Sacred Heart Church

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Jn 6:24-35 In 1 Samuel, God advises the prophet Samuel not to observe as men see but as God sees. He tells him to "look to the heart." This is the movement of this Sunday's Gospel reading. "Beware the scribes," Jesus advises. He points out their public greetings and "seats of honor," which stands in sharp contrast to their private greed. For the Jewish people of Jesus' day, honor resides at the top. Power and prestige created a high profile back then as it still does today. After his warning, Jesus turns his disciples' attention elsewhere: a poor widow. "She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had." While the scribes donated large sums to the temple, they did so "from their surplus wealth." This woman -- in her faith and devotion -- offers "her whole livelihood." Jesus invited his disciples to see with God's eyes, to recognize a holy life in people the world overlooks. Here -- in the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized. Today's Gospel begs a few questions. What do we see? Whom do we value? Are we impressed by the pomp and circumstance of modern day Pharisees? Do we ignore their self-righteousness because it looks impressive, even seems somewhat helpful? The point isn't to judge the scribes, of course. God can see their hearts as well, and those assessments are firmly his responsibility. The point is to turn our eyes from the typically honored to the rarely respected. Are we disinterested in the poverty of the modern day widows? Do we ignore their faith because we forget to look for it? This Sunday, consider the widows in your own life. Who can you see with God's eyes?
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"We must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness and give life is to open our hearts, and to care for life is to give oneself in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in our hearts for others. Caring for life from beginning to end. Care for life."
- Pope Francis

Confirmation Session

Sacred Heart 11th grade students with their Confirmation Sponsors from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. next Sunday, November 18 in the Formation Center. Bishop Guilfoyle 11th grade students and their sponsors need to attend this session as well.

Sacred Heart and Saint Mary Choir Members

Since we will be hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 20th, we will be having choir rehearsal on Monday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart. All current and former members are encouraged to attend. Also, we welcome any members of the St. Mary Choir who would like to join us. You are more than welcome. Any questions please contact Pat Dorman at 934-4770 or email at Patrick Dorman


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.


Do you know of a friend, neighbor or family member that might be interested in becoming Catholic? Has your non-Catholic spouse been attending Mass regularly with you? Could this be the year he or she would like to become Catholic? Do you know of any non-practicing Catholics that would like to return to the Faith? If so, please invite them to call the Sacred Heart rectory office at 943-8553 or Mike Kelleher (Sacred Heart Director of Christian Initiation) at 934-4076 for more information. For Saint Mary's Christian Initiation, contact Jim Mock at 650-7250, Joe Varner at 650-4124 or Jim Woomer at 946-0439. Thank you

Stewardship Reflections

The poor widow shows us the way to give to others from what we have stored for our own needs. May your giving of your time, talent, and treasure reflect your love and deep gratitude for what God has placed before you.

Liturgical Reflection

Since in baptism the body was marked with the seal of the Trinity and became the temple of the Holy Spirit, Christians respect and honor the bodies of the dead and the places where they rest. Created in the image and likeness of God, Catholics strongly believe in the sacredness of the human body. For the final disposition of the body, it is the ancient Christian custom to bury or entomb the bodies of the dead. While cremation is permitted, the ashes of the deceased believer are to be buried or entombed like the body.
- 2018, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office

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 Skelly.

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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