1 Established 1876 Sacred Heart Catholic Church PA Charitable Trust 337 Center Street St. Marys, PA Church Office: Fax: Sacred Heart Parish Center: Website: Parish Office Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM March 17, 2019 Mission Statement Through our gifts of time, talents, and treasures, we serve our parish as we journey together to the Kingdom of God. Parish Staff Pastor... Father Michael Gabler, O.S.B. Deacon... William "Bill" Gibson Office Manager / Finance... Patsy McAllister Receptionist / Sec.... Pat Kneidel Bulletin... Kathy Reuscher Custodian... Dave Farley Interparish Staff Scott Becker Youth & Young Adult Ministry Mary Lynn Carnovale Faith Formation Secretary Facilitators: Leslie Gahr Life Teen/Confirmation Kathy Cheatle, Elementary (1-5) Scott Becker Middle-School Sally Smith, Good Shepherd (Pre-First Grade) Elk County Catholic School System Sam MacDonald, President Bob Breindel, Director/Finance Susan Jansen, Director/Advancement Lindsey Straub, Director/Communications School Principals Mrs. Debbie Slay, Principal, Catholic Elementary John Schneider, Principal, ECCHS & Middle School Cafeterias Elementary Middle High Ministries & Committees Finance Council... Patty Brock Pastoral Council... Bob Miller RCIA... Kathy Cheatle Liturgical Committee... Lois Sadley Music Director... Lois Sadley Care & Concern... Church Office Social Committee... Helene Burdick / Linda Brunner Buildings & Grounds... Ron Herbstritt Sacred Heart Parish SUPER Bingo. Patsy, Jim & Helene Saint Anne Society... Helene Burdick / Gerda Squires Small Faith Communities... Sam & Barbara Glatt Saint Vincent depaul Society... Tom Dornisch Pre-Cana Coordinators... Phil & Sandy Hoh Natural Family Planning... Andy & Cathy Dornisch Cursillo Coordinators... Mike & Kim Sloff Pregnancy Hotline... Optionline.org or HELP Pregnancy... Pregnancydecisionline.org Post-Abortion Counseling...Rachelsvineyard.org Youth Ministry Website...ourdiscipleslife.org Boy Scout Troop 95 (smtroop95.com)... Lad Kornacki Cub Scouts Pack Jeff Chileski Bulletin Deadline Monday 10:00 a.m. In Writing Confessions: Saturday: 3:00-3:45 p.m. First Friday Week: Thursday: 4:00 p.m. Until all are heard Anytime by Appointment Mass Schedule Saturday - 4:00 p.m. Sunday - 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Weekday - 6:15 a.m. (Monday Friday) Holy Days - Listed in Bulletin 2019 CATHOLIC WOMEN S CONFERENCE! Saturday, March 30th at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Eire, from 9 am to 3:30 pm (Check-in begins at 8). Registration is only $40 per person, $35 for senior citizens or groups of 8, $25 for college students, $10 for high school students, and free for religious sisters, and includes lunch and free parking Based on the theme of Live JOY-fully! and the bible verse Nehemiah 8:10, The Joy of the Lord is my strength., the day is designed to help women reflect on deepening their faith through JOY so they can be a source of strength, love and JOY for their families and others. For info or REMEMBER~ SPAGHETTI DINNER BENEFITING ACTIVITIES OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 95 TODAY at the Sacred Heart Parish Center, starting at 11:00 a.m. till sold out. Cost: $8 per plate (no charge for children under 5). SACRED HEART GARAGE SALE DROP OFF DATES March 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. March 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CANNOT accept: clothing, large furniture, exercise equipment, large electronics, tires or consoles.
