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.
Spooktacular Halloween Party
The date is Oct. 22nd from 6 to 9pm. Activities will be: Halloween-themed games, Children's Costume Parade, Kid's costumes, Family Costume, Pumpkin Decorating, Seasonal Crafts, ending with Trunk N Treat. Families are invited to decorate the trunk of their car, and have candy in the trunk. Children will go from trunk to trunk collecting candy. It is a safe way to do Trick n Treat. Please arrive at 6:00pm to have your vehicle in place. The parking lot will be roped off after 6:15pm for the safety of our trick or treaters. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event. Families must bring their own pumpkins already decorated. There is no cost, but you do need to register in advance so that we can purchase the proper amount of supplies. A registration form is found on the bulletin board in the Hall foyer, or you can register on-line below.
Our annual Harvest Festival/Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov 5 from 9am to 5pm. We are of course looking for Crafters. You can print the Crafter registration form below. In addition to the Crafters we will also have Malassadas on sale starting at 9am. Our Kitchen will serve lunch and open at 11am. We will have a Bake table. We are looking for people to bake. We will also have a variety of raffles.The monthly Food sale will be part of the Harvest Festival. Items from the Food sale can be picked during the Harvest Festival or after the 11am Mass. Arrangements for pick-up at other times can be made. Order form is found below.
Scripture: Luke 12:49-53 49 "I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; 52 for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; 53 they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
Meditation: We have some passionate and disturbing words from Jesus today.
First, he expresses his deep desire to cast fire on the earth. In the imagery of the Old Testament, fire is a symbol of God’s powerful presence. We remember Moses at the burning bush, the pillar of fire that accompanied the Israelites by night as they wandered through the desert to the promised land, as well as the tongues of fire that hovered over the disciples at Pentecost.
It is this Pentecostal fire that burns men’s hearts and draws them to change the direction of their lives. For Jesus’ wish to be fulfilled we have to play our part in helping to spread some of that fire of God’s love everywhere.
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 Contact Information
Grades 1-5, Deb Vieira:
Grades 6-9, Deb Jezak:
Grade 10, Tom Kerrigan:
Thought of The Day
Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. Mother Teresa
Today's Papal Tweet
Sunday Readings 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. The are placed on Utube. If you want to watch the video full screen. Click on the video to watch it.
Oct 19 – Saint Jean de Brebeuf and companions (17th century) The Jesuit Martyrs of North America
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Witnesses to martyrdom: Father Hamel’s last moments
“Do you see cows?” asks the woman on the phone.
“Yes,” answers the reporter. “I see six cows, it looks like they are grazing.”
“They have been grazing for over 20 years,” comments Mrs. Coponet, “They are made out of plastic. Well, turn right after the cows, then take the second left. We are expecting you.”
Thus begins a meet-up between journalists from the French publicationFamille Chrétienne and three witnesses to the Mass-time murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel who felt ready to talk about what they had experienced. Coming together not far from where the remains of Fr. Hamel lie, the reporters met with Guy and Janine Coponet, married 64 years, and Sr. Danielle Delafosse who, along with two members of Sr. Danielle’s religious community, were participating in the Mass at St. Etienne when the attackers entered.