Sacred Heart Church

Third Sunday of Easter Sunday of Divine Mercy

Sunday, April 15, 2018


thomas the doubter “Why do questions arise in your hearts?” After the Resurrection, the Apostles experienced their fair share of incredulity. Jesus had died-John and been there-and now the tomb was empty. What should they believe? Was the Jesus before them truly real? And who was Jesus really? It’s no surprise that the Apostles were initially “startled and terrified” to the extent that they “thought that they were seeing a ghost.” Jesus has compassion on his confused friends. Once he affirms his non-ghostly identity-”look at my hands and feet, that it is I myself’-Jesus gets down to business. He has risen from the dead, but life would not continue as normal. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he spoke in parables and veiled prophetic language. His followers likely thought much of his words were metaphors, some symbolism for the person and their relation to God. Now Jesus has something else in mind. He “opened their minds to understand the scriptures, ”making known the connections between his own words and deeds and “everything written about him in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms.” Why now? Why this increased depth of understanding? The answer lies in the shifting role of the Apostles. “You are witnesses of these things.” The treasury of truth is no longer Jesus’ responsibility alone but our own. Then and there, the Apostles are appointed to proclaim the death and resurrection of Jesus, the forgiveness of sins and the mercy of God. This message is no longer for only the Jewish people but “all nations.” This is our invitation! We have the rich heritage of the Church’s teaching. By sacramental grace, God’s “peace” is with us. We too are sent to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope that belongs to his call.
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Confirmation Practice

Confirmation practice will be on Monday, April 16 for students and sponsors. Altar Servers, banner carrier and gift bearers are to be there by 5:50 p.m. and everyone else by 6:20. Remember to bring donation to be collected for Catholic Charities on Mon-day evening. The Sacrament of Confirmation is Tuesday, April 17 at the Cathedral. Students and Sponsors please arrive by 5:40 p.m.

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers this weekend have been donated by Judy Clouser in memory of her husband, John J. Clouser. We thank Judy for her generosity.

Additional Flower Memorials

Jeff Arpino in memory of father, Anthony C. Arpino and in honor of mother, Patricia Arpino

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schneiderbauer in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schneiderbauer, Mr. and Mrs. Her-man Elder, C. Joseph Elder and Sr. Susan Walsh.

Liturgical Reflection…

In today’s gospel, the Risen One appears with the greeting, “Peace be with you!” The Easter Jesus eats with the disciples in the upper room. At the funeral Mass, the community turns for spiritual nourishment to the table of the Eucharist. When a brother or sister dies, we gather to be nourished with the Bread of Life. In partaking of the body of Christ, all are given a foretaste of eternal life in the risen Lord. The priest with the community offers to the Father the sacrifice of the New Covenant and shares in the one bread and the one cup.
- Order of Christian Funerals, 1998/1989, Number 143. 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Everyday Stewardship

“Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?” How often do we take the time to see what Jesus wants from us? Are our prayers always petitions, asking Jesus to do things for us? If yes, that’s a one-sided relationship. Living our faith means developing a personal relationship with Jesus. So, just like any friendship with another person, there is give and take, each side listening to and helping each other out. Take time in silence to listen to what Jesus is saying to you

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Roberta Alderisio, Arlene Balestino, Ann Bauer, Barbara Baker, Norma Belin, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky Eva Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly , Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, Geore 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, Riley Marie Lansberry, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Pat Koehle McTavish, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, 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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