St. Ann and Sacred Heart RCIA classes began on Wednesday, September 21 in the basement of Sacred Heart Church at 7:00 p.m. If you missed the first class, do not despair. We will help you catch up for what you missed last week. Simply come on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to RH 2 & 3.
Blessing of Pets
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a blessing of pets on Sunday Afternoon (October 2) in the west parking lot and grassy area of Sacred Heart. Please feel free to bring your “well behaved Catholic” dogs or cats with or without muzzle or cage. If your pet is a more exotic animal, not easy to transport; or if the dog or cat is older and might be harmed by the trip and excitement, feel free to come with a picture of your pet and carry the blessing home. Please make certain as you position yourself for the blessing that your pet won’t eat or be eaten by the pet next to you. Feel free to bring a muzzle or cage as necessary. We don’t want any tragedies, just a fun blessing for the pets which bring so much joy into our lives.
Women’s Day of Reflection
St. Ann and Sacred Heart women have joined forces to create an annual retreat day called the Women’s Day of Reflection. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 8. More information is available in this bulletin.
Reflection on Scripture
Many who read the parable of Lazarus and Dives in Luke’s Gospel presume that Lazarus goes to Heaven because he is poor, and Dives is buried in Hell because he is rich. (Dives means “rich man”) They see the story as a political statement on economics. Although St. Luke certainly paints as heroic the ANAWIM (O T Hebrew for the poor and disenfranchised who depend upon God for deliverance), Luke does not equate poverty with piety. Quite the contrary, the story of Lazarus and Dives asks us the age old question, “Can we see God in the other person?” Dives might certainly have shared his opulence with another proper or dignified person. He even fed his dogs better than the poor man Lazarus. Lazarus was not poor because he was lazy or in any way responsible for his predicament. Lazarus was sick and covered with sores. But Dives had no pity or compassion. In Genesis, Cain with recalcitrance responds to the Lord, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” This parable answers the question with a resounding “YES!” We owe others the respect due to a child of God. We are our brother’s and sister’s keepers!
In the last half of Chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel, the question is answered “Whatsoever you do for the least, you did it unto me.”
The farmer who has a bumper harvest is not condemned for good fortune. He suffers condemnation only if he fails to share his bounty as an opportunity for charity. As the old saying goes: “There are no pockets in a shroud.” “We can’t take it with us.” But if we used it in charity to lift up other children of God, we have learned what it means to recognize God’s image and likeness in our brothers and sisters. We are our brother’s keepers!
Readings for the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Hab 1:2-3, 2:2-4
2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14
Theme: Faith in our souls can only increase, if we open the doors of humility.
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