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This is a beautiful poem sent out with Catholic Relief Services materials to its Parish supporters -- which we are. Regardless what is going on in our country, nor our individual positions, it is beautiful thoughts to reflect and pray upon.
Catholic Relief Services' philosophy: As the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services draws upon a rich tradition of Scripture and Catholic social teaching, which serve as the foundation for CRS' Guiding Principles. Acting as a guide to what a just world might look like, these Principles are shared across religious and cultural boundaries and articulate values that are common among people who seek to promote and work towards true justice and lasting peace who hold gently the sacredness and dignity of the human person. Our annual participation in "Rice Bowl" is one way we actively support the internal work of CRS.
To Reach Across Borders
Lord of All,
Some of us make our homes on hills, others in valleys.
Some in tall buildings, some on shorelines, some at risk on the street.
And we divide up our patches with lines we scratch into the ground
And call them borders.
Where the lines don’t suffice, we build fences.
Where fences fail, we dig moats.
Where moats aren’t enough, we erect walls.
But what if we were to look across these borders?
Across fence, moat, and wall
And see you on the other side?
Lord, teach us to reach across all borders.
Fabricated or natural.
To join with all our brothers and sisters
To unify, and not separate.
To honor all who wander
Seeking hope, seeking opportunity –seeking you
As assuredly as we seek you
Lord, let no border ring our hearts.
May we find a place within them for all.
Turn our hands from building walls
Toward building justice.
Stretch our arms across fence, wall and moat
To seek out those on the other side
That we might find you in each other’s eyes
In each other’s hands
In each other’s wounds.
From the New York Times
It is time for Lent already. How might you know? Maybe a friend you went out with on Friday night switched to lemonade from a Microbrew. For us Catholics this is a practice with deep spiritual significance. Lent, a period of 40 days, precedes the celebration of Easter and has its origin in the early days of the Church. Lent is a season of conversion: we acknowledge the ways we have turned away from God in our lives, and we focus on turning our hearts and minds back toward God. Three helps: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Why prayer? We have a holy longing to know we are part of a bigger plan. Prayer puts us in sync with the Unmoved Mover, the Great Amen, the Alpha and the Omega. Why do we fast? Depriving ourselves of a basic necessity reminds us of our utter dependence on God. Traditionally, the money we don't spend is usually shared with us. We are called to help others. Thus almsgiving.
So maybe growing up you gave up Oreos or your favorite TV show. An experience of want, however temporary, can help us to appreciate the true abundance in our lives. And a small positive change can have a big impact that lasts beyond the 40 days of Lent.
Save the Date!
Sunday 3/19 10:00 a.m. 1st Scrutiny for RCIA Candidates
Saturday 3/25 Funeral Planning Workshop 10:00
4:30 p.m. 2nd Scrutiny for RCIA Candidates
Sunday 3/26 Mass of the Anointing of the Sick 1:00 pm
Fr. Bob's Lenten messages will begin being posted on Ash Wednesday. Click here to read the daily message which will be viewable here on the website and on www.facebook.com/SacredHeartPortland/
Please make sure and visit the Lenten table in the back of church for your Operation Rice Bowl, Lenten booklet and the Word Among Us as well as the 3 books that Father has spoken about in the Padre’s Portion: The Shack, The Return of The Prodigal Son and Resisting Happiness.
Group Discussion Times for the Lenten books we're all reading are as follows:
Thursday March 23 after 11:00 a.m. Mass
Thursday March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
The Return of the Prodigal Son
Wednesday, March 29th at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m
All meetings will be in the CHURCH. Discussions will be about 1 hour.
Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper
With Lent just around the corner, remember to mark on your calendars for our annual Friday night Stations of the Cross and soup suppers. Each week will be hosted by a different group from our parish as follows:
March 3 Altar Society
March 10 Community Building Committee Choir
March 17 Choir
March 24 St. Vincent De Paul
March 31 Pastoral Council
At the Heart of Sacred Heart the week of March 19th
Our classes are coming along nicely. This semester we will focus on several topics and events.
