Times & Homilies
Saturday (Vigil) 4:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am
Friday 11:00 am
Rosary: Thursday and Friday 10:40 am
Adoration: Every first Friday of the month 11:30 am - 8 pm
Stations of the Cross: Fridays of Lent at 6:30 pm
Mass Intentions: Request a Mass Card
Reconciliation: Saturdays 4:00-4:15 pm, or by appointment
Accommodating the Faithful
Sacred Heart makes every effort to accommodate and normalize the experience of Communion for the faithful, including those suffering from celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Therefore, if you wish to receive a low gluten host, please seek direction from Fr. Bob. You will be responsible for adding your host to the ciborium attached to the gold bowl and then receiving Communion from the pastor. If you have questions, please let us know ahead of time in order to normalize the experience of Communion. During Holy Week there will be extra low gluten hosts which will be consecrated for consumption.
We journey deeper into John Chapter 6. The Jewish people really begin to question Jesus. How can he do what he says? Isn’t he Joseph’s son? They are judging by the externals. Jesus commands them to stop murmuring. Then tells them that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; I will raise him on the last day”. Stop and reflect on this statement. Do you realize how blessed we are? This statement resonates what we say at Mass right before we process forward for communion: “Blessed are those who are called to his supper”. We have been drawn by the Father to Jesus. We have been called to his supper. And as a result, Jesus will raise us on the last day. If we believe!
Jesus then lays it out very, very clearly: “If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.” Like I have said, on multiple Sundays, Jesus is offering us a free ticket to heaven. If we believe! We cannot have closed minds like the people in the Gospel. They will not accept Jesus’ true identity. Neither can we have apathetic minds and take the Eucharist for granted. We must constantly pray to deepen our faith. We must risk ourselves by being Jesus to others. Others need to learn Christ through us. Notice I don’t say, “Learn aboutChrist.” I write, “Learn Christ.” We need to manifest in every word and action that we are holy – we are different because we have Christ in us.
Throughout the centuries and today, Catholics and other Christians have believed that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. In a sense, the bread we eat, the wine we drink, is an illusion. Our human eyes see only bread and wine, only externals. Through faith, we go beyond externals and recognize the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Often, it helps me to take a personal experience to help me deepen my faith and understanding of this Chapter. Have you had an experience in your life where you judged a person quite harshly, only to discover later that you saw only externals and that the person was not at all like that? I’ve done that way too often. I learned from this experience to be, oh, so careful in judging externals. When I look at the bread and wine, I know deep in my heart – from human experience – that these elements are far more than what I see. They are the body and blood of Jesus Christ. God Bless.
P.S. Speaking of food – it may not be heavenly food, but I do want to make sure you all have August 31st marked on your calendar. It's the end of summer thank you barbecue. Please make sure you plan on stopping in/and or staying for a while to let me say, “Thank You!”
Ministry Assignments for July 7 - September 30, 2018
Special note: If you are unable to serve for an assignment, please find a substitute in advance and notify the office as to who will take your assigned time and date. If you have a need to be removed from the ministry assignments, please contact Shelley in the office. Thank you!
Attention Greeters and Ushers: we have new badges for you to wear; they are located in the back of church where the bulletins sit. Please remember to wear your badge and then return it back to the table after Mass. This is a great way for visitors to know who you are if they have any questions. Thank you!
Parish Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am-12:00 pm
3910 SE 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202
Phone: (503) 231-9636
Fax: (503) 231-1766