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.
Parish Lenten Retreat
The Parish will sponsor an overnight retreat at Betania 2 in Medway MA on March 25 - 26. The retreat house is an hour away, but it is worth the drive. The grounds are spacious and lovely for walking. The rooms are modern with a private bathroom. The theme of the retreat will be an introduction to a life of Discipleship as lived out in sacrament, Community, Word, Prayer, and Service. Applications are found in the Church, or below. Return applications to the parish office. Space is limited. Retreat is not limited to parishioners.
Saint Patrick's Day Dinner
On Saturday March 18th we are going to have a Corned Beef Dinner to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. We will begin with an Irish beef, barley and vegetable soup. Each table will have a loaf of Irish Soda bread. The dinner itself will consist of corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and potato. For those who don't like corned beef we will also have baked ham. We will end with assorted desserts. We hope to have live Irish Music as well. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Tickets are on sale after Mass or in the rectory.
Men & Women's Conference
The Fall River Diocese is hosting its first-ever Women & Men’s Conference on March 11, 2017 at Stonehill College in Easton MA. It is a one day program with enriching talks, reflection, prayer, fellowship. Lunch is included. Multiple confessors will be available. Conference speakers are Cardinal O'Malley, Renew International Director Sr Terry Richard O.P., Christian Music Artest ValLimar Jansen, Lay Evangelist and mumorist Michael Cumbie. Registation forms are found on the 2 bulletin boards. For more information and on-line registration click here.
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.
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Daily Gospel & Reflection
Scripture: Mark 10:17-27 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" 20 And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth." 21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 22 At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" 27 Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."
Meditation: What gives hope and satisfaction to our desire for happiness and security? A young man who had the best the world could offer - wealth and security - came to Jesus because he lacked one thing. He wanted the kind of lasting peace and happiness which money could not buy him. The answer he got, however, was not what he was looking for. He protested that he kept all the commandments - but Jesus spoke to the trouble in his heart. One thing kept him from giving himself whole-heartedly to God. While he lacked nothing in material goods, he was nonetheless possessive of what he had. He placed his hope and security in what he possessed. So when Jesus challenged him to make God his one true possession and treasure, he became sad.
Our Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4pm (Penance 3:15-3:45pm)
Sunday: 7:30, 8:45 (Port.), 11am; 5:15pm
Monday: 6:30m (Novena & Rosary 6:00pm)
Tuesday - Friday: 8am
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 FOR THE DAY
Build an oratory within yourself, and there have Jesus on the altar of your heart. Speak to Him often while you are doing your work. St Paul of the Cross
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