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November 13, 2022 Feast of Christ the King

Infant Pre-Baptism Instruction The pre-baptism class for first time parents or parents from St. Ann or Sacred Heart who have not gone through a pre-baptism program at another parish will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022 in the basement of Sacred Heart Church.  The class takes less than forty-five minutes and provides answers for questions you may or may not have thought about.  If you already went through the class for your first child, there is no need to repeat the class; just call Fr. Tharp (513) 858-4260 to schedule the baptism


Calendar Entries Just a “Heads Up” that Thanksgiving is a National Holiday on the civil calendar but NOT a Holyday of Obligation.   However two weeks later, Thursday, December 8 is a Holyday, designated as such by the Catholic Church.  It is also our national patronal feast.  Schedules of Masses for both will be published in upcoming bulletins.


Adoration and Benediction every Friday  Please remember that we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 12:00 noon until 2:55 p.m. at Sacred Heart.   

Beacons of Light Phase One of Beacons of Light has begun in earnest.    Parish Councils from both parish communities as well as Worship Commissions, Finance Commissions, Education Commissions, the many charitable ministries, etc. will be participating in “inventories” designed to articulate as much as possible regarding the ministries and outreach of our two parishes. 

Parish Councils at both St. Ann and Sacred Heart have authorized a job posting for the position of Director of Evangelization.  The following is the official “job posting” for the paid employee position of “Director of Evangelization.” 


The Family of Parishes currently known as “The Sacred Heart, Fairfield / St. Ann, Hamilton Family of Parishes” is seeking a Director of Evangelization.  The Director of Evangelization is responsible for supervising and managing the Evangelization Team at Sacred Heart / St. Ann Family of Parishes.  The Evangelization Team includes but is not limited to the Associate Directors for Infant Baptism, RCIA / RCIC, First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Adult Education, Mission Commission, Bereavement Ministry, Small Faith Communities and Discussion Groups, Ministry to the Hearing Impaired, Senior Ministry; coordination of efforts of parish organizations (such as “Woman of Faith, Women Together, Rosary Society, Foot Ministry, Pro Life Ministry, Mom’s with Babes Ministry”); as well as Catholic organizations not under the direct control of the pastor such as “Knights of Columbus Roettele Council 8115, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary” as well as other groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, etc.  The Evangelization Team is responsible for all efforts of accompanying youth, adults, and families throughout the Process of Evangelization so that the parish is creating missionary disciples.  The Director of Evangelization must be able under the authority of the Pastor to articulate and implement a clear vision / mission for Evangelization of parents, youth, staff, and parishioners.

Strongly prefer a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, Religious Studies, Theology, Religious Education, or related field, or commensurate ministry experience.  Must have spiritual maturity, defined as a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church who is faithful to the Magisterium, consistent in ones prayer life, regularly receiving the sacraments, and able to speak of one’s relationship with Jesus.  Must have a broad understanding of and ability to articulate Church teaching regarding evangelization, catechesis, prayer, sacraments, and ecclesiology.  Must have experience mentoring and accompanying adults at different stages of the discipleship path.  Must be able to pray in front of and with others, to lead and participate in spontaneous prayer.  Must be able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, using the spoken word, both within one-on-one coaching/apprenticing situations and in large group settings.  As is always the case in a working team setting, the person must possess and exhibit a cooperative, consultative, consolatory approach in all personal interactions.

Anyone wishing to apply by U.S. Mail or E-mail, please send resume to the Office of the Pastor:


Father Larry R. Tharp

Sacred Heart / St. Ann Families

400 Nilles Road

Fairfield, Ohio  45014

[email protected]

 Remember:  The suggested structure under the Beacons initiative recommends three key “lay” positions in every “Family” structure directly responsible to the pastor.  These include the aforementioned Director of Evangelization, a Director of Administration, and a Director of Worship.  It is my intention to expand to a fourth ”Director” position working closely with the Director of Administration, but will function as Director of Real Estate and Physical Assets.   I believe three of the four “Director positions” can be filled by promotion from within.  I believe that the Director of Evangelization will need to be hired through a thorough “search” and open-listed employment process.  

For a Family of Parishes having one or more parochial schools, a process is being designed by the Archdiocesan School Office to assist each new “Family of Parishes” with procedures and processes designed to help the parishioners of the Family to discern organizational structures that will best suit the ongoing educational needs of all as individual students and as parish youth in general.  Each situation will be unique and will require “thinking outside the box.”   

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. 

Re-introduction of Precious Blood at Communion We are continuing to re-introduce communion under both species at as many Masses as possible.  Therefore, as of Christmas Day, we believe we have distributors lined up for two cups at all three Sunday Masses at Sacred Heart.  For the time being we only have distributors for the cup at 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 at the various precept Masses. 


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:

My advice: “Open your channel to the Holy Spirit!”  What do I mean?   Many years ago, my family bought a stereo turntable.  In the early 1960s, this was state of the art.  However, all our records were old 78 rpm.  These were all “mono”; not “stereo.”  Shortly after installing the turntable and two new speakers, I also purchased a 33&1/3 stereo album and played my dad’s favorite song for the first time in stereo.  His eyes lit-up and he said, “Wow, it is like Nat King Cole is right here singing for me.”  Once we heard the stereo, the old 78rpm records were hardly played any more. In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us that once we open our minds and hearts (aka channel) to the Holy Spirit, we won’t need all the “observation” and “commentary” the world loves to provide.  Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we will know Jesus Christ and therefore, we will know the truth.  We received these graces at Baptism and Confirmation, and we are sustained in these graces by our reception of the Most Holy Eucharist.  Tune in the Holy Spirit in prayer.  It will be far more eye-opening than simply going from “mono” to “stereo.”  Once you tune to the Holy Spirit, you won’t ever go channel surfing again.


NEXT WEEK  Feast of Christ the King


2 Sam 5:1-3

Col 1:12-20

Lk 23:35-43


Theme: All in the Mystical Body of Christ are royalty





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