Sacred Heart Church

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 12, 2020


Mt 10:26-33 Using the best seeds doesn't always guarantee the best plants. An older Italian gentleman straight from Italy gave me these amazing tomato seeds that he claimed produced the best tomatoes ever grown. Without doubt, the fruit he shared with me was a testament to that fact. These tomatoes were amazing! I couldn't wait until the next growing season to plant these seeds and harvest my own tomatoes. The whole experiment ended up a failure. I did everything the gentleman said, but my fruit didn't even come close. What happened? At first I was perplexed, then some years later the light dawned. The problem wasn't the seeds, it was the soil!

You cannot sow seeds in any old place and in a haphazard way and expect them to be at their best. It doesn't work that way. Planting the seeds is the easiest part. Preparing the soil is the challenge. Tilling, mulching, enriching, and building up the nutrients are all required for good fruit. Then after the seeds are planted, more care is required in order to maintain that healthy, nutrient rich environment for those seeds to sprout, grow, and flourish. God happily sows the seeds of his Word. What do we do with them? If we expect to be a passive bystander and have good fruit magically grow, we are mistaken. Bearing the good fruit of God's Word requires preparation and work. We have to cultivate the soil of our lives so that those seeds can find a proper home. This one thing alone takes a great deal of patience, time, and effort. What kind of preparation have we put into our lives so that we can be a recipient of God's seed? It takes a great deal of soul-searching and ego-checking to properly prepare. God is the ever faithful and persistent sower. If the seeds do not bear fruit the first time, God will come back time and time again, giving it another try. If we have created a suitable bed for sowing, then once the seed is sown, we must properly maintain them. What does our spiritual maintenance plan look like? If we have done all things well, imagine what the seeds of God's Word could produce in us!
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"The greatest deception, and the deepest source of unhappiness, is the illusion of finding life by excluding God, of finding freedom by excluding moral truths and personal responsibility." -St. John Paul II.

Only when we return to the Judeo-Christian principles this nation was founded upon will we have happiness and true freedom.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition of the Blessed Sacramentwill be next Sunday, July 19 after the noon Mass until 2:00 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, either in a ciborium or monstrance, draws the faithful to an awareness of the presence of Christ and invites them in to inner communion with him. Therefore, it is a strong encouragement toward the worship owed to Christ in spirit and in truth.


Sacred Heart Lectors. If you have been a Lector at Sacred Heart and you would like to volunteer to continue to read during these Covid-19 times, please call the rectory at 943-8553. There will only be one Lector at each Mass.


We thank all parishioners of Sacred Heart and Saint Mary church who have continued to support our 2020 Catholic Ministries Drive. We are not far from our goal. Remember, all money donated above our goal will come back to the church.

We also thank the families at Sacred Heart and Saint Mary's for continuing to be supportive of the Church by mailing and dropping off at the rectory your weekly/ monthly church contributions. Your generosity is deeply appreciated


Angel Fund applications are available in the rectory at Sacred Heart. They will not be available in the church. Forms may be picked up at the rectory or mailed to you. Grants are based on need and participation in our faith community, Time, Talent, and Treasure. Call the rectory at 943-8553.


We need your EMAIL for our church rosters. Saint Mary's and Sacred Heart are in the process of updating parishioner information. We have found that communication is easier sometimes through email. If you have an email address, we are asking you to please let us know what it is for our records. If we have your email address, please let us know that it is correct by checking with us for what we have on file. Also, if you no longer have a land-line, but instead are using a cell phone, would you also let us know that, so that we do not continue to call a non-working number. Saint Mary's parishioners, please contact Anita at the St. Mary's Rectory (942-2416) and Sacred Heart parishioners please contact Paulette at Sacred Heart Rectory (943-8553). Thank you.


The RCIA Process and Your Journey of Faith. Are you curious about what the Catholic Church teaches? Or, perhaps you have already decided to become Catholic and need to know what is involved. Whichever your situation or circumstance may be, we welcome you and would like to journey with you! Where do I begin? Becoming Catholic is a joyous and communal experience. A person is brought into Full Communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian Initiation-Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist but this process by which one becomes a Catholic can be different for each individual depending on your circumstances and where you are in your faith journey.

Before a person is ready to be received into the Church, whether by baptism or by profession of faith, preparation is necessary. The amount and type of preparation depends on the individual's circumstance. The preparation process is different between those who are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through baptism in another church.

Those who have been baptized in a different Christian denomination become Catholics by taking instruction in the faith, making a profession of the Catholic faith, and being formally received into the Church. This is followed by Confirmation and the Eucharist. Unbaptized adults enter the Church by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. If you are ready to start your journey, we would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. For more information, please contact Mike Kelleher at 934-4076 (Sacred Heart) or Jim Mock at 650-7250 (Saint Mary).


Stay Informed and Engaged in Diocesan News. The diocese has an on-line newspaper, Proclaim! The Good News of Altoona-Johnstown, featuring diocesan news, information and commentary including happenings at parishes and schools. Visit the site at and sign up for regular e-mail updates delivered to your in box or visit our website at or

Stewardship Reflections

By handing our ordinary lives over to Jesus we can rest in the promise of Jesus that to labor in His name we will learn to be humble and not act as if becoming a Christian steward is burdensome, "For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

In Your Prayers

Please remember the health intention of Please remember the health intention of Lee Appleman, Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Cathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Trina Funcheon, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Elizabth Hasan, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Cindy Lytle, Jonathon Masood, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Cierria Naglowsky, Maureen O’Rorke, Gail Pearson, Christopher Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine and 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 permission of the ill person/family to publish their name.



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