Sacred Heart Church

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

September 12, 2021


Mk 8:27-35

We need to get our bearings straight and properly lay life's cornerstone. Otherwise, the rest of our journey will be skewed, and our judgment clouded. We can recall Jesus' famous rebuke of Peter, "You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do." Even he, as one of Jesus' closest friends, struggles with understanding things and grasping the big picture. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) a renowned and learned French Jesuit priest of-ten has these words attributed to him: "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Whether they were actually from his lips, they certainly mimic his thought. These wise words orient us and capture the essence of who we really are.

Many people consider spirituality an option. It is no wonder that they come to this conclusion when they predominantly define themselves using human terms and concepts. Immersed in this worldview, they struggle finding any semblance of God because God does not work according to human expectations! This is especially true when suffering and death enter life’s picture. If we are only human beings having a spiritual experience, then we wrongly expect our spirituality to serve us as we desire. The human expectation is that my spiritual life is something that is useful in avoiding pain, hardship, and death, not something that gives the courage to live through it!

So, when we protest and get upset with God because our journey is becoming difficult, painful, treacherous, disappointing, and even pointing us toward death, Jesus rebukes us as he did Peter and gently reminds us how to see. It is God who inspires and opens hearts to see truth and beauty. It is not our task to understand God, as God is beyond human understanding. Ours is the joyful privilege of simply resting in God's presence simply because God is God and we are who we are
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Approximately over 4000 babies today will be denied the gift of life because their mothers "chose" abortion. This loss of life is like having a 9/11 terrorist attack in America every day, year in and year out.


Religious Program is in need of Catechists for their CCD program. Our program is held on Sunday from 11:00-11:50 and will begin on Sunday, September 19, and finish up at the end of April. If you feel called to share the Catholic faith with the youth of our Parish, please contact Judy Wahl at 944-3922 or 814-215-5113.


Applications are available in the rectory at Sacred Heart. The "Angel Fund" was established to provide Catholic school tuition assistance for Sacred Heart families in financial need. Grants are based on need and participation in our faith community, Time, Talent, and Treasure. For more information, please call the rectory at 814-943-8553. The deadline is August 15.


Do you believe that God might be calling you to discern the Ordained Ministry of Christ the Servant, as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown? If so, you and your wife (If married) are invited to join Bishop Mark and Beacon Michael Russo at the "Bishop's Night of Vocations" on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the US Hotel Tavern, Hollidaysburg. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Marybeth at (814) 361-2000.

Stewardship Reflections

Our readings today offer us a message of hope. God is with us and wants to heal us.

May this message come ablaze in our hearts so that we might live with unwavering faith! Often times we are blind and deaf to God in our lives. We miss countless opportunities to see God working in our day-to-day moments, through our loved ones, our community, or even strangers. We miss the quiet voice of Jesus in our hearts telling us to choose Him instead of sin, respond in love instead of anger, or care for someone else in a moment instead of ourselves. (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2021/8/16)

Christian stewards strive to be "rich in faith" by consciously choosing to make room for God in their daily lives no matter what the cost. Let us pray that our eyes and our ears might “be open” to His workings, works, and prompting in our lives. Let us work to help others heal through our Christian stewardship.


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, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Ed Daniele, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Donald and Shirley McIntyre, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Bev Mueller, Maureen O’Rorke, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Christoper Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine, Laura Sny-der, Peggy Stauffer, and 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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