Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Advent prepares us for Christmas. In the Order of
Celebrating Matrimony, the couple is directed to diligently
prepare for the celebration of their marriage. The couple
participates in diocesan sponsored marriage preparation
programs. Couples take the FOCCUS (Facilitating Open
Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) inventory;
this is reviewed with the priest or deacon celebrating
the marriage. Couples meet with the priest or deacon to
discuss the theology of matrimony. And a time is scheduled
to prepare the marriage celebration itself. Marriage is
a serious life vocation and invites serious preparation.
- 2016, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office
Children need families that will nurture
them, guard their innocence and develop
their personalities. In particular, all children
must find within their homes the
faith that enables them to know, love and
serve God in this world and be happy
with Him forever in the next. As long as
the traditional family remains in crisis, we will never sever
the power lines that supply the abortion mills. As long as
the faith remains dead in souls, we will never wipe out the
sexual immorality, which is the contaminated soil where
the abortion movement grows and flourishes.-
Sacred Heart Food Pantry
Our sincere thanks to everyone for the generous donation of food items and the monetary donations collected on Thanksgiving. Your generosity, financial support, and prayers throughout the year make this ministry possible. Our gratitude is also extended to Fr. Lubo, our volunteers and staff for their dedication. Thank you for putting into action our parish motto, “Let the Christ in me reach out to the Christ in others.”
Christmas Eve Gospel Story
Youth of the parish are invited to participate in acting out the Gospel Story at our 5:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve. There is a sign up sheet in the vestibule and additional information on the bulletin boards in church. The first rehearsal will be Friday, December 16, from 6-7:00 p.m.If you have any questions, please call Judy Wahl, 944-3922. Thank you.
Advent Penance Service
Our Advent Penance Service will be held this Thursday, December 15, at 5:30 p.m. In addition to Fr. Lubo there will be 3 additional priests available to help celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Next Sunday, December 18, we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the Noon Mass until 2:00 p.m. Please take an hour out of your busy day and sit in the presence of our Lord.
Following Exposition, we will begin decorating the church for Christmas. The flowers will be arriving around 2:10 p.m. We would appreciate your help. Thank you!
Pro-Life Christmas Cards
Celebrate the birth of Our Lord and the Giver of Life, and at the same time, help our fundraising efforts. Your purchase supports the pro-life work of the Blair County Chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life. Dorothy Compton will have a display of Christmas cards for sale after all of this weekend’s Masses in the vestibule of the church. Please be supportive. Thank you.
Christmas Oplatek (Wafer)
It is a custom in some countries (Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, etc.) to begin the Christmas meal by sharing a type of bread and exchanging a greeting of peace. Family members and friends break off a small piece of the oplatek and give it to one another along with a blessing. It serves as a reminder of the importance of Christmas, God, and family.
Packets of Christmas Wafers are available at the church entrances this weekend.
Calendar of Cash
We will be selling Calendar of Cash lottery tickets before and after Masses this weekend. Cost is $25 for the entire year. Payouts range from $25 to $500! Calendars may be purchased at the rectory business office during regular business hours or in the church. You may take calendars home with you and pay when you return the stubs. Thank you.
The flowers this weekend are in memory of Louis and Fran Prosperi from family, Lauri and Joe Hogan and Louis, Susan and Lauren Prosperi. Thank you.
In Your Prayers
Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Betsy Chilcote, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Denise Conrad, Mary Cost-low, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Phyllis DiTosti, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Mary Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Joe Peroni, Richard Picano, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling and Daniel O’Brien’s safe deployment.
In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.
To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekends bulletin. You must have the persons permission to print their name.