First time parents or those parents who have never participated in a pre-baptism program are invited to attend the St. Ann/Sacred Heart Pre-Baptism Class held in the basement of Sacred Heart at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day). No registration is necessary.
All parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are counting attendance at all precept Masses throughout the month of October. These numbers are used by the Archdiocese in future planning. Please attend and be counted at the Mass time that best satisfies your need.
RCIA and RCIC
The St. Ann/Sacred Heart RCIA/RCIC meets on Wednesdays in the basement of Sacred Heart Church at 7:00 p.m. We usually run until 8:30 p.m. Plenty of parking around both sides of the church is available.
Reflection on Scripture
In Catholic parish offices all across the United States, usually on the parish secretary’s desk, I have seen the sign, “Working for the Catholic Church does not pay much, but the retirement benefits are out of this world.” The “retirement benefit” of which they speak is of course Heaven. This is essentially what Jesus is saying in today’s gospel selection. Peter, speaking for the other apostles, tells the Lord that they have given up everything for him. Jesus says not to worry that he and the Apostles will be compensated in Heaven. Jesus in fact requires “abandonment” of the benefits this world offers if a person wishes to be his disciple.
When in my youth I worked in a tractor implement dealership as a mechanic, I recall calling a manufacturer’s representative to validate some warranty work that was necessary because of a mistake made in the factory. The guy came into the shop wearing a white shirt and tie. I wanted to show him the disassembled engine block, but it meant making ones way past component parts dripping with oil and grease. The rep in the white shirt looked at me covered with oil and grease and said, “Never mind, I will take your word for it.” You can’t be a tractor mechanic wearing a white dress shirt. Similarly you cannot be a follower of Christ if you are “owned” by your possessions in this world. You can use your possessions in ministry, but if you are owned by them, you are not really a follower of Christ. This is what it means when we say there is a Christian requirement of “abandonment.”
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