18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9 am Mass @ Sacred Heart

What is Formed?

What Is This New Program?

We have created an entire page on our web site to introduce you to the new FORMED program. We have gathered everything you  need to know in one place.



A Message from Rev. Bernard John D’Sa

about a new program being introduced at Sacred Heart

My Dear Parishioners,

It gives me great joy to share with you that our parishes now have a subscription to FORMED.  FORMED is a premier online platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, audio dramas, talks, e-books, and even cartoons for our children. FORMED has content from over 60 apostolates, including Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press and the Knights of Columbus, with material that is professionally produced, engaging, and solid in its catechism. Best of all, this material is free to you.

Our parishes will be using the material on FORMED to support our ministries and provide continuing education for staff members and parishioners, as well as outreach for our sick and homebound members. Much of FORMED’s content is available in both English and Spanish. You have easy access to all of the material on FORMED to support your own faith journey and that of your family members. You can enjoy FORMED on your computer or on your television with an inexpensive Roku device or Apple TV.  

My hope and prayer is that the content on FORMED will enrich, deepen, and inspire your faith. Please pray for our benefactor who has made a FORMED subscription a reality for our parishes. Please pray for the people at the Augustine Institute who create this wonderful and much-needed Catholic content for our people.

Our Parishes will use a program in FORMED for guided biweekly group discussions.  We have chosen to use “THE SEARCH” program from many of the programs offered by FORMED. The Search is an innovative video-based journey that tackles the key questions of every human heart. In seven beautifully filmed episodes, Chris Stefanick and experts from the fields of science, medicine, psychology, art and religion examine our place in the larger story of existence. 

We will officially launch this program after the weekend Masses on July 11th. You will be helped to download the FORMED App on your Phones and the route to access this program. The first Episode of “The Search” will also be introduced that day, for you to view and study before the first discussion session.  The discussion sessions will happen both in-person and via Zoom at the same time.  Zoom participants will join the discussions via computer in the meeting room with the other participants.  The discussion sessions will take place at Sacred Heart Church.

Our first Zoom/in-person discussion and sharing of the 1st Episode will be on July 27th at 7 pm.  The 2nd Episode will also be introduced on the 27th for our next discussion. The group will meet every second and fourth Tuesday at 7 pm for sharing via Zoom/in-person.

Liz McGee-Houghton has gladly accepted to be the facilitator/coordinator of this program. She can be reached at elizhoughton@gmail.com or (707)599-6138 to register.

May the good Lord bless you and all of your loved ones!

To gain access to all of FORMED’s content, follow these simple steps:

*Go to https://signup.formed.org/ 

*Enter our parish’s zip code: 95501 / St. Bernards Catholic Church

*Enter your name and your email address.

  • That’s it! You’re in. Now you can get the free FORMED app for your phone by searching FORMED Catholic in your app store.

Search #2 Discussion Groups

The Search, Episode 2 is “Who am I?” To find clues as to the meaning of life, we first look at ourselves. Who am I? Is there more to me than matter? Is there more to us than meets the eye? We talk with neuroscientists, psychologists, composers, and artists to examine the mystery of you. If you’re just a body, then satisfaction in life should come from tending to simple bodily needs. Fill your stomach, be comfortable. But there’s more to you then that. You are material and immaterial. And that unseen part of you craves for so much more. As C.S. Lewis once said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

If you would like to participate in a discussion group here are two options: You can choose to attend in person on Tuesday, August 10 at 7:00 pm at the Sacred Heart Rectory or you can participate via Zoom where you can  join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/94197681757

The new short video by Elizabeth McGee-Houghton on how to sign up for the new FORMED program has also been posted on our Sacred Heart YouTube channel.

Fr. Sudhakar Mannam

Parochial Vicar

A Message From Fr. Sudhakar Mannam

     Hi there, I m Fr. Sudhakar Mannam and I am the new Parochial Vicar at the St. Bernard & Sacred Heart Parishes, Eureka. It’s great to meet you all! It might be a good idea to introduce myself and give you an idea of who I am.

     I was born on July 24, 1981  in Pedavadlapudi, Andhra Pradesh, India, to Augustine and Sarojini. I am the oldest of three siblings (sons). I did my entire  High school education in RCM and ATPM Catholic Schools, where my vocation to priesthood was nourished. In 1996, after High School, I joined St. Paul’s Minor Seminary where I studied for three years. I graduated Bachelor of Theology at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad. I was ordained a Deacon on Sep 29, 2007 in the same seminary.

     I was ordained a Priest on February 27th 2008 for the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. I was assigned as An Assistant Director in Guntur Diocese Social Service and Welfare Society for a year and Parochial Vicar to St. Agnes Parish in Guntur City.  In 2010, I was promoted and appointed as Pastor (Parish Priest) at Epiphany Parish, Chiluvuru and I served this parish for Eight years. During that time, I had an opportunity to attended Acharya Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh and I graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Social Work (MSW).  After 10 years of active priestly ministry in the diocese, I got the golden opportunity to minister in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. 

