Sacred Heart Church

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 17, 2019


The Living Scroll What an audience Jesus has in today's Gospel! "A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of people from all over Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon." Disciples, pagans, and devout Jews gathered together to hear Jesus speak in the Sermon on the Mount. All of these people had something in common. God was someone to be bargained with, and if God liked you, you were rewarded with good fortune. This Sunday, Jesus tells us a different story. "Woe to you who are rich, who are filled now, who laugh, when all speak well of you. Blessed are you who are poor, you who are now hungry, when people hate you and when they exclude you and insult you." Jesus completely flips the script on what it means to be blessed by God. What he proclaims as "woe" are states of life we often strive for, and "blessed" are the states we work hard to avoid!

Jesus is concerned with the kingdom of God and the world to come, not the typical structures of power and privilege. The word "now" appears often in these statements. Why? If you are well "now" that’s beside the point. To be rich in this life has no direct bearing on your immortal soul. If you’re struggling "now", that’s not an indication that God has forgotten you or that in light of eternity, you're worse off than some else. In fact, it could be an indicator that you're enduring something that will bring you to a place of greater, eternal joy in the future.

This Sunday, consider your priorities. Who do we reject as not blessed, and thereby inflict woe upon ourselves? When we encounter difficult situations in our own lives, do we see them as opportunities to remember God and lean on His mercy and grace?
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Is life valuable only when it is healthy? Are we the ones who decide when we die? Is suffering meaningless? The answer to all these questions is NO. We do not have a "right to die." No matter how ill a patient is, we never have a right to put that person to death. Rather, we have a duty to care for and preserve life.


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.

Sacred Heart Liturgical Ministers

Please note whether you are available for any of the services for the Triduum: Holy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday at 1 p.m. and Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m. Send your requests to or drop off at the rectory. Thank you.

Everyday Stewardship

"Blessed are those who know how to detach themselves from their possessions and their power so as to put them at the service of the needy." - Saint John Paul II

Liturgical Reflection

In the celebration of the Mass the chief ways in which Christ is present in his Church emerge clearly one after the other. First, Christ is present in the very assembly of the faithful who has gathered in his name. Next he is present in his word, sacred scripture, proclaimed and broken open. Also, he is present in the person of the ordained minister. Finally, and above all, Christ is present in the Eucharistic elements of his very Body and Blood. In a way that is completely unique, the whole and entire Christ, God and man, is substantially and permanently present in the Blessed Sacrament.
- Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist, 1993 2019, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers, the health intention of Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, Lois Duncan, Dana Fieni, Cindy, Charles McGrain, Christopher Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Tina Ruffing, and Susan Sakerak.

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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