Meditation Garden- Mrs. Mary Simcoe is the volunteer coordinator of parishioner garden caretakers who work on beautifying the exterior of our facilities, and is the coordinator of church environment and decorations for liturgical seasons. In recent months, some of the stations in the meditation garden have either fallen down or begun to look dramatically weathered. Mary’s husband, Dr. James Simcoe has rebuilt two of the stations using cedar wood and restored them to a condition superior to their original construction with plywood. In the name of the parish and those for whom the stations were originally donated, I wish to express my gratitude.
In a parish of approximately 2200 families, we have more than eight hundred (800) volunteers without whom the parish could not flourish. Many thanks to Dr. James and Mary Simcoe and all the hundreds of volunteers, from festival to football, whose tireless efforts make Sacred Heart an outstanding example of what can happen when we all work together.
Ministry Fair- Both Sacred Heart and St. Ann have a proud heritage of active lay ministry as envisioned by the Second Vatican Council. This coming weekend, September 17 & 18 we will have a “Ministry Fair” in Fellowship Hall inviting volunteers and those interested in becoming volunteers to see an exposition of the ministries we have at both parishes and possibly enlist yourself in one or more.
RCIA Classes- St. Ann and Sacred Heart RCIA classes begin on Wednesday, September 21 in the basement of Sacred Heart Church at 7:00 p.m. Schedules are available at the doors of each church.
Hospital Ministry- Please remember that the hospitals are NOT permitted to inform parishes or priests as to admissions to the hospital. In other words, I have no knowledge that you or your loved one is in the hospital unless you call me. Please call and leave a message if I am not there at (513) 858-4260. If it is an emergency, please call 858-4210, wait for option 2, and leave a message on my emergency line. If I am not in the middle of Mass, I will call you back in about five minutes. Please to not tell me in passing as you exit Church. With all the people telling me things, there is no way I will remember the name of the person in the hospital. If I do not know the exact name of the person in the hospital, the hospital will not tell me their room number. Therefore, it is imperative that you call and tell me or leave a message for me. Please leave your telephone number as well in case I cannot decipher the message. Sometimes I receive messages in which the person is crying so hard that neither I nor the staff can decipher who is in the hospital or what has happened. Please try to leave a composed message. Please do not leave a voice message on the pager number but for emergency call 858-4210 option 2. The pager wait time between verbal message and notification can exceed twenty minutes, and is sometimes garbled. For a non urgent situation please leave message at 858-4260.
Reflection on Scripture
Forgiveness does not require forgetfulness. When I was a child, I had a pet billy goat. It had two horns on its head, and loved to put his head down and push against you. It was not a good idea to turn your back on him. Although I did not hold his typical goat behavior against him, I did not turn my back on him.
The scriptures today that happen to coincide with the fifteenth anniversary of September 11 challenge us to exhibit Christian forgiveness even for the sinful acts of the terrorists who attacked our nation on 9/11 and since. We commend their judgment not to our vengeance, but to the justice of God. We don’t degrade ourselves as Christians by hating those who hate us. We protect ourselves and commend them to God’s justice. Nevertheless, we also do not forget the lives lost or the heartache their actions caused. We do not degrade our Christian identity by hating them. But we do not become complacent and turn our backs to them either. On this anniversary we pray for the families that still mourn the deaths and injuries caused by terrorism, and we pledge ourselves to be vigilant against this terrorist enemy. May God bless those who protect us at home and abroad.
Readings for the Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Tim 2:1-8
Theme: “You cannot serve both God and mannon!”
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