Sacred Heart Church

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Mk 3:20-35 Have you ever felt judged by your family? St. John Paul II noted that the family “is the cradle of life and love” Yet unmet expectations and divergent priorities can cause tension in even the most loving family situations. This is true for us, and it was true for Jesus! In today’s Gospel, Jesus has returned home to Nazareth. A large crowd gathered, and Jesus finds himself facing stiff opposition from his family. This was Jesus’ large, extended family. The Semitic language has no specific words for extended relatives, so everyone is “brother” or “sister”. The entire clan has gotten wind of Jesus’ preaching, and they are not amused. “They set out to seize him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’” To make matters worse, the religious authorities even accuse Jesus of being possessed by a demon. It’s a mess by any standards.

The family perspective is perhaps understandable. In Jewish culture, teachers and scribes underwent intensive schooling and apprenticeships, none of which Jesus had done. The family knew Jesus the carpenter, not Jesus the rabbi. For them, Jesus’ bold preaching threatened the reputation of their family!

Jesus’ words to his family can seem controversial. “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Yet Jesus knows what he is about. He has always known he would be about the business of his Heavenly Father. And what is that business? It is the business of the new covenant and the Kingdom of God. In this Kingdom, we are all adopted sons and daughters of the King. Jesus begins, even now, to expand the perspective of his listeners. Being welcomed into this family does not depend on our families of birth or ethnic origin, but a wholehearted commitment to “do the will of God”.
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It’s easy to love life when it’s beautiful and perfect. But the real test of our love is to love, respect, and defend ALL human life from beginning to end; young and old, born and unborn.

Mass Changes

As you may/may not know, Fr. Lubo has been given the position of Administrator of St. Mary’s Church in addition to being Pastor of Sacred Heart Church. Sacred Heart’s daily Mass schedule will remain the same. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Mass is eliminated. Confessions will be heard on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Confessions before Masses are eliminated. Saturday Vigil Mass remains the same, 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday will 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon.

Confessions at Saint Mary’s will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Vigil Mass on Saturday will be

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Next Sunday, June 17, there will be Exposition from after the noon Mass until 2:00 pm. Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is not only a very old devotion in our Church, but one that highlights the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist-that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. Pope John Paul II wrote, “Since the eucharistic mystery was instituted out of love, and makes Christ sacramentally present, it is worthy of thanksgiving and worship. This worship must be prominent in all our encounters with the Blessed Sacrament…”

Parish Flower Garden Thank You!

Gratitude is extended to the volunteers who mulched the flower beds this past week. We thank Bernice and Dick Cellini, Mike Adams, Dave Diedrich, Therese Frischkorn, Eric Hockenberry, and Ray Keefe.

We also thank Judy Wahl for creating and changing our seasonal church door wreathes.

Sacred Heart Vacation Bible School

August 6-August 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Plunge in at VBS! Ages 5 to 12 At Splash Canyon, children and volunteers discover that on life’s wild ride, Jesus is by our side. Even in turbulent times when sin and Satan threaten to capsize our faith-God say “YES” to us in Jesus, our promised Savior! Registration Forms are available in the vestibule of the church.

There will be a meeting for volunteers on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Formation Center. Call Judy Wahl at 944-3922 for more information.


Join Catholics from across the Diocese to celebrate our faith and enjoy a day of great rides, slides and the waterpark! Or just come for Mass and enjoy America’s best amusement park food! Sunday, June 24. Liturgy begins at 3:00 p.m. with Bishop Mark . A picnic in the diocesan pavilion at 5:00 p.m. All day Fun Passes are available for a reduced price of $20 with a Faith Day voucher! Meal tickets are also available. Nonperishable food item or free-will offering for Catholic Charities will be collected. Dessert Contest spotlighting all of our great bakers! Anyone can enter. Anyone who would like to enter the contest please call the rectory office for a registration form. Registration forms must be turned in no later than June 8. Winners must be present to win.

Food tickets can be ordered through the diocese Youth Ministry Office. Adults $8.75 and Children $7.75. Call the rectory office for more details and ride vouchers.

Altoona Curve Baseball Game

Tickets are available to the Altoona Curve vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats game on Friday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. There will be fireworks! Tickets are free to registered, participating members and $10 for non-members. Please stop by the rectory office or call. Thanks to Denny Greiner for making the arrangements for us.

Liturgical Reflection…

Saint Paul tells the Corinthian Christians today that our earthly body shall be destroyed, but our true hope is that we will live eternally in heaven. In death God will call us back to the kingdom. During the Committal of a loved one, the Church prays: So let us commend our brother/sister to the Lord, that the Lord may embrace them in peace, and raise up their body on that last day. In the mercy and love of God, we pray that our deceased be welcomed into the kingdom of God’s love.
- 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Mass Intentions

Due to a large number of bequests for Mass Intentions, we have accumulated a back log of Masses. Until we can get current with the Masses that we already have, we cannot schedule Masses for particular days. Current Mass Intentions that we receive will be posted in our book and will be fulfilled in the order that we receive them. Masses that are already scheduled will be said on the scheduled date. We currently have 449 un-scheduled Masses and 93 Masses that have already been scheduled for this year. We ask you for your patience and under-standing. If you would like a Mass said sooner, we could send it to the missions with your permission.

Prayer List

If you would like to add a person to our prayer list, please call the rectory office. Remember, you must have permission of the ill person to publish their name. The names will be changed at the beginning of each month so that we are aware of who is currently ill. Thank you.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Betty Dalansky, Louis Ferrucci and Lucy Horton.

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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