Oct 20, 2017

Open Listing of Secretary Receptionist position


Marcia Hogan our faithful bookkeeper and business manager here at Sacred Heart would like to retire in early 2018.  I have decided to promote from within to fill her position.  Kathy Middendorf will move into Marcia’s role and we will fill Kathy’s current position through an open listing process.  If you are interested and believe you possess the experience and skills necessary, please see the Job Description posted on our parish website.  Written applications will be received in accordance with the provisions listed in the posting.  We will hire as soon as the process is completed so that Kathy can train the new person in her old job, and then Marcia can complete Kathy’s indoctrination into all things financial as prescribed by the Archdiocese.  I have some past experience in the financial workings of the Archdiocese and will help as I can.


All Souls Memorial Mass


Each year, we here at Sacred Heart honor those who have died throughout the preceding year and whose funerals we have celebrated here at this parish.  We also honor all our beloved faithful departed.  Please mark your calendar if you wish to attend the All Souls Memorial Mass on Sunday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.


Fr. Tharp 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


“Should we pay taxes to an oppressive foreign government that rules over us by its army occupying our land?”  This is the question put to Jesus in today’s gospel.  If Jesus says, “Yes, pay taxes” then the people will hate him as a traitor to his own people.  If Jesus says, “No don’t pay taxes” he will be arrested as a subversive to the Roman Government.  It seems Jesus can’t win!  But then Jesus simply speaks the truth.  He says give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.  For the Jews who heard his response, he is surreptitiously reminding them that God made everything and thus nothing belongs to Caesar or to anyone for that matter.  For the Roman soldiers who heard Jesus, he was saying go ahead and acquiesce to the Roman authority.  Everyone was happy with his answer except the Pharisees because Jesus had outwitted them. 


For us today, the story reminds us not to put our faith in conflict or collusion with politics.   Our morality cannot come from politics.  It can only come from our relationship with God.


Readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Ex 22:20-26

1 Thes 1:5c-10

Mt 22:32-40


Theme:  The greatest commandment!