Sacred Heart Church

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Matthew 25:14-30 Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In my ministry in the inner-city parish where I’m pastor, I’m often overwhelmed by the seemingly unsolvable problems we face. How to tackle poverty, unemployment, crime? How to get practical help to folks? How to bring together those with resources and those with needs? How to deal with daily frustrations?

In this tough ministry, one of my Franciscan colleagues has a very helpful strategy for me and our parish community. He says there’s two ways to do this ministry. One is a way that stresses people’s needs. This “need-based” approach can often lead to frustration as we face those overwhelming problems. A second way is an “asset-based” approach. Everyone has a gift. Every person has a unique dignity given by God. Everyone is an “asset” in our community. The poorest person economically may have a talent or gift not immediately apparent. In this approach, we’re all in relationship, and in that relationship, love and service can flow two ways.

Maybe that’s part of what Jesus wants to teach us in today’s parable of the talents. We’ve all been given gifts by God. In the parable, praise goes to those who develop those gifts; hoarding them or burying them--even for security’s sake--is not an option. In our faith communities we’re challenged to find ways to discover the gifts each person has, and to discover how to put them at the service of the Kingdom.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2014


Pray for our political leaders that they will promote the culture of life and defend the God given constitutionally guaranteed right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Fr. Stephen Imbarrato

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament today, November 16 , from after the Noon Mass until 2:00 p.m. Please take some time out of your day to sit in the presence of our Savior.

Pro-Life Christmas Cards Available!

Citizens Concerned for Human Life, Blair County Chapter, will have Christmas cards available for purchase after weekend Masses, November 15-16 and November 22-23. Three beautiful designs are being offered, one of the Madonna and Child, one of the Infant Jesus and the third of the Three Kings. The cost is $7 for a package of 11 cards. A flier with order details will remain in the vestibule through the upcoming Christmas Season. Your purchase will help support the pro-life work of CCHL in Blair County. For more information, call Dorothy, 505-2886.

6th Ward Thanksgiving Service

Simpson-Temple United Parish will host this year’s 6th Ward Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Keith Moore of Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be the preacher. All monetary donations will go to support the Teen Center run by Family Services, Inc.

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Our parish’s Thanksgiving Day Mass will be on Thursday, November 27, at 9:00 a.m. Food items and monetary donations will be accepted during the offertory procession for use in our parish’s Food Pantry.

Note of Thanks!

Gratitude is extended to the members of our Parish Social Committee who hosted our Fall Pizza Social and the Randazzo Family for preparing the pizza. As always, there was plenty of food!

Lost and Found

A child’s ring has been turned in to the rectory. If your child or someone you know has lost such a ring, please call the rectory at 943-8553 and describe. Thank you.

Families and the Gospel

The servant in the gospel was afraid to invest the money given to him. In our families if we fail to invest ourselves in each other, we will end up just like the servant, a loser! Without personal investment in a relationship, there are no dividends and no growth.

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

The more complete form of participation in the Mass by which the faithful, after the priest’s communion, receive the Lord’s Body from the same sacrifice, is strongly endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The Church encourages that the communion received by the faithful ideally come from the altar where at that Mass, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. The Church strongly endorses that consecrated Hosts normally not be brought from the tabernacle for communion distribution at Mass. The fuller sign of liturgical participation is that the Body and Blood of Christ on the Altar be distributed among all participants at that Mass.
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Number 55 2014, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

125th Anniversary

On July 13th, 1890, Fr. Thomas P. Smith, the newly appointed pastor, celebrated the first Mass for the newly established Sacred Heart Parish in a building on the corner of 7th Avenue and 24th Street. In 2015, our Parish Family will celebrate 125 years of ministry. We will be celebrating this great milestone with several events and activities throughout 2015/16. The highlight of the year long celebration will be a Mass of Thanksgiving in Honor of the parish’s 125th anniversary, concelebrated by Bishop Mark at the 12:00 Noon Mass on Sunday, July 12th. A Dinner Celebration will follow at the Jaffa Shrine.

We would like to create a Christian theme slogan. We are asking all parishioners to take part in this by submitting your thoughts and writing a theme slogan for the event. The slogan should be limited to one sentence and no more than 15 words. If your slogan is chosen, you and your immediate family will be awarded tickets for the celebration dinner following the Mass on July 12th. The deadline to submit the theme slogan will be Sunday, November 30, 2014. Your entry can be dropped off at the rectory or placed in the collection basket in a sealed envelope and marked 125th Anniversary Theme. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jeff Arpino at 932-6452 or call the rectory at 943-8553.

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, Braxton Pine, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Arlene Schirf, Luke Schultz, 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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