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Celebrant for August 26 & 27 is Father Larry Tharp

posted by Kathy Middendorf

RCIA

Contained in this bulletin find the Schedule for RCIA and RCIC for 2017/2018.  The classes begin on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Basement Room RH 2 & 3.  At the first class, those interested in participating will be asked to fill out a registration form which will help me define the canonical route that would be necessary should the applicant choose to become Catholic. 

Additional schedules are available at the doors of church.  If you have any questions, please call me (Fr. Tharp) at (513) 858-4260 or email questions to me at frtharp@sacredheart-fairfield.org. 

Fr. Tharp away on Tuesday Afternoons

For the past eight years, I have been given the opportunity to teach a class at the Seminary on Pastoral Administration.  I teach a three hour class once each Tuesday until Christmas.  Therefore, from now until Christmas, I will be unavailable by telephone and out of my office on Tuesday afternoons. 

Reflection on Scripture

Have you ever used a metaphor or analogy to explain some abstract concept to someone, and then asked them if they understand?  Has their response revealed to you that the person has missed the point of what you were trying to say entirely?  In today’s gospel, Jesus is asking his disciples if they have a clue as to who he is.  The initial response of the disciples is to report what others are saying about Jesus.  Asked directly by Jesus what they were thinking, Peter is the one who has the courage to speak the unspeakable.  For a good Jew, it would have been beyond comprehension that Jesus could be the “Son of the Living God.”  The Jewish view of God at this time would have been so transcendent that even language would fail its descriptive capacity.  And Peter says that Jesus is both the fulfillment of the messianic promise, the “Christ” or “the anointed one” and is as well the full communication (the Son) of God himself.  It is doubtful that Peter fully understood the “Incarnation” as articulated in John’s Gospel many years later, but he was catching on. 

As a result of Peter’s profession of faith, Jesus gives him apostolic authority symbolized by the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.”  In the first reading today from Isaiah, the royal steward Shebna (short for Shebnayahu) uses his “power” (keys) to influence Hezekiah against the advice of Isaiah and against the Jewish tradition of reliance solely on God and not on political affiliations.  Thus he loses his authority.  Authority given by the king, lasts as long as the king’s reign.  Authority given by the Son of God, lasts as long as God is God, in other words “forever!” 

Readings for the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer 20:7-9

Rom 12:1-2

Mt 16:21-27

Theme:  Are we thinking like a saint or thinking like a sinner?

 

Celebrant for August 19 & 20 is Father Bob Schmitz

posted Aug 18, 2017, 6:36 AM by Kathy Middendorf

CMA Thank You Mass

Archbishop Schnurr will celebrate the 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Mass this coming Sunday (August 27) at Sacred Heart in thanksgiving for all the generous donations from donors in our region of the Archdiocese.  We welcome the Archbishop and thank him for choosing Sacred Heart as one of the locations for these “Appreciation Masses.”  We are honored that the Archbishop chose Sacred Heart for this honor.

 

Sacred Heart Festival

My sincere thanks to the festival co-chairs, the committee heads, the booth sponsors and workers, the set-up, clean-up, counters, and all the volunteers who make our festival possible each year.  God blessed us with excellent weather this year.  Thanks to all who made it possible.

 

Sunday Noon Mass

Please note that we are still looking for ushers, distributors, and lectors for the 12:00 p.m. (noon) Mass on Sundays.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the parish office.

 Reflection on Scripture

The moral of the story of the Canaanite Woman’s request to Jesus can only be fully understood when viewed in cultural context.  The Canaanite woman was not a Jew, either by blood or by culture.  Jesus was considered a great Rabbi by the people.  Had he greeted the woman fondly, or even courteously, everyone would have seen him as a “turncoat” to the Jewish tradition of having nothing to do with such lowly Gentile annoyances.   So Jesus treats her with distain, as was the expectation for a good Rabbi.  She in turn disregards his insults as opportunities to show the depth of her faith.  When referred to as a “dog” she counters that even dogs get the scraps from the table. 

How much embarrassment are we willing to suffer in the name of Jesus?  Does it tempt us to think that Jesus has forgotten us?  In old school pugilism training, the boxer was expected to get hit repeatedly in the gut with a medicine ball.  It trained him to “take a punch.”  Are we willing to take a punch for Jesus and still remain loyal like the Canaanite woman?  Can we view being spit upon for the name of Jesus as a badge of honor?  How will Jesus see it on judgment day?

Readings for the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Is 22:19-23

Rom 11:33-36

Mt 16:13-20

 

Theme:  “But who do you say that I am?”

