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Celebrant for April 29 is Father Larry Tharp and for April 30 is Father Adam Puntel

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:22 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Children’s First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart

 

First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart is May 6 & 7.  Please remember that there may be some First Communions at all the regular precept Masses, as well as a large group at the afternoon (2:30 p.m.) Group First Communion.

 

Festival Bid and Buy Booth

 

We have a display of Easter Eggs in the Narthex, each depicting some item needed for the bid and buy booth at the festival.  Taking one of these eggs will assure the bid and buy organizers that they can expect this donation for the booth for the festival.  Please consider at least looking at the options and consider if you can make the commitment of taking an egg.

 

Defibrillators for Church and School

 

Parish Council has approved the installation of modern defibrillator units in church and near the gymnasium.  The units are self-instructing in that a voice in the unit verbally instructs the user at every step.  Even though the fire department is across the street, if we use the units one time, they have fulfilled their emergency purpose.  The one for Church will probably be located on the wall in the usher’s room.

 

Please Remember

 

This is just a reminder that all active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the convocation in Columbus from June 19 to June 22.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I have made provision at each parish for a communion service each day.  Funerals will of necessity be delayed.

 REFLECTION ON SCRIPTURE

 

“He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.”   This statement brings today’s gospel selection to its crescendo.  Jesus walks and talks with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Why did they not realize it was Jesus?  The answer is because they were not looking for him!  You can walk over a four leaf clover many times until you start looking for it.  The scripture begs the question, “Do we look for Jesus in others?”  If we believe in the real presence, and we gather together at the table of the Lord,  then in faith we should recognize the risen Christ in one another.

 

Jesus is telling the early church that bound together in the Mystical Body of Christ, we can recognize his real presence not just in the sacred species, but in one another.

 

Readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

Acts 2:14a, 36-41

1 Pt 2:20b-25

Jn 10:1-10

 

Theme:   Good Shepherd

 

Celebrant for April 22 and April 23 is Father Larry Tharp

posted Apr 18, 2017, 7:38 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The pastoral region of St. Ann and Sacred Heart will celebrate the Chaplet of Divine Mercy this Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Ann Church.  Bring a rosary to count the decades.  If you wish to enhance your experience of celebrating the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, listen to it being prayed on Sacred Heart Radio or pull it up with your browser on the internet. 

 

Children’s First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion for the children of St. Ann is April 30 in the afternoon.  First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart is May 6 & 7.  Please prayerfully remember our children that they may have a memorable experience to begin a lifetime of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Festival Bid and Buy Booth

We have a display of Easter Eggs in the Narthex, each depicting some item needed for the bid and buy booth at the festival.  Taking one of these eggs will assure the bid and buy organizers that they can expect this donation for the booth for the festival.  Please consider at least looking at the options and consider if you can make the commitment of taking an egg. 

 

A Head’s Up

This is just a reminder that all active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the convocation in Columbus from June 19 to June 22.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I will try to make provision at each parish for a communion service each day.  Funerals will of necessity be delayed.

 

We are blessed to have the services of extraordinary musical talents at Sacred Heart.  Because of scheduling needs, Dan Minelli who has provided the music for the 12:00 noon Mass for some time will, after June 3, be providing the music at the 4:00 p.m. Saturday Mass.  Melody Wallace, our Parish Music Director will move to cover the Sunday Noon Mass as of June 3.  I am grateful and pleased that both are able to modify their schedules so we can continue to enjoy both each weekend.

 

Melody Wallace has also asked that I remind any volunteer instrumental musicians or volunteer voices that your volunteer efforts are welcome at any of the Masses.  If you have interest, please email Melody Wallace at melody.wallace@embarqmail.com or HTTPS://wallacevoicestudio.musicteachershelper.com or (513) 237-3978.

 Reflection on Scripture

 

Thomas is remembered for being the disciple who refused to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus until he had incontrovertible and personal evidence.  So Jesus comes into the locked room and presents Thomas with the evidence.  Thomas gets bad PR for being uncompromising in his desire for certainty.  Jesus instructs “Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed.”  I took Thomas as my Confirmation name many years ago precisely because I understood and sympathized with his skepticism. 

