Sacred Heart Church

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Liturgical Reflection

Mt 5:38-48 By the Sacrament of Matrimony Christian spouses signify and participate in the mystery of unity and fruitful love between Christ and the Church. Man and woman, both in embracing conjugal life and in accepting and educating their children, help one another to become holy. As a married couple they have their own place and particular gift among the People of God. The faithful are enriched by the example of the married couple who give themselves wholeheartedly and unselfishly to one an-other. The love of God is visibly seen in the love of husband and wife.
- 2017, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office


The famous “Liberty Bell” has part of Leviticus 25:10 inscribed on it: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The Gettysburg Ad-dress stated”...this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” Our nation today needs a new birth of religious freedom, which is rapidly being taken from us. Defend all life and religious freedoms today.

Religious Education Classes

There will be no Religious Education Classes today, Sunday, February 19, in honor of President’s Day.

Mardi Gras Dinner

Please remember to sign up for the Mardi Gras Dinner following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on February 25th. The dinner will be held in the Formation Center.


Ash Wednesday is March 1st. We will have Masses at 7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Ashes will be distributed at each Mass. Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. Fasting applies to those who are between the ages of 18-60 and those who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain. Abstinence refers to not eating meat at all that day.

Stations of the Cross

During Lent, we will have Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mass.

“Flu” Season

The diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has received an advisory from public health officials that the reported cases of “the flu” and similar contagious viruses remains a serious concern at this time. Therefore, Bishop Bartchak has asked that the Precious Blood of the Lord not be offered at Mass temporarily. It is the belief of the Catholic Church that the whole Body of Christ is present under either form of consecrated bread and wine. Also, the ex-change of the sign of peace should avoid bodily contact. A reverent nod with eye contact and a smile will be the temporary practice. Reception of Holy Communion on the hand is encouraged; however, reception on the tongue may not be denied. These norms are in effect throughout the winter months or until the flu season is over.

Liturgical Minister Training

Anyone who is interested in being trained as an Altar Server, Lector or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion should contact the rectory at 943-8553 so that training sessions may be scheduled. Servers should be in the 3rd grade or older. We are in particular need of Lectors for 5:30 p.m., 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon. Extraordinary Ministers for 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon.

h1>In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Ann Bauer, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Ron Clawson and family, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Phyllis DiTo-sti, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Mary Freder-ick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Ke-agy,Virginia Kimberly, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Deb-bie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Joe Per-oni, Richard Picano, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robi-son, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling, and Daniel O’Brien’s safe deployment.

In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.

To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.



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