Sacred Heart Church

Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020


Resurrection of the Lord You can feel so small standing by the seashore. The vastness of all that is before you expands much farther than your eye can see. What is happening on the other side? As tides continue to ebb and flow, what occurs as they come and go remains largely a mystery and the effects of their presence unknown in your sight. Yet, things are moving and changing as you gaze upon the water, as the thumbprint of their presence is left behind. The greater the wind and wave, the greater the effect. But even a gentle breeze leaves its humble ark upon the seashore on which you stand. The smallest pebble still makes a ripple in the great blue expanse of ocean waters. It doesn't need to be big.

You never know the full impact of your smallest gesture or simplest of words. A yes or no, agree or disagree, here or there, this or that can influence time and history in ways you may never know. The Holy Spirit is like that: fierce and torrential, and then almost still and silent, creating and recreating nonetheless. Coming as a gentle breeze or a gust wind, God's Holy Spirit continues to move over, around, and into the waters of our lives. The Spirit brings fruit and unknown possibilities to what we humbly bring with us and that same Spirit eventually brings all to fulfillment in Christ.

The first disciples didn't have much. They possessed simple faith and a willingness to go into unchartered territory with a love of their friend-God, humble offerings, and a knowledge that they were not alone. This allowed them to do amazing things with very little. So you believe that you are being led and that you have a purposeful life? We often do not realize our value because we do not think that the little we have is good enough. How wrong we are! A little flour mixed with water and embraced by a prayer of blessing transforms simple offerings into the magnificent Eucharistic presence of God. If the Holy Spirit can do such amazing things with these humble gifts of the earth, even more can happen with you. Don't underestimate the value of the smile you gave a stranger, the door held open for an elderly widow, the listening ear offered to one who was lonely, the tolerance given to the wounded soul who is angry, and the loving shoulder you offered as a cradle under the head of someone in pain. Modest gifts offered with love can be transformed by the Spirit into wondrous blessings you may never know. It's Pentecost. Trust. You are not alone.
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Sacred Heart main entrance (20th Street) will be unlocked from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and on Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. it will be open 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Today's Missals are on the back table for people to use but not return them back or leave them in the pew. Once they touch them, they have to take them home and save them for their next visit. Members of the same household can sit together, otherwise social distancing of 6 feet is required.

Saint Mary's will be open for private prayer on Saturdays from 3-4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

Face Masks are required as well as wiping down the surfaces that you touch. Please exit through one of the side doors

Based on the Bishop's Directives for progressing to Phase 2 through 4 over next few weeks, Click here for the upcoming schedule with social distancing for Sacred Heart and Saint Mary in Altoona:


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Our Church is alive and still carrying on its mission and Sacred Heart and Saint Mary parishes will continue to bring you the light of Christ. In order to continue our work, we need your support. You can mail your offertory directly to SACRED HEART CHURCH, 511 20TH Street, Altoona PA 16602 or SAINT MARY, 1405 5TH AVE, Altoona PA 16602 or you can place it into the rectory office mail slot. We thank you for your very generous weekly and Easter offerings.


My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


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


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

Everything we are and everything we have comes from God. Offering back to God what He has given us is part of how we worship and give thanks to God. Stewardship as a way of life calls us to use well all that we have and all that we are, placing all things in service of others and God. Stewardship helps us see the good we can accomplish by making God and our spiritual life the most important values in our life. Whatever we accumulate in this life stays here. We cannot take it with us! Both tithing and stewardship help us remember that nothing is mine or even ours.....all belongs to God

In Your Prayers

Please remember the health intention of Lee Appleman, Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Richard Danella, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Taylor Etters, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Elizabeth Hasan, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Cindy Lytle, Jonathon Masood, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Cierria Naglowsky, Maureen O'Rorke, Gail Pearson, Joseph Rodkey, Christopher Ruffing, Robert 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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