Sacred Heart Church

3rd Sunday In Ordinary Time

January 23, 2022


Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Human history reveals many periods where people lost a sense of God's transcendence. It may even be argued that human beings have been wandering and lost more than they have been at home and focused. Human nature being what it is, we struggle with who God really is — the God of our salvation history or the "gods" of human constructs. Relying on our own designs and pursuits, we forget that we really are meant to listen to One upon whom the Spirit of the Lord rests, Jesus Christ, and not to ourselves. That same history that reveals our fickleness and infidelity also reveals God's constancy and faithfulness. God always finds us.

As people wander and fumble to find their way, God is there bringing them back to holiness and giving them the assurance of His presence. We have to allow God's Word, God's life, to touch us and change us. It can make us more flexible and attentive to the sacred in all facets of life so that every day is one that is holy. Every day is a time when fulfillment is possible for one's soul. Jesus stood before those gathered in the synagogue as the fulfillment of words of promise that were echoed long ago. God doesn't forget. He always comes for us.

Now it is time to remember to go to God. Sometimes our lives are so confused and tangled that it is difficult to see the Word and hand of God. But when we realize, deep within, the depth of friendship God offers to us it really has the power to turn sadness into joy. The promise is fulfilled. Going frequently to God's Word, allowing ourselves to be enriched and rejuvenated, and pondering the certainly of God's fidelity and promise permanently transforms us. We will be more aware of the sacred and the holy and less invested in things that pull us away.
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"Give us the grace - When the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, to stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life."
- St. John Paul II


Today's gospel says Jesus chased the merchants out of the temple, it doesn't say He was angry. Jesus teaches us to act from conviction and not from anger. He didn't condemn the merchants, only their business practice. Attack the behavior and not the person.
Bud Ozar

Stewardship Reflections

At first glance, we can often find the image of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and the Christ Child intimidating - who are we to aspire to that level of discipleship? How could we ever hope to conform ourselves to that mold? Sometimes, it can even be painful - perhaps we hail from a broken family or struggle with a broken relationship within our family, or perhaps we long to be a mother or a father ourselves, and that state in life has eluded us

But the image of the Holy Family is, in reality, a beautiful invitation to us all, no matter our vocation or our state in life, and the example of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are rich with the symbol-ism of stewardship.

You need not be a biological mother who has carried a child in her womb to be a mother in spirit. Who in your world needs you to love them with the heart of a mother?

The same goes for fatherhood. The Church and the world are crying out for the courageous witness of Christian men like St. Joseph. Who can you love with the steadfast, selfless protection of a father?

Who in your life needs you to love them with the faithful, unconditional love of a son? Who needs your gentle and constant love as a daughter?

We are the Body of Christ, friends. Those of us rejoicing in heaven, those of us suffering in purgatory, and those of us struggling here on earth. We are the great family. Let us love each other well.
- Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


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 Church, please call 942-2416 for a computerized statement of your donation. 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.

*Catholic Ministry Drive donations are recorded at the diocesan office and they will provide you with a receipt.


Calling all past, present and those who would like to become new Altar Servers at Sacred Heart. Join us for one of two training sessions to be held at 4:00p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2022 OR 4:00p.m. on Sunday, February 6, 2022. During the one hour training session; we will review terminology, responsibilities and rehearse actions. Parents are asked to attend in order to receive scheduling information, while the youth are fitted for cassocks. Looking forward to see-ing you there!


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, Dan Bauer, John Belin, Glenn Benner, Tommy Cheslock, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, John Delin, Paula Diedrich, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Willis Edevane, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Alva Herman, Ralph Hidebrand, Diane Horton, Paulette Johns, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Sue Koehle, Lori Krug, John Leshene, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Barbara Mat-tren, Charles McGrain, Bev Mueller, Kevin O'Rourke, Bill Orr, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Sarah Rihnovich, Brian Sherbin, Hank Sherbin, Laura Snyder, Peggy Stauffer, Alice Thiec, 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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