These topics/events will include:
*Steps to a good confession (discussion and craft activity)
*How to receive Holy Communion (activity and discussion)
*Our church family
*Stories from God (readings and craft activities)
*Valentine Tea February 12, 2017 after Mass (Our students will host a craft table and pass out Valentines
*Religious life presentation (guest speaker) February 20, 2017
*Passion Luncheon March 3, 2017 (During class)
This lesson is designed to tell the story of the Passion to children. The students receive one food at a time, and each is symbolic to a part of the Easter story. After receiving each item, there is a scripture to read.
*Olives-Agony in the garden
*Chocolate coins-Judas silver
*Chocolate kiss-Judas’ kiss
*Cheese on a tiny sword-Arrest of Jesus
*Hardboiled egg-Peter’s denial
*Cracker with pretzel-Crown of thorns
*Vinegar chips-Vinegar to drink on the cross
The students will take turns reading the scriptures.
This spring we look forward to a guest speaker, a master gardener that will help us plant in our rectory garden. We will also examine the importance of service to our parish.
*No Class April 17, 2017 Easter Monday
First Holy Communion Students
*First Reconciliation March 11, 2017 (10:00 a.m.)
*Home Mass April 12, 2017
*First Holy Communion April 23, 2017
Peace and Blessings,
If you visit our Church grounds and take a tour, you will see our beautiful Church, our office building (the former rectory built in 1917), and here you may go downstairs to see our St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry and our "Social Hall." Now, please contain your laughter. Yes, that basement space that we share with SVDP, our Religious Education Program, coffee and donuts and other social events is all we have. When numbers allow us, we will have funeral receptions, parish social gatherings and dinners. This area seats about 60 people somewhat comfortably. So in 2014, after a Master Plan was worked through with all the parishioners, it was unequivocally decided the Parish needed a hall. The aging original hall/gym had been torn down in 2005. It was time! So, in typical Sacred Heart fashion many minds and hands and hearts began to design, budget, and raise money. You can read the history in the other documents posted. Just know, it's a work in progress, and we welcome any and all support. God Bless You!
Land-Use Review: Conditional Use and Adjustment Reviews
Thursday, March 9th 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.
Capital Campaign Updates
February 12, 2017
You are all so amazing. We started out with a goal of $1,000,000 towards our dream of building a Hall here at Sacred Heart. Today we have $1,059, 593.13 pledged and donated towards our Hall. Congratulations.
Take this amount and add in our investment monies of $450,000 for a total of $1,509,593.13. We're almost there. We've had a setback as our hope for another major donation declined, but we are to return to him in June and ask again. We will but, we can't wait.
The City permit application is moving forward. If you noticed, signs have been posted on the property notifying the public of the hearing. This is good. Our architects hope that permits will be released to us sometime in the last two weeks of April. Breaking ground would soon follow.
We know due to changes required by the Archdiocese and the City, our target goal was raised to $1,770,000. So in order to break ground, we need to raise the final $260,000. We are still working with at least 3 major donors hoping they will help us. Also, we're asking all of you to re-visit your pledge/donation and see if you could squeeze out a little bit more, also to if you know of any donor that could help us meet our goal please send me their names and contact information as soon as possible.
We are also preparing to apply to the Archdiocese for a line of credit. Your pledges are collateral. This takes about a month so we're going to start this process so everything will come together by Easter Sunday, April 16. We are confident.
We need to storm heaven asking the Lord to send his angels to continue to make the permit process go well and the Archdiocese application as well.
Every week, we are going to update you of our progress so you will have up to date information.
God bless you for your generosity.
February 19, 2017
At the end of this week our total pledge and investment stands at $1,509,594. Another major contributor turned us down this week as is already supporting two other Catholic schools. We're not giving up. Do you have anyone that we should contact?
