Sacred Heart Office will be closed on Mon., Feb. 19th


The Sacred Heart office will be closed for Presidents’ Holiday on Monday, February 19th



Online Resources for Lent



Our parish website has an entire page dedicated to Lent. You can use to refresh your memory about Lenten Fast and Abstinence guidelines as well as the Lenten regulations for the Diocese of Santa Rosa. You can also read Pope Francis’s Lenten message. It also features a section from the US Castholic Bishops called “What Is Lent?” the features the following:

  • Bilingual Daily Lent Calendar – February 14 – March 28, 2024. Daily inspiration for your Lenten journey. Lent 2024 | Reflect. Repent. Restore. Cuaresma 2024 | Reflexiona. Arrepientete. Restaura.
  • Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments.
  • 10 Things to Remember During Lent
  • Why is Lent 40 Days?
  • Why we use ashes on Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent.
  • God’s Gift of Forgiveness
  • Daily Reading – Take a Moment to Pray
    with Today’s Readings
  • Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving
  • Lent FAQs

If you are unable to attend Stations of the Cross here at Sacred Heart, there are links to live or online Stations of the Cross on the Lent page of our website.

There are also links to both Ignatian and Loyola resources for Lent. They are both quite comprehensive and inspiring. There are also links for activities for children during Lent.

Your Guide To A Catholic Lent: Everything you need for a more spiritual Lent has 20 articles that cover everything you would want to know about Lent.

Popular from past years, we have brought back articles about “Pretzels & Lent” and “Hot Cross Buns  Lent”

We also feature links to 4 different Lenten Retreats that can be done online.

There is also the History of Lent. What are the origins of Lent? Did the Church always have this time before Easter?

There are also 20 short videos having to do with the various aspects of Lent.



Baby Bottle Boomerang Invitation



Baby bottles for donations to the Pregnancy Care Center and J Rolpe are in the churches. Please take one home and support your catholic pro-life values by collecting monetary donations for the pro-life centers. This is a great Lenten project for the family: placing money usually spent on luxuries like candy, beer etc in the bottle for the help of Moms and babies. A good outreach is to ask others to contribute their spare change to assist pregnant women and their babies. Bottles may be brought to the office. God bless you for your assistance


Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl



CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Through CRS Rice Bowl, faith communities in every diocese throughout the United States put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. For more information, please visit:

Go to Project Rice Bowl page



40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil Needs You!



From February 14th to March 24th, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Eureka Planned Parenthood, on the corner of Wilson and Walford Streets. Sign up at and then access the time and date scheduler. Please note that this year we will be doing something different for our kick off rally.  We will be having a continental breakfast at the St Bernard Parish Hall on Saturday, February 10th from 9:30 to 11:30am.  If you’d like more information, please contact Allen at 707-601-9592 or Sue at 347-446-5508.


Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, March 1

Our most precious Lord calls for you, his children, to spend some time with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. First Friday Adoration begins at 1pm and continues hourly until 5pm. The sign up sheet is by the side entrance table in the church. God bless you.


St. Bernard Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 3rd  


The St. Bernard Pancake Breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus will be held March. 3rd in St. Bernard Parish Hall from 8:30 am till 12 noon. The menu includes pancakes, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs and all the usual wonderful trimmings!

Cost is $10 for adults,$5 for children under 12 and $25 for a family of 5 or more.

Proceeds to St. Bernard Parish Building Fund.



St. Patrick’s Day Fest – Saturday, March 16th




The Eureka Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 16th at the St. Bernards Parish Hall on 6th and I Sts in Eureka CA.

Tickets are $30 Adults and $15 Kids 12 and under. Irish beer and wine will be available.

There will be LIVE music and of course the popular Pot O’Gold Raffle.



13 Day Marian Shrine Pilgrimage



Father D’Sa has arranged another pilgrimage for anyone wishing to accompany him for 13 days from July 7-19, 2024. He will be touring Marian Shrines in France, Spain, and Portugal. Click on the following link for a more detailed itinerary. 

