13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Brothers and sisters:
As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less.\

-2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15

Bishop Christopher Coyne – on Pope Francis’ Laudato SI

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…I would encourage all, both Catholics and non-Catholics, to do so before drawing any conclusions from the text. It is a long letter that will take a while to digest and ponder well. One point to lift up though: it is important to note that the Holy Father is calling for “dialogue” and “conversation” around the serious environmental issues that humanity is facing. It is clear that this is a teaching document, not a set of policy proposals. Even if one disagrees with some of the points the Pope raises, the moral case for acting to protect the created world remains. Disagreements over the “why” or “what” questions distract from us the moral case that Pope Francis is making regarding care for God’s creation. We have to do something now before it is too late.

It is also important to realize that Francis is writing to the global Church. We here in the United States will hear this in a different way than someone who lives in South America or Asia or Africa. We who have clean water and air, who are seeing our rivers, lakes, and harbors cleaned after years of abuse and pollution need to be mindful of the world’s poor, who as the Pope clearly points out, are most affected by shifts in global weather patterns and air and water pollution. It would be worthwhile perhaps to read this encyclical through the lens of a poor third-world family who do not have access to clean drinking water or clean urban air or necessary sanitation.

Bishop Christopher Coyne is a native of the Archdiocese of Boston and is currently serving as Bishop of Burlington, Vt. His complete statement on “Laudato Si” may be found here on his website bishopcoyne.org..

Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on “Laudato Si” may be found here.

Laudato Si

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LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”….

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

From The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si – On Care for our Common Home by Pope Francis. The full text may be found at the Vatican website by clicking here.

Sean Cardinal O’Malley’s commentary on Laudato Si may be found here.

Young Adults

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Hi all!
Hope your summer is going well. Come grab some drinks or food with us and chat. We also have some opportunities to discuss
What: Drinks and Discussion Bi-weekly meeting
Where: Green Papaya, 214 Cabot St, Beverly
When: 7:00pm, Sunday June 28th.
Opportunities to discuss:
– block party St. Mary’s
– teaching
– Speaker events?
– Swing dancing?
Hope to see you there,

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

st john the baptist

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.

-Luke 1:57-66, 80

Blessing for Fathers

Guido_Reni_-_St_Joseph_with_the_Infant_Jesus_-courtesy of wikimedia

God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men,
that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

From The Book of Blessings.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

-Mark 4:35-41

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

mustard treeJesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

Mark 4:26-34