Pope Francis arrives this coming Tuesday in Washington DC. He has a full itinerary which includes the Canonization Mass for Blessed Junipero Serra on Wednesday, September 23. He addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, and an address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday. He will travel to Philadelphia on Saturday for the World Meeting of Families and Sunday, before he leaves, he will visit prisoners in a correctional facility. For a more specific hour by hour itinerary, please visit the USCCB webpage at www.usccb.org.
The pope will doubtless make numerous statements that are certain to be reported inaccurately by the public media. If you want to hear what the Pope really said, watch EWTN or listen to our local Sacred Heart Radio 740 AM or 89.5 FM
Oktoberfest at St. Ann
St. Ann will celebrate the 3rd annual Oktoberfest September 25 and 26 (Friday and Saturday). Come and celebrate your German heritage, even if you don’t have any. Come to St. Ann and experience authentic Gemutlicheit.
The St. Ann/Sacred Heart RCIA/RCIC begins this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church, 400 Nilles Road. There is no need to pre-register, simply arrive by 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
The greatest is always one person away from being second best. The reality is that pride and jealousy always set us up! In the Book of Wisdom, the evil say “Let’s get the holy guy. Let’s see is he is as good as he seems to be.” Somebody is always trying to knock you off the tall stump. Their jealousy makes them perceive good in another as annoying. Jesus tells the disciples that unless they humble themselves, he cannot exalt them. Even God cannot lift you up when you have tied yourself down with pride.
Humility is a virtue that can reside only in the heart. Christ humbled himself for us so that he could be exulted by the Father. Jesus invites us to purge pride and jealousy from our hearts so that we can be filled with the peace of acquiescence to God. Jesus challenges us to accept our emptiness so as to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
Theme: Be mindful of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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