Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 15, 2019


Lk 14:25-33 "Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain....." In this Sunday's Gospel, we learn the context for the forthcoming parables about the lost and found. A great mixed crowd surrounds Jesus. The religious elite are present, along with all manner of local lowlifes. The Pharisees seem a bit upset that this wasn't the lecture series they were hoping for. Why would Jesus welcome sinners?

Jesus responds as if it's the most obvious thing in the world. "Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep....rejoice because I have found the coin that I lost....let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine...was lost and has been found!" Each of the parables features a dramatic example. Of 99 sheep, one has gone astray. Of 10 coins, one has gone missing. The welcomed son has previously been a covetous scoundrel. Jesus' point to the Pharisees is clear. If the Gospel really is "good news", if our faith really has the power to save, why wouldn't we want everyone drawing near? Why wouldn't we do everything in our power to eke out that possibility for every single person, no matter where they have wandered? After all, if this message is not of value to everyone, why is it of value to anyone?

Our Christian faith is not a matter of rule adherence for the perfectionist elite. In our own ways, each of us is the lost sheep, the prodigal son. There is no one who has no need of repentance." The Church is a mixed crowd. And we are mixed people. And the Gospel has good news for each of us today! There is no one Jesus doesn't go after, no one he does not catch sight of "while....still a long way off", no one to whom he does not run to embrace and welcome home
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"Among the vulnerable for whom the church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this."
- Pope Francis

Sacred Heart Parent/Candidate Meeting

Meeting for Confirmation Process for students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade (this includes BG) is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, in the Formation Center from 11:00-11:50 a.m. Please call Judy Wahl at 944-3922 if you have any questions.

Sacred Heart Choir

The Choir will resume with practice on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. and will sing at 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 29. New members are welcome to join.

Ministry Training

Have you or a family member ever considered becoming an Altar Server, Reader, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? If you or someone you know is in good standing with the Catholic Church and would like to be trained in any ministry, please call Mike Kelleher (814-934-4076) to set up a brief training session.


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

The grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Jesus Christ. A life of Stewardship is a continual process of conversion and growth. As we embrace Stewardship we are freed to view life in a new way: a precious gift from a loving God.


We thank Roni Pfister for her donation to Sacred Heart in memory of her husband, Michael Pfister.

We also thank Sandy Randazzo for her donation of Altar Flowers last weekend in memory of her husband Sal, and the 50th anniversary of their wedding.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sarah Gil, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Emily Hasan and unborn baby, Phyllis Hauser, Charles McGrain, Maureen O’Rorke, Christopher Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Tina Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine and Peggy Stauffer and Kevin Zolna

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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