 

Remember in your study of this scripture that John was writing to the early Church.  His reference to the Thomas story reminds us that there were many in the early Church who would not believe until they had proof that Jesus physically rose from the dead.  What Thomas was really saying to them was that he was not going to believe in the supernatural resurrection until he had scientific or tangible proof of physical bodily resurrection.  Science assesses empirical or rational “probabilities” whereas Faith assesses the revelation of “truth.”  Jesus shows us that there is more to being a person of faith than data or evidence.  Science cannot access proof that is beyond the physical; that is faith.  Faith allows us to see the practicality of resurrection if you believe the messenger of resurrection; namely Jesus.  Faith is that tool which allows us to see through the veil of that which is beyond the physical.  The resurrected Jesus is beyond the physical world of time and space, but he nonetheless entered physical reality so he could rise from the dead.  Jesus is the truth.  The truth (in this case) is beyond the boundaries of physical science.  Possibility turns to probability and then certainty of faith when confirmed by Jesus Christ.

 

Readings for Third Sunday of Easter

 

Acts 2:14, 22-33

1 Pt 1:12-21

Lk 24:13-35

 

Theme:   Emmaus

 

Celebrant for April 8 is Father Larry Tharp and April 9 is Father Adam Puntel

posted Apr 4, 2017, 6:53 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Holy Week Mass Schedule at Sacred Heart

 

Palm Sunday

Saturday, April 8  4:00 p.m.  Fr. Tharp

Sunday, April 9  8:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m.   12:00 p.m.  Fr. Adam

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday  7:30 a.m.  Fr. Tharp

Holy Thursday:  (No morning Mass)  Evening Mass of the Last Supper  7:00 p.m. Fr. Tharp

Good Friday:  (No morning Mass)

    Three Hour Service (Fr. Tharp)

           12:00 p.m.  Stations of the Cross

              1:00 p.m.  Passion of the Lord (sung by choir)

              2:00 p.m.  Veneration of the Cross

              2:30 p.m.  Holy Communion

 

    Evening Service  (Fr. Adam)

            7:00 p.m.     Passion of the Lord (sung by choir)

                                   Veneration of the Cross

                                    Holy Communion

 

Easter Vigil:  Begins at 8:45 p.m.  (Fr. Tharp)

Easter:  8:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m.  12:00 p.m.  (Fr. Tharp)

 

Holy Week Schedule at Saint Ann

 

Palm Sunday

Saturday, April 8  5:15 p.m.  Fr. Tharp

Sunday, April 9   9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.    Fr. Tharp

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday  6:30 a.m.  Fr. Tharp

Holy Thursday:  (No morning Mass)  Evening Mass of the Last Supper  5:30 p.m. Fr. Tharp

Good Friday:  (No morning Mass)

    Evening Service  (Fr. Tharp)

            7:00 p.m.     Passion of the Lord (sung by choir)

                                   Veneration of the Cross

                                    Holy Communion

 

Easter Vigil:  Begins at 8:45 p.m.  (Fr. Adam)

Easter:  9:00 a.m.  and  11:00 a.m.   (Fr. Adam)

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation  “Confession”

No confessions Tuesday, April 11 at Sacred Heart!!!

I will hear confessions Monday (April 10) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Ann!

I will hear confessions Wednesday (April 12) from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart!

 

 

Celebrant for March 18 is Father Tharp and March 19 is Father Adam Puntel

posted Mar 14, 2017, 8:56 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Open Listing of Two Employment Positions at St. Ann

 

Our Business Manager/Secretary at St. Ann, Susan McAbee, has indicated her desire to retire on July 1, 2017.    The Parish Council of St. Ann has decided to divide Susan’s job into two full time positions.  Position One is titled “Business Manager with Clerical Responsibilities” and Position Two is titled “Receptionist with Data Entry and Secretarial Responsibilities.”  These job descriptions are posted in St. Ann’s Bulletin and Website as well as Sacred Heart Bulletin and Website.  Resumes and applications should be mailed to “St. Ann Church in Hamilton, Ohio.”  We will post beyond the Pastoral Region if necessary, but wanted to give parishioners and friends of the pastoral region “first dibs.”

 

Lenten Services

 

St. Ann:  Stations of the Cross and Benediction Friday Evenings (7:00 p.m.), March 3 – April 7.  Good Friday Service on Good Friday (7:00 p.m.) but no stations.

