Respect Life Sunday
This Sunday (October 4) is “Respect Life Sunday.” Parishioners will be given the opportunity to contribute to the Archdiocesan Respect Life Fund which is used for pro-life programs and initiatives within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. As laity, please also consider engaging in pro-life activities that seek to change public policy, and remember the power of prayer.
Blessing of Animals
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is usually October 4. This year October 4 is a Sunday and is superseded by the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Nevertheless, in honor of St. Francis, we will bless dogs, cats, and other animal pets in a brief ceremony today at Sacred Heart (location chosen because there is more grass) at 2:30 p.m. in the west parking lot and grass area off of River Road (northwest door of the church) rain or shine. Some pets may be too old to make the trip or not easily mobile (like fish) or may be predators to other pets (like snakes are to rabbits). In these cases we suggest you bring a picture of your pet rather than the pet itself. Also make sure your pet is secured so he or she cannot run away, or bite any other pets or people. I am too old to catch even an arthritic turtle, so if your pet has a tendency to run away, please bring them in a cage or similar container. We want this to be fun and prayerful. We don’t want any tragedies.
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 has met twice, but it is not too late to join. The classes are on Wednesday in the basement of the 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 Chapter Two of the Book of Genesis, we hear in the second (and older) account of creation recounting how God makes man and woman out of one flesh. Their unity is of its very essence procreative. One man and one woman at one time, in a union blessed by God, not only participate in God’s creative activity but reflect the union of God and His Church. The man and woman by the grace of God create the human family. Jesus by his death on the cross and by the Holy Spirit creates the Holy Family of the Church.
God is the great artist of creation. We therefore propose the existence of Natural Law. Now if you had been there when Michelangelo was painting the frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, you would not have presumed to climb the scaffolding, take the brush from his hand and say, “Excuse me but I am going to redefine the characteristics of your artistic expression.” You would have seriously offended the artist. In the same way, we must not be so arrogant as to re-define God’s meaning of marriage as is evident in Sacred Scripture and in Natural Law.
Next Sunday: Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Theme: The camel and the eye of a needle.
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