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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.

Clinical expert’s advice on raising families: Dr. Ray Guarendi, a Catholic clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio and television host, joined families across the diocese in June for a virtual event called “Quarantine, Quarrels, and Quality Time.” If you missed it, you can hear Dr. Guarendi on replay discuss topics that can help parents bring all things back to the family, standing strong as a parent, the importance of discipline, how to discipline, and learning the logic of being Catholic. Go to dio.org/drray.


World Marriage Encounters - Click here to download bulletin announcements for each weekend in June from Worldwide Marriage Encounters about their upcoming August and September weekends.


The University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) offers a variety of online formation courses to help with catechist formation and general ongoing adult formation and enrichment. Registration for next cycle of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from July 12 – August 15, 2020. Deadline to register is July 8. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html for more information about VLCFF and how courses align with the Diocesan Catechist Formation Process. As a member diocese of the VLCFF program, session fees are reduced to $50 per course or $40 per seminar. Spanish language courses are available. And VLCFF has several certificate programs, too. The Certificate in Catechesis qualifies for the advanced level of catechist formation for the diocesan Catechist Formation Process. Questions? Contact Kyle Holtgrave, director for the Office for Catechesis, at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.


Celebrate Bishop Paprocki’s 10 year anniversary: On April 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to be the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Then, on June 22, 2010, Bishop Paprocki was installed as bishop of our diocese during Mass by Francis Cardinal George, Metropolitan Archbishop of Chicago, at a packed Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Join our diocese in celebrating and thanking Bishop Paprocki for his dedicated leadership, advancing our faith, and his constant prayer for us over the past 10 years. Letters of appreciation can be mailed to 1615 West Washington St.; Springfield, IL 62702.


Dive Deep - Bishop Paprocki as you’ve never heard him before. Join us for this special edition of Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as we celebrate Bishop Paprocki’s 10 years in the diocese (June 22 is his 10 year anniversary). Hear inside stories about him being named a bishop, funny stories from his time in the diocese, and insights about him that will surprise you. In this wide ranging interview, hear Bishop Paprocki as you’ve never heard him before. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen.

Click here to download the Dive Deep logo to include in your bulletins


Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat August 7-9 go to: www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-217-698-4456, or email projectrachel@dio.org.  Scholarships are available. 


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.


Share your story.  The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is accepting stories, photos and drawings for the Catholic Times’ October Respect Life edition.  This year’s theme is:  Live the Gospel of Life:  to imitate Christ and follow in his footsteps.  For more information, a flyer is located at:  http://dio.org/plasm/events.html or call the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries - 217-698-8500, ext 161. 


Biking for Babies is a pro-life organization that is sending out young adults from all sides of the country to spread awareness and fundraise for pregnancy resource centers in America. Join the cyclists at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Friday, July 17th, for 5:15 pm Mass.  Testimonies from the cyclists will be live streamed at 6:15 pm via dio.org/live or Facebook.com/diospringfield.  A flyer for the event is on the diocesan  http://dio.org/plasm/events.html.  Donations can be made at:  www.bikingforbabies.com/give.


Bulletin Shorts for Early Summer, June & July, in Year A – 2020

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 05 July 2020 
Zechariah 9:9-10.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14.  Romans 8:9, 11-13.  Matthew 11:25-30. 
Once Again:  “Come to Me.”  The gospel today is the same one heard on 19 June for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Jesus never tires of inviting.  We should never tire of hearing the invitation. 

  • Asked again:  How will I go to Christ? 
  • What rest do I need? 
  • Whom will I bring with me? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 July 2020

Isaiah 55:10-11.  Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14.  Romans 8:18-23.  Matthew 13:1-23. 
Bearing Fruit.  The plantings in our gardens weeks ago are already bearing fruit.  We have vegetables aplenty (we hope), enough to share (we are urged).  All because of the goodness and bounty of God. 

  • How is my life rooted in “rich soil”, tilled and nourished by God? 
  • What are the “fruits” of my life, of my very self that I can share? 
  • How can I nourish life (God’s goodness) in my family, in my neighborhood, in my place at work? 