Also with the City permits, here is what has happened and is happening according to our Architects:
February 26, 2017
I'm excited to tell you that our total went up $154.42 this week. Now that doesn't sound like a lot, but to me it is huge, for it is a gift from the heart of an 11 year girl in our parish who wants to get our Hall built. She gave me the contents of her "vacation" that she had been collecting for 4 years for a trip to Disneyland. What a gift from the heart. I am humbled.
We are now starting the journey with the Archdiocese to apply for our line of credit. They send a representative to us to go over each pledge and make sure all the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed. Concurrently, we will be collecting all the financial information the Archdiocesan Loan Commission needs to review our request. We have to have these materials to them two weeks before we meet with them on April 11th. Pray the angels clear this path.
Again, we're working hard to get some outside donors, and, once again, asking you to re-visit your own pledge and see if you can "up" it any.
God bless your goodness. I am so blessed by you.
March 5, 2017
Our pledges and donations have slowly inched up to $1,061,135.55. We're going to make it.
We continue to move forward -- and it's been so slow the past few months -- that we've made another big leap this week. You'll soon meet a gentleman named John Eckart. I've know John for over 17 years, a fine, integral man (though I've never gotten him interested in joining the Catholic Church); he's a staunch Lutheran. John is going to be our Construction Project Manager for the new hall. We worked together in the building of the Church at Holy Family and the remodel of the School. Though I know sometimes I really put pressure on him for various reasons, he always came through to do the best job for us. John met with two of the capital campaign members to go over the construction budget which he is totally now responsible for. He made it very clear, the architects have worked the numbers, now it's up to him to make sure the construction happens within those number. And with a huge sigh of release, the budget stands at the $1,771,789, exactly the number we were given months ago. No more surprises! And John said as Construction Project Manager said it's definitely a number he can work within. He and his family will be coming to Masses one weekend, so you can meet him.
This coming week is our public hearing meeting with the City. 9:00 a.m. on March 9th 1900 SE Fourth Ave., Suite 3000. Ask the Holy Spirit to move in, through and around the meeting.
God Bless. Thank you. It's really going to happen.
The architects, project manager, and representatives of our Parish attended the public hearing on our request for the zoning variance needed to build. No one in opposition attended the hearing. We now have to wait about 31 days for “final judgement”. We will then know if and when the variance will be granted. We are another step closer to ground breaking. Yea, God. Let’s keep our hands together and pray that our needs are met. It’s out of our hands and totally now in the hands of the City.
Fundraising efforts continue. We continue looking for those final donors who will take us over the top. Some of you have suggested names of potential donors. We’re pursuing them. Thank you for your efforts to date!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Some of you have re-visited your pledges and our bottom line this week went up to $1.070,390.55. We're slowly approaching the pinnacle. Thank you, again.
Also on Tuesday, I began the process of applying for the line of credit. This is a month long journey through the business office of the Archdiocese so we’ll be ready when all the various entities come together. Another milestone.
This is the actual report from our architects communicating on our public hearing on March 9th. I wanted to make sure I got it straight to you:
Everything went well. There were no voices from the public in opposition, and since we were not challenging any of the City’s comments the Staff report was accepted as written. We were in at 9:00, and out by 9:30.
The City hearings officer now has 17 days to review the report and issue his ruling. Since there were no objections to the Staff report, it is possible that he could issue his ruling sooner. Given how the hearing went, I think it is virtually certain that the ruling will be in our favor.
Once the ruling is issued, the public has 14 days to file an appeal. Appeals cannot be ‘out of left field’, they have to be related to the findings in the staff report and Hearings Officer’s ruling, so it is unlikely that there will be an appeal.
After the 14 day appeal period (March 27th at latest) the Hearings Officer’s ruling will become official.
We are now $251,609.45 away from our goal to be able to break ground on our new Fellowship Hall.