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.
Message From Pope Francis Regarding World Mission Day…
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this World Mission Day my thoughts turn to all the local Churches. Let us not be robbed of the joy of evangelization! I invite you to immerse yourself in the joy of the Gospel and nurture a love that can light up your vocation and your mission. I urge each of you to recall, as if you were making an interior pilgrimage, that “first love” with which the Lord Jesus Christ warmed your heart, not for the sake of nostalgia but in order to persevere in joy. The Lord’s disciples persevere in joy when they sense his presence, do his will and share with others their faith, hope and evangelical charity. mother for all peoples and the source of rebirth for our world. God loves a cheerful giver.” World Mission Day is an occasion to rekindle the desire and the moral obligation to take joyful part in the mission ad gentes.
Let us pray through the intercession of Mary, the model of humble and joyful evangelization, that the Church may become a welcoming home, a A monetary contribution on the part of individuals is the sign of a self-offering, first to the Lord and then to others; in this way a material offering can become a means for the evangelization of humanity built on love.
Coming up in a few weeks is All Souls Day. We will be putting up a shrine of loved ones who have died over the years. If you can get a copy of a loved one’s photo who has died (no bigger than a 4X5 and print the name on the back of it), just drop the picture off at the parish office by Oct 29th.
Also, envelopes for All Souls are available in the vestibule of the church. You need not put money in the envelopes with the names of the dead. As your priests it is Fr David’s and my role to pray for those who sleep in Christ and not everything has a price. We just want a list of eight or less names of family and friends who have died (print them legibly so they can be copied on a list) and when we have the masses offered for All Souls we will read the names out loud during November masses.
Focusing the Gospel
Jesus’ statement on the greatest commandment is probably the best-known and most-discussed passage in all of Scripture. Placed in its Mediterranean cultural context, it takes on a fresh and concrete meaning. The episode is yet another example of the continuous cultural game of challenge by religious groups and a clever comeback by Jesus. The text clearly states that the Pharisee intends his question to test him.
On the face of it, the question appears very honest. The Pharisees identified 613 commandments in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). Two hundred forty-eight were positive (“thou shalt”) and three hundred sixty-five were negative (“thou shalt not”). How could anyone remember all of them? Were some more important than others? Some teachers distinguished between “heavy” and “light” commandments. The “Ten” (e.g., honor father and mother) are examples of heavy or serious commandments. An example of a light or less serious commandment stipulates that a person who finds a bird’s nest with a mother sitting on eggs or with young may take the young but must let the mother go. The reason for observing both is “that it may go well with you, and that you may live long”.
In reply to the Pharisee’s question about the “greatest commandment,” Jesus combines two: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” And the second of equal importance is “love your neighbor as yourself Jesus does not discard other commandments. He explicitly adds: “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
To love God with all one’s heart is to be totally attached to God. To love neighbor as self is to be as totally attached to people. Essentially, Jesus’ answer is very traditional. More importantly, what does Jesus understand by love? Mediterranean culture sheds some light. Remember that our ancestors in the faith were strongly group centered. The group was family, village, neighborhood, and factions (like the Twelve, the Pharisees, etc.) which a person might join. The group gave a sense of identity, a sense of belonging, and advice for actions to be taken or avoided. The group was an external conscience exerting enormous pressure on its individual members. In this context, love and hate are best understood as group attachment and group dis-attachment. The major feeling in love and hate is a feeling of belonging or not belonging, respectively. Thus, to love God with all one’s heart is to be totally attached to God. To love neighbor as self is to be as totally attached to people in one’s neighborhood or immediate circle of friends as one is to one’s family group. This has been and continues to be the normal way of life in the Mediterranean world, unless feuding develops. To “hate one’s father, mother,” and others as Luke’s Jesus (Lk 14:26) requires of his followers means to detach oneself from family and join the Jesus group. Paul says the greatest among the virtues faith, hope, and charity is charity, that is, love or attachment to the group which would mean all God’s people for us especially our church family.
The group-attachment aspect of love poses a challenge to individualistically oriented, emotional American believers. Which commandment would American believers say is the greatest? And what does that mean?
A priest was invited to attend a house party. Naturally, he was properly dressed and wearing his Priest's Collar. A little boy kept staring at him the entire evening. Finally, the priest asked the little boy what he was staring at. The little boy pointed to the priest's neck. When the priest finally realized what the boy was pointing at, He asked the boy, "Do you know why I am wearing that?" The boy nodded his head yes, and replied, "It kills fleas and ticks for up to three months".
History of Sacred Heart Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul
In 1981 the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established at Sacred Heart Church. Since that time we have provided services for parishioners and others in crises. We meet with people referred to us to provide an understanding ear and explore any service that may meet their current need. Over the years we have provided assistance with transportation, PG and E bills, water bills, emergency shelter, food, clothing, etc Assembled bags of food and supplies are located in the parish center.
During the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays we receive referrals from the local schools, the parish, and probation families in need of holiday food. In addition, at Christmas, we supply presents to children in needy families, as well as, providing requested gifts to occupants in care homes in Eureka. Over the past 30 plus years we have served over 10,000 families and expended over $100,000 in services. Virtually 100% of our funds come from our parishioners as 5th Sunday collections during the calendar year. One hundred percent of the funds donated are used for our clients.
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