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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary TIme

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Next Week Sunday Morning Masses     September 15, 2019        Celebrant: Fr. Schmitz







Priest Celebrant Sunday Schedule Adjustment


In order that I may be the celebrant at St. Ann for the Anniversary Mass Celebration on Sunday, September 22, I will celebrate the Sunday Masses at Sacred Heart two consecutive weeks in a row (Sunday September 8 &15) and Fr. Schmitz will celebrate two weeks in a row at St. Ann.  Sometimes it is necessary to readjust the “rotation” so as to allow me to be present for significant Sunday parish celebrations at each location.


Schedule Notes:   Remember the Opening Mass for Pastoral Region REP

(held at Sacred Heart location)  7:00 p.m. September 9.


     Remember Infant Pre-Baptism class for first time parents

            on September 9 (Sacred Heart church basement) 8:00 p.m.


Job posting: One Employment position open at Sacred Heart


There are three full-time (forty hour per week) janitor/maintenance employment positions at Sacred Heart, supervised by our Maintenance Supervisor; and one of these three janitorial positions has recently come open.   We plan on hiring one person who is physically capable of significant physical cleaning, strenuous snow removal, and general janitorial and maintenance work on the 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. shift.  Please see the job description listed elsewhere in this bulletin or on the Sacred Heart parish website.  I am including this notice in St. Ann Bulletin as well as I want to include the entire pastoral region in the notice.




RCIA / RCIC (Convert) Classes begin Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church.  Scheduled are available at the doors of the church.  Remember that this is a combined program for the St. Ann/Sacred Heart Pastoral Region.




Remember that scams abound in email, texts, and on the internet.  Be assured I will NEVER send you an email or text asking for help.  Should you receive such a message, delete it without opening it as I assure you it is not from me.


Reflection on Scripture


What is hyperbole?  It is deliberate exaggeration to get your point across.  In today’s gospel we hear: “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”  But we are not supposed to hate anyone, let alone those we love the most!  As often is the case however, the words of Jesus reported in the gospels must be subjected to literary analysis and scrutiny.  


Jesus does not want us to “hate” anything or anyone (except for the Devil himself).  Rather, Jesus wants us to abandon and disdain anyone or anything that holds us back from total commitment to Jesus Christ.  So he uses hyperbole when using the word “hate” so as to show that Jesus is the absolute priority, above and beyond all others.  So what does that mean?  Have you ever seen one of the cliff divers.  Once they jump, they are on their own.  You cannot retract your decision.  Thus Jesus tells his disciples and those listening to him the same thing.  Freedom to commit completely occurs only when all else is abandoned.   If the temptation is wealth; it must be abandoned.  If the temptation is lust; the object of passion must be abandoned.  All and everything must be subordinated to Jesus Christ.


Next Weekend: Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Ex 32:7-11, 13-14

1 Tm 1:12-17

Luke 15:1-32


Theme:  What would you do or avoid to NOT suffer the loss of your faith?


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