Fr. Bernard Marian Shrines



Liturgy Schedule

Sacred Heart – St. Bernard – St. Joseph Parishes

February 17


12:15 pm –  Mass @ St. Bernard Church w/ Stations of the Cross following

7:00 pm – Stations of the Cross in Spanish @ Sacred Heart Church

February 17


3:15 pm – Confessions @ St. Joseph Church     

4:00 pm – Mass @ St. Joseph Church

February 18


7:30 am Mass @ St. Joseph Church      

9:00 am – Mass in English @ Sacred Heart

10:30 am – Mass @ St. Bernard

12:15 pm – Mass in Spanish @ Sacred Heart

February 19


12:15 pm – Mass @ St. Bernard Church

February 20


7:30 am – Mass @ St. Joseph

February 21


12:15 pm – Mass at Saint Bernard followed by Confessions and Adoration

6:00 pm – Adoration & Confession at Sacred Heart

7.:00 pm  – Mass at Sacred Heart in Spanish

February 22


7:30 am – St. Joseph Church

11:30 am – St. Joseph Hospital Chapel

February 23


12:15 pm –  Mass @ St. Bernard Church w/ Stations of the Cross following

7:00 pm – Stations of the Cross in Spanish @ Sacred Heart Church


Catholic News

We have created links to the best Catholic news sites so that you can keep current in the latest national and international Catholic news.


America: The Jesuit Review

Our flagship magazine is the leading Catholic journal of opinion in the United States. First published in 1909, America magazine is known across the Catholic world for its unique brand of opinion and analysis. From theology and spirituality to politics, international relations, arts and letters, and the economy and social justice, America’s coverage spans the globe. We tell the stories that matter most to the church and the world. Our award-winning website is

Go to America: The Jesuit Review


Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service has a rich history of journalistic professionalism and is a leader in the world of Catholic and religious media. With headquarters in Washington, offices in New York and Rome, and correspondents around the world, CNS provides the most comprehensive coverage of the church today.

And in the digital age, CNS is showing a new audience the accuracy that has always been its hallmark with its video journalism and documentary production.

Go to Catholic News Service


Vatican News

Vatican News is the news portal of the Holy See. Surpassing the concept of being a simple digital platform, Vatican News seeks to respond and, in a certain sense, to anticipate the continual changes taking place in communication, with the objective of “communicating the Gospel of mercy to all people” in various cultures. It communicates and interacts through audio, video, text and images on a multi-lingual, multi-culture, multi-channel, multi-media and multi-device plain.

Go To Vatican News in English

Catholic News Videos

Pope Francis offers Lenten challenge: “Remove the masks we often wear”. He invited everyone to fast from things such as social media because everything does not have to be shared.

Pope Francis warns priests against being worldly as it is “root of all forms of abuse”. The Pope reminded the more than 1,000 priests that they can only live their ministry well if they are “immersed” and “walking together” with lay people.

Pope Francis’ activities sheads of dicasteries and members of the Roman Curia to join him.uspended for week of private prayer.


Project Rice Bowl

The Pope Video

How can we assist the terminally ill?

In a new Pope Video prayer intention, Pope Francis reminds us that the terminally ill have the right to medical, psychological, spiritual and human assistance.
He also explains to us that “healing is not always possible, but we can always care for the sick person.” And he remarks that “families should not be left alone.”
🙏 Let us pray with Pope Francis “that the terminally ill and their families always receive the necessary medical and human care and assistance.”
When some people talk about terminal illnesses, there are two words they often confuse: incurable and un-carable. But they are not the same.
Even when little chance for a cure exists, every sick person has the right to medical, psychological, spiritual and human assistance.
Sometimes they can’t talk; sometimes we think they don’t recognize us. But if we take them by the hand, we know they are relating with us.
Healing is not always possible, but we can always care for the sick person, caress them. Saint John Paul II used to say, “cure if it is possible; always take care.”
And this is where palliative care comes in. It guarantees the patient not only medical attention, but also human assistance and closeness.
Families should not be left alone in these difficult moments.
Their role is decisive. They need access to adequate means so as to provide appropriate physical, spiritual and social support.
Let us pray that the terminally ill and their families always receive the necessary medical and human care and assistance.
By the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostolate of Prayer):
To see other videos and content about the Pope’s prayer intentions, go to:

