The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Peace. (Numbers 6: 24-26)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Immersion in the Gospel according to Saint Mark


Beginning Sunday, January 19, we will begin a discussion of the Gospel according to Mark which will continue each Sunday through the Season of Epiphany and the Season of Lent.  For this study, we will use an immersion method of reading and discussing the Gospel.  Each week, we will read the assigned chapter(s) of the Gospel multiple times in preparation for our discussion on Sunday.  Please read the chapter(s) at least 3 to 4 times during the week.

Some tips:  The first time through, read the chapter(s) without pen or highlighter in hand.  Just read it.  Subsequent readings can involve notes or highlighting or commentaries or whatever.  Also, I suggest reading the text at least one time out loud.  This engages multiple parts of the brain and aids in reading comprehension.  Walking or standing while reading is also a good way to stay focused.

The reading and discussion schedule is as follows:

January 19:  Mark 1 and 2
January 26:  Mark 3
February 2:  Mark 4
February 9:  Mark 5
February 16:  Mark 6
February 23:  Mark 7
March 2:  Mark 8
          March 5:  ASH WEDNESDAY
March 9:  Mark 9
March 16:  Mark 10
March 23:  Mark 11
March 30:  Mark 12
April 6:  Mark 13
April 13:  SUNDAY OF THE PASSION - PALM SUNDAY - Special Sunday Program
          Holy Week:  April 13 - 19  Read and Meditate on Mark 14 and 15
April 20:  SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION - Special Sunday Program
          Easter Week:  April 20 - 26  Read and Meditate on Mark 16

I pray that this study will bless us all with a desire to live the Word of Jesus Christ all the more fully each and every day.

Father Michael+

Sunday's Sermon

Matthew 3: 13-17

Fr. Michael+

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ephesians for Friday, November 29. 2013

Ephesians 6: 19-24

19 ...and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.  21 Now that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything.  22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.  23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love undying.

Also: Col 4: 7-8

Ed. Note: This is the final installment of our Daily Bible Study of Ephesians; but worry not, for a new one is about to begin.  For the Season of Advent, we will be SOAPing the passages of Holy Scripture known as the Jesse Tree.  Stay tuned, same SOAP time, same SOAP channel!

Fr. Michael+

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ephesians for Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ephesians 6: 18

18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.  To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ephesians for Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ephesians 6: 16-17

16 ...besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.