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 July 2020 
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19.  Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16.  Romans 8:26-27.  Matthew 13:24-43. 
Growing Together.  We live in the time between Jesus’ ascension and his second coming.  In this kingdom of heaven that is begun but not yet complete, the bad and the good (seed) grow up together.  How do we put up with this reality?  The answer is in the Romans reading:  grace, divine activity, life in God. 

  • How will I trust grace this day? 
  • How will I let some small act (some small seed) nurture and grow to benefit others? 
  • How will I grow strong and not be smothered by enemy’s weeds? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 July 2020 
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12.  Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130.  Romans 8:28-30.  Matthew 13:44-52. 
The Kingdom of Heaven.  Living in the kingdom of heaven can be hard to fathom at times.  It is a treasure, it is surprising, it is full of good and bad alike.  The Letter to the Romans reminds us that for those who love God, all things work for good.  It may not happen tomorrow, or next week, but it will happen.  All will be well. 

  • While living in God’s kingdom now, what treasure(s) do I seek? 
  • How will I share what I find? 
  • What in my storeroom can I share with others? 

World Marriage Encounters - Click here to download bulletin announcements for each weekend in June from Worldwide Marriage Encounters about their upcoming August and September weekends.


The University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) offers a variety of online formation courses to help with catechist formation and general ongoing adult formation and enrichment. Registration for next cycle of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from July 12 – August 15, 2020. Deadline to register is July 8. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html for more information about VLCFF and how courses align with the Diocesan Catechist Formation Process. As a member diocese of the VLCFF program, session fees are reduced to $50 per course or $40 per seminar. Spanish language courses are available. And VLCFF has several certificate programs, too. The Certificate in Catechesis qualifies for the advanced level of catechist formation for the diocesan Catechist Formation Process. Questions? Contact Kyle Holtgrave, director for the Office for Catechesis, at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.


Celebrate Bishop Paprocki’s 10 year anniversary: On April 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to be the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Then, on June 22, 2010, Bishop Paprocki was installed as bishop of our diocese during Mass by Francis Cardinal George, Metropolitan Archbishop of Chicago, at a packed Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Join our diocese in celebrating and thanking Bishop Paprocki for his dedicated leadership, advancing our faith, and his constant prayer for us over the past 10 years. Letters of appreciation can be mailed to 1615 West Washington St.; Springfield, IL 62702. Click here to download a picture to use.


Dive Deep: Eight men - the largest class of new priests in our diocese since 1964! Listen to the fascinating journey of two of these men, Deacons Peter Chineke and Michael Berndt, as they are about to be ordained priests June 19. Hear how an Amtrak ride made a vocational impact on Deacon Berndt and why working in the secular world didn't fulfill him. Also, hear why Deacon Peter originally wanted to become a doctor, what led him to pursue the priesthood, and how his life path to Springfield first took him all over the world. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen as we also celebrate the class of 2020.


Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat August 7-9 go to: www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-217-698-4456, or email projectrachel@dio.org.  Scholarships are available. 


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 Early Summer, June & July, in Year A – 2020

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28 June 2020 
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a.  Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19.  Romans 6:3-4, 8-11.  Matthew 10:37-42. 
Being a Worthy Disciple.  We hear in Romans 6 today what we also read during the Easter Vigil (even if we could not attend this year).  We hear this:  death and burial with Christ in Baptism is all about newness of life.  It is about living the Christian life.  This discipleship is not a hobby.  It is a challenging way of life requiring art and skill and diligence. 

  • What is my baptismal duty for this week? 
  • How will I follow after Christ? 
  • To whom will I offer a “cup of cold water” or some other mercy work? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Monday, 29 June 2020  
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. 
“Follow Me.”  Make note of two great men, Peter and Paul, saints of God, and models of faith.  Not perfect but good enough to be chosen and loved by Christ.  Us, too – chosen and loved.  Called to follow that same Jesus Christ. 

  • How will I follow this week; what will I do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 05 July 2020 
Zechariah 9:9-10.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14.  Romans 8:9, 11-13.  Matthew 11:25-30. 
Once Again:  “Come to Me.”  The gospel today is the same one heard on 19 June for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Jesus never tires of inviting.  We should never tire of hearing the invitation. 

