Sacred Heart Church

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Jn 3:14-21 Why is the world the way it is? We all wonder that from time to time. Each successive generation projects rose-hued longing on the past and casts furtive glances at the impending future. We see forces beyond our control in nature and in the newspaper. The world is changing and we’re being pulled out with the tide.

In the face of this confusion, today’s Gospel features one of the most oft-quoted Scripture verses of all time: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” But if Christ has come, why is the world so challenging? Why is the world still-to our eyes-being carried off in a proverbial hand basket? Jesus’ response is a deeply personal one. “This is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light.” Patterns arise, habits are formed, and systems become engrained, but each is the result of an interconnected web of human choices.

Where do we stand? Our answers, perhaps, vary from week to week, hour to hour, missed traffic light to spilled coffee to teenage child’s rebellion. The world isn’t perfect because we aren’t perfect. Our parish is flawed because we’re flawed. Our families need work because every one of us needs to be converted. Christianity is a process, not a destination!

This Sunday, Jesus invites us to consider our own lives. Where in our own lives do we prefer darkness to light? What flaws are we trying to hide? Humbly acknowledge those places today. Ask God for the grace to be transformed. Share with your spouse or a friend where you’d like to improve this week. “Whoever loves truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.”
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“The government has an interest (responsibility) in protecting the poor, the elderly and disabled persons. The lives of the disabled and elderly must be no less valuable than the lives of the young and healthy...The difficulty in defining terminal illness and the risk that a dying patient’s request for assistance in ending his or her life might not be truly voluntary, justifies the prohibitions on assisted suicide we uphold here”.
- Chief Justice William Rehnquist

Sacred Heart Novena

Our 53rd Annual Novena in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will begin on Monday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 20. Bishop Mark Bartchak will be the opening Celebrant and Homilist at 7:00 p.m. on Monday. A reception will follow in the Formation Center.

Confirmation Retreat

We would like to thank the 11th grade Confirmation Candidates who attended our “Heart of a Disciple” Retreat, along with their parents and sponsors. The journey toward the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation requires much dedication and commitment! Thank you also to Jim and Paula Imler for spending time with the students during the retreat and sharing part of their faith journey. We would also like to thank the Confirmation Team, catechist’s, teachers and member of Sacred Heart for all of their help and support during this journey. May God bless these students as they move forward to the celebration of this sacrament. Thank you!

Confirmation Session Next Sunday

There will be a 11th grade Confirmation Session (Candidate/Sponsor Reflection Session) on Sunday, March 18 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Formation Center. This is our last 11th grade session and the Sponsor Reflection Forms are due then. If you have any questions, please con-tact Judy Wahl at 944-3922. Thank you.

Stations of the Cross

During Lent we will have Stations of the Cross on Fri-days at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mass.

History of the Mass From the Last Supper

There will not be a class this Wednesday, March 14, due to the Novena. Nor will there be a class the next Wednesday, March 21, due to the Cathedral’s Penance Service. The next class we will have is Wednesday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Formation Center.

Liturgical Reflection…

Our sins go before us always. We must seek forgiveness that comes from God alone. Lent is our annual retreat to seek the strength to turn away from sin and live in the grace of God’s love. It is part of Catholic life to pray for our dead. God is the one to judge us. We seek the Lord to be merciful and loving in judgment of our deceased. At the Funeral Mass we pray, “Oh God, whose nature is always to forgive and to show mercy, we humbly implore you for your servant (who has died)…” Jesus Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. We seek that forgiveness for our faithful departed.
- Roman Missal, Masses for the Dead I. For the Funeral A, Outside Easter Time Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Everyday Stewardship

God really does provide for those who are grateful and generous. This is very difficult for people that don’t live a stewardship lifestyle to believe. People are skeptical and say it’s just coincidence. Be generous with your gifts of time, talent and treasure and see how God provides for your needs.

Altar Flowers

The flowers this weekend have been provided by Mrs. Muriel Gilot in memory of her husband, Dr. Jean Gilot. We thank her for her generosity.

We also thank those who are donating to Sacred Heart Church in memory of Rose Marlett

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Roberta Alderisio, Arlene Balestino, Ann Bauer, Barbara Barker, Norma Belin, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Theresa Gates, Anna Marie Gority, Paul Griffin, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Lucy Horton, Nancy James, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Ri-ley Marie Lansberry, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Pat Koehle McTavish, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, 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 Thomp-son, Mary Wombacher, 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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