Sacred Heart Church

Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 25, 2021


He is Risen Any builder worth his or her salt knows the value and importance of a cornerstone. Properly laying and securing this primary unit determines how the rest of the project unfolds and its success. Cornerstones are necessary elements not only of buildings but of lives as well. Many human beings conduct the business of their lives paying little attention to a grounding reference or starting point. Hence, what unfolds is a tapestry of relativism, with few anchors or guideposts and many impulsive choices. Some consider love to be their cornerstone. While this may sound attractive and useful, the pursuit of love without a simultaneous pursuit of its source can be shallow and self-focused. Just because a person chooses to do no harm and love others does not mean that they are living in truth and properly anchored to the real cornerstone.

Jesus is the true and authentic cornerstone and shepherd. It is only in following the Risen One as the way, the truth, and the life that we can move from being well grounded ethical people to properly focused moral ones. Proper conduct, a true sense of justice, wisdom, virtue, moral principles, faith, hope, and love will be difficult to find unless we listen to the right Voice. It is when we learn to listen to the voice of God that we begin our journey on the road to salvation. It is only the Good Shepherd, the authentic and solid cornerstone, who can guide us through life's questions and challenges and bring us to the safe and proper pasture.

A person's life only has meaning when the cornerstone is properly selected and set. Understanding themselves only as random acts of creation, existing without intent or purpose, will color their choices and influence their decisions. The foundation of their lives will be simply a matter of preference and choice, leaving benchmarks of growth and higher ideals optional to pursue. Whereas people who believe that they are fashioned and loved into existence by a God who purposely made them, have this incredible unconditional relationship at their source which has tremendous significance. Their allegiance is not to themselves but to their Creator. Life, then, is an adventure in search of this Creator God and a journey of self-discovery that seeks to unite their will to His. There is a cost. We have to give up our life in order to gain our life. As ironic as that is true. It is only when we finally figure this out that the true cornerstone of our lives will be properly laid. we can, with God's help, get about the business of properly constructing a temple that endures.
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No human being is ever conceived outside God's will or ever conceived apart from God's image. Life is a gift from God created in His own image and likeness. Work to stop abortion and euthanasia today.

Stewardship Reflections

Stewardship is a lifestyle, it is not a program or a process. It’s how we are called to live our lives twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week! It challenges us to live "God-centered" lives, not "self-centered" lives. Reflect on your daily activities, do you do them for the glory of God or for the glory of your own name?
Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


Congratulations to the Sacred Heart Confirmation Class of 2021. They received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday, April 15 at Sacred Heart. Bishop Mark Bartchak was the Celebrant. Pictures of the class are on the front cover of this bulletin. Top row, left to right; Addison Dietzel, Lauren Kiser, and Luke Rokosky. Bottom row left to right; Olivia Trotter, Lauren Wood and Harley Yost.

Next Sunday, May 2nd, our second-grade students will celebrate First Holy Communion. 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart and 4:00 p.m. at Saint Mary's. We want to thank all of our catechists and others who volunteered their time to share the Catholic faith with the youth of the parish, especially during this challenging and uncertain time of COVID 19. A special thank you to parents and guardians for their cooperation and support. And a thumbs up to all of our students for their participation. Thank you… Judy Wahl, DRE


We thank Toni Balestino for her donation to Sacred Heart in memory of her sister, Rose Balestino.


We are always happy to welcome new parishioners to Sacred Heart Parish and Saint Mary Parish. Please introduce yourself to a member of the parish staff and register at the rectory. Registration, the practice of stewardship, and regular participation in the Eucharist indicate that a person is an active member of the parish and is eligible to act as a godparent or sponsor. As a church community seeking to be faith-filled disciples and good stewards, the sacrifice of our time, talent and treasure are essential for the common good.

Prayer Requests

Please remember the health intention of Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Ed Daniele, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Donald and Shirley McIntyre, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Bev Mueller, Maureen O’Rorke, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Christoper Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine, Laura Sny-der, Peggy Stauffer, and Ken Tromm.

If you would like to add a sick or hospitalized person to our prayer list or re-add a person, please call the rectory office, at 943-8553. Parishioners of Saint Mary are encouraged and welcome to participate. Remember, you must have the permission of the ill person/family to publish their name.



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