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The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has received a gift from Mr. Louis Kubacki of Plainfield, Illinois. Mr. Kubacki has spent years compiling his project, “Quotes for Sunday Bulletins.” In an act of stewardship, he has offered this incredible work to the diocese at no cost.

Confirmations/First Holy Communions at Cathedral – Confirmations and First Holy Communions for third-graders will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield beginning July 1. They will be scheduled on Tuesday evenings for parishes within 50 miles of Springfield and on the first, third, and fifth Saturdays of the month for parishes more than 50 miles from Springfield. Go to dio.org/confirmation for answers to frequently asked questions and to learn why Bishop Paprocki is making this change.


4:40 for seminarians - Six months ago, the diocese launched a campaign called 4:40 for 40 Seminarians. We invited the entire diocese to pray a Hail Mary every day at 4:40 so that, with the help of Mary, we can have 40 men answer the call to be a seminarian for our diocese. If you have been faithfully praying every day, thank you! If you are just hearing about this, we invite you to jump on board. May is the month of Mary and we know with her help, anything is possible! PRAY BIG!

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Job Opening at the Catholic Pastoral Center: Parish Finance Administrator - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Parish Finance Administrator. This role assists the Finance Officer in organizational management by interpreting and utilizing parish managerial accounting and financial information. This position oversees support of parishes through supervising parish audits, developing finance policies, establishing internal controls for parishes, and executing an accounting review program. More information including requirements and how to apply can be found at dio.org/jobs.


Dive Deep – Our Lady of Fatima: What you didn’t know: Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal just over 100 years ago. Her message holds true today. So, what did she say, and what about all the miracles and other signs associated with these visions? Dive Deep interviews a Marian expert on all things Our Lady of Fatima. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

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Catholic Home Missions - Appalachia - What are Catholic Home Missions?  What do they do?    Ellen and Josh Salmi are pastoral ministers in the Diocese of Lexington, KY.  The Diocese of Lexington receives funding from the Catholic Home Mission fund.  As Maryknoll collaborators Ellen and Josh will share their insights into the ecology, culture and challenges of missionary work in Appalachia today. Advance registration at https://mission.maryknoll.us/webinar-appalachia is required for this Wednesday, May 12th, 1:00 pm event. 


Missionaries - The Office for the Missions is interested in identifying missionary religious and laypersons from our diocese that serve in foreign lands.  If you know of someone who fits this description please contact Donna Moore at , or 217-321-1161.


Cyclists from Biking for Babies will be at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, July 16th.  While cycling across America these pro-life enthusiasts spread awareness of and collect donations for pregnancy resource centers.  All are invited to attend 5:15 pm Mass, enjoy dinner with the cyclists, and hear their testimonies.  To RSVP contact Vicki Compton at:  217/522-3342 or email .  Donations can be made at:  www.bikingforbabies.com/give


Take Action:  Call and ask your legislators to vote “No” on the bill to Repeal Parental Notification.  Abolishing this law will eliminate safeguards for young girls who are victims of human trafficking and other abuse.  For information about the bill and how to reach your representative go to:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/resources.html


Victorious Missionaries, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows is offering a Virtual Day of Reflection, Saturday, May 15, 9:30 am – noon.  Topic:  Aging Grace-fully.  To register go to:  https://snows.org/reflection21/ .  For more information contact Bette Meyer:  618-394-6281 or email .


The Diocese of Belleville is having a Pre-Cana session in Spanish.  The next Pre-Cana class for Hispanic couples is being offered October 16, 2021.  If you know of any Hispanic couple that is interested in attending have them contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at: 618-632-1755, cell phone: 618-520-3404, or


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.


Bulletin Shorts for Paschal Triduum and  Easter Time in Year B – 2021

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Sixth and Seventh/Ascension Sundays of Easter Time in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts.

The Lectionary for Mass gives this option:  When the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday following the Sixth Sunday of Easter, the second reading and Gospel from the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be read on the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

If the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on Thursday, then use this bulletin short for the Seventh Sunday.
Seventh Sunday of Easter – 16 May 2021 
Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26.  Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20.  1 John 4:11-16.  John 17:11b-19. 
Keep Them.  Jesus said of his disciples:  I protected, I guarded them.  So, Father, keep them.  Keep them in your name.  Keep them safe.  Keep them close.  He says all of this to us and about us this day. 

  • What protection do I need from Jesus and his Father? 
  • Who will I keep closer to the God who saves? 
  • And, so, who will I protect in real or virtual ways? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Vigil Mass) – Saturday night, 22 May 2021
Extended Form  1.  Genesis 11:1-9.  Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15.  2.  Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b.  Psalm:  Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56.  OR Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 11.  3.  Ezekiel 37:1-14.  Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  4.  Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Simple Form  Genesis 11:1-9 OR Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b OR Ezekiel 37:1-14 OR Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Another Great Vigil.  This sort of new vigil (recently restored, really) proclaims how God’s good Spirit surrounds us all.  Then the gospel, filled with Baptism imagery, harkens back to initiation during the Easter Vigil.  These great 50 Days of Easter come to a close once Pentecost is over. 

  • How will I let my Baptism charisms spill over into everything I do and say? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Mass during the Day) – 23 May 2021
Acts 2:1-11.  Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34.  1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13.  OR Galatians 5:16-25.  John 20:19-23.  OR John 15:26-27; 16:12-15. 
Two Acclamations.  Because locked doors cannot keep him away, Jesus comes.  He gives his standard Easter greeting:  Peace be with you.  Then he says:  Go, I send you.  To us, too, this very day.  We cannot stay behind in locked rooms. 

