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.
Thanksgiving morning Mass was once again a glimpse of heaven for me. It is not only a time of year, but after our Thanksgiving celebration it is a time when I push back from the table and I am in wonder and awe at God’s kindness. Thank you to all who celebrated with us. The image that burns in my mind is at the Lord's Prayer and we join hands and the Spirit moves because we closed the aisle and we were all united in peace. It is always an amazing day. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. We are blessed!
“Thank You” to our St. Vincent DePaul Conference who works so hard not only this weekend and this Season but all year long to live out the Gospel message: “Whatever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me.”
Now, we can start talking about Advent and Christmas. Keep notice of all the events of the Advent Season happening around the Parish. We begin the Season this Friday, December 6th with "Quiet Joy" at 7:30 p.m. It is a wonderful evening of music and reflection that sets our hearts and minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Our Advent Reconciliation Service is December 14th at 10:00 a.m. Remember God wants to forgive us more than we want to be forgiven. It's the best gift we will receive during the Season. Grace, Mercy, Freedom.
I am recommending some books to read that may help you stay quiet and reflective as we prepare for Christmas. We've bought 20 copies of each with the idea we will swap and share and talk together about one evening after Christmas.
The Bible is a Catholic Book. by Jimmy Akin. The Title says it all. We are a Bible based Church!
Rediscover the Saints -by Matthew Kelly, whom many of you have read. The Saints are our Heroes.
Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy a Journey to Manhood- by Jeffrey Marx. It is excellent for all, a true story. You gentleman will enjoy this!
Advent, of course, highlights waiting and expectation. We dress our Church in purple – the royal color of kingship. We light the Advent wreath as a reminder we are on a journey not just to December 25thbut to eternal life. When we wait for a person to come or an event to happen, we prepare. Advent provides a time for each of us to renew the spirit of expecting God. We all do plan on spending eternity with God. Yes? The message of this weekend’s Gospel, says, “Be vigilant at all times." One of the challenges of expectation is to become more conscious of how God comes to us in our everyday life: the beauty of creation, the changing of the seasons. Our relationships at home, work and play reveal the presence of God in our lives. In the events of the ordinary day, we can discover God and invite God to become even more present to us.
As we wait for our God to return, we wait with patience and attention. As we wait and watch, God surprises us and we discover more and more the immensity of God’s love for each and every one of us. We are challenged this Advent once again to let God’s presence enter our lives and become a living symbol of God’s presence to each other. Let’s prepare our invitation to our God and prepare well for God’s coming.
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