Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Matthew 21:28-32 What’s your choice for a favorite Gospel parable? The Good Samaritan? The vineyard workers? The Prodigal Son? Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Might I suggest a possibility for a favorite Gospel parable? It comes from the Gospel of Matthew—today’s parable from Jesus about two sons: Their father asks each of them to go and work in the family vineyard. One says no, but later changes his mind and complies. The other says yes but doesn’t go out to the vineyard. Jesus’ conclusion: The first son, the one who thought better of his refusal and eventually went to work—that son truly carried out his father’s will. The point Our Lord wants to make is clear: Those who sin can change. Sinners who repent are welcome in the Kingdom.

And that’s what makes this parable one of my favorites. I can’t begin to guess how many times I’ve said no to God—in small ways, mostly. I’ve done this through bad choices, neglecting obvious opportunities to do good. Instead, I’ve put my own ego and my own comfort ahead of God’s will. Fortunately, God leaves the door of the Kingdom open. Lots of times--through God’s help and the challenge and patience of other Christians—I’ve been motivated to re-consider my decision. I hope that makes me like the first son—capable of changing my mind and reconsidering God’s will and God’s way. And I call that Good News!
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To end abortion and euthanasia no sacrifice is too extreme. There is no price that we can attach to a precious life. We must leave this world better than we found it, even if it costs us our lives! Abortion and euthanasia must end now.
- Fr. Stephen Imbarrato

Homebound Communion Calls

Father Ľubomír will be making his monthly Communion Calls to homebound parishioners on Thursday, October 2. If you or someone you know would like to be placed on the list, please call the office (943-8553) before Wednesday morning, October 1.

First Friday of the Month


You are encouraged to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by attending either the 7:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, October 3. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on First Fridays after the 7:45 a.m. Mass until Benediction before the 11:30 a.m. Mass. We will have confessions at 7:15 a.m. And 11:30 a.m.

Pet Blessing Service in the Courtyard

There will be a Pet Blessing Service held in the courtyard on Saturday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. St. Franics had a profound love for all types of animals. The Blessing of Animals is meant to give individuals, with animals, a chance to reflect on the positive connection they have to our physical and emotional health.

Sacrament of Confirmation

It is with great joy that we congratulate Samantha Therese Philomena Neumann on receiving the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday, at the Noon Mass, on her 22nd birthday. Samantha and her family have moved numerous times across the United States due to work commitments. She was not able to receive her Confirmation at a particular parish. Over the past four months she has been attending religion classes, participating in the sacramental life of the Church and demonstrating Christian service. As a faith community, let us pray for the Holy Spirit to be her Helper and Guide as she gives witness to Christ by living a life built on faith and love. Congratuations Sam!


So far, there are two people that are interested in joining the Catholic faith at our parish. It is important that as a faith community, we support and welcome them. We ask that you keep them in your prayers as they are being drawn closer to God. If you are not Catholic but might be interested in becoming one, feel free to attend an inquiry class. Inquiry classes are held Sundays in the Formation Center, from 11 a.m. until noon. If you have any questions, please call or text Mike Kelleher at 934-4076.

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

Servers, readers, commentators, cantors, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical function. All liturgical ministers are to discharge their office with sincere devotion and decorum. Dress and posture give witness to the sacred ministry exercised by the faithful. It is the expectation of the Church that these ministries be carried out with love and reverence. Catechesis and preparation are necessary for an understanding of the proper function of each liturgical ministry. Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Number 29.

Altar Flowers

We thank Nancy and Clair Servello for the altar flowers this weekend in memory of their son, Eric Krenn.

Angel Fund

We also thank Rita Sangiorgi for her donation to the Angel Fund in memory of her husband, Nino Sangiorgi.

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, 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 weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.



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