 

Sacred Heart:  Stations of the Cross and benediction Sunday afternoons (3:00 p.m.), March 5 – April 2.  NO stations on Palm Sunday afternoon because the Passion was already read at all the Sunday Masses.

 

The Lay Presider Ministry at Sacred Heart has Stations without Benediction on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. during Lent, (except Good Friday), led by lay persons without a priest or deacon.  No Benediction.

 

CMA

 

Wow!   What a difference a week makes.  Sacred Heart has made donations or pledges of 129.74% of its goal.  This represents participation of 18% of the parish families.  Thanks to all who have participated to make this a success.  As our chairman says, “Sacred Heart always comes through.”

 

Even though we have achieved our goal for the Archdiocese, it would still be nice to show a greater percentage of the parish families participating.  Remember that this is Sacred Heart’s way of doing its fair share to support programs that every parish uses throughout the Archdiocese.   Envelopes are still available in church. 

 

I want to thank all who have donated for making Sacred Heart one of the most generous parishes in the Archdiocese.  I am so humbled to minister to such a generous and faith filled congregation.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

One of the guitar songs popularized in the late 1960s and early 1970s folk music after Vatican II was “Jesus met the Woman at the Well!” It is a great gospel story especially set to folk music styling.  The story is a sure reference to ecumenism and the universal scope of the Church.  Jesus knows all about the woman even though he has never met her before.  She is astonished at his knowledge, but is also drawn to him by the offer of eternal life. 

 

Samaritans were considered a lesser class by the Jews, but Jesus invites her to the life-giving waters of Baptism and the unity of the Eucharist.  No race or ethnicity is excluded from the Body of Christ.

 

Readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13

Ep 5:8-14

Jn 9:1-41

 

Theme:   The Man born Blind

Celebrant for March 11 is Father Larry Tharp and for March 12 is Father Larry Tharp

posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:47 AM by Kathy Middendorf   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

The Light is On Program

The Light is On Program will take place on March 14.  This program asks all pastors to have confessions available for the general public between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. throughout the entire Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  This will be promoted in the media as a way to invite people who have been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) for a long time to come to any Catholic Church for confession during these hours.  Unfortunately when there is only one priest pastoring two or more parishes, he must rely on another priest (who is not a pastor) to help.  Fr. Adam, our Sunday helper has a retreat at Fenwick High School and is unable to come.  My staff has called religious order priests, retired priests, and other priests who are not assigned as pastors to see if they could help.  No priest has been able to do so.

Therefore, the Light is On Program for St. Ann and Sacred Heart will of necessity take place at Sacred Heart only.  Since I have regular weekly confessions at Sacred Heart from 6:30 until 7:00 p.m., I will be available to hear confessions from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all are heard.  St. Ann will be unable to “Have the Light On” but we will post signs on all doors directing people to Sacred Heart.

I am sorry my staff could not find another priest.  With the priest shortage, sometimes all you can do is all you can do!

 

Employment Positions to be Open Listed at St. Ann

Our Business Manager/Secretary at St. Ann, Susan McAbee, has indicated her desire to retire on July 1, 2017.  I would like to say upfront that “No one will be able to replace Susan.”   After consultation with St. Ann Parish Council it has been decided that St. Ann will divide her tasks into two full time positions.  Position One will be “Business Manager with Secretarial Responsibilities” and Position Two will be “Receptionist with Data Entry and secretarial Responsibilities.”  These job descriptions will be posted at St. Ann and Sacred Heart initially, but then more widely open listed as determined by applications received. 

 

Lenten Services

St. Ann:  Stations of the Cross and Benediction Friday Evenings (7:00 p.m.), March 3 – April 7.  Good Friday Service on Good Friday (7:00 p.m.) but no stations.

 

Sacred Heart:  Stations of the Cross and Benediction Sunday afternoons (3:00 p.m.), March 5 – April 2.  NO stations on Palm Sunday afternoon because the Passion was already read at all the Sunday Masses.

 

The Lay Presider Ministry at Sacred Heart has Stations without Benediction on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. during Lent, (except Good Friday), led by lay persons without a priest or deacon.  No Benediction.

