Sacred Heart Church

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


February 16, 2020

LIVE THE LITURGY

Salt of the earth People are not property. We cannot exchange them at will or simply use them for our own designs and purposes. What does the word "commitment" mean to you? We can begin to understand its meaning by looking at some synonyms: dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, and bond. Commitment is primarily about relationship, and Jesus is all about relationships. How our lives affect others, how we treat our brothers and sisters, how we resolve conflict, and how we view the vows of marriage. Jesus' teachings on obeying the commandments, murder,reconciliation, marriage, divorce, and adultery all stem from the sacredness of commitment. All of this has a God connection.

We can easily see one another as interchangeable and dispensable. We treat so much of our lives this way. What works today may not be what I want tomorrow. We search and search for the right thing only to find our hearts still restless in the end. Is real happiness achievable this side of the grave? Sometimes we expect too much out of others and want our relationships to fill a hole that we must figure out how to fill ourselves. Any seasoned married couple will tell you that their love for one another changes as time passes. Even though the understanding of romance changes as life changes, the dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, and fidelity all remain and even deepen.

Some relationships can be hurtful, and God does not want us to live with abuse or pain. Also, how a relationship develops is sometimes out of our control, and we become the victim of someone else's decision. But we can't be self-focused in our relationships and see them exclusively as self-fulfilling ends. We are companions on life's journey with varying depths of relationships being enjoyed by all who are with us along the way. We have the freedom to choose. God asks us to do so wisely, with right judgment and thinking.
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PRO-LIFE CORNER

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ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

Ash Wednesday Schedule. Sacred Heart will have Masses on Ash Wednesday, February 26, at 7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. Saint Mary's will have Mass at 7:00 p.m.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday (including Good Friday) at Sacred Heart at 5:30 p.m. Saint Mary's will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. followed by evening Mass. (There will be no evening Mass on March 27 due to Sacred Heart Novena).

NOVENA

Sacred Heart Church will celebrate the Annual Novena in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus from March 23 to March 31 with additional confessions before each 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. weekday Masses. Confessions will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass time.

LITURGICAL MINISTERS

Sacred Heart Liturgical Ministers (Altar Servers, Lectors, Communion Ministers), schedule requests/dates of unavailability for the spring schedules (March 1 thru May 31) need to be submitted no later than February 9. These may be sent to pvdorman@gamil.com, dropped off at the rectory or placed in the collection basket. Novena sign-up sheets will be posted at a later date. Thank you.

BECOMING CATHOLIC

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).

REGISTRATION OF PARISHIONERS

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

Stewardship is not an effort through our time, talent and money to create a relationship with God. It is our response to God with our time, talent and money. It is our relationship with him that already exists through his Son, Jesus Christ. Christian stewards strive to be people of integrity. They practice their God-given gift of free will to choose right over wrong, good over evil. Christian stewardship involves more than just the gift we bring to the altar. Today’s readings say clearly that it is fidelity to God’s law that makes our offering acceptable.

THANK YOU

We thank Fran Balestino for her donation to Sacred Heart Angel Fund in memory of her husband, Jim Balestino.

In Your Prayers

Please remember the health intention of Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Elizabeth Hasan, Phyllis Hauser, Cindy Lytle, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Cierria Naglowsky, Maureen O'Rorke, 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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