Sacred Heart Church

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 19, 2019


Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35 "I give you a new commandment: love one another." With these words, Jesus sums up the law and the prophets in one concise phrase. Love one another. After 2,000 years, you'd think we'd have it figured out by now! But all too often we fail in this commandment. Perhaps we mistake "love" for mere "common decency." Perhaps we've been betrayed, or our own visions of love have been tarnished or misrepresented in our lives. Blessedly, Jesus doesn't leave us without a guide.

"As I have loved you, so you also should love one another." Jesus himself modeled what this love should look like. So what are some of the characteristics of the love of Christ? Humility, for one. St. Paul writes that Jesus "emptied Himself." In becoming man, Jesus puts aside the full splendor of the Godhead. Not only does he become human, but he takes on many of the mundane privations of human life. He spent most of his life in relative poverty-especially by our standards-as a common laborer. When he began gaining popularity as a preacher, he still traveled on foot and spent nights in other people's homes or outdoors.

Jesus' love is generous. He was always available to the crowds and to being interrupted by people in need. He invested time in his disciples and patiently taught them about the kingdom of God. The love of Jesus is also courageous. He encountered many people deemed less worthy of human respect, due to being public sinners or having a physical or mental disability. Jesus was brave in breaking these social boundaries to show care and concern to the outcast. These traits are possible for us to imitate! Indeed, we are hardly identifiable as Christians with them. "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
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"Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world's rejection. And every elderly person.......even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the 'culture of waste' suggests!"
- Pope Francis


Sacred Heart Parish will serve a Love Feast at Simpson Temple Saturday, May 25, 11-12:30. There is a sign up sheet in the vestibule for anyone who would like to volunteer to make a dessert or come and serve the luncheon. For more information, contact Judy Wahl at 944-3922. Thank you.


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.

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.


Thank you to Judith Rupert for her donation to the Angel Fund in memory of her husband, Gary Rupert.


Additional Easter Flower Donations. Mr. and Mrs. Louis DeAngelis

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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