Sacred Heart Church

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 17, 2019


Lk 20:27-38 Where would you go if the world was ending? What would you do? The last decade has seen a rise in doomsday prepping, the marketing of survival techniques, and a sea of products designed for you to weather the apocalypse. "The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another that will not be thrown down," Jesus warns in today's Gospel. On the one hand, he is referring to the literal downfall of the city of Jerusalem. Indeed, many of his prophecies here have come true over the last few millennium. Nations have indeed "rise(n) against nation(s)," kingdoms against kingdoms. Surf any world news website today alone, and you will see stories of "powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues." Jesus' advice to his disciples, however, isn't to build a bunker. It's to persevere in faith.....which won't be easy.

"They will seize and persecute will be handed will be hated because of my name." This warning, too, has come to pass in the Church throughout history in state-sponsored persecutions and martyrdoms. Jesus is the Messiah, but his first coming was not a coming of earthly victory. Any disciple of his can expect a challenge. The coming of Christ didn't disrupt our free will. Evil still exists and sometimes even appears to triumph. This doesn't mean God has abandoned His people!

Jesus reminds the disciples and us, of his constant presence. "I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking." In other Gospel passages, Jesus promises and sends the Holy Spirit upon his followers. The presence of God is real in our lives, no matter what trials come our way. It's tempting to be distracted or dismayed by natural destruction and moral evil in the world. But the Church has weathered greater storms. The sacredness of the human person endures. WE can have hope! This day and every day, we can persevere in hope and trust in God.
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"As believers, how can we fail to see that abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are a terrible rejection of Gods gift of life and love?"
- Saint John Paul II


Liturgical Ministers are needed for Thanksgiving Day Mass at Sacred Heart, November 28th at 9:00 a.m. If you can volunteer, please call the rectory at 943-8553 and let the secretary know. Thank you. The choir will be singing.


Sacred Heart Food Pantry will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 26 due to Thanksgiving.


The RCIA Process and Your Journey of Faith. Are you curious about what the Catholic Church teaches? Or, perhaps you have already decided to become Catholic and need to know what is involved. Whichever your situation or circumstance may be, we welcome you and would like to journey with you! Where do I begin? Becoming Catholic is a joyous and communal experience. A person is brought into Full Communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian Initiation-Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist but this process by which one becomes a Catholic can be different for each individual depending on your circumstances and where you are in your faith journey.

Before a person is ready to be received into the Church, whether by baptism or by profession of faith, preparation is necessary. The amount and type of preparation depends on the individual's circumstance. The preparation process is different between those who are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through baptism in another church.

Those who have been baptized in a different Christian denomination become Catholics by taking instruction in the faith, making a profession of the Catholic faith, and being formally received into the Church. This is followed by Confirmation and the Eucharist. Ubaptized adults enter the Church by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. If you are ready to start your journey, we would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. For more information, please contact Mike Kelleher at 934-4076 (Sacred Heart) or Jim Mock at 650-7250 (Saint Mary).


ARISE Together In Christ. A Mass to conclude season three, In the Footsteps of Christ, will be held at Sacred Heart on Friday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments to follow in the Formation Center. Please join us as we come together in giving thanks to God for joys and hopes fulfilled while continuing to pray for the strength of God's Spirit as we put our faith into action. ALL are welcome!


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 is essential for the common good.

Stewardship Reflections

Jesus urges us to persevere through trial and tribulation. True joy born of hope in Christ transcends circumstance and transforms our encounters, so we can live in joyful gratitude. How can we as stewards bring hope to those in the world that are in need of our Spirit? Take some time this week to think about how you can share the love and joy of God in the midst of the people and activities that you are a part of.

"Followers of the Lord Jesus live their discipleship as spouses and parents, single adults and youth, employers ad employees, consumers and investors, citizens and neighbors. By our baptism and confirmation, every member of our community is called to live his or her faith in the world."


We thank Virginia Ferramini for her donation to Sacred Heart Endowment Fund in memory of her mother, Frances Ferramini and the anniversary of her death on November 9th.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sarah Gil, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Emily Hasan and unborn baby, Phyllis Hauser, Cindy Lytle, Charles McGrain, Maureen O’Rorke, Christopher Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Tina Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine and Peggy Stauffer and Kevin Zolna.

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 permission of the ill person/family to publish their name.



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