Welcome to St John of God
We are a bi-lingual Parish (Portuguese & English) of over 1,200 families in Somerset, MA. You can learn much about the Parish from this web site, but even better please come to visit us. All are welcome. If you have already visited the Parish and want to register, please click the blue "Parish Registration" button below. Once again welcome.
Faith Formation Registration & Start of Year
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Grades 9 & 10
Movie Night: The Letters
On Friday October 14 We will show the movie the Letters at 7pm in the Hall. This 2014 movie is about the life of St Teresa of Kolkota who is also know as Mother Teresa. It seems appropriate that with her cannonization this month that we should see this movie. The kitchen will be open at 6pm. Please note that we have changed the date as well as the movie. See the official trailer below.
Scripture: Luke 9:43-45 43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples, 44 "Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men." 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
Meditation: Do you know the majesty of God? When we ascribe majesty to someone or something we acknowledge greatness in that person or thing and voice our respect for it. The miracles of Jesus revealed the awesome power and majesty of God and his favor and blessing (grace) - especially towards the lowly and humble of heart.
God's way to victory and glory is through the cross
But with the miracles Jesus also gave a prophetic warning: There can be no share in God's glory without the cross. Jesus prophesied concerning his own betrayal and crucifixion - but it did not make any sense to the disciples because it did not fit their understanding of the Messiah who was supposed to come and free his people from tyranny and oppression. Little did they know that the way to victory over sin and death would be through the cross and resurrection of Christ.
Our fear of suffering betrays our lack of hope in Christ's victory When the disciples heard Jesus' prediction of suffering and betrayal they were afraid to ask further questions. Like a person who might receive bad news from the doctor about some tumor or disease that could destroy them and then refuse to ask any further questions, the disciples of Jesus didn't want to know any more about the consequences of possible suffering, defeat, and death on a cross. They couldn't understand how the cross could bring victory and lead to new life and freedom in Christ.
How often do we reject what we do not wish to see? We have heard God's word and we know the consequences of accepting it or rejecting it. But do we give it our full allegiance and mold our lives according to it? Ask the Lord Jesus to show you his majesty and glory that you may grow in reverence of him and in godly fear (reverence) of his word.
The Pope Video
The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of the Holy Father’s monthly intentions related to the challenges that humanity faces. Each month the Pope communicates the the Apostleship of prayer two prayer intentions. One is for the good of humanity and the other for evangelization. Over the past nine months the Apostleship of Prayer in conjunction with a Media company call La Machi have produced these videos to help people to embrace this monthly intention. The Project has the support of the Vatican Television Center (CTV), sole owner of the rights. The Prayer intention in September focuses upon the importance of Human Work.
Our Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4pm (Penance 3:15-3:45pm)
Sunday: 7:30, 8:45 (Port.), 11am; 5pm
Monday: 7pm (Novena & Rosary 6:30pm)
Tuesday - Friday: 8am
Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30am-3:00pm
996 Brayton Av, Somerset MA (Click For Directions)
Faith Formation Office
Thought For the Day
God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission B I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. Cardinal John Henry Newman
Today's Papal Tweet
Reflection on Sunday Readings
Articles From the Web
US bishops support day of prayer for sex abuse victims
Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2016 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of Pope Francis' call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will support a Worldwide Day of Prayer for Sexual Abuse Survivors, highlighting the importance of healing and noting the progress the Church has made over the years.
“With a pastor's heart, Pope Francis renewed the call of the universal Church to pray for, help heal and proactively protect children from the terrible sin of sexual abuse,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a Sept. 16 statement.
“This universal expression of healing and sorrow, joined by our brothers and sisters around the world, will be a powerful reminder that no survivor should walk the path toward healing alone,” he said.
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3D tech proves Hebrew Bible ‘unchanged for 2000 years’
BY DANIEL ESTRIN September 22, 2016, 2:39 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist’s storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.
The passages from the Book of Leviticus, scholars say, offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back 2,000 years.
The discovery, announced in a Science Advances journal article by researchers in Kentucky and Jerusalem on Wednesday, was made using “virtual unwrapping,” a 3D digital analysis of an X-ray scan. Researchers say it is the first time they have been able to read the text of an ancient scroll without having to physically open it.
“You can’t imagine the joy in the lab,” said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority, who participated in the study.
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