Daily Prayers and Reflections from Father Tom
Important information from Fr. Tom
God be with you! Let us continue to pray for one another and for the world.
We are delighted to welcome you to pray here in the heart of our parish. Please be sure to wear a mask at all times and maintain proper social distancing so as to help prevent further contagion.
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Church will be open for personal prayer Monday thru Friday from 7 am - 7 pm ~ Saturday 7 am - 4 pm
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DAILY PRAYERS - REFLECTIONS - AND WORDS
FROM FATHER TOM
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Mass Intentions and Altar Memorials are available. You may request in person, via phone message, e-mail, or drop your request in the mail slot at the side of our office entrance door. You will receive a call back verifying dates and times requested. Mass Cards may be picked-up - or we can mail the card directly to the family.
You may also leave a message to have a name added to our prayer list.
Our Food Pantry, under Parish Social Ministry, is operating. We are meeting the needs of those in our parish and community. You can find a list of pantry items needed in our bulletin as well as on our facebook page. If you know a family who is in need of support, please have them contact us and we will be happy to assist in any way we are able.
Regular Mass schedule will resume ..It is required that you wear a face mask when entering our church and maintain acceptable personal distance at all times for the safety of all.
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Music for July 5, 2020
Gathering – All Are Welcome #414
Presentation – Battle Hymn #578
Communion – Prayer of St. Francis #525
Sending Forth -- America the Beautiful #731
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July 5, 2020 -
Richard Rohr, OFM, has an interesting piece today....he’s readying us to say yes to Love. Peace. Father Tom
July 4, 2020 -
Dear friends, Happy Fourth of July!
Here’s one of the opening prayers for today’s mass.....let us pray
Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country
Claimed its place among the family of nations; for what has been achieved we give you thanks, for the work that still remains we ask your help, And as you have called us from many people’s to be one nation, Grant that, under Your providence, our country may share Your blessings with all the peoples of the earth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Happy Independence Day! God bless America. Father Tom
July 3, 2020 -
Today we remember Saint Thomas, doubting Thomas, as he’s come to be known.
But I wonder, could that perhaps be an unfair name tag? Thomas struggles to find
a reason to have faith, he wants a sense of hope that he can hold on to and in that,
he’s really no different than most of us.
The story of Saint Thomas challenges us to look around in our own lives with an open heart and to recognize the many signs of God’s love in our midst. We can find God in the love of family and friends, in the “nail marks” of suffering and brokenness, in the “peace” of forgiveness and mercy and, yes, we can all list so many other ways!
And so we ask, help us Lord to continue to seek you despite our doubts; show us your way of justice and peace when we are most pessimistic and skeptical. Like Thomas, may we realize your presence in our midst in every moment of compassion and act of selfless generosity we experience. Blessings Father Tom
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July 2, 2020 -
Here is Bishop Barron’s take on today’s gospel. I like his statement that Jesus opens a new future for us.....and isn’t it true that we are blessed to do that for one another! Blessings. Father Tom
Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Friends, in today’s Gospel, the Lord heals a paralytic after first forgiving his sins. Jesus’ initial words to this paralyzed man are, “Your sins are forgiven.” Why does God forgive our sins? Because he wants us alive, he wants us moving, he wants us in action, realizing what we can be.
Jesus comes to liberate us for deeper life, to open a new future to us. Sin is a refusal to live according to God’s purposes and desires. Our obsession with past sins paralyzes us. God is opposed to this obsession with the past, because it renders us unable to move.
I can brood over my past sins to such a degree that I become finally paralyzed, unable to move. “Your sins are forgiven” is another way of saying, “Don’t be paralyzed by sins that you undoubtedly worry about far more than God does.”
After saying your sins are forgiven, Jesus says,
“Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
That’s the way it works: First comes the forgiveness
of sins, and that is a liberating power in us.
Now I can live for the future.
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July 1, 2020 -
There’s a line in today’s first reading, ....” hate evil and love good” that reminded me of a sign I once saw in front of a church:
“ Love ‘em all, I’ll sort it out later.” Isn’t that a great reminder of how God asks us to act with one another? Our gospel call is to work to love everyone. To embrace everyone as a child of God, and to look at the world with the eyes of mercy, not judgment. Judgment will come from God.
