Welcome to the Catholic Community of Sacred Heart

...a people worshiping and growing in faith. We welcome you and your family to our parish and we hope that you will find a "home" with us --and that as we grow in God's Spirit we may help one another experience the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor’s Corner

I am very open to listen to people.  It has come to my attention that in some changes made people have complained to others and to higher authorities.  Do me a favor, as I do not bite, talk to me and not behind my back.  Cowardice is a sin. Change can be difficult, even for me who moved here from Santa Rosa.

The new schedule begins next weekend

Sacred Heart Mass Schedule: Sat 5:30pm vigil; Sun 9am,12 noon (Spanish).  Weekdays: Wed 7pm (Spanish), Fri & First Sat of the month 8:30am.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following first Sat of the month mass until 10am. Confessions: First Sat of the month 9-10am & by appointment, Wed, 6-6:45 (Spanish).  Anointing of the Sick:  First Sat of the month 8:30am mass & by appointment.  St Joseph’s Hospital Mass schedule: Tues & Thurs 11:30am. 

St. Bernard’s Mass Schedule: Sat 4pm vigil & Sun 7:30am (SJ), 10:30am (SB). Weekdays: 12:15pm (SB), Tues & Thurs: 7:30am (SJ). Confessions: Wed 1-2pm (SB), Sat 3:15-3:45pm (SJ). Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Wed 1-9pm (SB).

For Sacred Heart: I need some volunteers to put in the new fence between the garage and the rectory to replace the old fence.  The new boards are in the garage.   

Fr. Tom   

Focusing the Gospel:

Peter Challenges Jesus

In his own lifetime; Jesus was able to read the handwriting on the wall. He had made an ever-growing number of powerful enemies. Their desire to have him put to death was no secret.

After learning from his disciples that others held him in high repute, ranking him along with Elijah, John the Baptist, and other worthies, Jesus could not turn away from the ominous destiny he began to perceive on his own horizon.

But when he stated the obvious to his disciples, Peter took him aside and said he had other plans for Jesus. Peter and Jesus now engage in a common Middle Eastern strategy revolving around honor: challenge and riposte. One person makes a claim to honor, another person challenges that claim. The first person must defend or vindicate his claim or he will be dishonored, shamed.

Jesus’ claim to honor is that God wills his suffering and death at the hands of his enemies (he must die), but that God will bestow even greater honor by raising him from the dead.

Peter’s challenge is: “God forbid it” Jesus has just enunciated God’s honorable will, and Peter seeks to divert Jesus from fulfilling it. He wants God to change it. Jesus perceives that Peter is testing his loyalty to God, his very claim to honor.

Jesus’ comment is to call Peter a “satan,” a tester of loyalties. Jesus continues the insult by reminding Peter that he sees only the human way of thinking and doesn’t understand God’s plan.

Humor

A pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

And there sat our Rosie all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, "I'll take him and him and him!"

Religious Education in English

Preparations for Religious Education classes for children, grades 1-6 are taking place. In order to maximize our programs St. Bernard’s and Sacred Heart will combine classes for religious education. We are still working out the time for classes. It might be after school on a weekday. Pre-registration for Sacred Heart and St. Bernard Parishes will begin Wednesday, August 27th,and continue through September 17th on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 at the old St Bernard Elementary School (C & Henderson) where classes will take place at the end of September. If you cannot make these times for registration contact Amanda and a registration form will be sent to your house. If mailing in your registration, please send it to St. Bernard Parish 615 H Street, Attn: Amanda Rutledge. We are looking for volunteer teachers and assistants to help with this important ministry. For any questions or for registration forms: call, text,or email Amanda Rutledge at (707) 601-8585, dre@saintbernards.org. Registration forms will also be available in the vestibules of our churches beginning next weekend.

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