Sacred Heart Church

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Joh 6:51-58n Today is all about transformation. The bread and wine is transformed into the body and blood of Christ and we, by partaking in the Eucharist, are also transformed into the body and blood of Christ. St. Augustine issued a wise instruction regarding the Eucharist: “Become what you eat.” This is the real challenge of every Eucharistic celebration. Will we allow God to transform us into his Son so that the hope, love, healing. Comfort, and mercy he embodies can be brought to our world through us? As Jesus feeds us, how can we feed others?


Embryonic stem cell research has been held out by the media and others as the miracle cure to suffering of handicapped people who desperately seek consolation and some hope. The tragedy is that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support this conclusion. No approved treatments have been obtained using embryonic stem cells. No human trials are being done. After 20 years of research, embryonic stem cells are not being used to treat people. Adult stem cells have proven themselves time and again. These cells can be obtained without killing human life. They are practical and ethical, typically drawn from the bone marrow of patients.
- Pro Life Articles

Vacation Bible School Shoe Boxes Needed!

“Mighty Fortress, In Jesus, the Victory is Won!” If you have empty cardboard shoe boxes that you don’t need, please donate them to Sacred Heart for our Bible School project! (60 of them!) You may drop them off at the rectory office during regular office hours or leave them under the table in the vestibule of the church. Vacation Bible School begins August 7 thru August 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., for students 5 to 12 years old. God promises to be our rock and our salvation-our fortress and sure defense!

Registration forms are available in the back of the church.

Tenth and Eleventh Grade High School Students

Many of you still need service hours for Confirmation Process (2016-2017). We are allowing Vacation Bible School “Mighty Fortress” to be used as a make-up opportunity for service hours. Please contact Judy Wahl, 944-3922. Thank you.

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls 19 days after Pentecost. This year, on Friday, June 23rd. The devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practiced and well known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ’s physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity. This devotion can be traced back to at least the 11th century. We will have Mass on Friday at 7:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Pray Before the Fatima Statue

During the Year of Fatima, you may gain special indulgences. Pray the Creed, the Our Father and the Hail Mary for the Holy Father’s intentions. Also, within 8 days receive the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion. Each Wednesday, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., we will have the Fatima Statue here at Sacred Heart. After the Pro -Life Rosary, we will pray for the Pope’s intentions as listed above and be eligible for the special indulgences. Pray for Religious Vocations!

Faith Day at DelGrosso’s 2017

Come, join Catholics from across the Diocese to celebrate our faith and enjoy a day of great rides, slides and the water-park! Or just come for Mass and enjoy America’s best amusement park food. Sunday, July 2. Highlights of the day include Liturgy at 3:00 p.m. with Bishop Mark; a picnic in the diocesan pavilion at 5:00 p.m. All day Fun Passes are available for a reduced price of $20 (a $29.95 value) with a diocesan Faith Day voucher! $3 of each pass purchased will be donated back to the Angel Fund for Camp Zacchaeus and Camp Timothy. Meal tickets are also available for a Picnic in Pavilion #2 at 5:00 p.m. Discount Fun Passes are avail-able at the rectory office.

Faith Day Dessert Contest!

Do you have that special dessert that you are known for? The one that everyone asks you to bring to parties, potlucks and special events? Then YOU need to enter it in our Faith Day Dessert Contest. Who is eligible? Anyone who can create that special dessert to impress our panel of judges! What can I make? Any dessert-pies, cakes, cookies, cup-cakes, whatever is your specialty! All those entering a dessert must complete a registration form and return it to the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office no later than June 26th.

For more information call Francine Swope at 317-2646. Winners must be present during the contest to win.

Diocesan Summer Camp Opportunities 2017

Registrations for our diocesan summer camps, Camp Zacchaeus (Grades 4-9) are being accepted. Camp “Z” offers young people an opportunity to supercharge their faith in a wonderful outdoor setting of faith, fun, and friendship. Angel Fund Scholarships are available through the diocese of help offset the cost of camp for any family who is eligible. Scholarship forms are available through the Youth Ministry Office. Dates for Camp Z are Week 1, July 16-21 and Week 2-July 23-28. For more information or an application, con-tact Francine Swope in the Youth Ministry Office 317-2646.

Vacation Bible School

We are currently recruiting volunteers and teachers for our Vacation Bible School, “Mighty Fortress”, scheduled for August 7 thru 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please call Judy Wahl at 944-3922 if you are available to help.

Registration forms for children are in the back of the church. Deadline to register is July 30th

Altoona Curve Baseball Game

Tickets are available to the Altoona Curve vs. Bowie Baysox game on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free to registered members and $10 for non-members. Please stop by the rectory office or call. Thanks to Denny Greiner for making the arrangements for us.

Altar Flowers

We thank Debra Picano for donating the flowers this weekend in memory of Paul Tomassetti, Frank Picano and Richard Picano.

In Your Prayers

Marcella Adams, Francis Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Ann Bauer, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Ron Clawson and family, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Jody Himes, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Virginia Kimberly, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Richard Lauer, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Linda Rineheimer, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling, and Daniel O’Brien’s and Jacob Prendergast’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 weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.



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