Archdiocese of the U.S. Military
The second collection this Sunday is for the support of the Archdiocese of the Military. This used to be called the Military Ordinariate. A bishop is assigned by the Holy See to oversee and manage all the Catholic Priests who serve as commissioned officers and chaplains in the United States Armed Forces. The priests receive military pay as long as they serve in active duty, but the “diocese” itself must rely on contributions from faithful civilian Catholics to manage the sacramental records and the programs made available to our Catholic service people.
For more information visit the website for the Diocese of the Military www.milarch.org. Please be generous to this second collection.
Infant Pre-Baptism Class
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.
Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed
St. Ann will read the names of the deceased buried from the parish during the most recent 12 months at the regular Sunday Masses on November 12 & 13. We as Catholics pray for the repose of our deceased loved ones souls and celebrate the entrance of our loved ones into Heaven. Remember that praying for the dead is a corporal work of mercy.
Reflection on Scripture
What is the difference between the party of the Pharisees and the party of the Sadducees? The Pharisees studied Mosaic Law and Rabbinic teaching, but they followed the post-exilic discipline that allowed for angels and the resurrection of the body. The Sadducees admitted of neither. Jesus was teaching and preaching in the paradigm of Pharisaic culture; in other words, he was promising resurrection of the body. The Sadducees created an impossible scenario using the Mosaic obligation for a brother to create progeny for a brother who died before fathering children. Since they did not believe in resurrection, the only way a man “lived on” after death in their way of thinking was in his progeny.
Jesus counters that souls in Heaven do not procreate. He shows that the logic of their argument is unsound and borne of their lack of understanding of God’s Kingdom. Their very premise is like a child asking why we don’t handle molten steel in our bare hands. Their question defies the very definition of molten steel. In the case of the Sadducees, their question defies the definition of “timeless” resurrection. Essentially, Jesus asks the Sadducees how they could ask such a stupid question.
In our world today, we have many self-appointed experts who believe they can use human logic to prove their atheism. They forget that God created matter, energy, and time itself. The premise upon which they base their false logic is constrained by time and space.. God is eternal and cannot be constrained into temporal categories. We would do well to ask the secular humanists of today how they can ask such a stupid question.
Readings for the Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Thes 3:7-12
Theme: If you live your faith, expect persecution.
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