  • What am I being sent to do? 
  • To whom am I being sent? 
  • What peace of Christ will I express in what I say and do? 

Bulletin Shorts for Early Summer, June & July in Year B – 2021

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – 30 May 2021
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40.  Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22.  Romans 8:14-17.  Matthew 28:16-20. 
Go!  In Matthew’s gospel, the last words of Jesus to the disciples before ascending have three key elements:  go, baptize, I’m with you.  Therefore, living after the resurrection of Jesus means three things.  (1) Do not stay where it is safe; shed your doubt; go everywhere to everyone.  (2) Baptizing into and teaching about resurrected life go together.  That is why the baptismal catechumenate (RCIA) always spends so much time and effort in formation before an Easter Vigil.  Time with parents and their babies, too.  (3) We are not alone.  Matthew ends with Jesus declaring, “I am with you always” just as this gospel began with the Virgin’s birth of Emmanuel (God is with us). 

  • What doubt do I have about God, about belief, about Church, about living in this world?  Where can I turn? 
  • What ongoing formation in baptismal living do I need now? 
  • To whom am I called to “go” – someone to be with, to do for? 

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – 06 June 2021
Exodus 24:3-8.  Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18.  Hebrews 9:11-15.  Sequence – Lauda Sion / Laud, O Zion.  Mark 14:12-16, 22-26. 
Take.  Eat.  Drink.  Oh, some of us still long to gather with the Church on Sunday to do Eucharist, to give thanks.  Some of us still yearn to come to Mass and share in Communion.  We long to both eat and drink the Lord Jesus Christ.  This holy dining tells us who and whose we are.  Soon, pray. 

  • If I can come to the church on Sunday, for what do I give thanks? 
  • How can I help those who still cannot come because of Covid 19 mitigations?  
  • If I cannot come to the church on Sunday, how will I still choose to give thanks? 

Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday, 11 June 2021
Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9.  Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.  Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19.  John 19:31-37. 
Overwhelmed.  In the reading from Hosea, the Lord God speaks as a parent, overwhelmed with love for the child Israel.  This same God draws us with human cords, with bands of love into divinity. 

  • Behaving like God, who needs me to draw then in with human cords, with bands of love? 

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 June 2021
Ezekiel 17:22-24.  Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16.  2 Corinthians 5:6-10.  Mark 4:26-34. 
This Is How It Is.  Two parables about seeds today.  The first one is about the secret growing from seed to harvest.  The second is about the smaller seeds growing large.  This is how it is with God’s kingdom, God’s rule.  It is growing among us now.  It is present with us today.  But it is not yet finished.  God still has much to do.  So do we. 

  • What is my part today, this week, to build up God’s kingdom, God’s rule? 
  • What little thing can I do – think like Saint Thérèse of Lisieux – that will benefit someone else in a (surprisingly?) big way? 
  • How can I care for the earth so seeds and plants can prosper? 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 June 2021 
Job 38:1, 8-11.  Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31.  2 Corinthians 5:14-17.  Mark 4:35-41. 
The Raging Storm.  Like the disciples today, we can feel as if we are in a small boat, on a deep lake, far from shore, in a raging storm.  It seems like Jesus is sleeping through it all.  But we know and believe, deep in our hearts, he is not.  He is with us.  He is in control – in his time and way. 

  • What is raging around me that is seeming to threaten me? 
  • How will I turn to Jesus, even in a chiding way like the apostles, for help? 
  • How can I, whom can I help as I have been helped? 

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity – Thursday, 24 June 2021
At the Vigil Mass
Jeremiah 1:4-10.  Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17.  1 Peter 1:8-12.  Luke 1:5-17. 
At Mass During the Day
Isaiah 49:1-6.  Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15.  Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80. 
Children are Great Treasures.  The readings on this birthday of John the Baptist show delight at his coming.  Isn’t that true of our own experiences?  Don’t we love and cherish the children we have and know? 

  • What child needs my affection?  Every one.  So, what will I do for at least one today? 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 June 2021
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24.  Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13.  2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.  Mark 5:21-43. 
Fear and Faith.  Two stories today told by Saint Mark.  Both start in fear.  Fear by the woman touching Jesus’ cloak and making him unclean.  Fear by Jairus over his dying daughter, who regrettably dies before Jesus gets to her.  Jesus words to both:  faith saves; have faith. 

  • What am willing to do in faith to get some needed action, some blessed relief? 
  • How can I boldly be about asking God for what I (think I) need? 
  • How can I comfort someone facing the death of one they love? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Tuesday, 29 June 2021
At the Vigil Mass 
Acts 3:1-10.  Psalm 19: 2-3, 4-5.  Galatians 1:11-20.  John 21:15-19.
At Mass during the Day 
Acts 12:1-11.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18.  Matthew 16:13-19. 
Belief.  Peter blurts out what we profess in the Creeds.  Jesus is God’s only Begotten Son.  Jesus is the Christ, the promised Anointed One. 

  • How will I show belief in Christ today?  What will I say or not say, do or not do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 July 2021
Ezekiel 2:2-5.  Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4.  2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  Mark 6:1-6. 
Home Town and Country.  In the gospel today, Jesus astonishes the home town folks who then poke fun at him.  Jesus, however, still did what he could by preaching and healing a few.  Even when things seem not to go right, we still embrace our town folk and our country.  Here is prayer for this Independence Day in the USA. 
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 peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence,
our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.  
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. 

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 July 2021
Ezekiel 2:2-5.  Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4.  2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  Mark 6:1-6. 
Home Town and Country.  In the gospel today, Jesus astonishes the home town folks who then poke fun at him.  But Jesus still did what he could by preaching and healing a few.  Even when things seem not to go right, we still embrace our town folk and our country. 

