Sacred Heart Church

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 25, 2021


Mk 6:1-6 St. Oscar Romero said, "We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is the beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest."

There were a group of ladies many years ago who made quilts. They were beautiful creations reflecting inspirational designs artfully composed from the simple scraps of fabric each woman would bring to their individual pieces. There was no plan for the finished project as each finished work be-came the combined creation of what each woman contributed. They abounded in vibrant colors and dazzled the beholder with intricate patterns and their myriad textures. They were so beautiful that they became coveted family treasures passed from generation to generation. Those women never realized the power of their work. Countless babies rested in the comfort of those quilts warmly nestled in the legacy of tradition they were fortunate to inherit. They adorned countless homes with their beauty and brought joy and solace to many faces.

We cannot do everything. We are not meant to. Our work in life is to contribute our individual piece, a piece that reflects the unique thumbprint I claim as my own. We only have to do small things well.

Eucharistic blessings are blessings that start small and multiply. We all come to life with only a few loaves of bread and a few fish. Not every single one of us has all that it takes to transform our world. Who knows what God will do with the little we have and how many will benefit from our kindness, compassion, wisdom, courage, conviction, love, warmth, zeal, faith, and hope? That young lad never dreamed that his few leftovers would do all that they did. God shows up in unexpected ways! Where would life's adventure and fun be if it were any other way? Being able to be part of bringing God's creative, transforming, healing to the world opens us up to wonder, awe, and excitement! We can all bring our little piece to the bigger work of God that can result in being a coveted jewel passed from generation to generation. This is good news indeed! Bread and wine transform into Christ's Body and Blood and we become what we eat. Trust that.
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Reproductive rights should mean the right to be free to pro-duce children, not the right to kill children. Pray and work to end abortion on demand.
- Mother Teresa


Annual Parish Picnic will be held Sunday, August 22, 2021 beginning with Noon Mass at the St. Mary's Camp Grounds. We hope many of you can attend this wonderful summertime event. Chances along with your reservation form are available in the Blessed Mother Room and Sacred Heart vestibule. This is a big fundraiser for our parishes and we hope everyone will participate in selling your chances. The drawing will be held at the picnic.


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

Today's Gospel speaks to us of God's unconditional love for us and His boundless generosity. He cares for our needs in such a way that we are not only cared for, but we are given more than we could ever ask for. He does this on His own accord, of His own free will, and with His own capability. We are called to love and care for everyone as the boy with five barley loaves and three fish did. He was called upon to give what he had in order for Christ to carry out His mission of caring for every single human being.

With that mission in mind, He calls each one of us to assist Him. But He asks us to help. He wants us to help. We are called to give him all that we have; our time, our talents, and our treasure, so that, together with Him, we can feed the world, offering others the love of Christ and sharing the Gospel with them


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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