Sacred Heart Church

Sunday of Divine Mercy

April 28, 2019


The Resurrection of the Lord He has you in mind. Do we think about that much? The God of the universe has us in mind, individually as persons and together as one human family. We hear this truth in today's Gospel story of Thomas. His doubt is likely familiar to us by now. "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Jesus is God. He could have risen any way he wanted. He could have risen perfectly healed, as a further sign of his power over death and suffering. But when Thomas encounters him, we see what Jesus chose. "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." In resurrecting his body, Jesus already has Thomas in mind. Jesus retains his wounds for Thomas, for the disciples, and for all who would doubt the sacrificial power of love. This intentional love of Jesus is echoed by John and his disciples, who authored this Gospel. "Jesus did many other signs...these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ...and that through this belief you may have life in his name." From its earliest beginnings, the Church knew the power of sign and story. When they wrote the Gospels, they had us in mind. We are all Thomas from time to time. We need to see the mercy of God lived and real in our lives. This can happen throughout the circumstances of our daily comings and goings. It can also happen through meditating on the Scripture, through placing ourselves in the stories and listening to God's voice speaking. We don't get to see what the disciples got to see, but we know through them, that God always has us in mind. As he reminds the disciples, "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
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Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.
- St. John Paul II, Evangelium vitae

Easter Vigil Sacraments

It is with great pride and joy that the Sacred Heart and St. Mary Faith Communities congratulate Sarah Arpino, Kyleigh Davis and Samantha Brandt who received sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Sarah came into Full Communion with the Catholic Church and received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Kyleigh received her Confirmation and Samantha received her First Eucharist. We ask you to keep these individuals in your prayers as they continue on their faith journey strengthened by the Sacraments


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.

Families and the Gospel

Millions of Christians around the world celebrate the Resurrection today. It all began simply on the first Easter with one person telling another: "Mary told Peter" and "they believed." Faith is passed on, one person to another; parents are the most effective persons to pass faith to their children.

Sacred Heart Spring Cleanup!

Volunteers are needed with the Spring Cleanup of Sacred Heart's gardens. Meet in front of the rectory on Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. Please bring your rakes, shovels, gloves, etc. and any other equipment you might need. Once again, we thank Bernice and Dick Cellini and Diana Hite for organizing the cleanup and keeping our flower beds so beautiful!

Everyday Stewardship

The Lord calls us to love God and to love our neighbor. Every day we are presented with opportunities to love our neighbor and help him “carry his cross”. These opportunities aren’t usually big events. They are usually occurrences like helping someone carry their groceries or holding the door open for someone. The key is putting the other per-son’s needs before your own and not expecting anything in return.

Liturgical Reflection

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will gather on Monday of Holy Week, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass. Bishop will bless the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and Sacred Chrism. These consecrated oils will be used for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick; also, new altars will be consecrated with Sacred Chrism. Each parish will take a portion of the three oils back to the parish for use in the appropriate liturgical celebrations. The entire diocesan family is invited to participate in the annual Liturgy.
- Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist, 1993 2019, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Honoring Our Graduates

On Saturday, May 11, St. Mary's Parish Life Committee will be honoring our 2019 high school and college graduates at the 4:00 p.m. Mass followed by a parish family covered dish dinner in the Memorial Hall Cafeteria. As always, there is no cost to attend this special celebration. Registration forms are by the entrance doors.

Sacred Heart Parish Pastoral Council Nominations

According to Article V in our Parish Council By-Laws, it is time for Nomination of new candidates for membership on Parish Pastoral Council. Please take your time to pray and to consider your personal nomination or nomination of your relative or friend, who can be a great asset for our parish serving in that capacity. You need to be aware that the nominated lay person has to be fully initiated (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) member of our parish in good standing.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers, the health intention of Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Lois Duncan, Fran Fulare, Charles McGrain, Christopher Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Tina Ruffing, and Susan Sakerak.

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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