  • What astonishes me about my own town and country members? 
  • How can I still converse with them even if we disagree on some issues? 
  • In what good and right ways will I behave toward them because it is good and right? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 July 2021 
Amos 7:12-15.  Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14.  Ephesians 1:3-14.  Mark 6:7-13. 
Travel Light.  To do ministry – that includes every one of us who is baptized – the gospel, Jesus, really, tells us to travel light.  No cane, food, suitcase, money.  Just go and do. 

  • What encumbers me from doing what I am called to do, from doing good work? 
  • What food and drink can I give away (mercy work) to help others do good work? 
  • What money can I donate to worthy, needed causes?  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 July 2021
Jeremiah 23:1-6.  Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6.  Ephesians 2:13-18.  Mark 6:30-34. 
Hard Work Requires Rest.  After all the traveling light last week to do ministry, Jesus tries to take the apostles away for some rest.  But the people see them go, discover where they are headed, and get there first.  Oh, my!  So, Jesus ministers to them by teaching many things.  After we work hard at mercy works, sometimes we can rest.  Sometimes not. 

  • How can I find some rest from work in the quiet place of prayer? 
  • How can my restful prayer strengthen me to do more? 
  • What will I do next? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 July 2021 
2 Kings 4:42-44.  Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18.  Ephesians 4:1-6.  John 6:1-15. 
Enough to Share.  So much in the gospel today.  Large crowd following Jesus.  Nearness of Passover, the remembering of rescue from slavery.  The need to eat, thus, the need to provide a meal.  A giving of bread and fish by a little boy.  Bounty.  Sharing.  Wasting nothing.  Right here in the heart of summer, it is time to read the letter of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship.  Download a free study guide from the USCCB:  https://www.usccb.org/resources/fratelli-tutti-study-guide

  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what food can I share? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what comfort can I provide for someone? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what do I have that I will not waste, that I will gather up, save, and recycle? 

Confirmations/First Holy Communions at Cathedral – Confirmations and First Holy Communions for third-graders will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield beginning July 1. They will be scheduled on Tuesday evenings for parishes within 50 miles of Springfield and on the first, third, and fifth Saturdays of the month for parishes more than 50 miles from Springfield. Go to dio.org/confirmation for answers to frequently asked questions and to learn why Bishop Paprocki is making this change.


4:40 for seminarians - Six months ago, the diocese launched a campaign called 4:40 for 40 Seminarians. We invited the entire diocese to pray a Hail Mary every day at 4:40 so that, with the help of Mary, we can have 40 men answer the call to be a seminarian for our diocese. If you have been faithfully praying every day, thank you! If you are just hearing about this, we invite you to jump on board. May is the month of Mary and we know with her help, anything is possible! PRAY BIG!

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Job Opening at the Catholic Pastoral Center: Parish Finance Administrator - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Parish Finance Administrator. This role assists the Finance Officer in organizational management by interpreting and utilizing parish managerial accounting and financial information. This position oversees support of parishes through supervising parish audits, developing finance policies, establishing internal controls for parishes, and executing an accounting review program. More information including requirements and how to apply can be found at dio.org/jobs.


Building the Kingdom, One House at a Time - SPRINGFIELD DEANERY CHECK THIS OUT! Build # 114, the Catholic Build, is moving right along! Spring weather is challenging and occasionally volunteer days will be changed, extended or re-scheduled. Check the Habitat VolunteerHub website to see opportunities that are available, knowing that there is a possibility that the schedule might change. As always, food provision is an important part of a build site. If you are available to assist with food provision or being a Site Host (check volunteers in and out of the build site), please contact Susan Carrigan, or 217-523-2710, ext. 213 Catholicbuild.com

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Dive Deep - This is not what these new priests envisioned: They have been priests for less than a year but have only known priestly life during a pandemic. How are our new priests coping? What has been the biggest challenge and biggest reward? Dive Deep sits down with Fathers Dominic Vahling (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield) and Michael Meinhart (St. Boniface in Edwardsville).

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Victorious Missionaries, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows is offering a Virtual Day of Reflection, Saturday, May 15, 9:30 am – noon.  Topic:  Aging Grace-fully.  To register go to:  https://snows.org/reflection21/ .  For more information contact Bette Meyer:  618-394-6281 or email .


The Diocese of Belleville is having a Pre-Cana session in Spanish.  The next Pre-Cana class for Hispanic couples is being offered October 16, 2021.  If you know of any Hispanic couple that is interested in attending have them contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at: 618-632-1755, cell phone: 618-520-3404, or


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.


Bulletin Shorts for Paschal Triduum and  Easter Time in Year B – 2021

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Sixth and Seventh/Ascension Sundays of Easter Time in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts.
The Lectionary for Mass gives this option:  When the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday following the Sixth Sunday of Easter, the second reading and Gospel from the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be read on the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

If using all of the assigned readings from the Sixth Sunday of Easter, use this bulletin short:
Sixth Sunday of Easter – 09 May 2021
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  1 John 4:7-10.  John 15:9-17. 
Love, Love, Love.  “Love” or “loved” is spoken seventeen times in the Bible readings today.  Not a mushy Hallmark movie kind of love.  But the love God has for us.  The love we have for God and Christ.  The love, therefore, we must have for everyone else.  Strong, bold, lasting. 

  • How do I know I am loved?  Let me count the persons and ways? 
  • How will I love those who are near? 
  • How will I love everyone else? 

