Sacred Heart Church

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, May 20, 2018


pentecost sunday Today we celebrate the “birthday of the Church!” Pentecost is described in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. But before the great driving wind and tongues of fire empowering the disciples, the Holy Spirit had already arrived. The Gospel for today’s Mass during the day is from John 20. Jesus appears to the fearful disciples after his resurrection. He first speaks a message of calm. “Peace be with you.” The apostles “rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” When the enthusiastic response settles down, Jesus “breathed on them and said to them ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”

This action is Trinitarian, and it has happened before. If you turn your Bible back to the beginning, you will read: “The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so many became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). In the Garden of Eden, we see God’s first, original covenant with man. The breath of life signifies that original indwelling of grace, the special state of likeness and friendship with God before the Fall. Here now, in this locked room, the Apostles receive the long-awaited promise: the very breath of God, new life, a new covenant. In the pairing of these two readings-the Pentecost experience in Acts and the breath of Jesus in John’s Gospel-we see that the coming of the Holy Spirit is not only an empowering, it is an indwelling. We have each received the breath of grace in our baptism. It is confirmed, strengthened, and deepened in each reception of the sacraments. If we persevere in virtue, the Spirit of God is alive in us, inspiring our actions of love. This Pentecost Sunday, how is the breath of God alive in you?
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In a special way, the common good requires solidarity with the poor who are often without the resources to face many problems, including the potential impacts of climate change. Our obligations to the one human family stretch across space and time. They tie us to the poor in our midst and across the globe, as well as to future generations. The commandment to love our neighbor invites us to consider the poor and marginalized of other nations as true brothers and sisters who share with us the one table of life intended by God for the enjoyment of all.
- A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the noon Mass today until 2:00 p.m. The Holy Spirit who initiated and animated the Church at her beginning, transforms bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Church’s life flows from the Eucharist. You are encouraged to spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Weekend Mass Intentions

If you have requested a Saturday evening or Sunday Mass Intention, you are expected to bring the gifts up to the priest. In the event that you cannot do this, you should ask a family member or a friend. Carrying the bread and wine allows you to participate more deeply in the Mass for your loved-one or friend.

Love Feast

The Love Feast at Simpson-Temple United Parish on Saturday, May 26 will be sponsored by Sacred Heart. There is a sign up sheet in the back of the church for volunteers for those who would like to donate a dessert or to volunteer to help cook, serve, cleanup, etc.

Sacred Heart Vacation Bible School

August 6-August 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Plunge in at VBS! Ages 5 to 12 At Splash Canyon, children and volunteers discover that on life’s wild ride, Jesus is by our side. Even in turbulent times when sin and Satan threaten to capsize our faith-God say “YES” to us in Jesus, our promised Savior! Registration Forms are available in the vestibule of the church.

There will be a meeting for volunteers on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Formation Center. Call Judy Wahl at 944-3922 for more information.


Join Catholics from across the Diocese to celebrate our faith and enjoy a day of great rides, slides and the waterpark! Or just come for Mass and enjoy America’s best amusement park food! Sunday, June 24. Liturgy begins at 3:00 p.m. with Bishop Mark . A picnic in the diocesan pavilion at 5:00 p.m. All day Fun Passes are available for a reduced price of $20 with a Faith Day voucher! Meal tickets are also available. Nonperishable food item or free-will offering for Catholic Charities will be collected. Dessert Contest spotlighting all of our great bakers! Anyone can enter. Anyone who would like to enter the contest please call the rectory office for a registration form. Registration forms must be turned in no later than June 8. Winners must be present to win.

Food tickets can be ordered through the diocese Youth Ministry Office. Adults $8.75 and Children $7.75. Call the rectory office for more details and ride vouchers.

Altoona Curve Baseball Game

Tickets are available to the Altoona Curve vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats game on Friday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. There will be fireworks! Tickets are free to registered, participating members and $10 for non-members. Please stop by the rectory office or call. Thanks to Denny Greiner for making the arrangements for us.

Liturgical Reflection…

This is Pentecost Sunday and the fifty days of the Easter Feast conclude. Today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit who reveals faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Spirit that enlightens the minds of believers to go forth and share the good news of the dying and rising of the Lord. Christians are people of life. We boldly proclaim our shared faith in Christ’s saving death and resurrection. With 1.3 billion Catholics we proclaim with certitude and trust our faith in God’s abiding love, the Lord’s salvific death and resurrection, and the Spirit’s guiding presence in our lives.
- Order of Christian Funerals, 1998/1989, 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Prayer List

The Prayer List has been a part of our bulletin for the past 11 years. Some names on the list have been there since the beginning. Originally it was to be that when our prayers helped and people felt better, the person who requested they should be added would let us know. Starting with the June 3rd bulletin, the names will be replaced every month. This will better help us know who has been recently added and who is in need of our prayers. If you would like to add a person’s name to the list, please call the rectory. Remember, you must have the permission of the person in order for them to be added. Thank you for your understanding.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Roberta Alderisio, Arlene Balestino, Ann Bauer, Barbara Baker, Norma Belin, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Eva Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshleman, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Theresa Gates, Anna Marie Gority, Paul Griffin, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Lucy Horton, Nancy James, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Pat Koehle McTavish, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maurine Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Caitlin Thompson, Mary Wombacher 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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