Sacred Heart Church

First Sunday of Lent

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mark 1:12-15 It’s Lent—and your "covenant" is “up for renewal.” Hello, I'm Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for the First Sunday of Lent.

A covenant is an agreement that binds two parties. In today’s first reading from Genesis, we hear of the agreement God makes with Noah, never again to destroy the earth by water. In return, Noah and his family were to populate the earth.

In every Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer, we hear Christ’s words, “This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant….” In Christ, the ancient relationship between God and humankind has taken on a human face. Why do I say Lent is a time to "renew your covenant?" Well, in centuries past Lent was observed as a time of penance. With the renewal of the catechumenate—the process of becoming a Christian—the Church now sees Lent as a time of preparation for those to be baptized at Easter, and a time of renewal of baptism for all the rest of us. The Lenten penances we choose—and they’re still appropriate—are signs of “covenant renewal,” our pledge to deepen our commitment of love and service.

In Mark’s Gospel this Sunday, Jesus calls us to that kind of repentance and renewal. In the Lenten Sunday readings this year, listen for the theme of “covenant.” In these weekly reflections, I’ll be pointing out the “covenant connection” from each Sunday’s scriptures.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2015


“I was hungry and you did not feed Me. I was thirsty and you did not give Me to drink. I was naked and you did not clothe Me. I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.” That is His clear word from divine revelation. On the day of judgment, do you honestly think He will not add: “I was slaughtered in an abortion clinic and you did nothing to rescue Me”?

Stations of the Cross

You are encouraged to join in praying Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. on the Fridays of Lent. Reflecting on our Lord’s Passion and Death helps us to appreciate the depth of His love and the value God has placed upon our salvation. Mass will follow Stations.

Sacred Heart Food Pantry

Our parish’s Food Pantry, which is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., was founded to assist parishioners as well as non-parishioners who need some assistance in providing a few meals for their household. If you have any questions or would like more information, you may call their phone number on Wednesdays at 943-4529.

Mass Intention Changes

Due to the numerous Mass Intentions that have not yet been scheduled, a few changes will be implemented. We will now accept individual Mass Intentions for holidays and Holy Days, however, you may not have two consecutive years of the same holiday. These will be on a “first come” basis. Also, no dates will be “saved” from year to year. To request a specific date for a Mass Intention you will need to stop in the rectory, or mail your request each year. The $10 stipend (as determined by diocesan policy), is to accompany each Mass Intention request. Mass Intention requests will be granted as close to the requested date and time as possible. Thank you.

First Reconciliation

Our second grade students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. Parents and family are invited to a luncheon in the Formation Center immediately following the celebration of the Sacrament.

50th Annual Novena in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Our 50th Annual Novena in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, begins on Monday, March 16, the 4th week of Lent, through March 24th. The novena will begin with one Mass at 7:00 p.m. at which Bishop Mark Bartchak will be the celebrant and homilist. Following Mass, there will be a reception in the rooms of the first floor of the Formation Center. Please plan to attend. There will soon be sign up sheets for desserts and appetizers in the back of the church.

Children and Teen Singers

Youth of the parish are invited to participate during the opening Mass of our annual Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Monday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. They will sing a Communion Meditation Hymn. Practice will be held in the Music Room in the Formation Center. The practices will begin today, February 8th at 11:00 a.m. There will be additional practices on February 22, March 1, March 8, and March 15 at 11 a.m. The practice will only take about 5 to 10 minutes. Our youth did a great job singing during the Christmas Eve Gospel and we feel that this is a good opportunity for our youth to welcome Bishop Mark to Sacred Heart as he celebrates the opening Mass of the Novena.

A Holy Hour of Prayer for Those Who Have Drifted Away From Their Faith

Do you have children, family members or friends who have left the faith or drifted away from gathering with the Faith Community for Sunday Worship and Eucharist? Have you tried to find opportunities to help them make a return? Prayer is the first step toward helping our loved ones open their hearts to God and rediscover their faith once again. To help us begin this prayer process together, Bishop Mark will offer a “Holy Hour of Prayer”, inviting those who have concerns for their loved ones who are away from the church, to join with others having the same concerns, to pray for their return to the Faith. This Holy Hour of Prayer will be held on Thursday, February 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.

50th Annual Novena in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Our 50th Annual Novena in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, begins on Monday, March 16, the 4th week of Lent, through March 24th. The novena will begin with one Mass at 7:00 p.m. at which Bishop Mark Bartchak will be the celebrant and homilist. Following Mass, there will be a reception in the rooms of the first floor of the Formation Center. Please plan to attended

Memorial Donations

Additional donations have been made to our Less Fortunate Fund in memory of Fran Prosperi. The Less Fortunate Fund was established to help parishioners who find themselves with unexpected expenses and need help meeting their obligations

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

Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. Lent is marked by two themes, the baptismal and the penitential. On Easter Sunday, the faithful will be asked to stand and renew their baptismal promises. Forty days of Lenten reflection will assist to deepen the meaning of one’s baptismal identity. Also, the penitential nature of Lent calls for fasting, prayer and giving alms to the poor. During Lent, penance should be not only inward and individual, but also outward and social. The liturgy of the Lenten Season reflects the somber tone of renewing baptismal identity and practicing acts of penance. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends late afternoon on Holy Thursday. The General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, Number 19 and 27; The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Numbers 109 and 110: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Numbers 53, 63, 305, 313, and 346.
- 2015 Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

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, 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, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Brigid McManaman, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott, Joe Peroni, Braxton Pine, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Arlene Schirf, Luke Schultz, Jacqueline Smith, John Templon, 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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