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*Sunday Gospel Reflections

Fr. Michael Vaughan, Pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"In him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." (Eph. 2:22)

This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.  The Cathedral is the Bishop's "parish" where he has his chair or cathedra.  It is the sign of unity in the Diocese where the Bishop acts as the successor of the Apostles.

We can have many different viewpoints regarding our faith.  The Unity of the Catholic Church is also marked by diversity.  We celebrate diversity but also have to adhere to the teaching Magisterium of the Church.  We have to be careful not to be led astray by the latest currents of thought so present today.  If we don't agree with something, the laity has the right and duty to share their opinions but with respect and in charity.

Do I form my conscience according to the teaching Magisterium of the Church? 
Am I able to detect the voice of the Good Shepherd in the midst of the many voices prevalent in society today? 
Do I pray for my Bishop and Pastors in union with him, so they may be illuminated by the Holy Spirit to guide our local Church?

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

XIII Week in Ordinary Time -Readings

Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time


Kid's Liturgy: 

Synod Kids Game!

Laudato Si


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*Examination of Conscience

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, one should prepare oneself with an examination of conscience, which involves reflecting prayerfully on one's thoughts, words, and deeds in order to identify any sins. USCCB

For Children

For Young Adults

For Single people

For Married persons

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching


On March 19, 2021, the Church will celebrate five years since the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family. On the same day, Pope Francis will launch the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”, which will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the X World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father.


Farrell: Families of the world speak about Amoris Laetitia on video

10 Videos Amoris Laetitia

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A video message from the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, on the occasion of the beginning of the "Amoris Laetitia Family" Year. Families have a Good Year!




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