Times & Homilies
Saturday (Vigil) 4:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am
Friday 11:00 am
Rosary: Wednesday, 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.
So much is happening in our world right now as we begin our New Year. You're well aware of the tensions between Iraq/Iran and the U.S. Will this be war? Then there's the horrible wildfires in Australia as well as "out of the ordinary weather" happenings: unusual storms, floods, fear of famine in Africa, earthquakes. So what do we do? I'd suggest we keep it simple. We continue to walk by faith and not by sight. We trust our God has us close. So we stay on our knees, and we pray constantly throughout our day ("Lord, have mercy on us."), and we do what we can to love the person right in front of us. We treat each other with respect, ignoring negativity and reacting with positivity. We definitely can learn more about climate change -- I believe strongly this isn't coincidence -- and we need to listen and learn as well as we can. Above all, we hold hearts full of gratitude for all that we have been blessed with in our lives. Gratitude keeps us from looking down -- glass half empty -- but keeps us looking up.
Continue to do some of the fun activities you did in preparation for Christmas. Bake cookies, candy, pastries to be shared with others. Continue (or create) a family prayer time each day where you read Scriptures, pray and share about the excitement of being alive! Do something fun as a family. Take time to affirm each other and others; forgive one another quickly and don't let a day go by without telling one another in your family that they are loved! Call a friend you haven't spoken to in a while and wish them a blessed day. Give a candle to someone as the symbol of Christ that dispels darkness. (Any more ideas, please share with me and I will pass them on.) Keep the Spirit alive.
This weekend is the final Christmas feast, the Baptism of our Lord. And John the Baptist tries to prevent Jesus from coming to him, "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?" And Jesus responds, "Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." When we baptize a baby as we will this weekend, Josephine Ruth Anderson, we bring her into the full righteousness of God. What does this mean? We line her right up on the "highway to heaven". We place her fully in the arms of our Lord. We all commit to help her get to heaven, her final destiny -- and ours, too! She becomes a member of the Body of Christ; a co-heir, a co-partner with Jesus Christ. Wow! The best gift we can give any child --in fact anyone! Please welcome Ken and Jennifer's little daughter into our embrace.
Many of you commented positively on “A Christian's Prayer for Christmas" and said you prayed it over a couple of times. If you didn't please look on the website for last weekend's bulletin, and you'll find it there. Then take a few minutes and pray through it. The final lines send us into the New Year: “This Christmas, give me the gift of memory, And I will remember that you became love for me, so that I can become love for others." May we become love for others.
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.
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