Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Last Sunday in Ordinary Time, the celebration of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.
Among fairy tales some of my favorite stories are about kings who disguise themselves and go among their people to learn of their true needs. In those stories, the wise king knows his people and is able to care for them because he’s shared their struggles. What a far cry from so many of the secular rulers--kings or presidents--throughout human history.
Today’s liturgy highlights the kingship of Christ with two readings which use images of sheep and shepherding. Ezekiel has God taking on the role of shepherd--caring, rescuing, healing--and judging us, who are God’s flock. The image shifts a bit in the Gospel, where Jesus is still our shepherd, but the role of judge gets more of the emphasis. There--like the understanding king in some of those fairy tales--Christ our King has identified completely with those who are hungry, thirsty, homeless, without clothing, in need of healing, or imprisoned. This familiar scene of the last judgment sets the criteria for entrance into the kingdom of Christ: How have we recognized our King in those who come to us in need?
We may have little control over the conduct of secular presidents or kings. But our relationship with our heavenly King is clear: We are to embrace him in our loving service to one another.
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Please pray for those in danger of abortion. May their parents be open
to the new life that God has chosen to give them, no matter the circumstances
of conception. Let us pray and work to end abortion.
- Fr. Stephen Imbarrato
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.
Sacred Heart Food Pantry
During Thanksgiving week, the Food Pantry will be open on Tuesday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
9th Grade Confirmation Retreat
As a reminder, our 9th grade Confirmation Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, at Saint Catherine’s in Duncansville. A parent is asked to attend with the student and bring a snack. If you have any questions, please call Judy Wahl at 944-3922. Thank you
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.
The altar flowers for this weekend and Thanksgiving are in memory of Catherine Mack from her daughters and in memory of Jim Kiser from wife, Jane Kiser.
We thank Kate Burr for her donation to the Angel Fund for the good health and welfare of her sister, Mary Costlow.
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.
Today the Church celebrates its final Sunday in this Year of Grace 2014. It is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. As we celebrate Jesus Christ as King of all, we conclude this year’s liturgical inserts which looked at the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the first document of the Second Vatican Council. Fifty years have passed since the promulgation of this historic constitution. When the Church gathers at liturgy, we give honor and thanks to God through Jesus Christ, our eternal king. Liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed.
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Number 55 2014, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office
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, Cindy Oswald,
Donny Ott and Sheila Ott, Joe Peroni, Braxton Pine, William
Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan
Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Patty Ruffing, 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 weekends bulletin. You must have the persons permission to print their name.