Sacred Heart Church

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 6, 2021


He is Risen As our world faces so much turmoil and change, it is now more important than ever to remember who God is, who we are and where we are going. It is easy to get distracted and lose focus, especially when we are being pulled in so many directions. We can not only lose sight of God, but one another.

There is so much brokenness and pain in our world. Many people are lost, feeling lonely, anxious, marginalized, victimized, isolated, oppressed, and abused. Every time we receive the Body of Christ, we have an opportunity to become what we eat. The poser and presence of Christ in the Eucharist become present in us and effects change in ourselves and in the lives of those we meet. We are given the grace to become temples of justice and peace, carrying God's sacred Presence within us wherever we go. Our faith community is ignited with the fire of God's love and stands out as a beacon of hope in a world that is lost. This is the only way we can discover peace-filled resolutions to violence and create innovative solutions to what is fueling its need in the first place. True happiness, for the young and old alike, becomes an obtainable goal.

St. John Maria Vianney says it so well. "There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, he would have given it to us." Only the Eucharist has the ability to connect, sustain, strengthen, and properly orient us, not only on the road of this life but the road to life eternal. Knowing this, when life gets challenging, unsettling, and difficult, we can rely on and cling to this gift we have in the Real Presence of Christ. This actual encounter with God celebrates God's unconditional love for us and grounds us to the truth of who we are in a way nothing else is able to do. Because through the Eucharist we really do become the Body of Christ, we are also bonded together in a most perfect way to one another as that Body. Nourished, united, and strengthened by the Eucharist, let us individually and collectively, bring this wonderful gift to all we meet, especially the poor with whom we have a special connection.
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Jesus commanded us to love the least, not abandon them to destruction. We must stop aborting babies.

Secretary Retiring!

"In late Spring of 1992, Very Rev. Stan Carson, VG, was transferred to Sacred Heart Church. (he was not a Monsignor then.) In September 1992 he advertised for a Receptionist/Bookkeeper/ Secretary for the rectory and I was hired. Jane Kiser was hired as the secretary for the school and we became good friends. Every morning she provided me with coffee and pretzels! This year makes 29 years I have been employed at Sacred Heart. I have been so blessed to have met so very many kind and friendly parishioners and I appreciate all of you. You have helped me when I needed help and I hope that I have been there for you when you needed help. Wednesday, June 30 will be my last day."

May God bless you all.
Paulette Johns

Stewardship Reflections

Jesus the perfect Steward, gave thanks, just before He gave Himself up for our salvation. He offers us the same chance to drink from His cup. In the bread and wine, we meet Christ personally. If we follow Him, drinking from His cup means our own self-sacrifice, using all of our gifts for the benefit of others and to do His work on earth.

Live the Liturgy

As we gather today to reaffirm our faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, we are reminded that we are also the Body of Christ. The mission of the Gospel calls us to be Christ for others. There is so much brokenness and pain in our world. Many people are lost and feeling lonely.


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 are essential for the common good.

Prayer Requests

Please remember the health intention of Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Ed Daniele, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Donald and Shirley McIntyre, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Bev Mueller, Maureen O’Rorke, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Christoper Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine, Laura Sny-der, Peggy Stauffer, and Ken Tromm.

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 the permission of the ill person/family to publish their name.



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