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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.

Recharge Your Spirit with a “Come and SEE” Weekend
Catholic women 18-35 are welcome to recharge with the Dominican Sisters during the next “Come and See” weekend, Jan 31-Feb. 2, 2020, at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. The all-expense-paid weekend (exclusive of travel) begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and concludes at Noon Sunday, Feb. 2. Those who can stay a bit longer will enjoy “Uncovering the Light of the Gospel,” a look at three of the sisters’ most exciting ministries. This is scheduled for 1:00-3:30 p.m., Feb. 2. More details and registration at springfieldop.org/join-us/come-and-see, or contact Sister Denise Glazik, OP, vocation director, at 217-787-0481 x. 6021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


10th Annual "Hockey with Bishop Paprocki" - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, known as “The Holy Goalie”, along with Chicago Blackhawks alumni, will take to the ice for the 10th annual “Hockey with Bishop Paprocki” at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 2:10 p.m. to benefit Catholic Charities Legal Services (CCLS), which provides free legal assistance in civil matters to those with little to no income living in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by visiting cc.dio.org. The ticket price includes entry to the charity game at 2:10 p.m., entry to the Blackhawks vs. Blues game at 6:30 p.m., and a limited edition Chicago Blackhawks metal lunchbox. Only 200 tickets will be sold to the Charity Game.

Click here to download a flyer for the event


Diaconate Application period extended - After a very well attended Come and See weekend and Information Session,  the 2020 diaconate application has been extendedAll men of the Diocese of Springfield who are discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited tocomplete and return the application material.  Application instructions and forms can be found on our website at www.dio.org/diaconate/forms-and-documents.html. All application material should be returned to the Office for the Diaconate. For more information, contact Deacon David Sorrell, Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Deacon Greg Maynerich, Assoc. Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Teresa Gray, Executive Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Through the Doorway 2020 – Sunday, January 26, 1-6 pm. Mystagogy and Mystagogues: Not Just for Easter Time. This workshop will explore mystagogy as the suitable postbaptismal catechesis of Easter Time, as a way of trusting human and religious experience to deepen our grasp of the Paschal Mystery, as a necessary catechesis with catechumens, candidates and faithful for every Sunday and every season, and as an essential art and skill for Church life. Eliot Kapitan will be the presenter. This workshop will be held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Building 6, 2620 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, Illinois. Through the Doorway is a winter workshop co-sponsored by the Diocese of Belleville and the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.  The registration form can be found at www.dio.org/worship.


Quincy University announces new scholarship program for students living in the diocese - Quincy University announced the establishment of two new scholarships for Catholic students in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. These scholarships are for students attending QU beginning in the fall of 2020. The $10,000 Bishop’s Scholarship will be awarded to one student on the recommendation of Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must belong to a parish in the Diocese of Springfield and have applied to QU by March 15, 2020. Candidates must be admitted to QU, choose to enroll, and submit a statement describing their involvement in their local parish, the Diocese, or the Catholic Church. The $500 Diocesan Scholarship is awarded to any student who is a member of a parish in the Diocese of Springfield. Candidates will need to apply to QU, be admitted and submit a letter from a parish official confirming membership. Upon receipt of confirmation, the scholarship will be added to the students’ financial aid awards. The recipient of the Bishop’s Scholarship will be ineligible for this award. Students who are interested in applying for this outside scholarship can find the necessary forms online at www.quincy.edu/scholarships. Applicants must have all materials turned in and have completed the QU admissions process by March 15, 2020, to qualify.


Dive Deep Podcast – National Catholic journalist, speaker, and author, Teresa Tomeo joins Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Hear why she thinks the pro-life movement is seeing tremendous strides, the role of women in the church, why your Sunday should look different, among other topics. Go to dio.org/podcast and click “listen and subscribe.” While you’re there, other topics include the “10 Things you didn’t know about the Mass,” the church’s position on smoking marijuana, and the “3 Tickets to Heaven.” You can also find the podcast on your favorite podcast platform, such as Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify and Overcast, among others. Just search “Dive Deep Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.”

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


Join the Marian Blue Wave.  Commit to praying a weekly rosary with the specific intention for the end to all clinical, chemical, medical and surgical abortions and the shutting down of every abortion facility in the United States.  For more information go to:  https://marianbluewave.com/


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 Winter Ordinary Time in Year A – 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 January 2020

  • We devote this day to the celebration, study, and spread of the Word of God. 

