Sacred Heart Church

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mark 5:21-43 Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

St. Mark’s Gospel, which we’re reading this year, is known for its rich detail in describing Jesus’ healing miracles. Today we have two stories which are provocative as well. They teach us how we relate to Christ in our own lives.

In the gospel, Jesus responds to a synagogue official with a sick daughter, and to a woman suffering from a hemorrhage. In both situations, Christ must deal with very human emotions and complications. The household of the synagogue official is demonstrative in its grieving over the girl’s death. They even ridicule Jesus for his persistence in offering faith. The woman with the hemorrhage has her own long experience with frustration and failure; she fears to approach Jesus directly.

In both circumstances, Christ confronts the obstacles and breaks through with healing power. That’s what his whole mission is meant to bring: a radical transformation which overcomes sin, disease, even death. Let’s allow the Lord to break into our lives!
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2015


“The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of it’s mother, is already a human being...If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.”
- John Calvin

Homebound Communion Calls

Fr. Lubomir will be making visits to the homebound this Thursday, July 2 beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you are not already on the Communion Call List and would like to receive Communion, please call the rectory office at 943-8553 by Wednesday morning.

First Friday of the Month

Since Friday, July 3 is the First Friday of the Month, we will have Masses at 7:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated at 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There will be Exhibition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 7:45 a.m. Mass until 11:25 a.m. You are invited to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by participating in the Eucharist.

Vacation Bible School Thank You!

Many thanks to all of the volunteers, parents, children and everyone who donated their time, talent and treasure to provide our Vacation Bible School. “Weird Animals” was truly a one of a kind experience, where we heard over and over again how Jesus loves us. Each day had its own special rewards, but the petting zoo with real live animals (thanks to Don Carney!) was so much fun. On the last night, we invited parents and family members to join us for Mass and refreshments afterwards. The children singing with motions the songs they learned during the week was great! Thanks to all the station leaders and zoo crew teams and a special thank you to Cruz Rivera and his family who worked together to provide a wonderful habitat for all of our “Weird Animals”. You were all truly appreciated! Judy Wahl, DRE

Choir News “Festival Choir”

All current and former choir members are invited to sing at the Noon Mass on July 12. Bishop Mark will be the Celebrant. We will have a practice on Monday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. All music will be provided. Come join us as we begin this year of celebration marking our 125th Anniversary.


Don’t miss out...Deadline for tickets sales will be Monday, June 29th. Tickets will not be available at the door. The Family Dinner Celebration will be held on Sunday, July 12th at the Jaffa Shrine following the 12:00 Noon Anniversary Liturgy. Refreshments, beverages and Hors d’oeuvres be served until 2:30 p.m. The all you can eat buffet will consist of Turkey, Ham, and all the “fixins”. Music entertainment by Kent Martin will be prior to and during dinner hour. Following the blessing a Champagne Toast will be offered. Children’s entertainment will be by Tony Greiner. The Hallmark Orchestra under the direction of Stan Galant will be the entertainment for the dance following the Buffet Dinner. Children and adult door prizes will be given away throughout the afternoon. A historical slide show of the past 125 years of Sacred Heart’s ministry will be shown throughout the event. The parish will be covering half the cost of the buffet dinner. Tickets for registered adult members are $12.50, for non-registered guests the cost is $25. Children ages 7 to 12 are $6.25 and children 6 and under are free. Tickets will be sold after all Mass in the vestibule this weekend and next. Tickets may also be purchased at the rectory business office through Monday, June 29th. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on the joyous celebration!

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

After the Priest, the Deacon, in virtue of the sacred Ordination he has received, hold the first place among those who minister in the celebration of the Eucharist. The Order of Deacon has been held in high honor in the Church from the early time of the Apostles. At Mass, the Deacon has his own part in proclaiming the Gospel, from time to time in preaching God’s Word, in announcing the intentions of the Universal Prayer, in ministering to the Priest, in preparing the altar and in serving the celebration of the Sacrifice, in distributing the Eucharist to the faithful, especially under the species of wine, and from time to time in giving instructions regarding the people's gestures and postures.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Number 94.
- 2015, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Cereal Collection, Baby Bottle Campaign-Time for Change

A big thank you to all of our parishioners who were extremely generous with their donations to the Cereal Collection and the Baby Bottle Campaign! Both collections were very successful. The cereal will benefit the children at Saint Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.

The baby bottle donations will be given to Precious Life, a non-profit organization designed to provide positive alternatives to abortion. Women in the midst of crisis pregnancies face physical, emotional, financial, legal, social and spiritual hardships. Precious Life is there to help.


We thank the District Representative of PA Al-Anon and Alateen for their donation to Sacred Heart. Al-Anon is a group of family and friends of alcoholics who come together for mutual aid. They are self-supporting through their own voluntary contributions. The group meets in our Formation Center every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.

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, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott, Joe Peroni, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, 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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