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May 26, 2024 - The Most Holy Trinity

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

Beacons of Light: Phase Two:  “Envisioning”


Three weeks ago, I shared with you some envisioned ideas about how the treatment of directed gift donations from an accounting prospective may help us retain membership and loyalty.  Two weeks ago, I shared some envisioned ideas about how we might engage people interested in becoming Catholic through the use of trained volunteer mentor parishioners.  Last week, I asked you to think about how we might invite people to our facilities not for worship specifically, but for information, camaraderie, and fellowship.   This week, I am asking a more open forum question!   What is the biggest thing you would identity that we DO NOT DO in either St. Ann or Sacred Heart?  You may offer reasonable solutions if you wish, but for right now “I am simply asking you to identify what is missing?  What is the obstacle holding the Family back from being the Parish Family we could and should be?”   The purpose is to cause people to “think outside the box.”  In other words, “How do we become more evangelical rather than simply maintaining our recent past?”  


Remember that envisioning seeks to identify a need and then determine whether the parish can reach out to the broader community in this area of interest or concern.  




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:


The Most Holy Trinity is a mystery.  We can never fully understand it.  Jesus has revealed to us that there is One God in Three Divine Persons; namely the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The greatest Doctors (teachers / theologians) of the Church all come to the same conclusion: “It is a mystery.”  


Jesus Christ is the revelation of God incarnate.  Jesus says to Phillip, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”  Jesus is the redeemer of the world.”  The teaching of the Hypostatic Union reveals that Jesus is fully divine and fully human.   This also is a mystery, explained by analogy. 


The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, and comes upon the Apostles at Pentecost.  The indwelling of the graces of the Holy Spirit change us so that our destiny is eternal life with God in paradise.  We experience the Pentecost graces of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the Sacrament of Confirmation, when our baptism is completed. 


It is challenging to love the infinity and omnipotence of God shrouded in mystery.  As followers of Christ, we are called not to explain the mystery (a contradiction in terms) but rather to embrace the mystery and appreciate God’s infinite love for us.  Embrace the mystery!   Learn to love what is beyond your comprehension.   Put your faith in the mystery you cannot understand.


NEXT SUNDAY  Corpus Christi


Ex 24:3-8

Heb 9:11-15

Mt 14: 12-16



Theme:  The Feast of the Body of Christ







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