Browsing From the desk of Fr. Tharp

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Morning Masses     September 30, 2018          Celebrant: Fr. Tharp


Cooperative Mission Appeal


I wish to offer a special thank-you to Fr. Gary Wiesmann who spoke at Sacred Heart and Fr. Jim Meade who spoke at St. Ann about the poverty in the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.  Both inspired the missionary spirit in our respective parishes.  I offer my sincere thanks to both parishes for showing your extraordinary generosity.


Blessing of Animals


It is time again for the blessing of animals who serve as our pets.  The feast of St. Francis is October 4, but we will anticipate St. Francis’ feast day and offer the blessing on Sunday, September 30 in the west parking lot of Sacred Heart at 2:00 p.m.


Please don’t risk an older pet’s good health by bringing them to the blessing if there is any chance it will cause them harm. Sometimes pets can panic when they are around other pets or people. Please simply snap their picture and bring the picture for the blessing.  Remember also that no pet should pose a risk to any other pet or participant.  If you need space, I will come to you for the individual blessing.  We want to make a safe and comfortable environment for all pets and people.


Archdiocesan Workshop


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 will follow.


RCIA / RCIC for 2018/2019


RCIA for 2018/19 began on Wednesday, September 19.    Schedules for RCIA are still 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.  Individuals interested in becoming Catholic are invited to the Wednesday evening class.  If you missed the first class, it is not too late.   Please simply attend the next class.


Reflection on Scripture


What is true humility?  A bowed head and retiring behavior may be associated with the virtue; but they do not define it.  Humility requires recognition of self and God.  One who cannot acknowledge God and subordinate himself or herself to a higher power cannot know true humility.  On the other hand, subordination of self is pointless if it is not countered by admission of the greatness of God.  Humility is not simply the opposite of pride.  Humility allows us to acknowledge who God is and secure our own identity.  Pride leads us to a false image of self.  In humility, we open ourselves to the power of God.


Next Weekend: Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Nm 11:25-29

Jas 5:1-6

Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48


Theme:   Scandal does evil and leads others to do evil.


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