This Week's Schedule

Fri., Dec. 14


Sat., Dec. 15

1:00 pm - Children's Christmas pagent practice   

Sun., Dec.16

9:00 am - English language Mass

12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass  

4:30 pm - English language

Mon., Sun., Dec. 17

9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours

Tues., Sun., Dec. 18

9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hour

Wed., Sun., Dec. 19

9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours 

6:00-7:00 pm Advent Penitential Service

Thurs., Dec. 20

Fri., Dec. 21

Sat., Dec. 22

1:00 pm - Children's Christmas pagent practice 

Sun., Dec. 23

9:00 am - English language Mass

12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass  

4:30 pm - English language

Mon., Dec. 24

4:30 pm - Children’s Mass w/ Nativity Pageant

11:30 pm Spanish language Midnight Mass

11:30 pm Midnight Mass in English will be at St. Bernards

Tues., Dec. 25

9:00 am - Mass  in Englsh
12:15 pm - Mass  in Spanish

Collection Results

1st Collection Total =$2,958     *-142

Building Repair & Maintenance=$1,155

This week’s 2nd Collection is for Retirement Fund For Religious

*Minimum needed to maintain the parish is $3,100.

Please put your parishioner # on your loose checks.

Upcoming Second Collections  

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

Advent Penitential Services

Sacred Heart – December 19, 6 - 7 pm

St. Bernard – December 21, 6 - 7 pm

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Sacred Heart Calendar Is Looking For A Sponsor

Our blessed calendar sponsor Sanders Funeral is retiring after many years of sponsorship and we are wondering if anyone out there would be interested in sponsoring the 2019 calendars @1.15 ea (includes shipping) for a total of $460. And we thank Sanders for their many years of faithful sponsorship and service to our community. May God richly bless them.

Want Ideas For Advent?

We have curated the best of the web to create our Advent Resources page. You can find out all you want to know about Advent, find ways to enhance your preparations, discover online Advent Calendars, get plans to create your own Advent Wreath, find activities to do with kids, and much, much more! Click on the blue link above or on the graphic below.

Advent Resources

Want To Help Wrap Gifts for Local Kids?

St. Vincent de Paul invites you to wrap gifts for children of local families after next week’s Dec. 16th 9 A.M. Mass. The gifts have been donated for children and families who need our help this year and will either be eating their Christmas Dinner at the SVdP Dining Room or getting a ham and “all the fixings” for a Christmas dinner in their own place. If you have an hour or two after Mass, bring a pair of scissors and join us. Wrapping paper, tape and tags will be provided. Thanks! 

Betty Chinn Advent Box Project

If you are interested in helping others, we have a wonderful Christmas project for you. What about single men and women who for all kinds of reasons are on the streets at Christmas?

We are asking for a plastic box with a cover (about shoebox size-available at Dollar Store). Pease wrap in Christmas paper or decorate with Christmas stickers.  Suggested items to place in the box are: small packages of tissues and Q-tips, toothbrush and small toothpaste, deodorant, washcloth, disposable wipes, soap, socks, mittens or gloves, small packages of candy, deck of cards, and warm knit caps, etc. BUT Please no medicines or bandaids.

Please include a Christmas card with a short note of encouragement– homemade ones by your children are lovely. However, Please do Not include your last names, addresses or phone numbers on the cards. You can leave boxes in vestibule of church or bring to the church office as soon as possible.Thanks!

Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Dates

Children’s Mass rehearsals for the Christmas pageant will be Dec. 15, and 22 beginning at 1:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church. Please come on time. For more information please call Kim Farrell @ 442-2233 or email:

Betty Chinn Says Thank You

Betty Chinn wishes to thank everyone for their ongoing support during the year. With your generosity she was able to provide over 1000 meals this Thanksgiving; 270 food baskets were delivered to families and 350 people were served a Thanksgiving dinner. Betty is so grateful that God provided you to help her in her ministry whenever needed. She wishes to especially thank the St. Bernard International Students and the Squires of Christ who shopped, filled and handed out the boxes and also served Thanksgiving dinner. She also wishes to thank the Knights of Columbus, who always help out as needed-this time as “turkey cookers.” Many, many  thanks to all who join together to help our brothers and sisters in the community.


Father Bernard was opening his Christmas cards one December morning.  Out of one the cards came a single sheet of paper on it was written only one word: "Fool".

The following Sunday, in church, Father Bernard announced to the assembled congregation, "I have known many people who have written notes to me and forgotten to sign their names. But this week I received a note from someone who signed his name and had forgotten to write a letter."

Weekly Reflection

December 16, 2018 – Third Sunday of Advent

The readings for this Sunday are about rejoicing. The First Reading tells God’s people to shout for joy, and the Second Reading exhorts Christians to rejoice always. The Gospel Reading says that John the Baptist preached good news to the people.

So what did John the Baptist say? What is there to rejoice about?
It helps in thinking about this question to have some sense of what the bad news is. 

The Second Reading follows the call to rejoice with an exhortation to have no anxieties. The bad news is everything that raises those anxieties. The First Reading spells out some of it. There are enemies; there are misfortunes—sickness, poverty, unemployment, natural disaster, and all the rest.