2 Page Two Sacred Heart Church, PA Charitable Trust, St. Marys, Pennsylvania Established 1876 March 16 (S): Vigil of Second Sunday of Lent 4:00 p.m. Mack & Rose (An.) Newell March 17: Second Sunday of Lent 7:00 a.m. For Sacred Heart Parishioners 9:00 a.m. Herman & Catherine (An.) Lenze 11:00 a.m. Joe (An.) & Lisa Koch March 18 (M): Second Week of Lent 6:15 a.m. Robert, Marilyn & Steven T. Hammer March 19 (T): St. Joseph Spouse of the Virgin Mary 6:15 a.m. George & Mary Labant March 20 (W): Second Week of Lent 6:15 a.m. Dorie (An.) & Howard McAllister March 21 (Th): Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict, Abbot 6:15 a.m. Deceased Members of the Benedictine Association of Saint Marys March 22 (F): Second Week of Lent 6:15 a.m. Elsie Cashmer March 23 (S): Vigil of Third Sunday of Lent 4:00 p.m. L/D of John & Winnie Schreiber Family March 24 : Third Sunday of Lent 7:00 a.m. Barney (An.) & Mary Kronenwetter 9:00 a.m. Paul & Elizabeth Keller 11:00 a.m. For Sacred Heart Parishioners ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT will be held in Sacred Heart Church on Friday from 7:00 a.m. until closing with Benediction at 4:00 p.m. PLEASE PRAY for the repose of the souls of all the faithful departed especially Denise D. Meyer (Sister of Roger Meyer) and Clifford J. Jacob (Father of Daniel Jacob). May God grant them eternal rest and comfort all those who mourn them. PRAYER LIST - Let us remember all the sick especially Kathy Clausen, Alice Feldbauer, Cindy Herzing, Lindsay Lenze, Tom Nellis Jr., Tammy Pearsall, Harry Plows, Kathleen (Daisy) Rowley, Matthew Sharrow. We pray in hope that God s healing power may touch all those who are sick. SACRED HEART PRAYER CHAIN - If you want to be placed on the prayer chain for any need, just call Rose at , or Ann at The names of those listed on this prayer chain will not be published in the bulletin. If you want a name to be listed in the bulletin, please call the Parish Office. FATIMA PRAYER GROUP Monday Night Apostolate of Fatima Prayer Group will pray the Rosary at Sacred Heart Church starting at 6:00 PM. All are welcome. The week of March 17, 2019 the Angel Lamps in the Sanctuary burn for the following intentions: Pat Herzing Joe (An.) Lisa Koch A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE Jesus went up the mountain to pray and he was changed. Prayer has the power to change us. This Lent set aside a few minutes each day to pray for members of your family. Pray before each meal and if you are married, spend five minutes in prayer together. BAPTISMAL PREPARATION CLASSES Date: Time: Place: April 6 (Sat.) 10:00 a.m. Sacred Heart PRE-CANA SESSIONS Date: Time: Place: April 7 9:00 a. m./5:00 p. m. Queen of the World Includes Mass (814) WORD OF LIFE!! The Spring Equinox is Wednesday, March 20. What does this have to do with marriage? Well, it may be a stretch, but since "equinox" is rooted in equality (the date that we have nearly equal light and dark) connect this with the tradition of spring cleaning. Consider cleaning together for an equal amount of time this week. Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise. O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen 31 DAY VOCATION CALENDAR - Please consider joining the Parish 31 Club for Vocations to the Religious Life. Try to attend a Mass, Holy Hour OR Pray on your chosen date and offer it for: Priests/religious who have served our parish in the past. For those priests, religious and deacons serving now. To ask the Lord of the harvest for future vocations. 16th Jerry & Ann Brennen 17th Kathy Cheatle, Sue Lynch, Dave Shaffer 18th Julie Handwerger, Barb Linder, Bonnie Housler 19th Mary Ross, Nancy Plows 20th Ruth Fehrenbach, Gretchen Meyer, Mary Jo Scott 21st Carl Loeffler, Barb Linder 22nd Sally Smith, Kathy Reuscher
3 Page Three March 17, 2019 FINANCE REPORT for January, 2019 Weekly Offering (4 Sundays)... $44,750 Other Income... $2,845 Monthly Expenses... $62,191 Short... $14,596 FINANCE REPORT for February, 2019 Weekly Offering (4 Sundays)... $32,680 Other Income... $2,565 Monthly Expenses... $52,936 Short... $17,691 SAINT ANNE SOCIETY~ will be held on Monday, March 18th in the Sacred Heart Parish Center Cafeteria. Lunch will be served at noon with Group #3 followed by meeting and cards. New members are welcome! PARISH COUNCIL MEETING March 19th at 7:00 p.m. FLAT, NEWSBOY STYLE, CAPS NEEDED If you have an old, flat cap in any condition, that you no longer need, please consider donating it for the ECC High School Production Newies. Caps can be dropped off at the Benedictine Gift Shop, St. Marys Church Office, Sacred Heart Church Office or Queen of the World Church Office. If you have any questions, please leave a message at Thank you. ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM S PRODUCTION OF DISNEY S NEWSIES Will be presented Thursday, March 28th Through Saturday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. And Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. Elk County Catholic High School Auditorium- Adults $8.00 and Students $5.00 SPECIAL ENVELOPES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH th Support of Our School Children AREA NEWS ADORATION AT QUEEN of the WORLD every Thursday following the 7:00 AM Mass. Closing: Evening prayer and Benediction: 6:30 PM. LENTEN LUNCH WITH THE LORD~ to be held at Noon Thursday, March 21st, First UMC with Pastor Scott, theme Behold Your Son, Behold Your Mother. All are welcome! FISH FRY DINNERS~ Every Friday in Lent $12 for choice of baked or fried fish or shrimp dinner Chicken tenders also available. Try Both Locations: St. Boniface Church, Kersey (4-6:30pm) and Holy Cross Center in Brandy Camp (4:30-7:30). ST. JOSEPH CHURCH FORCE, PA~ LENTEN FISH FRY EVERY Friday during Lent. HOURS: 12:00 TO 6:30. Haddock Fish Dinner $11.00, Fantail Shrimp Dinner $12.00, Children 10 & under $7.00. Good Friday Hours: 2:30-6:30. All dinners include: Choice of Fish or Shrimp Choice of Potato Baked or French Fries, Cup of Soup, Dinner Roll, Cole Slaw, Dessert and Drink. Eat In~ Take Out. Soup & drink not included in takeout. PATRICK S DAY~ TODAY~Polenta and Pasta Dinner beginning at 11:30 until sold out at the Fox Township Firemen's Social Hall. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children under 10. ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC Athletic Association s March (St. Patrick s day) Bingo TODAY Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the ECC cafeteria. Doors open at 11:45 p.m., bingo starts at 1:30. A free lunch (Chili, Italian Bread & Dessert) will be served at 12:30 p.m. Coverall. Bring a friend. ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION~ will hold its February Alumni Mass on Friday, March 22 at 9:05 a.m. at ECCHS. All graduates of Catholic education in Elk County are invited to attend and celebrate with the students, faculty, and staff. Breakfast will be served immediately following in the cafeteria. We hope you will join us! RELAY FOR LIFE~ Comedy Night Fundraiser Saturday, March 30, 2019, Ridgway Fire Hall 30 N. Broad St, Ridgway. 50/50 Raffle, Gift Basket & Prize Auctions. Doors open: 6:00 p.m. Showtime: 8:00 p.m. $25 Advance/ $30 at the Door. Includes Dinner & Soft Drinks BYOB Tickets on sale at 3 locations of Northwest Bank, Downtown, St. Marys, Ridgway & Johnsonburg. Tables of 4 or more guests, call DATES TO REMEMBER Mondays Praying the Rosary in Church 6:00 p.m. Thursdays Father Michael s Bible Study 7:00 p.m. March 17 BS Troop 95 Spaghetti Dinner 11:00 a.m. March 18 Saint Anne Society Meeting 12:00 p.m. March 19 Parish Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. March 21 Lunch with the Lord/First UMC 12:00 p.m. March 22 Stations/ Sacred Heart 7:00 p.m. BENEDICTINE GIFT SHOP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS~ The Gift Shop is in need of additional volunteers. Can you help out! ONCE a month for 2-3 hours? NO experience necessary, we ll train you. Call Kim at the Parish Office,
4 Page Four Youth & Young Adult Ministry Disciples Life Creed I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1b Scott or Faith Formation Program Calendars check out disciples.life March 20, 27 Elementary Faith Formation 6:00 7:30 p.m. St. Marys Parish Center March 17, 24, 31 Life Teen & Middle School 6:00-7:45 p.m. Queen of the World Confirmation Date~ May 19, 2019 Queen/World 1:30 p.m. Keep up to date with Rooted Youth Ministry on Social Media! Bible Study: God s Spousal Love Youth, Young Adults and Parents are all Welcome! Join Father Ross and Scott Becker Every Tuesday night from March 12 April :30 Hoss s (dessert and beverages will be provided), a onetime suggested donation for the materials is $10.00 Come for one night or all six! or call to sign up. DR. BERNARD NATHANSON ON WHY HE STOPPED DOING ABORTIONS~ I ran the largest abortion clinic in the world for 2 years. I had no conflicts whatsoever at the time I was doing the abortions. I changed my mind because the new scientific data which we were getting from advanced technology persuaded me that we could not indiscriminately continue to slaughter what was demonstrably a human being. In its seventh week [the unborn baby] bears the familiar external features and all the internal organs of the adult...the brain in configuration already like the adult brain and sends out impulses that coordinate the functions of other organs...the heart beats sturdily. The stomach produces digestive juices. The liver manufactures blood cells and the kidneys begin to function by extracting uric acid from the child s blood...the muscles of the arms and body can already be set in motion. After the eighth week...everything is already present that will be found in the full-term baby. T. D. KRONENWETTER, INC. Secondary Machining Proudly serving the powder metal industry for over 25 years (814) As Christians we know that God must be first in our lives, but this is seldom easy. What does it look like when we truly put God above everything else? Is there anyone who s willing to die in order to put God first? St. Edmund Campion was a brilliant