At today’s 10:00 a.m. Mass we celebrate two fiftieth anniversaries of marriage. Bob and Donna Kurtz, and Dick and Judy Sarvak; are both celebrating their 50th Anniversaries of Marriage. As we honor them, we honor the Sacrament of Marriage and the power of the Holy Spirit that works through the Sacrament of Marriage to build up the Kingdom of God.
Please remember to call or email the names and hospitals of parishioners who are admitted as inpatients. Telling me at the door of church won’t work. I cannot remember until I get to a place where I can write it down. The information must come on my voice mail or email.
Split the Pot at St. Ann
St. Ann is sponsoring again this year the sale of tickets for Fr. Tharp’s New Year’s Eve Split the Pot. If you like to wager, please consider helping our sister parish in the pastoral region fill the budget gap.
Early “Heads Up!”
Thanksgiving is still ten days away, but it is always good to remind people of the tradition both at Sacred Heart and St. Ann. First, please remember that Thanksgiving is NOT a Holiday of Obligation You are not required to attend Mass for Thanksgiving. We will have the traditional Wednesday evening 7:00 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart. (There is a wedding rehearsal at 5:30, but don’t worry, we will be done before the 7:00 p.m. start of Mass.) On Thanksgiving Day, we will have the regular 7:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart and the traditional 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann. All members of the St. Ann / Sacred Heart pastoral region are equally welcome at both locations. Come to the Mass that is the best time for you regardless of the location. Remember to bring a canned good for the poor if you think of it. I will restate this is next week’s bulletin.
Reflection on Scripture
The scripture for today is filled with eschatological signs. These included celestial signs, disruption of nature, fearful visions, etc. The implication to the reader was that you better toe the line for God now, because by the time you caught on to the signs starting, it would be too late. Therefore be decidedly on the Lord’s side throughout your life, because you know neither the day nor the hour. The end of the world scenario was something to be feared and dreaded.
In Jesus Christ, thoughts of the end of the world become a comfort and a promise. Jesus promises that he will return, and in his Second Coming there will be justice and peace.
As followers of Christ, we are to live in preparedness for the Second Coming. For the early Christians the thought of the Second Coming gave them comfort and hope. Come to think of it, it still does for us today.
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