Church Doors Locked before and during School Masses at Sacred Heart
You may have noticed in last week’s bulletin the announcement that (for security purposes) all doors to Sacred Heart Church will be locked before and during School Masses. Those who have requested and been given “proximity cards” for the mag-lock doors will be able to enter. Others are always free to enter through the school front security doors. This does require a bit of a walk.
If you are a parishioner who needs a proximity card, please request a card from the parish secretary. If you lost the card we gave you, please inform us so we can delete your old card and re-issue a new one. This is somewhat costly, so please try not to lose your card.
Purifying Chalices at Mass
You will note a change in the way the cups are purified after communion. We are instituting the instruction contained in the New Roman Missal that the sacred chalices be purified by the priest at the altar after Communion but before the end of Mass. Eucharistic ministers will still wash the cups thoroughly in the sacristy after Mass.
Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed
Both Sacred Heart and St. Ann acknowledge those who have passed during the year around All Souls Day (November 2), but each does it a bit differently. Sacred Heart will celebrate a Mass of Memorial on November 6 at 1:30 p.m. for all whose funeral has taken place at Sacred Heart during the past year. St. Ann will read the names of the deceased at the regular Sunday Masses on November 12 & 13. We as parishes celebrate the entrance of our loved ones into Heaven, but as humans left behind both parishes remember and pray for our departed loved ones.
All Saints (November 1) is a Holy Day of Obligation
Masses for the Holyday at Sacred Heart are at 7:00 p.m. on the 31st, and at 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the first. Masses at St. Ann are 5:30 p.m. on the 31st, and 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the first.
Reflection on Scripture
Humility allows us to recognize that there are realities greater than us on which we depend. We call the ultimate reality “God.” We cannot be saved unless we humble ourselves before Jesus Christ, recognizing Him, and Him alone as our savior. But humility is not just the lack of conceit. It is the acknowledgement of the infinity of God and the submission of ourselves to Him. Humility means putting God first in everything.
The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican is a classic confrontation between delusional arrogance and submissive humility. But even more, self righteous pride is one of the worst sins, because it proposes that we don’t need a savior. The self righteous believe they do not need God, or his Son our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. How ridiculous the self righteous must seem in the eyes of God.
Readings for the Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Thes 1:11-2:2
Theme: Short in stature. Giant faith!
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