Aug 7, 2019

Thursday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption

Thursday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven; a Holyday of Obligation in the United States.  Feel free to fulfill your precept obligation at either St. Ann or Sacred Heart based on which Mass best fits your schedule.  I have an anticipatory Mass at St. Ann on Wednesday afternoon/evening at 5:30 p.m.  I have an anticipatory Mass at Sacred Heart on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m

On Thursday the 15th (the Holyday itself) I have Mass at St. Ann at 6:30 a.m.   I have Mass at Sacred Heart at 7:30 a.m.   I have Mass at St. Ann at 10:00 a.m.  Finally, I have Mass on Thursday evening at Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m.

St. Ann                                     Sacred Heart

Wednesday 5:30 p.m.                                        Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 6:30 a.m. &                                         Thursday 7:30 a.m. &

                     10:00 a.m.                                                            7:00 p.m.

More Eucharistic Ministers Needed

At Sacred Heart, we are in need of Eucharistic Ministers for almost every “Precept Mass” (Saturdays at 4:00 p.m., Sundays at 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.)  If you are a Catholic in good standing and have considered being a Eucharist Minister, or simply toyed with the thought and would like to learn more; please contact the Parish Office with your name, address, and telephone number and our Eucharistic Ministry Coordinator, Jan Creed, will put you on the list for my next training session.   If you come to the training session and after hearing me decide it is not right for you, all you have lost is one hour.  Perhaps you will listen and decide it is something you would like to do, and you feel God is calling you to do.  Remember that Jeremiah did not at first want to be a prophet, but listened to God’s call and thereafter could not help himself!  You never know until you look into it.

Restoration of the Statue of the Sacred Heart

The statue of the Sacred Heart in the wooden cabinet in the Narthex was recently damaged by an act of vandalism.  Dave Lander who restored the statue a few years ago has offered to repair the damage and repaint the areas of the statue where the paint was damaged.  Jim Chaney who built the cabinet will repair the minor damage to the wood, and then Bill and I will install new less fragile transparent barriers.

Cooperative Mission Appeal

I wish to offer my special “thanks” to Father Bonaventure and Father Joseph for their homilies at Sacred Heart and St. Ann last week respectively.

Reflection on Scripture

Have you ever seen trapeze artists leap into mid-air and catch the next trapeze which gets there in the nick of time?  They have absolute certainty when they let go that the other trapeze will be there.  In fact, if they hesitate and don’t let go, they will surely break the timing of the trick and someone will get hurt.  The analogy between the trapeze and the wealth of this physical world is obvious.  The trapeze we are using is not bad or evil.  In fact, it provides some security!  But we cannot hold fast to the first while risking the jump to the next post.  Only faith in the other trapeze can make us let go of the first.  Only faith in the promise of Jesus Christ can turn our hearts from “staying put” with a comfortable grip on the trapeze, to letting go and flinging ourselves into uncertainty with the assurance our salvation. (The second trapeze will be there.) 

The only real eternal security we can acquire is to disdain the comfort of wealth and greed, and fling ourselves into uncertainty with the sure and certain promise that Jesus is the catcher on the other trapeze, and he will save us.  Don’t hate and despair of the wealth of this world, but rather use it to propel you and all humanity into the one certainty in the midst of uncertainty; Jesus Christ. 

Next Weekend: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10

Hebrews 12:1-4

Luke 12:49-53 

Theme:  Jeremiah in the cistern.