Sacred Heart Church


June 19 2022


Jesus Follow Me

And to another, he said, "Follow me." In every moment of every day, in every circumstance and experience, God is calling us. We can easily get distracted and not hear it or simply ignore it, pretending it wasn't even heard. When we do hear it and favorably respond, there are some conditions that must be met. Jesus makes it clear that once we say yes to his invitation, we must stay focused and forge ahead. We can-not keep looking behind or worry about unfinished business. There are some tasks, and discipleship is one, that requires our full devotion.

There are many masters vying for our attention. We need something or someone to give us direction. Human nature requires it. Our motives and actions reveal what has our allegiance. It is tempting to give ourselves to masters that lure us with intriguing promises. When given the choice between a master that promises worldly success, abundant wealth, status, privilege, and security versus a master that asks for self-sacrifice, hardship, suffering, ridicule, and death, to whom do we go? While the promise of immediate pleasure is enticing, there is always a catch. For all that secular masters can promise, they always keep us looking behind, checking on ourselves, second-guessing choices, calculating options, and being slaves to excessive worry. Our guard can never come down. Only one master really promises life: Jesus Christ. Hearing his call, we either trust him or we don't.

Saying yes to following Christ does come with a risk. But it also comes with the brightness of future hopes and dreams. There is no need to keep looking behind. Sins are forgiven and regrets serve no effective purpose. God is not there. He's moved beyond all that stuff. God is in the today and the tomorrow and what he can continually do with our daily affirmation to follow Him. All we need to do is be obedient. St. Gianna Molla is credited with saying, "The stillness of prayer is the most essential condition for fruitful action. Before all else, the disciple kneels down." Begin with prayer. We will not only hear God's call but find the courage to trust that He will guide us where we need to be. God uses us in the most ordinary of ways through the simple daily expression of our lives.-
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Science has determined that at conception a new individual comes into being, possessing a unique genetic code that has already determined an individual's sex, finger-prints, hair and eye color, facial features, etc. This is more than just a "blob of tissue", it’s our future generations.


WE ARE PREPARING FOR OUR SAINT MARY'S/SACRED HEART ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC to be held Sunday, August 28, 2022 beginning with Noon Mass at the St. Mary's Camp Grounds. We hope many of you can attend this wonderful summertime event. Chances along with your reservation form will be available soon. This is a big fundraiser for our Church and we hope everyone will participate in selling your chances. The drawing will be held at the picnic.


Sacred heart is currently in need of Catechists for our grade school and high school program. The role of a Catholic catechist is to catechise (teach) the faith of the Catholic Church by both word and example. Our program is held on Sundays from 11:00-11:50 a.m. and will begin on September 18, 2022 (Catechetical Sunday) and end on April 30, 2023. Any person willing to volunteer for this ministry will need to go through the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Youth Protection Process. For more information; please contact Judy Wahl, DRE at Sacred Heart Formation Center at 814-944-3922.


Mark your calendars, Bishop Mark invites all high school graduates of the diocese to an Outdoor Mass at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto on Sunday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. There will be a special blessing for all graduates, Refreshments will follow, as well as an opportunity to speak with the Bishop.


St. Mary's and Sacred Heart are looking for volunteers to serve as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, and Altar Servers. If you are a confirmed Catholic and would like to serve in one of these ministries, please contact your Churches Office at (SM)942-2416 or (SH) 943-8553


Today's gospel reminds us once we set our "hand to the plow" of parenting and marriage, "we cannot look back." This is what commitment means: we have said YES to what was, what is and to what can be.
Bud Ozar

Stewardship Reflections

Two disciples agreed to follow Jesus, but only on the condition that they first take care of what they needed to. We are called to put Christ and His kingdom ahead of our own plans if we want a victory in the battle of selfishness. Stewardship living provides us with a commitment to keep a custom-made "training plan." It is a plan discerned through prayer, and by looking at the realities of our unique circumstances, strengths, and limitations we can make specific offerings of our time, talent, and treasure.

The daily commitment to the plan strengthens us and helps us gradually move away from the "yes, but" attitude and move towards an unqualified "Yes!" to Christ and His will. Do not be afraid to give the best of yourself and your gifts to Christ.
- Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


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, Dan Bauer, John Belin, Damian Brananas, Vince Bumann, Jose-phine Butler, Tommy Cheslock, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, John Delin, Joan Don-nelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Willis Edevane, Ruth Ann Frederick, Shane Gladfelter, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Alva Herman, Ralph Hildebrand, Diane Horton, Lucy Horton, Paulette Johns, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Sue Koehle, John Leshene, Janet Lego, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Bar-bara Mattren, Chad McDowell, Charles McGrain, Bev Mueller, Kevin O'Rourke, Bill Orr, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Sarah Rihnovich, Brian Sherbin, Hank Sherbin, Laura Snyder, Peggy Stauffer.

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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