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August 14, 2022 - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday:  Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time          Celebrant :  Fr. Williams

August 15 is NOT a precept obligation this year


Monday, August 15 IS a Solemnity…but NOT a Holyday of OBLIGATION this year!  The reason is that, in the United States if a Holyday falls on a Saturday or Monday, it remains a “Holyday” or “Solemnity” but it is NOT a Holyday of Obligation. In other words, you are NOT obligated or “required” to attend Mass that day.  Therefore, we will have our normal 6:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ann and 7:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart. 


Mark your calendar now!


The determination has been made by the Beacons of Light process that EVERY active priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be required to attend a Convocation at a distant location they have determined.  This absence of priests will begin Monday, September 26.  We should be permitted to return by evening Thursday, September 29.  Just as it is during the Easter Triduum each year, there will be virtually no availability of priests for daily Mass, anointing of the sick, or funerals for the four day period.  I will seek to advise our local funeral directors as well as hospitals and nursing homes.  We have had mandatory convocations in the past decades, but forewarned is forearmed.  As we approach the convocation date, I should have more information.


Service Dog for Sacred Heart School


This coming year, Sacred Heart School will seek to reduce the emotional and psychological stress felt by many students by the introduction of a service dog; a Labrador named Argo.  Part of his training will be how to behave in church during Mass.  Therefore (before School reconvenes) if you happen to attend a Sunday Mass and see one of the training team bringing a dog to church, you will know that they are simply getting him used to the surroundings. 


Beacons of Light


The 57 new “Families” under the Beacons of Light program are now officially promulgated as of July 1, 2022.    The implementation of the “families” signals the beginning.  It is the hope that over the next few years, parishioners of both parishes will meet and discern possibilities.  Over the next five years (or possibly less due to the fact that your pastor is “long in the tooth”) you, the parishioners, will determine Leadership in Phase One, achieve a Vision in Phase Two,  lift up and celebrate your Family’s history and Culture in Phase Three, engage in Planning in Phase Four, and determine Mission in Phase Five.  This all happens according to your family’s time schedule; not some pre-determined calendar.  The only caveat is that we cannot stand still or choose to do nothing. 


Eucharistic Display created by Blessed Carlo Acutis


The Women of Faith group is sponsoring Eucharistic Miracle posters created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, who died of Leukemia at age 15, but had created a website displaying these accumulated Eucharistic miracles from throughout the world.  There is little doubt that when canonized, he will almost certainly become the patron of the internet and social media.  Remember that the three stages or “cause of sainthood”  to having one’s name placed on the “list” or “canon” of Saints in Rome starts with the title “Venerable, “ moves to the title “Blessed, ” and then after miraculous interventions is verified by the Holy See, the pope may name the person to the “list” or “canon” of titled “Saint.” 


To encourage especially the young to take note of these posters, the Women together have created a raffle for those who take note of each poster throughout the next year. 


Servers at Sacred Heart


St. Ann reinstituted servers last month, but (for various reasons) we have been a bit delayed at Sacred Heart.  However, now that we hope the worst of the pandemic is over,  servers who have been trained in the past are invited to come to the sacristy and see if you are needed.  There will be no formal schedule until additional servers are trained and ready to go by the beginning of school.  During the rest of the summer, this will be informal, but if you have already been trained, feel free to come to the sacristy.  If we get too many at any one Mass, I ask you to understand and offer to serve the next time you are here. 


Re-introduction of Precious Blood at Communion


We are continuing to re-introduce communion under both species at as many Masses as possible.  However, for the time being, we have only enough distributors for two cups at the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Masses at Sacred Heart, and for the time being the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann.  Again, we can only do this to the degree we have enough Eucharistic ministers willing to do cups.  Also, I have heard chatter regarding other viruses in the news.  I continue to be cautiously optimistic with the emphasis on “cautious.”




I keep running this article because there are new scams everyday


Remember I NEVER solicit funds, donations, favors, or any request of any kind over the telephone, text, email, carrier pigeon, drone, etc.   NEVER!  Do not allow yourself to be taken in by scammers.  Even if they have my recorded voice, be assured it is computer generated fake!  It is not me!!!  


Reminder for volunteers who work with or around children


Please be aware that failure to register with and complete the requirements of Safe Parish will result in your inability to continue to work with or around children in any parish and/or school setting.  We have been informed by the Archdiocese that there can be NO EXCEPTIONS.


Live Streaming for Precept Masses

Please remember to access the Sacred Heart / St. Ann Pastoral Region You Tube site by clicking on the following link:

Reflection on Scripture:

In the gospels, Jesus often asks if the person who is requesting something really has faith.   When the question is asked, “How can I prove my faith?” Jesus always answers the question with: “Take up your cross and follow me.”  In other words Jesus is saying that it won’t be easy!   In the first reading, Jeremiah tells the King that he might as well give up and surrender militarily to the Babylonians.  The citizens of Jerusalem are so irate, they throw Jeremiah in an empty cistern to die.  He is seen as a traitor.  

In the second reading we are encouraged to remain faithful to the Lord no matter how bad it gets.  And then in the Gospel,  Jesus tells us that it will be painful to be a faithful follower of Christ.  He basically tells us: ”Yes it will get bad, but you (to use a colloquialism) ain’t seen nothing yet!”   \

Jesus endured the pain of crucifixion as well as the emotional despair of all his followers throwing him under the bus.  When all abandon us, and we are facing impossible odds, know that Jesus is encouraging us from Heaven saying, “Hang in there.  Heaven is worth it.”  

NEXT WEEK  Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 66:18-21

Heb 12:5-7, 11-13

Lk 13:22-30


Theme: Human social standing means nothing to God!





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