33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nov 16, 2018
From the Desk of Father Tharp
Thanksgiving is a “National Holiday” not a Catholic Church “Holyday.” Therefore, there is no requirement to attend Mass on Thanksgiving. However, as Americans, we would do well to acknowledge that God is the source of all we have and all we are. The motto on our currency reads, “In God we Trust.” So although they are not “precept Masses” Sacred Heart will have a Thanksgiving Eve Mass on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday 11/22/18) Sacred Heart will have its regular 7:30 a.m. Mass and St. Ann will have a 9:00 a.m. Mass. Feel free to attend the Mass at either parish which best fits your schedule.
Please Note: Pre-Baptism Class for December ONLY!!!!
Because the Sacred Heart Second Grade will be making First Reconciliation on December 10 at 7:15 p.m., the Pre-Baptism Class that evening will NOT begin in the basement of the church at 8:00 p.m. Rather it will begin in the basement of Sacred Heart at 8:45 p.m. Please point this out to anyone you may believe will be attending the Pre-Baptism Class in December.
Financial report for St. Ann
We will distribute the financial report for fiscal year 2017/2018 for St. Ann at the precept Masses next Sunday on November 24 & 25. Thanks to all for your continued extraordinary generosity.
Reflection on Scripture
The gospel we hear today tells us that when the end of time approaches, there will be eschatological signs. The sun will be darkened and the stars will fall from the sky. Astrophysics confirms that the stars are giant gas balls engaged in hydrogen fusion reaction and are located light years distant from earth. Therefore the reference to stars falling from the sky is not meant scientifically but is a metaphor for celestial chaos. It is a common eschatological image.
So what is the meaning of the image? Jesus is saying that everything you relied upon as certain in this world will be no more. Therefore, your hope cannot be in science. Your hope cannot be in stored up wealth. The only truth that has stability and security is Jesus Christ. Therefore abandon all else and invest yourself in Jesus Christ. He is the only sure thing!
Next Weekend: Feast of Christ the King
Theme: The last Sunday of the Liturgical Year