SACRED HEART MISSION STATEMENT
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Seattle. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ through the traditions 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 share our gifts and talents with the greater community in order to reach out to others and draw souls to Christ.
If you are looking for the Sacrament of Reconciliation or an hour of adoration outside of the weekend, please come one hour before weekday Masses for Confession and Adoration ending with Benediction just before Mass. It's a wonderful chance to spend an hour with Our Lord and to go to Confession during the week. Morning and evening times are available :
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. & Wednesdays & Fridays: 8:00 a.m.
For any changes, please consult the bulletin or the weekly schedule on the website or call the office at 360-734-2850.
Note: Adoration times this week are canceled. Friday hours are extended and we will not have Benediction Saturday morning.
Father Joseph's Reflection
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last week I was called to the hospital to anoint a woman who was near death. Apparently the only family she had was a very elderly mother who lived out of state, so the only person other than me was the staff Chaplain of the hospital. I asked that since the woman had no relatives in the area, and her mother was so elderly; what was to become of her after she passed away? It sounded like there was a good chance that she would simply slip through the cracks, without a funeral or burial. I volunteered take care of whatever needed to be done, as long as the mother was okay with it. At first I planned to just take care of it myself, I’ll often do that if a cause appeals to me personally but not necessarily the parish. As I drove home though, it hit me. Here was this woman, dying far from family and friends; all alone. Without my intervention, she would have more or less slipped into obscurity.
Now, I don’t know the woman’s story. I don’t know how she came to be out here all alone thousands of miles from any loved ones. I don’t know the choices she made, or the kind of life she led. I don’t know how she lived her faith, or if she even practiced it at all. What I do know is that she is part of our family. As a baptized Christian, she is a member of God’s household and a sister to us and deserves to be treated with dignity. Not just left on some shelf because no one was around to care for her remains. No person should have to die alone, no person should be forgotten, and no person should slip through the cracks. We at Sacred Heart won’t allow such a thing. We know that our faith is more than just a matter of words but concrete actions. Who among us feels that we shouldn’t do all we can to care for this soul and hand her over to God? If this means some financial contribution, we’ll do what we can. If this means planning her funeral, we can do that as well. If it means gathering in prayer to send off a woman none of us even know, so be it! In the eyes of God, all His children are precious. Because we are His body on earth, we need to treat them as a cherished child of God.
Prayers Always, Fr. Joseph Altenhofen