If using the first reading from the Sixth Sunday of Easter with the second reading and gospel from the Seventh Sunday, use this bulletin short:
Sixth Sunday of Easter – 09 May 2021 
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  1 John 4:11-16.  John 17:11b-19. 
Keep Them.  Jesus said of his disciples:  I protected, I guarded them.  So, Father, keep them.  Keep them in your name.  Keep them safe.  Keep them close.  He also says all of this to us and about us this day. 

  • What protection do I need from Jesus and his Father? 
  • Who will I keep closer to the God who saves?
  • And, so, who will I protect in real or virtual ways?

The Ascension of the Lord – [Thursday, 13 May 2021 or] Sunday, 16 May 2021 
Acts 1:1-11.  Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9.  Ephesians 1:17-23.  OR Ephesians 4:1-23.  Mark 16:15-20. 
Go.  Proclaim.  Jesus going to heaven did not give the disciples permission to go home, put up their feet, and dream about the good old days.  Jesus said:  Go everywhere!  Proclaim the gospel!  I will work with you. 

  • Where will I go to do mercy work? 
  • What good news of Jesus making a difference in the world can I speak? 
  • How will I trust in Jesus that I am not alone by these words and works ______________? 

If the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on Thursday, then use this bulletin short for the Seventh Sunday.
Seventh Sunday of Easter – 16 May 2021 
Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26.  Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20.  1 John 4:11-16.  John 17:11b-19. 
Keep Them.  Jesus said of his disciples:  I protected, I guarded them.  So, Father, keep them.  Keep them in your name.  Keep them safe.  Keep them close.  He says all of this to us and about us this day. 

  • What protection do I need from Jesus and his Father? 
  • Who will I keep closer to the God who saves? 
  • And, so, who will I protect in real or virtual ways? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Vigil Mass) – Saturday night, 22 May 2021
Extended Form  1.  Genesis 11:1-9.  Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15.  2.  Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b.  Psalm:  Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56.  OR Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 11.  3.  Ezekiel 37:1-14.  Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  4.  Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Simple Form  Genesis 11:1-9 OR Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b OR Ezekiel 37:1-14 OR Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Another Great Vigil.  This sort of new vigil (recently restored, really) proclaims how God’s good Spirit surrounds us all.  Then the gospel, filled with Baptism imagery, harkens back to initiation during the Easter Vigil.  These great 50 Days of Easter come to a close once Pentecost is over. 

  • How will I let my Baptism charisms spill over into everything I do and say? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Mass during the Day) – 23 May 2021
Acts 2:1-11.  Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34.  1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13.  OR Galatians 5:16-25.  John 20:19-23.  OR John 15:26-27; 16:12-15. 
Two Acclamations.  Because locked doors cannot keep him away, Jesus comes.  He gives his standard Easter greeting:  Peace be with you.  Then he says:  Go, I send you.  To us, too, this very day.  We cannot stay behind in locked rooms. 

  • What am I being sent to do? 
  • To whom am I being sent? 
  • What peace of Christ will I express in what I say and do? 

Bulletin Shorts for Early Summer, June & July in Year B – 2021

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – 30 May 2021
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40.  Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22.  Romans 8:14-17.  Matthew 28:16-20. 
Go!  In Matthew’s gospel, the last words of Jesus to the disciples before ascending have three key elements:  go, baptize, I’m with you.  Therefore, living after the resurrection of Jesus means three things.  (1) Do not stay where it is safe; shed your doubt; go everywhere to everyone.  (2) Baptizing into and teaching about resurrected life go together.  That is why the baptismal catechumenate (RCIA) always spends so much time and effort in formation before an Easter Vigil.  Time with parents and their babies, too.  (3) We are not alone.  Matthew ends with Jesus declaring, “I am with you always” just as this gospel began with the Virgin’s birth of Emmanuel (God is with us). 

  • What doubt do I have about God, about belief, about Church, about living in this world?  Where can I turn? 
  • What ongoing formation in baptismal living do I need now? 
  • To whom am I called to “go” – someone to be with, to do for? 

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – 06 June 2021
Exodus 24:3-8.  Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18.  Hebrews 9:11-15.  Sequence – Lauda Sion / Laud, O Zion.  Mark 14:12-16, 22-26. 
Take.  Eat.  Drink.  Oh, some of us still long to gather with the Church on Sunday to do Eucharist, to give thanks.  Some of us still yearn to come to Mass and share in Communion.  We long to both eat and drink the Lord Jesus Christ.  This holy dining tells us who and whose we are.  Soon, pray. 

  • If I can come to the church on Sunday, for what do I give thanks? 
  • How can I help those who still cannot come because of Covid 19 mitigations?  
  • If I cannot come to the church on Sunday, how will I still choose to give thanks? 

Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday, 11 June 2021
Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9.  Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.  Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19.  John 19:31-37. 
Overwhelmed.  In the reading from Hosea, the Lord God speaks as a parent, overwhelmed with love for the child Israel.  This same God draws us with human cords, with bands of love into divinity. 

  • Behaving like God, who needs me to draw then in with human cords, with bands of love? 

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 June 2021
Ezekiel 17:22-24.  Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16.  2 Corinthians 5:6-10.  Mark 4:26-34. 
This Is How It Is.  Two parables about seeds today.  The first one is about the secret growing from seed to harvest.  The second is about the smaller seeds growing large.  This is how it is with God’s kingdom, God’s rule.  It is growing among us now.  It is present with us today.  But it is not yet finished.  God still has much to do.  So do we. 

