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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.
Mass Schedule for Ash Wednesday - March 5
Regular Mass Schedule
Welcome back to all you who were snowed in last weekend; we had a skeleton crew at all the Masses on Sunday. Make sure to grab one of the bulletin letters from last week if you weren’t able to make it, because it has important
Lent is upon us. I can’t believe it is already that time of year again; I guess time flies when life is one big party. Ash Wednesday is this week with services at 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. We are trying a new evening time in an attempt to standardize Mass times; since Tuesday is always at 6:00 p.m., I found shifting the time on Holy Days to be confusing. We are also trying a new kickoff event for Lent this year with our 40 Days for Change catechesis night on Tuesday. We will be talking about the different things we can do to make Lent as fruitful as possible, including giving through the Rice bowl, praying to end abortion, and taking care of the marginalized in our midst. It should be an informa-tive and worthwhile event. Since it’s also the time of year that we do our Stewardship of Time push, this may be a good chance to look into ministries and devotions you might be interested in.
Lent is a time to reevaluate our lives in the eyes of God. Forty is a number of power in the biblical tradition: 40 days in the desert for Jesus, 40 days and nights of rain for Noah, 40 years in the desert for Moses and the people of Israel. It is a number that represents sufficiency, meaning the time is sufficient to overcome faults, add virtues and change our lives. In the ancient world people fully expected the return of Christ in the second coming, and so it was a chance to both do penance, for a dissolute life, and also to really live the values He had taught by serving God and neighbor. Last year I challenged all of you to imagine that you only had 40 days to live and see what sort of things this led you to change or do in your life. Several people told me how fruitful it was, so you may want to try that if you didn’t last year.
We will be adding a variety of devotions and catechesis opportunities this Lent. Tuesdays at the Noon hour, we will offer Lectio Divina. Tuesday nights, reflective Worship and Praise followed by the Rosary will be offered during the 5:00-6:00 p.m. adoration and confession time. Every Friday during Lent, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., we will be adding an hour of confes-sions. The added confession times are part of a project the Archbishop wants us to do, called “The Light is On for You.” This is a campaign in which every church in the Archdiocese will have a priest present for confessions for a certain hour each week. There will be ads on television, on the radio and in newspapers. It is an attempt to make confession availa-ble for those who might not have taken advantage of the Sacrament for a period of time. This 6:00-7:00 p.m. hour on Fridays at Sacred Heart also offers a “mini retreat” of devotions in that in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, we will offer Taize Prayer (which is repetitive singing of simple harmonized tunes) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Follow-ing Benediction, Stations of the Cross will begin at 7:00 p.m. Make sure to join us for these opportunities if you can.
Fr. Joseph Altenhofen