All Saints (Tuesday, November 1) is a Holy Day of Obligation
Masses for the Holyday at Sacred Heart are at 7:00 p.m. on Monday 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.
Church Doors Locked before and during School Masses at Sacred Heart
You may have noticed last Tuesday that 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 the Narthex. The doors will be locked at approximately 8:00 a.m. Parents, Grandparents, and other guests are always free to enter through the school front security doors. You will be screened and allowed to enter through the school. 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.
Reflection on Scripture
The story of Zacchaeus allows for an unlikely hero. This man short in stature is a giant in faith. He is a tax collector and therefore is a collaborator with the Romans, the hated army of occupation. He is wealthy so many have presumed he has been dishonest in his dealings with the people. But for Zacchaeus there is hope only in Jesus. He will climb whatever tree, make a fool of himself in whatever way necessary to catch a glimpse of hope itself. Zacchaeus defends himself and says he is really a decent person. Jesus chooses to stay at his house not because he is good or bad! Jesus chooses him because his faith lets him hope in Jesus.
Jesus chose us at our baptism because of the faith of our parents or, if baptized as an adult, because of our faith. We do not have to be a member of Mensa, or a pro athlete, or a pop star! We need only to have faith in Jesus as our only hope. If we have this lively faith, and are willing to gicve our all for the Lord, Jesus will do the rest.
Readings for the Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14
2 Thes 2:16—3:5
Theme: We are destined by Christ for resurrection!
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