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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jan 30, 2020


Next Week Sunday Morning Masses January 26, 2020 Celebrant: Fr. Schmitz

Old Rectory / New Parish Office (Soon?)

We are still working out the logistics of new electrical service to the old rectory as well as the movement of some very heavy office items.  We hope to have HVAC in place so we can expedite the move as soon as possible with the least interruption of services. Thank you for your patience as we seek to complete the move and continue the project.

Information for Federal Income Tax

Now that we have closed the books for 2019 at both St. Ann and Sacred Heart, we will be working to issue the statement of donations as soon as possible; almost certainly before the end of January.  If you have a filing date earlier than April 15, and need this information sooner, please call the parish office and we will seek to expedite your statement.

Upcoming Confirmations

The Administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place at St. Ann on Tuesday, February 4.   There will be no confessions at Sacred Heart on Tuesday, February 4.  Confirmation for Sacred Heart will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  

Reflection on Scripture

 In today’s gospel, John the Baptist calls Jesus the “Lamb of God.”  The lamb was the animal used most frequently in Jewish sacrifices in the temple.  God’s lamb therefore is the sacrifice that will be for the expiation of our sins. In this case, God has sent his Son to die for us and save us from our sins.  Calling Jesus the Lamb of God changes the nature of soteriology into a new concept. In ritual sacrifice, man reaches out to God in contrition and in the hope of avoiding the just punishment for sin.  In Jesus, God reaches out to humanity and pays the price for our disobedience with his obedience to the Father. He truly is the Lamb of God.   

John the Baptist signifies by his prayer, the faith he has in the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ.  When we sing or recite the Lamb of God at Mass, we are recognizing through the Eucharist the Lamb of God in our midst.  Because we know who Jesus is and that which he is to accomplish, we can assent to the meaning of the words, “Lamb of God.”

Next Weekend: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Is 8:23-9:3

1 Cor 1:10-13, 17

Mt 4:12-23


Theme:  Calling of Peter and Andrew; James and John.


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