Nov 9, 2017

Pre-Baptism Class for Infant Baptisms


Are you anticipating your first infant baptism at St. Ann or Sacred Heart?  I have the Infant Pre-Baptism Workshop every second Monday of each month in the basement room RH 2&3 at Sacred Heart Church at 8:00 p.m.   The entire session takes about forty five minutes.  If you already attended my workshop for a recent baptism, or if you have attended the workshop recently at another parish, there is no need to repeat the class.  No need to register for this; simply show up by 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 13 at Sacred Heart and come to the basement room RH 2&3.  This is the workshop for both St. Ann and Sacred Heart, but obviously I have to have it in one location.




Thanksgiving is ten days away.  Please be advised that Thanksgiving is NOT a Holyday of Obligation.  You are not required to attend Mass on Thanksgiving.  Nevertheless, there will be an anticipatory Mass on Wednesday, November 22 at Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m.  Masses on Thanksgiving are 7:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart and 9:00 a.m. at St. Ann. 


Fr. Tharp still away on Tuesday Afternoons


For the past eight years, I have been given the opportunity to teach a class at the Seminary on Pastoral Administration.  I teach a three hour class once each Tuesday afternoon between now and Christmas.  Therefore, from now until Christmas, I will be unavailable by telephone and out of my office on Tuesday afternoons. 



Reflection on Scripture


The parable of the ten virgins is the first of three parables in the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel.  The second is the parable of the talents.  The third is the judgment of the nations.  The third is the one everyone knows from the phrase, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you did it to me.”  Because of its popularity, it sometimes displaces the parable of the ten virgins. 


This first parable of the ten virgins is perhaps one of the clearest metaphors in the Sacred Scripture.  The virgins await the bridegroom just as the Church awaits the second coming of Christ.  Five make provisions for a long wait.  The other five take the “c’est la vie” attitude or approach.  The unprepared are left out; both figuratively and literally.  If we are unprepared for the Second Coming of Christ, we can blame only ourselves.  In this case, lethargy is a sin of omission.  Lethargy in the light of eternity is inexcusable. 


Readings for the Thirty Three Sunday in Ordinary Time


Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

1 Thes 5:1-6

Mt 25:14-30


Theme:  Parable of the Talents