Annual Convocation of Priests
All active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the Convocation of Priests which will take place on Wednesday, October 5. After I complete the 6:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ann and then the 7:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart, I will be on the road to Centerville. As all Archdiocesan priests are required to attend the Convocation, I will not be able to have a funeral on Wednesday! I will be back in time for RCIA on Wednesday evening.
Blessing of Pets for Sacred Heart and St. Ann
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a blessing of pets on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon in the west parking lot and grassy area of Sacred Heart. Please feel free to bring your “well behaved Catholic” dogs or cats with or without muzzle or cage. If your pet is a more exotic animal, not easy to transport; or if the dog or cat is older and might be harmed by the trip and excitement, feel free to come with a picture of your pet and carry the blessing home. Please make certain as you position yourself for the blessing that your pet won’t eat or be eaten by the pet next to you. Feel free to bring a muzzle or cage as necessary. We don’t want any tragedies, just a fun blessing for the pets which bring so much joy into our lives.
Women’s Day of Reflection
St. Ann and Sacred Heart women have joined forces to create an annual retreat day called the Women’s Day of Reflection. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 8. More information is available in this bulletin.
Reflection on Scripture
What does God owe you? Does God owe you a happy life? Does God owe you health or wealth? Since God created reality and time itself; isn’t our very conscious existence a magnanimous gift from God? Of course we can always compare ourselves to the very wealthy and say, “Wow, I wish I had been born with a silver spoon in my mouth!” But wealth does not equate with happiness. And then we can always compare ourselves to the less fortunate and humbly count our blessings. In the final analysis, we should all count our blessings, if we can breathe air and be cognizant we are alive.
In truth, we owe God! We owe God for life, for talents, for everyday blessings, and for everything. The only way we can show appreciation to God is through prayer and service. This does not repay God for our blessings. It just shows that we, in humility, appreciate them.
Many in Judaism at the time of Jesus felt that, if one obeyed all six hundred and thirteen commandments of the Jewish Law, God owed them something. Even Jesus’ own disciples say to him in the gospels, “Jesus, do you realize what we have given up to follow you?” But think about it. If I gave you a cup, brewed the coffee and poured it for you, would you be justified in expecting me to pay you for drinking my coffee?!! Hardly! Therefore, how can we criticize God for not giving us everything we want?
Jesus tells us in today’s gospel to be grateful to God for everything. Only when we acknowledge that existence itself is a gift from God can we really say we are counting our blessings.
Readings for the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kgs 5:14-17
2 Tim 2:8-13
Theme: Why do we forget to show gratitude to God?
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