Isaiah 8:23–9:3.  Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17.  Matthew 4:12-23. 
The Word of God Living Among Us.  The Word is first spoken in Jesus who is, in fact, the very spoken Word of God.  And when this Word himself speaks, things happen.  Hear the gospel today:  Jesus invites; Peter and Andrew follow right away.  James and John immediately do the same.  We also believe this:  Jesus not only spoke long ago; when Scripture is read aloud in prayer, Jesus speaks today? 

  • What does Christ say to me in these Sunday readings? 
  • What “darkness” needs dispelling by his word? 
  • What word that I hear will I proclaim?  To whom?  When? 

The Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Sunday, 02 February 2020 
Malachi 3:1-4.  Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10.  Hebrews 2:14-8.  Luke 2:22-40. 
Christ Is Present.  Hebrews announces what we know:  Jesus Christ had to become like us in every way (be human) in order to be high priest (like us in all things but sin).  We light and bless candles today to remember that Christ our Light illumines everything and everyone.  We listen to Simeon and Anna sing his praise. 

  • How will I carry the Light who is Christ with me from Mass today? 
  • To whom will I let it shine? 
  • How will I sing his praise? 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 09 February 2020 
Isaiah 58:7-10.  Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.  Matthew 5:13-16. 
Being Salty.  In old Roman times, soldiers were paid in salt (it is the root word for “salary”). We are not paid with salt but are told to be salt today.  Salt of the earth.  Told, not to use “salty” language, but to be seasoned, tasty.  We are also told to be light today.  Light of the world.  Told, not to show the goodness of our deeds, but to let our good deeds manifest the glory of God. 

  • How will I season, enliven someone’s life today? 
  • How will I shine God’s light on some gloom in today’s world? 
  • How will doing this mercy work ______, show the blessedness of God and Christ and Spirit? 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16 February 2020 
Sirach 15:15-20.  Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34.  1 Corinthians 2:6-10.  Matthew 5:17-37. 
Attending to Law.  Both civil and Church law give us standards to guide our thought and behaviors.  Outward acts help us attend to inner treasures.  We need help for interpreting law rightly so that external actions reflect a right and merciful heart.  That is why the Penitential Act is made early in Mass before gifts and selves are brought to the altar. 

  • How will I live in right relationship with God today? 
  • How will this spill over into right relationship with sisters and brothers (real and in the Lord)? 
  • How will my interpretation of God’s law be filled with mercy and loving-kindness? 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23 February 2020 
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13.  1 Corinthians 3:16-23.  Matthew 5:38-48. 
“The Lord is kind and merciful” [Psalm 103].  Jesus still teaches on the mount today.  He moves from the “blessed are” to the “I say to you.”  He says today:  Do hot hate.  Do not get even.  Do not retaliate.  Do not insult.  Love your neighbor, domestic and foreign.  He ends with this:  “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Clear.  To the point.  Hard but doable with God’s help. 

  • How will I be kind, be merciful today? 
  • Whom shall I stop hating? 
  • How can I shape my less-than-perfect behavior in the perfection of God? 

Lent begins on Wednesday, 26 February 2020. 

 

Recharge Your Spirit with a “Come and SEE” Weekend
Catholic women 18-35 are welcome to recharge with the Dominican Sisters during the next “Come and See” weekend, Jan 31-Feb. 2, 2020, at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
The all-expense-paid weekend (exclusive of travel) begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and concludes at Noon Sunday, Feb. 2. Those who can stay a bit longer will enjoy “Uncovering the Light of the Gospel,” a look at three of the sisters’ most exciting ministries. This is scheduled for 1:00-3:30 p.m., Feb. 2. More details and registration at springfieldop.org/join-us/come-and-see, or contact Sister Denise Glazik, OP, vocation director, at 217-787-0481 x. 6021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


9 Days for Life (January 21-29, 2020) is a novena for the protection of human life.  Participants can receive novena prayers each day by downloading the free 9 Days for Life app, or by subscribing to daily emails or text messages at: https://pro-life-activities.lpages.co/9-days-for-life-2020/.  Each day there is an intention accompanied by a short reflection and suggested action to help build a culture of life. 


Join the Marian Blue Wave.  Commit to praying a weekly rosary with the specific intention for the end to all clinical, chemical, medical and surgical abortions and the shutting down of every abortion facility in the United States.  For more information go to:  https://marianbluewave.com/


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 Winter Ordinary Time in Year A – 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 January 2020 
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6.  Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10.  1 Corinthians 1:1-3.  John 1:29-34. 
What Baptism Makes of Us.  We begin Ordinary Times this liturgical year full of baptismal reminders.  Jesus ranks ahead of John the Baptist and all of us.  But though greater, he, in his good Spirit, remains with all of us.  In Baptism, we are God’s servants, ordained to show God’s glory (and not our own), and be about God’s saving plan.  And like Saint Paul and the Corinthians, we are called to be holy. 