With the collaboration of Vatican Media


Visit Our Facebook Page For Your Daily Jolt



We encourage you to check in on our every day to see the latest news and to check back each day for a little piece of inspiration as well as a small spiritual challenge. Many parishioners have been attracted to the idea of carving out a moment of spiritual contemplation, and  coupling it with a meaningful — and very doable — action. Each day the Daily Jolt will offer a brief daily insight/inspiration and will also contain a “microChallenge” asking readers to take that moment of mindfulness and turn it into some small, immediate form of action in their lives. Our spiritual journeys are all unique and incredibly personal, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a little Jolt from time to time to keep the journey moving forward. Don’t worry, this isn’t a test! There are no wrong answers here, our spiritual journeys are all unique and incredibly personal, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a little Jolt from time to time to keep the journey moving forward. We hope that Busted Halo’s® Daily Jolt can be that sort of reminder for you on your own journey. So visit us everyday to get your Daily Jolt. Check it out on our Facebook page:


Sacred Heart’s Facebook page


National Eucharisitic Revival 2022-2025



The National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year initiative by the U.S. bishops that aims to inspire, educate, and unite the faithful in a more intimate relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist.

In a society where the Lord is often forgotten and even a majority of Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the revival is meant to rededicate the entire nation to the eucharistic Jesus. 

The U.S. bishops hope to change the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics alike through a series of Eucharist-centric events including Eucharistic pilgrimages across the nation and a National Eucharistic Congress in 2024. 

As the campaign organizers say on the revival’s website, those who have been “healed, converted, formed, and unified” by the Eucharist have a mission to teach others “for the life of the world.” This is what the National Eucharistic Revival envisions for the future of this movement.

As we embark upon Year 2, each parish will be called upon to respond to four key invitations. Click below to find out what to expect from this Year of Parish Revival and how our parish community is being invited to respond.

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Rosary Group on Tuesdays

The Sacred Heart Rosary group invites you to join them on Tuesdays at 11:30 at Sacred Heart Church in the chapel.  We look forward seeing you there.


The Best Devotional Apps You NEED on Your Phone




It’s no secret that spiritual reflections and prayer meditation guides have been around for eons and aren’t going anywhere. But, for those searching for a more structured prayer guide and the accountability that comes with it, devotional apps are the way to go.

We’ve done a test drive of some of the latest (and greatest!) devotional apps on the market today. Check out why these made the cut and consider downloading one or two to jumpstart your spiritual life this advent season.


See our recommendations


We Have A Prayer Team


If you have a special need of any sort, we have a prayer team who will pray on your behalf.  Let us pray with you, and for you.  Surround yourself with prayer. 

Call our prayer line leader Toni 24/7 at (707) 445-361six




The human heart ultimately seems to manifest itself in the desire to be loved and to love in return.  Until then, as St. Augustine said, our hearts are restless until they rest in the God who is Love.  As Catholic Christians, we are privileged to share God’s love through the Mass, the Sacraments and how we live our lives. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a place to ask questions and seek understanding. 

Weekly “no strings” inquiry gatherings begin on Tuesday, September 12 at  7 p.m. in the back classroom of Sacred Heart Church.  We would love for you to invite/accompany anyone you know whose heart is restless for the God who loves them.  For more information, please contact Ann Lynch (443-6741) or call the rectory office.


Avoid These Online Scams Directed At Catholics




With the prevalence of easy-to-access technology and the vast variety of ways people communicate these days, the pervasiveness of people who make it their mission to scam people out of money using digital trickery is only increasing. We collected some of the most common scams that are directed specifically toward Catholics as well as how to identify and avoid them in order to protect yourself from online criminals. 


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“This Week on FORMED” is a weekly video designed to help Catholics learn more about FORMED’s content related to each week of the year. Join Taylor and Ben each week as they walk you through amazing content on FORMED! You’ll discover all kinds of videos and audio to accompany you during the weekly liturgical calendar, Saint feast days and world events taking place.



