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October 24, 2021 - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

World Mission Sunday


Today we celebrate World Mission Sunday.  The word “mission” comes from a Latin word meaning “sent out.”  By the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) we are all called to carry forth the Word of God to all the world.  We pay especially today for those who leave family and the comfort of home to travel to foreign lands and spread the message of Jesus Christ.  There will be a special second collection to be sent to the Mission Office of the Archdiocese to assist missionary activity throughout the world.


All Souls Remembrance at St. Ann


All Souls’ Day is actually November 2 (Tuesday) but at St. Ann we will celebrate loved ones who have passed in the most recent year at all precept Masses on October 30 & 31.  Because Fr. Ron Williams will be out of town on vacation, a guest celebrant will be present for the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Masses at Sacred Heart so I can have the 8:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart and then the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann.  


The All Souls annual memorial Mass at Sacred Heart will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 7.  Those who have passed in the most recent year will be remembered.



Beacons of Light


If you have visited BeaconsAOC.org, you have seen that St. Ann and Sacred Heart, which were already working together in the pastoral region model, have now been proposed to be a new “Family.”   In the past there were twelve deaneries, ours was the Hamilton Deanery.  Now there are six deaneries, and we are in the Central Deanery.  Sacred Heart and St. Ann are designated Family C-4 on the maps.  We currently have a little over 200 parishes.  These are combined into about 60 new Families of Parishes.


Thus we know that St. Ann and Sacred Heart will be a new “Family” served by one priest pastor, but we do not as yet know who that priest will be.  This reorganization will require numerous priest reassignments.  We should know who the pastors will be by March 2022. 


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.


Attention parish or school volunteers who work with or around children


Are you aware that the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has moved all parishes and schools from using the “Virtus” Child Protection program to the “Safe Parish” program?   If you are a volunteer classroom parent in the school, a coach, drama club volunteer, scout volunteer, etc  please note that you should have received new content via your email.  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. 


As we have returned to school and fall programs ramp up, 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 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:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVLLqbEY5hKWinwz069MVcg

Reflection on Scripture:

Next Week

Jesus gives sight to the physically blind and the spiritually blind.   He heals Bartimaeus because of his faith.  In a certain sense Bartimaeus represents all of us.  When a draft horse is pulling a wagon, it is common to put blinders on the horse (devices that disallow the horse from being distracted by what is happening on either side) so as to keep the horse’s attention focused on the road ahead.  Jesus wants us to focus our hopes and dreams on him to the exclusion of all the other distractions of the world.  We don’t need blinders; all we need is a strong faith so the things of this world do not distract us. 

Dt 6:2-6

Heb 7:23-28

Mk 12:28b-34


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