Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 30, 2017
The road to Emmaus. When Jesus comes upon those walking
on the road, he asks them what they are talking about.
How often are we too eager to just start talking at people
when we feel they need to hear what we have to say? Jesus
offers an invitation for them to share first. Allowing them to
share first opens them up for what Jesus will do next. Jesus
takes time to interpret for them the words of the prophets.
He gave them their turn and now it is his. Not only wise, but
a movement of respect. After a long walk, they invite Jesus
to stay with them and dine. Finally, Jesus breaks bread with
them and they are able to see that he is no ordinary traveler.
He is the risen One. He could have just told them who he
was, but allowing them by their experience to uncover who
he was had the greater impact.
Jesus demonstrated how to be gracious and impactful when sharing the good news. If we are to be good stewards and fruitful disciples then we must imitate him in this regard. 1) Allow others first to share what they have to say. 2) Then be willing to take the time to explain fully or to the best of our ability our faith. And 3) help others find a way to experience firsthand the message you have shared. No one can understand love without witnessing love. In this way, your words and deeds will become a pathway to Jesus for others.
- Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
The law is not the only means of protecting life, but it plays a key and often decisive role in affecting both human behavior and thinking. Those called to civil leadership, as Saint John Paul II reminded us, “have a duty to
make courageous choices in support of life, especially through legislative measures.” This is a responsibility that cannot be put aside, “especially when he or she has a legislative or decision-making mandate, which calls that person to answer to God, to his or her own conscience and to the whole of society for choices which may be contrary to the common good.”
- The Gospel of Life, no. 90
It is with great joy that we welcomed three new members to our Sacred Heart faith community at the Easter Vigil. Matthew McDonald (Sponsor, Rebecca Milliron) already one with us in baptism, received his Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Amanda Lynam (sponsor, Linda Skelley) and Tyler Davis (sponsor, Jenna Yahner) received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. We ask that you keep these individuals in your prayers this Easter season as they begin and celebrate their newness of life in Christ.
Religious Education-Catholic School News
First Holy Communion students: There will be music practice for First Communion students (this includes Catholic School) today, April 23 and next Sunday, April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. in the Formation Center.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Prince Gallitzin Court #2625 will be collecting baby supplies to be donated to Catholic Charities and other agencies. The box will be in the vestibule of the church from April 23rd until May 14. Thank you for your generosity.
EASTER—THE FIFTY DAYS
As Easter Sunday was celebrated, so are the seven Sundays that follow, concluding with Pentecost Sunday on June 4. The fifty days celebrate the mystery of the Christian Passover, the new life of God’s Spirit, introduced in the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. The Easter Season is intrinsically related to the celebration of the Paschal Triduum. For fifty days Christians liturgically celebrate the saving mysteries of Christ’s redemption.
Catholic Ministries Drive
The diocesan annual campaign, formerly known as the Annual Catholic Appeal has been improved upon to make a greater impact than before. The new “Catholic Ministries Drive” will provide 100% of revenue for a specific group of vital ministries. The Fund no longer will support core administrative offices of the diocese. During the first week of May, you will receive a diocesan mailing further explaining the new Catholic Ministries Drive.
Angel Fund Thank You
We thank Deb Picano and friends for the generous donation to the Angel Fund in memory of her husband, Richard Picano.
We also thank Susan and Tom Haught for their donation to the Angel Fund in memory of Matt Pielmeier and also their donation to Sacred Heart in memory of Wendy Lafferty.
Easter Flower Memorials
Ted and Marcella Adams in memory of Francis Paul Adams and Marjory Kelly
Jill Hammer in memory of Brian and James F. Hammer and Diantoniis Families and Hammer Families.
LIVE THE LITURGY
Breathing is necessary for living. Without air and the ability to breathe, we would die. It is no wonder then that Jesus breathed on the disciples and gave them the Holy Spirit. As our physical breath is essential to physically live, the Holy Spirit is essential to personally and socially live. Jesus shows his friends that God is with them, sustaining them with his gifts and providing them with the fullness of life and love. We take God’s role in our lives for granted and we give ourselves more credit than we ought. Much of what we treasure and accomplish every day is due to God’s inner presence moving and acting within us calling us to new life.
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, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy,Virginia Kimberly, 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 Par-son, Joe Peroni, 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 weekends bulletin. You must have the persons permission to print their name.