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, instructions are found under the "About" drop down menu above. Once again welcome.
Dinner & a Movie: "Miracles From Heaven"
On Friday, December 9th we will show the movie “Miracles From Heaven”. This is a 2016 movie that stars Jennifer Gardner. The movie will begin at 7pm and the kitchen will open at 6pm. The menu for movie night is found below. Click here to see the official Trailer.
Advent Evenings of Recollection
On the Thursdays of Advent (Dec. 1, 15, 22) we will have Advent Evening of Recollection at 6:30 pm to celebrate the Advent Season. These Evenings will be within the context of Eucharistic Adoration. The theme of our first evening on December 1 will be "We are an Advent People".
Breakfast With Santa
On Saturday, December 17th, we will have our annual Breakfast With Santa from 9am to 12am. Breakfast will be served till 10:30am. Breakfast will consist of scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, pancakes, and sweetbread. We will also have coffee and juice. In addition to breakfast itself and photos with Santa we will have have Christmas crafts and activities. Tickets for adults are $6.00, children 6-12 are $3.00, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in the rectory, after Mass, or online by clicking here. If you are not familiar with how to make a donation through Pay Pal click here first for instruction.
Parish Christmas Concert
Our now annual Parish Christmas Concert will be on Sunday December 18th at 4pm. The Concert will be followed by a light reception in the hall instead of a Supper. As we did last year the Midnight Mass Choir will participate. Also the 7th & 8th Graders will form a choir, and also do a Tableau of the Christmas Story. Mark your calendars.
Commentary on Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12
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LAST SUNDAY’S READINGS focused on the final goal and meaning of our lives. It is the reason for the coming of Christ among us. Today we begin to look more directly at the coming of God’s Son in our midst as a preparation for that final coming. The central figure in today’s Gospel is John the Baptist.
But, first, we need to look at the powerful passage from Isaiah in the First Reading. It is in two parts:
a. The first is a picture of the perfect King. He is a descendant of Jesse, who was the father of King David, and clearly points to Jesus. He is full of the Spirit of God and enjoys the special gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, insight, counsel, power, knowledge and a deep sense of reverence for God. When Jesus is baptised we will see that Spirit coming down on him in all its fullness.
b. The second part is a picture of the age this King will inaugurate. It is a regime of justice and peace, free from danger or fear. This is the ultimate goal of the Reign of God, a goal we have not yet realised but which, with the help of our King, we have great hope of reaching.
We read this, of course, in today’s Mass in the context of Advent and Christmas. There is a real challenge for us to identify with this programme in word and action. Strange as it may seem, God expects our co-operation in carrying it out.
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Our Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4pm (Penance 3:15-3:45pm)
Sunday: 7:30, 8:45 (Port.), 11am; 5:15pm
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 Contact Information
Grades 1-5, Deb Vieira:
Grades 6-9, Deb Jezak:
Grade 10, Tom Kerrigan:
Thought of The Day
Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God St. John Damascen
The Word Exposed: Video Reflection
Cardinal Tagle of the Philippines has a weekly TV show called The Word Exposed in which he explains all 3 readings of the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. His reflection was not on-line for the second Sunday of Advent.
The Pope Video for December
An Explanation of Advent