Sacred Heart Church


August 7th, 2022


Jesus Follow Me

St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us that, "Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe, to know what he ought to desire, and to know what he ought to do." Everyone is called to work toward their salvation, which is ultimately union with God. Those who take this call seriously must embark upon a journey inward to the deepest recesses of their soul. In the adventure and wonder of that journey, we work out the details of our union with our Beloved. We cling to what we need to believe, remain firm in what we truly desire, and are guided by what we know we have to do. Once we know that our goal is to be one with our Creator, life becomes an exciting expedition to pursue that end. We make necessary preparations, follow the map, and remain on course.

Whenever we really want something, we put our entire selves into achieving it. Being fully invested in our labor, we willingly work extra hours, devote an abundance of energy and effort, and remain vigilant for beneficial opportunities that may come our way. We certainly do not passively sit by doing nothing! Such an attitude leads to laziness and the accomplishment of little. Worse yet, some look to others to do the work for them, hoping to reap the benefits of another's efforts. Conscientiousness and diligence are the only means to success.

For the one who eagerly awaits the day when they can be full with God, life becomes a joyous adventure indeed! Alert, ready, focused, convicted, and willing to be a servant they constantly watch and prepare themselves for meeting the Lord. Loving the journey and being in love with their Creator, their lives become joyful witnesses of love and service. They are secure in their hope, confident in their faith, and perfect in their love. Never looking for recognition or gratitude, they stand as gentle inspirations of what the Holy Spirit can do in the hearts of those who believe. Because we do not know what tomorrow will bring, we stand ready to be used as God wills and run eagerly toward Him when He comes. How much do we desire to experience the joy of salvation?
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Regarding abortion: "Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
- Matthew 18:10, 14


WE ARE PREPARING FOR OUR SAINT MARY'S/SACRED HEART ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC to be held Sunday, August 28, 2022 beginning with Noon Mass at the St. Mary's Camp Grounds. We hope many of you can attend this wonderful summertime event. Chances along with your reservation form will be available soon. This is a big fundraiser for our Church and we hope everyone will participate in selling your chances. The drawing will be held at the picnic.


Sacred heart is currently in need of Catechists for our grade school and high school program. The role of a Catholic catechist is to catechise (teach) the faith of the Catholic Church by both word and example. Our program is held on Sundays from 11:00-11:50 a.m. and will begin on September 18, 2022 (Catechetical Sunday) and end on April 30, 2023. Any person willing to volunteer for this ministry will need to go through the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Youth Protection Process. For more information; please contact Judy Wahl, DRE at Sacred Heart Formation Center at 814-944-3922.


Mark your calendars, Bishop Mark invites all high school graduates of the diocese to an Outdoor Mass at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto on Sunday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. There will be a special blessing for all graduates, Refreshments will follow, as well as an opportunity to speak with the Bishop.


A donation to the Sacred Heart Endowment Fund was made for My Mother: Frances Ferramini in loving memory of her birthday on July 21st, and Brother-In-Law: Charles Homer Stein in loving memory of his birthday on July 6th, and the anniversary of his death on July 15th, by Virginia Ferramini.


St. Mary's and Sacred Heart are looking for volunteers to serve as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, and Altar Servers. If you are a confirmed Catholic and would like to serve in one of these ministries, please contact your Churches Office at (SM)942-2416 or (SH) 943-8553


In today's gospel, a servant WAITED for the master to return. Waiting is a normal part of family life. We wait for a child's birth, then for small legs to catch up. Later we wait for teenagers to return home safely. Finally, we wait alone anticipating a call or visit from an adult child. Waiting is a sacred time, for even in the waiting we are connected.
Bud Ozar

Stewardship Reflections

We are asked today, "What do you treasure?" and "What would you do if you had radical faith in God?" As a Christian steward, you could ask yourself further: "Where do I spend the majority of my energy? How do I choose to spend my few spare minutes? What do my spending habits reveal about what is important to me?"

Acting with radical faith will take prayer and honesty: "Would I change my whole life in faith and trust to answer the call of God to enter into unknown territory as Abraham did? Is there a new and different ministry I might take on? What projects might I pass up at work so that I can be more present at home?" This week think about what you really treasure and then take a bold, faith-filled, and unafraid risk to show your gratitude to God for all that He has given to you and your family.
- Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


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 Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Dan Bauer, John Belin, Damian Brananas, Vince Bumann, Jose-phine Butler, Tommy Cheslock, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, John Delin, Joan Don-nelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Willis Edevane, Ruth Ann Frederick, Shane Gladfelter, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Alva Herman, Ralph Hildebrand, Diane Horton, Lucy Horton, Paulette Johns, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Sue Koehle, John Leshene, Janet Lego, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Bar-bara Mattren, Chad McDowell, Charles McGrain, Bev Mueller, Kevin O'Rourke, Bill Orr, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Sarah Rihnovich, Brian Sherbin, Hank Sherbin, Laura Snyder, 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 the permission of the ill person/family to publish their name.



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