Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 27, 2020


Mt 10:26-33 What prompts you to make the decisions you make? When confronted with a decision, whether one that is more trivial and mundane or one that is more significant and profound, we rely on guidance. That guidance can be the result of im-pulse and passion or the fruit of the interior voice of conscience. Decisions made on impulse and passion can be misguided and erroneous. Decisions based on conscience, or the moral voice within, will reflect the depth and maturity of our soul work. A more contemplative soul will make more contemplative decisions. A less developed conscience will make decisions based on the individual's level of development.

Conversion and a change of heart are at the core of Jesus' message precisely because of this reality. We are works in progress. For the person on fire with the Holy Spirit and centered on God, life reflects an ever-deepening awareness and heightened sense of God's presence and a greater willingness to do God's will. What is happening internally is validated by what is witnessed externally. The hypocrite is the one who says yes when they really mean no. From the start, they had no desire to do the virtuous act but wanted to outwardly appear as if they did.

Where are you on the road of integrity? Honesty is all that is required. God is good with that. It is okay to struggle with our decisions and wrestle with ourselves. Consciences on the path to maturity and greater depth are not always going to know what action is immediately best. We may at first, say no to what we know is right and, after prayerful reflection and thought, come around to doing it. Conversion happens when our "no" changes to "yes", regardless of how sinful or out of sync we may be at the time. God is anxious to welcome us to Himself. But we cannot embrace Him unless we want to. Learning to orient our gift of free will to what is of divine origin, right and best is a discipline we must always tweak and perfect.
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No human being is ever conceived outside God's will or ever conceived apart from God’s image. Life is a gift from God created in His own image and likeness. Work to stop abortion and euthanasia today.


For the next two Wednesdays, the St. Mary's office and Sacred Heart office will be closed from 1:00-2:30 p.m. for diocesan training.


October 2nd is First Friday. We will have Mass at 7:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Confessions will be heard at 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There will be Exposition from 8:15 a.m. until 11:20 a.m.


Homebound Communion Calls will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1. If you are not on Fr. Lubo's regular visit list and would like for him to stop, please call Sacred Heart rectory at 943-8553 and the secretary will add you to the list. This also includes Saint Mary's parishioners. You will be called on Wednesday to let you know the time of his arrival.


Sacred Heart 9th grade Religious Education and Bishop Guilfoyle 9th grade students will have a Confirmation Session on Sunday, October 4 from 1-2:30 p.m.


Annual Pet Blessing in Sacred Heart Courtyard! All pets are welcome from any church. Dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, etc. 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 health. The Blessing Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Courtyard, in honor of Saint Francis who had a profound love for all types of animals. Please wear a mask and social distance.


The flowers at Sacred Heart Church this weekend, have been donated in memory of Mary Jane McGuire Myers by Patty, Jane, and Joe Doyle. We thank you for your generosity. Mary Jane was a former member of Sacred Heart.

Stewardship Reflections

Stewards of God's gifts are not passive beneficiaries according to today's Gospel parable, putting into practice a life of discipleship and stewardship is what counts, "actions speak louder than words." We are obliged to be stewards of the Church, collaborators, and cooperators in continuing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which is the Church's essential mission. This mission, proclaiming and teaching, serving, and sanctifying, is our task. It is the personal responsibility of each one of us as stewards of the Church. All members of the Church have their own roles to play in carrying out its mission: parents, parishioners all Catholics as members of diocesan families, and to the Universal Church.


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.

In Your Prayers

Please remember the health intention of Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Trina Funcheon, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Elizabeth Hasan, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Carol Keagy, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Jonathon Masood, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Cierria Naglowsky, Maureen O'Rorke, Gail Pearson, Christoper Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine, Peggy Stauffer, Ken Tromm

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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