Sacred Heart Church

THE 26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


September 25, 2022

LIVE THE LITURGY

Prodigal Son

"If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead." Regardless of how the message of faith is received, a total conversion of mind and heart is needed for it to take root and have meaning. It is easy to become complacent and comfortable with all that life can afford us. Life can become "all about me," preserving my livelihood and protecting my security. Often, this drive can become so strong that we eagerly strive to protect our self-interests at the expense of others. Other people are necessary only to the extent that they are useful to us and profitable.

Merriam-Webster defines entitlement as "the belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges." In a world that pretends to offer us so many necessities, this is perhaps the greatest contemporary sin. When we feel entitled to something, even if it is perceived necessary, our relationships can get skewed. Unless we adopt a global vision of entitlement wherein everyone is entitled to the same things, we risk becoming extremely self-focused and selfish. All we care about is defending our rights and protecting our turf. This impulse can be so strong that we pursue it even at the expense of another. Is this what God intends for his children?

Holding on to this myopic vision, the plight and station of others are off our radar and of no real concern to us. Relying on our own merits and becoming resilient to life's challenges, we replace the true and real God with the one we created ourselves. Jesus and the prophets before him have consistently reminded us of the dangers of wealth, ignoring the poor and the needy, and becoming too fiercely independent and arrogant. Yet, we conduct our lives as if that message has never been preached. We give our faith a nod and never consider for a moment that we may be wrong in terms of what we see as important. "The things that we love tell us what we are (attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas)." Ponder those words a bit and remember that when we leave this world and go to the next one, what we loved here is what we will look for there. What we sought here may not be there.
Liturgical Publications, Inc

PRO-LIFE CORNER

"Once you permit the killing of the unborn child, there will be no stopping. There will be no age limit. You are setting off a chain reaction that will eventually make you the victim. If a doctor will take money for killing the innocent in the womb, he will kill you with a needle when paid by your children." We are seeing this today in our society.
- Dr. R.A.Gallop

A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE

In today's gospel, the rich man died and was condemned to "a place of torment" because he ignored the poor. He asked Lazarus to go and warn his five brothers to change their ways. Evidently ignoring the poor was a family pattern. Is your family sensitive to the poor?
Bud Ozar

Stewardship Reflections

Most people don't intend on being selfish. The reality of selfishness usually lies in the grey shades of our decision-making. We would never go out of our way to kick a homeless person begging by the highway exit. We would never steal money from our parish collection plate.

But would we drive past the homeless person without even extending a thought or a prayer toward his need? Would we justify stinginess in time, talent, and treasure because of our own comfort? We all have been guilty of transgressions such as these in the past. We will fall again in the future.

Most of the evil in this world can be traced back to a feeling of entitlement that lurks deep within each of us — a frantic concern for our own good that we find difficult to shake. The same instinct that compelled Eve to reach for the fruit that would give her the knowledge of good and evil still compels people to focus on what they are owed, on what they have "earned," on what they have "coming to them." We are so tempted to fix the scales. We are so tempted to keep score.

We would do well to remember that our God is not a God who keeps score. He is not a God who acts entitled or who tacks on extra dues, taking as much as He can get. He is a God who seats the lowly with princes. He is a God who seeks avenues for reconciliation and mercy.
- (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2019/8/1

FUNDRAISER

Sacred Heart Church is having a "Claysburg Pizza, Stromboli and Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser." To support the ministries offered to our youth at both Sacred Heart and St. Mary's; such as religious education, sacramental preparation, retreats, and other activities. Order forms are due along with payment no later than October 1st, 2022. This can be placed in the collection bins or dropped off at the Sacred Heart Rectory. Checks can be made payable to Sacred Heart Church. All orders will need to be picked up after the 5:30 p.m. mass on Saturday, October 8th, 2022. Order forms can be found in the back of the Church.

ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE PETS

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi there will be a Pet Blessing Service in the Sacred Heart Courtyard at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st. St. Francis was known for his love of all types of animals and his uncanny ability to connect with them. The Blessing of Animals is meant to give individuals with animals a chance to reflect on the positive connection they have to our physical and emotional well-being. Everyone, and all types of pets are welcome!

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 are essential for the common good.

Prayer Requests

Please remember the health intention of Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Dan Bauer, John Belin, Damian Branas, Vince Bumann, Jack Chilcote, Karen Claar, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, William Costlow, Bob Decker, John Delin, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Ruth Ann Frederick, Shane Gladfelter, Phyllis Hart-man, Phyllis Hauser, Ralph Hildebrand, Lucy Horton, Austin Judy, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Sue Koehle, John Leshene, Janet Lego, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Ed McConnell, Chad McDowell, Charles McGrain, Bev Mueller, Kevin O'Rourke, Bill Orr, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Sarah Rihnovich, Patti Robinson, Kenneth Schock, Brian Sherbin, Hank Sherbin, Laura Snyder, Cheryl Swain.

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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