     I began my ministry in Diocese of Santa Rosa in March 2019. My first assignment was at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, Sonoma. And now, I am pleased and honored to work at Sacred Heart and St. Bernard as Parochial Vicar with Fr. Bernard D’Sa as my mentor.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music and walking.

     I look forward to connecting with you more in the near future to grow in Christ and to continue to engage in God’s mission in Eureka.

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Painting Parish Hall Windows

In the usual Sacred Heart parishioner ‘get-‘er-done’ fashion Tom Simovich is painting the Parish Hall windows. In checking on another problem he laid his hands on a window sill and they came away filled with crumbling paint. He reported it and is busy repainting the windows on the north side of the building. Tom, thank you for seeing a need and answering God’s call to action!
May God bless you.


Liturgy Schedule

Sacred Heart – St. Bernard – St. Joseph Parishes

August 1


7:30 am – Mass @ St. Joseph

9:00 am – Mass in English @ Sacred Heart

10:30 am – Mass @ St. Bernard

12:15 pm – Mass in Spanish @ Sacred Heart

August 2


12:15 pm – Mass @ St. Bernard

August 3


7:30 am – Mass @ St. Joseph

August 4


12:15 pm – Mass @ St. Bernard

6:00 pm – Adoration and Confession @ Sacred Heart

7:00 pm – Mass @ Sacred Heart in Spanish

August 5


7:30 am – Mass @ St. Joseph

5:30 pm – Adoration & Confession @ Saint Bernard

August 6


12:15 pm – Mass @ St. Bernard

August 7


3:15 pm – Confessions @ St. Joseph

4:00 pm – Mass @ St. Joseph

August 8


7:30 am – Mass @ St. Joseph

9:00 am – Mass in English @ Sacred Heart

10:30 am – Mass @ St. Bernard

12:15 pm – Mass in Spanish @ Sacred Heart

RIP Deacon Jim Milton Hercher, M.D.


July 1, 1931 – June 19, 2021 Jim was born July 1, 1931, and grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in a large extended German family. Playing sax and clarinet in High School Band plus a band gig every Saturday night at the Jesse James Supper Club, scouting (Eagle rank), selling Boy Scout clothes for J.C. Penny, and his girlfriend, Betty Jo Hardy, kept him busy. After graduation from Pine Bluff High, he received his B.S. in Chemistry and Music from University of Arkansas at Monticello, attending on a music scholarship. Studying medicine won over choosing a music career and he received his M.D. from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Jim and Betty married the first year of medical school and during Jim’s internship at Sacramento, California, County Hospital found their future home in Eureka. After discharge from the Army, Jim and Roy Wittwer opened Eureka Family Practice in Eureka, California. Jim was President and CFO until retirement after 30 years at which time Eureka Family Practice had grown to eight doctors. He was Chief of Staff at St. Joseph Hospital and General Hospital. He believed that two of his most significant contributions were establishing the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and an Emergency Room with full-time physician coverage.
Later, he received a Master’s in Ministry from Seattle (Washington) University and after retirement from medical practice, Jim, after four years of formation, was ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He was assigned to Sacred Heart and St. Bernard parishes in Eureka and Holy Spirit parish in Santa Rosa. The first couple he officiated at a marriage for was a woman he, 30 years previously, delivered as a baby. Jim is survived by Betty, his wife of 68 years. Surviving also are his family: Richard Hercher and his family, David and Sherri Hercher and their family, Tom and Jo Wattle and their family; and loved friends of many years..

His wife Betty wishes to voice her appreciation for all the treasured friendships made at Sacred Heart Church and to say how much Jim loved being a deacon and serving the Church.

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.

Want To Receive Holy Communion?

There are many faithful Catholics who participate in the Holy Mass virtually due to the pandemic. Keeping in view the pastoral aspect, the Bishop has granted permission to the Priests of the Diocese to distribute Holy Communion to these faithful Catholics. Therefore, if you participate in the Holy Mass virtually and want to receive Holy Communion thereafter, you may call the priest at 707-800-2699 and schedule a time to come by the parish to receive the Holy Eucharist.

year of

Saint Joseph

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St. Joseph.”  It is a wonderful opportunity to increase our love for St. Joseph and knowledge, “to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal” (Patris Corde).

We have curated a special page to assist in your celebration of the special year.  Please check this page often for new resources and materials throughout the year.

Go to the year of st. joseph page

Catholic Apps

CatholicApps.com was created in response to the call to evangelization from Saint John Paul II, and then continued on through Pope Benedict, and of course the call for deeper evangelization from Pope Francis. We aim to review, and share a lot of catholic appsthat can help you deepen your own Catholic faith, or share unique Catholic apps that allow you to share and evangelize your faith with family, friends, and anyone you have a relationship with.