Sacred Heart Church

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 21, 2019


Lk 10:38-42 Active and contemplative. At work and at rest. These are dynamics we all face in our lives, and if we're honest, we might not always balance perfectly! In this Sunday's Gospel, our daily tensions play out in two sisters. Mary "sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak." Martha, on the other hand is "burdened with much serving." This, as it turns out, is not necessarily the "better part".

All of us reading this have some sort of labor we engage in. We have different trades or careers. We have responsibilities as family members, some of which may take up most of our time. In the time of Scripture, showing hospitality to guests was one of the most important values in society. Our work is important. Jesus himself spent decades as a carpenter. So what's the problem with Martha? Martha is burdened, anxious, and worried. Not only that, but she resents her sister's choice. "Tell her to help me", she demands of Jesus.

How easy it is to get very busy doing good things. We need to provide for our families and plan for retirement. We need to make sure children are clothed, fed, and educated. Our committees, ministries, and sports schedules need to stay on track. However, without a balance of work with rest, without contemplation in the midst of our action, we will miss the point. While many parts are required for our life in the world to function, the better part is our relationship with God. This week, make time in your busy schedule to sit at Jesus' feet. Maybe this is 20 minutes with Scripture, participating in a daily Mass, or a quiet walk alone in the park. Receive what Christ wants to speak to you.
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'Nothing we do to defend the human person, no matter how small, is ever unfruitful or forgotten. Our actions touch other lives and move other hearts in ways we can never fully understand in this world. Don't ever underestimate the beauty and power of the witness you give in pro-life work."
- Archbishop Charles Chaput, Living in a World of Unbelief, South Bend, Indiana


VBS planning meeting will be held on Monday , July 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Formation Center for all volunteers.


No 7:45 a.m. Daily Mass Monday thru Friday, July 22 thru July 26 at Sacred Heart

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School, August 5-9, at Sacred Heart Formation Center. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Ages 5-12 years old. Registration forms are in the back of the church. Members of other churches are invited to register also, to discover the wonders of God's universe. Any questions, call Judy Wahl at 944-3922.

We are in the process of planning our Vacation Bible School which will be held August 5,6,7,8, and 9. We once again are asking for help and sup-port from parishioners, who in past years have been very generous with donations. A few items we need are bottled water (8 oz), juice boxes, Gift Cards: Wal-Mart, Martins, Lowes, etc. We have signs posted on the church bulletin boards that list our needs and also a specific list just for decorating supplies. We appreciate anything you can do to help out. There is a collection box in the church vestibule. Please contact Judy Wahl at 944-3922. Thank you.


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.

Stewardship Reflections

Jesus Christ is God's greatest gift to us. Stewardship tells us to share a portion of our time, talent and treasure so that the Gift, Jesus Christ, may be given to those who do not know him.

Angel Fund Applications

Angel Fund Applications are available in the back of Sacred Heart Church or at Sacred Heart Rectory. Applications must be turned in by August 1, 2019. We have 10 students registered at Bishop Guilfoyle and 34 students registered at Holy Trinity for 2019-2020 school year.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Lois Duncan, Michael Faherty, Sarah Gil, Phyllis Hartman, Charles McGrain, Christomer Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Tina Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine and Peggy Stauffer.

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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