How, then, do we respond to evil? How do we respond to racism, systemic injustice, war etc.? Jesus responded with love. Jesus loved everyone, whether they be rich or poor, man or woman, Gentile or Jew, your name it. I think that Jesus in today’s gospel calls us to “drown” in love those who seek to do harm
Let’s pray again today to love more like Jesus: judging less, caring more for the marginalized, and letting God’s love manifest itself to others through us. Peace. Father Tom
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June 30, 2020 -
Today’s gospel with the disciples being tossed about in the storm raised this question
for me. Jesus met many of his disciples at the seashore....today he meets each of us at the
shore line of today....offers to get in the boat with us and take us into the depth of possibility
the day will offer to each of us. Jesus falls asleep on the journey and needs to be awakened....in
me, perhaps in you too. Again today, when awakened he asks us to look at our fears....the tossing
and turning occasioned by the inevitable storms of life and to share in divine possibilities with
him.....being the calm in the storm! Moving from the shoreline into the depths of new possibilities....
”Pescador de hombres” , smile at us and let us hear you call us by name! Peace. Father Tom
June 29, 2020 -
Attached is Pope Francis homily for today’s feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Peace. Father Tom
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June 28, 2020 -
Here’s a meditation on today’s gospel by Amy Welborn Think big! Follow your dreams! Change the world! Make a difference! Set the world on fire!
It can be confusing, can’t it? On the one hand, so many voices that they are telling me to find self-fulfillment in doing big, huge things and In attention-getting ways. And as I listen to the Lord, I hear that too. I hear the call to go out to the whole world, to let my light shine. But then there’s this from Matthew today, which seems to be about something different: being small, being less, losing my life. Perhaps they’re not in conflict. Not always at least. But sometimes they might be, and so I check myself and make sure that as I look ahead, as I figure out how to use what God’s given me, I’ve got Jesus‘ words and example of humility at the core of all that I do.
Lord, may my small gestures speak clearly of your love.
Enjoy this beautiful day. God bless. Father Tom
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June 27, 2020 -
Like the centurion in today’s gospel, we too no matter how good we are,
how obedient we are....we still are not worthy to have our Lord and Savior come to us.
We come with faith.
First, we need the faith to believe that we really receive Jesus, the total person, in Communion. Having accepted this, we realize that the Eucharist is pure gift. Even though we may have prepared ourselves the best we can for Communion, we still don’t deserve this gift. We can’t earn it. All we can do is humbly receive Christ and give thanks. After all, that is what Eucharist means: thanksgiving.” Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my source will be healed.” Peace. Father Tom
June 26, 2020 -
In today’s gospel, Jesus says to each of us what he says to the leper. If you’ve been made
“clean” by the hand of God, if you’ve been made whole by an experience of God‘s mercy, if
you’ve been “caught” in the net of God‘s compassion, never mind trying to find the words
to explain it. Let your life “show” God‘s presence: be the agent of mercy that you have
received: make a sign make a place for the “leper“ enabling them to be seen as clean and
whole: “catch” others in the same net that caught and saved you.
Be the “proof” that God is at work among us.
Peace and blessings. Father Tom
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June 25, 2020 -
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us , “us everyone listens to these
words of mine and acts on
them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” The word
he asks us to build on is
This pandemic has left deep scars around the world . The words of today’s psalm are really true
“ may your compassion quickly come to us, we are both very low.” The church tells us that God‘s
compassion is always ready. Always at hand. Suffering can be excruciating, but God‘s presence is
always available. I love the words of the song “ Fly Like a Bird” which is based on psalm 139.
“ When I am down and afraid, when I am feeling afraid...you extend a gentle hand, and I know
you’ll understand...oh, God your presence is real.”
Let’s pledge ourselves to be a compassionate presence to someone who is hurting today.
Who knows, the heart we may heal might end up being our own.
Have a blessed day, and be a blessing! Father Tom
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June 22, 2020 -
It’s been wonderful welcoming you home to Mass and I thank you for your cooperation in following the directions given by our greeters. These directives come from the diocese and have been prepared in conjunction with health professionals. Some have mentioned that these directives are not being followed in other places. I can’t speak for anyone else...At SSPJ we are following what we have been asked to do to insure as best as possible the health and safety of us all. At this time I would greatly appreciate more volunteers to serve in the capacity of leading our bothers and sisters to their seats. Training will be provided and your assistance most appreciated. The reason we are seating people and directing the reception of Holy Communion is to prevent as best as possible any cross contamination
within the church. Thank you. Father Tom
June 21, 2020 -
Happy Father’s Day to all dads! The parish will be praying in thanksgiving for you at all
our weekend Masses. Here’s a Father’s Day blessing shared from Sacred Heart Academy.
Blessings. Father Tom
Loving God, through the gift of our fathers, you reveal your wisdom, love and care.