  • Asked again:  How will I go to Christ? 
  • What rest do I need? 
  • Whom will I bring with me? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 July 2020

Isaiah 55:10-11.  Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14.  Romans 8:18-23.  Matthew 13:1-23. 
Bearing Fruit.  The plantings in our gardens weeks ago are already bearing fruit.  We have vegetables aplenty (we hope), enough to share (we are urged).  All because of the goodness and bounty of God. 

  • How is my life rooted in “rich soil”, tilled and nourished by God? 
  • What are the “fruits” of my life, of my very self that I can share? 
  • How can I nourish life (God’s goodness) in my family, in my neighborhood, in my place at work? 

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 July 2020 
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19.  Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16.  Romans 8:26-27.  Matthew 13:24-43. 
Growing Together.  We live in the time between Jesus’ ascension and his second coming.  In this kingdom of heaven that is begun but not yet complete, the bad and the good (seed) grow up together.  How do we put up with this reality?  The answer is in the Romans reading:  grace, divine activity, life in God. 

  • How will I trust grace this day? 
  • How will I let some small act (some small seed) nurture and grow to benefit others? 
  • How will I grow strong and not be smothered by enemy’s weeds? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 July 2020 
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12.  Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130.  Romans 8:28-30.  Matthew 13:44-52. 
The Kingdom of Heaven.  Living in the kingdom of heaven can be hard to fathom at times.  It is a treasure, it is surprising, it is full of good and bad alike.  The Letter to the Romans reminds us that for those who love God, all things work for good.  It may not happen tomorrow, or next week, but it will happen.  All will be well. 

  • While living in God’s kingdom now, what treasure(s) do I seek? 
  • How will I share what I find? 
  • What in my storeroom can I share with others? 

World Marriage Encounters - Click here to download bulletin announcements for each weekend in June from Worldwide Marriage Encounters about their upcoming August and September weekends.


Online Formation Opportunity - The University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) offers a variety of online formation courses to help with catechist formation and general ongoing adult formation and enrichment. Registration for Cycle 5 of the VLCFF is open. This cycle runs from July 12 – August 15, 2020. Deadline to register is July 8. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html for more information about VLCFF and how courses align with the Diocesan Catechist Formation Process. As a member diocese of the VLCFF program, session fees are reduced to $50 per course or $40 per seminar. Spanish language courses are available. And VLCFF has several certificate programs, too. The Certificate in Catechesis qualifies for the advanced level of catechist formation for the diocesan Catechist Formation Process. Questions? Contact Kyle Holtgrave, director for the Office for Catechesis, at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.


Dive Deep: Eight men - the largest class of new priests in our diocese since 1964! Listen to the fascinating journey of two of these men, Deacons Peter Chineke and Michael Berndt, as they are about to be ordained priests June 19. Hear how an Amtrak ride made a vocational impact on Deacon Berndt and why working in the secular world didn't fulfill him. Also, hear why Deacon Peter originally wanted to become a doctor, what led him to pursue the priesthood, and how his life path to Springfield first took him all over the world. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen as we also celebrate the class of 2020.

Click here to download the Dive Deep logo to include in your bulletins


Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat August 7-9 go to: www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-217-698-4456, or email projectrachel@dio.org.  Scholarships are available. 


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 Early Summer, June & July, in Year A – 2020

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday, 19 June 2020 
Deuteronomy 7:6-11.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6, 8, 10.  1 John 4:7-16.  Matthew 11:25-30. 
“Come to Me.”  Jesus says to each of us and all of us today:  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened….”  Even in this world-wide tragic time, we find rest in him.  We have things to do, surely.  We may also fear for lack of work and food, fear for those who are most venerable.  But we can always trust the love God in Christ has for us. 

  • How will I go to Christ?  What rest will I find in him? 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21 June 2020 
Jeremiah 20:10-13.  Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35.  Romans 5:12-15.  Matthew 10:26-33. 
“Do Not Be Afraid.”  Who would count every single hair on our heads?  God, who knows us better than we know ourselves.  And loves us, too.  Though we may be afraid of some things in life, afraid of the shape of the world, even afraid of some persons, we need never fear God – who is with us like a mighty champion. 

  • Of what and of whom am I afraid? 
  • How will I trust that divine power is superior to earthly power? 
  • How can I, like God, tend to at least one who is poorer than me? 

