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.
April 3, 2020
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." We've all heard this adage and probably some of you are going to disagree with me as I reflect this morning with you. However, in a way, in our social distancing and in our "sheltering in", I know my heart grows fonder and yearns for the day that we can all come together as a community to celebrate. (I just found a penny under the pile of papers on my desk!) I yearn to sit outside in front of the Church before Mass and greet each one of you with a handshake or a hug. I yearn to watch all of you freely give each other the Sign of Peace whether it be a handshake, a hug, even a kiss. No more elbows or fist bumps. I yearn to serve Jesus to each of you as if it were your First Holy Communion and allow my hand to once again touch your hand as you reach out to receive Jesus. I yearn to hear the rafters resonate as I ask you, "How are you?" and I hear the beautiful word, "Blessed." I yearn to greet you at the end of Mass and wish each of you a great week full of joy. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
And the word "Blessed" is hard to ponder about for many of you during this time as each day the ground seems to shift again and again. Even though the shadows seem to surround you, to dig deep for a few minutes and think about the blessings you still have. We still have each other though we may not be able to touch one another. If you're at home with your children or grandchildren, revel in their laughter as well as the whining. I've never been a big fan of technology but I thank the Lord for the ingenuity of the women and men who have developed all the aspects of it so I can sit and write you, and so many of you have written back to me. The telephone -- cell phones -- are an amazing way to "reach out and touch." (How many of you remember the commercial from years ago?) I'm a big list maker. May I suggest make a list as you go through your day today of all the big and little blessings we have that surround us.
One of the things I'm trying to do -- with not a lot of enthusiasm -- is go through files. I was cleaning out a "Palm Sunday" file, and I came across a nail, and as I dug deeper into the papers, I found a little prayer card that the nail was attached to. I share it with you:
My Lenten Nail
Jesus, my Savior, You once suffered and died for me nailed to a cross. May this "Lenten nail" remind me of the pain You endured and of the great love that motivated You. May it remind me, too, of the hidden suffering of the people I meet day to day. Help me to reach out to them with love, just as You reached out to me from the cross. Jesus, my Savior, let this nail remind me to bear my cross daily and follow you. Amen.
If you happen to have a nail lying around, put it on the windowsill above your sink, or on your bathroom counter (tape it to your mirror), or even put it in your pocket. A great physical reminder as we enter Holy Week this weekend. Say the prayer a few times a day.
God Bless. You're Loved. We're Blessed!
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!
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April 3 Daily Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
April 2 Daily Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
April 1 Daily Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
March 29 Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
March 27 Daily Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
March 26 Daily Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
March 25 Daily Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
March 22nd Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
March 15 Mass and Homily (Facebook video)
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.
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3910 SE 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202
Phone: (503) 231-9636
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