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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Feast of All Saints

The Feast of All Saints is a Holyday of Obligation. 

Masses at St. Ann are on Tuesday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (School Mass).

Masses at Sacred Heart are Tuesday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Please Note

There will be “NO” 6:30 p.m. Confessions at Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, October 31

Remember to “fall back” one hour Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 a.m. as Daylight Savings Time ends.

Memorial Masses for Deceased Loved Ones weekend of November 11 & 12

We will remember those deceased buried from St. Ann during the past year at the Masses on the weekend of November 11 & 12.  See the bulletin for further details.

Parish Secretary Position open at Sacred Heart

Please see the job opening for secretary receptionist at Sacred Heart.  There are only a few days left to send resume.

Annual Fr. Tharp Split the Pot

We are beginning to sell tickets for the annual “Fr. Tharp Split the Pot for St. Ann.”   As in the past, we will sell tickets to the end of the calendar year.  As the pot grows larger, interest swells.  Encourage your friends and associates to buy early and buy often. 

Little Flower Girls Club

One of our St. Ann Moms is looking into starting a “Little Flower Girls Club” at St. Ann.  You can read about this Catholic program for school aged girls on the internet, but we also encourage you to attend a meeting at St. Ann Office Building Basement Meeting Room on Monday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.  We will need other Moms to help with the program, so come if you have a girl who might be interested and/or come if you are an adult woman interested in the program. 

Fr. Tharp away on Tuesday Afternoons

For the past eight years, I have been given the opportunity to teach a class at the Seminary on Pastoral Administration.  I teach a three hour class once each Tuesday afternoon between now and Christmas.  Therefore, from now until Christmas, I will be unavailable by telephone and out of my office on Tuesday afternoons. 

Reflection on Scripture

In the first reading from Exodus we hear the famous “charge no interest on a loan” which kept Christians from embracing modern banking and market procedures during the Middle Ages in Europe.  In the gospel, we hear the two great commandments, “Love God and Neighbor!”  In St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians we hear how the Thessalonians embracing of the Faith of Jesus has been an inspiration to many others.  

All three readings require us to be evangelical in word and deed.  Evangelization means that in everything we do we proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ.  Perhaps the best way to preach Christ is to live Christ.  By sacrificial love of neighbor we prove our faith to be real.  It is easy to talk faith.  It is much harder to live it.  Jesus tells us to show faith by the way we live it.

Readings for the Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time      

Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10

1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13

Mt 23:1-12

Theme:  The vicissitudes



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