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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.