  • What is my part today, this week, to build up God’s kingdom, God’s rule? 
  • What little thing can I do – think like Saint Thérèse of Lisieux – that will benefit someone else in a (surprisingly?) big way? 
  • How can I care for the earth so seeds and plants can prosper? 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 June 2021 
Job 38:1, 8-11.  Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31.  2 Corinthians 5:14-17.  Mark 4:35-41. 
The Raging Storm.  Like the disciples today, we can feel as if we are in a small boat, on a deep lake, far from shore, in a raging storm.  It seems like Jesus is sleeping through it all.  But we know and believe, deep in our hearts, he is not.  He is with us.  He is in control – in his time and way. 

  • What is raging around me that is seeming to threaten me? 
  • How will I turn to Jesus, even in a chiding way like the apostles, for help? 
  • How can I, whom can I help as I have been helped? 

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity – Thursday, 24 June 2021
At the Vigil Mass
Jeremiah 1:4-10.  Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17.  1 Peter 1:8-12.  Luke 1:5-17. 
At Mass During the Day
Isaiah 49:1-6.  Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15.  Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80. 
Children are Great Treasures.  The readings on this birthday of John the Baptist show delight at his coming.  Isn’t that true of our own experiences?  Don’t we love and cherish the children we have and know? 

  • What child needs my affection?  Every one.  So, what will I do for at least one today? 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 June 2021
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24.  Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13.  2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.  Mark 5:21-43. 
Fear and Faith.  Two stories today told by Saint Mark.  Both start in fear.  Fear by the woman touching Jesus’ cloak and making him unclean.  Fear by Jairus over his dying daughter, who regrettably dies before Jesus gets to her.  Jesus words to both:  faith saves; have faith. 

  • What am willing to do in faith to get some needed action, some blessed relief? 
  • How can I boldly be about asking God for what I (think I) need? 
  • How can I comfort someone facing the death of one they love? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Tuesday, 29 June 2021
At the Vigil Mass 
Acts 3:1-10.  Psalm 19: 2-3, 4-5.  Galatians 1:11-20.  John 21:15-19.
At Mass during the Day 
Acts 12:1-11.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18.  Matthew 16:13-19. 
Belief.  Peter blurts out what we profess in the Creeds.  Jesus is God’s only Begotten Son.  Jesus is the Christ, the promised Anointed One. 

  • How will I show belief in Christ today?  What will I say or not say, do or not do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 July 2021
Ezekiel 2:2-5.  Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4.  2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  Mark 6:1-6. 
Home Town and Country.  In the gospel today, Jesus astonishes the home town folks who then poke fun at him.  Jesus, however, still did what he could by preaching and healing a few.  Even when things seem not to go right, we still embrace our town folk and our country.  Here is prayer for this Independence Day in the USA. 
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 peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence,
our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.  
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. 

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 July 2021
Ezekiel 2:2-5.  Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4.  2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  Mark 6:1-6. 
Home Town and Country.  In the gospel today, Jesus astonishes the home town folks who then poke fun at him.  But Jesus still did what he could by preaching and healing a few.  Even when things seem not to go right, we still embrace our town folk and our country. 

  • What astonishes me about my own town and country members? 
  • How can I still converse with them even if we disagree on some issues? 
  • In what good and right ways will I behave toward them because it is good and right? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 July 2021 
Amos 7:12-15.  Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14.  Ephesians 1:3-14.  Mark 6:7-13. 
Travel Light.  To do ministry – that includes every one of us who is baptized – the gospel, Jesus, really, tells us to travel light.  No cane, food, suitcase, money.  Just go and do. 

  • What encumbers me from doing what I am called to do, from doing good work? 
  • What food and drink can I give away (mercy work) to help others do good work? 
  • What money can I donate to worthy, needed causes?  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 July 2021
Jeremiah 23:1-6.  Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6.  Ephesians 2:13-18.  Mark 6:30-34. 
Hard Work Requires Rest.  After all the traveling light last week to do ministry, Jesus tries to take the apostles away for some rest.  But the people see them go, discover where they are headed, and get there first.  Oh, my!  So, Jesus ministers to them by teaching many things.  After we work hard at mercy works, sometimes we can rest.  Sometimes not. 

  • How can I find some rest from work in the quiet place of prayer? 
  • How can my restful prayer strengthen me to do more? 
  • What will I do next? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 July 2021 
2 Kings 4:42-44.  Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18.  Ephesians 4:1-6.  John 6:1-15. 
Enough to Share.  So much in the gospel today.  Large crowd following Jesus.  Nearness of Passover, the remembering of rescue from slavery.  The need to eat, thus, the need to provide a meal.  A giving of bread and fish by a little boy.  Bounty.  Sharing.  Wasting nothing.  Right here in the heart of summer, it is time to read the letter of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship.  Download a free study guide from the USCCB:  https://www.usccb.org/resources/fratelli-tutti-study-guide

  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what food can I share? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what comfort can I provide for someone? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what do I have that I will not waste, that I will gather up, save, and recycle? 

It’s time… welcome back to Mass - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced that, effective April 11, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days will be modified to be limited to the following groups: Those 65 years of age or older; Those at risk for severe illness due to underlying medical conditions as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Those who care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed; Those women who are pregnant; Those who cannot be accommodated at Mass because the church was at safe-distancing capacity. Those who are sick or came in contact with someone with COVID-19/flu are obligated to stay home and are therefore excused. All other Catholics not in those categories in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, effective April 11, beginning with the Saturday anticipated Masses the evening before. Answers to questions can be found at dio.org/backtomass.


Job Opening at the Catholic Pastoral Center: Parish Finance Administrator - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Parish Finance Administrator. This role assists the Finance Officer in organizational management by interpreting and utilizing parish managerial accounting and financial information. This position oversees support of parishes through supervising parish audits, developing finance policies, establishing internal controls for parishes, and executing an accounting review program. More information including requirements and how to apply can be found at dio.org/jobs.


