Sacred Heart Church

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Luke 5:1-11 The satiric duo in the TV comedy routine called “Wayne’s World,” had a signature line: “We’re not worthy!” That was their response to the presence of rock stars they were interviewing. The routine still brings laughs. Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

A more serious confession of unworthiness appears in our Scriptures today. First, Isaiah has a vision of God seated on the heavenly throne. The scene is so overwhelming that Isaiah not only proclaims his unworthiness, but is afraid he’ll be struck dead! God has a job for him: Isaiah will speak on God’s behalf to the people.

In the Gospel, Peter professes his sinfulness after Jesus helps him and his colleagues bring in a miraculous catch of fish. Peter knows he’s in the presence of divine power. He knows he’s not worthy! But Jesus also has a job in mind: fishing for people. The implications might not have been clear to these apostles-to-be, but their response is immediate and bold. They leave everything to follow Jesus.

We probably wouldn’t put ourselves in the shoes--or sandals--of either Isaiah or Peter. But that doesn’t mean we’re not called by God! The fact of our baptism means that we have a vocation, a call, that’s just as certain as our Biblical heroes today. If so, what do we need to leave behind as we respond to that call?
- An AmericanCatholic.org Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2016

PRO-LIFE CORNER

Even if abortion were made easy or painless for everyone, it wouldn’t change the bottom -line problem that abortion kills children. And it destroys God’s plan for that child in this world. It wounds families and the future of our nation.

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins this Wednesday, February 10. Ashes will be distributed during Masses at 7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Days of Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Fasting refers to eating only one full meal with two small meals and no eating between meals. Abstinence refers to not eating meat. All those who have reached their 14th birthday are expected to abstain. Fasting applies to those between the ages of 18 to 60. A person may choose to fast and abstain more frequently and more strictly than the minimum requirements of the Church.

Stations of the Cross/Mass/Reconciliation

You are encouraged to pray the Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent at 5:30 p.m. Mass will immediately follow.

This Friday, February 12th, following Stations and Mass, Confessions will be heard from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. God’s mercy is everlasting. We receive the mercy and love of God in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Sinners that we are, we find forgiveness and mercy in this great Sacrament when truly sorry and wanting to do better. With the gift of mercy within us, we then are able to go forth and share God’s mercy, understanding and compassion with others.

Homebound Communion Calls

Father Lubo will be making his monthly Communion Calls to homebound parishioners on Thursday, February 4th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please call the rectory by Tuesday if you or someone you know would like to receive Communion.

First Friday

February 5th is the First Friday of the month. We will have Masses at 7:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Confessions will be heard at 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the 7:45 a.m. Mass until Benediction before the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Prayer and meditation before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament are great ways to spend some special time with Him. You can ask Him for graces for yourself or for loved ones, reflect on His Word, or just keep Him company! And it’s no bother for Jesus. In fact, He very much wants to see you!

Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week begins today, January 31. The theme this year is “Catholic School: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”. For this academic year, Sacred Heart Parish has 10 students attending Bishop Guilfoyle, 18 students at ACCS, 2 students at Hollidaysburg Catholic, and 6 attending St. Rose. In addition to paying $8,826 in Angel Fund grants, we also have paid our assessment of $42,913 for support of our Catholic high school, $31,167 to ACCS, $6,450 to St. Rose of Lima, and $2,750 to Hollidaysburg Catholic.

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

For Saint Paul his poetic passage on love is synonymous with mercy. To the one who is patient and kind, the mercy of God is found in that heart. Mercy bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. God’s mercy is shared with us, and we in turn share that mercy with others. When grounded in the love of God, we become instruments of God’s mercy to one another. Free of jealousy and self-righteousness, we mirror the mercy of God. In place of judging and accusing, we become mirrors of God’s understand, compassion, and forgiveness.
- 2016, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Angel Fund Donation

We thank Heidi Soldner for her generous donation to the Angel Fund in memory of her parents, Carl and Phyllis Soldner.

March For Life Support

Sacred Heart parishioners generously donated $538.05 toward the annual fund raiser for support of pro-life activities. Thank you.

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 Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, 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, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Joe Peroni, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, 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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