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MASS PREPARATION for Sunday February 4, 2024

Updated: Feb 4

GOSPEL: Mark 1:29-39:

Jesus the Healer and Proclaimer of God's Kingdom


HOMILY by Bishop Barron (especially for Family Group Leaders!!!)

Our Mission from God: PRAY, SERVE, SHARE God's WORD (Evangelize!)


Each time you come to mass dip your finger in the Holy Water at the entrance and make the Sign of the Cross, saying silently: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.


It is to remember the special day when you were baptized, the day you became a CHILD OF GOD and began your friendship with God.

By making the Sign of the Cross, you show your desire for holiness and your sincere love and respect for our Almighty and Holy God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This centers your heart to worship our Triune God!

OPENING PRAYER(Grow in our appreciation of the Sacredness and Holiness of God.)

Come let us bow down and worship God;

let us kneel before the Lord our Maker!

He is our God;

We are the people he cares for,

The flock for which he provides. AMEN

Psalm 95: 6-7.

I CONFESS (Grow in humility and humbleness of heart)

We prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries by humbly asking Jesus to forgive us for the things we have done that did NOT honor him. Jesus loves us. He wants to forgive us. He wants everyone to know of his mercy. Because Jesus loves us so much we can trust that he will always forgive us when we are truly sorry

I confess to almighty God

and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned

in my thoughts and in my words

in what I have done and in what I have failed to do

(Strike your breast)

through my fault, through my fault,

through my most grievous fault:

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,

all the Angels and Saints,

and you, my brothers, and sisters,

to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Ponder the words spoken by the Priest:

May almighty God have mercy on us

forgive us our sins

and bring us to everlasting life.

Listen and join everyone in saying the Kyrie (Lord have mercy) and the Gloria.

COLLECT (This is a VERY important prayer spoken by the priest that unites all the readings! LISTEN for it this SUNDAY!!!!)

Keep your family safe, O Lord, with UNFAILING CARE, that, relying solely on the HOPE of heavenly GRACE, they may be defended always by your PROTECTION. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your SON, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Spirit, God forever, AMEN

LITURGY OF THE WORD. (Listen to the readings from the BIBLE. God speaks to us through these readings. They tell us about God's love for all people and they help us to know how he wants us to live. After the readings, the priest or deacon will share a homily or teaching to connect the readings. We say the Nicene Creed and listen and respond to the Universal Prayers.)

Reading 1: OT, Psalm, Reading 2, GOSPEL. Practice looking up the Scriptures in your Bible.

Reading 1: Job 7:1-4, 6-7

from the Old Testament (before Jesus came to earth to reveal and live out God's plan to give us back eternal life with in His Kingdom.).

Psalm: Psalm 147

Listen and ponder our response: Praise the Lord for he is Good.

Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19

The second reading is usually one of the letters written to early Christians in the New Testament after Jesus' resurrection and ascension. Saint Paul wrote at least 14 of these 22 letters!!!!

GOSPEL: Mark 1: 29-39

The deacon reads from the VERY special Gospel Book that he takes from the Altar.

There are 4 Gospels that tell us all about Jesus and what he teaches us: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

We get to know and love the person of Jesus as the LIVING WORD

By listening and reflecting on the Gospel Stories, we learn all about God's LOVE for us and God's plan to have Jesus save all of us from being separated from God by our sins. We learn how to follow Jesus as the WAY, the TRUTH, and the New LIFE for us.

Mark 1:29-39

Healing of our Body and Souls

Teaching About God’s Kingdom

CHOSEN Video clip


On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.

Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her.

He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”

So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

GOD'S WORD OR PHRASE FOR YOU: What word or phrase stood out for YOU?

Focus Questions

  1. At the beginning of this Gospel, where does Jesus go?  What does He do there?

He goes to the house of Simon (Peter) and Andrew. There, He heals Simon’s mother-in-law by grasping her hand and helping her up.

  1. After the first healing, who was brought to Jesus?

Everyone in town who was ill or possessed by demons. Jesus cured many who were sick and cast out many demons.

  1. What did Jesus do when He went to the deserted place?

He prayed to His Father and was in communion with His Father and the Holy Spirit.

  1. Where does Jesus go at the end of this Gospel story?  What does He do there?

He goes to the neighboring towns in Galilee where He preaches and drives out demons.

  1. What do all of these tasks have in common? What do they reveal to us about who Jesus is?

All of these actions are about Jesus preaching and revealing the Kingdom of God.

They are all connected to His saving mission for us: to share the Good News of believing in God and receiving eternal life.

Everything in this passage points to God’s mercy and desire to reconcile or bring us back to Him.

  1. When Jesus says, for this purpose I came, what does He mean?

His purpose is to proclaim the Good News of God’s LOVE and MERCY and God’s desire to have everyone returning to God’s path.

  1. What would you be thinking and feeling about Jesus if you were one of his Apostles?

My belief and trust in God and his mission for us would get stronger every day!!!

Contemplation (Contemplatio)

Read the Scripture again, followed by this


What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord

asking of me?

Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

  • What keeps me from serving my brothers and

  • Where is the Lord calling me to serve as I am filled with God's power and love as I pray with God every day?

He drove out many demons, not permitting them to

speak because they knew him.

  • When has my speech not served to build up the Body of Christ?

  • How can I be kinder and more truthful when speaking in person and on social media?

He left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.

  • Where do I go to pray?

  • What distractions block my prayer?

After a period of silent reflection and/or discussion,

all recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Closing Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come,

thy will be doneon earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.


Closing Prayer:

Praise the LORD, for he is good;

sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;

it is fitting to praise him.

He heals the brokenhearted

and binds up their wounds.

He tells the number of the stars;

he calls each by name.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power;

to his wisdom there is no limit.


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