Sacred Heart Church

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 20, 2019


Wedding at Cana When you think of being Catholic what do you think of? Perhaps you grew up with your only associations being fasting, nuns with rulers, and "Catholic guilt." Our faith can sometimes have the connotation of restriction and absence, not abundance. Who is God in your life? Is He the divine lawgiver, the judge punishing the rule-breakers? These are certainly attributes of God. But the laws don’t exist for themselves alone. They exist to help us love one another as God loves us. And this loving God is the author of abundance and joy. Did you hear today's Gospel? "There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee". Here at this wedding, Jesus would perform "the beginning of his signs...and so reveal his glory." This first sign isn't a miraculous healing. He didn't raise someone from the dead. He kept a party going! "There were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons...the water...had become wine." The wine has run out. Jesus creates somewhere between 120 and 180 gallons to help his friend save face. We may not have such momentous miracles in our lives, but God is watching out for us. The string of green lights when you're running late. The sale on the replacement appliance you need. The friend who calls at just the right time. These are the little moments of God's abundance. We just need to look for them! Not only does Jesus surprise, but the guests point out to their host: "You have kept the good wine until now." The divine wine is better than the earthly variety. God's goodness is better than what we can grasp at for ourselves. Isn't that how it always goes?
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"The innocent victim of abortion, children who die of hunger or from bombings, immigrants who drown in the search for a better tomorrow, the elderly or the sick who are considered a burden, the victims of terrorism, wars, violence and drug trafficking, the environment devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature: At stake in all of this is the gift of God, of which we are noble stewards but not masters."
- Pope Francis' address to Congress, Washington, DC

CCD Classes Canceled

Due to this weekend's winter storm, CCD classes on Sunday, January 20th have been canceled and will return next Sunday the 27th. Thank you.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Today, January 20, from after the noon Mass until 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus. "Could you not watch one hour with me?" (Mt 6:21; 26:40)

11th Grade Confirmation Session

There will be a Confirmation session at Sacred Heart for our eleventh grade students. This includes Catholic High School students, on Sunday, January 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Forma-tion Center. Contact Judy Wahl at 944-3922 if you have any questions.


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.

Everyday Stewardship

We are all created with unique gifts. We have those gifts that have been part of us from birth and those that have been imparted to us by the Holy Spirit. St. Paul tried to get the Corinthians to understand that reality when he explained to them the many gifts of the Spirit. Perhaps some of his audience back then thought they were insignificant. The message then remains the message today: God is counting on you to use what He has given you. If you don’t, who will?

Liturgical Reflection

Tuesday, January 22, all dioceses in the United States of America are observing a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. January 22 is the day of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade (1973), the Church in America prays for the violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee to the right to life. Members of the Diocese are encouraged to go to Mass on this day, pray the rosary, the chaplet of Di-vine Mercy, fast and abstain, and join the Altoona-Johnstown family in praying the following:

O God, who adorn creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness, awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

End of Year Donation Statements

Statements will automatically be mailed to those parishioners who have requested them in prior years. If you are new to the parish or have never requested a statement, please call Sacred Heart Rectory at 943-8553. We cannot track cash contributions that are not in an envelope with your name. Catholic Ministry Drive donations are recorded at the diocesan offices and they will provide you with a receipt.

In Your Prayers

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

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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