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.
Freeman Dawes Blake Memorial
Friday, May 1st at 1:00 pm at Sacred Heart. Burial of Freeman and Teresa BlakeR Ocean View Cemetery following w /military honors.
April 26, 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares the good shepherd to a mere hired hand. The good shepherd cares about the sheep. The hired one is mainly interested in getting paid. When wolves come, the latter would simply run away while the picture shows the good shepherd protecting the flock but is it wrong to run away? I imagine that a lot of us are like this out of necessity. What is so terrible about being a hired shepherd?
A lot, at least in Jesus’ story. Take a poetic example.* First, imagine that there are “handles” on what you possess. Everything—honors, assets, etc.—everything has a “handle” that someone could grab in order to take it away from you. Looks, home, car, reputation, career, money saved up for the children’s education, respect from others, pleasure, youth, you name it. What do you own that you could not lose? You grab your own handles tight to hold on.
The forces of greed and evil tell our hearts that everything in the whole world is there just to be grabbed for myself and kept. “Greed is a virtue,” these forces say, in fact the only virtue. The mess of the world situation in this second decade of the 21st century seems to prove that.
There is an alternate way of life. It has to do with love, the kind of love that the good shepherd shows us. Its motto is this: The real value in life is to receive, not to grab and possess.
All that you have and all that you are is a gift from the good God. If you open your hands, so to speak, you will let God pour into them whatever you really need! And keeping them open lets you easily release your gifts and let them pass on to others, others who are in need.
Two ways of life: “Grab and Keep” on one side. On the other, “Receive and Let Go.” The hired hand versus the good shepherd.
There comes an epic battle between these two ways of life. It is waged on the cross. Evil seizes and tears away from Jesus everything with “handles” on it—friends, followers, career, respect, relation to God, ordinary comfort, slaking of thirst, the ability to breathe, life itself.
It takes everything. Evil wins.
Yet there is a fatal flaw in the grab-and-keep philosophy, because it thinks that nothing at all exists without a handle on it.
What about love? Love lets go, receiving humbly, giving humbly. There is nothing to grab about real love, nothing by way of a handle. Since the devil only sees handles and selfishness, love to him must be just another form of self-interest.
So the devil burrows down to the innermost sanctum of Jesus’ soul on the cross, greedy to seize the ultimate prize itself, the power of God. Salivating for it, ravenous, unable to hold back, he throws open the tabernacle doors of Jesus’ soul only to find that sacred space empty, completely empty. The quiet stillness of receiving gratefully and of lightly letting go surely are present there, but they have no handles. So the devil goes on his way, confident that everything is now his.
But it isn't. Love wins because it has given everything away already.
This is why the Good Shepherd can risk his life for the sheep.
Can we unite with him?
I will be swapping parishes with Fr Loren in Occidental with St Bernard’s this weekend and then continue on with vacation time. The diocese allows us four weeks a year and I have 17 days left. I will return on May 8th after having celebrated my 60th birthday with family.
Time to keep our parish registry up-to-date. We have put out a list of ”parishioners” in the vestibule and are asking you to please check-off your names if you are a parishioner or register if your name is not present. We need to do this as some members have died, moved away or stopped going to church or have gone to another church. Please put your registrations in the collection or drop them off at the office. There will be a drawing of all new registrants and the family will get $100. We will have a “Welcome Dinner” for all new parishioners in June.
Two weeks left to get feedback for a Mass on Sunday evening during June-August. Give the office a call if you like the idea and plan to go to the mass at times during the summer. Also, would you like to change the Saturday evening mass time to earlier or later than the 5:30 time we have now to 4:30-6? We now have the Anointing of the Sick on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St Joseph’s Hospital during the mass at 11:30 am.
The Big Event at Redwood Acres has been postponed until the Fall because of a similar event taking place the week after our original May date. More info later.
On the bulletin we have an emergency number listed (707 599-3456) for after office hours. It is to be used for those who need to be anointed and/or are dying. It is not to be used for other reasons.
An ad for a church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads, "For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets."
When the restaurant next to a Church put out a big sign with red letters that said, "Open Sundays," the church reciprocated with its own message: "We are open on Sundays, too."
"Have trouble sleeping? We have sermons - come hear one!"
A singing group called "The Resurrection" was scheduled to sing at a church. When a big snowstorm postponed the performance, the pastor fixed the outside sign to read, "The Resurrection is postponed."
Circle Your Calendar
1st Communion (Spanish) on May 16th at 1:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church
1st Communion (English) on May 17th at 10:30 am at St. Bernard Church
Confirmation Rehearsal on May 22nd at 7 pm
Confirmation Retreat on May 23rd at 12-7 pm
Confirmation at Sacred Heart- May 24th at 2 pm
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The Easter Vigil is the "Mother of All Vigils."Easter Sunday, then, is the greatest of all Sundays, and Easter Time is the most important of all liturgical times.Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost.It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian: Alleluia!
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