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Welcome to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bellingham, WA.
Sacred Heart Parish is a Spirit-filled community of persons who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ through the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
As Parishioners of Sacred Heart we witness the presence of God in our community as a family, bound together by the Word and Eucharist. We journey together through worship, education, service, social activities and stewardship. We use our gifts and talents to reach out to others.
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In any twelve step program the first step is always to admit that you have a problem with xyz and can’t overcome it on your own. If you ask those in recovery many will tell you that the first step is often the hardest because it goes against our individuality and our pride to have to say that we can’t do something. All of us struggle with one thing or another and most of us consider it something that when we have time we will get around to fixing it. Seriously, I’ve got a job to do and kids to raise and things that are important to take care of so the fact that I may gossip from time to time or watch trashy television sometimes really isn’t all that important in the scheme of things. I can take care of that when I retire and the kids have moved out, then I’ll have all the time in the world. Those in recovery will tell you they too thought in that way. I’ve got this covered; I can stop whenever I want. That was until they realized they couldn’t.
Most addicts will also tell you that the addiction itself is often just a symptom of something deeper. We all have secret fears to face and a certain brokenness to overcome. Most of us have ways of dealing with this by either avoidance or covering it up. My personal choice is humor; if I get uncomfortable or overwhelmed I try to lighten the situation with a little humor. This is all well and good until I have to be at the bedside of a car accident victim or a dying child; in such a place jokes are not real welcome, nor are they all together appropriate. I have seen families ripped apart because at a time of crisis someone’s method of coping was inappropriate. That is exactly what sin is: a method of coping.
In the beginning Adam and Eve had all they could ever want and were satisfied. Then that little snake comes on down and adds a little spice to the situation by placing uncertainty in their midst, “You surely will not die…your eyes will be opened.”(Gn 3:4-7)That uncertainty had to be dealt with and they had a choice they could either trust that God would care for them or take care of it themselves. We know they chose the latter and here we are. We haven’t changed much since those days. Sure we have some new scenery and lots of fancy gadgets but the fundamental problem remains the same, when faced with temptation what do we do? Do we trust God to care for us or do we take care of it ourselves? If we, like Adam and Eve, choose the latter what we will find is that we just go from one thing or addiction to another looking for answers and safety but finding none.
We try avoidance but the problem won’t go away so we try to deal with it on our own but that doesn’t help much either because we always fall just a little short of solving the problem. I would put forth another option for us to consider. Why don’t we, like the addict admit, we have a problem we can’t overcome on our own and turn to our “Higher power”? Today we celebrate the feast of “God’s great recovery program,” that of Easter. He saw our weakness and sent His Son that all who believe in Him may have eternal life. He gives us medicine, in the Eucharist, so that we can wean ourselves off without suffering in detox. What more could we ask for? Let’s turn to Jesus and ask Him to heal us today. Don’t go it alone anymore.
Fr. Joseph Altenhofen