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Striving to be a grateful parish following Christ by loving God, and loving our neighbors as ourselves through our words, deeds, and thoughts.


“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

― Genesis 3:19

 

Ash Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, February 26

7:30 am - St. Joseph
12:15 pm - St. Bernard
5:30 pm - Sacred Heart: English Language Mass
7:00 pm - Sacred Heart: Spanish Language Mass

lenten resources

Click here or on the graphic above to visit our Lenten Resources page.  You will find everyting you want to know about Lent and more.

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.

 

Fr. Bernard's Weekly Reflection

Little Johnny quarreled with his younger brother Jimmy. At bedtime their mother told Johnny that he needed to forgive his brother before he went to sleep. Johnny had no intention of doing so. “No” he said with a firm voice. Mother tried to persuade Johhny, she said  “What if your brother Jimmy should die tonight; how would you feel the rest of your life?” Little Johnny gave in and said: “All right, I forgive him, but if he is alive in the morning I’ll get even with him!” Jesus is giving us a challenging teaching about forgiveness and compassion in today’s Gospel and thus asks us to be perfect, just as our heavenly Father is perfect.

We are indeed called to imitate God. We quite often read car bumper stickers that state “God is love.” Absolutely God is love and He offers unconditional love to everyone: “For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Jesus challenges us when He says that we should love even our enemies. Such love is possible only when we are infused with the theological virtue of charity that enables us to see everyone (even those who wrong us) as a divine image and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

When wronged, let not anger and a desire for vengeance take us over, rather clemency and meekness.Thomas Aquinas associates this with the virtue of temperance, which deals with the governance of our excessive desires. Clemency moderates “exterior punishment,” that is, the desire to take vengeance with excessive harm. Meekness diminishes the interior passion of excessive anger,thereby providing an interior peace.

This week we are going to enter into the Lenten Season and it is very appropriate to lift up in prayer those who have wronged us.

- Fr. Bernard

news and events

Pope Francis's 2020 Lenten Message

Pope Francis is calling on the faithful not to let the Lenten season of grace pass in vain, and to live as children of God acknowledging and obeying His law, in particular in regards to our brothers and sisters and to creation.

In his Message for Lent 2020, Pope Francis points to the paschal mystery – the mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection – as the basis of conversion. The Message bears the title "We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God", a quote from St Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians.

Click here to read Pope Francis's Lenten Message.

 

This Lent: An Invitation to Something Beautiful with the Lord

St. Ignatius of Loyola developed The Spiritual Exercises to provide the opportunity to come to a deeper “interior knowledge of Our Lord who became human for me, that I may love him more intensely and follow him more closely.” Through contemplation of Jesus in his human life, this process beckons one to a deeper relationship with Jesus and a better sense of direction for one’s life and what God desires. Beginning this Lent and given over a period of eight weeks, this introduction to The Spiritual Exercises provides different prayer forms and a weekly faith-sharing meeting. An open heart with commitment to daily prayer and weekly gatherings is essential, and if possible, a $25 donation to cover books and expenses would be appreciated. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Ann Lynch 707-443-6741.

Mass For Shut Ins

Mass For Shut Ins February 16, 2020

 

Reader & Extraordinary Minister Schedule for January - March, 2020

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

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Ashes

Mass Times

Sunday

9:00 am - English
12:15 pm - Spanish

4:30 pm - English

First Saturdays: 8:30 am

Weekdays

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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Sacraments

Reconciliation

Wed., 6:00-6:50 pm
First Saturday, 9-10 am
Also by appointment

Baptism

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.

Marriage

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
    95501
  • USA

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