Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sunday, October 21, 2018

LIVE THE LITURGY

Jn 6:24-35 "What do you wish me to do for you?" Jesus asks a similar question in different Gospel passages, but the request of James and John is not repeated on any other occasion. "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." They ask not for knowledge of God, not for crooked limbs to be straightened nor for the blind to see. They ask for power and authority. Jesus' response should trouble them.

"You do not know what you are asking." "Can you drink the cup that I drink?" Jesus asks. "They said to him, 'We can.'" But what is Christ's cup? Could James and John have possibly known it or understood it here at the height of Jesus' ministry? Jesus' cup is the cup of trial, of difficulty, of public ridicule. His final, thirsting sip occurs as he hangs on the cross. In Christ's kingdom, drinking his cup and participating in his life are not the sharing of power the way we are accustomed. Jesus flips their paradigm. "Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all." The cup of Jesus is the cup of giving oneself. "The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." As Christians, how easy it can be to want the acclaim of good deeds, the gratitude for volunteering, the attention for donating to the church. "It shall not be so among you." If you are overlooked, offer thanks to God for imitating Jesus, rather than bitter complaint at someone else's oversight. Look for opportunities to do good deeds unnoticed. This week, consider one way you can drink the cup of Jesus!
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PRO-LIFE CORNER

"I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. If we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"
- Mother Teresa

Sacred Heart Confirmation Preparation

On Sunday, October 28, Sacred Heart and Saint Mary's students will meet in front of Saint Mary Memorial Hall (1420 4th Avenue) at 9:45 a.m. to board the bus for SHYCON at Saint Francis University in Loretto.

REGISTRATION OF PARISHIONERS

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.

CHRISTIAN INITIATION

Do you know of a friend, neighbor or family member that might be interested in becoming Catholic? Has your non-Catholic spouse been attending Mass regularly with you? Could this be the year he or she would like to become Catholic? Do you know of any non-practicing Catholics that would like to return to the Faith? If so, please invite them to call the Sacred Heart rectory office at 943-8553 or Mike Kelleher (Sacred Heart Director of Christian Initiation) at 934-4076 for more information. For Saint Mary's Christian Initiation, contact Jim Mock at 650-7250, Joe Varner at 650-4124 or Jim Woomer at 946-0439. Thank you

CHRISTIAN INITIATION

Do you know of a friend, neighbor or family member that might be interested in becoming Catholic? Has your non-Catholic spouse been attending Mass regularly with you? Could this be the year he or she would like to become Catholic? Do you know of any non-practicing Catholics that would like to return to the Faith? If so, please invite them to call the Sacred Heart rectory office at 943-8553 or Mike Kelleher (Sacred Heart Director of Christian Initiation) at 934-4076 for more information. For Saint Mary's Christian Initiation, contact Jim Mock at 650-7250, Joe Varner at 650-4124 or Jim Woomer at 946-0439. Thank you.

Stewardship Reflections

"The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Sacred Heart Liturgical Ministers Including Altar Servers

Requests/dates of unavailability for the winter schedule (December 1/2 thru March 2/3) need to be submitted no later than November 1. These may be emailed to Patrick Dorman, placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the rectory. Please limit your requests to the previously mentioned dates.

Sign up sheets for Christmas will be posted at a later date. Also, as a reminder, roster sheets are made available to you and can be found in the back of the church. The purpose of the roster sheets is to provide you with a list of parishioners who are involved in the same ministry as you, along with their phone numbers and the Mass times which they are available for. As has been the practice of our parish for many years, if you cannot fulfill your assignment, it is your responsibility to find a substitute. Please don't assume that someone will fill in for you. Thank you.

Liturgical Reflection

The Church through its funeral rites commends the dead to God's merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of his sins. At the funeral rites, especially at the Funeral Mass, the Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints. Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers. The Church recognizes the spiritual bond that still exists between the living and the dead. In addition, the Church proclaims its belief that all the faithful will be raised up and reunited in the new heavens and new earth, where death will be no more.
- 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers, the health intention of Mark Blackie, Denise Conrad, Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, Louis Ferrucci, Cindy Lytle and Cathy Skelly.

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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