St. Ann Oktoberfest
St. Ann celebrates Oktoberfest from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. September 24 in the St. Ann Parking Lot. Come and enjoy, and see if I really know the words to the German Songs.
Both Sacred Heart and St. Ann have a proud heritage of active lay ministry as envisioned by the Second Vatican Council. This weekend, September 17 & 18 we 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.
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.
Reflection on Scripture
“You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Jesus says these words at the end of today’s gospel selection. So what does he mean? Are we all to divest ourselves of all our possessions or the coin used in purchase thereof? After all, “the love of money is the root of all evils.” (1 Tim 6:10) Isn’t this what the scripture says? As disclaimer, let me remind you that I was in charge of the financial matters of the Archdiocese from 1985 to 1995. I learned early on that the key to investment success is security selection, asset allocation, and market timing (the last being something no one can do). Should I not even give these concepts room in my weak brain?
What Jesus is explaining is that we are to love people and use things; never the other way around. We are only stewards of all earthly possessions. God made them. God keeps them in existence. If we use the things of this earth to serve one another (economy) then we are praising God by the way we use things. On the other hand, if we “love” things then before long we will begin to “use” people. God’s economy is justice and mercy. We show our love for God and our neighbor by the way we use the goods of the earth.
Readings for the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Am 6:1a, 4-7
1 Tim 6:11-16
Theme: Lazarus and Dives.
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