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August 14, 2022 Eyes fixed on Jesus

Posted by David Southworth on 8/10/22

PRAYER:  “Brothers and sisters:….. let us…. persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…”  This from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews, our 2nd reading this weekend.  Our readings all speak of the difficulties of life… the difficulties of loving Jesus and ... Read More »

August 7, 2022 Parish can Continue!

Posted by David Southworth on 8/03/22

PRAYER:  Our Responsorial Psalm 33 starts by calling us to glory in our relationship to our God!... “Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.”  We are called to rejoice, be joyful, and now we are also called to exult, an even stronger word!

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July 31, 2022 God is with us!

Posted by David Southworth on 8/03/22

PRAYER:  Responsorial Psalm this week:  Psalm 90 – “And may the gracious care of the Lord our God be ours; prosper the work of our hands for us!  Prosper the work of our hands!”     We ask God to ‘prosper the work of our hands’ with our parish!

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July 24, 2022 Find Joy

Posted by David Southworth on 7/14/22

PRAYER:  God’s love for us is in full view in our scripture readings this weekend!

     We see in Genesis God’s mercy told to Abraham for Sodom and Gomorrah if even a few innocent/faithful people are there.

     Psalm 138:  “…you have heard the words of my mouth;….. Though ... Read More »

July 17, 2022 Focus on Jesus!

Posted by David Southworth on 7/14/22

PRAYER:  We “keep the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance”… this is our Gospel Acclamation after the Alleluia verses this week.  It is from Luke 8:15.  All Catholics in New England…. and here at Holy Name of Jesus, need to keep praying with ‘a ... Read More »

July 10, 2022 Keep God front and center

Posted by David Southworth on 7/06/22

PRAYER:  “Moses said to the people:  ‘If only you would heed the voice of the Lord, your God’…..”  This start to our first reading from Deuteronomy calls to me.  How often I forget to ‘heed the voice of the Lord’…. How about you?... All around us people are ignoring ... Read More »

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 »