Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Belonging to a religious order is like belonging to a family. We Franciscans try to treat each other in the same fashion—as family. And that goes for tough times as well as good times. Once in a great while, we have to confront a brother with a problem, and seek to help him, or get help for him, in a loving way. Such “tough love” isn’t easy; it’s not easy in natural families either.
Today’s Gospel gives Christ’s step-by-step plan for dealing with someone in the community who sins. Much like a charitable intervention in a family, Jesus urges us to begin “one on one,” so as to minimize the embarrassment or good reputation of the person. Only when necessary are others to be included, and then with proper evidence.
A wider circle of Christians might have to become involved, and only as a last resort is someone ever excluded from the community—and even then, Jesus’ advice is to treat such a one as a Gentile or tax collector. And we know that both of these receive Jesus’ healing or acceptance in various Gospel stories.
No religious order, no Catholic parish, no Catholic family is without its need to deal with failures to live up to the values of our faith. And in reaching out, none of these should be without Christ’s compassionate plan for healing.
I’m Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite from St. Anthony Messenger Press on the web at FranciscanRadio.org.
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41 years of decriminalized abortion is a generation, totaling 57,000,000 dead
babies and is a tragic loss to the future of our nation. “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
- Dietrich Bonfoeffer
The Rectory will be closed this Tuesday, September 16. Thank you.
We congratulate the following couples who will be attending the Annual Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral today at 2:00 p.m. with Bishop Mark.
Edward and Marcella Adams...68 years.
Joseph and Anne Jaronieski...50 years.
Michael and Debra Kelleher...25 years.
Dennis and Lori Kuhns...25 years.
Ronald and Lynn Nagle...25 years.
Sr. Linda LaMagna, Ministerial Coordinator of Evangelization for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will be presenting an Evening of Reflection on The New Evangelization for Catechists on Sunday, September 21 in the Formation Center from 6-7:30 p.m. The New Evangelization is a call to each Catholic to deepen his or her own faith, have confidence in the Gospel, and possess a willingness to share the Gospel. As Catechists we are called to share the Good News and the Catholic Faith. This opportunity to reflect on our Faith can help us do that.
The Light is On
Bishop Mark L. Bartchak and the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will once again sponsor "The Light is On" September 22-24, 2014. During those three days, parishes throughout the Diocese will offer special times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All are welcome to celebrate the Sacrament, especially those who have been away from Confession for a while. Confession at Sacred Heart will be Monday, September 22, from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m.
A meeting for students attending High School Religious Education and Catholic High School, in grades 9th, 10th, and 11th and their parents, will be held on Sunday September 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church. This is an information meeting to discuss preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you have any questions, please call Judy Wahl at 944-3922.
“If today you hear His voice, harden not your heart.” “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.”
Could this be the year that you or someone you know would like to become a member of the Catholic Faith Community? Inquiry classes begin this Sunday, September 7, in the Formation Center from 11 a.m. until Noon. If you have any questions, please call or text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076.
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Knowing that God loves us beyond all measure causes us to love Him in return through the unconditional sharing of our gifts. While this takes a lifetime to perfect, it is the path of grateful Christian stewards. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
The Altar Flowers this Thursday, September 18th, are being donated by Donna Miller in memory of her husband, Clarence “Ed” Miller. We thank Donna for her generosity.
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, Lisa DeAngelis, 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, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds,
Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Arlene
Schirf, 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 weekends bulletin. You must have the persons permission to print their name.