Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which in the Ordinary Form is celebrated on May 31.
It is also the commemoration of Sts. Processus and Martinian whose bodies lie in a chapel at St. Peter's in Rome.
Rev. Father Michael Phillippino
Director of Religious Education
Parish Administrative Secretary
Ms. Megan Furtado
Ms. Patty Holmes
Mr. Timothy Cavanagh
Parish Office Hours
- Monday through Friday
8AM to 3PM
- Closed weekends, holidays
& holy days
Parish Council: Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Rectory; all parishioners are welcome to attend.
"The Mother Church of the Norwich Diocese"
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM
Sunday Mass: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Weekday Masses: 8:00 AM Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat
No 8AM Mass on Wed
Eucharistic Adoration begins in the chapel at 9AM after morning Mass on the 1st Friday of each month and ends at 6PM, in observance of the 6:30 Stations of the Cross, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a Benediction.
Monday Night: Miraculous Medal Novena in the Chapel
Thursday Night: 7PM Prayer Group in the Chapel
First Fridays: 8AM Mass and Devotions to the Sacred Heart
First Saturdays: 8AM Mass and Holy Rosary
Confession: Heard Saturdays, 3:00-3:30PM
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Pastoral Sharings: "Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time"
Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, etc.: October 6- 16th, 2015. Lead by Fr. Ray Introvigne and Mrs. Judith Hughes. $3,199 per person, please call for reservations. Healing Mass, June 22nd: 2:00 PM, Spiritual Renewal Center, 11 Bath St., Norwich. Masses are held on the first floor (handicapped accessible).
Norwich Diocese Office of Faith Events: Papal Pilgrimage, Thursday, September 24- Saturday, September 27. Only a few seats remain. Be there to see Pope Francis celebrate Mass and canonize Juniper Serra Ferrer, OFM. We will visit shrines as well as historic landmarks. For more information contact Duane Hartley, Assistant Coordinator of Faith Events, 860-848-2237 ext. 304.
Diocese of Norwich Pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary, October 5-15, 2015. For information call 860-887-9294. Bishop Cote will lead an elevenday pilgrimage to many holy sites, including the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Austria. Other attractions include a boat ride on Europe’s largest subterranean lake, the State Opera House, and the largest indoor market in Europe. Price includes motorcoach to and from JFK airport, departure lunch, all tips, daily Mass, breakfast and dinner daily, departure tax and fuel surcharge. Cost is $3,350 per person double occupancy, reservations must be made by July 20th.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES 2015 - 2016 Registration
According to the Norwich Diocesan policy, all students should receive the Sacraments in their own parish. If your child will be going into the 2nd or 8th grade and is attending a parochial school, they must register for classes at St. John Parish. Registration forms will be sent during the week, if you do not receive one, please call Sr. Ann at 860-344-8569.
We are in need of a teacher for the 4th grade CCD classes for next year. You will be provided with books and all the help you will need. If you are interested, please call Sr. Ann.
RCIA/RCIC 2015-2016: If you are interested in the Catholic faith and have not been baptized as Catholic, or if you are Catholic and have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, we invite you to look deeper into the Catholic faith. St. John Parish will soon begin a set of sessions to share the truths of the Catholic faith and the fellowship of our Church family. If you are interested or would like more information about these sessions, please call Sr. Ann at 860-344-8569.
Fortnight for Freedom: June 21-July 4, 2015: The Diocese of Norwich’s annual Fortnight for Freedom will be held from June 21-July 4, 2015. The Conference of Catholic Bishop points out its purpose is to raise awareness of religious liberty. The theme of the two week observance this year focuses on “Freedom to Bear Witness” to the truth of the Gospel. It emphasizes the role of Catholic institutions to bear witness to the Gospel by providing social, charitable, and educational services in a way that reflects the God-given dignity of each person. The USCCB has prepared materials, a list of frequently-asked questions on religious liberty, fact sheets on current threats to religious freedom in the United States and around the world. These and more information can be found online at www.fortnight4freedom.org.
Defending Religious Liberty - The federal health care mandate violates religious liberty because it forces conscientious objectors to actively go against their moral principles. It also deprives those objectors of the right (a right that others continue to exercise) to do what they see is morally required. If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 202-456-1111 or U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at 202-205-5445
The Inviolable Right
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person -- among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5; cf Job 10:8-12; Ps 22:10-11). “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth” (Ps. 139:15). Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.” -- Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2270-2271
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Pope To You
St. John Church 'Nativity
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Jesus Teaches in the Synagogues
Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Brooklyn Museum. New York
Preparing for the Mass July 5, 2015
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn and the liturgy can be found here and a children's liturgy can be found here.
Fourteenth Sunday: Power Made Perfect In Weakness
The second reading for today is written by a troubled man. The reading itself is troubling for us. In St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, he writes about a thorn in the flesh that he suffered from. Three times he begged the Lord to remove this from Him. But all he heard was the Lord saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” What was it that was upsetting St. Paul so much? People have speculated over the years, but we have no way of knowing. Whatever it was, it was significant for Paul. It could not have been something as minor as a speech impediment as some have speculated. Nor could it have been his caustic temper. It was something far more personal and even more severe. It probably kept him awake at night. .
Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Mark 6: 1–6.
It is really sad to note the attitude of Jesus’ home town to their suddenly famous neighbor. On the surface, it is the usual story of how familiarity can breed contempt. They know how “ordinary” Jesus has been and they cannot allow him now to represent a world that is so much larger than their own little town. This is a strange mixture of pride and envy, with the latter seeming to take hold at Nazareth.
The tragic consequence of their refusal to abandon their provincial narrowness is that Jesus “was not able to perform any mighty deeds there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.” Jesus could not work more miracles there because they would not permit it! They could not open themselves to a world beyond their own safe little village. Of course, this new world that Jesus has entered is not just the world beyond Nazareth; it is the world beyond this world!