Building the Kingdom, One House at a Time - SPRINGFIELD DEANERY CHECK THIS OUT! Build # 114, the Catholic Build, is moving right along! Spring weather is challenging and occasionally volunteer days will be changed, extended or re-scheduled. Check the Habitat VolunteerHub website to see opportunities that are available, knowing that there is a possibility that the schedule might change. As always, food provision is an important part of a build site. If you are available to assist with food provision or being a Site Host (check volunteers in and out of the build site), please contact Susan Carrigan, or 217-523-2710, ext. 213 Catholicbuild.com

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Dive Deep - This is not what these new priests envisioned: They have been priests for less than a year but have only known priestly life during a pandemic. How are our new priests coping? What has been the biggest challenge and biggest reward? Dive Deep sits down with Fathers Dominic Vahling (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield) and Michael Meinhart (St. Boniface in Edwardsville).

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Catholic Home Missions Appeal Bulletin Announcements: 

The Week After the Appeal (May 1-2, 2021)
Thank you for your generous support of last week’s Catholic Home Missions Appeal. As a parish, we raised $[AMOUNT] to help strengthen the Church at home and ensure that the Gospel is spread across the United States. If you missed the appeal, it’s not too late to give! Just visit www.usccb.org/home-missions .

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Semana después del Llamado

Muchas gracias por su generoso apoyo la semana pasada al Llamado para las Misiones Católicas. Como parroquia, hemos recaudado $[CANTIDAD] para ayudar a fortalecer la Iglesia aquí y asegurar que el Evangelio se difunda en todo Estados Unidos. ¡Si ustedes no alcanzaron a contribuir al llamado, aún lo pueden hacer! Solo visiten www.usccb.org/home-missions.


Victorious Missionaries, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows is offering a Virtual Day of Reflection, Saturday, May 15, 9:30 am – noon.  Topic:  Aging Grace-fully.  To register go to:  https://snows.org/reflection21/ .  For more information contact Bette Meyer:  618-394-6281 or email .


The Diocese of Belleville is having a Pre-Cana session in Spanish.  The next Pre-Cana class for Hispanic couples is being offered October 16, 2021.  If you know of any Hispanic couple that is interested in attending have them contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at: 618-632-1755, cell phone: 618-520-3404, or


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.


Bulletin Shorts for Paschal Triduum and  Easter Time in Year B – 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter – 02 May 2021
Acts 9:26-31.  Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32.  1 John 3:18-24.  John 15:1-8. 
Bearing Much Fruit.  It is the start of May and, in the northern hemisphere, some of us are about spring planting.  The tasks today look to future fruit and vegetables.  By analogy, God is the gardener.  We are the branches, the seeds, the fruit.  To be healthy, we let ourselves be tilled around, watered, weeded. 

  • Because of how I behave now, how will I be tomorrow and in the future? 
  • What tending work will I let God do to me? 
  • What can I do to be a more fruitful Christian? 

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Sixth and Seventh/Ascension Sundays of Easter Time in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts.
The Lectionary for Mass gives this option:  When the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday following the Sixth Sunday of Easter, the second reading and Gospel from the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be read on the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

If using all of the assigned readings from the Sixth Sunday of Easter, use this bulletin short:
Sixth Sunday of Easter – 09 May 2021
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  1 John 4:7-10.  John 15:9-17. 
Love, Love, Love.  “Love” or “loved” is spoken seventeen times in the Bible readings today.  Not a mushy Hallmark movie kind of love.  But the love God has for us.  The love we have for God and Christ.  The love, therefore, we must have for everyone else.  Strong, bold, lasting. 

  • How do I know I am loved?  Let me count the persons and ways? 
  • How will I love those who are near? 
  • How will I love everyone else? 

If using the first reading from the Sixth Sunday of Easter with the second reading and gospel from the Seventh Sunday, use this bulletin short:
Sixth Sunday of Easter – 09 May 2021 
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  1 John 4:11-16.  John 17:11b-19. 
Keep Them.  Jesus said of his disciples:  I protected, I guarded them.  So, Father, keep them.  Keep them in your name.  Keep them safe.  Keep them close.  He also says all of this to us and about us this day. 

  • What protection do I need from Jesus and his Father? 
  • Who will I keep closer to the God who saves?
  • And, so, who will I protect in real or virtual ways?

The Ascension of the Lord – [Thursday, 13 May 2021 or] Sunday, 16 May 2021 
Acts 1:1-11.  Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9.  Ephesians 1:17-23.  OR Ephesians 4:1-23.  Mark 16:15-20. 
Go.  Proclaim.  Jesus going to heaven did not give the disciples permission to go home, put up their feet, and dream about the good old days.  Jesus said:  Go everywhere!  Proclaim the gospel!  I will work with you. 

  • Where will I go to do mercy work? 
  • What good news of Jesus making a difference in the world can I speak? 
  • How will I trust in Jesus that I am not alone by these words and works ______________? 

If the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on Thursday, then use this bulletin short for the Seventh Sunday.
Seventh Sunday of Easter – 16 May 2021 
Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26.  Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20.  1 John 4:11-16.  John 17:11b-19. 
Keep Them.  Jesus said of his disciples:  I protected, I guarded them.  So, Father, keep them.  Keep them in your name.  Keep them safe.  Keep them close.  He says all of this to us and about us this day. 

