Sacred Heart Church

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 11, 2021


He is Risen What a wonderful joy fills us today as we ponder the inexhaustible mercy of God. "Mercy is the heart of God," Pope Francis tells us. The image of a heart has been used to point to the very life source of a person as it is the organ that allows life to flow through our veins and sustain us. Mercy is the heart of God. Imagine this dynamic, powerful, compassionate, piercing, embracing, loving, propelling, penetrating, absorbing, and enveloping, transforming presence of God flowing into the very depth of our souls. It is God's mercy that allows blood to flow through our veins. It is God's mercy that forms every atom of our being and leads us to what is true. God's mercy reveals all superficiality and falsehood, and lays bare all distortions, empty promises, weakness, and sin.

"Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope," Pope Francis continues. God's all-forgiving, compassionate love is with us. When we finally believe and accept that Christ's resurrected transfigured presence resides with us. We then find within us a strong confidence to accept life's imperfections and disappointments and move on. Every day is a new adventure in new life. God leaves the past behind and opens doors to the future. It doesn't matter how many mistakes we made yesterday. All that matters is what we do tomorrow and what we learn along the way. It is so easy to remain tethered and mired in the past, but there is no need to do so. God is all about tomorrow and the work God has yet to do in our lives.

Mercy gives birth to hope. Hope for the greatest of sinners and hope for the worst of disasters. There is nothing God cannot do and nothing God cannot fashion. After all, everything we know and treasure was once nothing, and look what God did with the nothing God had! The resurrected Christ stands before us with nail marks in his wrists and wounds on his body as a testament that not even injustice, suffering, and death can trample over and destroy God's mercy. What have we to fear? Why do we keep ourselves from peace? Our lack of faith prevents us from going forward and fully receiving the holiness God desires to breathe upon us. Breathe in God's mercy, allow the wind of God's presence to kiss and caress all of your fears. Exhale peace
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Many times truth and justice are compromised by the desire to avoid offending anyone! This applies to those of us who may be afraid to speak the truth about abortion. Let us pray for God's courage to always speak the truth in defending the culture of life.
- Archbishop Charles Chaput


Bishop Mark Bartchak will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our 11th grade students on Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Practice for 11th grade Candidates and Sponsors will be on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church


The Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays in the Sacred Heart Formation Center from 10:00 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. As always, we welcome parishioners from both Sacred Heart and Saint Mary.

Memorial Donations to Sacred Heart Church

We thank Fran Balestino for her donation to the Angel Fund in memory of Jim Balestino and Greg Robinette.

Stewardship Reflections

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us come together and consider our stewardship of the mercy that our Heavenly Father has extended to us. It is said that we cannot give what we have not first received, so the first thing we disciples must do is slow down and take time to receive God's mercy. We can do this primarily through prayer and reconciliation. Let Him fill you up! Then, in an effort to cooperate with God’s plan, we must go out and share the mercy we have received. In the Diary of Saint Faustina, Jesus said, "Take these graces not only for yourself but also for others. Extend mercy to those neighbors who have wronged you. Extend mercy to the complete strangers who might upset you in your daily routine Extend mercy to those throughout the world who struggle with sin. Do not be a hoarder of God's mercy, instead, in love and humility, spread mercy everywhere it is needed."
Stewardship: A Disciple's Response, USCCB, 1992


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, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Ed Daniele, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Donald and Shirley McIntyre, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Bev Mueller, Maureen O’Rorke, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Christoper Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine, Laura Sny-der, Peggy Stauffer, and Ken Tromm.

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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