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.
I can't believe that Lent is almost over. Time has flown by. It's been a special journey for me. I want to thank Sue Gates, David McCartney and Drake Butsch for sharing the homily time. Each, in their own way, touched me with their honesty and their vulnerability in sharing with us.
We are entering the Holiest of Weeks. To end this incredible Season, this week we are to strip ourselves of all unnecessary busyness. We are to try to live in a different time warp; we should try to eat less; we should try to keep noise down to a minimum (shut off those radios and turn off televisions); we should spend some specific time each day reading and reflecting on the end chapters of the Gospel of Luke.
The Gospel of Luke holds in contrast Jesus’ obedience to the will of the Father and the injustice that condemns him to death. Over and over again, Jesus is presented with the opportunity to strike back, or to run away. Instead, he remains faithful, refusing to compromise God’s values which had directed and empowered him throughout his life and ministry. He remains the innocent victim.
Again and again we see in Luke’s account Jesus’ choice for self-sacrificing love. Self-sacrificing love means that the values of the reign of God as experienced through Jesus—freedom from oppression, compassion for all, liberation and acceptance, reconciliation and right relationship with God – were more important than Jesus’ very own life. When faced with the choice of the reign of God or self-preservation, Jesus chose the reign of God. Jesus lived from his deepest center – God-within and responded to all of life in this way, whatever the cost. And now we are invited to lives of self-sacrificing love, of choosing God’s values, whatever the cost. We now can choose such love because Jesus gifts us with the Spirit of God.
The final three days of this week, we celebrate as Christians that, “Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.” These three days are sometimes called the “passion.” “Passion” comes from the Latin word, “passio”, meaning “passive, non-activity.” This is so in opposition to Jesus’ active ministry during His three years. However, in the hours of His suffering and death, actions were done to him. You know: arrested, interrogated unjustly, crowned with thorns, lashed, spit upon, nailed and crucified. All of our sins were being done to Him, and He chose to absorb all into His body. He remained “passive.”
Now, once again, I would like to suggest that we humble ourselves and become “passive” to Jesus. Stop doing and being active and just come to church and let Jesus wash your feet on Holy Thursday. Remember everyone gets their feet washed -- no one is excluded. Let Jesus wash away your sins and remove your guilt on Good Friday as you gaze upon the cross. Both celebrations begin at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday night’s Vigil begins at 8:00 p.m.; please come as we fully initiate 3 men into our family. You need to be there. Why? Did you miss the arrival of one of your family members? If you couldn’t be at the hospital, weren’t you at the home as should as you could? Saturday night is the birth – the coming home of these new family members. Be there to welcome them into the family.
Let the family know this is how we will celebrate this Week. Put the schedule on the refrigerator, write it in everyone’s calendars, and come as a family to join with your largest family. Put everything else aside, humble yourself, and let Jesus act upon you at Church.
Let's take the challenge of the parable of the adulterous woman we heard last weekend: Instead of throwing stones let us try to catch stones before they hit others. Kindness!
Ministry Assignments January 5 - March 31, 2019
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