Sacred Heart Church

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Mk 6:1-6 “Now what?” It’s a difficult thing to hear isn’t it? The train comes late, a child unexpectedly cries, and the latest public policy debate flares up in the news. Life throws us curveballs, and we have no choice but to adapt. Jesus and the Apostles find themselves in that exact situation in today’s Gospel. The Apostles have returned from their two-by-two missionary journey. As Jesus hears all of their stories, he knows they need time to recover and refresh. “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Their wilderness retreat is short -lived, however, as eager crowds discover their location. Jesus is well aware of the needs of his disciples. Still as he looks out at the crowd, “His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.” The rest break is over. “He began to teach them many things.”

For those of us who have experienced a taste of much-needed relaxation only to have it taken away abruptly, perhaps we surmise what the Apostles might have been feeling in that moment. But Jesus isn’t being inconsiderate of the Apostles needs. He offers them and us a lived lesson. St. John Paul II wrote, “The whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching: his silences, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affection for the little and the poor, his acceptance of the total sacrifice on the Cross for the redemption of the world.” In Jesus 'choice to teach, we see all of these things: sacrificial love, concern for the marginalized, and priority of people’s needs over personal preference. These aren’t abstract ideals. They’re lived realities as we strive to live and love like Jesus. When a new obstacle confronts you in your life, how do you respond?
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“The victims of this throwaway culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings-the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc., who are in danger of being ‘thrown away’, expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs. It is necessary to raise awareness and form the lay faithful so that they may think in accord with the Gospel and the social doctrine of the church.
-Pope Francis

Sacred Heart Parish Picnic Today!

The time has come! Family, Food and plenty of Fun! Our parish picnic is today, Sunday, July 22. It is being held at Highland Park at 1:00 p.m. Food will be served at 1:30 p.m. The parish will supply chicken and hot dogs. You are asked to bring a side-dish or dessert, serving spoon and drinks for your family. Also bring a lawn chair if you have one. Games for children and bingo for adults. Door prizes and chances.

Gratitude is extended to John McKnight who along with our parish’s picnic/social committee, have planned a fine summer picnic for our parishioners and friends. We thank you for all of your work in making our picnic a success!

Sacred Heart Vacation Bible School

August 6-August 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. At Splash Canyon, children and volunteers discover that on life’s wild ride, Jesus is by our side. Even in turbulent times when sin and Satan threaten to capsize our faith—God says “YES” to us in Jesus, our promised Savior!

Registration forms are available in the vestibule of the church or call Judy Wahl for more information at 944-3922.

Attention High School Students

VBS is a perfect opportunity to get involved in our parish community and use the experience towards achieving your Confirmation Service Hours. It can also be a good experience for the younger youth attending VBS to enjoy the interaction with teens from our parish. For more information please contact Judy Wahl, 944-3922. Thank you! The next meeting will be August 1st at 6:00 p.m.

Can You Donate?

Vacation Bible School will be in need of the following items: Bottled Water (8oz. Small bottles), Juice Boxes or flavored water, Gift Cards to WalMart –Martins for snack supplies, white sheets for decorating canyon walls and sky (preferably by July 16) Contact Judy Wahl at 944-3922.

Angel Fund Grant Applications

In addition to the Angel Fund Grants, Sacred Heart Parish is assessed $96,313.00 for tuition. This is the amount that we pay to the Diocese for our students who attend Catholic schools. The Angel Fund Applications are available in the back of the church and at the rectory business office. This year there is $5,990 to be distributed. Grants are based on need and participation in our faith community; Time, Talent, and Treasure. Requests are due by August 1st.


We thank Virginia Ferramini for her donation to the Sacred Heart Parish Endowment Fund in memory of her mother, Frances Ferramini and brother-in-law, Charles Stein.

Sacred Heart Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is in need of a driver with a pick-up truck. Please call Rita Sangiorgi at 944-3215 for more information.

Liturgical Reflection…

Following the most ancient Christian tradition, the Church insistently recommends that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places. In memory of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord, the mystery that illumines the Christian meaning of death, burial and resurrection of the body. By burying the bodies of the faithful, the Church affirms her faith in the resurrection of the body, and intends to show the great dignity of our humanity which was assumed by Jesus our Lord.
- Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo, Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith, 2016, Number 3. 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Planning Ahead

The Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgies will be held in Altoona at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Mark cordially invites all couples celebrating 1, 5, 10, 25, 40, 50, 55 and 60+ Wedding Anniversary in 2018 and their families to attend. Refreshments will be available after the Mass for anniversary couples and their families. Reservations must be made through your parish.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, and Lucy Horton.

In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.

If you would like to add a person to our prayer list or re-add a person, please call the rectory office. Remember, you must have permission of the ill person to publish their name. The names will be changed at the beginning of each month so that we are aware of who is currently ill. Thank you.



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