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity – Wednesday, 24 June 2020 
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. 
The Announcer.  That is who John the Baptist is:  the one who announces, who urges us to pay attention to Jesus.  The Christ is our salvation.  He is our peace. 

  • How can I, even in some very simple way, announce that Jesus Christ lives among us this day, this week, this year? 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28 June 2020 
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a.  Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19.  Romans 6:3-4, 8-11.  Matthew 10:37-42. 
Being a Worthy Disciple.  We hear in Romans 6 today what we also read during the Easter Vigil (even if we could not attend this year).  We hear this:  death and burial with Christ in Baptism is all about newness of life.  It is about living the Christian life.  This discipleship is not a hobby.  It is a challenging way of life requiring art and skill and diligence. 

  • What is my baptismal duty for this week? 
  • How will I follow after Christ? 
  • To whom will I offer a “cup of cold water” or some other mercy work? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Monday, 29 June 2020  
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. 
“Follow Me.”  Make note of two great men, Peter and Paul, saints of God, and models of faith.  Not perfect but good enough to be chosen and loved by Christ.  Us, too – chosen and loved.  Called to follow that same Jesus Christ. 

  • How will I follow this week; what will I do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 05 July 2020 
Zechariah 9:9-10.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14.  Romans 8:9, 11-13.  Matthew 11:25-30. 
Once Again:  “Come to Me.”  The gospel today is the same one heard on 19 June for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Jesus never tires of inviting.  We should never tire of hearing the invitation. 

  • Asked again:  How will I go to Christ? 
  • What rest do I need? 
  • Whom will I bring with me? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 July 2020

Isaiah 55:10-11.  Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14.  Romans 8:18-23.  Matthew 13:1-23. 
Bearing Fruit.  The plantings in our gardens weeks ago are already bearing fruit.  We have vegetables aplenty (we hope), enough to share (we are urged).  All because of the goodness and bounty of God. 

  • How is my life rooted in “rich soil”, tilled and nourished by God? 
  • What are the “fruits” of my life, of my very self that I can share? 
  • How can I nourish life (God’s goodness) in my family, in my neighborhood, in my place at work? 

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 July 2020 
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19.  Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16.  Romans 8:26-27.  Matthew 13:24-43. 
Growing Together.  We live in the time between Jesus’ ascension and his second coming.  In this kingdom of heaven that is begun but not yet complete, the bad and the good (seed) grow up together.  How do we put up with this reality?  The answer is in the Romans reading:  grace, divine activity, life in God. 

  • How will I trust grace this day? 
  • How will I let some small act (some small seed) nurture and grow to benefit others? 
  • How will I grow strong and not be smothered by enemy’s weeds? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 July 2020 
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12.  Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130.  Romans 8:28-30.  Matthew 13:44-52. 
The Kingdom of Heaven.  Living in the kingdom of heaven can be hard to fathom at times.  It is a treasure, it is surprising, it is full of good and bad alike.  The Letter to the Romans reminds us that for those who love God, all things work for good.  It may not happen tomorrow, or next week, but it will happen.  All will be well. 

  • While living in God’s kingdom now, what treasure(s) do I seek? 
  • How will I share what I find? 
  • What in my storeroom can I share with others? 

World Marriage Encounters - Click here to download bulletin announcements for each weekend in June from Worldwide Marriage Encounters about their upcoming August and September weekends.


Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat August 7-9 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-321-1161, or email projectrachel@dio.org.  Scholarships are available.  


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 Early Summer, June & July, in Year A – 2020

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – 14 June 2020 
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a.  Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20.  1 Corinthians 10:16-17.  Sequence – Lauda Sion / Laud, O Zion.  John 6:51-58. 
Bread and Wine; Flesh and Blood.  For a while – too long, it seems – most of us could not share in Holy Communion.  Perhaps it is still so. We long to eat and drink because Jesus pledges that he will remain in those who do.  But we believe that same Christ is present to us in other ways.  When Scripture is read aloud, he speaks in our midst today.  When two or three gather in his name, he is there, too.  He is not distant from us. 

  • Let me make time each day to read and ponder one of the Sunday readings. 
  • Even if I cannot go to church, how will I still continue to pray? 
  • How will my longing for Eucharist and Communion urge me to help feed those needing daily bread? 

