Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Matthew 22:15-21 Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

We often say, “Religion and politics don’t mix.” Our nation has a tradition of separation between Church and state. But today’s Sunday Mass readings bring these two realities together.

The first reading comes from the book of the prophet Isaiah, a text written in the sixth century before Christ, some two hundred years after the original Isaiah prophesied. The situation: the people are in exile, under the domination of the king of Persia, Cyrus. He’s a pagan king, but the prophet calls him God’s “anointed.” God will use this pagan king to restore his people to their homeland. In the Gospel, the civil ruler in the spotlight is the Roman emperor. Here the religious-civil issue is raised by the Pharisees. Seeking to trap Jesus, they want his opinion on paying taxes. (It seems like the subject of taxes is a timeless human issue!) At any rate, you know the Lord’s response: Give to Caesar what belongs to him; but give God what belongs to God.

It’s all a matter of priorities. The state is an institution that commands our response to legitimate responsibilities. Christians have an obligation to be good citizens. But God can and will call on us for a response which comes first. Our American bishops have taken pains to instruct us on the duties of citizenship, and the values of faith which must assist us in our response. Today let’s allow our Lord’s timeless priorities to guide us.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2014


It’s a nation gone mad. It seems that every group with an agenda is making claims to alleged rights and are being granted their claims by the courts or by Congress. The only legitimate Constitutional right is the right to life and it is being suppressed and attacked. “It is the right of very pregnant woman to give birth...and the right of every child to be born.
- Fr. Stephen Imbarrato


The Parish office will be closed Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22 of this week.


The bus to SHYCON will leave from Saint Mary’s Memorial Hall at 10:30 a.m. Please plan on being there by 10:15 on Sunday, October 26. The day will consist of keynotes, a gym of inflatables, games/activities and Mass with Bishop Mark. There will be lots of faith, fun and friendship for all!

Fall Pizza Social

There will be a Fall Social following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 1. There is a signup sheet in the back of the church. All food will be provided, no need to bring anything with you. We just need to know the number of people who will be attending. Please sign your name and the number of people.

Angel Fund

We thank Mr. and Mrs. Robert Culbertson for their donation to the Angel Fund in memory of Robert’s mother, Shirley Culbertson.

125th Anniversary

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.

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

The bishops of the world noted that the rites of the liturgy should be marked with noble simplicity. With the reform of the liturgy fifty years ago, the Church desired the Roman Liturgy to be short, clear, and unencumbered by useless repetitions. The rites should be within the comprehension of the people gathered for worship. And, as a rule, the rites should not require much explanation. Scripture is to underscore all that is done at liturgy. In prayer and in song, the holy scriptures ground the Church’s worship.
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Numbers 34, 35,

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, Amelia Irene Noel, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott and Sheila Ott, Joe Peroni, Braxton Pine, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, 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 weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.



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