  • How will I cherish Baptism today and rest in Christ loving me? 
  • How will I manifest God’s glory in some simple word or work? 
  • How will I be holier today than I was yesterday? 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 January 2020

  • We devote this day to the celebration, study, and spread of the Word of God. 

Isaiah 8:23–9:3.  Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17.  Matthew 4:12-23. 
The Word of God Living Among Us.  The Word is first spoken in Jesus who is, in fact, the very spoken Word of God.  And when this Word himself speaks, things happen.  Hear the gospel today:  Jesus invites; Peter and Andrew follow right away.  James and John immediately do the same.  We also believe this:  Jesus not only spoke long ago; when Scripture is read aloud in prayer, Jesus speaks today? 

  • What does Christ say to me in these Sunday readings? 
  • What “darkness” needs dispelling by his word? 
  • What word that I hear will I proclaim?  To whom?  When? 

The Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Sunday, 02 February 2020 
Malachi 3:1-4.  Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10.  Hebrews 2:14-8.  Luke 2:22-40. 
Christ Is Present.  Hebrews announces what we know:  Jesus Christ had to become like us in every way (be human) in order to be high priest (like us in all things but sin).  We light and bless candles today to remember that Christ our Light illumines everything and everyone.  We listen to Simeon and Anna sing his praise. 

  • How will I carry the Light who is Christ with me from Mass today? 
  • To whom will I let it shine? 
  • How will I sing his praise? 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 09 February 2020 
Isaiah 58:7-10.  Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.  Matthew 5:13-16. 
Being Salty.  In old Roman times, soldiers were paid in salt (it is the root word for “salary”). We are not paid with salt but are told to be salt today.  Salt of the earth.  Told, not to use “salty” language, but to be seasoned, tasty.  We are also told to be light today.  Light of the world.  Told, not to show the goodness of our deeds, but to let our good deeds manifest the glory of God. 

  • How will I season, enliven someone’s life today? 
  • How will I shine God’s light on some gloom in today’s world? 
  • How will doing this mercy work ______, show the blessedness of God and Christ and Spirit? 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16 February 2020 
Sirach 15:15-20.  Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34.  1 Corinthians 2:6-10.  Matthew 5:17-37. 
Attending to Law.  Both civil and Church law give us standards to guide our thought and behaviors.  Outward acts help us attend to inner treasures.  We need help for interpreting law rightly so that external actions reflect a right and merciful heart.  That is why the Penitential Act is made early in Mass before gifts and selves are brought to the altar. 

  • How will I live in right relationship with God today? 
  • How will this spill over into right relationship with sisters and brothers (real and in the Lord)? 
  • How will my interpretation of God’s law be filled with mercy and loving-kindness? 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23 February 2020 
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13.  1 Corinthians 3:16-23.  Matthew 5:38-48. 
“The Lord is kind and merciful” [Psalm 103].  Jesus still teaches on the mount today.  He moves from the “blessed are” to the “I say to you.”  He says today:  Do hot hate.  Do not get even.  Do not retaliate.  Do not insult.  Love your neighbor, domestic and foreign.  He ends with this:  “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Clear.  To the point.  Hard but doable with God’s help. 

  • How will I be kind, be merciful today? 
  • Whom shall I stop hating? 
  • How can I shape my less-than-perfect behavior in the perfection of God? 

Lent begins on Wednesday, 26 February 2020. 

 

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 1 of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from January 12 – February 15, 2020. Deadline to register is January 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.


The St. John’s Breadline in Springfield is in need of a regular group of volunteers to commit to the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month in 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shawna Harris, St. John's Breadline supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 217-528-6098.


9 Days for Life (January 21-29, 2020) is a novena for the protection of human life.  Participants can receive novena prayers each day by downloading the free 9 Days for Life app, or by subscribing to daily emails or text messages at: https://pro-life-activities.lpages.co/9-days-for-life-2020/.  Each day there is an intention accompanied by a short reflection and suggested action to help build a culture of life. 


