Memorial Day- As we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as a nation and people, we will have Mass at Sacred Heart at the regular 7:30 a.m. time and Mass at St. Ann at 9:00 a.m. (not 6:30 a.m.) as is the custom on a Civil Holiday.
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus- The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is Friday, June 3. For nine days prior to the feast we are praying a Novena Card as a post communion prayer at the daily Masses. We will celebrate the rededication of the restored statue of the Sacred Heart the following Sunday, June 5 after the 12:00 p.m. Mass.
Fortnight for Freedom-The USCCB is encouraging all parishes in all US dioceses to pray the Fortnight for Freedom prayer again this year from June 20 to July 3 asking God’s i9ntervention for the restoration of our religious liberty in light of the Health and Human Services mandate a few years ago requiring religious schools and institutions to provide abortive drugs under their employee health care programs. Although there has been some relief for certain religious entities, the oppressive regulation persists and continues to pressure some religious schools, nursing homes, etc to violate their conscience. We pray for restoration of the legal right of conscience as regards abortion and other moral issues.
Civilize It- The Social Action Office of the Archdiocese is asking us as individual Catholics (who may hold differing political views) to exercise Christian charity and restraint towards each other at work, in leisure, and in our homes where political discussion are sure to arise. The program is called “Civilize It,” and it is designed to remind us that as Catholics, we may disagree politically, but should always make our arguments “ad rem” and not “ad hominem.” Loosing site of charity for another Catholic in the fervor of the political argument should not result in rage between the members of the Body of Christ.
Report Parishioners in Local Hospitals- Please remember to call (513) 858-4210 extension 3014 to report a parishioner of Sacred Heart or St. Ann in the hospital. Telling me at the back of church will not enable me to remember. Please leave a voice mail for me (on my line not the secretarial lines as I have no access to these, ONLY MINE on weekends) spelling for me the person’s name as well as the name of the hospital in which the parishioner is a patient. Sometimes four or five parishioners will tell me something at the back of church, and afterwards when I am at my desk, the memory is lost. Please help me by leaving the voice mail message on my line.
Reflection on Scripture
The story of the multiplication of the loaves and fish is recorded in all four Gospels. In each instance, we understand “why” it was a miracle. Without Divine intervention, you can’t feed thousands on five loaves and two fish! And the purpose of the miracle is clearly Eucharistic in each retelling. In each there are twelve baskets of leftovers. But what does it mean? Is Jesus showing off?
The symbolism of the numbers and the magnificence of the miracle are subordinate to the critical issue; Jesus. Jesus makes the miracle happen. Whenever Jesus is present you have fulfillment. Jesus dies on the Cross once and for all as the ultimate expiation. Only the Son of God can makes things right with God. If Jesus is the revelation of the Father, and Jesus says the sin is taken away, you know for sure it is gone. Every time we celebrate Mass, Jesus becomes present under the form of bread and wine and you and I are redefined by our unity in the Lamb of God.
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