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Browsing the 2022 archive of Deacon Weekly Letter

July 3, 2020 Know God's Love

Posted by David Southworth on 6/29/22

PRAYER:  As Christians, we live with 2 realities at the same time.  We live IN the world… but we also live IN the reality of the Lord’s continuous love for us.  This is an ongoing tension.  Sometimes the stresses and anxieties of the world can come to the fore ... Read More »

June 26, 2022 Live by the Spirit

Posted by David Southworth on 6/21/22

PRAYER:  Saint Augustine said:  “If you love God… you can do anything you want!”… Now there is freedom!....

     We get a similar wisdom from St Paul this week in our second reading, Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.  “Brothers and sisters:  For freedom Chris set us free; so stand ... Read More »

June 19, 2022 Angel's Food!!

Posted by David Southworth on 6/21/22

PRAYER:  This weekend of June 18/19 we celebrate the The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  This is embedded in our Year of the Eucharist here in the Springfield Diocese.

     Our Gospel Acclamation comes from John 6:51:  “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, ... Read More »

June 12, 2022 Seeking Wisdom!

Posted by David Southworth on 6/08/22

PRAYER:  It seems to have fallen out of fashion to “seek wisdom”.  Everyone wants to find their own path… their own truth, seemingly.  “Seeking Wisdom”… implies that there is a source of goodness, truth and beauty outside of ourselves.  And there is!!.... Wisdom for living is to be found ... Read More »

June 5, 2022 Power of Holy Spirit!

Posted by David Southworth on 5/31/22

PRAYER:  I love Pentecost and the Coming of the Holy Spirit!.... It wasn’t always like that for me…. But when I realized finally that the Holy Spirit is there for me to ask for help and look to for guidance in my life…. I have come to enjoy and ... Read More »

May 29, 2022 We Thirst!

Posted by David Southworth on 5/24/22

PRAYER:  In our 2nd reading from Revelation, John tells us “Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life-giving water.”…. We thirst for the “One who… gives to each one according to his deeds.”…. What are you and I really ... Read More »

May 22, 2022 Give what you Have!

Posted by David Southworth on 5/18/22

PRAYER:  We had an Easter Season Clergy Day for priests and deacons of the Diocese this week.  Our Dominican speaker from Providence College underscored the power of our turning to Jesus…. Turning to Jesus in the Eucharist.  Coming to mass for the Eucharist… and just sitting with Jesus in ... Read More »

May 15, 2022 Love One Another

Posted by David Southworth on 5/11/22

PRAYER:  Paul and Barnabas are great figures in the early Church.  As we see in our first reading from Acts of the Apostles:  “They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, ‘It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to ... Read More »

May 8, 2022 Filled with joy & Holy Spirit!

Posted by David Southworth on 5/07/22

PRAYER:  Our gospel reading this week from John is one of the shortest of the year, just 3 verses.  But like all scripture it is powerful if we listen and read it with our hearts open.  Jesus says:  “I give my (sheep, my followers) eternal life, and they shall ... Read More »

May 1, 2022 Let us Praise God!

Posted by David Southworth on 4/27/22

PRAYER:  We welcome 3 first communion youth to the fullness of participation in our Catholic Faith this weekend at our 10:30 am mass.  Let us all appreciate anew the power of the Eucharist, Jesus’ gift to us of his actual body and blood!

     Our scripture readings this Sunday ... Read More »