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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Feast of the Assumption of BVM August 15


The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on a Wednesday this year.  Therefore, it is a Holyday of Obligation!  We will follow the normal Holy Day schedule of Masses at Sacred Heart and at St. Ann as follows:


Tuesday, August 14

5:30 p.m. at St. Ann

NO! 6:30 p.m. Confessions at Sacred Heart

7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart


Wednesday, August 15

6:30 a.m. at St. Ann

7:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart

10:00 a.m. at St. Ann

7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart


Infant Pre-Baptism


The monthly class for new parents who wish to have their children baptized, or for those who have not been through a baptism class in the past, takes place on Monday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church.  Since I pastor both parishes, this is the program for baptisms at St. Ann and for Sacred Heart.  No need to make reservations. 


NATIONAL NOVENA FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE  The U.S. bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life taking place August 3 through September 28.  Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little-known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others. Sign up at


REP Registration


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


“Whoever eats this bread will live forever.”  Bread sustains life.  In the physical world, nutrition comes from food like bread.  In the spiritual world, the bread of life offers eternal life.  Jesus is the bread of life and only God can offer eternal life.  Unity with Jesus in Holy Communion is the only way to be assured that we have the gift of divine longevity.  Humanity can know eternal life only if the author of life lives in us.  If we are alive in Christ and Christ has conquered death, then by the author of life itself, our destiny is secured.  This is why we call it the Good News.


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Proverbs 9:1-6

Eph 5:15-20

Jn 6:51-58


Theme:   “Forsake foolishness that you may live.”





















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