This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. 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.
RCIA/RCIC Rite of Acceptance
The Rite of Acceptance for the St. Ann and Sacred Heart RCIA/RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults / Children) will take place at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart on November 29. The RCIA/RCIC in its initial stage calls the interested individuals “Inquirers.” They come to ask questions, learn the Holy Scriptures, and grow in faith. This is often referred to as the Period of Evangelization or Precatechumenate. They now are invited to commit themselves as official students of the Sacraments and life of the Church. They are not ready to receive or complete the Sacraments of Initiation as yet, but are taking the first step to become part of the two parish communities. This usually takes place on the First Sunday of Advent and thus takes place at the church in which I am celebrating Mass that particular weekend, which happens to be Sacred Heart. An equal number of the other ceremonies and scrutinizes will take place at St. Ann.
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.
Reflection on Scripture
The Feast of Christ the King is always celebrated on the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. The following Sunday is the first Sunday of the new year, the First Sunday of Advent. The focus is on the Kingship of Christ crucified. Christ is King of the Universe. Making Christ the king of our lives is the first step to conversion. We are all born into the natural world. But in baptism we are reborn to a destiny beyond this world. In today’s gospel selection, Jesus tells Pilate, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.” We are pilgrims in this world awaiting eternity with Christ.
The message for us is clear. We must not become consumed by this world, for the kingdom to which we belong is not here. Our destiny is a kingdom which is out of this world!
Next Sunday: First Sunday of Advent
1 Thes 3:12-4:2
Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Theme: Be prepared!
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