Sacred Heart Church

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, August 17, 2014

jesus feeds the multitudes Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

What’s behind a story? Specifically, what’s behind today’s Gospel story? There, Jesus meets a Gentile mother, who pleads for an exorcism for her daughter. Surprisingly, Jesus says that his mission is only to Israel. But after the woman persists, Jesus acknowledges her faith and finally grants her petition for healing. So, what’s behind this unusual story?

Scripture scholar Father Donald Senior suggests that the story points to the “mission theology” of the fledgling Christian community that gave rise to the Gospel of Matthew. Did some early Christians hesitate to take the Gospel beyond the limits of Israel? Historically, probably Jesus didn’t take his preaching much beyond his own people, with relatively few Gentile contacts. And yet, the Gospel message was destined to reach the “ends of the earth” after Christ’s resurrection.

So the evangelist, who probably ministered to a community consisting of both Jews and Gentiles, wanted to make such a wider audience part of his own community’s “mission plan.” Matthew relates a story that shows how a mission to the Gentiles could still respect the historical role of Israel in first hearing the Good News.

That missionary task, which is still ours today, demands the persistence and faith of that Canaanite mother who first confronted Jesus.
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We have suffered with abortion on demand for forty-one years. We must realize that what one generation tolerates, the next generation embraces. This has proved to be so true since we continue to abort babies with little or no remorse. It is true; every day babies die from abortion and as a nation a bit more of our moral conscience dies as well.


Our Grade School Religious Education Program will have an Open House on Sunday, August 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. in the Formation Center. The Grade School Program includes Pre-K through 8th grade. Parents, students, guardians are invited to attend. Catechists and other volunteers will be available to share information and answer questions about our program. The Grade School Religious Education classes will begin on September 7th. For more information contact Judy Wahl, 944-3922.


Our parish has purchased a block of 50 tickets for the Friday, August 22nd, Altoona Curve game. Seats are in the Diamond Club-108 section, behind home plate. Parishioner, Hayley Kelleher will be singing the National Anthem ! Tickets are free to parishioners. Please call the rectory office at 943-8553 to reserve your tickets.


August 26th is the deadline for submitting your reservation to attend the Anniversary Mass. The Mass is for couples marking milestone anniversaries this year, First, 25th, 40th, 50th, 55th, and 60 plus. The Mass is Sunday, September 14 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:00 p.m. Stop by the rectory or call if you are interested in attending.


Please consider sharing the gift of Jesus’ word and body with others. We are in need of readers and Eucharistic Ministers for the Noon and 8 a.m. Masses. If you are a Catholic in good standing and would like to be trained for either of these ministries, please call the rectory office at 943-8553. Thank you.


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.


A note of thanks is extended to all parishioners who volunteered to help with the “Love Feast” at Simpson Temple United Parish on August 9. Our parish motto “Let the Christ in Me, Reach Out to the Christ in You” was evident in the service of others. Thank 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 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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