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June 19, 2022 - The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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

The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Friday, June 4 is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will have the regular
7:00 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart in honor of the feast. For me, this feast always signals
the end of the Lent-Easter-Pentecost celebration which includes Trinity Sunday and the
Feast of Corpus Christi. From now until the beginning of Advent, we celebrate
“Ordinary” Time (meaning one following another) during which time we focus on the
Public Ministry of our Lord.

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.

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.
More information is forthcoming.

Servers at Sacred Heart
St. Ann reinstituted servers last month, but (for various reasons) we have been a bit
delayed at Sacred Heart. However, as of the weekend of June 26, 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

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
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.

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

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:

Corpus Christi is Latin for the Body of Christ. The words depict both a reality and an
invitation. The real presence of Jesus in the Host and the Precious Blood is explained by
the Church using the Aristotelian concepts of substance and accidence. The substance is
what it is. The accidence is what we see or experience. Thus we see bread and wine, but
we believe in the Body and Blood of Christ. But the term “Corpus Christi” is a collective
term. Thus it is an invitation. When the Eucharistic minister says, “The Body of Christ”
he or she is inviting you to become one with Christ in his Mystical Body. I always
remind the children at First Communion that there is only one Jesus, and if we are all
united with him, then we are all one in Christ. This is also why we have the Sign of
Peace as part of the Communion Rite. There should be no division in the body of Christ.
Sociologists tell us the one of the primal needs of individuals in any society is the need to
“belong.” Belonging is your social identity. In airline language, “belonging on a flight”
means you share the same destination. Want to see panic? I was on a flight when the
captain announced the wrong destination. There was near mutiny until the flight
attendant corrected him. No one wants to fly with the best pilot in the world if he or she
does not know where they are going. Jesus knows where he is going. Make sure Christ
is your pilot not the frivolous destinations offered by this world.

NEXT WEEK Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21
Gal 5:1, 13-18
Lk 9:51-62

Theme: Don’t look back!


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