Sacred Heart Church

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

January 19, 2020


Baptism of the Lord On the cusp of fame, power, or influence, would you turn it down? Today's Gospel again features John the Baptist. Controversial but popular, John has gathered quite a group of followers. He has disciples. People come from near and far to be baptized by him. Pharisees and government leaders are drawn to his preaching. If John was another man, a lesser man, he would have claimed his own greatness. Instead, John the Baptist is a witness to humility.

"The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Behold the Lamb of God...he is the one of whom I said, "A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me."....the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known.'" Rather than point to himself, John points to Christ. John could have grasped at what he had accumulated. He could have seen Jesus as a messianic competitor. Instead, John knows who he is. He knows his place as forerunner. Because John knows who Jesus is. I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.

A life of humility, a life for others, can be challenging to live. So much of our culture is built around achievement and individualism. We can justify it, too, in pursuit of greater goods and higher ideals. In the process, however, we might miss our own participation in the kingdom of God. John, for all of his humility, was not an afterthought. In another Gospel passage, Jesus calls him the greatest prophet, even the greatest of men. Why? Because he fulfills the mission given to him by God: to announce the coming of the Messiah. We too are prophets and forerunners. Our witness to the Gospel is meant to point people to Jesus. Consider you own mission this week. To whom are you called announce the good news of the Son of God?
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The value of life has not changed, our culture has. We must turn from being a culture of death to one that values life. When life is not valued inside the womb, it will not be valued outside the womb. The violence on our streets and in the cities are proof of that statement
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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 , dropped off at the rectory or placed in the collection basket. Novena sign-up sheets will be posted at a later date. Thank you.

Annual March for Life

Annual March for Life will be held in Washington, DC on Friday, January 24th. On Tuesday, January 22, all dioceses in the United States of America are observing a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. January 22 is the day of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade (1973) , the Church in America prays for the violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee to the right to life.

March for Life bus trip. Buses will be leaving Altoona area at 7:00 a.m. on January 24 and should return to this area about 9:30 p.m. The cost will be $15 per person, $10 for students. It is requested that you bring your lunch and enough money to cover the cost of supper. For reservations, call Patricia Forr at 946-0681


Sacred Heart End of Year Donation Statements Donation statements will automatically be mailed to those parishioners who have requested them in prior years. If you are new to the parish or have never requested a statement in the past, please call the rectory at 943-8553. If you are a member of St. Mary's Church, please call 942-2416 for a computerized statement of your donations. The parish cannot track cash contributions that are not in an envelope with your name. If you do not presently receive collection envelopes and you would like to, please call the appropriate rectory.

If you are a member of St. Mary's Church, please call 942-2416 for a computerized statement of your donations. The parish cannot track cash contributions that are not in an envelope with your name. If you do not presently receive collection envelopes and you would like to, please call the appropriate rectory.


The visiting priest next weekend will be Rev. Edward Aigner. He will celebrate Mass and preach the homily at all the weekend Masses at Sacred Heart and Saint Mary's. He will be representing Cross Catholic Outreach. Rev. Aigner is the cousin of Sacred Heart parishioner, Dr. William Aigner.


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. Ubaptized 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).


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

Do nothing out of selfishness; rather, humbly regard others as more important than your-selves. Pride and ego are hard things to control. We see how others act or dress and think we are superior to them. We idolize our own self-image. But if we truly believe every-thing is a gift from God, we recognize all the people that God has put in our lives as gifts! Pray every day for the people in your life.

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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