Sacred Heart Church

Pentecost Sunday

May 19, 2024


John 15:1-8

Those of us in ministry love this saying: God doesnít call the equipped. He equips the called.

We all know that sort of queasy feeling we get in the pit of our stomachs when it becomes clear what weíre supposed to do, in any situation. Itís that feeling of: Oh, no. Not me. Not now. I canít.

Weíve all got our list of reasons why not, donít we? We do it for everything, from big life problems to small everyday choices. Iím not going to invite my neighbor to church because I donít want to come across as pushy. Iím not going to make amends with my cousin because sheíll just walk all over me again. Iím not going to say a Rosary tonight because Iím tired and itíll just stress me out.

However, even if we all put our lists of ďreasons why we canítĒ together, I donít think any of us have reasons quite as valid as the apostles. Their job was to convert the nations ó and here they are, a bunch of fishermen who havenít been out of Judea, who speak only their own languages. Were they supposed to preach the Gospel via a particularly compelling game of charades? But even that big, giant, stop-you-dead-in-your tracks Reason Why We Canít was nothing, be -cause God had a plan. He didnít call a bunch of equipped men. He called them, and He equipped them. Cue the tongues of fire!

God doesnít call us to do His will because we have what it takes. He calls us because Heís ready to give us what it takes. Being a good steward is to answer the call of Christ knowing he will provide.
- Father John Muir


ďSay a special prayer for women who have had abortions. Pray that these mothers may come to peace with God themselves and others involved in the abortion decision."


Our Easter season culminates with the glorious feast of Pen-tecost. Meaning ďfiftyĒ, Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit descended on Mary and the apostles in the form of tongues of fire fifty days after Easter. We also celebrate this day as the birthday of the Church, for shortly after this event, St Peter preached his first homily. We can imagine how incredible that moment was for the apostles and all who witnessed it. The Holy Spirit was alive and working.

On this Pentecost Sunday, let us give thanks to God for sending us His Holy Spirit. Let us strive to be in tune with the Holy Spirit by looking for the ways God has been working in our lives and let us ask for the grace to know our gifts and talents so that we can put them to good use

A Family Perspective

Like the disciples in todayís gospel, there are times we shut the doors of our hearts to people or events. Itís how we create emotional distance. Permanent distancing is lethal and prevents the PEACE Jesus offers you today.
- Bud Ozar

Prayer Requests

Kathy Ansman, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Dan Bauer, Dave Bauer, Damian Branas, Ron Buckreis, Vince Bumann, Jack Chilcote, Harry Chir-don, Karen Claar, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Bob Decker, Tim Dodson, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Nate Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Thomas Duncan, Sam Dunio, Ashley Eagen, Ruth Ann Frederick, Herman Frederick, Phyllis Hauser, Leighton Hess, Ralph Hildebrand, Lucy Horton, Austin Judy, Lynn Judy, Raymond Kargo, Russell Keith, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Carol King, John Kleine, Sue Koehle, Ruth Lamca, Cyndi Lansberry, John Leshene, Janet Lego, Beth Lloyd, Charles McGrain, Shirley McIntyre, Paul Angelo Morelli, Bev Mueller, Bonnie Neal, Jessica Neff, Lee Neff, Kevin O'Rourke, Gail Pearson, Scott Reimer, Sarah Rihnovich, Patti Robinson, Nancy Servello, Laura Snyder, Fred Tromm, Alex Walter, Margo Wascherl, Alan Watson, Joan Weston, Hank Williams, Mikayla Yanchik.

If you would like to add a sick or hospitalized person to our prayer list or readd 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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