 

 CMA

Sacred Heart is lagging far behind last year’s donations to the CMA.  At the time when this is being written, Sacred Heart has donations or pledges of 53.01% of its goal of $47,829.  This represents participation of only 7.21% of the parish families.  Thanks to all who have made a commitment.   If you have not pledged as yet, please prayerfully consider a commitment, no matter how small. Remember that this is Sacred Heart’s way of doing its fair share to support programs that every parish uses throughout the Archdiocese.   Envelopes are available in church.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

The story of the Transfiguration allows us to experience through the eyes of Peter, James, and John the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the World.  As the veil is lifted and the Son of God is made visible in Jesus Christ, the revelation also fulfills the messianic hope.  Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets symbolized by Moses and Elijah respectively.  The purpose of the Law and the Prophets is to allow us to intellectually recognize and emotionally draw close to God.  In Jesus Christ, God becomes one of us so we can be one with God.

 

Readings for Third Sunday of Lent

 

Ex 17:3-7

Rom 5:1-2, 5-8

Jn 4:5-42

 

Theme:   Woman at the Well

 

Celebrant for March 4 is Father Larry Tharp and for March 5 is Father Adam

posted Feb 28, 2017, 6:49 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Lenten Services

 

St. Ann:  Stations of the Cross Friday Evenings (7:00 p.m.), March 3 – April 7.  Good Friday Service on Good Friday (7:00 p.m.) but no stations.

 

Sacred Heart:  Stations of the Cross Sunday afternoons (3:00 p.m.), March 5 – April 2.  NO stations on Palm Sunday afternoon.

 

The Lay Presider Ministry at Sacred Heart has Stations without Benediction on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. during Lent, (except Good Friday), led by lay persons without a priest or deacon.

 

CMA

 

Sacred Heart is lagging far behind last year’s donations to the CMA.  At the time when this is being written, Sacred Heart has donations or pledges of 47.13% of its goal of $47,829.  This represents participation of only 6.4% of the parish families.  Thanks to all who have made a commitment.   If you have not pledged as yet, please prayerfully consider a commitment, no matter how small. Remember that this is Sacred Heart’s way of doing its fair share to support programs that every parish uses throughout the Archdiocese.   Envelopes are available in church.

 

 

Dietary Rules

 

During Lent, Catholic are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent, and fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Abstinence simply means “abstaining from meat.”  The flesh of mammals and birds (essentially any animal that is warm blooded) is considered meat.  The flesh of reptiles, fish (cold blooded), and bird eggs and cheese are not considered meat.  Anyone fourteen years of age or older who will not be physically harmed by the diet is asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent. 

 

We define fasting for Lenten purposes as meaning eating only one regular meal and two smaller meals or snacks, with no eating between meals.  Fasting only applies on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and then only to those between the ages of 18 and 59 who have no medical problem aggravated by the practice. 

 

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

Jesus goes out into the desert and is tempted.  Even the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, needs the human experience of being truly alone in the face of temptation to be fully aware of humanity’s struggle.  Eve faced temptation and lost Eden.  Elijah experienced near despair under the broom tree in the wilderness of the desert.  It was only the help of God that enabled him to survive and make his way to the cave in Mount Horeb.   Jesus allows himself to be tempted in the desert to show that he was fully human and yet fully divine.  The reality of the hypostatic union in made evident in the vignette.  Even more important from a sacramental perspective, Jesus shows us that with the benefit of Baptism and Confirmation we can possess divine resolve of Jesus.  Strengthened by the Bread of Life in the Eucharist, we are never alone in the desert. 

 

Readings for Second Sunday of Lent

 

Gn 12:1-4a

2 Tim 1:8b-10

Mt 17:1-9

 

Theme:   Transfiguration

Celebrant for February 25 & 26th is Father Larry Tharp

posted Feb 21, 2017, 10:34 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Forty Days of Lent before Easter Sunday

 

The forty days of Lent begin with Ash Wednesday and count six days per week for six weeks.  Sundays, as days celebrating resurrection, are NOT considered days of Lent.  There are five weeks in Lent ending with Holy Week.  These six weeks of six days each come to thirty-six days.  Ash Wednesday, and then Thursday, Friday, and Saturday accumulate to four more days; thus counting for the forty days in total.

 

To determine Ash Wednesday on the calendar, we count back forty days (not counting Sundays) from Easter.  Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.  The spring equinox is March 20, and the first full moon after it is April 11.  Thus Easter is April 16. 

