Sacred Heart Church

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 14, 2024


Mk 6:7-13

Once I asked a fallen-away Catholic friend of mine what he remembered about the parish priest from his youth. He said, “He was a gentle, nice guy. Kind of vanilla. Kept to himself.” It struck me that he, perhaps like many, perceive Catholic priests as the following: lonely, harmless, and self-sufficient. As a challenge both to this perception (accurate or not) and to us priests who perhaps feel a pull in that uninspiring direction, stands the mighty image of what we see in the Gospel this Sunday.

Jesus sent out his apostles, “two-by-two, with power over demons, and without money belts.” Two-by-two: they enjoyed deep fellowship and brotherhood. Power over demons: they were anything but harmless. These men wielded enormous power against evil. Without money belts: they were not self-sufficient. They needed others to help them. Not lonely, but in community. Not harmless but armed with massive spiritual energy. Not self-sufficient, but poor and in need of help.

This is a challenge to me, and perhaps to all of us, living in a rich, secularized, and individualized culture. Do I embrace my priestly ministry in deep fellowship with other priests? Do I speak and act boldly to drive out evil where it is found? Do I live poorly and simply, trusting in the help of those around me even for basic needs? The fruitfulness of priestly ministry largely depends on these three traits. Let’s pray for all priests — and, by extension, all of us Christians — to live more like Jesus’ communal, poor, and powerful apostles
- Father John Muir


“More important than liberty, more important than the pursuit of happiness, more important than economics, and more important even than religious freedom is the question of life itself. If we are deprived of life, then obviously all of our other rights are gone as well.”
- Dr. D. James Kennedy


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Sacred heart Religious Education is currently in need of catechists. The role of a catechist is to catechize (teach) the faith of the Catholic Church by both word and example. Our pro-gram is held on Sunday's from 11:00-11:50 a.m. And begins in September on Catechetical Sunday and ends at the end of April. Volunteers for this ministry will need to go through the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Youth Protection Process. For more informa-tion; please contact Judy Wahl, DRE at 814-944-3922. Thank You.


Sacred Heart Church is seeking dedicated parishioners to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Com-munion. Current Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion and those interested in becoming new EOMs are encouraged to vol-unteer their time and talents. Not only is there a need here at Sacred Heart but also throughout our community, especially at Encompass Health. For more information contact the church office at 814-943-8553.


We are preapring for our annual picnic to be held Sunday, August 25, 2024 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 Saint Mary's Church Basement Blessed Mother Room for St. Mary's Parishioners and at the Sacred Heart Church Entrance for Sacred Heart Parishioners. This is a big fundraiser for our Churches and we hope everyone will participate in selling your chances. The drawing will be held at the picnic.


Our readings today provide examples of people who trusted in the Lord. It is a reminder for us to live our day-to-day lives in total surrender to His care.

When we live our lives doing the will of God, there will be days that are hard. Just because we are doing what the Lord is asking of us, doesn’t mean every day will be perfect. As a matter of fact, we might be led to rejection or suffering because of what we believe. The moment we are faced with that conflict, we are called to respond as Amos did – not by turning our back on God, but rather, remaining faithful to Him. God has a plan, even in the darkest moments. We are called to trust in his ways.

A Family Perspective

Jesus sent out His apostles without a lot of “things” because THINGS distract. We collect, argue about and protect our “things.” Garage sales only transfer “things. “We even ignore each other because we have “things” to do. What “things” are separating you from your family?
- Bud Ozar

Prayer Requests

Kathy Ansman, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Dan Bauer, Dave Bauer, Damian Branas, Ron Buckreis, Vince Bumann, Jack Chilcote, Harry Chir-don, Karen Claar, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Bob Decker, Tim Dodson, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Nate Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Thomas Duncan, Sam Dunio, Ashley Eagen, Ruth Ann Frederick, Herman Frederick, Phyllis Hauser, Leighton Hess, Ralph Hildebrand, Lucy Horton, Austin Judy, Lynn Judy, Raymond Kargo, Russell Keith, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Carol King, John Kleine, Sue Koehle, Ruth Lamca, Cyndi Lansberry, John Leshene, Janet Lego, Beth Lloyd, Charles McGrain, Shirley McIntyre, Paul Angelo Morelli, Bev Mueller, Bonnie Neal, Jessica Neff, Lee Neff, Kevin O'Rourke, Gail Pearson, Scott Reimer, Sarah Rihnovich, Patti Robinson, Nancy Servello, Laura Snyder, Fred Tromm, Alex Walter, Margo Wascherl, Alan Watson, Joan Weston, Hank Williams, Mikayla Yanchik.

If you would like to add a sick or hospitalized person to our prayer list or readd 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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