Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Liturgical Reflection

Lk 18:1-8 Merciful Christians are people of persistent prayer. Rather than changing God’s mind, prayer changes us, little by little, to follow the will of God. We do not lose heart; we do not become weary. Prayer keeps us in constant relationship with the Lord. Prayer connects us to the mercy of God. Having received divine mercy, we go out and share mercy with others. This week show compassion, understanding, and forgiveness to others. This will be possible if we persist in prayer. Regardless of the difficulties and challenges we face, prayer will ground us in the life-giving mercy of God.
- 2016, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office


We will never influence the world by trying to be like it. Christians must put the light of Christ on a lamp stand and have the courage to call “good” good and “evil”, evil. If we, once again, acknowledge God, then He will bless our nation.

Garden Clean-Up! Save the Date

Under the direction of Bernice and Dick Cellini and Diana Hite, volunteers are needed for the yearly Fall clean-up of our beautiful flower beds on Saturday, October 22 at 9:30 a.m. Please bring your own gardening tools; gloves, rakes, shovels, etc. There will be a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the church. Also, the red geraniums from Pentecost, may be taken home and repotted for the indoors if you would like to have one.

Food Pantry Volunteer

Our food pantry is in need of a person/persons with a pick-up truck who can assist our food pantry on a weekly basis. This volunteer would be responsible for picking up products every Wednesday at Giant Eagle and St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry about 8:30 a.m. and deliver them to our food pantry. This act of kindness would take approximately a half hour. If we get more than one volunteer, we could work on a rotation basis. Please call Rita Sangiorgi at 944-3215. Thank you!

Harvestfest Change

The Social Committee has changed the date of the Harvest Fest to November 12, following the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

Carmelite Community of the Word Says Thank You!

The Carmelite Community of the Word sisters will NOT be holding our Pre-Christmas Festival and Spaghetti Dinner that has traditionally been held in November. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all who have attended over the years and to all who have helped us in any way for your tremendous support. We look forward to a continued sharing of our ministerial efforts with you and promise our prayers on your behalf. Thank you!

Christian Initiation

“Be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.”

Could this be the year your spouse, friend or family member decides to become Catholic? It’s not too late. Have them stop by the Formation Center on Sundays at 11 a.m. Or call or text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076 for more information.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Betsy Chilcote, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Phyllis DiTosti, Thomas Dobson, Joan Don-nelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Mary Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Joe Peroni, Richard Picano, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, 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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