Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Liturgical Reflection

Luke 16:19-31 There are the rich and there are the poor. The great sin is that of uncaring complacency. Every community of faith is charged with finding ways to share its resources to those in need. A caring heart, a heart full of mercy seeks to help the poor. Our Diocese has very active members of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society that reaches out to each person in need at the local level. (The Church in the annual calendar remembers Saint Vincent de Paul this Tuesday.) Have you shared some of your wealth with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society? The worse response would be apathy. It is mercy that leads us to reach out to those in need. Lord, give us a merciful heart!
- 2016, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office


The founders of our country declared that each human being has certain inalienable rights that government must protect. It is no accident that they named life before liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life itself is a basic human good, the condition for enjoying all other goods on this earth. Therefore the right to life is the most basic human right. Other valued rights-the right to vote, to freedom of speech, or to equal protection under law-lose their foundation if life itself can be destroyed with impunity.-

Confirmation News

There will be a meeting for parents and high school students including BG, for grades 9, 10, and 11 on Sunday, September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50. This meeting is to provide information about the preparation process for Confirmation. If you have any questions, call Judy Wahl at 944-3922.

Christian Initiation

Are you acting prudently in helping build up the kingdom of God? The most popular reason why people haven’t joined the Catholic Faith is…”because no one ever asked me to.” Have you ever asked anyone if they would like to know more about becoming Catholic? Invite someone to the Christian Initiation classes held Sunday’s at 11 a.m. in the Formation Center. If they can’t make that time or have more questions have them call or text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076.

Stewardship Reflections

Each of us, regardless of our level of wealth, has the ability to be a prudent (sensible) steward. May the full account of our stewardship at the end of our earthly journeys by our merciful Master proclaim the prudent management of our time, our abilities, and our finances.

Priests’ Medical and Retirement Collection

Next weekend, all parishes in our diocese will take up a special collection to support our diocesan priests’ medical and retirement needs. Donations will help subsidize the medical and living expenses of our senior priests. Your generous support allows the diocese to provide modest stipends to our senior priests while keeping increases in the parish’s assessment to a minimum. Thank you.

Parish Pictorial Directories

If you did not get the new directory at the socials, they can be picked up at the rectory business office between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays. Also, if you did not have your picture taken, but would like one of the directories, the cost is $5 and may be purchased at the rectory office during regular business hours.

Calendar Of Cash

Sacred Heart Parish will once again be selling 2017 Calendar of Cash lottery calendars. Calendars are $25 each and pay-outs range from $25 to $500. Calendars are currently available in the rectory business office or you may call the secretary to have your “special” numbers saved. This is the only fund raiser that the parish has. Please be supportive.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Phyllis DiTosti, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Mary Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Joe Peroni, Richard Picano, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling and Ian Chilcote’s 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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