 

Celebrant for August 12 & 13 is Father Larry Tharp

posted Aug 8, 2017, 1:06 PM by Kathy Middendorf

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

This year, August 15 falls on a Tuesday.  It IS therefore a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses at St. Ann are Monday 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Masses at Sacred Heart are Monday at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Regardless of your specific parish affiliation, please attend the Mass at either parish which best fits your schedule.  I will celebrate all the Masses at both parishes and (as always) your envelope will go to the parish that issued it regardless of the Mass location you choose.  I am technically not permitted by Canon Law to celebrate any more Masses than I have scheduled.

 

Sacred Heart Festival

 

My sincere thanks to the festival co-chairs, the committee heads, the booth sponsors and workers, the set-up, clean-up, counters, and all the volunteers who make our festival possible each year.  I am writing this for deadline a week before the festival, but when you read it the festival will be in its last day.  Thanks to all who have made it possible.

 

Cooperative Mission Appeal

 

 Every year the Archdiocesan Mission Office assigns a missionary to come and speak with each parish about the missionary activity of the Church in general, and share some of their mission experiences.  This year the Archdiocese has designated Father Fortunatus Mugusha as the preacher for the Pastoral Region of St. Ann/Sacred Heart.  Father Fortunatus preached all the precept Masses at St. Ann this past weekend, and will be preaching all the precept Masses at Sacred Heart on the weekend of August 19 & 20.  There will be a second collection at each of the Masses which will be sent to the Mission Office of the Archdiocese and dispersed according to their formula to each of the Missionary Societies participating in the Cooperative Mission Appeal.

 

Sunday Noon Mass

 

Please note that we are still looking for ushers, distributors, and lectors for the 12:00 p.m. (noon) Mass on Sundays.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the parish office.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

At the recent feast of the Transfiguration, Jesus is shown in the vision seen by Peter, James, and John on the mountain that he is instructing (and is therefore greater than) Moses and Elijah.  In today’s gospel Jesus walks on the water.  Recall that in Exodus, Moses parted the Red Sea and led the Israelites on dry land through the midst of the sea.  When Jesus walks on the water as depicted in today’s gospel story, he again shows himself superior to Moses in that Jesus does not just part the sea, Jesus walks on top of it.  In the Genesis first story of creation, the “breath of God” sweeps over the waters.  As the Son of God, Jesus does not ask God to part the waters like Moses did.  Jesus is the New Law Giver and is superior to the old.  When you walk on top of a liquid whose surface tension would never be enough to support your weight (unless it were frozen) you show yourself to be the master of material things.  Jesus is king of the universe; master of all times, seasons, and existence.

 

Readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Is 56:1, 6-7

Rom 11:13-15, 29-30

Mt 15:21-28

 

Theme:   “Catholic” is both a congregational name and an adjective.

 

Celebrant for July 15 & 16 is Father Larry Tharp

posted Jul 17, 2017, 6:15 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Sacred Heart Festival

 

The Festival for Sacred Heart is August 11, 12 & 13.  This is our major annual fundraiser for Sacred Heart Parish and School.   Volunteers will be present to sign up volunteers to operate the various booths and games of chance.  If you can volunteer to handle a booth for an evening that would be great; but even if you can only offer an hour or two, please volunteer.  Even helping with set up and take down saves significant dollars for the bottom line of the festival.

 

St. Ann Fiesta

 

Remember that the St. Ann Fiesta is Friday Evening, July 28 and Saturday Evening July 29.  Please support St. Ann’s Fiesta (Festival) as they support Sacred Heart’s Festival.  Supporting each other builds up our mutual pastoral region.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

The parable of the “sower and the seed” appears in all three Synoptic Gospels (Mt 13:1-9, Mk 4:1-9 and Lk 8:4-8).  Similarly the explanation of the parable follows the parable in all three instances.  Jesus uses an agricultural metaphor to explain how God’s Word is sown and the correspondent yield per acre in each planting venue.  God controls where he sows the seed; and God sows the seed of his love everywhere regardless of yield potential.  But we, the recipients, control the context in which we receive it.  If we are living among weeds, whose fault is that? 

 Do we not have free will?  And if we are emotionally Catholic but refuse to attach to solid grounding in learning and sacrificing for our faith, whose fault is that?  We can easily avail ourselves of the opportunity to learn more about our faith.  And if we make sure we go to Mass, are we not planting ourselves in rich soil?

 

The parable speaks of the unconditional love of God for humanity and God’s never ending offer of His love.  But the parable also speaks to how we as individuals decide to plant ourselves.  Let’s make sure our planting techniques match our promise to be faithful stewards of the Lord’s seed.

