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November 12, 2023 - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday:  Thirty Third  Sunday in Ordinary Time     Celebrant:  Fr. Tharp  

Genuflecting appropriate at Sacred Heart


Hopefully as soon as November 17, we will move the tabernacle at Sacred Heart to the center of the sanctuary.  Thus when the tabernacle and sanctuary lamp are in the sanctuary, upon entering the nave, we should genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament or a solemn bow as we do before the tabernacle at St. Ann.  Since we as Immaculate Heart of Mary Family (St. Ann and Sacred Heart) use both churches as worship space for common worship, I just wanted to give everyone a “Heads Up!”


Beacons of Light  Phase Two


In Phase One of Beacons of Light (Leadership) we hired or promoted from within the four “Directors” who will be in charge of much of what the pastor traditionally has done that is non-sacramental.  This restructuring allows the parish to focus on evangelization rather than simply maintaining what we have done in the past and doing it the same way.  In addition to hiring and promoting lay ministers, we have refined the Sunday Mass schedule so that the Family can be served by only one priest. 


We are now moving into Phase Two which is “Visioning.”  We will use this time to discern goals and create teams.  We will explore opportunities for the parish to reach out in faith into a broader scope of community.  We can pinpoint the purposes for our stewardship efforts and consider new ways to structure into cost centers which could pinpoint purpose and enhance revenue sources.  We will marginalize the maintenance of the impractical and highlight the opportunities for purposeful expansion.  We will seek to redefine the pathway and reaffirm priorities.  All this must be done is the context of practicality and feasibility.  We will look for opportunities to expand, not just maintain.  Please watch for discussion sessions that peak your interest as we move forward through this discernment process.




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



A apologize that the 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 4 was not live streamed.  Someone unplugged the router and I had no time to sort out the problem before Mass.    Therefore, I live streamed the 5:15 p.m. from St. Ann, and then live streamed the 8:00 a.m. from Sacred Heart the next morning.  I also live streamed the 2:00 p.m. Memorial Mass.  Sorry I missed live streaming the 4:00 p.m. Mass.  When I discovered there was no internet, there was no time to investigate before Mass.


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:


Those poor foolish bridesmaids!    The wise bridesmaids brought plenty of oil so they could extend the flame of their torches.  The foolish of course had come unprepared.  Then to add insult to injury, the wise bridesmaids refused to share their oil as they all might be out of luck.  The foolish had to go out shopping, and in the meantime they missed their chance to meet the bridegroom.  Doesn’t this all make the “stingy” wise bridesmaids the bad guys? 


Jesus is analogizing oil for torches for living one’s faith.  The wise bridesmaids had been living their faith all along.  They had stored up actual grace.  When the opportunity arose to actively wait for Jesus, they knew how to do it!  The foolish bridesmaids had done nothing but prepare to wait.  Because the foolish had wasted their time, they did not have the grace of having practiced to know how to wait productively.   If you don’t live in the light, you condemn yourself in darkness. 


We all know the guys who come on a fishing trip and never think to bring a pole or bait.  They have their minds on too many other things.  Jesus encourages us to be wise.  Practice your faith and store up grace.  Then your life of waiting for the Lord will prove productive and you will be ready to meet him when he comes.


NEXT WEEK   Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

1 Thes 5:1-6

Mt 25:14-30



Theme: Parable of the Talents


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