  • What protection do I need from Jesus and his Father? 
  • Who will I keep closer to the God who saves? 
  • And, so, who will I protect in real or virtual ways? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Vigil Mass) – Saturday night, 22 May 2021
Extended Form  1.  Genesis 11:1-9.  Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15.  2.  Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b.  Psalm:  Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56.  OR Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 11.  3.  Ezekiel 37:1-14.  Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  4.  Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Simple Form  Genesis 11:1-9 OR Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b OR Ezekiel 37:1-14 OR Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Another Great Vigil.  This sort of new vigil (recently restored, really) proclaims how God’s good Spirit surrounds us all.  Then the gospel, filled with Baptism imagery, harkens back to initiation during the Easter Vigil.  These great 50 Days of Easter come to a close once Pentecost is over. 

  • How will I let my Baptism charisms spill over into everything I do and say? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Mass during the Day) – 23 May 2021
Acts 2:1-11.  Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34.  1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13.  OR Galatians 5:16-25.  John 20:19-23.  OR John 15:26-27; 16:12-15. 
Two Acclamations.  Because locked doors cannot keep him away, Jesus comes.  He gives his standard Easter greeting:  Peace be with you.  Then he says:  Go, I send you.  To us, too, this very day.  We cannot stay behind in locked rooms. 

  • What am I being sent to do? 
  • To whom am I being sent? 
  • What peace of Christ will I express in what I say and do? 

It’s time… welcome back to Mass - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced that, effective April 11, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days will be modified to be limited to the following groups: Those 65 years of age or older; Those at risk for severe illness due to underlying medical conditions as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Those who care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed; Those women who are pregnant; Those who cannot be accommodated at Mass because the church was at safe-distancing capacity. Those who are sick or came in contact with someone with COVID-19/flu are obligated to stay home and are therefore excused. All other Catholics not in those categories in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, effective April 11, beginning with the Saturday anticipated Masses the evening before. Answers to questions can be found at dio.org/backtomass.


Rosary for Healing and Protection – April 28, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - Join the Office for Safe Environment in praying the Rosary with special intentions for the healing and protection of those affected by childhood abuse. As we offer our prayers for their healing and the protection of all children, we ask for the intercession of the Holy Family to bless our efforts as we strive to help children around us live the full and abundant life God desires for them. Please join us in lifting their needs in prayer. Where to join in person? Location: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception | Where to join virtually? Livestream at www.dio.org/live, Facebook at www.facebook.com/diospringfield or YouTube at www.youtube.com/diospringfield.


Freedom from Fear women's retreat: What are you fearful of? Is something holding you back? How often do you turn to God when you face something fearful in your life? Women needing a spiritual boost during such an uncertain time and anxiety filled world are in luck as the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting “Freedom from Fear,” a women’s overnight retreat May 1-2.  

The retreat, led by Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and other women will include presentations, group discussions, personal prayer, reflection time, Mass, Confession, and Adoration. Participants will experience silence and prayer, laughter, and maybe even some tears! The goal is for women to leave refreshed, inspired, and confident to trust God to continue to help them experience freedom from fear in every aspect of their lives.
  
The “Freedom from Fear” retreat begins Saturday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m. and concludes Sunday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield (1903 East Lake Shore Drive). The cost is $135 and includes lodging, meals, bottomless coffee/tea, and materials. An optional Friday night stay (April 30) is also available for an additional $50. Go to benotafraid.dio.org to register. The retreat is limited to 20 people. 

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Building the Kingdom, One House at a Time - SPRINGFIELD DEANERY CHECK THIS OUT! Build # 114, the Catholic Build, is moving right along! Spring weather is challenging and occasionally volunteer days will be changed, extended or re-scheduled. Check the Habitat VolunteerHub website to see opportunities that are available, knowing that there is a possibility that the schedule might change. As always, food provision is an important part of a build site. If you are available to assist with food provision or being a Site Host (check volunteers in and out of the build site), please contact Susan Carrigan, or 217-523-2710, ext. 213 Catholicbuild.com

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Dive Deep - No more Communion blessings. What now? A January instruction by Bishop Paprocki instituted no more communion blessings across the diocese. Dive Deep tells you what happens now when someone approaches the priest with their arms crossed and why hearing these certain words, “Receive Christ in your heart,” will make a big impact. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen.

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Catholic Home Missions Appeal Bulletin Announcements: 

The Week of the Appeal (April 24-25, 2021)
Support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal today! Over 40% of dioceses United States and its territories are considered mission territories, because they are unable to fund essential pastoral activities needed in their communities. Your support funds religious education, seminary formation, lay ministry training, and other programs that build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States. Please be generous. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions .

The Week After the Appeal (May 1-2, 2021)
Thank you for your generous support of last week’s Catholic Home Missions Appeal. As a parish, we raised $[AMOUNT] to help strengthen the Church at home and ensure that the Gospel is spread across the United States. If you missed the appeal, it’s not too late to give! Just visit www.usccb.org/home-missions .

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Semana antes del Llamado

La próxima semana realizaremos el Llamado para las Misiones Católicas. Hoy, a más del 40% de las diócesis en Estados Unidos y en sus territorios no le es posible financiar las labores pastorales básicas que necesitan sus comunidades. El apoyo de ustedes a este llamado les ayuda a satisfacer estas necesidades de formación en la fe y los sacramentos. Por favor, en oración, consideren la manera de apoyar a este llamado. Pueden encontrar más información en www.usccb.org/home-missions .

Semana del Llamado

¡Apoyen hoy al Llamado para las Misiones Católicas! En estos momentos, más del 40% de las diócesis en Estados Unidos y en sus territorios es considerado territorio misionero ya que esas diócesis no pueden financiar las labores pastorales básicas que se necesitan en sus comunidades. El apoyo de ustedes financia la educación religiosa, la formación de seminaristas, la capacitación de ministros laicos y otros programas que forman entusiastas comunidades de fe, aquí mismo, en los Estados Unidos. Por favor, sean generosos. Pueden encontrar más información en www.usccb.org/home-missions .

