PLANNING
  • Ash Wednesday: Lent begins this week. Planners should consult with priests and deacons to determine the best schedule for Masses that day and whether other times of distributing ashes are needed. Chapter 51 of the Book of Blessings reminds us that distribution of ashes outside of Mass should be offered in the context of a celebration of the word. Even when ashes are brought to the sick, “at least one Scripture reading should be included.” The rubrics note that the service may be celebrated by a priest or deacon and that lay ministers may assist with the distribution. Be sure to have some soapy water or wet wipes for the distributors to clean their hands after the distribution.
Adapted: LAWRENCE MICK ©2018: The pastoral/worship planning resource from 2018 Reflections, 2020 Reflections can be read at National Catholic Reporter website.
OUR SUNDAY READINGS
  • Reflection for June 13, The 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    by eezell3 on Saturday, June 12, 2021

    When I was about a year old my mother took a picture of me sitting on my father’s lap. I’m holding a book open in front of me, a picture book on the English alphabet. My father is looking down, his mouth open as if he’s reading to me. If you look closely at the

  • Study Guide for June 20, The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    by eezell3 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Here’s a link to the Sunday readings for June 20 (usccb.org). Sample Commentary on Mark 4:35-41 Jesus earlier revealed his power over evil and sickness. When he cast a demon out of a man (1:23-27), he spoke almost the same words that he speaks here to the storm. In both cases Jesus rebukes the forces

PRO-LIFE MESSAGE

There is often no escape from illness. And, sometimes an illness is considered socially unacceptable and those afflicted cannot escape the injustice and the judgement that can accompany the condition. Today’s readings focus on leprosy, but they could be about any disease or condition that evokes fear, alienation or condemnation. Those who suffer are urged to turn to God for healing. All of us are called to imitate Jesus, who throughout his life, embraced and healed the sick and outcast. It is a hard challenge to ignore and an even harder one for many of us to accept.

CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY
  • Seeds of Eternal Life in the Soil of Ordinary Time
    by Patrick Clark on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    11th Sunday in Ordinary Time This Sunday’s readings may be found here at the USCCB’s website: Ezekiel 17:22-24 Psalm 92:2-3,13-14,15-16 II Corinthians 5:6-10 Mark 4:26-34 It can be tempting to think that the Bible is primarily about eternal truths or “religious beliefs,” particularly when one sets out to offer to others an interpretation of its

  • Lectionary: Corpus Christi Sunday
    by Patrick Clark on Friday, June 4, 2021

    All the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ may be found here on the USCCB website. Exodus 24:3-8 Responsorial Psalm: 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18 Hebrews 9:11-15 Sequence: Lauda Sion Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This post was originally written by Beth Haile on June 5th, 2012 under the title “Solemnity

  • Lectionary: Trinity Sunday: Mysterious No Longer?
    by David Cloutier on Thursday, May 27, 2021

    Too often, the Trinity is presented as a mystery, and sometimes this sense of mystery is simply presented as a puzzle. The Trinity can’t really be explained, because God can’t really be explained. It’s all a great mystery. We have to take it on faith. For all the ways in which those statements are obviously

  • Lectionary: Pentecost
    by Conor Kelly on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

    Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 Jn 20:19-23 The feast of Pentecost is sometimes described as the “birthday of the Church,” because it marks the commissioning of a new community that has a special responsibility to carry on the mission of Jesus after he has returned to heaven (a

  • Lectionary: Jesus’ Wager and the Time in Between
    by Emily Reimer-Barry on Friday, May 14, 2021

    This is a guest post by Dr. Victor Carmona, Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego. The readings for the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord can be found here on the USCCB website. First Reading – Acts 1:1-11 Responsorial Psalm – Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 Second Reading – Eph 1:17-23, or 4:1-13,