 

Readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Wis 12: 13, 16-19

Rom 8:26-27

Mt 13:24-43

 

Theme:   More parables of seeds and yeast.

 

Celebrant for June 24 is Father Larry Tharp and June 25 is Father Adam Puntel

posted Jun 20, 2017, 6:10 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Wedding Anniversary Celebration

 

We will have a special celebration with distribution of Archdiocesan certificates for 50th and 25th wedding anniversaries at the 10:00 a.m. Mass, Sunday July 2.  Congratulations to all celebrating a special anniversary.  Your commitment is a sign to all of us of the power of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

 

Hospital Calls

 

Please remember that federal legislation prohibits hospitals and nursing homes from calling clergy with names of parishioners who are patients.  The only way I can know that you or your loved one is in the hospital is if you call my number 858-4260 and leave all the information.  In most cases the hospital or institution will not call.  If the call is an emergency call 858-4210 and then take option two to leave an emergency message for Fr. Tharp.  The system will page me and tell me that I have an emergency voice mail. 

 Reflection on Scripture

 

Jesus is looking for loyalty.  Jesus will be watching and listening to see if we are loyal in time of trial or if we are embarrassed by our faith in Jesus and ashamed of our faith.  If we are ashamed of our faith in Jesus, he will be ashamed of us on judgment day.  If we are loyal, the dividends pay off for all eternity.  Are you going to invest your life in Jesus or hedge your bets?

 

Readings for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a

Rom 6:3-4, 8-11

Mt 10:37-42

 

Theme:   Don’t put anything ahead of your faith in Christ.

 

Celebrant for June 10 is Father Larry Tharp & June 11 is Father Adam Puntel

posted Jun 6, 2017, 6:36 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Pre-Baptism Class for Infant Baptisms

 

Are you anticipating your first infant baptism at St. Ann or Sacred Heart?  I have the Infant Pre-Baptism Workshop every second Monday of each month in the basement room RH 2&3 at Sacred Heart Church at 8:00 p.m.   The entire session takes about forty five minutes.  If you already attended my workshop for a recent baptism, or if you have attended the workshop recently at another parish, there is no need to repeat the class.  No need to register for this, simply show up by 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 8 at Sacred Heart and come to the basement room RH 2&3.  This is the workshop for both St. Ann and Sacred Heart, but obviously I have to have it in one location.

 

Please Remember

 

This is just a reminder that all active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the convocation in Columbus from June 19 to June 22.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I have made provision at each parish for a communion service each day.  Funerals will of necessity be delayed.

 

The Tyranny of Geese

 

I apologize for the geese droppings near the north entrance to the Narthex.  Visiting geese can have the steps and sidewalk covered in droppings is five to ten minutes.  Sometimes we have to hose the area three or four times a day.  I have chased them with a broom all the way up the hill, but when I look back they are following me back to the entrance.  Please note:  These geese would love to come into the Narthex.  Unfortunately I cannot hose down the Narthex.  Please be careful that they do not come through the doors into church with you!  They are more destructive and dirtier than most any other animal.  I encourage you, watch where you walk!

 

Fr. Adam named Pastor of Adams County Parishes

 

I am pleased to announce that it is official.  As Dean of the
Hamilton Deanery I have received a copy of the appointment by the Archbishop of Fr. Adam Puntel as pastor of St. Mary Queen of Heaven, Peebles and Holy Trinity, West Union.  I am very sorry to lose Fr. Adam as our Sunday Celebrant, but I am also grateful for the time he shared his ministry with us.  He is a very good man and a very good priest.  I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit will work through him to produce great things in Adams County.  Please support him with your prayers.

 

St. Ann will host a going away reception from Fr. Adam after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann on June 18.  Sacred Heart will do the same on June 25.  More specifics will be available in next week’s bulletin.

 

Sunday Celebrant for St. Ann and Sacred Heart

 

I have spoken to an old friend of mine from seminary days who recently retired.  He was ordained two years before me in 1975.  He has indicated to me via the telephone that he is willing to help us keep the existing Sunday Mass schedule at St. Ann and Sacred Heart.  Nothing is official as yet, but it seems we may have a solution for the loss of Fr. Adam.  More information will follow as plans are formalized through Bishop Binzer.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity has been on the calendar of the western Church since the fourteenth century.  Some say it is a response to the error found in the Arian heresy.  Others contend that it confirmed the creed from Nicaea.  Of course the doctrine of the Trinity has existed in the Church since Jesus revealed it. 

