Sacred Heart Church

First Sunday of Advent


November 27, 2022

LIVE THE LITURGY

Prodigal Son

We can embrace and relish each moment of our lives as a sacred sacrament or nonchalantly and robotically attend to what life presents. We have our feet in two worlds. One is holy and sacred, and the other is profane and secular. Which one has the greater claim on us? To what do we devote most of our energy? We can easily be consumed with the particular demands and essentials of daily life: family, work, obligations, and the like, and we don't really notice anything more than what is right before us. We become masters at doing and neglect our need to savor. Jesus reminds his friends that "as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away."

While certain things require our daily attention, we cannot become so consumed with them that we fail to see the larger picture of what is coming. For the Chris-tian, Advent is the time to pause, reflect, and savor. It is a time to see life as a sacrament of the moment and not just an investment in secular interests, pleasures, and personal obligations. It is easy to get distracted, lazy, preoccupied, and tired. Apathy can quickly wreak havoc on the most dedicated of souls. Whatever we can do this Advent season to be more attentive, focused, alert, and watchful will serve us well. It will make us eager and well-prepared to meet our Lord when he comes. It is for certain that he will come.

Who made me? What is my purpose? What will happen to me when I die? These are pivotal questions that, in life's busyness, we hardly find time to ask and answer. They define who we are, and the answers we provide serve as guideposts and anchors in the seas of our lives. Advent is the perfect time to make friends with our souls. It is a time to perk ourselves up, open our eyes, ears, and hearts and seek God's presence in the simple moments of our lives. God is with us. Ask God to grant you a deeper appreciation for His presence and the gift of attentiveness
Liturgical Publications, Inc

PRO-LIFE CORNER

What it is coming down to is who runs the country. It's us against them. It’s the good guys versus the bad guys. It's the God-fearing people against the pagans, and some of the pagans are going to church. How can one be a supporter of abortion when abortion is the rejection of God's gift of life?
- Bernard Nathanson

CHRISTMAS EVE GOSPEL

Youth of the parish are invited to participate in acting out the Gospel Story at 5:30 Mass on Christmas Eve. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available in the church vestibule. Tentative practice dates are December 16 & 21 in Sacred Heart Church from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Please contact Judy Wahl, 814-944-3922, for more information

SACRED HEART YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT

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During Advent we will be collecting food donations for our Sacred Heart Food Pantry: Beginning the weekend of November 19/20 and continuing through December 18, donation boxes will be in the Sacred Heart Formation Center Building & the Church Vestibule. A list of needed food items will be posted on bulletin boards in the church and made available to students & families. We thank you for your help & generosity. Please contact Judy Wahl, at 814-944-3922, for more information.

SACRED HEART FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE

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Beginning the weekend of November 26 and 27, you are invited to bring an ornament to place on the Sacred Heart Family Christmas Tree. The tree will be located near the cantor stand and you will be responsible for placing the ornament on the tree and removing it after Christmas. As a family, create a homemade ornament, purchase one that has special meaning for you, or as a memorial to your loved ones. The intent is to display it as an ornament that represents your family. Feel free to place your family name or family member's name on the ornament. Start a tradition, and share your family with our Sacred Heart Family!

BAMBINELLI BLESSING

Held the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's will have the Traditional Bambinelli Blessing of the baby Jesus from your home family crèche on Sunday, December 11 during the 8:00 AM Mass and 10:00 a.m. Mass. The children who bring the statue of the Infant Jesus from their home Nativity Scene to church on Sunday, December 11 will enter in procession with Father Lubo who will give this blessing prior to the Mass and bless the images of the Christ Child with Holy Water. They will then return to the pews to sit with their family.

A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE

In today's gospel, Jesus advises: "Stay awake, watch out, and pray for the strength to hold your ground" when "fearful and bewildering signs" appear threatening your family. Resist being "fearful;" fear cripples! Instead "pray for the strength" to be courageous
Bud Ozar

Everyday Stewardship Reflections

When you think of a king, who is the first person to pop into your head? It may depend on how much history you know, or which historical period intrigues you the most. As Americans, the first person we might think of is King George III, whose reign has become synonymous in our national lore with the concept of tyranny.

We don't have much familiarity with kingship in modern American society. Kings tend to make us uneasy. Presidents, on the other hand - we can handle those, because we know we are a president's boss. No matter how much power he has, we are the electorate. We are the source of that power. We’re comfortable with this arrangement.

But with kings, it is profoundly different. Traditionally, the king derives his power from God. His rule bridges humanity with the divine. We should reflect carefully on whether or not we have made Jesus Christ king in our hearts, or whether we regard him as a president. The difference isn't just one of the titles, it's one of the roles. Subjects do not demand anything of a king. They beseech. They entreat. They submit, and they accept.

Do we demand Christ, or do we beseech? Do we tolerate God's edicts with grumbling, or do we embrace His word as the means of our reconciliation with Him? The "good thief" treated Christ as a king. His counterpart treated him as a president. And it's worth remembering that Jesus Christ is not the President of the Universe.
- (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2019/8/1

Prayer Requests

Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Dan Bauer, John Belin, Damian Branas, Vince Bumann, Jack Chilcote, Karen Claar, Carol Clemens, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, William Costlow, Bob Decker, John Delin, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Ruth Ann Frederick, Herman Frederick, Shane Gladfelter, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Ralph Hildebrand, Lucy Horton, Austin Judy, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Sue Koehle, John Leshene, Janet Lego, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Ed McConnell, Chad McDowell, Charles McGrain, Bev Mueller, Bonnie Neal, Kevin O'Rourke, Bill Orr, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Alice Pielmeier, Sarah Rihno-vich, Patti Robinson, Brian Sherbin, Hank Sherbin, Laura Snyder, Cheryl Swain, Margo Wascher.

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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