Sacred Heart Church

First Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020


First Sunday of Advent You are at the eye doctor and it's time for the peripheral vision test. You know the one. It's where you put your head up to a contraption and have to click a switch every time you see a squiggly line. If you don't concentrate and maintain optimal focus, you will miss them and skew the outcome of the test. You can easily find yourself with a diagnosis that really isn't accurate! Concentration and focus are key to succeeding with this evaluation. They are also key to developing a healthy, vibrant spiritual life. If we do not bring our full consciousness to the task, concentrate with all our might, be watchful and vigilant, we are not going to see God''s loving presence flashing before our eyes!

That's why we need Advent. Let's face it. We can easily get distracted, focus on nonessential and superficial things, and lose touch with what really matters. Our attentions wander. We daydream and even become a bit overwhelmed and tired. All of the stresses and demands of life consume us and we find ourselves constantly trying to play catch up rather than relishing the moment of the now. “Now” moments are so fleeting. They flash before us like those squiggly lines on a screen. Present moments go as quickly as they come but it is important to discover them and rest in them as often as we can. Though gone in a flash, these now moments of encounter with God teach powerful lessons and offer a grounding in the truth that can be found nowhere else. It's the grace of Advent to become watchful and attentive because we are never sure when God will surprise us.

God loves surprises and love thrives on them! God's now moments of surprises come as tender instants of intimate connection where I find profound peace, experience joy, and rest in love. These are Advent times reflective of the now moments when Christ first was born when God surprises us during every time we care to watch, and when the great surprise of Christ's second coming dawns upon us all. But, to discover the grandeur and experience the awe of these now times, we have to be ready. We have to want to be there. We have to believe. And, we have to have the desire to soak in as much as we can in the time we have before us.
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We should note that a legal abortion is never a "safe" abortion for the unborn child whose life is ended. It also leaves wounded mothers, fathers, and siblings as well. Pray for all who have had an abortion. May they seek the forgiveness of the Lord and are able to forgive themselves.


Friday, December 4, we will have Masses at 7:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Confessions will be heard at 7:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:15 a.m. until 11:25 a.m.


Fr. Lubo will be visiting the homebound this Thursday, December 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you are not on Father's Communion Call list and you would like for him to come to your home for Communion, please call the rectory at 943-8553 before Tuesday afternoon. The secretary will let you know on Wednesday what time you can expect him to arrive at your home. This applies to Saint Mary parishioners also.


We will be having the Traditional Bambinelli Blessing of the Baby Jesus on Sunday, December 13 at the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Children are to bring the statue of the Infant Jesus to church with them from their home Nativity Scene. All children with the statue of the Infant Jesus will come forward to the first step of the sanctuary during the opening hymn. Once at the front, Fr. Lubo will give a blessing and the images of the Christ Child will be blessed with Holy Water. The children will then return to the pews.


Due to the upcoming Christmas holiday, the food pantry will be open on December 2nd and December 16th for regular distribution of food. The special Christmas order will be given out on December 9th to clients who previously signed up. The food pantry will be closed on December 23rd and December 30th and will resume services on January 6th.


We thank all parishioners of 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 as well as donating cleaning, sanitizing supplies. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Stewardship Reflections

As the Church begins a new liturgical year, we are reminded in today's Gospel that we are nothing more than servants, stewards of the Master's possessions, but who do not know when our Master will return. We have been given the responsibility of sharing our gifts in order to build up the Master's kingdom. Good stewards know they are accountable and use their gifts to do God's will.


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 Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Dougherty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Elizabeth Hasan, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Paulette Johns, Carol Keagy, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Jonathon Masood, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Maureen O’Rorke, Eugene Parker, Gail Pearson, John Richardson, Christoper Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine, Laura Sny-der, Peggy Stauffer, Kathy Taylor, 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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