Important Note: THERE ARE NO CONFESSIONS at Sacred Heart on this Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Tharp has to be at St. Ann for Confirmation.
To the date of the publishing of this bulletin, Sacred Heart donors have pledged a total of $55,694.00 toward the 2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal. This represents about 115% of the parish goal as defined by the Archdiocese.
Thank you for your generosity and another successful year for CMA at Sacred Heart.
Daylight Savings Time
Remember to “spring forward” (lose an hour of sleep) Sunday, March 13.
RCIA Second Scrutiny
The RCIA will celebrate the second scrutiny at St. Ann this week on Sunday March 6 at the 11:00 a.m. Mass
Devotional Services during Lent
At St. Ann, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on the Fridays of Lent (except for Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m. At Sacred Heart, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
The lay presider’s group of Sacred Heart will have Stations of the Cross without a priest or deacon and therefore without Benediction on Friday evenings at Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m.
Reflection on Scripture
The story of the Prodigal Son only appears in Luke’s Gospel. Jesus provides us with the most attractive image of God the Father in the entire Scriptural Library. The image is that of a loving Father who never forgets or disavows the sinful younger son; and waits with expectation for him to return home. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if God the Father/Creator of all that exists would love us (His children) as the Father loves the prodigal son? Well guess what? Jesus assures us that God is even more loving and forgiving than the story depicts Him. So why don’t we see it? Why do we forget Luke’s gospel and return to images of God designed to frighten and intimidate. Do we think of God as the celestial sledge hammer? It is hard to love a sledge hammer (although I have a small sledge hammer that is one of my favorites.)
My father used to shoe horses for friends as a way to make a little extra money. My father was not as tall as I and weighed about half what I weigh. When he wanted the horse to stand still, he would get right in the horses face and touch the horse’s tender side with the rasp. He intimidated the horse and got his attention. And yet through all this, no man ever loved big work horses more than my dad. He just let the horse know that he was in charge!
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