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News & Events
WE'RE IN ORDINARY TIME
Because the term ordinary in English most often means something that's not special or distinctive, many people think that Ordinary Time refers to parts of the calendar of the Catholic Church that are unimportant. Even though the season of Ordinary Time makes up most of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church, the fact that Ordinary Time refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons reinforces this impression. Yet Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting.
Why Is Ordinary Time Called Ordinary?
Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" not because it is common but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time in fact represent the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.
Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. There's nothing "ordinary" about that!
Why Is Green the Color of Ordinary Time?
Likewise, the normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time—for those days when there is no special feast—is green. Green vestments and altar cloths have traditionally been associated with the time after Pentecost, the period in which the Church founded by the risen Christ and enlivened by the Holy Spirit began to grow and to spread the Gospel to all nations.
When Is Ordinary Time?
Ordinary Time refers to all of those parts of the Catholic Church's liturgical year that aren't included in the major seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Ordinary Time thus encompasses two different periods in the Church's calendar, since the Christmas season immediately follows Advent, and the Easter season immediately follows Lent.
The Church year begins with Advent, followed immediately by the Christmas season. Ordinary Time begins on the Monday after the first Sunday after January 6, the traditional date of the Feast of the Epiphany and the end of the liturgical season of Christmas. This first period of Ordinary Time runs until Ash Wednesday, when the liturgical season of Lent begins. Both Lent and the Easter season fall outside of Ordinary Time, which resumes again on the Monday after Trinity Sunday, the end of the Easter season. This second period of Ordinary Time runs until the First Sunday in Advent, when the liturgical year begins again.
How Many Sundays Are There in Ordinary Time?
In any given year, there are either 33 or 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time. Because Easter is a moveable feast, and thus the Lent and Easter seasons "float" from year to year, the number of Sundays in each period of Ordinary Time vary from the other period as well as from year to year.
A Special Blessing
God provides. Our pastor has recorded this weekend's homily for us even though Masses were cancelled this weekend. We can listen to the audio recording of the "homily" by following this link or by visiting the Worship page and viewing the audio from the normal location. Please be safe during this inclement weather. God Bless.
Christmas at Sacred Heart
Please enjoy a few memories from our Christmas celebrations!
Dear Sacred Heart Families and Friends,
The children in our religious education class would like to thank you for all of your generous donations to the Raphael House. We hope that you understand that you have made a great difference in many lives this Christmas. I spoke with a member of the Raphael staff this afternoon. She expressed great thankfulness for your support. I explained to the Raphael staff that our parish, Sacred Heart, view challenges as opportunities to help others.
And to St. Vincent DePaul, a special thank you for your thoughtful and generous cash donation to this worthy charity.
Peace and Blessings,
Priscilla Holman & the religious education students
A new ministry schedule has been published. Please refer to the link in Quick Links to your right, on this page, or please download the schedule at the link on the Worship page.
Center of the Heart with Fr. Bob
As we enter 2017, let us offer peace each day. Let us bring a smile to someone's face. Let us use words of healing. Let us let go of anger and resentment. Let us ask ourselves at the end of the day, "Did I forgive? Did I love?" And go to sleep with a resounding, "Yes, in our hearts."
Creative God, inspire world leaders to believe in and use non-violent ways to resolve conflicts. LORD, HAVE MERCY.
Jesus, Word of God, lead those in power to speak together in hope and mutuality and to search authentically for avenues to peace. CHRIST, HAVE MERCY.
Sprit of God, help us to reject the failed solutions of violence and seek peace through dialogue, compromise and respect for dignity of the human person. LORD, HAVE MERCY.
A most blessed and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Volunteers are needed to host coffee and donuts after 10:00 Mass about once a month. Please contact Lisa Rivelli in the parish office if you have questions or would like to volunteer.
Come join the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon 2017 Fiat Retreat: a three-day reflective experience. Are you a single Catholic woman over 18, seeking a deeper prayer life and open to God’s Call?
January 20-22, 2017 at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Beaverton Convent.
To Learn more and register call Sr. Michael Francine Duncan at 503-718-5073.
2016-2017 Holy Days of Opportunity
Download the dates
Thank you for your support of St. Vincent Mission. You can view photos, listen to Sr. Kathleen's talk from August 2016 and see the support in action for St. Vincent Mission.
Thanksgiving Day November 24th was a high holy day at Sacred Heart. You can view photos, listen to the homily and view our message of thanks.
Advent Event for Families
View the photos from our Advent Event
Attention registered parishioners we have printed an update to our Parish Directory, it includes new members, and any changes that have been made since the directory was made. The updated page will be available to pick up in the back of church. Please add this to your directory at home. If you are a registered parishioner and did not get a directory, please notify the office.
Dear Families and Friends,
Our religious education class has been very busy. Early in October we had so much fun baking wafers. We want to send a special thank you to the helpers for this project Kathleen, Claire, Lisa and Shelley. We aren't sure which group had the most fun, the children or the adults. Next, we visited St. Mary's Cathedral. Sister Connie, our docent, was fabulous with the children. We learned about the Cathedral artwork, music, and terms used by the early church. Ask your child about an ambo, nave, and cathedra. We also discussed the symbolism of water, light, and the shape of the cathedral. During one of our classes our children created designs for notecards. The cards are at the printer as I write this message. These cards will be available to parish members free, for a donation to our classroom kitty. Finally, we ended the month of October with a good old fashioned pizza party. We have created our costumes for Advent. We have Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, angels, and more. These costumes will be available for all children to try on at our Advent Event. Bring your cameras! This week we will begin working on a special Christmas project for our parents. I won't post the project pictures until January. (Surprise)! We will visit the Blue Nuns at the end of November. Photos have been posted to tell the story of our exciting religious education classes. Thank you for your continued support and thoughtful suggestions.
Peace and Blessings,
Check out the newest photos of the kids in action! Visit the Children's Liturgy page.
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!