25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 23, 2018
THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
Loving Those in Need
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37
What is it about the image of a child that helps Jesus illustrate an important point? The answer to this question must be understood as a contrast between one who is like a child and one who holds a worldly view of greatness.
A child is one who is poor, dependent, humble and in need. A child cannot take care of his/her own needs. Rather, a child needs the care of parents. So it is with us in our relationship with God.
We are not considered great by being independent, powerful, well respected, successful, etc. This is a worldly view of greatness. The Apostles, in this passage, were arguing about who was the greatest. Jesus, in pointing to a child, shows that greatness is not about what you accomplish or the like; rather, greatness is found in becoming dependent upon Christ. Additionally, it is found in seeking out those who are in need (as a child is in need of care) and offering the love and care others need. It’s a call to compassion and concern for the poor and needy among us.
Reflect, today, upon whether you are ready and willing to reach out to those in need among you. Who are they? What is their need? Do you seek them out and offer love and support? Doing this is what will make you truly great in the eyes of God.
Members of our Outreach Committee will conduct our monthly Food Pantry this Tuesday, September 25, 10 am in the Anchorage to help assist those in the neighborhood who are in most need.
Members of St. Ann’s Outreach Committee conduct our Food Pantry on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
Registration for Sunday School continues throughout the month. Registration forms are located in the back of church on the usher’s table. Classes for Sunday School will begin Sunday, October 7.
SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE STUDY
There will be an Open House for Adult Bible Study on Sunday, September 30 after Mass in the Anchorage. All are welcome to attend.
PASTORATE DAY OF PRAYER
Please join us for a Pastorate Day of Prayer Saturday, October 6th 10 am – 12 pm, St. Ann’s Church and Prayer Garden. All are invited as the three parishes of St. Ann, St. Wenceslaus and St. Francis Xavier come together for a day of worship and prayer. A light breakfast will begin at 9:30 am inside Mother Seton Academy Hall.
THUSDAY EVENING MASS &BIBLE STUDY
Remember to join us every Thursday evening at 7 pm for Mass in the Anchorage Chapel. You are also invited to share in reflection with our Thursday evening Bible Study Group following Mass.
New schedules for Lectors, Altar Servers and Eucharistic Ministers are located on the ushers’ table in the back of church.
SACRED HEART CHURCH PICNIC
Each year Our sister parish of Sacred Heart Church Glyndon has their Annual Church Picnic in the month of September in which our parish of St. Ann has been invited as guest to celebrate alongside our brothers and sisters of Sacred Heart. This year, their picnic has been moved to Sunday, October 21st which is the same day as our Anniversary Mass Celebration and Luncheon here at St. Ann. And so we offer our prayers to our friends at Sacred Heart and know that we are with them in spirit and that we are so grateful to them for keeping a special place in their hearts for us.
SAVE THE DATE
Save the date for Saturday, December 8, 2018 as St. Ann’s Sista Circle presents their Holiday Tea at St. Matthew’s Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd. 1 pm – 5 pm. This year, the St. Ann’s Sista Circle celebrates 15 years in ministry! Proceeds benefit the St. Ann Health & Wellness Fair.
THE JOSEPHITES FATHERS & BROTHERS 125TH ANNIVERSARY
The Josephites Fathers & Brothers will celebrate their 125th AnniversaryNovember 16–17 with a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Banquet to follow at the Baltimore Convention Center. Please help the Josephites keep to their missions to the African American Community and support the Josephite programs home and abroad. For more information please see the flyer in the back of church.
IN OUR PASTORATE…
St. Wenceslaus – Celebrates their Feast Day today and the 104th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of St. Wenceslaus Church by Cardinal James Gibbons in 1914.
AFTERNOON AT THE RACES
On Sunday, October 13th St. Wenceslaus will hold their Fall Afternoon at the Races from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at SFX church hall, 1501 E. Oliver St. Tickets are $14. For Tickets and Racing forms for buying horses contact St. Wenceslaus Church office at 410-675-7304. Racing forms are due in by Sunday, October 7th.
Please also continue to pray for all of our sick and homebound, especially Florence Barber, Dorothy Horton-Brown, James Butts, Augustine Christian, Danny Dallas, Elaine Edmonds, Gregory Epps, John Frederick, Pat Haley, Rita Hardy, Odessa Johnson, Tom Lutz, Josephine McCoy, Penny Palmer, Bernadette Wallace, Nelson Outlaw, and Rita Watkins, and ask that God grant them strength, comfort and healing.
Sun., Sept.23 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11 AM Mass
Tues., Sept.25 Monthly Food Pantry
Anchorage, 10 am – 12 pm
Thurs., Sept.27 Evening Mass (confession before/after) Bible Study 7-9 pm
Fri., Sept.28 St. Ann’s Movie Night
Sun., Sept.30 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11 AM Mass
Adult Bible Study Begins,
after Mass, Anchorage
Tues., Oct.2 Pastoral Council Meeting
6:30 pm, Anchorage
Thurs., Oct.4 Evening Mass (confession before/after) Bible Study 7-9 pm
Sat., Oct.6 Pastorate Day of Prayer
St. Ann’s, 9:30 am – 12 pm
Sun., Oct.7 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11 AM Mass
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1st Reading Numbers 11:25-29
2nd Reading James 5:1-6
Gospel Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48