It is possible to find some peace about all these things by bringing them to God in prayer and putting your trust in him. At any rate, that is the antidote to these anxieties recommended by the Second Reading.

But a person can have anxieties that are harder to bring to God. There are the relationships you have broken, the wreckage you have made of things at home, the failures you are culpable for at work. Sin can paralyze any effort at joy in loving relationship with God and others. You can put your trust in God; but what happens when you know that God can put no trust in you? What happens to joy in the face of this thought?

That is the bad news.

But this is also where the good news comes in. The First Reading promises that God will rejoice over you. And why? The answer is also in the First Reading: God will renew you; and when he does, you will be so lovely that God himself will make songs about you and for you, and he himself will sing them to you.

That is amazing good news, isn’t it? But how can it be? 

This is where the good news of John the Baptist comes in. Christ will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will then dwell in you. Christ is Emmanuel, God with us, and he brings God the Holy Spirit into us. When God is with you and in you, how can you keep from singing for joy?

– Eleanor Stump

Children's Liturgy of the Word

The Children's Liturgy of the Word will begin again soon and needs volunteers .If you would like to be a “teacher” in this program, no experience Is necessary and all materials are provided.  Call Linda at 443-0923 or Georgeanne at 497-9929 Thank you.

RCIA : An Invitation to Quench Our Deepest Longing

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a place to ask questions and seek understanding regarding the Catholic faith. Weekly “no strings” inquiry gatherings on Tuesdays at 7pm in the chapel. We would love for you to invite/accompany anyone you know whose heart is restless for the God who loves them. For more information, please contact -Ann Lynch 443-6741 or call the rectory office @443-8429.  

Catholic Phone Apps

We have gotten some questions about finding high quality apps that support us in our practice of the Catholic faith. After much research, we are recommending that people visit You can find a link on our parish website 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.

Squires of Christ

St. Bernard and Sacred Heart have started a new Youth Group called "Squires of Christ" (open to anyone ages 10-18.) Contact: Marc Matteoli #498-0862

Reader & Extraordinary Minister Schedule for Oct. - Dec., 2018

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

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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

Gary and Diane Chandler, Art Rush, Fran Green, Chris Naylor, Thul Family, Aguilar Family: Filipina, Frank, Marivic, & Stiivi, & Julieta, Susan B., Patricia Stoecken,  Betty Harvin, Frank Jager, Anna Marie Wooten, Marguerite Stoecken and Diane.  

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…

+Janet Cote, +Richard DeGuzman, +Lydia DeGuzman, + Ricardo Galvez Calleja, +Bob Thul, +Jim Bugbee

Please let the Rectory know if parishioners or family members pass on so we can hold you up in prayer and offer condolences.

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News From Other Parishes

Patrick Madrid Coming To Humboldt

Join St. Bernard's Parish for an evening with Patrick Madrid on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm. You've heard him on Catholic Radio, now hear him in person and let his powerful Catholic witness make a difference in your life. He will present: The Case for Christ: Evidence of His Existence, Resurrection, and Divinity. "This dynamic and fast-paced seminar presents the solid historical truths for the existence of Christ."

This is an event destined to inspire everyone in our region. Patrick Madrid is speaker, author, radio host, Apologist, and Apostle of the New Evangelization. All are welcome to this free family event. We just ask that you RSVP by February 22, 2019 as seating is limited. Call 707-442-6466 or email Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

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St. Joseph Fortuna First Friday Vigil Mass

Please note a First Friday Vigil Mass will be offered at St. Joseph Church in Fortuna at 8:30pm on the first Friday of the month. It will begin with the Holy Rosary and be followed by confessions, Holy Mass and adoration. You can visit Fr. Eddie!

Immigration Services Offered

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa is offering through their Immigration Program the provisional waiver service by an immigration attorney (pardon to spouses, parents, and children with exceptions) for a more affordable cost than private law immigration firms. Additionally, we offer the initial application for FREE. For further information, contact us at 707-578-6000.

El Programa de Inmigración de Caridades Católicas de la Diócesis de Santa Rosa ya está ofreciendo el servicio de perdones de inmigración realizado por un abogado de inmigración (perdones para esposos, padres, e hijos, con excepciones) a un costo mucho más
bajo que las oficinas privadas de abogados de inmigración. Además ofrecemos el servicio de la aplicación inicial GRATIS. Para obtener mayor información, comuníquese al 707-578-6000

Patriotic Rosary

2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Sacred Heart church, at 7pm, Join in saying the Patriotic Rosary for our country.

Prolife Rosary

A Prolife Rosary is said every Saturday morning at 7:30, at corner of Wilson St. and Walford Ave, Eureka.

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..

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

Do not continue to live in shame, fear or numbness:  Rachel’s Vineyard heals hearts broken by abortion. Call (707) 967-1101, visit, or email

No-cost limited obstetrical ultrasounds

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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter


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 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

Our website is:

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

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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:
    9:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm Mon. - Wed.
  • Office closed on Thur. & Fri.
  • Phone:
    (707) 443-8429
  • Fax:
    (707) 443-8540
  • Email:
    Parish Office
  • Address:
    2085 Myrtle Ave.
    Eureka, CA
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