Sacred Heart Church

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Matthew 13:24-43 Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Are you a collector? I’ve collected stamps from childhood, although I’ve never had enough money to do it seriously. And, I love books, and have a few small collections of titles by certain authors or on certain subjects. My Franciscan vow of poverty makes it difficult to have the kind of intense zeal for either of those two kinds of collecting—or any other—that matches the kind of intensity described by Jesus in today’s Gospel.

There, our Lord gives us two parables of the Kingdom: Someone who finds a treasure in a field, and sells all that he has to obtain the field—and the treasure; and a merchant searching for fine pearls, who finds the legendary pearl of great price, and, like the first discoverer, sells all that he has to buy the pearl.

I must confess that it isn’t lack of money that usually keeps me from being as intense about the Kingdom of God as Jesus proposes. Rather, it’s my humanness—sin, fear, self-doubt, laziness, distraction by other goals and treasures of a lesser value—all the substitutes I allow to preoccupy my efforts, when I should be as intense about the kingdom as the two characters in today’s Gospel parables.

How about you? What’s distracting you from the Kingdom? Let’s pray together for the conversion we need to give it our all!
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The battle rages between virtue and vice, grace and self-will, between good and evil. We are to live UP to the standards of God, not DOWN to the standards of this world. Join the pro-life movement today and help end abortion and euthanasia.


Is your Catholic faith a treasure, a fine pearl? Share it with others daily so they may want what you have. Let the Christ in you reach out to the Christ in others. To date, two individuals have expressed an interest in learning more about the Catholic faith. Classes will begin in September. If you or someone you know would like more information about the Catholic faith, have them call or text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076 or call the rectory office at 943-8553.


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.


Due to a low number of sign-ups for the Bible Camp Activity on July 30, we are cancelling the program this year.


You are encouraged to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by participating in the Eucharist on Friday, August 1, the First Friday of the Month. Masses will be celebrated at 7:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated at 7:15 and 11:00 a.m.

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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