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June 12, 2022 - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Next Sunday: Feast of Corpus Christi Celebrant : Fr. Tharp

Beacons of Light
The 57 new “Families” under the Beacons of Light program will be promulgated
officially on July 1, 2022. This is a bit like the American pioneer who stakes out the
walls of his new cabin. The only snag is that he has to clear the trees and build the cabin.
In other words, it is a work in progress. 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. Stay tuned for the lift-off of this adventure.
Infant Pre-Baptism Class
The infant Pre-baptism class for “first timers” will be held on Monday, June 13 at 6:00
p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church. No pre-registration required.
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
Time of Beacons of Light Listening Session
Listening sessions will be run by our Pastoral Council representative for the Hamilton
Deanery, Mr. Mike Wolf. The listening session for Sacred Heart took place in
Fellowship Hall on June 8 th at 6:30 p.m. The listening session for St. Ann will take place
in the cafeteria on June 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Remember that the Beacons process is unflinchingly committed to the “principle of
subsidiarity.” The only “top down” decision that has been made by the Archbishop is
that, since St. Ann and Sacred Heart have worked well together as a “Pastoral Region”
for the past ten years; from now on the parishes will begin the process of determining
how (for the long term future) one priest will be able to serve the needs of both
worshipping communities as “one family.” THESE DECISIONS WILL NOT BE
Next Sunday: Feast of Corpus Christi Celebrant : Fr. Tharp

MADE BY THE ARCHBISHOP OR BY ME! The decisions will be made by the
parishioners who make up the FAMILY.
The principal of subsidiarity requires that every parishioner voice be heard. Parishioner
concerns are legitimized by the very fact that you have a vested interest as a
“parishioner.” Everyone in a “Family” has to have a voice.
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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
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:
The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity is a mystery. We tend to like mysteries only to the
degree that we can “solve” them. Confronting that which is beyond our intellectual
abilities can cause us to consider ourselves as an adversary to the entity beyond. This is
why the Christian virtue most important for dealing with the mystery of the Holy Trinity
is humility. Ask a kindergartener who has just learned his/her numbers to explain the
quantum physics principle of indeterminacy as postulated by Heisenberg. One God in
three Divine Persons distorts our understanding of logic, space, and time for more
extensively than does the aforementioned Heisenberg example.
So what is the purpose of embracing a mystery one can never understand? Is this not the
very definition of a conundrum? Is this not the same as trying to “love” the Gordian knot
which can never be untied? The difference is that we see our origin and our destiny in
the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. We know instinctively that we came from God,
and we will only be fulfilled by the embrace of God. Only analogy can define God.
And since all analogies limp, so does every definition of God.

Use the gift of humility to embrace the intangible and explain the inexplicable.
Recognizing your deficiency does not just help define the question; it is the answer.

NEXT WEEK Feast of Corpus Christi (Father’s Day)

Gn 14:18-20
1 Cor 11:23-26
Lk 9:11b-17

Theme: Corpus Christi custodiat me in vitam aeternam.


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