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.
September 23, 2020
I told you I'd be back sooner than later. Well, this is because I am so inspired by our Pastoral Council. We had a meeting Saturday before Mass, and I brought up that I struggled with all the wildfire devastation and so many 1st Responders and volunteers giving of themselves and their time, that I wasn't doing anything but watching it on t.v. I know we can donate money to the major relief efforts, but I wanted to help directly. "You ask; God speaks." Well, our Leaders came up with a "No touch, Donation drive by," much like our end of summer bbq. From there one of our parishioners talked about 2 larger families, one lost their home totally, the other infested with smoke and loss of all their food in their freezer and refrigerator. And all of us immediately jumped on the same bandwagon: "These families could use our direct help."
So here's the plan they come up with. On Friday, October 16th in the later afternoon (specific times TBD) we will welcome you to drive by and give us your donation. What can that mean? This list came from a parishioner in Stayton who was in the midst of the devastation on Highway 22. We will put a list on the Flash. No clothes, unless new and in their plastic wrap (i.e. children's underwear, diapers, Depends). But we have a long list of things that would so help such as socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream and razors. More coming. So we will keep giving you information, but please "drive by", say hello, hear a "God Bless You". Of course, you'll receive a surprise back. Your Pastoral Council will take care of delivering the surprises to the two families as they are waiting to return.
Just a couple of reminders: We move into October this coming week. It's definitely Rosary time. I watched the movie Fatima thanks to your generosity, and it really encourages us to pray the Rosary for peace. Mary is the Queen of Peace. And this message is brought to us through 3 young children under 10 who would not break and lie about seeing Mary -- but held to the truth that she appeared to them once a month for 6 months. Their courage is amazing. Regardless, pray at least a decade of the Rosary a day with your family.
I would really like you to send me the names and addresses of anyone who you think might like to learn more about the Catholic faith, those who would like to reconnect, and anyone you feel has a spark of interest. RCIA is such a rich experience for me and all those who participate. Please step out and let us invite.
September 18, 2020
It's been almost two weeks since I wrote to you and so much has been happening, I tell myself I'll focus on that event and then another one comes up. So pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and let's talk.
First of all, thank you for supporting the "No Touch/Drive By End of Summer BBQ". It was terrific, and why? For me, it was seeing you. Some of you I hadn't seen for 6 months because of the pandemic. And so many of you came to join us for a few minutes. Our Community is alive and well. Thank you to Otto's who did a great job of organizing our efforts and your Pastoral Council and some volunteers who kept the orders filling. It was a "blessed" evening.
Towards the end of Mass last weekend I made an announcement to hopefully clarify the Church's position. I've been seeing more priests saying that voting for Joe Biden is a mortal sin. It is not! It is not a sin to vote for either Mr. Biden or Mr. Trump. Nor is it a sin to be Democrat or Republics. Here's what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says in their document "Faithful Citizenship" about the role of Conscience.
"[We] bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote. Our purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God's truth. We recognize that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience, and that participation goes well beyond casting a vote in a particular election. "
For me, my simple wisdom is know the Gospels, understand Church teaching, examine the issues, pray, and then use your conscience. And I will help you as best as I can.
Now October is coming at us fast, and as you know, October is the month of the Rosary. We pray the Rosary before every weekday Mass, and during the month of October we will pray a decade before Mass. The Rosary is a miraculous tool that Mary has given us. Miracles, big and small, have happened in my life because of my devotion to the Rosary -- which springs from my Mom and Dad. A movie called "Fatima" can be rented ($20) on On Demand. I haven't seen it, but others have said it's a beautiful film. I will see it. Not in the budget right now. Let me know what you think.
Right now the huge issue on all of our minds is the pandemic, the fires and the smoke that has impacted all of us. Your Pastoral Council is meeting to decide how we can pinpoint help to those most in need. Sure, we can donate to Catholic Charities and Red Cross. That's wonderful. But we're looking for families who have lost so much and need help right now to live through these dark days. Stay tuned to what your leadership encourages to do. Pray too for all involved. 2 couples whom I witnessed their vows of marriage who live in Estacada and in outlying Oregon City both had to evacuate. They're o.k. but what a traumatic experience to leave everything behind. One couple has 2 young children and the other is pregnant with their 1st child. If you will, please send a special prayer for them.
On a final note, continue to pray for our country so torn right now not only by weather but politically and, yes, spiritually. Be careful, I may ask, how you engage with someone with differing views. A Catholic program called "Civility, Clarity and Compassion" I'm really studying and will share their actions of how to share with one another. Those are three really good "buzz" words those to remember: to speak with civility always, with clarity (or be quiet) and with compassion.
Finally, the last two weekends I've focused on two key Gospel themes: love and forgiveness. Those are the heart of the Gospel. May spend a moment or two reflecting on what "love" and "forgiveness" mean to you.
I won't wait so long to sit and talk with you. Just know "You're Blessed", "You're loved," and we're in this together all the way to heaven.
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