Sacred Heart Church

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 23, 2018


Jn 6:24-35 The Oscars. The Super Bowl. TV talent shows. Your son's Little League championship. We live in a culture set on competition. The desire to “be the best” goes beyond hobbies and into politics, the corporate world and parenting comparisons at the park. This desire is as old as the human race, and it surely arose in Jesus’ day. While Biblical society was significantly less open and upwardly mobile than our own, power was attractive. From what we know, many of Jesus’ disciples had come from lowly backgrounds. Now they followed a increasingly popular rabbi who seemed primed to do something big.

Jesus does his best to dissuade their high hopes by prophesying his own defeat. “The Son of Many is to be handed over and they will kill him.” Internalizing the message proves challenging for the disciples, and their attention remains fixed on earthly glory. “They discuss among themselves on the way who was the greatest.” True to style, Jesus flips their pretensions on their heads. “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.’”

We have heard these Biblical principles before. Do we believe them? In our professional lives, do we do whatever we can to get ahead, or are we concerned with the entire team succeeding? In the lives of our children, are we more concerned with victory or with building character? Jesus doesn’t condemn success, but he reframes it.”Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.’” Today’s Gospel is a reality check. In God’s eyes, our success will not be measured by worldly output alone but by how much love and service we offer to others in the process.
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We are created to depend upon one another and walk together in suffering. But when loved ones approach life's end, we may not know how to provide compassionate care. Surround your friend or family member with love, support, and companionship that are “anchored in unconditional respect for their human dignity, beginning with respect for the inherent value of their lives”.
- USCCB Respect Life

Christian Initiation

Inquiry classes are held every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the Formation Center next door to the church. (former school). Classes are generally fifty minutes of fun filled, faith filled, conversation on the Catholic Faith. Come meet the team for refreshments and snacks. There are no tests, no homework and no obligation. If learning about the Catholic Faith in a stress free setting is something you or your spouse may be considering, feel welcome to stop by any Sunday. Any question or concerns please call or text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076. Thanks. Hope to see you soon!


We presently have nine Small Faith Sharing Group Leaders for the first session of ARISE which will be from October 8 to November 7. Each small group will meet once a week. Sign up sheets are in the vestibule of the church.

Paula Imler's Group will meet on Sundays at 6:00 p.m., Kathy Ansman's Group, Monday at 1:00 p.m., Gabriella Rivera, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Cathy Keefe on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., Judy Wahl's Group on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Theresa Adams Group on Thursday at 12:00 Noon, Beth Berger on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m., Michele Liebal on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m., and Sandy Randazzo on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Groups are limited to 8-10 people.

Live The Liturgy

Humility is really a virtue that allows us to keep our relationships in proper order: God first, others second, and my-self third. Passions and impulses from within can color how we view our lives and distort them. Who among us does not struggle with jealousy, envy, pride and lust? Then when we can't have what we desire, we find ourselves angry, greedy and taking more than we deserve. The downward spiral continues. Even Jesus' disciples, who knew him better than most, argued about who was the greatest. Humbly seeking the wisdom that comes from God and his righteousness is the corrective we need in order to keep ourselves in check.

Liturgical Reflection

There are occasions and circumstances that sometimes make it impossible for the body to be present for the Funeral Mass. When extraordinary circumstances make cremation of a body the only feasible choice, pastoral sensitivity must be exercised by priests, deacons, and others who minister to the family of the deceased. Such circumstances are seen as exceptions to the general practice of the Church which is to have the body of the deceased present for the Vigil of the Deceased and the Funeral Mass
- 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

Blessings of Pets

There will be a Pet Blessing Service in the courtyard at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis had a profound love for all types of animals. The Blessing of Animals is meant to give indi-viduals with animals a chance to reflect on the positive connection they have to our physical and emotional health. All pets are welcome! Last year our pets included dogs, (large, very large, and small), cats, and a chicken!

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Mark Blackie, Denise Conrad, Betty Dalansky, Joan Donnelly, Louis Ferrucci, Cindy Lytle, and Cathy Selly.

If you would like to add a person to our prayer list or re-add a person, please call the rectory office. Remember, you must have permission of the ill person to publish their name. The names will be changed at the beginning of each month so that we are aware of who is currently ill. Thank you.



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