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.
“With Grateful Hearts”- Women’s Retreat
Sacred Heart Parish is pleased to announce our annual silent retreat for women and invites the women of all parishes to join us. Our focus this year will be to ask for the grace to give thanks in all things. The retreat will be held at Escot Farm in Willow Creek on Friday, June26 through Sunday, June 28. Cost is $90 if registration is received by June 4;$100 if received after and covers some meals and lodging. Registration forms are available in the church and parish office,and are due to Sacred Heart by noon,Tuesday, June 16.Space is limited. Call Ann at 443-6741 for more information.
Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Coming of the Spirit In the Gospel Reading this Sunday, Jesus foretells that he will send the Holy Spirit upon his disciples. And we also celebrate that coming of the Spirit because it is the feast of Pentecost.
But the book of Genesis tells us that the Spirit was in the world from the beginning of creation. The Spirit moved upon the face of the waters when God first made heaven and earth. From that beginning all throughout the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is present in the world. For example, the Spirit of God came upon: Samson (Judges 13:25), Saul (1 Sam 11:6), David (1 Sam 16:13), and others as well.
The first thing to notice is that, in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is mentioned as coming only on a few particular people for some particular purposes marked out by God. But after Christ sends the Spirit at Pentecost, the Spirit comes on every single one Christian. As the Second Reading explains, every person who says (and believes) that Jesus is Lord has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.
Furthermore, after Pentecost, the Spirit that comes is the Spirit of the resurrected Christ, as well as the Spirit of the Father. And so when after Pentecost Christ’s followers are filled with the Spirit, they are unified with Christ, because his Spirit is within them.
So when Christ sends the Spirit at Pentecost, it comes on all those who believe in Christ; and it comes on them forever, for their whole lives. Those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them are made into the body of Christ, because the Spirit of the resurrected Christ is in them.
So that is why the Spirit comes at Pentecost, to inaugurate the new age which God promised long ago. Through his prophet Joel (2:28), God promised that in the messianic age God would pour out his Spirit on all his people; and then God himself would be the hope and the strength of his people (Joel 3:16).We are included in that promise too. By God’s spirit that dwells in us, we are made one with our risen Lord.
Question: In his homily at Mass for the Feast of Pentecost two years ago Pope Francis asked us the following questions: Are we open to ‘God’s surprises’? Or are we closed and fearful before the newness of the Holy Spirit? Do we have the courage to strike out along the new paths which God’s newness sets before us, or do we resist, barricaded in transient structures which have lost their capacity for openness to what is new?
Questions for this Sunday
Sometimes it’s hard to get to the end of your own city block. How are you going to go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature? How does preaching the gospel to every creature relate to the sustainability of the Earth?
Jesus said signs would accompany those who believed. Most of us will probably not be picking up serpents with our hands or drinking deadly things without being harmed. Jesus mentions signs that will result from those who believe. What kinds of signs might you see today when you or someone else proclaims the gospel?
We welcome Bishop Vasa who is celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation for our area Catholics with us at 2pm at Sacred Heart Church with a reception afterwards. All are invited.
The emergency phone number in the bulletin front page listings is for emergencies in contacting a priest. Please use this number after office hours.
On Sunday June 7th we will begin having a mass during the summer months at 7pm at St. Joseph’s Church (the corner of Henderson and C Streets in Eureka). All parishes are invited.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Birthday Celebration for Fr David and myself. It was fun to have the Catholic Community in Eureka gather and have fun.
What is one of the first things that Adam and Eve did after they were kicked out of Eden? They raised Cain.
What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden? Your mother ate us out of house and home.
The ark was built in 3 stories, and the top story had a window to let light in, but how did they get light to the bottom 2 stories? They used floodlights.
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