Saturday Evening Masses at St. Ann and Sacred Heart
As school begins, Fr. Adam is frequently compromised on Saturday afternoon and evening by programs at Fenwick. When not needed at Fenwick, he needs a few hours off, to use as a “time off.” Therefore, as school begins, I (Fr. Tharp) will be doing both the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart and the 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Ann each week. Fr. Adam and I will continue to alternate between the two parishes on Sunday Mornings.
The only problem this creates is the “Confessions” heard from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Ann. My staff at both parishes is trying desperately to find a priest who will hear confessions during this time on a regular basis. If we are unable to secure priests to hear these confessions, I will attempt to find another time to have these confessions at St. Ann. As of yet, we have been unable to find a regular and recurrent time not compromised by wedding rehearsals, schedule complications, mandatory diocesan meetings, etc. Please bear with us as we seek to solve this problem. It certainly brings into focus the fact that the shortage of priests in the Archdiocese is real. Continue to pray for vocations.
Ministry of Music
In order to maintain our tradition of having an extraordinary choir here at Sacred Heart, I ask you to consider adding “Music Minister” to the list of ministries you are involved with at Sacred Heart. Remember you can be a “Lector” and still be in Music Ministry. You can continue to take communion to the sick and shut-ins. You can even leave the choir ranks long enough to distribute when it is your week, and if you wish. Eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, greeters, servers, sacristans, and ministers of music are all valuable ministerial roles necessary to complete the Church, the Body of Christ. Please see last page for more information.
Reflection on Scripture
“But I want people to like me!” How often have you heard this complaint when you have asked someone to support an unpopular moral position? It is said that politics is the art of compromise. If so, I would say that contemporary politics has accommodated a relativistic perspective (a perspective of compromise) in 21st century American society. We are told that our beliefs must be flexible! Our society is so morally flexible that you can’t call abortion a sin. We are told, we must not let an ancient book like the Bible define our perspective on the Sacrament of Marriage. We are warned that we dare not vocalize our religious beliefs or even our faith in God, lest someone be offended. If Jeremiah had lived this perspective, Israel would have had no conscience.
Jesus is the epitome of compassion and healing. But in today’s gospel he reminds his followers not to be surprised when people hate them for their moral principles. He tells them not to be discouraged because others find fault with them. After all, our judge for eternity is not contemporary humanistic society. Our judge for eternity is Jesus Christ.
Be true to Jesus and some others may hate you so much that they put you on a cross. Don’t worry about it. They did it to Jesus. Don’t live your life to please the world. Live your life so as to please God.
Readings for the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Heb 12:5-7, 11-13
Theme: Your faith is your identity.
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