Semana después del Llamado

Muchas gracias por su generoso apoyo la semana pasada al Llamado para las Misiones Católicas. Como parroquia, hemos recaudado $[CANTIDAD] para ayudar a fortalecer la Iglesia aquí y asegurar que el Evangelio se difunda en todo Estados Unidos. ¡Si ustedes no alcanzaron a contribuir al llamado, aún lo pueden hacer! Solo visiten www.usccb.org/home-missions.


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.


Bulletin Shorts for Paschal Triduum and  Easter Time in Year B – 2021

Fourth Sunday of Easter – 25 April 2021
Acts 4:8-12.  Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29.  1 John 3:1-2.  John 10:11-18. 
Being Good.  Jesus is good.  He is the best of shepherds.  He knows and protects, leads and loves.  He offers himself as a pattern for our own living. 

  • Who needs my guidance? 
  • Who needs my love and protection? 
  • How will I be good today, this week, this Easter Time? 

Fifth Sunday of Easter – 02 May 2021
Acts 9:26-31.  Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32.  1 John 3:18-24.  John 15:1-8. 
Bearing Much Fruit.  It is the start of May and, in the northern hemisphere, some of us are about spring planting.  The tasks today look to future fruit and vegetables.  By analogy, God is the gardener.  We are the branches, the seeds, the fruit.  To be healthy, we let ourselves be tilled around, watered, weeded. 

  • Because of how I behave now, how will I be tomorrow and in the future? 
  • What tending work will I let God do to me? 
  • What can I do to be a more fruitful Christian? 

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Sixth and Seventh/Ascension Sundays of Easter Time in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts.
The Lectionary for Mass gives this option:  When the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday following the Sixth Sunday of Easter, the second reading and Gospel from the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be read on the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

If using all of the assigned readings from the Sixth Sunday of Easter, use this bulletin short:
Sixth Sunday of Easter – 09 May 2021
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  1 John 4:7-10.  John 15:9-17. 
Love, Love, Love.  “Love” or “loved” is spoken seventeen times in the Bible readings today.  Not a mushy Hallmark movie kind of love.  But the love God has for us.  The love we have for God and Christ.  The love, therefore, we must have for everyone else.  Strong, bold, lasting. 

  • How do I know I am loved?  Let me count the persons and ways? 
  • How will I love those who are near? 
  • How will I love everyone else? 

If using the first reading from the Sixth Sunday of Easter with the second reading and gospel from the Seventh Sunday, use this bulletin short:
Sixth Sunday of Easter – 09 May 2021 
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  1 John 4:11-16.  John 17:11b-19. 
Keep Them.  Jesus said of his disciples:  I protected, I guarded them.  So, Father, keep them.  Keep them in your name.  Keep them safe.  Keep them close.  He also says all of this to us and about us this day. 

  • What protection do I need from Jesus and his Father? 
  • Who will I keep closer to the God who saves?
  • And, so, who will I protect in real or virtual ways?

The Ascension of the Lord – [Thursday, 13 May 2021 or] Sunday, 16 May 2021 
Acts 1:1-11.  Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9.  Ephesians 1:17-23.  OR Ephesians 4:1-23.  Mark 16:15-20. 
Go.  Proclaim.  Jesus going to heaven did not give the disciples permission to go home, put up their feet, and dream about the good old days.  Jesus said:  Go everywhere!  Proclaim the gospel!  I will work with you. 

  • Where will I go to do mercy work? 
  • What good news of Jesus making a difference in the world can I speak? 
  • How will I trust in Jesus that I am not alone by these words and works ______________? 

If the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on Thursday, then use this bulletin short for the Seventh Sunday.
Seventh Sunday of Easter – 16 May 2021 
Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26.  Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20.  1 John 4:11-16.  John 17:11b-19. 
Keep Them.  Jesus said of his disciples:  I protected, I guarded them.  So, Father, keep them.  Keep them in your name.  Keep them safe.  Keep them close.  He says all of this to us and about us this day. 

  • What protection do I need from Jesus and his Father? 
  • Who will I keep closer to the God who saves? 
  • And, so, who will I protect in real or virtual ways? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Vigil Mass) – Saturday night, 22 May 2021
Extended Form  1.  Genesis 11:1-9.  Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15.  2.  Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b.  Psalm:  Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56.  OR Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 11.  3.  Ezekiel 37:1-14.  Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  4.  Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Simple Form  Genesis 11:1-9 OR Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b OR Ezekiel 37:1-14 OR Joel 3:1-5.  Psalm 104:1-2a, 24 and 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30.  Romans 8:22-27.  John 7:37-39. 
Another Great Vigil.  This sort of new vigil (recently restored, really) proclaims how God’s good Spirit surrounds us all.  Then the gospel, filled with Baptism imagery, harkens back to initiation during the Easter Vigil.  These great 50 Days of Easter come to a close once Pentecost is over. 

  • How will I let my Baptism charisms spill over into everything I do and say? 

Pentecost Sunday (at the Mass during the Day) – 23 May 2021
Acts 2:1-11.  Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34.  1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13.  OR Galatians 5:16-25.  John 20:19-23.  OR John 15:26-27; 16:12-15. 
Two Acclamations.  Because locked doors cannot keep him away, Jesus comes.  He gives his standard Easter greeting:  Peace be with you.  Then he says:  Go, I send you.  To us, too, this very day.  We cannot stay behind in locked rooms. 

  • What am I being sent to do? 
  • To whom am I being sent? 
  • What peace of Christ will I express in what I say and do? 

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