Join the Marian Blue Wave.  Commit to praying a weekly rosary with the specific intention for the end to all clinical, chemical, medical and surgical abortions and the shutting down of every abortion facility in the United States.  For more information go to:  https://marianbluewave.com/


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 Christmas Time in Year A – Dec. 2019-Jan. 2020

The Baptism of the Lord, Feast – Sunday, 12 January 2020 
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7.  Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10.  Acts 10:34-38.  Matthew 3:13-17. 
No Partiality.  Saint Peter declares this truth:  God shows no partiality.  God may be my God, but God does not love me – or only mine – the best.  God is not only on my side.  God is on every side.  God loves everyone and everything.  On this day recalling the Baptism of Jesus, we cherish our own Baptism into him.  Baptism calls us to discipleship and to mission. 

  • How will I, like Jesus, go about doing good this day? 
  • How will I, like Jesus, bring forth justice – even in some small way? 
  • How will I be at peace? 

The Christmas Season ends with the Baptism of the Lord.  Winter Ordinary Time begins on Monday, 13 January. 

Bulletin Shorts for Winter Ordinary Time in Year A – 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 January 2020 
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6.  Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10.  1 Corinthians 1:1-3.  John 1:29-34. 
What Baptism Makes of Us.  We begin Ordinary Times this liturgical year full of baptismal reminders.  Jesus ranks ahead of John the Baptist and all of us.  But though greater, he, in his good Spirit, remains with all of us.  In Baptism, we are God’s servants, ordained to show God’s glory (and not our own), and be about God’s saving plan.  And like Saint Paul and the Corinthians, we are called to be holy. 

  • How will I cherish Baptism today and rest in Christ loving me? 
  • How will I manifest God’s glory in some simple word or work? 
  • How will I be holier today than I was yesterday? 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 January 2020

  • We devote this day to the celebration, study, and spread of the Word of God. 

Isaiah 8:23–9:3.  Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17.  Matthew 4:12-23. 
The Word of God Living Among Us.  The Word is first spoken in Jesus who is, in fact, the very spoken Word of God.  And when this Word himself speaks, things happen.  Hear the gospel today:  Jesus invites; Peter and Andrew follow right away.  James and John immediately do the same.  We also believe this:  Jesus not only spoke long ago; when Scripture is read aloud in prayer, Jesus speaks today? 

  • What does Christ say to me in these Sunday readings? 
  • What “darkness” needs dispelling by his word? 
  • What word that I hear will I proclaim?  To whom?  When? 

The Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Sunday, 02 February 2020 
Malachi 3:1-4.  Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10.  Hebrews 2:14-8.  Luke 2:22-40. 
Christ Is Present.  Hebrews announces what we know:  Jesus Christ had to become like us in every way (be human) in order to be high priest (like us in all things but sin).  We light and bless candles today to remember that Christ our Light illumines everything and everyone.  We listen to Simeon and Anna sing his praise. 

  • How will I carry the Light who is Christ with me from Mass today? 
  • To whom will I let it shine? 
  • How will I sing his praise? 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 09 February 2020 
Isaiah 58:7-10.  Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.  Matthew 5:13-16. 
Being Salty.  In old Roman times, soldiers were paid in salt (it is the root word for “salary”). We are not paid with salt but are told to be salt today.  Salt of the earth.  Told, not to use “salty” language, but to be seasoned, tasty.  We are also told to be light today.  Light of the world.  Told, not to show the goodness of our deeds, but to let our good deeds manifest the glory of God. 

  • How will I season, enliven someone’s life today? 
  • How will I shine God’s light on some gloom in today’s world? 
  • How will doing this mercy work ______, show the blessedness of God and Christ and Spirit? 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16 February 2020 
Sirach 15:15-20.  Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34.  1 Corinthians 2:6-10.  Matthew 5:17-37. 
Attending to Law.  Both civil and Church law give us standards to guide our thought and behaviors.  Outward acts help us attend to inner treasures.  We need help for interpreting law rightly so that external actions reflect a right and merciful heart.  That is why the Penitential Act is made early in Mass before gifts and selves are brought to the altar. 

  • How will I live in right relationship with God today? 
  • How will this spill over into right relationship with sisters and brothers (real and in the Lord)? 
  • How will my interpretation of God’s law be filled with mercy and loving-kindness? 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23 February 2020 
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13.  1 Corinthians 3:16-23.  Matthew 5:38-48. 
“The Lord is kind and merciful” [Psalm 103].  Jesus still teaches on the mount today.  He moves from the “blessed are” to the “I say to you.”  He says today:  Do hot hate.  Do not get even.  Do not retaliate.  Do not insult.  Love your neighbor, domestic and foreign.  He ends with this:  “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Clear.  To the point.  Hard but doable with God’s help. 

  • How will I be kind, be merciful today? 
  • Whom shall I stop hating? 
  • How can I shape my less-than-perfect behavior in the perfection of God? 

