Welcome To Sacred Heart Parish!
We encourage all members of Sacred Heart to be involved in the mission of Jesus Christ: to share His message of salvation, to build up the Body of Christ, the Church, and to encounter Christ through regular reception of His sacraments, that we would all know, love and live for our Lord Jesus. Please join us in our service to the Lord!
Sacred Heart Parish Mass Times
Wed. 12:10pm (School Mass)
Sat. 8:15 am
SATURDAY Vigil: 5pm
SUNDAY: 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am
Mon. Tues. Thur. Fri. 7:00am
Saturday 7:45am & 3:30pm
- Fr. Barry Reuwsaat, Parochial Vicar
- Rev. Mark Lichter, Pastor
- Mrs. Lori Hofer, Parish Secretary
- Mrs. Paulette Hay, Financial Secretary
- Carissa Baustian, Director of Music and Organist
- Mrs. Michele Coughlin, Director of Parish Faith Formation
- Mrs. Dawn Wanttie, Asst. Coordinator of Faith Formation Grades 1-5
- Mrs. Marge Guhin, Housekeeping
- Mr. Jeff Swank, Buildings/Grounds/Maintenance/Cemetery
Changes in Catholic Attitudes Toward Bible Readings
Average Catholics asked today how often they read the Bible likely would say that they do not read the Bible regularly. However, if asked how often they read Scripture, the answer would be different. Practicing Catholics know they read and hear Scripture at every Mass. Many also recognize that basic prayers Catholics say, such as the Our Father and the Hail Mary, are scriptural. But for most Catholics, the Scripture they hear and read is not from the Bible. It is from a worship aid in the pew.
Scripture always has played an important role in the prayer life of the Catholic Church and its members. For the ordinary Catholic in earlier centuries, exposure to Scripture was passive. They heard it read aloud or prayed aloud but did not read it themselves. One simple reason: Centuries ago the average person could not read or afford a book. Popular reading and ownership of books began to flourish only after the invention of the printing press.
Once the printing press was invented, the most commonly printed book was the Bible, but this still did not make Bible-reading a Catholic’s common practice. Up until the mid-twentieth Century, the custom of reading the Bible and interpreting it for oneself was a hallmark of the Protestant churches springing up in Europe after the Reformation. Protestants rejected the authority of the Pope and of the Church and showed it by saying people could read and interpret the Bible for themselves. Catholics meanwhile were discouraged from reading Scripture.
Identifying the reading and interpreting of the Bible as “Protestant” even affected the study of Scripture. Until the twentieth Century, it was only Protestants who actively embraced Scripture study. That changed after 1943 when Pope Pius XII issued the encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu. This not only allowed Catholics to study Scripture, it encouraged them to do so. And with Catholics studying Scripture and teaching other Catholics about what they were studying, familiarity with Scripture grew.
Scripture awareness grew after the Second Vatican Council. Mass was celebrated in the vernacular and so the Scripture readings at Mass were read entirely in English. Adult faith formation programs began to develop, and the most common program run at a parish focused on Scripture study. The Charismatic movement and the rise of prayer groups exposed Catholics to Scripture even more. All of this contributed to Catholics becoming more familiar with the Bible and more interested in reading the Scriptures and praying with them.
In a round-about way, aspects of U.S. culture also have encouraged Catholics to become more familiar with the Scriptures. References to John 3:16 appear in the stands at sporting events. Catholics who hear of and see other Christians quote or cite Scripture verses wonder why they cannot. Such experiences lead Catholics to seek familiarity with the Bible.
Such attitudinal changes bode well for Catholics, especially when reading and praying with the Word of God leads to lessons learned, hearts inspired and lives profoundly moved for good.
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Monsignor Daniel Kutys is a pastor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis.
It is wisdom that the Church begins the New Year with Mary, the Holy Mother of God as its portal. For Mary is clothed in the wonder of history. She is the iconic feminine figure who has been shaped with maternal care from the most sketchy of Scriptures. Of her we know so little from the text. Even Paul only mentions her once in all his works and that is minimal. Mary would have it that way, self-effacing as she seemed. Paul’s words are in the context of her magnum opus: birthing the Savior. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption” (Galatians 4:4-5).
Mary K. Matestic, MTS
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Roncalli Salad Luncheon
The Roncalli Salad Luncheon will be held Saturday, February 25 from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm at the Roncalli High School. We invite you to come just for lunch or bring board games or cards and play the afternoon away! Tickets are $10/person. Please call the Development Office at 226-2100 by Tuesday, February 21, to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!
Readings for the Week
Readings for the Week of February 19, 2017
- Sunday: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18 / Ps 103 / 1 Cor 3:16-23 / Mt 5:38-48
- Monday: Sir 1:1-10 / Ps 93 / Mk 9:14-29
- Tuesday: Sir 2:1-11 / Ps 37 / Mk 9:30-37
- Wednesday: 1 Pt 5:1-4 / Ps 23 / Mt 16:13-19
- Thursday: Sir 5:1-8 / Ps 1 / Mk 9:41-50
- Friday: Sir 6:5-17 / Ps 119 / Mk 10:1-12
- Saturday: Sir 17:1-15 / Ps 103 / Mk 10:13-16
- Next Sunday: Is 49:14-15 / Ps 62 / 1 Cor 4:1-5 / Mt 6:24-34
Prayer For Our Country
Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America in to the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she many present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our President-elect and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the innocence of our children. Grant the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners—on all who are in need.
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.
—An Act of Consecration for the United States from Prayers for All Occasions: From the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.