Natural Family Planning Class Information



Natural Family Planning classes teach a highly effective scientific method involving charting the individual body’s own system for the purpose of determing fertile and infertile times. Not only is it highly effective and natural but couples report that the method brings them closer together as it requires the loving cooperation of the couple. Many couples trying to conceive have found it most helpful as well as those wishing to hold off on conception. Natural family planning (NFP) can now be learned: self-paced, live online, or onsite. Cost is $150 and taught either in Spanish or English. You may take a class the traditional way in person with the teaching couples and other student couples, online, in a virtual classroom (some gadgets required.) or self-paced classes offered online. Spaced a week apart you and your spouse or fiance attend three classes at your own pace,one week apart. Please go to the Couple to Couple League website to compare classes, find classes near you or to register


Stress in Your Marriage?



Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, angry, disillusioned, or frustrated, in their marriage. Some experience coldness or conflict in their relationship. Retrouvaille has helped so many couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about or to register for the September 15-17 Retrouvaille weekend in San Jose, call 408-605-4998 or email:  And please or visit our website at



No Cost Limited Obsterical Ultrasounds



J. Rophe Medical provides no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasounds to patients between 7-16 weeks pregnant in a confidential and professional setting, where each client is treated holistically with the utmost care and respect. Other services they provide include pregnancy testing, access to ultrasounds for women in outlying areas via the Mobile Medical Unit, Jenny Grace, prenatal vitamins, referrals to medical and social services, and past abortion recovery help.  All services are free. Open from 10 to 4 Mon–Thurs,  Call 707-444-0423 for an appointment.


Catholic Apps

Catholicism might be a thousand years old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make use of modern technology to practice our faith.

Catholic apps allow us to seek a deeper connection with God and understand what Catholicism is really about. It provides an easier and more comfortable way to read the bible quotes or brush up on your knowledge of Catholic prayers and teachings. For young Catholics, these apps are also valuable resources to help incorporate our faith into a digital lifestyle.

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Scam alert!

Recently, some parishioners have reported receiving requests for gift cards from Fr. Bernard or Fr. Rowell or Bishop Vasa. This type of thing is always a scam. Priests would not request gift cards from parishioners, let alone indirectly through email.They would ask directly for volunteer work. Always disregard this type of indirect request, especially for money or gift cards from priests as being a scam.

Loving Help For Post Abortion Survivors   


Loving Help For Post Abortion Survivors                

 Do not continue to live in shame, fear or numbness:  Rachel’s Vineyard heals hearts broken by abortion. or (707) 967-1101



Statement from Bishop Robert F. Vasa    


December 2, 2022

After months of careful and prayerful consideration, and after having consulted the priests of the Diocese as well as the Diocesan Finance Council, and professionals retained by the Diocese, it has become clear to me that it is necessary for the Diocese of Santa Rosa to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. This decision was made necessary due to the overwhelming number of sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the Diocese after the statute of limitations was lifted for a three-year ‘window’. We now are facing more than 130 claims dating from 1962 when the Diocese was established to the present. A vast majority of the cases date from the 70’s and 80’s.

Our present plan is for our attorneys to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection after December 31 and before March 1, 2023. Our Diocese joins a growing list of Dioceses in the United States to make such a filing.

In many ways, this is not a freely chosen decision. It is the inevitable result of an insurmountable number of claims. I am convinced, however, that choosing this path will allow us to achieve two very important goals. First, it will provide a process to carefully evaluate and compensate, as fairly as possible those who have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Chapter 11 is a process designed to bring all parties together in one place to resolve difficult claims fairly and finally, with the supervision of the bankruptcy court.  A bankruptcy allows the Diocese to deal with all these issues collectively rather than one at a time. At the same time, the process will provide a way for the Diocese to continue the various charitable ministries in which it is engaged. 

It is important to remember that the only entity filing for bankruptcy protection is the corporation sole known legally as the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. The parishes and Catholic schools within our Diocese are separate civil corporations or separate ecclesial entities and should not be parties to this filing. There are many matters to be discerned by the bankruptcy court and so absolute certainty about the degree of participation by any other entities such as parishes and schools will be determined in the course of the proceedings.

Since we began discussing this possibility more than a year ago, I have been moved by the understanding, patience and support expressed by the clergy and by the various people in the Church with whom I have previously shared this information. I am deeply grateful.

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