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June 23, 2024 - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Letter from Archbishop Schnurr on the 203rd Anniversary of the Archdiocese


To help us integrate this year’s National Eucharist Congress to be held in Indianapolis next month (the last National Eucharist Congress was held in 1941, so unless you are over 85 you probably don’t remember it), and the ongoing process of the Beacons of Light within the Archdiocese; the Archbishop has issued a letter dated June 19, 2024 addressed to the faithful of the Archdiocese.  (Copies of this letter are available at the doors.)  I encourage you to thoroughly read the Archbishop’s letter so as to integrate the two.  The Eucharist is the Real Presence, body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.  Pondering this sacramental mystery leads us not only to understand the truth of the Sacrament, but it allows us to better comprehend (as the Church) our prophetic role as Catholic members of the Body of Christ in the United States. 


Beacons of Light: Phase Two:  “Envisioning”


This week in line with the Archbishop’s letter dated June 19, 2024 I ask the question: “How can we as the Family of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Sacred Heart and St. Ann) encourage our own appreciation of being the Mystical Body of Christ both internally and externally?” 




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


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:


All nature obeys God.  Jesus is the Son of God (God incarnate) so it stands to reason that in his hypostatic union he could control the weather.  But Jesus was not showing off when he quiets the storm!   He was showing us that without faith, you can’t understand science or the reality that surrounds us.   The word “science” comes from the Latin word “to know.”   Science is philosophically empirical; this means it begins with what we can understand with our five senses, and deduces from the use of tangible data the self-evident hypothesis that comes from the observation.  Faith however does not confine itself to the empirical! Rather it relies on revelation of the Holy Spirit, revelation through nature, and revelation extrapolated through accepted philosophical logic in order to form its doctrine.  


The philosopher Edmund Husserl essentially said that there is no knowledge without preconceptions.  Faith is a preconception.   We carry a watch because we have faith in the orderliness of time.  As Christians, we believe that God made an orderly universe within which we can deduce Natural Law.  This faith allows our certainty of scientific observation upon which all “human knowledge” (aka science) is based. 


Jesus quelled the storm by his power as God.  But Jesus’ real purpose in coming into the world was to change our hearts.  To change the hearts of stubborn humanity, Jesus died on the cross for us to show us the depth of God’s love.  Faith in Jesus Christ does not come from human science, but is a marvelous revelation and gift to us that comes only from our loving and omnipotent God.


NEXT SUNDAY  Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24

2 Cor8:7-9, 13-15

Mk 5:21-43


Theme:  Jesus is the resurrection and the only way to eternal life.



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