Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Matthew 16:13-20 A Franciscan story tells how St. Francis was about to send some of his brothers to preach in a hostile, pagan land. Everyone expected them to suffer martyrdom, and so those who weren’t going crowded around the missionaries, secretly hoping to boast later how they had met such saintly martyrs.

One timid friar in line was horrified when one of the missionaries told him, “So Brother Jordan, you, too, will come with us?” The young friar recoiled in shock, but then thought, “What if it’s the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that I go?” He took his dilemma to Francis himself, who advised him to follow his heart. Brother Jordan did accompany the missionaries, and survived to chronicle their exploits.

We may smile at the tale of the timid friar afraid to face martyrdom. But what would your reaction be? In today’s liturgy, the prophet Jeremiah, along with saints Paul and Peter, are featured in Scriptural passages that evoke their own struggle with the possibility of martyrdom. What were their fears, their dilemmas, their response, in the face of God’s call?

The challenge of the Gospel for us rarely comes so directly. But it remains real. Day-to-day, there’s a lot we cling to. We want to save face, keep from rocking the boat, avoid the embarrassment of taking an unpopular stand. But at what cost?
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2014


Would we be more horrified with the death of the pre-born if they were slaughtered by guns? We would then witness the horror of the destruction of a pregnancy and not ignore it because abortion is done in secret. A dead baby is still just as dead regardless of how they are killed.

Communion Calls

Father Ľubomír will be making his monthly Communion Calls to homebound parishioners on Thursday, September 4. If you or someone you know would like to be placed on the list, please call the office (943-8553) before Wednesday morning, September 3.

First Friday of the Month

You are encouraged to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by attending either the 7:45 a.m. Or 11:30 a.m. Masses on Friday, September 5. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on First Fridays after the 7:45 a.m. Mass until Benediction before the 11:30 a.m. Mass. We will have confessions at 7:15 a.m. And 11:00 a.m.

Religious Education

Religious Education/CCD will begin for grade school children next Sunday, September 7 at 11:00 a.m. and for high school teens on Wednesday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. For questions or further information, please call Judy Wahl, Director of Religious Education, at 944-3922.


The welcome reception for Fr. Ľubomír will be held on Saturday, September 6th after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Please note the date change. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church.


Could this be the year that you or someone you know would like to become Catholic? Is your soul thirsting for God? Are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him? Inquiry classes begin next Sunday, September 7th, in the Formation Center from 11 a.m. until noon. If you have any questions please call or text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076.

Families and the Gospel

Relationships live in a careful balance. If a person changes, the balance is altered requiring a shift in the relationship. Jesus announced a change and Peter resisted. Sometimes those we count on for support may actually get in the way. Jesus told Peter: “You are an obstacle to me.”

The Light is On

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak and the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will once again sponsor "The Light is On" September 22-24, 2014. During those three days, parishes throughout the Diocese will offer special times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All are welcome to celebrate the Sacrament, especially those who have been away from Confession for a while. Confession at Sacred Heart will be Monday, September 22, from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Suzanne Baranik- Bowser, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Rhoda Born, Elizabeth, Valerie Brumbaugh, Kierra Chirdon, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Susie Dalansky, Bob Decker, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Marian Dodson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, Mary Frederick, Lucas Gonzalez, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Elaine Hauser, Wilbur Henry, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Carol King, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Brigid McManaman, Debbie Murtagh, Amelia Irene Noel, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott and Sheila Ott, Joe Peroni, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Arlene Schirf, Jacqueline Smith, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, and Angie Yingling.

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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