Sacred Heart Church

The Baptism of the Lord

January 10, 2021


Epiphany of the Lord We need history. We need it in order to under-stand ourselves, personally and collectively. The pieces of our histories may not have always been the most positive, honest, exemplary, dignified, proud and best moments of our lives, but they are ours. We have to acknowledge, remember, accept, and often heal them. We cannot forget them or pretend that they never ex-isted. As horrible as the atrocities of events like Ausch-witz, brutal injustices committed throughout the human journey, or personal painful experiences in our own stories, we need to remember. These times when hu-manity in general or people in particular have lost their way are times that need to be reconciled and redeemed.

If we lose memories, we will make the same mistakes again. The human soul needs a strong sense of affirmation, direction, and clear purpose. Without these essentials, we will easily run amuck and repeat the sins of our past. God's voice throughout history has spoken precisely about this! We are reminded through the voices and example of many prophets and witnesses not to make the same mistakes again, come back to center, discover the purpose given to us by God, maintain a sense of proper direction, seek healing for wounds, and be reconciled to our Creator.

Baptism is so incredibly important for the salvation of humankind, not only eternally but here and now. Our existence depends upon it. It gives us the affirmation we need from God by gifting us with the same intimate relationship Jesus had with the Father. We are blessed with the direction and clear purpose we need in order to be productive stewards and faithful Christians. Baptism calls us to remember, accept, and deal with the sins and iniquities of our past regardless of how hurtful and serious. We consciously choose to turn away from them and put on the new life of Christ. To do this well, we must look hard and long at our sins and failings, listen to what they are saying, and learn from them. If we ignore the past, collectively or personally, or pretend that it never happened, we will never grow. We will surely die.

People need to hear the message, lived and spoken, delivered by the baptized members of the Body of Christ. It is an essential message of hope that is layered with visions of justice, peace, reconciliation, redemption, blessing, and healing. It is a message that helps us remember what has gone before, the graces and the sins, and bring ourselves by God's help where we need to be. We are called to do much more than sitting home behind our closed doors. We have a message to deliver. Are we ready to do so?
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Abortion on demand was built on lies and continues today with lies and deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures...." We fabricated polls that indicated that 85 percent of the public favored unrestricted abortion when we knew it was only 5 percent. We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements were quoted as though they had been written in law"
- Dr. Bernard Nathanson


The volunteers would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made generous donations to the pantry in memory of "Hughie" Parker. These donations will help us get off to a great start in 2021. We are so grateful!


ATTENTION: Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic Guidelines for Parish Programs, we have had to suspend our in-person instruction for CCD & Confirmation Prep until February. Please click the updated schedules for both Confirmation Schedule and Elementary School & High School Religion Education Class Schedule.


Jeff Arpino We here at Sacred Heart Parish are saddened by the passing of fellow parishioner Jeff Arpino. Friends of say the well-known church organist left a legacy as uplifting as his music. Aside from the Music Director at Sacred Heart Parish in Altoona, Jeff was also an organist at Saint Joseph Parish in Bellwood. Jeff passed earlier last month due to complications from COVID-19. He was 57 years old.

Aside from sharing his musical talents with the community, Jeffrey had a love for gardening, collecting antiques, decorating, and hosting family holidays and gatherings. We pray for Jeff and his family during this time. We will not only miss the great talents that Jeff brought but the wonderful & caring person that he was. God bless him and his family.


2021 Church Donation Envelopes for Saint Mary's Parishioners are available for pick-up in the Blessed Mother Room. St. Mary's Church will be open before and after masses on weekends. You are encouraged to pick up your envelopes for yourself, a neighbor, or a family member who is unable to come to church due to COVID19 restrictions. If you cannot pick them up at church, please notify the rectory, 942-2416 to arrange a different time to get them.

Year End Donation Statements - Donation statements will automatically be mailed to those parishioners who have requested them in prior years. If you are new to the parish or have never requested a statement in the past, please call the rectory at 943-8553. If you are a member of St. Mary Church, please call 942-2416 for a computerized statement of your donation. The parish cannot track cash contributions that are not in an envelope with your name. If you do not presently receive collection envelopes and you would like to, please call the appropriate rectory.
Catholic Ministry Drive donations are recorded at the diocesan office and they will provide you with a receipt.

Stewardship Reflections

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. The U.S. Bishops' stewardship pastoral letter reminds us about "a fundamental obligation arising from the sacrament of baptism: that the people place their gifts, their resources, and themselves at God's service in and through the proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying"

Can you say that you are fulfilling the obligation to be a servant in your baptismal role as Jesus did?
Stewardship: A Disciple's Response, USCCB, 1992


Sacred Heart Church Donations in Memory of Jeff Arpino for the Music Program from Tim and Pam Seasoltz, Jennifer Petrunak, and Steven Ickes.

Also, in memory of Ted Adams via his son David's fellow football officials. Joe Bidoli, Jr., George Iuzzolino Chapter of PIAA Football Officials, George Spalding Chapter of PIAA Basketball Officials, Blair County Baseball Chapter, Church donation from Marie Adams family, Michael and Christine Andrade, and Vicki Coughlin.

Additional Christmas Flower Memorials: Carol Adams in memory of Marie Adams, Emily, Eleanor, Fred, Chase, Anna and Paul McCullough, Jared and Justin Bimle, Georgia Corso in memory of Nick and Mary Corso, Ann and Emory Allbaugh, Yvonne Allbaugh, Alberta Rapsky, and Shirley Webber. Sandy Randazzo in memory of Sal Randazzo, Caterina Fucella, Maria and Giuseppe Randazzo, and Guieseppe Fucella. Judy Rupert in memory of Gary Rupert, Victor Schiappa, Carmellia Tripician, and Elizabeth Schiappa.


We thank Fran Balestino from Sacred Heart Church for her Angel Fund donations in memory of her husband, Jim Balestino and her son-in-law, Greg Robinette.


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 Allan Bauer, Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Jack Chilcote, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, Dan Costlow, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Dougherty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Mary Hartsock, Phyllis Hartman, Elizabeth Hasan, Phyllis Hauser, Diane Horton, Paulette Johns, Carol Keagy, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Jonathon Masood, Edmund McConnell, Elizabeth McConnell, Charles McGrain, Lori Moschat, Maureen O’Rorke, Eugene Parker, Gail Pearson, John Richardson, Christoper Ruffing, Robert Ruffing, Susan Sakerak, Brian Sherbine, Laura Sny-der, Peggy Stauffer, Kathy Taylor, 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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