16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul 20, 2018
From the Desk of Father Tharp
St. Ann Festival takes place this coming Friday and Saturday. Please consider volunteering to help in any way. It takes a lot of volunteers to make it all happen. The festival results are so vital to the parish/school operation. Please volunteer your time in any way you can.
Thanks to all for VBS
Sincere thanks to Mrs. Megan Wolf and all the volunteers from both St. Ann and Sacred Heart who helped with the Vacation Bible School. I enjoyed having the Mass each day for the children, and I hope all of the participants enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for making this a ministerial “feather in the cap” for our pastoral region.
St. Ann and Sacred Heart operate a combined Religious Education Program for students grades 1-8 not enrolled in and receiving religious training from a Catholic School (used to be called CCD). Registration for this program is open. Schedules and registration forms are available at the doors of church or from the parish office.
Reflection on Scripture
In today’s scripture readings, Jeremiah promises restoration of all the tribes of Israel. In Ephesians, St. Paul promises unity of Gentile and Jew; the restoration of humanity in Christ. Mark’s gospel passage shows Jesus as the true “servant” who does not let being tired or hungry get in the way of his service to the people. The restoration is accomplished in Christ the servant.
Avery Dulles in his book “Models of the Church” suggests that the fifth and final analogy defining the Church is the Servant Model. The Church is the Body of Christ and Christ is defined by service. Effective service however requires not uniformity but unanimity and harmony. This can be effected only by the one unifying force that is universal; namely Jesus Christ.
Only unanimity (one mind and heart) in Christ can bind humanity into an unstoppable chain reaction of service bringing about the Parousia. Look at the distributor cap of your car. If the center coil wire is not connected, not a single spark plug in any of the four, six, or eight cylinders will fire. The power comes from the center connection. It is the same with the Church, The power comes from the center of our lives; Jesus Christ.
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kgs 4:42-44
Theme: The multiplication of the loaves.