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Dec 5, 2021 - Keep praying!

Posted by David Southworth on 12/01/21

PRAYER:  The Diocese held an Advent Clergy Day of reflection for priests and deacons recently that I attended.  The speaker was a Dominican priest who spoke of the amazing thing that the Eucharist is!  Imagine that our God would enter our human world as Jesus…. And that He would ... Read More »

Nov 28, 2021 - Year of Eucharist

Posted by David Southworth on 11/18/21

PRAYER:  Our Bishop, William Byrne writes:  “When I was in my early 20s, before I ever seriously considered entering the seminary, I stopped into a small chapel on a hot summer’s day. I was looking mostly to escape the heat and maybe find a moment of peace. As I ... Read More »

Nov 21, 2021 - Jesus has got this!

Posted by David Southworth on 11/15/21

PRAYER:  On this last Sunday of the Church Year (Advent starts next weekend, Nov 27-28) we focus on Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  Let’s fix our minds and hearts on the truth that Jesus is in control of EVERYTHING!... Our priest says in the Preface of ... Read More »

Nov 14, 2021 - keep vision of good and end times!

Posted by David Southworth on 11/10/21

PRAYER:  Are we just floating through life… floating aimlessly through our human lives?... Does anything we do matter anyway?  As we prepare for the last day of the Church Year, next week, November 21, 2021 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe… our scripture readings direct our ... Read More »

Nov 7, 2021 - Joyful People!

Posted by David Southworth on 11/03/21

PRAYER:  O Lord, we pray that we may be a joyful people, trusting that the Lord will supply what we need, the flour and the oil, that we may remember that the Lord gives food to the hungry, keeps faith forever.  Let us be joyful that Christ will bring ... Read More »

Oct 31, 2021 - Parish Visioning

Posted by David Southworth on 10/27/21

PRAYER:  One of our instructors in my Diaconate classes pointed out that we can do ANYTHING we want if we believe what Moses says in our reading from Deuteronomy and Jesus repeats in our reading from Mark today: “We love the Lord our God with all our heart, with ... Read More »

Oct 24, 2021 - AA meetings support

Posted by David Southworth on 10/27/21

PRAYER:  I intentionally start this weekly reflection with PRAYER.  As Christians we always start with prayer (as well as continuing with prayer and finishing with prayer).  “Pray and Work” is St Benedict’s guide to a happy healthy monastery.  It’s also the best way to a happy and healthy personal ... Read More »

Oct 17, 2021 - Who did Jesus die for?

Posted by David Southworth on 10/12/21

PRAYER:  “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Says Jesus to the 12 in our gospel from Mark.  Our readings from Isaiah and Herbrews and Mark emphasize Jesus’ incredible sacrifice of His ... Read More »

Oct 10, 2021 We want WISDOM!

Posted by David Southworth on 10/05/21

PRAYER:  Have you ever prayed for Wisdom?  I think I forget to pray for wisdom.  But if we think about it, wisdom, will help everything else in our lives to fall into place.  We see in our first reading this weekend from the Book of Wisdom:  “I prayed and ... Read More »

Oct 3, 2021 - What's Life about?

Posted by David Southworth on 9/29/21

PRAYER:  Why are we here?... What’s life all about?... our readings this Sunday show us that God created us (Book of Genesis), did not want us to be alone and set up loving marriage between men and women.  The Lord wants to bless us and have us see prosperity ... Read More »