Sacred Heart Church

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 24, 2016

John 13:31-33a Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. During World War II, my great uncle in Italy served as a “partisan,” a resistance fighter against the Nazis, and he gave his life for that cause. Resistance fighters like him fought throughout occupied Europe. They had to communicate secretly, often in code, as they tried to give hope to their captive brothers and sisters.

On these Easter Sundays, we read from the Book of Revelation. This New Testament work is puzzling, with its strange descriptions and symbolism. Many readers misunderstand its purpose, and try to find involved, often convoluted references to specific events in our own time or the future. But much of Revelation refers to the time in which it was written. Like those resistance fighters in occupied Europe, the early Christians lived through persecution under Roman rule. I like to understand the Book of Revelation as a kind of “resistance literature,” a message of hope shared by persecuted Christians. Jesus has triumphed over evil; God’s enemies will be defeated, even death itself.

Today, we Christians face our own troubles. We need to hear encouragement, as the Book of Revelation tells us that all will be made new, that death is not the end. It’s an ancient message of hope as new as today’s dawn.
- An Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2016


Abortion is the most common, least regulated medical procedure and the number one killer in America. More lives are lost each year through abortion than all deaths due to cancer, heart attacks, accidents, AIDS, natural disasters, wars, illness and diseases combined. The savagery of war, graphic violence, natural disasters and critical and bloody medical procedures are routinely shown on the media. But never an abortion! The truth about abortion has been censored by the media, silenced by our courts, politicized by our politicians and even silenced in our schools. Babies in the womb have no voice except yours and mine.
- Pro-Life Author

First Holy Communion

There will be music practice for all second grade First Communion Candidates today, April 24 in the Formation Center at 11:00 a.m. to go over the song they will sing at Mass. There will also be rehearsal for First Communion on Saturday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. in the church.

Religious Education Classes

“Today, Sunday, April 24, is the final day for Religious Education classes. A heartfelt thank you to parents, grandparents, catechists and all other volunteers who supported our Religious Education Program and the youth of our parish for giving of their time, treasure and talent to share our Catholic Faith. “
- Judy Wahl, Director of Religious Education

Liturgical Ministers An Important Reminder

Schedule requests for June 7/8 thru August 27/28 need to be submitted no later than May 1. These may be emailed to or dropped off at the rectory. REMINDER... if you have not already done so, please return your summer schedule forms. They are also due by May 1. Thank you.

Cinnamon Roll Sale

The picnic/social committee will be selling Perkins cinnamon rolls after all Masses on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. The cost is $3 each.

The committee is also in need of people to assist on Saturday, May 21st at 12:30 p.m. with packaging the rolls. Please call Nancy Servello if you can volunteer. The proceeds will be used to help defray the cost of the Parish Picnic.

Pre-Orders may be called in to Nancy Servello at 946-9439, Joan Weston at 942-0543 or Barb Gerhart at 695-5639. Pre-orders must be picked up at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday,May 21

Mark your calendars for June 12th and the Parish Picnic!

The picnic will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Brush Mountain Sportsmen Club. The parish will supply fried chicken, meatballs, hot dogs, coffee and lemonade. Each family is to bring a side dish or dessert plus a serving spoon and drinks for your family. Swimming, BINGO, children’s games and fishing (barbless hooks), 50/50 chances, and door prizes are some of the activities planned. Sorry, no pets.

Parish Pastoral Council Nominations

According to Article V in our Parish Council By-Laws, it is time for Nomination of new candidates for membership on Parish Pastoral Council. Please take your time to pray and to consider your personal nomination or nomination of your relative or friend, who can be a great asset for our parish serving in that capacity. You need to be aware that the nominated lay person has to be fully initiated (Baptism,Confirmation, and Eucharist) members of our parish in good standing.

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

This Fifth Week of Easter we look at the Spiritual Work of Mercy to comfort the sorrowful. In our lives we experience sadness and sorrow, difficulty and affliction. Through all the twists and turns of life, Christians are called to be a merciful presence to one another. Mercy moves us to pay attention to those around us. We console one another and stand firm with each other. The secret to this work of mercy is to give of our time. Do you know someone who has lost a loved one recently or several months ago? Do you know someone who has suffered a tragedy? Take time; make a visit or call them. Your presence will be a merciful comfort. Mercy moves us away from judgment and toward sympathy and compassion; it does not question what went wrong but simply and lovingly reaches out to help.
- Be Merciful, Bill Huebsch, Twenty-Third Publications, 2015, pgs.11-12

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, Matt Dorman, 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, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling and Ian Chilcote’s safety on 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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