Today is Announcement Sunday for CMA -This week we have listened to a audio presentation from Archbishop Schnurr explaining the ongoing need for the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Next wee you will be asked to make your pledge. You will recall that about six months ago, we completed the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign at both St. Ann and Sacred Heart. This was a unique one time campaign to begin and fund an Archdiocesan Educational Endowment. Most of us made five year pledges so as to be in solidarity with the Archbishop in this long term herculean effort. The CMA on the other hand is an ongoing effort to fund the annual budgets of our seminary, Catholic Charities, St. Rita School for the Deaf, New Evangelization initiative, retired diocesan priests (not supported by the retirement for religious taken up in December), and chaplains to secular hospitals, colleges and prisons. Every Catholic has a charitable duty to support these ministries, but no one parish could ever do it alone. Together however through the CMA we can all do our part.
The most comforting aspect of the annual Catholic Ministries Appeal is that the audited financial statement of the Archdiocese shows where every dollar collected goes. I have curtailed sending my personal gifts to national organizations where I cannot track what happens to it. I am comforted that every dollar I consistently give to CMA year after year goes into ministries whose benefit I experience directly. Please join me in continuing the history of St. Ann and Sacred Heart individually doing our part to be active and empowering parishes of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Admissions to the Hospital Please remember that the hospitals are not permitted under the Federal HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) to tell me that you are in the hospital. You or your loved one must call me in order for me to know. This does not mean that I can visit everyone who is an inpatient at every hospital. Some enter hospitals in Dayton or Cincinnati and if I have funerals or diocesan obligations, I may not be able to visit. If it is an emergency, I will come late at night. Nevertheless, I go to local hospitals rather frequently and it is frustrating to learn that I visited a patient next door to another parishioner, but failed to stop in because I was unaware that they were there. Please always feel free to leave a non-emergency message on my telephone (513) 858-4210 (ext: 3014) and I will do my best to visit.
New Security procedures for school Masses Both Sacred Heart and St. Ann are investigating enhanced security for our schools especially when students are in church. If you are not a parent, grandparent, or sibling of one of the students, you can still attend the School Mass, but you will need to secure a proximity card from Fr. Tharp which will give you access via the handicapped door or north narthex door.
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