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.
This weekend's Gospel is part of a series of Sunday readings from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount is also the pattern for Jesus' life. When people mocked him, he didn't respond. Jesus turned the other cheek, went the extra mile, loved and forgave his enemies to the end, fully completely and perfectly. What he preached, he practiced, opening the way for us to be people of God. And the toughest part is that we must be His follower on His terms, not as other people are, not as we want, but as He wills.
How can we possibly love those who cause us harm or ill will? With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to us who believe. We accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit who floods us with the love that conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and grief. The cross of Jesus frees us from revenge and resentment and the Holy Spirit gives us the courage to return evil with good. As a result we are healed and saved from destruction.
Jesus sums up this very challenging Gospel with the words, "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." How can this be? The biblical sense of "perfect" is not about perfectionism: no mistakes, no errors. Rather, in the Bible, "perfect" is about being full, complete and whole. Being perfect isn't about reaching an uncompromising standard. It's being filled with the life and wisdom of God, mature in faith, and serving as a vessel for God's work with the people around us. And that's the Holy Spirit flooding us. Pray, "Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful and fill us with the fire of your love."
Are you ready for Lent? Lent begins Wednesday, February 26th, with Ash Wednesday. I know many of us go immediately to "What am I giving up?" This is good, but I also encourage you to think about what I/you can do extra. Maybe reading the Bible every day -- start with the daily readings; maybe attending an extra Mass each week; a Rosary a day; or just sitting quietly for 15 minutes a day and just letting the Lord soak you with love. Who knows? Just food for thought for you.
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