Sacred Heart Church

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Matthew 13:24-43 Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Earthy” images and a practical message—that’s today’s Gospel. Jesus tells several parables, two of them dealing with gardening, and one dealing with baking.

A gardener finds weeds in among his crop, and suspects the work of an enemy. The verdict: Wait until harvest to sort things out. The tiny mustard seed grows to become a great, sheltering tree. A woman makes bread, and uses just a little yeast to make the dough rise.

For the gardeners and bakers in the congregation today, proclaiming and understanding this Gospel may be easier than for us without a green thumb, who don’t know their way around the kitchen. What would Jesus talk about if he were preaching in person today in your parish or mine?

Somehow, I think he’d look around the church, and imagine the world outside those walls. He’d consider the problems facing the parish, and the struggles of Christians to witness in a largely secular world, which nevertheless hungers for a message of hope. And then, he’d choose imagery that would fit the situation.

Lacking a personal appearance by Christ as guest preacher this Sunday, we must stay with the Gospel. Try to listen carefully, and find there the message of hope: That no matter what obstacles it faces, no matter how small the efforts of Christians seem, the Kingdom of God will flourish.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2014


The Book of Genesis shows that man and woman are created in the image and likeness of God; in receiving and accepting each other, they recognize that they are made for each other (cf.Gen 1:24-31; 2:4b-25). Through procreation, man and woman collaborate with God in accepting and transmitting life: “By transmitting human life to their descendants, man and woman as spouses and parents co-operate in a unique way in the Creator’s work.” (CCC,372). Their responsibility also involves the stewardship of creation and the propagation of the human family. In biblical tradition, the beauty of human love as mirroring divine love is developed mainly in the Song of Songs and the prophets.
- 2014, The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City State.


A gracious word of welcome is extended to Father Lubomir “Lubo” Strecok as he celebrates his first weekend liturgies at Sacred Heart. Some of you may remember seeing him at Sacred Heart when he accompanied Bishop Joseph Adamec, as his secretary, to our Novena Masses.


You can be the “mustard seed” that helps grow God’s kingdom. Encourage someone you know to learn more about the Catholic faith.”Whoever has ears ought to hear”. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, have them call or text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076 or call the rectory office at 943-8553.


Youth of the parish are invited to attend a Bible Camp activity on Wednesday, July 30. The program “JOURNEY WITH JESUS” will include games, snacks, prizes, music and videos centered on a Bible message. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will end at 8:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be available in the vestibule. For more information, call Judy Wahl at 944-3922.


Our parish will be hosting a “Love Feast” meal at Simpson-Temple United Parish on Saturday, August 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food, serve the meal, clean up and make desserts. A sign up sheet is in the vestibule. For further information you may call Judy Wahl at 944-3922 or 942-3691.


A sincere and deep word of thanks is extended to the members of the Parish Council, Finance Council, Social/Fellowship Committee and parish volunteers who prepared such a fine farewell social for Msgr. Carson following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, July 12. The food prepared by Sandy Randazzo, Tony and Phyllis Russo, and other parishioners was plentiful and, as always, delicious. The music of Stan Galant in the courtyard provided a festive and enjoyable touch. Heartfelt gratitude is also extended to such a nice number of people who attended. God bless you.

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 De- Vecchis, 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, Tim Hileman, 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, Suzanne Steinbugl, Robert Straw, Sr., 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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