lent.
- John Foley, S.J.
Word on Fire ENGAGE
First Week of Lent
The video and meditation for the first week of Lent are below.
Click here or on the link at the bottom to see the video and read the meditation
God bless you on your Lenten journey closer to Him.
What is Word on Fire? How do I sign up?
You sign up to receive a weekly emailed video for 5 weeks during Lent. No codes, passords, downloads, or accounts. Just open the message, click, and play. You may - but don't need to - ask questions and/or respond to the videos. This turns mini-courses into a digital small group, where we can comment whenever and wherever we'd like. So our parish commuity is watching and discussing the same videos together, bringing the content and discussion to each of us, on our own time.
Word on Fire ENGAGE includes short videos, featuring Bishop Robert Baron, one of the most effective Catholic evangelists today. Many people have described them as the most engaging Catholic videos they've ever seen. Sighing up grants you access to all the Word on Fire content.
To sign up English speakers text "GODLOVESME" to 84576.
To sign up Spanish speakers text "GODLOVESME" to 202-765-3441.
No smart phone? Call Nita at 707-845-7678 to sign up with your email.
John Smith was the only Protestant to move into a large Catholic neighborhood. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling a big juicy steak on his grill. Meanwhile, all of his neighbors were eating cold tuna fish for supper. This went on each Friday of Lent.
On the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together and decided that something had to be done about John. He was tempting them to eat meat each Friday of Lent, and they couldn't take it anymore. They decided to try and convert John to Catholicism. They went over and talked to him. John decided to join all of his neighbors and become a Catholic, which made them all very happy.
They took him to church, and the priest sprinkled some water over him, and said :
"You were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist, and now you are a Catholic"
The men were so relieved, now their biggest Lenten temptation was resolved.
The next year's Lenten season rolled around. The first Friday of Lent came, and, just at supper time, when the neighborhood was settling down to their cold tuna fish dinner, the smell of steak cooking on a grill came wafting into their homes. The neighborhood men could not believe their noses! WHAT WAS GOING ON? They called each other up and decided to meet over in John's yard to see if he had forgotten it was the first Friday of Lent.
The group arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with a small pitcher of water. He was sprinkling some water over his steak on the grill, saying:
"You were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and now you are a fish"
Childrens Faith Formation
Reminder - Families in the Faith Formation Programs for Sacred Heart and St. Bernard: No classes this week for the President's Week holiday break. Prayerful blessings for your time off!
Schedule of Classes
K-6 English-Children & Parents
Pacific View Charter School
Sacred Heart Hall
Every other Sunday
St. Bernard Youth Room
Sacred Heart/ St. Bernard
40 Days For Life Invitation
From February 14 through March 25, you’re invited to join other Christians around the world for 40 Days for Life-40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray locally during a 40–day vigil in the public right-of-way near our Eureka Planned Parenthood at the corner of Walford Ave. & Wilson St.., and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information-and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, visit 40daysfor life.com/eureka or contact Stephanie at 498-7758
About The Pregnancy Care Center
Be Informed About What the Pregnancy Care Center offers, so you can tell about it when you hear of someone in need of their services.
The Pregnancy Care Center offers compassion, direction, and hope to those facing life decisions. All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAl:.
- Pregnancy testing
- Ongoing support
- Prenatal education
- Childbirth education
- Maternity and baby clothing
- Community referrals
- Equipment and supplies
- Parenting education
- Healthy relationships education
- Prenatal vitamins
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and,Friday from 10 am - 3 pm. Call 707-442-2345 24/7 or call the toll-free line: 800-712-4357
Remember to bring in your baby bottles containing your donations for the Pregnancy Care Center!
Support J. Rophe Medical
J Rophe Medical provides no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasounds to patients between 7-16 weeks pregnant in a confidential and professional setting, where each client is treated holistically with the utmost care and respect. Other services they provide include pregnancy testing, access to ultrasounds for women in outlying areas via the Mobile Medical Unit, Jenny Grace, prenatal vitamins, referrals to medical and social services, and past abortion recovery help. All services are free. Open from 10 to 4 Mon—Thurs. Call 707-444-0423 for an appt.
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.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Catholic Church is welcome to attend meetings of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Also, individuals over 18 who have not received Communion or Confirmation are welcome. If you are interested, please call Pat Thul at 444-8322 or 616-7399 or Cathy at St. Bernard Church 442-6466.
Reader & Extraordinary Minister Schedule for January - March, 2018
You can download a pdf of the schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the link below.
Ministry To The Sick
The priest of the parish wants very much to make sure that parishioners who are hospitalized or homebound receive pastoral care. We depend on the families and neighbors of parishioners to notify the rectory office so we can bring you the sacraments. If you would like to receive Communion, a visit from Priest/Deacon or are going into the hospital please call the parish office. For immediate needs ask who is on duty for hospital calls.
Pray For Us
Brenda Basler, Anna Marie Wooten, Susan B, Bill Hansell, Annette Weder Smith, Jeff Simovich, Matilde Vega, Julian Owen, Reynold Haas, Lynn Agajanian, Jeff Smith, Jeanne Nicolds, Cathea, Nicolas Deleon, Jim, Anne, & Joe, , Jamie Smith, Jeremy, Daniel Brownlee, Tom Halliday, Tina Rose, Erica Mills, Jeremy, Amanda, Mary, Terry & Mike, Patrick Young, Clara Carreon, Betty Harvin, Jack Macy, Maria Cruz, and Marguerite Stoecken.
If you are on the mend and wish your name to be removed from our prayer list, please call the parish office and let us know. Names on this list are only included with permission of the individuals. They will remain on the list for one month, and can be repeated by calling the rectory.
Pray for Our Recently Departed…
Rich Kissling, Fr. Phillip Ryan, Aldo Bongio, Maria Carmela Costa, Steve Shuck, Diane Shaddix, Fr. Thomas Devereaux
Please let the Rectory know if parishioners or family members pass on so we can hold you up in prayer and offer condolences.
About Our Lay Missionaries
May the joy of being children of God fill your heart! We are the Missionary Servants of the Word, Jennifer Mungia, Monica Ballesteros, and Laura Campos, we are serving in the Eureka community. We are lay missionaries who have made a promise to serve God full time for a year, living the gospel counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
I was born in east Washington State and raised in Mountlake Terrace, which is in the western part of the state. My mother Teresa, who is from Michoacán, Mexico, raised my sister and I as a single parent. I grew up very independent, and never thought that I needed God. One day, I was invited to a vocational retreat by the Missionary Servants of the Word at my parish, and the Lord spoke to me. It was a call like the prophet Jerimiah, inviting me to be a prophet for the nations. I answered, “Lord, I’m sorry, I’m too young and I don’t know how to speak! Maybe another day.” However, God always wins. I began my eight months of formation at the community house in California in 2017, where I lived some of the happiest days of my life because I got to experience God’s love and mercy. I finished my formation and made my promise to live in poverty, chastity, and obedience for one year, on January 1, 2018. This is my first mission, and I am really looking forward to working with the community and sharing my encounter with God with many others.
I was born and raised in Southern California to a loving family of six. My grandparents, who are from Jalisco, Mexico, inherited to me the Catholic faith, but it never really called my attention. When I was 17 the Lord called me to know Him at a youth retreat. I began my walk of faith attending and serving in a youth group in Los Angeles. Soon after my encounter, my neighbor invited me to take the bible courses with the MSW brothers at our home in Fontana. I thought, “What can these young guys possible teach me -- they’re my age?” To my surprise, their life of generous service, sacrifice, and prayer changed my life. They invited me to a vocational retreat where the Lord made the call. I remember I was so anxious to return home after three days and find “peace” with my family, friends, boyfriend, and studies. But when I was finally home, I realized that I would not find true peace until I responded to Christ who was inviting me to share His light in the world. Because of my fear to leave all of my projects and plans behind, I waited 3 years to finally enter the house of formation. In the constant encounter with God through the sacraments and His Word, I found my consolation. I made my promise in August of 2017 and I am currently in the second trimester of my year of mission. I am joyful knowing that God has a greater plan than I, and now Eureka is part of that plan!
I am from Zitácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. In 2005, my family and I immigrated to Columbus, Ohio with the dream of a better life. I would go to mass occasionally, but I didn’t really know my faith. Nonetheless, I lived a very blessed life. I had my family, a good job, a nice social life, and many projects I wanted to finish—everything was great. One day, I heard that the Religious Sister Missionary Servants of the Word were sharing bible courses at the parish in my community, and began to attend. I started to get to know my catholic faith and have a personal encounter with God through His Word. I realized that there were many things in my life that were not leading me to the happiness that God wanted for me. Soon after, I lived a vocational retreat that sparked in me a desire to participate more in my parish and in mass. I thought that I was already giving the best of myself to God, but a year later, he spoke strongly to my heart, inviting me to know and serve him through the experience of being a Missionary Servant of the Word (MSW) for one year. I am currently in the last period of my second year.
News From Other Parishes
Chicken and Polenta Dinner- Italian Catholic Federation at St. Mary’s Church
Charities & Scholarship Benefit……
Family Style Sunday, February 18
St. Mary’s Parish - Leavey Hall,1730 Janes Road - Arcata
Cost: Adults - $15.00 Children 6-12 - $7.00
Two Seating Times 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Reservations Advised - Call: Doris – 822-3049
Toni - 633-5679 Joan – 443-5176
Local Natural Family Planning Class
Would you like to learn Natural Family Planning? A class will be offered at the HSU Newman Center (700 Union Street, Arcata) on Monday, March 12 at 6 PM. Please contact Regina at 707-822-6057 to register for the class or for more information. Thank you!
Regina Fosnaugh,Director of HSU Newman Center Activities, Humboldt State University Newman Center
www.hsunewmancenter.com (707) 822-6057
Knights of Columbus Meetings
The Knights of Columbus Assembly meetings are held the 4th Thursday of the month at 6pm.
The Knights of Columbus Council meetings are the 1st Tuesday of every month. All meetings are at St. Bernard Parish Hall.
Traditional Latin Mass
Traditional Latin Mass is now offered at St. Mary's Church, Arcata. First Sunday of the month: 6:30am. Other Sundays: 1:30pm. All are welcome to attend!
Please Volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital
You can put your career and life experience skills to good service by joining the St. Joseph Hospital Volunteer family. You can greet the public and answer phones, discharge patience and keep families updated on surgeries in progress, help visitors spend their money in the Gift Shops, Greet patients at Evergreen Lodge and drive the Shuttle between campuses.
Talk with Pat and Bob Thul and Elsie Bertie about their experiences and then call Marilyn Zibilich@ 445-8121
Loving Help For Post Abortion Survivors
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
WHY SETTLE FOR A “GOOD” MARRIAGE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A GREAT MARRIAGE?
You can make the leap from just “good” to GREAT on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend—44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, and phones, and focus only on each other. If you’d like greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll like the difference a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend can make! For more information go to www.sanfranciscowwme.org or call David & Karen at 650-350-1469.
Catholic Cursillo Movement
Want a Catholic friend?
Come join us. Develop friendships, enjoy singing and fellowship, hear how other Catholics are living their life of holiness and pray as a group before the Blessed Sacrament. Fellowship gatherings of Catholics are held generally twice a month in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. Catholic Cursillo is a movement within the Catholic Church based on friendship. We would love to be your friend.
Join us on:
Wednesday September 6 ,6-8 pm, St. Eugene’s, Santa Rosa
Saturday September 16, 2-4 pm, St. Elizabeth Seton, Rohnert Park
For further information call Debbie Simonson in Petaluma at 904-463-1070 or Priscilla Silvey in Napa at 707-567-7957 or email at email@example.com.
Our website is: http://www.catholiccursillomovementofsantarosa.com/