Campaign for Human Development
Each year in late November, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) collects funds from all parishes in each diocese for the purpose of funding social justice outreach programs both on a national and local level. One third of the funds collected are maintained by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and distributed to social action initiatives within the nineteen counties of the Archdiocese. Two thirds of the money collected is sent to the national office for programs throughout the United States. The programs supported are determined by the national office to be initiatives that teach the person how to lift himself/herself from poverty and hopelessness. In the past, we in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were required to send the bulk of the entire Sunday collection in for this program, but now the Archbishop has made it a second collection. Thus this will be a second collection after communion at both St. Ann and Sacred Heart this coming Sunday.
Infant Pre-Baptism Class for St. Ann and Sacred Heart
Parents preparing for their first child’s baptism, or if they have not previously attended the pre-baptism workshop are invited to Fr. Tharp’s monthly class held in the basement of Sacred Heart Church on November 14 (second Monday of each month) at 8:00 p.m.
I know I am a week early in mentioning this, but Sacred Heart has a tradition of having Mass for Thanksgiving on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving at 7:00 p.m. St. Ann has a tradition of having Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. Sacred Heart will also have the regular weekday Mass at 7:30 a.m. for the early risers. Although I am announcing this a week early, I wanted you to have the schedule for help with your plans.
Remember that Thanksgiving IS NOT a Holiday of Obligation. It is a national holiday. You are not obligated to attend Mass on Thanksgiving.
Reflection on Scripture
Do you want to know how to get someone’s attention? Just convince them that you have some special knowledge as to when the world will end. People who would not leave the comfort of the recliner to get a free pizza at the door, will go out of their way to travel long distances and encounter many obstacles in an attempt to see something astounding or incredible. Jesus tells us in today’s gospel not to be fooled by prognosticators of doom. The world will end, not according to some human’s schedule but in God’s good time. Jesus says that no one knows the day or the hour. If Jesus says, no one knows; you can bank on the fact that nobody knows. Therefore we do not waste our time with wondering about death, but are challenged to live in Christ.
Jesus goes on to say that we should not seek to plan for our
defense. Rather we should spend each day drawing closer to God, so that whenever he comes and knocks, we are ready.
Readings for the Feast of Christ the King
2 Sm 5:1-3
Theme: Stay awake. Jesus is coming.
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