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.
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.
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
Rom 5:1-2, 5-8
Theme: Woman at the Well
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