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Catholic TV Mass Online May 03, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Presider: Fr. Justin Lopina
Parish: Sacred Heart and Saint Matthew
Choir: Heart of the Nation

TEXT FROM THE GOSPEL AND HOMILY

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the holy gospel according to John. Glory to you o Lord.

Jesus said: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers." Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again, "Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus proclaims in the gospel today that he is the good shepherd. His sheep you know, that's us, his sheep hear his voice and recognize it and know it. But beware for there are also strangers and thieves about who do not have good intentions. They would steal or slaughter those very same sheep. I think it's interesting that Jesus specifically makes mention the power of someone's voice. The caring, compassionate voice of a parent or a friend that can be the most powerful sound in the world and Jesus knew that this is how it works. He was telling his listeners that whether or not they have met him previously in the flesh, they know his voice, they know it because he has always been there. Since before they were born, so when he, the good shepherd, the son of God, when he speaks, we should know that voice as something familiar loving, and truthful. There is something of our identity that is present in our voice and we can't hide it forever. Eventually voices will witness to the fact that we are speaking either to shepherds or strangers. But take heart, take heart because we have many minor or secondary shepherds in life: priests, teachers, civil leaders, parents, all that's great! But remember that above and beyond all the others our ultimate good shepherd is Jesus Christ and when we're lost and confused in the wilderness, we need only listen for that voice that we know and it's speaking, it's calling out to us from that place where we truly belong.

Entrance: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Text: Psalm 23; Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877, alt.
Tune: ST COLUMBA 8 7 8 7; Gaelic; harm. by A. Gregory Murray, OSB, 1905-1992, © Downside Abbey

Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd; There is Nothing I shall Want
The English translation of the Psalm Response from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
Psalm Verses Copyright ©2010 Conception Abbey The Grail, admin by GIA Publications, Inc.

Preparation: Shepherd of My Heart
Text: Psalm 23; Francis Patrick O’Brien, b. 1958
Tune: Francis Patrick O’Brien, b. 1958
© 1992, GIA Publications, Inc.

Communion: Bread for the World
Text: Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957
Tune: Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957
© 1990 Bernadette Farrell published by OCP Publications

Sending Forth: Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo
Text: Jaime Cortez, b. 1963, and Bob Hurd, b. 1950
Tune: Jaime Cortez, b. 1963, acc. by Jeffrey Honore, b. 1956
© 1994 Jaime Cortez. Published by OCP

Mass Setting: Mass of Creation
Text: ICEL © 2010
Music: Mass of Creation Marty Haugen, © 1984, 1985, 2010 GIA Publications, Inc.

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Catholic TV Mass Online June 14, 2020: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Presider: Fr. Matthew Widder
Parish: Holy Name of Jesus, St. Clement & St. Dominic
Choir: St James

TEXT FROM THE HOMILY
Usually in our parishes in the months mid April to May one of the great celebrations at our parishes are children receiving their first Holy Communion and adults being received into the church and receiving their first Holy Communion. We think of those kids receiving communion. There's like an incredible hunger. There's an incredible excitement to receive their first Holy Communion. And it doesn't just start in preparing for first Communion, it usually starts in the moment they’re about 1 or 2 years old. I think of all the times I've been distributing communion and there's a 1 or 2 year old in mom or dad's hands and the child reaches out. I think of a 3 year old at one of the parishes I'm at that she'll say, "I want the God food." She knows, she knows already and then of course with those kids receiving their first Holy Communion, what happens that when they see their brother or sister receive their first Holy Communion, and they can still only go up and get a blessing and not receive then all of a sudden there's even a bit of jealousy so by the time they receive their first Holy Communion, there's this incredible desire, there's an incredible hunger to receive communion, just wanting and yearning to receive Jesus in the most blessed sacrament. And it's interesting because within this coronavirus that we've experienced and gone through, in some sense all of us are making a first Holy Communion all over again. In some sense, I know throughout the world and in our diocese, throughout the United States, many places have not been able to receive communion, people have not been able to receive communion forever. Maybe where you're participating in this Mass right now, you still might not be able to receive Holy Communion. And what comes about that? In some sense it's like making our first Holy Communion. Placing ourselves back in those days when we were preparing and we could not wait. And it's interesting because as God took the Israelites through the desert, we hear about that in the book of Deuteronomy, God said “I directed you so as to test you by affliction.” To test you by affliction. Now we think of a teacher, a teacher does not give a test so the students fail. A test is given to succeed. And what does it say? It lets you be afflicted by hunger and that I fed you with manna. There's something about hunger that brings out a desire. When there's a hunger and a desperation to look towards God our heart is so much more ready to receive him. We think of this whole situation, we know that God has not left us and we think of our communion and our wanting to receive Jesus. We might to use maybe I don't want to compare the eucharist to regular, ordinary food, but sometimes when we eat we eat more as a hobby. We think of those times when sometimes we have nothing more to do so we pull out a bag of chips, right? It's a hobby. It's not from a hunger. It's not from a desperation to get food. And sometimes even within the context of Mass and receiving communion we can receive it more as a hobby. Something that just, it's that part of the Mass. I think what this has done, is it's restored our yearning for Jesus, our desperation to receive Jesus. And so we make a spiritual communion and we ask God to fill us that he still strengthens us but we yearn and we look forward to making that first Holy Communion all over again and we ask God to flood us with his grace, to strengthen us and to show us just how present he is in this most blessed sacrament. The greatest gift of our faith.

Entrance: Morning Has Broken
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
Tune: TWO OAKS, 9 6 8 6 8 7 10 with refrain: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
© 1994 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Psalm 147: Bless the Lord, My Soul
Text Psalm 147: 12-13, 1-2, 3-4, 14-15; Marty Haugen
Music: Marty Haugen
© 1987, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved

Preparation: Instrumental

Communion: I Am the Bread of Life
Text: John 6; Suzanne Toolan, RSM, b. 1927
Tune: BREAD OF LIFE, Irregular with refrain; Suzanne Toolan, RSM, b. 1927
© 1966, 1970, 1986, 1993, GIA Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved

Sending Forth: Canticle of the Sun
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
Tune: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
© 1980 GIA Publications, Inc.

Mass Setting: Mass of Saint Ann
Text © 2010, ICEL
Music: Ed Bolduc © 2011 WLP

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