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September 12, 2021 - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday:  Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Celebrant :  Fr. Tharp

Cooperative Mission Appeal


Rev. Freddie Pinuela representing the Missionaries of Jesus will be preaching at all the precept Masses at St. Ann next weekend September 18 and 19.  Every parish in the Archdiocese must host an assigned missionary speaker once every year as fulfillment of participation in the Cooperative Mission Appeal.  A second collection will be taken up and sent to the Archdiocesan Mission Office and distributed to those missionary groups participating in this year’s program.   Please be generous.


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 contact your local parish Safe Environment Coordinator as to what is necessary for you to be eligible to work with or around children here or  in any Archdiocesan location.  As we return 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.


Beacons of Light


The Beacons of Light program continues to move forward.  It is my understanding that the “reveal date” for the “families of parishes” combinations will be around October 1, 2021.  Please reference the Beacons of Light web page for the most up-to-date information at:    The process of determining which parishes are likely to join together as “Families” is currently being studied.  This consultative process is moving forward so that a draft of the probable pairings can be announced for discussion with the general population of the Archdiocese by the end of September or early October. 


 The following is a message from the Archdiocese:


BEACONS UPDATE: BE HEARD, STAY INFORMED, SIGN UP - To stay on top of the latest developments on Beacons of Light, the archdiocese-wide pastoral planning process currently underway, sign up for the free monthly Beacons Update newsletter at  


Fr. Tharp’s Pager is no longer in use!


The pager company I have used for years is now ceasing operation.  Therefore, please do not leave voice or numeric messages using my old pager number.  It won’t get to me.  Leave all emergency messages on my emergency voicemail, (option #2 in the afterhours menu) and the system will alert me with a message on my cell phone.   You can leave an emergency message for me by calling (513) 858-4210 and select option number two; “Fr. Tharp for an emergency.”   The system will alert me to the fact that you have left an emergency message and I will call you back within five minutes unless I am having Mass.   Delete or throw away the old pager number.  It won’t work anymore.


Live Streaming a precept Mass from St. Ann and Sacred Heart each week

Even though the dispensation for the precept of Sunday Mass attendance has now been revoked, live streaming will continue for the sick, shut-ins, and others unable to come to Mass.  Please remember to access the Sacred Heart / St. Ann Pastoral Region You Tube site by clicking on the following link:

Reflection on Scripture:


“Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”  This passage points out the difference between philosophy and theology.  Philosophy seeks to answer the question: How do I understand my reality of thought.  Theology asks the question: How and what does God think?  The practicality of this world filtered through a human mind is by its essence myopic.  Practicality in the mind of God is by its essence omnipotent.   The fact is that we can see as God sees only by analogy.  Because we are not omnipotent, theological perspectives are always diminished by the limits of human comprehension.  Jesus tells us that allowing the Holy Spirit of God to fill our hearts, opens the door to our understanding of the timelessness and supremacy of God.  In other words, “Divine inspiration bridges the gap between the infinite and the finite. 


With the veil of our flawed humanity lifted by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can reason from a Divine perspective, even though we are stuck in the limitedness of human nature.  To spiritually belong to Jesus, we must cross over to his paradigm.  If we allow the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to do this in us, we will never thereafter be satisfied by the temporal; as we have glimpsed the eternal.


Next Week:  Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wis 2:12, 17-20

Jas 3:16-4:3

Mk 9:30-37


Theme:    “Who is the greatest?”


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