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Baked Food Sale November 5th and 6th
Most of you remember Sr. Kathleen who visited us from Kentucky last August. She has worked with the Appalachian people there for nearly 30 years. With members of her community, they have far reaching programs to help all of the struggling coal miner families who have been impacted by the shut down and depletion of the coal mines. We have helped for many years by holding a baked food sale organized by our youth, who then take the proceeds, buy Christmas gifts, and we ship them to be used in the Sisters' Christmas store.
The bake food sale is coming up soon -- the weekend of November 5 and 6. It's early because we have to allow time for shipping, packaging and shipping to arrive in Kentucky by December 19th. So if you'd like to make some baked food item for us to sell, please do so and bring to Mass. If you can or make some other great foodstuffs, that is super too. Above all, bring your money to buy some wonderful Sacred Heart goodies and support this worthy cause. If you have questions, please contact the office.
Check out the newest photos of the kids in action! Visit the Children's Liturgy page.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary. A special time when we reflect on this ancient tradition of our Church that has been renewed over and over by appearances of Mary.
Most historians trace the origin of the Rosary as we know it today back to the so-called Dark Ages of 9th century Ireland. In those days, as is still true today, the 150 Psalms of David were one of the most important forms of monastic prayers. Monks recited or changed the Psalms day after day as a major source of inspiration.
The lay people who lived near the monasteries could see the beauty of this devotion, but because very few people outside the monasteries knew how to read in those days, and because the 150 Psalms are too long to memorize, the lay people were unable to adapt this prayer form for their own use.
So one day in about the year 800 A.D., one of the Irish monks suggested to the neighboring lay people that they might like to pray a series of 150 Our Fathers in place of the 150 Psalms. Little did he know that his simple suggestion was the first step in the development of what would one day become the most popular non-liturgical prayer from of Christianity.
At first, in order to count their 150 Our Fathers, people carried around leather pouches which held 150 pebbles. Soon they advanced to ropes with 150 or 50 knots; and eventually they began to use string with 50 pieces of wood.
Shortly afterwards the clergy and lay people in other parts of Europe began to recite, as a repetitive prayer, the Angelic Salutation, (Hail, Mary, full of grace . . .) which makes up most of the first part of our Hail Mary. In the 11th century, St. Peter Damian, was the first to mention this prayer form used throughout of Ireland. Soon many people were praying the 50 Angelic Salutations while others favored the 50 Our Fathers.
During the 13th century another prayer form, which would soon give the Rosary its Mysteries, began to develop. Since many of the 150 Psalms were prophecies foreshadowing the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the series of 150 Psalms became praises in honor of Jesus. Soon "Psalters" devoted to Mary were also composed. When a psalter of Marian praises numbered 50 instead of 150 it was commonly called a "rosarium" or bouquet. So a Rosary is a bouquet of prayers offered to God.
Soon during the 13th century, there were four distinct "psalters" in use at the same time: the 150 Our Fathers, the 150 Angelic Salutations (Luke 4), the 150 praises of Jesus, and the 150 praises of Mary. Eventually these 4 prayers forms would be combined.
The first step toward the combination of the four kinds of psalters came in about 1365 A.D. First the 150 Angelic Salutations into decades of 10, put an Our Father before each decade, and thus our modern day Rosary began to take shape. The in 1490 A.D. a Psalter of fifty thoughts about the lives of Jesus and Mary was provided for each bead. Many variations of this form were gradually composed from 1425-1470.
The Dominican Order became the foremost missionaries of the Rosary by 1470 with a special thought for each Hail Mary bead. This prayer form -- 150 Hail Marys with a special thought for each bead -- spread rapidly through Western Christendom.
"A picture is worth a thousand words." In about 1500 it became possible to reproduce woodcut picture prints inexpensively for the first time. Since the vast majority of people still could not read, these picture Rosaries became immediately popular. But since it was difficult and expensive to draw and print 150 different pictures, one for each Hail Mary thought in the current Rosary prayed, the new picture Rosaries usually showed only fifteen pictures -- one for each Our Father bead. At first the ten Hail Mary thoughts were printed around each Our Father Picture. Eventually the Mary thoughts were dropped off and what remained only the 15 brief Our Father thoughts which have survived as the fifteen Mysteries we know today (although Pope St. John Paul II added 5 more).
As soon as the short Rosary of fifteen Mysteries and no Hail Mary thoughts had replaced the medieval form, people recognized the need to augment the fifteen brief Mystery statements. Supplementary prayers usually took the form of meditations to be ready before praying each decade. One of the most popular of these sets of meditations were written by St. Louis deMontfort in about 1700.
In the early 20th century in Germany, there appeared the first signs of a return to the original method: a series of thoughts for each Hail Mary. Soon writers and Scripture scholars in Switzerland, Canada, began concretely what we pray today. Composed were thoughts or statements to be read before or after praying each Hail Mary of the Rosary. This is called "The Scriptural Rosary" and is still prayed today. Thee Scriptural quotations are blended to tell the story of each Mystery in ten consecutive thoughts. Today, most of us pray the 50 beads without these reflections, but the Scripture additions add much.
Center of the Heart
Now featuring, "Center of the Heart" with our very own, Fr. Bob. Visit the Growing Your Faith page for more information.
Sacred Heart Men's Club
The second Sacred Heart Men’s Club Social Event is
planned for November 7th , Monday night at Portland U Brew on Milwaukie Ave. We thought we would brew some Fr. Bob Brew and do it as a fundraiser for Christmas stocking stuffers. Please plan to invite a friend from Church or the community to increase interest and fellowship.
If you are interested or have questions please email Jeff or Eric.
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!