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.
The occasion of a wedding feast becomes the scene for Jesus’ first sign of his glory. A miraculous transformation of water into wine opens his disciples into further belief. This transformation is effected quietly. Jesus’ mother prompts him with a simple statement, “They have no more wine.” And Jesus himself commands, in a simple way, “Now draw some out and take it to the waiter in charge.” The way in which this miraculous transformation occurs is not dramatic. But the end result certainly is astounding. Water becomes wine.
In the first reading, Isaiah uses a simple image to convey to the people the effect of God’s favor upon Israel. He speaks about a young man marrying his bride. What could be more ordinary? A man and woman stand before their family and friends in the house of God and proclaim simple words as they vow themselves to one another. The effect, however, is to hold over an entire lifetime of faithfulness. Husband and wife become a “royal diadem” and “glorious crown”.
A simple wedding celebration, Jesus’ quiet, commanding words effect a powerful transformation. In the Sacrament of Marriage, the quiet, commanding words effect a powerful transformation in the man and woman. The man and woman who come to proclaim these simple words in the Sacrament of Marriage are vowing a covenant of love that will endure all the days of their lives. The simple words of “I take” and “I give,” which a man and woman say to each other, have so much more depth than just simple verbs – as over the years those words take on significant depth as the couple journey through “good times and bad,” “sickness and health,” loving and respecting each other “all the days of their lives.” I'd like to encourage couples as we approach "Valentine Month" take some time to look at your wedding pictures, reminisce about those days before and after, recapture those moments. With modern technology some of you may have a video. Let those moments touch your hearts once again.
We now move into "Ordinary Time" which means our time now to grow in the mystery of God's love for us. We will be reading from the Gospel of Luke during the next few months which is unique as well as offers some special wisdom for us. First of all, Luke's "2" Gospels (he also wrote the "Acts of the Apostles") were written from interviews and experiences he had with some of the first apostles. He did not know Jesus face to face. So his Gospel is written for us -- the Gentiles -- to that we might know Jesus, too. So his message is universal -- all need to know Jesus. Luke wanted to link the message of salvation for all people. Luke wants us to know that this little story of a Jewish prophet has ramifications for humankind. Also, nine times the phrase, "Be not afraid" is used by Luke. One of the main themes in Luke is that Jesus is notorious for choosing the poor, the unclean, women, Samaritans, Gentiles, tax collectors and just about every unexpected person you can think of. Jesus also has a thing for sinners: the woman who anoints Jesus' feet, the prodigal son, Zacchaeus, the tax collector, the Roman Centurion and on and on. Luke also shows that Jesus prays and we're all called to do the same. Before Jesus makes a major decision, he goes off to pray. Luke's gospel is rich in events that apply to us today. Watch for them; be aware of them. God Bless.
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. 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