scholar at Oxford University during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First. In fact he impressed Queen Elizabeth so much that she marked him out for special patronage. But Campion was faced with a choice: either remain at Oxford and enjoy a life of ease, fame, and power, or become a Catholic. Catholicism was outlawed, and Campion knew that conversion would mean - exile. On the other hand, staying at Oxford meant putting success ahead of God. He chose to become a Catholic. But the story doesn t end there. After leaving England Campion felt called to become a priest. He joined the Jesuits, and, in 1581, his superiors sent him back to England to minister to the underground Catholic Church. If he were caught, the government would execute him as a traitor. About a year after his arrival he was betrayed and captured. And Queen Elizabeth herself visited him in prison; she offered him power and privilege if he renounced his faith. He refused. After a mock trial Campion was condemned to a terrible death. Yet he refused to renounce his faith, and he forgave his executioners. In fact, as he was on the scaffold awaiting execution he prayed for Queen Elizabeth. His heroic witness inspired other young Englishmen to become priests and risk their lives to keep the Catholic Church alive in England. St Edmund Campion followed Christ s example. He put God first. Father Michael Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82: Days for Life ~ March 6, 2019 to April 14, 2019 Second Sunday of Lent Transformed by Christ But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil: 3:20 Question of the Week Adult: How are your priorities affected by your faith in Jesus Christ? Youth: When you have important choices to make, do you and your family pray to make the right choice?
5 Page Five Reprinting full letter with permission from Jake and Mary Meyer Dear Editor, Abortion is a human rights issue. It does not make any difference if you are religious or atheist. It does not make any difference if we are Democrat or Republican or no party affiliation. It does not make any difference if we are male or female. We all are human; therefore, we all own the issue. The right for a human to live is a universal principal of justice that can be known by reason. The Declaration of Independence states that we have an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Inalienable means the right cannot be taken away by anyone. A child in the womb has an inalienable right to live and grow in the womb and then be born. A woman does not have sole right to her womb because the womb is and must be the first home for each and every new human being. For a woman to say she completely owns her own body cannot be so if her womb is being inhabited by a living, growing human. The two cannot be separated. We must be supportive of both mother and child. What is in the womb before birth is not a blob of tissue. It is a human person that was given his or her own unique DNA with the first cell of development. He or she has a human form with a head and arms and legs. He or she has a heart and other organs, feels pain, and has reflexes. He or she has a right for his or her body to grow in the womb and be born. His or her right to live must be defended. Just as the Supreme Court was wrong on the decisions regarding slavery, it is wrong on the decision regarding abortion. As it was with slavery, the conscience of the nation must rise up against the ravages of the abortion industry. Sixty-one million humans have been destroyed in the womb since Roe v. Wade was passed in Sixty-one million humans who could have contributed to our society, been our workers, been our innovators, been our friends are gone through death in the womb. Women and their families have suffered greatly from the false premises of the abortion industry. As Americans, we must face abortion as a human rights issue. And when that happens, then the political forces that control the debate can be stopped. We must be the voices for humans in the womb and supporters of mothers who bear them. It is a human s right to be born and a mother s right to be supported during her pregnancy and it is our obligation to protect both. Jake and Mary Meyer St. Marys Elk County Right to Life Volunteers LIFE MATTERS. Hear the Truth. Live the Truth. Tell the Truth. Help Save Lives. Concerned citizens, pastors of local churches, Elk County Right to Life & ECC Students for Life are sponsoring A public assembly with national speakers Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco and Kristan Hawkins, president of the National Students for Life Organization, will be held on Monday April 1 at 7 pm at the Red Fern in St. Marys. Both Franco and Hawkins will speak to life s choices and why and how we need to get involved in saving lives. All are welcome. There is NO charge. Sponsored by Life Matters Elk County, a local group of concerned citizens, local pastors, Elk County Right to Life, & ECC Students for Life
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