Memorial of St. Martha, virgin
Jesus liked to stay at the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, his friends at Bethany, when he was in Judea. One of these visits has ever remained dear to Christian memory. On that occasion Martha, busily serving the Master, asked Him to persuade Mary to help her. Without in any way reproaching Martha, Jesus explained to her that certain souls, called by God, should choose a better part still — the primary duty of listening to Him and contemplating Him. This feast is celebrated today both in the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
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: "Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time"
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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.
New York State Right-to-Life: Seventh Annual Pro-Life Team Leadership Weekend, “Camp Esther 2015, July 31-August 2 at the Good News Center. This is an intensive weekend of training and lots of bonding with other likeminded students who recognize that you are not the future of the movement, you are part of the movement RIGHT NOW!
Join us for presentations on life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research as well as fun games, oratory opportunities, and more. All students are welcome. Camp Esther has been enriched by students attending from New York, other states, and even other countries such as Spain and Scotland. Weekend price is $150, including tuition, rooms, meals, and a t-shirt.
There are also several scholarship opportunities. Space is limited and we fill to capacity every year. For more information or to register, contact Alison Stevens at 518-434-1293 or via email at email@example.com.
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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Preparing for the Mass August 2, 2015
The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. 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.
18th 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.
Eighteenth Sunday: John 6 Part 2:
What Is the Food We Are Looking For?
The people in today’s Gospel reading had to work hard to find Jesus. After the multiplication of the loaves and fish, last Sunday’s reading, John says that the disciples took a boat to cross the sea, probably the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was not in the boat with them. The people must have realized that. But as they looked and looked for Jesus, they could not find Him on their side of the shore. Finally, someone came up with the idea of going to where His disciples were. Perhaps they would know where He was. That meant crossing the sea themselves. This would be difficult, but they thought it would be worthwhile to learn where Jesus was. After all, this Jesus gave away free food. As you know, they were surprised to find that Jesus was with the disciples. He had walked out to his disciples’ boat, walking on the water. That’s why the people asked Jesus, “When did you get here?” Jesus didn’t answer their question. Instead, He commented on why they were looking for Him. They wanted more loaves and fish, and put themselves out to get it.
Dimensions of the Eucharist Week 2: Faith
Message: To have a relationship with Jesus requires faith: God's great work and our response of trust.
You may have heard the saying, "Give a dog a good name and he will live up to it." My previous dog I named "Samwise" because that Lord of the Rings character saved Frodo's life. Sam didn't literally save my life, but he was a darn good companion. My new dog I named "Eowyn" hoping she would be brave like that noble shieldwoman. So far my Eowyn is a timid creature, but I have faith.
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—August 2, 2015
The people who saw Jesus miraculously multiply loaves and fishes tracked Him down afterwards, looking for something. What was it?
Gospel (Read Jn 6:24-35)
St. John tells us that after Jesus fed a hungry crowd with very little food, the people who had been with Him were eager to see Him again. After a brief interlude (see Jn 6:16-24), they found Him, yet they tried to act nonchalant by asking Him, “When did You get here?” Remember, these were the people who had exclaimed, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!” (see Jn 6:14) and whom Jesus suspected of wanting to make Him king (Jn 6:15). They were anything but nonchalant.
Seeing God in Creation
The first way of learning to live with God so as to love Him dearly is to elevate the mind to Him through the visible things around us. Wherever we go, God is there: “If I ascend into Heaven, Thou art there. If I descend into hell, Thou art present. If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there also shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.”
Whatever we look at, God is within it. Look at the sun. It brings light and warmth into our life. It reflects the goodness of God, who has created it. Gaze at the moon and the stars. They are the lanterns placed by God in the heavens to guide the weary traveler. Bless God who has made them, for the heavens and earth are full of His glory: “Look upon the rainbow, and bless Him that made it: it is very beautiful in its brightness. It encompasseth the heaven about with the circle of its glory; the hands of the Most High have displayed it.”
10 Ways to Grow in Friendship with Jesus and Mary
The ultimate purpose of our life is to grow to know, love and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is the real purpose of our existence. He gives meaning to all that happens in our lives—our joys and sorrows, successes and failures our life and death. Our Lady is always close to Jesus. The saints emphasize that Our Lady is the short-cut to the heart of God.
The following are ten short suggestions how we can grow daily in Friendship with Jesus and Mary His Mother so as to be happy in this life as well as the life to come!
A Most Difficult Question to Answer
When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others. I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to share our Catholic faith at work and in the public square. I sometimes get strange and curious looks. “Surely, there is more to it than that,” they might be thinking or “Well, I wanted the 10 step plan, but I guess I can try this,” may cross their minds.
I share these basic concepts with good reason. Do you recall Christ’s teaching in the Gospel of Matthew: “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:13-14, 16). Do we really share our Christ-inspired joy with others? Are we the light of Christ to everyone we encounter?
Combating Your Personal Stress
Recently I conducted a survey of my book and article readers. I wanted to know how this largely Catholic and professional group viewed current stressors in their lives. When asked what they considered to be a personal struggle, the top three answers were:
1. Feeling overwhelmed/out of balance
2. Fighting effects of stress and anxiety
3. Wanting a more productive prayer life
Turn Your Anger at God to Praise
Many people get angry at God when things go wrong in their lives. “God, how could you let this happen? I thought you were supposed to be so good!” Does God let bad things happen in our lives? Yes, in a sense, he does. It’s what we might call his permissive, or reluctant, will. He does not want terrible things to happen to us, but his agenda is not of this world.
Everything that he permits to happen is for some greater good, some eternal good. If the only thing that mattered was for things to turn out well in this life, we might have a case against God when tragedies occur. But, it is the eternal good that matters, and that’s virtually impossible for us to figure out.
Three Words That Can Change Your Life
Sometimes we like to complicate things. Every now and again it is good to simplify, to make it plain and simple. The other day it occurred to me that three words describe the well-being I have discovered in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life. They are, respectively, move, breathe, and trust.
Let’s look at each in turn. “Move” pertains to the physical, “breathe” to the emotional and psychological, and “trust” to the spiritual.
The Two Things Man Was Supposed to Do in Eden
There were two things Adam was supposed to do in the Garden of Eden.
Given that this was the terrestrial paradise—Eden could be translated as delight or pleasure—one might think Adam was meant to relax and take it easy.
But that’s not quite what Genesis 2:15 tells us: ‘The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it.’ That’s the New American Bible translation. A traditional rendering is ‘till and keep.’
Till and keep. That doesn’t sound like stuff you’d have to do in place called the Garden of Delights.
Art and Ideals of a Culture
The arts are as important to education as math, science and language. In many ways the arts are a language capable of expressing the inexpressible human heart or the beauty of the world.
The arts can express the dignity and worth of man and glorify God; this is art in its highest form.
The arts can keep ideals alive, reclaim lost ideals, or develop new ideals within a culture that eventually permeate civilization (either for good or bad).
King David was a musician and poet. He sang: