This Week's Schedule
Friday, March 16
8:30 a.m. - First Friday Devotion
Stations of the Cross:
5:30 pm - English
7:00 pm - Spanish
Saturday, March 17
Sunday, March 18
9:00 am - English language Mass
12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass
4:30 pm - English language Children's Mass
Mon., March 19
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours
Tues., March 20
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hour
7:00 pm Penance Service (Sp)
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours
7:00 pm - Spanish language Mass
Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23
Stations of the Cross:
5:30 pm - English
7:00 pm - Spanish
Saturday, March 17
Sunday, March 24
9:00 am - English language Mass
12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass
4:30 pm - English language Mass
1st Collection Total =$2,660 -$440
*Minimum needed to maintain the parish is $3,100.
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
March 18th - In pews- Annual Ministry Appeal
*If a parish reaches their AMA goal of 100% any money received over that amount is refunded back to the parish. Our 2017 AMA refund from the chancery last year was $8,968, thanks to the generous contributions of Sacred Heart parishioners! Our target for 2018 is $21,077. We look forward to a repeat of last year’s success.
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.
Penitential Services during Lent
20th March at Sacred Heart in Spanish at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Vincent de Paul News
Continued appreciation for your donations of No. 10 cans of fruit, vegetables and stew in support of the Dining Facility and for your prayers. If you are interested and/or available, we are having a meeting to plan Easter Dinner distribution on Tuesday, March 13th, from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Rectory. If you have questions or suggestions, please call: 707-497-9929. Thanks again for your ongoing support.
Together, we make a difference every day.
St. Vincent de Paul invites you to fill this bag with items for an Easter dinner. Suggestions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A box of potatoes
- A box of rice
- Cans of fruit
- Cans of green vegetables
- Cans of yellow vegetables
- A bag of wrapped candy
- Items of your choice
Please bring your filled bag to Mass with you on the weekend of April 9th. We will add a ham, bread, milk, butter and a dessert along with an Easter Basket of goodies and distribute to referred families and/or individuals on Thursday, April 13th, at the Parish Center from 4 – 5:30 p.m. If you have questions, please call Georgeanne at 497-9929. Thank you for helping others.
Coming to Pieces …A tiny grain finds itself planted deep in the soil, with its small self tucked into complete darkness. And yet it is fearless. It is sheltered by the tough, safe shell that is its home. The seed belongs there, and it knows it. In quiet. In growth.
The shelter turns tight and invading and painful. Our growing seed is shocked. Its protector is opposing it, holding it back. Crushing it. Suddenly, as if planned from all eternity, the husky shell cracks right open.
“Wait, wait, I need you! You know how I depend on you! Wait!”
The seed goes to pieces. What is left of it copes somehow, crazily extending a new, thin arm outward and “steady by jerks” slithers its whole self through the cracks in its shell. It has to get out. It dares its way into the rough, cold mud. How foolish and shaming. Stay where safety was, you fool!
The transforming little self slowly takes on an unexpected new life. It dares a new home now, in, surprisingly, the slippery soil. It moves with caution and upwards it goes.
But there is much in its path, including a huge, unmovable rock. A jagged, rough, uncaring rock, heedless of tiny green shoots.
And so the story ends, doesn't it?
Except that the former seed appears to have will power. It is seeking something—urging itself toward some objective, rooting its way with intuitive ambition.
Fingering along the brutal under-edge of the rock, fearful and with rending pain, and after what seems like years, it achieves the far edge of this gnarly thing and guess what. It starts upward again.
Now there are hard clods to press through, and pebbles aplenty. The higher it goes the more dry the surrounding soil becomes. The top crust of ground, at last achieved, forbids any penetration. It is an ultimate, intractable, stupefying barrier.
And now the story does end.
Except for one voice from deep within. Push. Push, it whispers. I am with you. The young sprout feels around for just a thinnest lesion in the tough upper skin. With a certainty that now is written on its heart, this vine-to-be breaks through to where it was meant to be. In a heaven of light and warmth, bathed in the sun’s astonishing rays, our plant stretches and yawns in the wafting breezes of Spring.
It is just like our own journey, isn’t it? Dark corridors can sometimes seem to be our only life.
But Jesus says, do not worry, child, trust me. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (Gospel).
This is the real conclusion to our story, isn't it?
John Foley, S.J.
Word on Fire ENGAGE
Fifth Week of Lent
The video and meditation for the fifth week of Lent are below.
Click here or on the link at the bottom to see the video and read the meditation
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.
Church Marquee Sayings for Lent:
Don't wait for the hearse to take you to church.
It's hard to stumble when you're
down on your knees.
What part of "Thou Shalt Not"
don't you understand?
A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
The wages of sin is death.
Repent before payday.
Never give the devil a ride.
He will always want to drive.
Forbidden fruit creates many jams.
Christians, keep the faith...but not from others!
Satan subtracts and divides.
God adds and multiplies.
To belittle is to be little.
Don't let the littleness in others
bring out the littleness in you.
God answers knee-mail.
Try Jesus. If you don't like Him,
the devil will always take you back.
Easter Egg Hunt
The 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Eureka parishes will be at Sacred Heart Church grounds on Saturday, March 31st 9:30-11:00am. There will be prizes and fun. Please bring a basket or bag for your child to collect eggs and candy.
Easter Egg Hunt Donations Needed
Donations needed for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! We need candy to stuff the eggs and Toys/Candy for the prize tables. Please contact Melanie Broswick at St. Bernard's #442-6466 or the Hermanas/Sisters at Sacred Heart # (707) 502-5414. Thank you for anything you can give!
Children's Faith Formation
The children who received their Sacrament of Reconciliation this past weekend are now eagerly anticipating their First Holy Communion in May; please pray for them as they prepare with their teachers for receiving our Savior for the first time. As they continue to learn, a reminder for their parents: 1st Communion Parent Meeting - this Tuesday! Because Deacon Tony's Parent Classes are completed, we will be using Room 6 and will beginning at 6:30pm. Please call me with any question!
Melanie Broswick #442-6466 ext.1103
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
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
Winnie Gana, Frank Jager, Jason and Alexis Campbell, 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, Steve Beckman, 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
Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Saturday, March 17th at St. Bernard Parish Hall
The Knights of Columbus invite you to their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on March 17th. Doors open at 5pm with drinks available for sale and dinner is served at 6pm. The traditional menu includes corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. There will be live Irish music,auctions and a Pot O’ Green raffle ($20 buys you a chance of winning $1000 cash). Tickets are $15 (adults) $7 (12 and under) and available after Masses and at Sacred Heart and St. Bernard offices.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our website is: http://www.catholiccursillomovementofsantarosa.com/