Knights of Columbus Corporate Communion The Roettele Council Knights of Columbus will celebrate corporate communion next Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. This is a spiritual exercise for our council, but let me use the occasion to recommend to any adult male at Sacred Heart the many benefits of membership in the K of C. I have met many of the finest men I have ever known in my many years as chaplain to various councils and assemblies at the locations I have been stationed. In a time when we may question some of our affiliations, I can assure you that you will find no better examples of Catholic Men of charity than you will find in the Knights. If you are not a Knight currently, consider joining.
Seminary Class Resumes I will be teaching again this fall semester at the Athenaeum (Mt. St. Mary Seminary) on Tuesday afternoons. I am certainly not the intellectual equal of the professors who teach theology or ethics. Because of my background as financial director for the Archdiocese in the 1980s and 1990s, I teach a very simple but practical course called Pastoral Administration to those about to be ordained. I realize that my absence from availability at both parishes is an inconvenience for emergency sick calls etc, but I give up my day off for the semester so that I can do this and not reduce the hours I spend in service to each parish.
Using my Pager
The easiest and preferred way to call me in an emergency during non-office hours is to leave a message on my emergency line at 858-4210 (choose option 2 “Fr. Tharp for an emergency.”) The automated system sends me a page immediately that I have an emergency voice mail.
If you wish to page me, that’s fine, but remember that pagers are harder to use. A number of people have paged me recently and then forgotten to punch in their number at the tone. They don’t leave a voice message either, so I am left with knowing there is an emergency, but I have no way of knowing who or where. The pager does not have caller ID. If you try to use the pager and I do not call you back immediately, please leave the same message on my emergency line 858-4210 (option 2) as this voice mail system is easier for some to understand how to use.
Possible Ramifications of Obergefell vs. Hodges
A parishioner at Sacred Heart and attorney John Benintendi will be presenting the same class he presented at Sacred Heart on July 26 at Holy Spirit Center. If you missed it and would like to go, please note the following:
Can they do that? Find out when local Catholic attorney, John Benintendi, presents an explanation of the judgment recently rendered by the Supreme Court, Obergefell vs. Hodges, regarding same sex unions. He will also discuss ramifications and implications of this decision as they may or may not impact our religious freedom. Join us Friday, August 21, 2015 in the Divine Mercy Room at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45212 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All concerned adult and mature teen citizens are welcome.
Reflection on Scripture
“Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise,…” (Eph 5:15) This passage from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians recommends being guarded about foolish optimism as well as foolish pessimism. The Pollyanna approach is unreasonable as it fails to recognize the reality of evil and genuine human tragedy. The Rodney Dangerfield approach (except for its comedic value) saps the hope out of even the surest of things. The realistic approach is logical, but begs the question “Exactly what is real?” So what constitutes living wisely?
Jesus answers that question in today’s gospel selection which is the continuation from last week of chapter six of John’s gospel. Jesus says consume the real presence in the Eucharist. Live in God and allow God to live in you. You will then have the conscience of Christ living in you as a member of the mystical body of Christ; the Church. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church will show us the light of Christ in every situation. This is ultimate wisdom.
Many today love to taut the “new morality” which is simply hedonism repackaged. Don’t be foolish. Conform yourself to Christ. His way never gets old.
Next Sunday: Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
Theme: “This saying is hard. Who can accept it?”
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