Sacred Heart Church

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Jn 14:15-21 St. Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Keeping the commandments of Jesus ultimately means loving as he loves. How do you think people feel after they leave your presence? This is a question worth pondering if we are serious about being disciples. Gentleness and reverence are beautiful charisms to foster as they speak boldly of love. If we truly love God and our brothers and sisters, we will always be gentle with them and treat them with the reverent dignity they deserve, regardless of what they have done. This is the ultimate challenge of discipleship. Committing ourselves today to following Jesus’ commandments and to love as Jesus loves, how can we make those who meet us this week leave us Happier and grateful that they have crossed our path?
- (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 1613) 2017, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office


“The joys and the hopes, the grief's and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the grief's and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts”.
- Gaudium et Spes, The Church and the Modern

Holy Day of Obligation

This Thursday, May 25, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. It is a holy day of obligation in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Forty days have passed since the glorious resurrection of the crucified Lord from the dead. The Church commemorates the return of the Son of God to the Father’s right hand. We await his return in all his glory at the end of time when all things will be made new. Please check the Mass schedule for the Holy Day this Thursday.

Garden Planting Day

On Saturday, June 3, we will need volunteers to help with the flower planting at the church gardens. We will begin at 10:00 a.m. Please bring your own gardening gloves, etc. Thank you! We would like to thank Bernice Cellini and Diana Hite for their diligent care of our gardens. The Spring flowers were beautiful!


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 God’s 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 Christ’s redemption.

Sacred Heart Food Pantry

On May 13, our food pantry received a generous supply of food items that were collected in the NALC FOOD DRIVE . We are most grateful to everyone who participated in this drive. Our sincere appreciation to ALL of the volunteers who helped to unload the deliveries and separate the food. THANK YOU!

Vacation Bible School

We are currently recruiting volunteers and teachers for our Vacation Bible School, “Mighty Fortress”, scheduled for August 7 thru 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please call Judy Wahl at 944-3922 if you are available to help.

Registration forms for children are in the back of the church. Deadline to register is July 30th

Catholic Ministries Drive

I ask each of you to support this year’s Drive and to help our parish witness its unity in Christ with other Catholics throughout the Diocese. What is most important is that each one of us offers a gift at a level that expresses our gratitude to God for blessings already received.

Last week, because of your generosity, our parish families have pledged $7398.00. We thank you for your support. If you have misplaced your pledge card, there are additional pledge envelopes at each of the entrances.

Altoona Curve Baseball Game

Tickets are available to the Altoona Curve vs. Bowie Baysox game on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free to registered members and $10 for non-members. Please stop by the rectory office or call. Thanks to Denny Greiner for making the arrangements for us.

Rice Bowl Collection

We thank our Religious Education students who collected and donated $284.12 to the CRS Rice Bowl during Lent.

Angel Fund Grant Applications

Request forms for Angel Fund Grants are available in the back of the church. The completed request must be turned in by June 1st. If form is not complete, inaccurate or not signed, it will not be considered. The amount of money available from the Angel Fund is considerably less than previous years.

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, Jody Himes, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Virginia Kimberly, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Richard Lauer, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, 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 O’Brien’s and Jacob Prendergast’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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