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Third Sunday of Lent

Mar 16, 2017

Open Listing of Two Employment Positions at St. Ann

Our Business Manager/Secretary at St. Ann, Susan McAbee, has indicated her desire to retire on July 1, 2017.    The Parish Council of St. Ann has decided to divide Susan’s job into two full time positions.  Position One is titled “Business Manager with Clerical Responsibilities” and Position Two is titled “Receptionist with Data Entry and Secretarial Responsibilities.”  These job descriptions are posted here in St. Ann’s Bulletin and Website as well as Sacred Heart Bulletin and Website.  Resumes and applications should be mailed to “St. Ann Church in Hamilton, Ohio.”  We will post beyond the Pastoral Region if necessary, but wanted to give parishioners and friends of the pastoral region “first dibs.”


Lenten Services

St. Ann:  Stations of the Cross and Benediction Friday Evenings (7:00 p.m.), March 3 – April 7.  Good Friday Service on Good Friday (7:00 p.m.) but no stations.


Sacred Heart:  Stations of the Cross and benediction Sunday afternoons (3:00 p.m.), March 5 – April 2.  NO stations on Palm Sunday afternoon because the Passion was already read at all the Sunday Masses.


The Lay Presider Ministry at Sacred Heart has Stations without Benediction on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. during Lent, (except Good Friday), led by lay persons without a priest or deacon.  No Benediction.



At the time when this is being written, St. Ann has donations or pledges of 87.61% of its goal of $23,249.  This represents participation of 23.08% of the parish families.  Thanks to all who have made a commitment.   Twenty three percent is good, but a few more giving only a little and we will reach our parish goal.  If you have not pledged as yet, please prayerfully consider even a one-time donation no matter how small. Remember that this is St. Ann’s way of doing its fair share to support programs that every parish uses throughout the Archdiocese.   Envelopes are still available in church.


Reflection on Scripture

One of the guitar songs popularized in the late 1960s and early 1970s folk music after Vatican II was “Jesus met the Woman at the Well!” It is a great gospel story especially set to folk music styling.  The story is a sure reference to ecumenism and the universal scope of the Church.  Jesus knows all about the woman even though he has never met her before.  She is astonished at his knowledge, but is also drawn to him by the offer of eternal life. 


Samaritans were considered a lesser class by the Jews, but Jesus invites her to the life-giving waters of Baptism and the unity of the Eucharist.  No race or ethnicity is excluded from the Body of Christ.


Readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent

1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13

Ep 5:8-14

Jn 9:1-41

Theme:   The Man born Blind




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