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6/26/22

Fourth of July

Just a “Heads-up!”   Independence Day (Monday, July 4, 2022) is a National Holiday.  Since most are off from work, we will move the 6:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ann to 9:00 a.m.  Therefore, at St. Ann, we will not have a 6:30 a.m. Mass, but will have the Mass for Independence Day at 9:00 a.m.

The 7:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart will take place as usual.

Beacons of Light

The 57 new “Families” under the Beacons of Light program will be promulgated officially on July 1, 2022.  This is a bit like the American pioneer who stakes out the walls of his new cabin.  The only snag is that he has to clear the trees and build the cabin.  In other words, it is a work in progress.  The implementation of the “families” signals the beginning.  It is the hope that over the next few years, parishioners of both parishes will meet and discern possibilities.  Over the next five years (or possibly less due to the fact that your pastor is long in the tooth) you, the parishioners will determine Leadership in Phase One, achieve a Vision in Phase Two,  lift up and celebrate your Family’s history and Culture in Phase Three, engage in Planning in Phase Four, and determine Mission in Phase Five.  This all happens according to your family’s time schedule; not some pre-determined calendar.  The only caveat is that we cannot stand still or choose to do nothing.  Stay tuned for the “lift-off “of this adventure.

Eucharistic Display created by Blessed Carlo Acutis

The Women of Faith group is sponsoring Eucharistic Miracle posters created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, who died of Leukemia at age 15, but had created a website displaying these accumulated Eucharistic miracles from throughout the world.  There is little doubt that when canonized, he will almost certainly become the patron of the internet and social media.  Remember that the three stages or “cause of sainthood”  to having one’s name placed on the “list” or “canon” of Saints in Rome starts with the title “Venerable, “ moves to the title “Blessed, ” and then after miraculous interventions is verified by the Holy See, the pope may name the person to the “list” or “canon” of titled “Saint.” 

To encourage especially the young to take note of these posters, the Women together have created a raffle for those who take note of each poster throughout the next year.  More information is forthcoming.  

Servers at Sacred Heart

St. Ann reinstituted servers last month, but (for various reasons) we have been a bit delayed at Sacred Heart.  However, as of the weekend of June 26, servers who have been trained in the past are invited to come to the sacristy and see if you are needed.  There will be no formal schedule until additional servers are trained and ready to go by the beginning of school.  During the rest of the summer, this will be informal, but if you have already been trained, feel free to come to the sacristy.  If we get too many at any one Mass, I ask you to understand and offer to serve the next time you are here. 

Re-introduction of Precious Blood at Communion

We are continuing to re-introduce communion under both species at as many Masses as possible.  However, for the time being, we have only enough distributors for two cups at the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Masses at Sacred Heart, and for the time being the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann.  Again, we can only do this to the degree we have enough Eucharistic ministers willing to do cups.  Also, I have heard chatter regarding other viruses in the news.  I continue to be cautiously optimistic with the emphasis on “cautious.”

DO NOT FALL FOR SCAMS!!!!

I keep running this article because there are new scams everyday

Remember I NEVER solicit funds, donations, favors, or any request of any kind over the telephone, text, email, carrier pigeon, drone, etc.   NEVER!  Do not allow yourself to be taken in by scammers.  Even if they have my recorded voice, be assured it is computer generated fake!  It is not me!!!  

Reminder for volunteers who work with or around children

Please be aware that failure to register with and complete the requirements of Safe Parish will result in your inability to continue to work with or around children in any parish and/or school setting.  We have been informed by the Archdiocese that there can be NO EXCEPTIONS.

Live Streaming for Precept Masses

Please remember to access the Sacred Heart / St. Ann Pastoral Region You Tube site by clicking on the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVLLqbEY5hKWinwz069MVcg

Reflection on Scripture:

Sentimentality can be an endearing quality.  As one grows older, it is comforting to remember people, places, and times in our lives that are pleasant to remember.  But sentimentality for the past can easily become a liability for an evangelist.  (And remember; as baptized followers of Christ we are all called to be evangelists.)  An Evangelist must always be focused on who he/she is following and where he/she is going.  This is why Jesus reiterates the absoluteness of call of Elijah to Elisha.  It may seem as Jesus is being insensitive when he responds to the young man who wants to bury his father first before following him, “Let the dead bury their dead.”   A true evangelist for Jesus Christ must sever himself or herself from all sentimentality that holds him or her back from the evangelical task.  This is why many very strict Catholic religious orders have forbidden their monks or nuns from returning to the family home to visit a dying parent.  It seems insensitive, but it is the absolute discipline of abandonment.  Jesus instructs the half-hearted postulant, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”  Commitment to Jesus Christ must be absolute and unequivocal.  When you are driving for Jesus and on the way to Heaven, pay no attention to the “rear view mirrors.”  Rear view mirrors remind us where we have been, not where we are going.  This is also why the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is so important.  You do not drive a race car pulling a trailer or a wagon behind.  All the power must be focused on achieving the destination.  You can’t let anything or anyone hold you back. 

Professional supersonic aircraft designers spend hours in the wind tunnel trying to reduce any and all “drag” that holds them back.  If regret for past sins are holding you back from absolute commitment to Jesus, use the Sacrament of Reconciliation and be rid of the “drag.”  If affection for anything of this world hold you back from 100% commitment to Jesus, jettison that which is causing you “drag” and let it go.  When the destination is eternity with Jesus Christ, anything other than Jesus Christ is extraneous. 

NEXT WEEK  Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 66: 10-14c

Gal 6:14-18

Lk 10:1-12, 17-20

Theme: When evangelizing, travel light!  Carry with you only your faith in Jesus.