From the Desk of Father Tharp
As followers of Christ we should always honor bravery and devotion to that which is right and good. Today we say a special “thank you” to all who served honorably in our US Armed Forces. A grateful nation says, “Thank you for your service.”
Financial report for Sacred Heart
We will distribute the financial report for fiscal year 2017/2018 for Sacred Heart at the precept Masses on November 17 & 18. Thanks to all for your continued extraordinary generosity.
Financial report for St. Ann
We will distribute the financial report for fiscal year 2017/2018 for St. Ann at the precept Masses on November 24 & 25. Thanks to all for your continued extraordinary generosity.
Campaign for Human Development
The special collection for this long standing USCCB social action initiative will take place on the weekend of November 17 & 18. This is a second collection taken up at all parishes in the Archdiocese.
Reflection on Scripture
Betraying one’s moral authority is a horrible sin of scandal. Giving good example on the other hand shows moral authority. What we do or fail to do has a profound and decided impact on others. Elijah encouraged the widow of Zarephath to put all she had on the line for God. In the gospel, Jesus praises the widow for the significance of her small donation (mite). It is not just proportionally more than others gave; she gave from the heart. She sacrificed motivated by compassion!
Charity is not just defined by what we give away. Rather it is distinguished by what we throw away! We must throw away greed, selfishness, and all that attaches us to the things of this world. Charity is a most useful evangelical tool. If you live charity, you are living Christ. Live with Christ in this world, and you are sure to live with him forever in Paradise.
Next Weekend: Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Theme: The eschatological theme of “Be Prepared”