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May 15, 2022 - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Next Sunday:  Sixth Sunday of Easter                            Celebrant :  Fr. Tharp

Re-introduction of Precious Blood at Communion


We have been informed by the Archdiocese that we may (at the pastor’s discretion) re-introduce communion under both species at all Masses   However, for the time being, we have only enough distributors for two cups only at the 12:00 noon Mass at Sacred Heart, and perhaps 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. 


Beacons of Light


As we move through the Easter Season and draw closer to the official July 1, 2022 beginning of “Phase One” of the Beacons of Light program, we will offer some listening sessions, so we can hear from everyone even before we officially start Phase One. 


The listening sessions will be run by our Pastoral Council representative for the Hamilton Deanery, Mr. Mike Wolf.  The listening session for Sacred Heart will take place in Fellowship Hall on June 8th at 7:00 p.m.  The listening session for St. Ann will take place in the cafeteria on June 23 at 7:00 p.m.  After consultation with the experts in this process, I have decided that it would be better for me not to attend these listening sessions, as the presence of the pastor can make some parishioners less comfortable or restricted in offering their opinions.  Therefore, my being absent from these meetings in no way diminishes my support for the listening process.  Rather, my absence is intended to avoid any obstacle that might be an impediment to openness and candor. 


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 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:

Remember the 1970s popular hymn made for guitar accompaniment, “They will know we are Christians by our love?”   Today’s gospel reading is clearly the origin of the song.  Charity, concern for one another, and unity are all hallmarks of the presence of Jesus.   Anytime we see such unanimity of heart and purpose we credit it to God.  If we have really received Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, then our actions should reveal the reality. 

My Father had some unique welding/brazing techniques for the repair of farm equipment.  Customers would often say, “Do you guarantee it won’t break again?”  My father would say, “No, you broke it when it was brand new.  I can only guarantee that the weld will never break.”  A good weld is always stronger than the metal next to it.  Thus one cannot guarantee anything for which he is not directly responsible.   Jesus only guarantees the work of the Church when it bears witness to his work.  The church only bears witness to Christ’s work when the church acts in unity, unanimity, and peace.  

NEXT WEEK (The Sixth Sunday of Easter) 

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29

Rev 21:10-14, 22-23

Jn 14: 23-29


Theme:  If you share in the Peace of Christ, there is no room for fear.




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