 

The Trinity is a mystery because it seeks to explain the inexplicable.  God is so much bigger than our human minds can comprehend, that the only way to express the revelation of the Trinity by Jesus is to admit the inability to understand and yet the ability to revel in the mystery.  Science seeks to know.  Mystery seeks to appreciate.  Let’s appreciate what we cannot know!

 

Readings for the Feast of Corpus Christi

 

Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a

1 Cor 10:16-17

Jn 6:51-58

 

Theme:   Mystical Body of Christ

Celebrant for June 3 and 4 is Father Larry Tharp

posted May 31, 2017, 6:52 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Fr. Adam named Pastor of Adams County Parishes

 

I am pleased to announce that it is official.  As Dean of the
Hamilton Deanery I have received a copy of the appointment by the Archbishop of Fr. Adam Puntel as pastor of St. Mary Queen of Heaven, Peebles and Holy Trinity, West Union.  I am very sorry to lose Fr. Adam as our Sunday Celebrant, but I am also grateful for the time he shared his ministry with us.  He is a very good man and a very good priest.  I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit will work through him to produce great things in Adams County.  Please support him with your prayers.

 

St. Ann will host a going away reception from Fr. Adam after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann on June 18.  Sacred Heart will do the same on June 25.  More specifics will be available in next week’s bulletin.

 

Please Remember

 

This is just a reminder that all active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the convocation in Columbus from June 19 to June 22.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I have made provision at each parish for a communion service each day.  Funerals will of necessity be delayed.

 

Sunday Celebrant for St. Ann and Sacred Heart

 

I have spoken to an old friend of mine from seminary days who recently retired.  He was ordained two years before me in 1975.  He has indicated to me via the telephone that he is willing to help us keep the existing Sunday Mass schedule at St. Ann and Sacred Heart.  Nothing is official as yet, but it seems we may have a solution for the loss of Fr. Adam.  More information will follow as plans are formalized through Bishop Binzer.

 

Festival Bid and Buy Booth

 

We have a display of Easter Eggs in the Narthex, each depicting some item needed for the bid and buy booth at the festival.  Taking one of these eggs will assure the bid and buy organizers that they can expect this donation for the booth for the festival.  Please consider at least looking at the options and consider if you can make the commitment of taking an egg. 

 

Defibrillators for Church and School

 

Parish Council has approved the installation of modern defibrillator units in church and near the gymnasium.  The units are self-instructing in that a voice in the unit verbally instructs the user at every step.  Even though the fire department is across the street, if we use the units one time, they have fulfilled their emergency purpose.  The one for Church will probably be located on the wall in the usher’s room.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

Pentecost is my favorite Solemnity.  Christmas and Easter are great, but Pentecost is the feast celebrating the beginning of the “Age or Time of the Church.”   Jesus established the Eucharist at the Last Supper and proclaimed the Kingdom of God throughout his public ministry.  When Jesus ascended to the Father, he confirmed his divinity and revealed our destiny.  But think of it: fifty days after Easter Jesus has ascended to the Father in Heaven and the disciples were huddled in the upper room quite frightened.  They had already seen the resurrected Jesus, so they understood the truth of his Divinity.  But they were still afraid of being arrested and crucified.  And then all of the sudden, the Breath of God, a mighty wind like the Ruah Elohim (the breath of God) which hovered over the waters at creation, came to rest on each of them like tongues of fire.   Suddenly they were empowered with prophetic zeal and began to preach publicly.  They stopped worrying about themselves (stopped hiding in the upper room) and got busy with the work of building up the Kingdom of God. 

 

I have seen the power of the Holy Spirit change the hardened heart, explain the inexplicable, bring peace in the midst of conflict, and even change the unchangeable certainty of human nature.  The Holy Spirit is like a train locomotive.  You can either jump on and ride to places you can’t imagine; or you can stand on the tracks and be run over by it!  The Holy Spirit of God, the Third Person of the Trinity, always gets His way.  Don’t be foolish and stand on the tracks because you think you can divert or stop a train!  Use the Sacrament of Confirmation you received and invite the Holy Spirit to take charge of your heart and soul.  Believe me, it is the most astounding “thrill ride” you will ever experience, and the destination of Heaven is assured.

 

Readings for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

 

Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9

2 Cor 13:11-13

Jn 3:16-18

 

Theme:   Rejoicing in the Mystery

Celebrant for May 27 is Father Tharp and May 28 is Father Adam Puntel.

posted May 25, 2017, 7:54 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Memorial Day

 

Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day, a Civic Holiday with religious foundation.  We remember and honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so we may live in freedom.  Freedom and self-determination are gifts from God; but they are not “free.”  In this great nation, our freedoms have been paid for by the blood of men and women who valued freedom and family more than life.  Every person who lost his or her life or health in service to our freedom deserves our admiration and our prayers.  Make Memorial Day this year a day when we honor and remember all who have made our nation the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

Mass at Sacred Heart will be at the regular time of 7:30 a.m.  Mass at St. Ann will not be at 6:30 but will be at 9:00 a.m. 

