Sacred Heart Church

Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Liturgical Reflection

Second Sunday of advent Advent is a time of longing and expectation as we remember Mary awaiting the birth of the Son of God. The new ritual for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (OCM) offers an Order of Blessing an Engaged Couple. The engaged couple is longing and expecting the day of the celebration of their marriage. The honorable betrothal of Christians is a special occasion for two families to pray together and receive a divine blessing. The blessing of the engaged couple is a formal beginning of what will be completed at the celebration of the Matrimony (OCM 218). This celebration of prayer is to be adapted to suit particular circumstances.
- 2016, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office


Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, over 57 million unborn children have been killed. One every 24 seconds. Abortion is never a mere personal choice but a grave offense against God and His creation. The anti-abortion struggle has always been a religious battle and foremost in its ranks have been Catholics across the country. This is because Church teaching on abortion is clear and unequivocal: Abortion is murder. There are no exceptions allowed, no compromises possible.

Holy Day Mass Schedule

We will have a Vigil Mass on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, December 8th at 7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Volunteers for Gospel Story

Youth of the parish are invited to participate in acting out the Gospel Story at our 5:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve. There is a sign up sheet in the vestibule and additional information on the bulletin boards in church. If you have any questions, call Judy Wahl at 944-3922. Thank you.


We wish to thank an anonymous parishioner for their donation of $5,000 toward covering the heating system pipes in the church. Materials have been ordered.

Pro-Life Christmas Cards

Celebrate the birth of Our Lord and the Giver of Life, and at the same time, help our fundraising efforts. Your purchase supports the pro-life work of the Blair County Chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life. Dorothy Compton will have a display of Christmas cards for sale after all of this weekend’s Masses in the vestibule of the church. Please be supportive. Thank you.

Christmas Oplatek (Wafer)

It is a custom in some countries (Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, etc.) to begin the Christmas meal by sharing a type of bread and exchanging a greeting of peace. Family members and friends break off a small piece of the oplatek and give it to one another along with a blessing. It serves as a reminder of the importance of Christmas, God, and family.

Packets of Christmas Wafers are available at the church entrances this weekend.

Calendar of Cash

We will be selling Calendar of Cash lottery tickets before and after Masses this weekend. Cost is $25 for the entire year. Payouts range from $25 to $500! Calendars may be purchased at the rectory business office during regular business hours or in the church. You may take calendars home with you and pay when you return the stubs. Thank you.

Altar Flowers

The flowers this weekend are in memory of Louis and Fran Prosperi from family, Lauri and Joe Hogan and Louis, Susan and Lauren Prosperi. Thank you.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Betsy Chilcote, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Denise Conrad, Mary Cost-low, 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, Brody Lidwell, 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, 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 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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