Lent begins on Wednesday, 26 February 2020. 

 

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 1 of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from January 12 – February 15, 2020. Deadline to register is January 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.


Applications are being accepted from people interested in serving on the Diocesan Immigration Commission.  To obtain an application contact  Donna at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 


9 Days for Life (January 21-29, 2020) is a novena for the protection of human life.  Participants can receive novena prayers each day by downloading the free 9 Days for Life app, or by subscribing to daily emails or text messages at: https://pro-life-activities.lpages.co/9-days-for-life-2020/.  Each day there is an intention accompanied by a short reflection and suggested action to help build a culture of life. 


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 Christmas Time in Year A – Dec. 2019-Jan. 2020

The Nativity of the Lord [Christmas], Solemnity – Wednesday, 25 December 2019 
Vigil Mass – Isaiah 62:1-5.  Psalm 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29.  Acts 13:16-17, 22-25.  Matthew 1:1-25. 
Mass during the Night – Isaiah 9:1-6.  Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13.  Titus 2:11-14.  Luke 2:1-14. 
Mass at Dawn – Isaiah 62:11-12.  Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12.  Titus 3:4-7.  Luke 2:15-20. 
Mass during the Day – Isaiah 52:7-10.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6.  Hebrews 1:1-6.  John 1:1-18. 
Coming Together.  All manner of gatherings occur at Christmas:  of families, of friends, of associates – some invited, some not.  Filled with joy because of a new child or spouse added to the family.  Touched with grief because of the death of one we love.  Tinged with tension because of some wrong – perceived or real – yet unresolved.  Christmas speaks to all of this and more.  The birth of God in Jesus assures us that all life is good and holy.  The assigned Bible readings speak of vindication, being God’s delight, abundant joy, great rejoicing, peace for ever, justice filled, not forsaken, comforted.  This day speaks to every emotion, everything, everyone. 

  • How will I show God’s love to everyone with whom I gather? 
  • How will I let go of some hurt to be at peace? 
  • How will I be holy – and help those with whom I gather to be holy? 

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Feast – Sunday, 29 December 2019
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14.  Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.  Colossians 3:12-21.  Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23. 
Every Family Is Holy.  Pope Francis was not the first to urge us to see and be holy people.  Saint Paul, in Colossians 3:12-17, calls us holy and beloved – and lists holy behaviors.  It recalls the Old Testament covenants and the very peak of creation told in Genesis – human life. 

  • How will I, in phone call or letter, speak words of love to my siblings and parents? 
  • How will I be ever more holy this day? 
  • How will I help families who grieve or hunger or want? 

The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord [Christmas]
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God – Wednesday, 01 January 2019 
Numbers 6:22-27.  Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8.  Galatians 4:4-7.  Luke 2:16-21. 
What We Treasure.  We celebrate many things this day.  The start of a new civil year – one filled with hope and promise.  The eighth day of Christmas – the presence of Jesus the Christ among us, like us in all things but sin.  The gift of Mary – mother not only of God in Jesus, but also mother of the Church, mother of God’s holy People. 

  • What will I pledge, what will I promise in this new year? 
  • How will I be a blessing to others, just as God is a blessing to me? 
  • What can I do to bring peace to ________, even in little ways? 

The Epiphany of the Lord, Solemnity – Sunday, 05 January 2020 
Isaiah 60:1-6.  Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13.  Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6.  Matthew 2:1-12. 
Travelers.  The Magi brought gifts with them.  Although King Herod was greatly troubled, Jesus and his parents did not fear these travelers.  God was with them all.  And God is with us and everyone even to this day. 

  • Whom do I fear? 
  • How can I be like Jesus and his parents and the Magi to accept everyone? 
  • What will I do to assure pathways of peace for migrants, travelers, refugees, and aliens?  

The Baptism of the Lord, Feast – Sunday, 12 January 2020 
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7.  Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10.  Acts 10:34-38.  Matthew 3:13-17. 
No Partiality.  Saint Peter declares this truth:  God shows no partiality.  God may be my God, but God does not love me – or only mine – the best.  God is not only on my side.  God is on every side.  God loves everyone and everything.  On this day recalling the Baptism of Jesus, we cherish our own Baptism into him.  Baptism calls us to discipleship and to mission. 

  • How will I, like Jesus, go about doing good this day? 
  • How will I, like Jesus, bring forth justice – even in some small way? 
  • How will I be at peace? 

The Christmas Season ends with the Baptism of the Lord.  Winter Ordinary Time begins on Monday, 13 January. 

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