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July 9, 2023 - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday:  Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time            Celebrant :  Fr. Tharp

The New Sunday Mass Schedule


Precept Masses on Sunday Morning for the Parish Family of St. Ann / Sacred Heart are 8:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart, 9:30 a.m. at St. Ann, and 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart.  I (Fr. Tharp) will celebrate all the Sunday morning Masses: 


8:00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart worship space

9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ann worship space

11:00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart worship space


Remember:  The Saturday evening Masses (4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart and 5:15 p.m at St. Ann) remain unaltered.


Catholic Conference of Ohio


The Catholic Bishops from the State of Ohio have asked faithful Catholics throughout Ohio to oppose the proposed ballot initiative for the November ballot which would enshrine and expand legal abortion in the State of Ohio.  In addition, the amendment could mean that parents would no longer need to give consent or even be informed if their minor child is seeking an abortion, redefined gender assignment, or reproductive reassignment.  Catholics of good conscience are encouraged to read the Archbishop’s communications, speak out, and stay informed.


The Sacrament of the Sick in Hospitals


Please remember that even Catholic Hospitals are not permitted to tell me when my parishioner enters their hospital.  If two or three people tell me about their loved on in the hospital after Mass, I will not keep it straight in my weak brain long enough to get it on paper.  Therefore, if your loved one enters the hospital (if it is not an emergency) and would like me to provide the Anointing of the Sick; please leave a clear and accurate message on my daytime voice mail at (513) 858-4260 or email me at [email protected].  Please also remember that you cannot text me at the above number as it is a land line and does not receive texts. 


If an emergency arises during the evening or night after the secretaries leave and you need me for an emergency Anointing of the Sick, you must call (513) 858-4210, and press option number 2 to leave a paging voicemail for Fr. Tharp.  This is the only way to be sure I will receive your message when I am away from my desk until the next morning.  I suggest you use this emergency procedure only at the times when the secretaries are not available to answer the telephone. 


Re-introduction of Precious Blood at Communion


We have distributors lined up for two cups at all three Sunday morning Masses; two at Sacred Heart and one at St. Ann.”  For the moment, we do not have cups lined up for the either of the Saturday evening Masses.  Again, we can only offer both species to the degree we have enough Eucharistic ministers willing to do cups at the various precept Masses.  We hope to have cups offered at the Saturday Masses very soon.




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


As we move to the new reduced Sunday Mass schedule, it has been recommended that I continue to live stream the 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart, and consider not live streaming the 5:15 p.m. Mass from St. Ann but instead live stream the Sunday Mass at 9:30 from St. Ann.  We will experiment for a time. 


Please remember to access the Sacred Heart / St. Ann Pastoral Region You Tube site by clicking on the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVLLqbEY5hKWinwz069MVcg


Reflection on Scripture:


“Complicated simplicity!”  This is a description of the comfort we secure for ourselves when we give ourselves completely to the love of Christ.  On the surface, this term “complicated simplicity” sounds like an oxymoron.    Well, faith is complicated.  Try to use simple truth coupled with complex philosophical concepts to explain the Trinity, the Hypostatic Union, or sundry other mysteries found in sacred tradition.   If we love God; it may be difficult to intellectualize the omnipotent being I love.   Thus we use analogies to explain the realities of inexplicable abstract faith. 


The world defines love as an emotion.  As believers, we define love as a reflection of the omnipotent God.  We can worship in love that which is beyond our limited capacity to analyze.  We can love what we do not understand.


The heavy burdened find comfort and rest in the simplicity of God’s love, experienced tangibly in Jesus Christ.  It is not empirical.  It is not calculable by any equation.  Submission to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is simply comfortable. 


NEXT WEEK   Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Is 55:10-11

Rom 8:18-23

Mt 13:1-23


Theme: Jesus’ agricultural approach to explaining salvation!



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