Dear Sacred Heart and St. Ann Parishioners and friends:
Third Sunday of Easter (April 26)
I apologize for the poor quality of the live-stream Mass (both video and audio) last week. At the very beginning of the Mass, all went black and afterward there was a square visible throughout the Mass. The connection to the camera failed and there was a switch to another camera (not set up for live streaming) immediately after we started. Because it is “live” I had to continue. The component that failed is brand new, so we will get a new one free of charge, but that did not help us at the time.
Join us live for the Mass on our Pastoral Region Youtube page at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25 by highlighting and clicking on the following address: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVLLqbEY5hKWinwz069MVcg or by accessing the live stream Mass on either of our parish websites. We will also have the taped Sunday Morning Mass from the St. Ann Sanctuary on either parish website or on the above Pastoral Region Youtube site any time after 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. (Please be advised, the homily will be the same at both.)
Please also remember to click on the “subscribe” button on the top of our Pastoral Region Youtube Page as you are looking through the selections for the Mass you want. At present we only have 318 subscribers and we need one thousand (1000) for us to be able to make full use of the options of our page. Subscribing to our page is free. You are only subscribing to our page, not to Youtube.
When can we get back to Church?
I have delayed until today in sending this email blast communication, as I was hoping to share news as to when we can gather again for Mass. Unfortunately as of Thursday at 8:00 p.m. the only news I have is that the Archdiocese is telling us that there will be no statement from the Bishops of Ohio until next week. As soon as I receive any official information, I promise I will send it to you.
We are fortunate that with modern technology we can worship together “virtually” (or electronically) but it is not the same; especially when we can only receive “spiritual” communion and not fully experience the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Nevertheless, I know the Lord is not restricted by time and space, so if we open our hearts to him in a special way at communion time, I have no doubt he will fill us with his graces just as he does every time we come forward and receive Communion in church.
Re-consecration of the USA to the Blessed Mother – Friday, May 1, 3:00 p.m.
The following communication came to us via the Archdiocese
During this time of great need, the bishops of the United States and Canada will renew the consecration of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother on Friday, May 1. The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and the current president of the USCCB, will lead a brief liturgy with a prayer of re-consecration to Mary, Mother of the Church at 3:00 EDT that day. All members of the faithful may join in live via the USCCB’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this wonderful opportunity with your parishioners.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT
Please remember that you can access the current Sunday Bulletin on line at our respective parish websites. Please note in the bulletin that because of your generous donations on-line, mailing or dropping off your Sunday envelope, or ACH deductions we are able to keep both parishes treading water and not sinking. Thank you also for the kind and uplifting cards and emails. Even though for the time being I am saying “The Lord be with you” to a camera. In my heart I am hearing all of you saying “And with your spirit.” Please be assured that I pray for all of you every day in my private Mass.
Your pastor in the Lord Jesus
Fr. Larry Tharp