Sacred Heart Church

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, May 24, 2015

John 20:19-23 Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Feast of Pentecost.

Shortly after Easter one year, a woman in my parish who had been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil told me how welcomed she felt in the Catholic family. The sense of openness and tolerance she experienced was especially important to her.

Itís a characteristic of Catholicism to see Godís goodness in all of creation, in various human endeavors, and in the cultures and histories of human beings wherever the Gospel is preached. While we havenít always lived up to that ideal, I was happy that my new parishioner experienced something of that spirit.

That universal dimension is also one of the themes of Pentecost. The dramatic story of the descent of the Holy Spirit tells us how the Holy Spirit can break down walls we may put up between peoples, races, cultures. What we see as obstacles, the Spirit can use to create a new unity, a reversal of the Babel story in Genesis, when people let human arrogance lead to disunity, as one human language fractured into many different tongues.

Today, across our world, a myriad of voices, different languages, and many cultural expressions will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Letís join our voices with that Pentecost chorus.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2015


ďNothing we do to defend the human person, no matter how small, is ever unfruitful or forgotten. Our actions touch other lives and move other hearts in ways we can never fully understand in this world. Donít ever underestimate the beauty and power of the witness you give in your pro-life work.Ē
- Archbishop Charles Chaput

Memorial Day Mass

Our Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, will be held at 9:00 a.m. There will not be at 7:45 a.m. Mass.

Liturgical Reflection..........

The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and toward which the attention of the faithful naturally turns during the Liturgy of the Word. It is appropriate that generally this place be a stationary ambo and not simply a movable lectern. The ambo is located in keeping with the design of each church in such a way that the ordained ministers and readers may be seen and heard by the faithful. From the ambo only the scriptural readings, the Responsorial Psalm, and Easter Proclamation (Excultet) are proclaimed. The dignity of the ambo requires that only a minister of the word stands at it.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Number 309.
- 2015, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Baseball Tickets Available!

Sacred Heart Parish has a block of tickets available for Friday, June 26, for the 7:00 p.m. Curve baseball game. They will be playing Erie. Tickets will be free to registered members only. If you would like to take a non member friend or grandchild, the cost will be $10. Seating is in the Toyota Diamond Club section. Please call the rectory office or stop in to pick up your ticket.

Pictorial Directory for Sacred Heart Church

It has been 11 years since the last Pictorial Directory of Sacred Heart Church was published. As we commemorate 125 years of Sacred Heart Churchís history, it will be a great opportunity to celebrate this milestone with a new commemorative directory.

There are several options to schedule your appointment. You can do it online by clicking the "Schedule Portrait Session" link on the right-hand side of this page or there will be volunteers scheduling families for photography following each weekend Mass on April 18/19 and April 25/26 in the vestibule of the church. Also you may call Rosemary Barcaro at (814) 946-1062 if you will not be able to use previous two scheduling options.

For participating, you will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and printed directory. There is no obligation to purchase additional copies of photographs, unless you would decide. Purchase by senior citizens and active military will be discounted. The available dates are Tuesday, May 26 Ė Friday May 29, 2015 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional days are Tuesday June 2 Ė Thursday June 4, 2015 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Portrait session will take place at Sacred Heart Formation Center. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will allow you time to review the information we have on file and to make any necessary corrections. Please allow up to an hour to be professionally photographed, view your image, and select your portraits. Your photography hour begins from your scheduled time.

For clothing, we suggest solid colors and long sleeves and that families dress in coordinating colors. You can also bring meaningful items such as musical instruments, sporting equipment or hobby items.

If you choose to bring canned goods to donate to sacred Heart Food Pantry for your session, Lifetouch Inc. will make a monetary donation to our Food Pantry for each family with canned donations.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in our new directory.


Tickets are now available after all weekend Masses or at the rectory business office. Dinner will be held on Sunday, July 12 at the Jaffa Shrine. Hors dí oeuvres will be served until 2:30 p.m. followed with a buffet dinner. Tickets for registered adult members are $12.50. Children ages 7 to 12 are $6.25 and children 6 and under are free.

Angel Fund Thank You

We thank Toni Balestino for her donation to the Angel Fund in memory of Marian Dodson.

Angel Fund Tuition Assistance

Request forms for Angel Fund Grants are available in the back of the church. Your request needs to be turned in by June 1st. The Angel Fund was established to provide tuition assistance for children and teens who are enrolled in Catholic schools. You must be a registered, participating member of Sacred Heart Parish with a signed Memorandum of Understanding to be eligible.

Annual Catholic Appeal

As we continue through the Easter Season, we invite you to support our parish and diocesan ministries with a sacrificial gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. If every parish family makes a sacrificial gift in proportion to its financial circumstances, our parish would be blessed beyond measure and will allow us to complete some needed parish repairs. Remember that all money above our diocesan goal is returned to Sacred Heart Parish. If for any reason, you are unable to make a financial gift at this time, please return your pledge card indicating such. Please let us know how the parish may be able to help you in this time of your need. To date, we have reach 72.7% of our goal pledged by 28% of our parishioners. We thank you for your support.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Elizabeth, Valerie Brumbaugh, Kierra Chirdon, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Susie Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, Mary Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Brigid McManaman, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin OíRorke, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott, Joe Peroni, Braxton Pine, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Arlene Schirf, Luke Schultz, Jacqueline Smith, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams 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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