Bereavement Mass for Sacred Heart
We will have a special Mass of Remembrance at Sacred Heart on Sunday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m. for all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one buried from Sacred Heart in the past year. We also remember all the deceased loved ones of past years remembered by our parishioners at this special time of the year.
St. Ann will celebrate a similar remembrance for those buried from St. Ann in the past year at the precept Masses on November 7 & 8.
The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, traditionally known as the Feast of All Souls, is Monday, November 2. It is NOT A HOLYDAY! It is however a time to remember and pray for deceased loved ones. We will have our regular weekday Masses: 6:30 a.m. at Saint Ann and 7:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart.
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. It bears my name because it was my idea a couple of years ago to help us balance our budget. I draw the winning ticket at the New Year’s Eve Dance at St. Ann on December 31. After paying one half the “pot” to the winner, all proceeds go to St. Ann Parish and School. Remember that I am ineligible to win so do NOT put my name on a ticket. Similarly I would discourage you from putting St. Ann or any other parish on the ticket. It is far better for an individual to win and then he or she can decide with whom they share their good fortune.
Remember that as the pot grows bigger, so does the excitement. Early purchases are like added inertia. They get things going. Please help us to get off the ground quickly so we can support St. Ann this year even better than last year, and have some fun getting things going.
Reflection on Scripture
Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. This is stated in the Letter to the Hebrews. Jesus is not “made” for us! Jesus is the very revelation of God. Therefore he can exact expiation for our sins because he is both fully divine and fully human. He is the victim and the high priest.
Jesus gives sight to the blind and purpose to the confounded. As God brought Israel back after the exile, so God sends His Son to show us His love and call the Holy Spirit upon us so our true created purpose if fulfilled. The Trinity is the fullness of the completeness of God. Salvation history is completed for us in this same fullness.
There is always a “human” lingering question, “Do we have it all?” If we discover who we were created to be in Jesus Christ? If we feel the forgiveness of God in Jesus Christ? If we are caught up in the ecstasy of the power of God in the Holy Spirit? The Trinity of God shared in the Three Divine Persons allows us to bring it full circle. In Jesus Christ, we have it all!
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