Continue to bless and guide these holy men you have given to us in our lives.
Support them in their call to lead holy lives of faithfulness, respect and integrity.
May their witness of faith and love shine from them and on their children and families
giving hope and encouragement to all.
Bless them for all the ways they lift their children to achieve their dreams.
Bless them for their sacrifice, their forgiveness and their guidance.
Bless grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, teachers and coaches
who have shown us love and support.
For those fathers who have lost a child or spouse, give them your loving touch of healing
consoling them with your gentle care.
For those fathers who have gone before us, bring them to your eternal banquet of joy and peace;
bring them the fullness of union with you and communion with us as we remember their love for us. Amen.
(Adapted from Fr. John Thomas Lane, SSS)
Happy Father’s Day
June 23, 2020 -
Commenting on today’s gospel,“ do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before swine, less they trample them on underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
She writes, pearls before swine is an extreme example, but we give ourselves away in smaller, less recognizable ways all the time . We can be hurt or angry that another person did not value our pearls, but this verse is directed at us: reminding us that we must first honor and value what is Holy about ourselves. We must be wise and discerning about how, when and with whom we share ourselves, whether our pearls are our words, our wisdom, our affection, our loyalty, our time, etc.
The finest, healthiest venues for giving are relationships that have a common understanding about what is sacred, a shared sense of reverence .
Peace. Father Tom
June 20, 2020 -
Today is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary . It makes the point clear: to love with the
humility and the grace of Mary is to allow your heart to break (and more than once ) but love
also enables us to do amazing things for those we love. When we think we’ve done all we can for
someone, we find the resources within ourselves to reach out to them again and again; when
we’re exhausted and spent, we manage to be there for a loved one in need; when we can’t
imagine ourselves possessing the ability to contribute to particular causes or ministries, we
surprise ourselves once we get involved.
Mary, the” Immaculate Heart “invites us to step back for a moment, however briefly, to discern
the love of God in the midst of our lives as we cope with the challenges piercing our own hearts. Like Mary, may we come to know, within the depths of our own hearts, the peace and compassion of God, who, by his grace, enables us to transform our sufferings and brokenness into the means for re-creation and resurrection.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us. Enjoy this beautiful day. God bless! Father Tom
June 19, 2020 -
Commenting on his own book, Mercy: the Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life, Cardinal William Kasper wrote “....start with the Latin term Misericordia, which means mercy. Misericordia means having a heart for the poor-poor in a large sense, not only material poverty, but also relational poverty, spiritual poverty, cultural poverty, and so on. This is not only heart, not only emotion, but also an active attitude -I have to change the situation of the other as much as I can. But mercy is also not opposed to justice. Justice is a minimum that we are obliged to do to the other to respect him or her as a human being - To give him or her what they must have. But mercy is the maximum - it goes beyond justice. Justice alone can be very cold. Mercy sees a concrete person. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the neighbor is the person the Samaritan met in the street. He’s not obliged to help. It’s not a question of justice. But he goes beyond. He was moved in his heart. He bent down in the dirt and helped this man. That’s mercy.”
“Moved in his heart “ that’s what it means to follow Jesus: to see beyond designations and labels and classes to embrace a daughter or son of God; to go beyond what is expected or required because we are moved in our hearts. Misericordia -mercy - to have the “heart“ of and for the poor. On this day in which we honor Jesus, the Sacred Heart, may the spirit of mercy and compassion that moved his heart move ours.
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place our trust in you.
Have a blessed day. Father Tom
June 18, 2020 -
In today’s gospel Jesus gives us the Lord’s Prayer. You might remember back to last year when the papers were a buzz with a proposed changed in the wording. Italian and French bishops embraced a change in the version said at Mass, from “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation.” The change intends to clarify the fact that God doesn’t lead people toward evil. So, if you are tempted toward sin today, why not ask God to lead you elsewhere? Peace. Father Tom
June 17, 2020 -
I read the following earlier and it brought back a wonderful host of childhood memories....maybe you have similar ones.....or might want to consider the same for you own home....it could be a coming out of quarantine ongoing reminder of God’s love found in our homes....and what we are graced to bring to the world.
I am delighted to welcome you back to our parish home.
Thanks to our wonderful maintenance crew who have been able to sanitize the church between Masses, we are now able to resume Mass on Saturday at 5 and Sunday at 8,10 and 12.
Social distancing requirements at this time allow us to only permit 90 people at each of the Masses.
Please go to the website and make a reservation. If you have any difficulty doing so, please call the rectory.
Have a blessed day. Father Tom