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Parish Daily Update 5/17/20

Dear Parish Family,

“The Lord is with you when you are with him, and if you seek him he will be present to you.”                   (2 Chronicles 15:2)

Prayer intentions for today:

~Our parishioner Susan Doggette will have a bone marrow biopsy on Friday.  Please pray for negative results.

~For an end to this pandemic, for all who are suffering from it – physically, emotionally, or financially.

~For our leaders as they work toward safely guiding us all back to our normal activities.

~For all who are working diligently to protect the citizens of our community, state, nation, and world.

~For our beloved dead.

~For all the prayers we hold in our hearts.

If you have a prayer intention, please send it to me, or text 601-573-2053.

The Mass readings for tomorrow, along with Father Kevin’s homily and his information on the saint of the day, follow.

God’s peace be with all of you!


Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 18, 2020

First Reading:  Acts 16:11-15

We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace, and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.
We spent some time in that city. On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a, and 9b

R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R.    The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R.    The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R.    The Lord takes delight in his people.

Gospel:  Jn 15:26 – 16:4

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. “I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”


“… the hour is coming …” John 15:26 – 16:4a

This week the Gospel readings come from the Jesus’ parting words to the Twelve the night of the Last Supper – only Peter and company are not aware that they are his last words. Jesus talks cryptically of his being “handed over,” of hard days to come that they will endure for his sake, of his sending some kind of “spirit” or “advocate.” But Jesus’ words are mostly lost on the Twelve.

“When the hour comes.”

But from the safe distance of history, we know what Jesus is talking about: the arrest, the trial, the torture and humiliation, the crucifixion, the empty tomb. Everything will make sense . . . “when the hour comes.”

But we also realize that that “hour” comes again and again and again in our own lives: when we try to find hope when the grief is crushing, when we put our security on the line for what is just, when another’s desperation compels us to put aside our own plight. To follow Jesus is to realize that the “hour will come” when we will have to follow him to the cross.

The challenge is to remember that at the end of whatever cross we take up, Easter light will dawn “when the hour comes.”

Be with us, Lord Jesus, when “the hour comes”: when our faith is put to the test, when love compels us to take up our cross as you took up yours, when the cause of justice forces us to speak your Gospel. When we feel isolated and unsure of the effectiveness of the good we do and believe, may we remember all that you taught and find confidence and peace in your presence in our midst.

Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You, trusting that you are already there,

and I unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.


Saint John I (-526)

Pope John I inherited the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. Italy had been ruled for 30 years by an emperor who espoused the heresy, though he treated the empire’s Catholics with toleration. His policy changed at about the time the young John was elected pope.

When the eastern emperor began imposing severe measures on the Arians of his area, the western emperor forced John to head a delegation to the East to soften the measures against the heretics. Little is known of the manner or outcome of the negotiations—designed to secure continued toleration of Catholics in the West.

On his way home, John was imprisoned at Ravenna because the emperor had begun to suspect that John’s friendship with his eastern rival might lead to a conspiracy against his throne. Shortly after his imprisonment, John died, apparently from the treatment he received in prison.

John was very frail when he was elected Pope.  Despite his protests, Pope John was sent by Theoderic the Great, the Arian king of the Ostrogoths in Italy, to Constantinople to secure the moderation of a decree, issued in 523, of Justin I, emperor of the East Roman Empire, against the Arians. King Theoderic threatened that if John should fail in his mission, there would be reprisals against the non-Arian Christians in the West. John proceeded to Constantinople with a considerable entourage.

Emperor Justin is recorded as receiving John honorably and promised to do everything the embassy asked of him, with the exception that those converting from Arianism to Catholicism would not be “restored” (i.e., allowed to retain their place in the Catholic hierarchy as deacons, priests, or bishops).  Although John was successful in his mission, when he returned to Italy, Theoderic had John arrested on the suspicion of having conspired with Emperor Justin. John was imprisoned at Ravenna, where he died of neglect and ill treatment. His body was transported to Rome. 

Pope John I is depicted in art as looking through the bars of a prison or imprisoned with a deacon and subdeacon. His feast day is May 18th, the anniversary of the day of his death (whereas it had formerly been 27 May).