This Week's Schedule
Sat., Sept. 16
Sunday, Sept. 17
9:00 am - English language Mass
12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass
6:00 pm - English language Mass
Mon., Sept. 18
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours
7pm Baptism preparation (Rectory)
Tues., Sept. 19
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hour
Wed., Sept. 20
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hours
Thursday, Sept. 21
9 am-12 pm/ 1-4 pm - Parish Office Hour
Friday, Sept. 22
Saturday, Sept. 23
Sunday, Sept. 24
9:00 am - English language Mass
12:15 pm - Spanish language Mass
6:00 pm - English language Mass
1st Collection Total = $2,266
Repair & Restoration = $545
Building Maintenance =$804
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
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
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.
Diane Shaddix Funeral on Sept.16
Please note that Diane Shaddix has passed away this past Friday. Her funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at 10 AM at Sacred Heart with a reception directly following in the Parish Hall.
Fr. Bernard Welcome Celebration Thank You
Thank you to our shepherd Fr. Bernard for his gracious and warm words to his flock. Thank yous to all Eureka parishioners for your loving assistance with the welcoming celebration for our beloved Fr. Bernard. Thanks to the hard work of the planning committee and Donna Dodd everything went smoothly. Many thanks to the Knights of Columbus and other hard-working individuals who set up the tables, decorated the Sacred Shed and took charge of the BBQ. The banner was lovely and the food delicious. May God bless our family in Christ.
We are going to resume providing a Children’s Liturgy during the 9 o’clock Mass around the middle of October and are inviting all children between four and ten to join us. Parents are welcome as well and “adult leaders” are being recruited. No specific skills are needed; just a desire to support our young families and a commitment to make the Lord’s message come alive in our children.
Materials will be provided and a “story approach” to the Gospel will be the focus. Children will leave before the Gospel, return to their families for the Offertory and will be instructed by two adults at a time. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please call Georgeanne (497-9929) or Linda (443-0923). Thank you.
Fr. Bernard's Weekly Reflection
September 17, 2017- Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Once again we are going to reflect on the virtue of forgiveness this week. Forgiveness is a cardinal ingredient of Christian living. This is a gift we can receive from an Almighty merciful God and at the same time it is our goal to offer it in abundance to others. The basic question asked in today’s Gospel is “should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?” A repentant erring brother begs for mercy and it would be very unchristian of us if we abstain from offering mercy and forgiveness.
The real motivation for forgiveness is “love.” I love and I do not want to lose my brother; therefore I ask for mercy. Refusing to forgive is refusing to love; that is why it is unholy to go without being compassionate and merciful. Love and forgiveness are complementary to each other and they go hand in hand. When I am forgiven, my reaction is deep appreciation and joy. Similarly if God has forgiven me I need to sing His praises.
A delicate CAUTION: while offering forgiveness the relation between love and forgiveness and the difference between forgiving a wrongdoer and enabling him/her to continue his/her wrong doing should be understood. Love bestows the goodness on the beloved. A person loves the sinner but condemns his/her sins. A wife who continues to accept the beating of her abusing husband could be an example of enabling him. There is nothing loving or forgiving about enabling a person to become worse. His good requires, first of all, that he stops hurting her and then that he repents his terrible treatment of her. If he is unrepentant, if he rejects goodness and love, then his wife’s forgiveness would be like a gift that can’t be given because he won’t receive it. He is creating no
space for her forgiveness to come in. She still loves him, but not his sins.
Similarly, what exists between us and God is our willingness to receive the gift of forgiveness offered by God. Repentance is the sign of willingness and it springs from our love for God. If we accept it the gift of God’s love and forgiveness will be given and received in abundance.
“Lord forgive me, I am a sinner.”
May God bless you.
Fr. Bernard D’Sa
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers
We will have our annual training of Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on Sunday, September 24th from 12:30-1:30 pm at St. Bernard’s Church. This is for ministers at all Eureka Catholic Churches. As there has been many issues with scheduling over the past few years, we ask that everyone attend if they are able. If you are interested in becoming a reader or extraordinary minister at Mass, this is also the perfect chance to join an amazing group of people dedicated to serving the Lord at the altar. If you cannot make if for any reason, please contact Deacon Dance at 443-2233.
Young men and women! Are you interested in serving the Lord as an altar server? We would love to have you! Current altar server should also attend our altar server training class on September 24th, from 2:00-3:00 pm at St. Bernard’s Church. This training is for altar servers at all Eureka Catholic Churches. If you are or would like to be an altar server, but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Deacon Dance at 443-2233.
Confirmation classes begin for this year on September 24th from 4:30-5:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church for all Eureka Catholic Churches! If you are between 7th and 11th grade and would like to be Confirmed, please attend this class. We will decide on class times and days, and we will go briefly over the process to be Confirmed. If you are interested in being Confirmed, but cannot attend the class, please contact Deacon Dance at 443-2233.
RCIA Invitation - Please Come Thurs. Sept.14th
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Catholic Church is welcome to attend a meeting of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Also, individuals over 18 who have not received Communion or Confirmation are welcome. We will meet at Sacred Heart, Thurs. Sept. 14th at 7pm in the Rectory. If you are interested, please call Pat Thul at 444-8322 or 616-7399 or Cathy at St. Bernard Church.
