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Sunday Mass Regular Schedule at St. Ann and Sacred Heart

Remember that the Bishops of Ohio have released all Ohio Catholics from the Sunday precept obligation.  If you are ill, please watch from home.  If you are medically compromised by illness or age, please don’t take unnecessary risks, but shelter at home.  We will continue to provide a weekly Sunday Mass on our Youtube channel either from Sacred Heart or (when we finally get the internet magic installed) from St. Ann.  Remember that you can access our Youtube channel  either from your computer, your smart TV, or your internet activated smartphone. 


The Sunday Mass schedules for Masses at St. Ann and Sacred Heart will remain as they have been, as will the weekday schedule.  I am going to have to cancel the Saturday afternoon confessions at St. Ann, as I cannot find a priest to help, and having Mass at Sacred Heart at 4:00 p.m., I cannot be two places at once.  For the time being, confessions at St. Ann on Saturday afternoon will only be for fifteen minutes from 3:30-3:45 p.m. but even this is very dangerous for me trying to get from one place to another in such short time.  I will try to create another time for confessions at St. Ann, but in the meantime, feel free to attend the confessions at Sacred Heart every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart. 


Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

With COVID restrictions somewhat relaxed, Sacred Heart again invites you from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  There are no specific number restrictions, but you must wear a mask the entire time and you must properly social space.  Remember also as we move into summer that I must require at least one person, preferably two or more to be in church throughout the time of exposition.  If the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and you are the only one, you must stay until your replacement arrives.  Otherwise, I am not permitted to have exposition. 


Alternative to Vacation Bible School tradition at St. Ann

Since VBS cannot be held on the grounds of St. Ann this year due to COVID-19, we will be providing a "virtual VBS" for you and your family to participate in at your own convenience this summer! The link provided will allow you to take part in the program between now and the end of August. Coloring pages, music, videos, games, lessons, and more will be available through this link. We encourage you to set aside a week this summer to allow your kids to experience the program as closely as possible to how they would normally experience VBS in person.  Although we wish we could be with all of you this year, we hope this helps you and your family grow closer to Jesus this summer while we are apart.  We look forward to seeing everyone for VBS in Summer 2021. 


Reflection on Scripture For the Feast of Corpus Christi 

The Feast of Corpus Christi is followed on Friday by the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ reminds us that we are defined by God’s love.  As recipients of God’s greatest gift of tangible love, His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, we intangibly become what we receive, and become the Mystical Body of Christ in the world.  The image of the heart of Jesus wounded for us, pours out water and blood. In other words, all the sacraments come from the love of Christ through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The sacraments make God’s love tangible and form the Church.


With Masses suspended during late March, April, and most of May; as a Church we have been challenged to participate intangibly in the sacraments we are accustomed to celebrate tangibly.  Let us remember that although civil authorities may be able to restrict our celebration of public gatherings and reception of Holy Communion; God’s love still flows into us from the sacraments even when we celebrate them spiritually (virtually) and intangibly.  On the Feast of Corpus Christi, let’s remember that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.  It is part of who we are (our identity).


Next WeekTwelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time  (Father’s Day)    


Jer 20:10-13

Rom 5:12-15

Mt. 10:26-33


Theme:  “It’s all about who you know.”  



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