Bulletin Announcements

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January 23 ~ Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Re-read today’s Gospel.  Put yourself in the scene:  you are in the synagogue, perhaps your family is beside you. Jesus, the carpenter’s son, gets up to read - He is serving as “the lector.”  The carpenter’s son reads a passage from the prophet Isaiah about the promise of the Messiah.  Upon finishing, he looks at the people gathered and says: “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  Who are the blind, or the oppressed or the poor in your life that need to hear the “Good News” of Jesus Christ?  Today, you are that lector!

January 30 ~ Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In speaking to the prophet Jeremiah, God reminds him “before you were born, I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations, I appointed you.”  Whether a prophet or a disciple, the message is the same – God’s love never fails and we are to mirror that love in our lives.  St. Paul describes what that love look like in our lives.  It is patient, kind, not jealous, not rude, does not hold grudges, is hopeful and truthful.  To be loving as St. Paul describes is a tall order, and yet there is no doubt that this is our task as Disciples of Christ. 

February 6 ~ Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Each of the readings in today’s liturgy make clear that we are the ones to carry on the work of making disciples.  The prophet Isaiah when asked by God, “Whom will I send” declares, “Send me.”  St. Paul states frankly, “I handed on what I received.”  Moreover, Jesus invites his disciples to “put out into the deep. . .” to take that leap of faith and be fishers of men (and women).  The message is clear – these readings are intended for US!   Will you respond like Isaiah, saying, “send me”?  Will you step out of your comfort zone as Jesus invites the disciples to do and reach out to someone in faith?  Being a disciple and making disciples is now our task!                                                            

February 13 ~ Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We hear the Beatitudes proclaimed in today’s gospel.  The text can be so familiar, it is easy for our thoughts to drift off and miss the invitation we are given.  These beatitudes are a portrait of how Jesus lived.  Now he is speaking directly to his disciples – to us – describing the mindset by which we are to live.  They turn the standards of our world upside down and challenge us to gospel living.  Choose one beatitude to pray about and ask for the grace to grow in that beatitude attitude!

February 20 ~ Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus’ words today make it very clear how we are to live as his followers.  “Love your enemies” … “do good to those who curse you” ... “pray for those who mistreat you” ... “give to everyone who asks of you (and) don’t demand it back” … “Stop judging” … “Forgive and you will be forgiven.”  Not such easy words to live by!  Yet Jesus emphasizes that the extent to which you are willing to follow/live these words will be given back to you.  Turn to Jesus for the help you need to put into practice these challenging words and then, notice the difference it makes in your relationships.

February 27 ~ Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Remove the wooden beam from your eye first, then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s [sister’s] eye.”  The scriptures these last few weeks call for some self-examination and serious changes in our thinking and attitude.  While difficult to hear, this gospel reminds us of the necessity of taking time to reflect on those attitudes and behaviors that adversely affect our discipleship.  Make time this week to receive the Sacrament of Penance.  Acknowledge the “wooden beam in our own eye” and accept the grace of the sacrament as you begin the upcoming Lenten journey!

Synod on Synodality

Over the coming months, Catholics from around the world will be participating in the Synod on Synodality. What does that mean? Here in Boston it means that we will be gathering, as parishes and as a diocese to pray together and to invite the Holy Spirit to help us to listen deeply to one another, and we will talk together about how best to do that. So, for instance, a parish council may get together and ask “How can we as a parish council do a better job of letting the voices of all our parishioners be heard, even those who are not a part of an inner circle or who might be marginalized for whatever reason?” The archdiocese and the church around the world will be engaging in the same sort of conversation. We pray that the Lord will open our hearts to Him and to all of our people.

Jesus is Here: Archdiocese of Boston Eucharistic Congress (6/18/22)

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2022 Eucharistic Congress, Jesus is Here - a day-long event featuring Mass with the Cardinal, dynamic speakers including Bishop Robert Barron, Bishop Daniel Flores, Bobby and Jackie Angel, and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Adoration, and a Eucharistic procession. Visit jesusishereboston.org for more information and to register!