St. Vincent de Paul News
Your Sacred Heart Conference of St. Vincent de Paul provided ten grocery bags of non-perishable food items to folks affected by the recent wildfire in Helena. As you may have read, over seventy houses and businesses were destroyed. Thank you for your continued financial and material contributions and for your prayers that make it possible for us to respond to this type of emergency need. It made an immediate difference for many in our usual person-to-person
Faith Formation News
Student Registration: Registration for your children grades K-6th is now going on at both Sacred Heart and St. Bernard parishes!
There are registration forms available for you to take in both churches for both programs, Spanish (pink) and English (blue), as well as forms in the Parish Offices for your convenience. Parents, please begin registering your children now, so when classes begin there will not be a long line of people waiting to fill out the forms, and the teachers can begin their classes on time.
English program: 1st Day of class: Tuesday, September 26th. 6:15-7:30pm. Pacific View Charter School 615 Henderson St.
Spanish Program: 1st Day of class: Sunday, September 24th. 10:00-11:45am. Sacred Heart Church Hall.
**Note** We are adding 6th grade to our programs for this year, as the Confirmation program is for grades 7-12. Also, as a reminder, for the children preparing for sacraments, Kindergarten class will NOT count as a first year prep. Kindergarten is only to introduce your children to the basics of our faith. 1st Communion is a 2 year program that begins in 1st grade, followed by their sacrament year in 2nd grade.
Also: As per the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation/1st Communion will not be given without first being baptized. If you have any questions or concerns, I will be happy to help you in any way I can!
Peace in Christ, Melanie Broswick, DRE of St. Bernard / Sacred Heart Parishes. email@example.com (707) 442-6466 Ext. 1104
All the children were lined up for Father to hear their first confession. When it was Johnny’s turn, the priest asked him to confess his sins, and the boy confessed, “Father, I threw a stone at Jimmy.”
“That was a very misguided thing to do,” the priest said patiently.
“No, it wasn’t misguided at all,” said little Jimmy, “I hit him.”
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
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, Tom Halliday, Jamie Smith, Jeremy, Daniel Brownlee, 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…
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
News From Other Parishes
Italian Catholic Federation Chicken & Polenta Dinner
Family Style Sunday, September 10
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 Joan - 668-5923
St. Mary’s Church Charities & Scholarship Benefit
Come celebrate with us
Christ the King Catholic Church in McKinleyville is celebrating their 50th anniversary on Sunday October 1st. 10am Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Vasa. This will be followed by a complimentary brunch at 11:00am. The emcee is Fr. Mike Cloney.Seating is limited so please contact us to reserve your ticket: 839-2911 or "firstname.lastname@example.org" prior to September 25th. Be sure to provide the name and contact information for each ticket requested.
33 Days for Morning Glory, Preparation for Marian Consecration Starts This Weekend
First of five Sunday meetings starts this Sunday after the 10:30 Mass at St. Bernard's Parish Hall. Consecration to Mary is the quickest, easiest, and surest way to heaven!
For those wishing to do their consecration but are unable to attend the first (or any) meetings, you may get a free book from Nita or Janet after any Mass this weekend at our three churches.
You may go online to watch the videos: www.saintbernards.org; scroll to 33 Days for Morning Glory; click on News and information from the Diocese of Santa Rosa; click on 33 Days Introduction Part 1 & 2;login email:email@example.com; password:Formed17;find 33 Days; watch Introduction videos 1 & 2. Do the daily reading in the book.
Thanks, Nita Schwartz
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.
REFLECTIONS ON THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD - FR. DAVID ANDERSON
Fr. David Anderson will join us again this Fall for a series of 6 lectures. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearances at Fatima, his topic will be “Reflections on the Holy Mother of God”. Talks will begin on Monday, October 2 and continue through November 6. This year we will meet AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH in Fortuna. The church is located at 14th and N Streets in Fortuna. Please call the parish office at 725-1148 for more information.
Catholic Charities of California Invites You On Pilgrimage
Join us for pilgrimages in Italy (Via Francigena), Spain (Camino de Santiago), and Greece (Footsteps of St. Paul) in 2017 and 2018. These pilgrimages will promise to be one of the most spiritual experiences of your life. We have limited spaces available! To sign up or for more information, contact us at Pilgrim@CatholicCharitiesCA.org, or call (916) 706-1539.
Women Dominican Discernment Days
Praising unceasingly. Blessing by intercession. Preaching through a life of contemplation. Single, Catholic women between the ages of 18 and 38 are invited to experience a taste of the life of a cloistered Dominican nun. Contact Sister Joseph Marie, O.P., vocation directress, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://nunsmenlo.org/discernment-days/ to learn more and to register for one of our upcoming Come and See Days: Saturday July 15, 2017; Saturday, October 21, 2017; and Saturday January 13, 2018. The event is free and all meals will be provided. Space is limited and fills fast!
Women: Have You Ever Thought About Becoming a Sister?
Single Catholic women ages 18 - 40 are invited to a Religious Vocation Discernment Retreat with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul on September 15-17, 2017 in Los Altos Hills, California (Bay Area). For more information contact Sister Lisa Laguna, D.C. at 650/949-8890, 213-210-9903, or email us at Srllaguna@doc1633.org. www.DaughtersOfCharity.com. Register for the retreat at www.Daughters-Of-Charity.com/retreats/.
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
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/