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November 14, 2021 - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday: Feast of Christ the King Celebrant : Fr. Williams

Stewardship Sunday

Today November 14 is “Stewardship Sunday.” The financial reports for Sacred Heart
will be available this weekend. The reports for St. Ann will be available next weekend.
My thanks to the donors in both parishes for your stewardship and generosity.

Synod 2021-2023
(The Archdiocesan coordinator for the Worldwide Synod on Synodality has asked that
this be posted in all bulletins:

The Holy Father has called a synod inviting ALL the Baptized to come together to
discuss and discern how we can walk together in accomplishing the Mission of the
Church. He wants ALL those who make up the Church to participate: elderly, youth,
religious orders, clergy, lay faithful, poor, disabled, divorced, migrants, those who no
longer practice the faith, etc.  More will be coming on how this is going to be
accomplished at the local level, and what the discussion themes will be. In the meantime,
please give participating in this first phase of the synod some prayerful thought. The Holy
Father and the Holy Spirit value your input!  Questions?  Please feel free to contact me
at jhomoelle@catholicaoc.org. God Bless!

Beacons of Light

Please reference the Beacons of Light web page for the most up-to-date information.
Simply go to your browser and type in “BeaconsAOC.org” or type the same into your
favorite search engine.

Split the Pot

The annual “St. Ann New Year’s Eve Split the Pot” is underway. Tickets are on sale in
the vestibule of St. Ann after weekend precept Masses. This is a major fundraiser for St.
Ann Church and School, so as Sacred Heart and St. Ann become a new Family, let’s
support each other. Split the Pot fundraisers always work best when lots of tickets sell
early. This encourages others to consider buying tickets as the pot grows.
Attention parish or school volunteers who work with or around children
If you are a volunteer classroom parent in the school, a coach, drama club volunteer,
scout volunteer, etc please note that you should have been moved to the Safe Parish
program. Fulfillment of this requirement is mandatory for anyone working with children.
Please contact your parish safe environment coordination if you are uncertain whether
you are registered or approved.

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

Live Streaming a precept Mass from St. Ann and Sacred Heart each week
Since I live stream both the 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart and the 5:15 p.m. at St. Ann; I
usually manage to live stream both, but on rare occasions the internet is out at one or the
other location. If this happens, be assured that I will make every effort to correct the
malfunction before the next weekend.

Please remember to access the Sacred Heart / St. Ann Pastoral Region You Tube site by
clicking on the following link:

Reflection on Scripture:

Today’s scripture readings always remind me of a song made popular during my teen
years sung by Skeeter Davis, “The End of the World?” Of course, it was not a song
about the “real” end of the world, but rather about her broken heart. There is probably no
topic which has engendered as much interest over the ages as the “end of the world.”
We are supposed to quake with fear at the mention of the prospect. However, the three
scripture readings today use it as a springboard to hope. The Book of Daniel proclaims
that those whose names are in the Book of the Lamb will shine like stars forever. The
Letter to the Hebrews says we have justification in the Lord. By his one sacrifice, we are
all freed from the bondage of sin. Today’s gospel from Mark ends as follows:  "But of
that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the
Father."   Jesus promises that when he returns, all things will be made right. Ours is not to
speculate. Ours is to wait in faith.


Dn 7:13-14
Rev 1:5-8
Jn 18:33b-37

Theme: Christ the King


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