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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 14, 2018


Sunday Morning Masses     September 23, 2018          Celebrant: Fr. Schmitz



Archdiocesan Lector Workshop


The Office of Divine Worship and Sacraments of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will hold a regional Lector’s Workshop at Sacred Heart on September 19, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the church.  This is intended for lectors in Catholic parishes in the Butler County (or beyond) region.  See the advertisement for this in this bulletin.


The Office of Divine Worship and Sacraments of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will hold a regional Eucharistic Minister’s Workshop at Sacred Heart on October 10, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  More information to follow.


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


RCIA / RCIC for 2018/2019


RCIA for 2018/19 begins on Wednesday, September 19.  Schedules for RCIA are available at the doors of church or on line.  RCIA is an acronym for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and RCIC is the acronym for Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.  In the past, these were called “Convert Classes.”   Individuals interested in becoming Catholic should interview on the telephone or in person with Fr. Tharp so as to identify any canonical issues which may need to be addressed before officially joining the process.  My direct line number to my desk is (513) 858-4260 or email me at [email protected]


Reflection on Scripture


In today’s gospel, Jesus chastises Peter for thinking in the way human’s think rather than thinking as God would think.  Peter was a fisherman.  He had no theological degrees.  He had no place on the Sanhedrin.  How could he think like God?


Jesus was really suggesting that he have the perspective of a loving God who would do anything (even die on a cross) in order to gain the love of His creation.  No cost would be too expensive; no sacrifice to great.  Thus Jesus tells his disciples that he faces his fearful passion out of a deep and profound love for humanity.  Peter is saying that the cost of his master’s life is too great a sacrifice.  This is when Jesus calls him “Satan.” 


Divine love is beyond emotion.  It exceeds the bounds of human reason.  It is infinite as God is infinite.  That unimaginable love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ.  Jesus does not bring the Good News; he is the Good News.


Next Weekend: Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wis 2:12, 17-20

Jas 3:16 - 4:3

Mk 9:30-37


Theme:   Humility is more than good manners


































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