 

Festival Bid and Buy Booth

 

We have a display of Easter Eggs in the Narthex, each depicting some item needed for the bid and buy booth at the festival.  Taking one of these eggs will assure the bid and buy organizers that they can expect this donation for the booth for the festival.  Please consider at least looking at the options and consider if you can make the commitment of taking an egg. 

 

Defibrillators for Church and School

 

Parish Council has approved the installation of modern defibrillator units in church and near the gymnasium.  The units are self-instructing in that a voice in the unit verbally instructs the user at every step.  Even though the fire department is across the street, if we use the units one time, they have fulfilled their emergency purpose.  The one for Church will probably be located on the wall in the usher’s room.

 

Please Remember

 

This is just a reminder that all active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the convocation in Columbus from June 19 to June 22.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I have made provision at each parish for a communion service each day.  Funerals will of necessity be delayed.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

On the Feast of the Ascension, before Vatican II, we used to extinguish the flame of the Easter Candle during the reading to make the absence of the resurrected Lord here on earth powerfully evident.   The post Vatican II liturgy, we leave the candle lighted until after Pentecost.  The pre-Vatican II liturgy always made me feel a bit sad on the Feast of the Ascension.  In the post Vatican II liturgy we feel a sense of anticipation for Pentecost.  Since Pentecost is my favorite Solemnity, the anticipation of the Ascension seems fulfilled in Pentecost.  You can’t have Easter without Good Friday, and you can’t have Pentecost without the Ascension.  The truth is evident only when you see each in context.

 

Readings for the Feast of Pentecost

 

Acts 2:1-11

1 Cor 12:3b-7

Jn 20:19-23

 

Theme:   Come Holy Spirit, come into our hearts!

 

Celebrant for May 20 and May 21 is Father Larry Tharp

posted May 16, 2017, 7:38 AM by Kathy Middendorf   [ updated May 16, 2017, 7:56 AM by Web Master ]

Graduation at Sacred Heart

 

Graduation at Sacred Heart will take place on Thursday evening, May 25.  Congratulations to all.  Be assured of our prayers.

 

Life in the Spirit Seminar

 

The Saint Ann/Sacred Heart Pastoral Region is sponsoring a Life in the Spirit Seminar that will begin on Friday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. and continue on the Fridays thereafter at Sacred Heart.  This is a wonderful way to experience Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church.  If you have not ever asked in prayer that the Holy Spirit of God fill you as He filled the hearts of the Apostles at Pentecost, try it.  But be aware, when you ask the Holy Spirit to fill you, it’s like stomping down on the accelerator of a 426 hemi.  Don’t be afraid, just enjoy the ride.

 

Festival Bid and Buy Booth

 

We have a display of Easter Eggs in the Narthex, each depicting some item needed for the bid and buy booth at the festival.  Taking one of these eggs will assure the bid and buy organizers that they can expect this donation for the booth for the festival.  Please consider at least looking at the options and consider if you can make the commitment of taking an egg. 

 

Defibrillators for Church and School

 

Parish Council has approved the installation of modern defibrillator units in church and near the gymnasium.  The units are self-instructing in that a voice in the unit verbally instructs the user at every step.  Even though the fire department is across the street, if we use the units one time, they have fulfilled their emergency purpose.  The one for Church will probably be located on the wall in the usher’s room.

 

Please Remember

 

This is just a reminder that all active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the convocation in Columbus from June 19 to June 22.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on TuesdayWednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I have made provision at each parish for a communion service each day.  Funerals will of necessity be delayed.

 

Reflection on Scripture

 

“I will not leave you orphans!”  Jesus reveals God’s plan that he ascend to the Father and send the Holy Spirit of God (the Third Person of the Holy Trinity) to enliven the Church.  Jesus is the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.  Remember that we believe in One God, in Three Divine Persons.  Jesus wants us to know that he has not decided to abandon us.  Rather, he wants the Church to emerge as his presence in the world.  When he sends the Holy Spirit upon us, all that he planned for the Church will be fulfilled. 

 

Readings for the Feast of the Ascension

 

Acts 1:1-11

Eph 1:17-23

Mt 28:16-20

 

Theme:   The Church is commissioned to preach, teach, and sanctify

    in the name of Jesus Christ.

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