 

Lent begins Ash Wednesday March 1

 

Services

 

St. Ann:  Stations of the Cross Friday Evenings (7:00 p.m.), March 3 – April 7.  Good Friday Service on Good Friday (7:00 p.m.) but no stations.

 

Sacred Heart:  Stations of the Cross Sunday afternoons (3:00 p.m.), March 5 – April 2.  NO stations on Palm Sunday afternoon.

 

The Lay Presider Ministry at Sacred Heart has Stations without Benediction on Friday evenings during Lent, (except Good Friday), led by lay persons without a priest or deacon.

 

Dietary Rules

 

During Lent, Catholic are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent, and fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Abstinence simply means “abstaining from meat.”  The flesh of mammals and birds (essentially any animal that is warm blooded) is considered meat.  The flesh of reptiles, fish (cold blooded), and bird eggs and cheese are not considered meat.  Anyone fourteen years of age or older who will not be physically harmed by the diet is asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent. 

 

We define fasting for Lenten purposes as meaning eating only one regular meal and two smaller meals or snacks, with no eating between meals.  Fasting only applies on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and then only to those between the ages of 18 and 59 who have no medical problem aggravated by the practice. 

 

 

CMA

 

At the time when this is being written, Sacred Heart has donations or pledges of 21.41% of its goal of $47,829.  This represents participation of 2.89% of the parish families.  Thanks to all who have made a commitment.   If you have not pledged as yet, please prayerfully consider a commitment, no matter how small. Remember that this is Sacred Heart’s way of doing its fair share to support programs that every parish uses throughout the Archdiocese.   Envelopes are available in church.

 

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

My father used to say, “Money does not buy happiness, but it makes the misery more tolerable.”  (I understand this quote came from Clare Boothe Luce.)   Jesus tells us in today’s gospel that we are not to worry about money.  Is money therefore entirely evil?  Jesus is not condemning capitalism or monetary systems.  He is saying that money, wealth, and the transitory benefits it brings are here today and gone tomorrow.  There are no pockets in a shroud.  Jesus tells us to look to heaven and simply use the things on earth as tools on the way to eternal life.  In other words, “Use the tools on the way, but love the destination.” 

 

Readings for First Sunday of Lent

 

Gn 2:7-9, 3:1-7

Rom 5:12-19

Mt 4:1-11

 

Theme:   Temptation

Celebrant for February 18 is Father Larry Tharp and for February 19 is Father Adam Puntel

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:14 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Lent begins Ash Wednesday March 1

 

It is hard to believe but Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is March 1.  Remember that Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent are days of “Abstinence.”  Those age 14 and older are asked to abstain from eating meat, unless this would cause some medical problem.   For those 21 and older, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of “Fast” during which we eat one regular meal and two snacks with no “grazing” during the rest of the day.  Again, this is only for those who will not be harmed by it. 

 

I will offer the full schedule in next week’s bulletin, but remember that we have Stations and Benediction on Friday evenings at St. Ann and Sunday afternoons at Sacred Heart during Lent.  I will give more information in greater detail next week.

 

CMA

 

At the time when this is being written, Sacred Heart has donations or pledges of 20.86% of its goal of $47,829.  This represents participation of 2.6% of the parish families.  Thanks to all who have made a commitment.   If you have not pledged as yet, please prayerfully consider a commitment, no matter how small. Remember that this is Sacred Heart’s way of doing its fair share to support programs that every parish uses throughout the Archdiocese.   Envelopes are available in church.

 

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

Is Jesus telling us that to be his followers, we must be pacifists?  If this were the case, why would Catholic Bishops supply priests to serve as chaplains to the military?  Why would we have a “Catholic Diocese of the U.S. Military?”   No, Jesus is not making a political statement.  Jesus is saying that in spiritual matters, “You cannot convert fire with fire.   You cannot hate someone into spiritual submission.”  Jesus IS saying that the best antidote to hate is charity, compassion, and forgiveness.  When faced with evil, we must protect the innocent.  In war against evil, we may need to use violence for self defense and/or defense of the innocent.  Jesus is NOT suggesting that we turn the other cheek and allow the jihadist to behead the innocent.  We have a duty to protect the innocent.  But once we have subdued those with evil intent, we cannot discard them like trash.  We must always seek to eradicate evil while transplanting good.  This is what Jesus means when he says, “Love your enemies.”  Jesus never gives up on us.  Neither can we give up on one another, not even our enemy. 

