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July 25, 2021 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday:   Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time            Celebrant :  Fr. Williams


New Sunday Celebrant


Fr. Ronald Williams, a priest of the Archdiocese since 2002, and most recently stationed in the Ripley area (before moving back to the Greater Cincinnati Area about a week ago); has agreed to assist St. Ann and Sacred Heart by celebrating  Sunday morning Masses as Fr. Schmitz had been doing until recently.  On the Sundays I celebrate at St. Ann, Fr. Williams will celebrate the three Masses at Sacred Heart.  On the Sundays I celebrate at Sacred Heart, Fr. Williams will celebrate at St. Ann.  Like Fr. Schmitz and Fr. Snodgrass before him, Fr. Williams will live elsewhere, and will be here only on Sunday mornings, as this is most helpful for my schedule.  Fr. Williams will be at Sacred Heart this Sunday and St. Ann next Sunday.  Please welcome our new Sunday celebrant to our Pastoral Region.


Attention parish or school volunteers who work with or around children


The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has moved from using the “Virtus” Child Protection program to the “Safe Parish” program.   If you have done the Virtus training and have kept up to date on all your monthly bulletins, you should have received an email instruction as to how to reapply under the new program. If you are up to date on all bulletins, your eligibility should automatically transfer.   IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL MESSAGE, chances are that you were not up to date in your Virtus training and your eligibility to work with children did NOT transfer.  If this is the case, please contact your local parish Safe Environment Coordinator as to what is necessary for you to be eligible to work with or around children in any Archdiocesan location. 


The following is the message or instruction you should have received:

Hello and welcome to the new Archdiocese of Cincinnati Child Protection platform — SafeParish™. As an active child protection account holder, you must register for your SafeParish™ account to continue to work and volunteer in the Archdiocese. If you have completed your background and training requirements, that information will be imported to your SafeParish™ account and no additional background or training will be required.

If you are a new employee or volunteer, please register for your SafeParish™ account and complete your background and training requirements. Check with your local parish Safe Environment Coordinator for Registration instructions.

Beacons of Light


The future planning process to determine the changes in parish organization structure of the entire Archdiocese of Cincinnati (to be implemented on or before 2025) continues to move forward.  Please reference the Beacons of Light web page at:    Another option is to type “Beacons of Light” into your favorite search engine.  It is expected that the beginnings of the discussions with the general parishioner population of the Archdiocese will begin this Fall. 


I encourage everyone to check this website out now and frequently as the process moves forward; and pray for this important initiative. 


Live Streaming a precept Mass from St. Ann and Sacred Heart each week 


Even though the dispensation for the precept of Sunday Mass attendance has now been revoked, live streaming will continue for the sick, shut-ins, and others unable to come to Mass.  Please remember to access the Sacred Heart / St. Ann Pastoral Region You Tube site by clicking on the following link:


Reflection on Scripture:


A variation of the story of the multiplication of the loaves is recounted six times in the four gospels.  Why?  I submit that it is because the Eucharist was and is the most central sacramental component making us into the “Church,” the “Body of Christ.” 


This miracle shows that, when you are dealing with Jesus Christ, the Son of God; the mathematical formula fails.  Jesus multiplies his presence on the Altar of every Catholic Church each Sunday, so that throughout the world millions of souls fed on the real presence of Jesus Christ become one Body of Christ throughout the world.  One becomes superabundance, and yet remains one.  (That should tie your brain into a knot.)  If there is only one Jesus and yet he is present in millions of persons all at one time; then the Body of Christ expands beyond the limits of time and space.  Some nuclear reactions are said to expand exponentially.  Exponential is limited to the finite.   Through the Eucharist, Jesus expands his presence to every heart and every soul exceeding and going beyond the limits of time and space.  By the mystery of the Eucharist, Jesus Christ goes beyond the finite to the infinite. 


Next Week18th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Ex 16:2-4, 12-15

Eph 4:17, 20-24

Jn 6:24-35


Theme:  I am the bread of life!


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