During the entire month of October, all the parishes in the Archdiocese will be counting those attending each Mass, and directing the numbers to the Archdiocesan Chancery. These numbers are part of the equation determining the viability of a congregation. It is important for our Pastoral Region for you to be present at St. Ann or Sacred Heart to be counted during this time.
If you are preparing to have your first child baptized or if you have not previously attended a Pre-Baptism program, I will have the monthly St. Ann/Sacred Heart Pre-Baptism Class on Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church. If you have already attended for an earlier child, you need not attend again; but simply call me to set up a time for the baptism at either St. Ann or at Sacred Heart depending on which parish you attend.
The St. Ann/Sacred Heart Pre-Baptism class is held on the second Monday of each month at 8:00 p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church.
Reflection on Scripture
As humans, most of us are grateful when someone goes out of their way to help us or give us something we need. We appreciate a fellow human who shows compassion; but we expect it from God. Why are we not appreciative to God for the very gift of life itself? From my perspective it is because we tend not to appreciate that which we “expect.” In the first reading, Naaman the Syrian wanted to pay Elisha for the healing, but Elisha would not accept the gratuity because to receive it would have implied that he (Elisha the prophet) had brought about the healing. Elisha wanted the credit to go to God.
In the gospel, Jesus wonders why no one else other than the Samaritan returned to give glory to God? The Samaritan was grateful because he did not necessarily “expect” to be healed. Thus he recognized the miracle. Perhaps the other nine “expected” a miracle. They may not have been surprised when it happened. We expect the sun to rise and the breeze to be cool. We pray for rain when we want it, and curse it when it falls on our picnic.
When we expect everything from God, we appreciate virtually nothing. Jesus tells us to expect the cross and rejoice in the resurrection. Learn to expect less and appreciate more. This is the first step to appreciation of God.
Readings for the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Tim 3:14-4:2
Theme: Prayer is spiritual breathing!
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