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.
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Grades 9 & 10
Family Movie: Kung Fu Panda 3
On Friday, September 16, we are going to show the movie Kung Foo Panda 3. The kitchen will open at 6pm, and we will start to show cartoons at this time as well. Weather depending the movie will be shown outside. Bring a blanket and lawn chair. As we did last year for the outside movie, we will show the movie on the grass behind the Church. The trailer for the movie is found below.
Parish Clam Boil:
On Saturday, September 10 we will have a Parish clam boil. Eat-in will begin at 5:30pm. Take out will served from 5-5:40 pm. We will begin with homemade clam chowder and stuffed quahog. We will have watermelon and sweet rice for dessert. The cost will be $25.00 a ticket. A boil without clams will be $15.00. Tickets are sale after Mass, in the rectory, or on line from Parish web site. Click here to buy a ticket on-line.
Movie Night: Miracles from Heaven
On Friday September 30th We will show the movie Miracles from Heaven at 7pm in the Hall. This 2016 movie staring Jennifer Garner is based upon a true story of a 10 year old girl who is miraculous cured from a incurable disease. Click here to see the trailer.
Scripture: Luke 4:31-3731
And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 "Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." 37 And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
Meditation: When you listen to the word of God in Scripture how do you respond to it? Do you hear it with indifference, selective submission, or with the full assent of faith and obedience? When Jesus taught he spoke with authority. He spoke the word of God as no one had spoken it before. When the Rabbis taught they supported their statements with quotes from other authorities. The prophets spoke with delegated authority - Thus says the Lord. When Jesus spoke he needed no authorities to back his statements. He was authority incarnate - the Word of God made flesh. When he spoke, God spoke. When he commanded even the demons obeyed.
God's Word is alive and active
Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD), in his commentary on this passage from the Gospel of Luke, tells us that Jesus had all power and authority to heal every sickness and expel every demonic power because he was the living and active Word of God the Father (John 1:14 and Hebrews 4:12):
The bystanders, witnesses of such great deeds, were astonished at the power of his word. He performed his miracles, without offering up a prayer, asking no one else at all for the power to accomplish them. Since he is the living and active Word of God the Father, by whom all things exist, and in whom all things are, in his own person he crushed Satan and closed the profane mouth of impure demons. [Commentary on Luke, Homily 12].
God's Word has power to set us free
God's living and abiding Word is truth and life and it has power to set us free from every sin and oppression and bring us healing of body, mind, and spirit. If the demons, the fallen angels, were able to recognize the power and authority of Jesus, the Son of God, how much more should we recognize and believe in the power and authority of the Gospel - the good news of Jesus Christ, and entrust our lives to the Lord Jesus?
God's Word produces life and freedom for us
The Lord Jesus speaks his life-giving Word to us each and every day so that we may walk in the freedom of his love and truth. If we approach the Word of God with meekness and humility, and with an eagerness to do everything the Lord desires, we are in a much better position to learn what God wants to teach us through his word. Are you ready to follow the Lord Jesus and to conform your life according to his word?
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) 508-678-5513
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Thought For the Day
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
From the Pope's Twitter Page
Video Reflection from Cardinal Tagle
On The Sunday Readings for August 28
Articles From the Web
The Little-Known Story of John Wayne’s Deathbed Conversion to Catholicism by ChurchPOP Editor -
Most people know of John Wayne’s incredible, five-decade-long career in Hollywood, in which he variously acted in, directed, and produced over 160 films (about half of which were Westerns), such as True Grit, The Longest Day, and The Greatest Story Ever Told.
What many people do not know is the story of how Wayne converted to Catholicism in the final days before he died of cancer.
John Wayne was born as Marion Robert Morrison in 1907 in a small town in Iowa to a Presbyterian family. He was raised in the church, believed in God, and was taught the Bible.After being dropped from his college football team due to injury, he first got into the movie industry helping with props and working as an extra. Within a decade, he had broken into the mainstream and became a big movie star.
His first major exposure to Catholicism came from his first wife, Josephine Alicia Saenz. They married in 1933 and had four children together. She was Catholic, so they got married in a Catholic church and he agreed to raise the children Catholic. Josephine was something of a socialite, and frequently had dinner parties with other Catholics in Hollywood, including priests and nuns. They sent their children to Catholic schools. In general, he was pulled into Catholic cultural circles and spent a lot of time at Catholic churches and around Catholics.
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10 Places to find excellent homilies online
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
August 30, 2016
“We know that the faithful attach great importance to [the homily], and that both they and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them! It is sad that this is the case. The homily can actually be an intense and happy experience of the Spirit, a consoling encounter with God’s word, a constant source of renewal and growth.” – Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel
I don’t envy priests.
Priests have tough jobs and often wear many hats. So, I try not to be too judgmental or annoyed when I hear bad homilies. But Pope Francis is right; sometimes the people in the pews really suffer from having to listen to mediocre homilies!
In my opinion, a priest does not have to be a good speaker or a scholar to give a good homily (although that can help). What he does need is a prayerful heart that is immersed in God’s Word and close to his people.
When I am disappointed in a homily, I try to shelve my irritation and focus on what is the real center of the Mass, the Eucharist. I also say a prayer for the priest who may be overworked, tired, or going through a tough time. But I also mentally make a note to look up something edifying about the reading of the day or to listen later to a homily online.
Here are some of the best online homily resources I have found:
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