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.                                                                                                                                 

FRANCIS

Pastor’s Corner

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.

Fr. Tom

Focusing the Gospel

Jesus is not fooled by the Pharisees and Herodians. Pharisees were particularly disturbed by the attribution of divinity to Caesar but also considered possession of this graven image to be idolatrous. They devised ways to pay this tax without possessing or handling the coin). It would be very shameful if a Pharisee produced the coin. The Herodians held political power, and most scholars believe that they were a political party that supported King Herod Antipas, the Roman Empire's ruler over much of the land of the Jews from 4 B.C. to A.D. 39. The Herodians favored submitting to the Herods, and therefore to Rome, for political expediency. This support of Herod compromised Jewish independence in the minds of the Pharisees, making it difficult for the Herodians and Pharisees to unite and agree on anything. But one thing did unite them—opposing Jesus. Herod himself wanted Jesus dead      

The Pharisees’ and Herodians' shameful flattery, is seen in their malice and hypocrisy. These vices lead to a false dichotomy between earthly and divine kingdoms. Goodness and truth lead us to recognize our place and proper conduct in both kingdoms. When earthly kingdoms are guided by God's values and ways, they are no less than the spatial presence here and now of God's kingdom. And we pay only one tax: the self-giving that bears the image of Jesus.   

In the first reading: God uses earthly realms, as in the case of Cyrus the Persian who liberates the Jews from Babylonian captivity, to further the presence of God's kingdom. There need be no opposition between them. And when there is, it's due to human malice and hypocrisy.

Sometimes what we owe to God can put us in conflict with the civil authority, for example, conscientious objection to war, policy decisions concerning poverty and environment, etc. When conflicts arise, is it Caesar or is it God we serve?

Humor

A man and his young son went to church, and when they came out the father was complaining that the service was too long, the preacher was no good, and the singing was off-key.

Finally the little boy said, "Daddy, I thought it was pretty good for the fifty cents you gave."

North Coast Catholic News

The October issue of the diocesan newspaper North Coast Catholic is available for pick up here in the church. Inside you will see great articles on earthquake relief efforts, how one becomes a deacon, Halloween, ISIS, a fascinating story from the Church's past, and much, much more. También tenemos varios artículos en españo. Take a copy home, please. We appreciate your support. Click here to read it online.

Religious Education in English

Children’s Faith Formation in English for Sacred Heart and St Bernard Parishes will be together.

  • Preparation for religious education is still underway! Classes in English will be available for grades 1-6 on Monday evenings. Pre-registration is taking place at all churches. Forms can be found at church and returned to either parish office. We are still in need of teacher assistants to help out in the classes. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, call or email Amanda (707) 601-8585, dre@saintbernards.org. Information on classes in Spanish will be in the Spanish bulletin.
  • A united Youth group for junior high/Confirmation and high school will begin in October. Volunteers are also welcome for the two groups. More information on time and place to come.
  • Liturgy of the Word for Children- if you are interested in helping children grades K-3 to better understand the readings during mass, please let us know! There are resources and guidebooks available to begin this ministry at both parishes, where the children leave at the beginning of mass for a simpler explanation of the Sunday readings and return during the offertory of the mass. Fr Tom has had this in his last four parishes except for the senior adult community in Oakmont.

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