Sacred Heart Church

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jn 15:1-8 Imagine yourself in the early Jerusalem Christian community, gathered for Sunday Eucharist—and in walks Saul, well-known for his persecution of the Church. What would your reaction be? Hello, I'm Fr. Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Saul’s friends must have had a time convincing the community that Saul was on their side. Barnabas was his “guardian angel,” nicknamed the “son of encouragement,” according to an earlier story in Acts. Not a bad friend to have if you’re Saul and badly in need of credibility.

Barnabas must have been convincing, since the story says Saul was soon “moving freely” about Jerusalem and preaching boldly. In fact, enemies of the Christian community were soon plotting to kill Saul. His zeal made him controversial, no matter whose side he was on!

In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the comparison of vine and branches to describe our unity with him. In a community, the unity we share with Christ must also mean we are united with each other. The story about Saul and the Jerusalem community reminds us how important it is to affirm one another within our contemporary parish settings. We must welcome and integrate those who are new to the community. We may need to support our more zealous and outspoken members when they witness boldly. In all things, we strive to keep Jesus' command: to love one another, as he has loved us.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2015


“Every time stem cells are obtained from a human embryo, the inner cell mass is destroyed, along with an innocent human person...There is no ethical way to obtain stem cells from a human embryo and there are no exceptions to this statement.”
- Fr. Joseph Howard, Jr., M.Div., Director, American Bioethics Advisory Commission

Homebound Communion Calls

Father Lubomir will be making Homebound Communion Calls this Thursday, May 7th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to be placed on the home visitation list, please call the rectory, 943-8553, by Tuesday of this week. The secretary will call you to let you know the approximate time of his visit.

First Holy Communion

Thirteen of our children received First Holy Communion Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Mass. They are: Ava Barton, Nolan Brennan, Lukas Condron, Eva Drumm, Teagan Fanelli, Elliot Farabaugh, Sophia Feigh, Alyse Knott, Brian Knott, Logan Meyers, Lucas Rivera, William Sankey and Madison Trotter. It is important that their parents and grandparents continue to be a good example to these children by keeping our Lord’s Day holy and worshipping Him weekly at Mass.

Annual NALC Food Drive

Next Saturday, May 9, the Annual NALC Food Drive will be held. Our food pantry is one of five who will share in this collection. Your mail carrier will pick up your donation of food items. Please participate if at all possible.

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

The Church celebrates the paschal mystery on the first day of the week, known as the Lord’s Day or Sunday. This follows a tradition handed down from the apostles and having its origin from the day of Christ’s resurrection. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better as one “great Sunday.” These above all others are the days for the singing of the Alleluia. Throughout the Sundays of Easter Time, it is obligatory to celebrate the Masses for Easter.

General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, Numbers 4 and 22. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Numbers 353 and 354.
- 2015, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Families and the Gospel

Like the vine grower in today’s gospel, parents must “prune and cleanse” the branches in their family. Discipline, limits and setting goals are a necessary part of parenting so our children will grow and “bear fruit.”

Pictorial Directory for Sacred Heart Church

It has been 11 years since the last Pictorial Directory of Sacred Heart Church was published. As we commemorate 125 years of Sacred Heart Church’s history, it will be a great opportunity to celebrate this milestone with a new commemorative directory.

There are several options to schedule your appointment. You can do it online by clicking the "Schedule Portrait Session" link on the right-hand side of this page or there will be volunteers scheduling families for photography following each weekend Mass on April 18/19 and April 25/26 in the vestibule of the church. Also you may call Rosemary Barcaro at (814) 946-1062 if you will not be able to use previous two scheduling options.

For participating, you will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and printed directory. There is no obligation to purchase additional copies of photographs, unless you would decide. Purchase by senior citizens and active military will be discounted. The available dates are Tuesday, May 26 – Friday May 29, 2015 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional days are Tuesday June 2 – Thursday June 4, 2015 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Portrait session will take place at Sacred Heart Formation Center. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will allow you time to review the information we have on file and to make any necessary corrections. Please allow up to an hour to be professionally photographed, view your image, and select your portraits. Your photography hour begins from your scheduled time.

For clothing, we suggest solid colors and long sleeves and that families dress in coordinating colors. You can also bring meaningful items such as musical instruments, sporting equipment or hobby items.

If you choose to bring canned goods to donate to sacred Heart Food Pantry for your session, Lifetouch Inc. will make a monetary donation to our Food Pantry for each family with canned donations.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in our new directory.

Photos Wanted

In conjunction with our 125th Anniversary Celebration, we will be making a video of the past 125 years of ministry at Sacred Heart Parish. We are in need of photos of any past events associated with the parish, such as church events, organizations or school events such as class photos, sports events or anything associated with the school. Photos can be given to Jeff Arpino or Mike Kelleher or dropped off at the church office. Please make sure your name and address are written on the back of the photo. All original photos will be returned to you. Deadline for submitted photos will be Sunday, May 31st. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the rectory office at 943-8553 or Jeff Arpino at 941-9884. Thank you.

Angel Fund Thank You

We thank Rose Marlett for her donation to the Angel Fund in memory of her husband, Tom and daughter, Bonnie Webb.

Jeans and Pews...Do Not Go Together

Our church pews were refinished in 2003 for our 50th year celebration of our church. Now the wood is being scratched and marred by jeans with rhinestone and metal embellishments. If possible, would you please consider wearing some other type of clothing to church so as not to damage the wood any further. Thank you very much.

Annual Catholic Appeal

As we continue through the Easter Season, we invite you to support our parish and diocesan ministries with a sacrificial gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. If every parish family makes a sacrificial gift in proportion to its financial circumstances, our parish would be blessed beyond measure and will allow us to complete some needed parish repairs. Remember that all money above our diocesan goal is returned to Sacred Heart Parish. If for any reason, you are unable to make a financial gift at this time, please return your pledge card indicating such. Please let us know how the parish may be able to help you in this time of your need. To date, we have reach 72.7% of our goal pledged by 28% of our parishioners. We thank you for your support.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Elizabeth, Valerie Brumbaugh, Kierra Chirdon, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Susie Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, 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, Mary Pat Williams 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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