Sacred Heart Church

Sunday of Divine Mercy

Sunday, April 23, 2017


John 20:19-31 The apostle Thomas found the news that Jesus was alive just too far-fetched to believe. But he didnít first hear the news on the Internet or reading it standing in the store checkout line. His friends told him. His fellow apostles told him they had actually seen the Lord with their own eyes. Their testimony was not enough. He needed proof.

The resurrection of Jesus gives us not only hope, but also a reason to be his disciples. We have not seen with our own eyes, but like Thomas, we have a community, the Church that has relayed the truth to us. This same Jesus now calls us to go forth to spread the Gospel. More unbelievable than that, we have, through the gifts we have been given, a chance to change and even save lives. The day may come that you, moved by this news of the risen Lord, will be an agent of his love to the point where someone will tell the tale that you, a follower of Jesus, actually helped change his or her life.
- Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.
- St. John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995) no.72


It is with great joy that we welcomed three new members to our Sacred Heart faith community at the Easter Vigil. Matthew McDonald (Sponsor, Rebecca Milliron) already one with us in baptism, received his Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Amanda Lynam (sponsor, Linda Skelley) and Tyler Davis (sponsor, Jenna Yahner) received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. We ask that you keep these individuals in your prayers this Easter season as they begin and celebrate their newness of life in Christ.

Religious Education-Catholic School News

First Holy Communion students: There will be music practice for First Communion students (this includes Catholic School) today, April 23 and next Sunday, April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. in the Formation Center.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Prince Gallitzin Court #2625 will be collecting baby supplies to be donated to Catholic Charities and other agencies. The box will be in the vestibule of the church from April 23rd until May 14. Thank you for your generosity.


As Easter Sunday was celebrated, so are the seven Sundays that follow, concluding with Pentecost Sunday on June 4. The fifty days celebrate the mystery of the Christian Passover, the new life of Godís Spirit, introduced in the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. The Easter Season is intrinsically related to the celebration of the Paschal Triduum. For fifty days Christians liturgically celebrate the saving mysteries of Christís redemption.

Catholic Ministries Drive

The diocesan annual campaign, formerly known as the Annual Catholic Appeal has been improved upon to make a greater impact than before. The new ďCatholic Ministries DriveĒ will provide 100% of revenue for a specific group of vital ministries. The Fund no longer will support core administrative offices of the diocese. During the first week of May, you will receive a diocesan mailing further explaining the new Catholic Ministries Drive.

Angel Fund Thank You

We thank Deb Picano and friends for the generous donation to the Angel Fund in memory of her husband, Richard Picano.

We also thank Susan and Tom Haught for their donation to the Angel Fund in memory of Matt Pielmeier and also their donation to Sacred Heart in memory of Wendy Lafferty.

Easter Flower Memorials

Ted and Marcella Adams in memory of Francis Paul Adams and Marjory Kelly

Jill Hammer in memory of Brian and James F. Hammer and Diantoniis Families and Hammer Families.


Breathing is necessary for living. Without air and the ability to breathe, we would die. It is no wonder then that Jesus breathed on the disciples and gave them the Holy Spirit. As our physical breath is essential to physically live, the Holy Spirit is essential to personally and socially live. Jesus shows his friends that God is with them, sustaining them with his gifts and providing them with the fullness of life and love. We take Godís role in our lives for granted and we give ourselves more credit than we ought. Much of what we treasure and accomplish every day is due to Godís inner presence moving and acting within us calling us to new life.

In Your Prayers

Marcella Adams, Francis Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Ann Bauer, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Ron Clawson and family, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy,Virginia Kimberly, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin OíRorke, Donny Ott, Randy Par-son, Joe Peroni, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Linda Rineheimer, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling, and Daniel OíBrienís and Jacob Prendergastís 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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