Sacred Heart Church

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Love the Lord Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In my inner-city parish, people come to us daily for help with rent, food, medical needs. Iím not a social worker, and so Iím grateful for the knowledgeable people on our team who can find the help people need. But when I read todayís first reading, a portion of the Mosaic Law taken from the book of Exodus, I do get some basic instructions for some practical things I can do to help.

God tells me there that my conduct toward people who are vulnerable because of any human need must be tempered by recalling my own human condition. The people of Israel, the law says, should remember they were once strangers in Egypt; and so the stranger on their doorsteps ought to receive respect and care. God has been good to me in my times of real need; and now God may be asking me to do the same for someone. Later in the passage, thereís a very practical instruction about returning a manís cloak to him for the night, even though youíve demanded it as a loan guarantee. That instruction tells me that any relationship I have with the poor must honor peopleís God-given dignity. Thanks to that instruction, I look into a personís eyes on the soup kitchen line, and try to communicate our shared relationship in the Lord. Godís law is full of the compassion of Godóand thatís the first thing I can share with my fellow human being.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2014


Let us pray for all pre-born children that their parents will have the courage to nurture the gift of life within and bring their child up to know God and love Him in this world so that they can be with Him in heaven for all eternity.
- Fr. Stephen Imbarrato

Fall Pizza Social

There will be a Fall Social following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 1. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church. All food will be provided. We just need to know the number of people who will be attending. Please sign your name and the number of people. This event is being planned by our Social Committee.

Altar Server Appreciation Mass and Dessert

As a way to thank the many Altar Servers throughout our Diocese for their service and as an attempt to promote Vocations to priesthood and consecrated religious life, the Diocesan Office of Vocations is sponsoring an Altar Server Appreciation Mass and Dessert at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto on Sunday, November 23 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Mark will be the Principal Celebrant and Homilist. A sign-up sheet is available in the Sacristy.

Parish Flower Gardens

Thanks to the leadership of Bernice Cellini and Diana Hite, our flower gardens had quite a display of vivid colors all summer and into the fall as well. We thank them and Dick Cellini, Andrey Lear and Nick OíBrien for preparing our flower beds for the winter months.

Angel Fund

We thank Rose Marlett for her donation to the Angel Fund in memory of her husband, Tom and daughter, Bonnie Webb.

We also thank Bill and Kate Burr for their donation to the Angel Fund in memory of Vincent Burr, Sr.

125th Anniversary

On July 13th, 1890, Fr. Thomas P. Smith, the newly appointed pastor, celebrated the first Mass for the newly established Sacred Heart Parish in a building on the corner of 7th Avenue and 24th Street. In 2015, our Parish Family will celebrate 125 years of ministry. We will be celebrating this great milestone with several events and activities throughout 2015/16. The highlight of the year long celebration will be a Mass of Thanksgiving in Honor of the parishís 125th anniversary, concelebrated by Bishop Mark at the 12:00 Noon Mass on Sunday, July 12th. A Dinner Celebration will follow at the Jaffa Shrine.

We would like to create a Christian theme slogan. We are asking all parishioners to take part in this by submitting your thoughts and writing a theme slogan for the event. The slogan should be limited to one sentence and no more than 15 words. If your slogan is chosen, you and your immediate family will be awarded tickets for the celebration dinner following the Mass on July 12th. The deadline to submit the theme slogan will be Sunday, November 30, 2014. Your entry can be dropped off at the rectory or placed in the collection basket in a sealed envelope and marked 125th Anniversary Theme. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jeff Arpino at 932-6452 or call the rectory at 943-8553.

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

The bishops of the world noted that the rites of the liturgy should be marked with noble simplicity. With the reform of the liturgy fifty years ago, the Church desired the Roman Liturgy to be short, clear, and unencumbered by useless repetitions. The rites should be within the comprehension of the people gathered for worship. And, as a rule, the rites should not require much explanation. Scripture is to underscore all that is done at liturgy. In prayer and in song, the holy scriptures ground the Churchís worship.
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Numbers 34, 35,

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, Braxton Pine, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Arlene Schirf, Luke Schultz, 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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