 

Readings for Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Is 49:14-15

1 Cor 4:1-5

Mt 6:24-34

 

Theme:  Don’t worry, be filled with hope in Jesus.  

Celebrant for February 11 & 12 is Father Larry Tharp

posted Feb 7, 2017, 7:32 AM by Kathy Middendorf

CMA

 

At the time when this is being written, it is too early after Commitment Sunday to know how well we are doing on this year’s appeal.  If you misplaced your card and need another, feel free to ask one of the ushers or stop by the table in the narthex or vestibule, or feel free to ask me at the door.  Thanks to all who have made a commitment.

 

Infant Pre-Baptism Instruction

 

If you are having your first child baptized at Sacred Heart or St. Ann, or you are having a child and have not yet been through a pre-baptism instruction class at another parish, please come to the infant pre-baptism class on Monday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church.  The class takes about forty minutes.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

Does Jesus really mean that if a part of our body leads us to sin we should eradicate it or cut it off?  Of course not!  This type of teaching tool was frequently used by Rabbis of the time to point out by exaggeration the seriousness of sin.  God made us in His image and likeness.  He does not want us to mutilate ourselves.  He does want us to recognize the deadly seriousness of sin.  Jesus died on the cross to free us from our sins.  All we need to do is accept forgiveness of sin in him.  Still we must recognize the seriousness of sin and seek to abandon it and eradicate it from our lives.

 

Jesus makes the distinction that it is not just what we do that constitutes sin.  It is what we intend!   Motivated by good intentions, we please God in our efforts; even if the effort fails by human measure.  But if our intention is malevolent, even the intent without the action is sinful. 

 

In other words, “Don’t just behave better!   Change your hearts!”

 

Readings for Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Lv 19:1-2, 17-18

1 Cor 3:16-23

Mt 5:38-48

 

Theme:  Healing the epileptic boy. 

 

Celebrant for February 4 is Father Tharp and for February 5 is Father Adam.

posted Feb 1, 2017, 8:22 AM by Kathy Middendorf

CMA Commitment Sunday

 

This is “Commitment Weekend” for CMA in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  The CMA allows parishes to pool resources to provide ministries no individual parish could supply.  There is strength in numbers.  Make sure you show the entire Archdiocese that St. Ann and Sacred Heart is a Pastoral Region that is playing in the game, not standing on the sidelines.

 

Federal Income Taxes

 

At Sacred Heart, we have sent out statements of donations to all who used their envelopes or electronic giving regularly during 2016.  If you need a statement for your taxes and did not receive our mailing, please contact the parish office.  At St. Ann, we ask that you send us a self addressed envelope, and we will send a statement of your 2016 donation back to you in the envelope you provided.   

 

Also it is imperative that parishioners at either St. Ann or Sacred Heart retain all contemporaneous letters of acknowledgement received during the year,

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

“You are the salt of the earth, ……the light of the world.”   So what’s with salt and light?  Salt can be mined or it can come from evaporating sea water.  When I was young, we used to take a salt tablet in our mouths in the summer to replenish the salt we would lose in perspiration.  Today medical science would consider this suicidal.  Now we have low salt pretzels, which my ancestors would have considered heresy.  Like it or consider it a “coronary in a shaker,” salt is a recognizable, and perhaps even a “striking” taste. 

 

Light behaves both as a wave and a particle.  But for most of us it is what comes out of the end of the flashlight.  Without it, we cannot see.  Light transforms a darkened maze into a living room with furnishings.  It is essential for sight.

 

Jesus uses the salt and light metaphor to convey that at our baptism, we are all charged to be evangelical.  We share with others our faith in Jesus Christ.  Faith makes life understandable.   It lights our way.  Faith enhances our experiences in life and gives them meaning.  Without faith, life would be as interesting (as tasty) as dry cardboard.  Jesus uses the analogy to remind us that, as members of his body, we are bearers of salt and light to the world.  Our lives are his evangelical tool in the world.

 

Readings for Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Sir 15:15-20

1 Cor 2:6-10

Mt 5:17-37

 

Theme:  Jesus uses hyperbole to get his point across.

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