Sacred Heart Church

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Liturgical Reflection

Matthew 4:12-23 In a time when the Sacrament of Marriage is not celebrated as often as in preceding decades, the Church holds up the holiness and dignity of the sacramental covenant between a man and a woman. The matrimonial covenant, by which the two spouses establish a life-long partnership between themselves, derives its force and strength from creation as proclaimed in the Book of Genesis. And for the Christian faithful it is raised up to a higher dignity, since it is numbered among the Sacraments of the new covenant.
- Liturgical Publications Inc


Any discrimination based on the various stages of life is no more justified than any other discrimination. The right to life remains complete in an old per-son, even one greatly weakened; it is not lost by one who is incurably sick. The right to life is no less to be respected in the small infant just born than in the mature person. In reality, respect of life is called for from the time that the process of generations begin.
- ”Declaration on Procured Abortion”

March For Life Bus Trip

The buses will be leaving the Altoona area at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27th and should be returning to this area around 9:30 p.m. The cost will be $15 per person and $10 for students. Each participant will be requested to bring their lunch with them and enough money to cover the cost of their supper. For reservations call: Patricia or Marita Forr at 946-0681, Roxann Blazewicz at 695-8008 or Anne Zelnosky at 942-2723.

A prayer service will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. At the prayer service, a blessing will be given for all those going on the March for Life. Those who will not be able to go on the March may attend the prayer service in sup-port of the least of our brethren.

Confirmation Session

The 11th grade students will have an afternoon Confirmation Session from 1-2:30 p.m. next Sunday, January 29. This includes Bishop Guilfoyle students.

Love Feast

Sacred Heart Church will be sponsoring the Love Feast at Simpson-Temple United Parish at 11:30 a.m. next Saturday, January 28th. A sign up sheet for volunteers is in the back of the church.


The Social Committee is planning a Mardi Gras Dinner following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 25. A sign up sheet is in the back of the church.

Liturgical Ministers Needed

Anyone interested in being trained as an Altar Server, Lector or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion should contact the rectory so that training sessions may be scheduled. Servers should be in the 3rd grade or older. We are in particular need of Lectors for 5:30 p.m., 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon. Extraordinary Ministers for 8:00 a.m. and Noon. Thank you.


Sometimes we get so accustomed to walking in shadows and even in darkness that we forget that there is a light that can illuminate our lives more clearly. That light is Jesus Christ. Have you ever been looking for something in a dimly lit room and when someone shines a light, you suddenly find what you seek? This is how the Gospel works. At first we may not realize that we need it but then when someone shares its good news with us it all become clear. Jesus invites us out of darkness and calls us to come after him.

Calendar of Cash

We would like to thank Phyllis Russo for coordinating the Calendar of Cash sales after the weekend Masses, and the volunteers who are selling the Calendars. They will be in the back of the church through January 29th. If you have not purchased your Calendar now is your chance to be a winner!

End of Year Donation Statements

Donation statements will automatically be mailed to those parishioners who have requested them in the past. If you are new to the parish or have never requested a statement, please call the rectory at 943-8553. The parish cannot track donations that are not in an envelope with your name on it. We also cannot include donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal or to the Calendar of Cash or Mass Intentions. If you do not presently receive collection envelopes and you would like to, please call the rectory office.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Phyllis DiTosti, Thomas Dob-son, 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 Pi-cano, 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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