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday, 19 June 2020 
Deuteronomy 7:6-11.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6, 8, 10.  1 John 4:7-16.  Matthew 11:25-30. 
“Come to Me.”  Jesus says to each of us and all of us today:  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened….”  Even in this world-wide tragic time, we find rest in him.  We have things to do, surely.  We may also fear for lack of work and food, fear for those who are most venerable.  But we can always trust the love God in Christ has for us. 

  • How will I go to Christ?  What rest will I find in him? 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21 June 2020 
Jeremiah 20:10-13.  Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35.  Romans 5:12-15.  Matthew 10:26-33. 
“Do Not Be Afraid.”  Who would count every single hair on our heads?  God, who knows us better than we know ourselves.  And loves us, too.  Though we may be afraid of some things in life, afraid of the shape of the world, even afraid of some persons, we need never fear God – who is with us like a mighty champion. 

  • Of what and of whom am I afraid? 
  • How will I trust that divine power is superior to earthly power? 
  • How can I, like God, tend to at least one who is poorer than me? 

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity – Wednesday, 24 June 2020 
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. 
The Announcer.  That is who John the Baptist is:  the one who announces, who urges us to pay attention to Jesus.  The Christ is our salvation.  He is our peace. 

  • How can I, even in some very simple way, announce that Jesus Christ lives among us this day, this week, this year? 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28 June 2020 
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a.  Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19.  Romans 6:3-4, 8-11.  Matthew 10:37-42. 
Being a Worthy Disciple.  We hear in Romans 6 today what we also read during the Easter Vigil (even if we could not attend this year).  We hear this:  death and burial with Christ in Baptism is all about newness of life.  It is about living the Christian life.  This discipleship is not a hobby.  It is a challenging way of life requiring art and skill and diligence. 

  • What is my baptismal duty for this week? 
  • How will I follow after Christ? 
  • To whom will I offer a “cup of cold water” or some other mercy work? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Monday, 29 June 2020  
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. 
“Follow Me.”  Make note of two great men, Peter and Paul, saints of God, and models of faith.  Not perfect but good enough to be chosen and loved by Christ.  Us, too – chosen and loved.  Called to follow that same Jesus Christ. 

  • How will I follow this week; what will I do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 05 July 2020 
Zechariah 9:9-10.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14.  Romans 8:9, 11-13.  Matthew 11:25-30. 
Once Again:  “Come to Me.”  The gospel today is the same one heard on 19 June for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Jesus never tires of inviting.  We should never tire of hearing the invitation. 

  • Asked again:  How will I go to Christ? 
  • What rest do I need? 
  • Whom will I bring with me? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 July 2020

Isaiah 55:10-11.  Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14.  Romans 8:18-23.  Matthew 13:1-23. 
Bearing Fruit.  The plantings in our gardens weeks ago are already bearing fruit.  We have vegetables aplenty (we hope), enough to share (we are urged).  All because of the goodness and bounty of God. 

  • How is my life rooted in “rich soil”, tilled and nourished by God? 
  • What are the “fruits” of my life, of my very self that I can share? 
  • How can I nourish life (God’s goodness) in my family, in my neighborhood, in my place at work? 

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 July 2020 
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19.  Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16.  Romans 8:26-27.  Matthew 13:24-43. 
Growing Together.  We live in the time between Jesus’ ascension and his second coming.  In this kingdom of heaven that is begun but not yet complete, the bad and the good (seed) grow up together.  How do we put up with this reality?  The answer is in the Romans reading:  grace, divine activity, life in God. 

  • How will I trust grace this day? 
  • How will I let some small act (some small seed) nurture and grow to benefit others? 
  • How will I grow strong and not be smothered by enemy’s weeds? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 July 2020 
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12.  Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130.  Romans 8:28-30.  Matthew 13:44-52. 
The Kingdom of Heaven.  Living in the kingdom of heaven can be hard to fathom at times.  It is a treasure, it is surprising, it is full of good and bad alike.  The Letter to the Romans reminds us that for those who love God, all things work for good.  It may not happen tomorrow, or next week, but it will happen.  All will be well. 

  • While living in God’s kingdom now, what treasure(s) do I seek? 
  • How will I share what I find? 
  • What in my storeroom can I share with others? 

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