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The Parish of Saint Cecilia March 6, 2016 The Fourth Sunday of Lent
Page 2 Saint Cecilia Parish ~ 54 Esty Street ~ Ashland ~ www.saintceciliaparish.org March 6, 2016
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Sunday March 6 12:00 p.m. Stewardship Committee Meeting Monday March 7 6:30 p.m. Men’s AA Group Meeting 7:00 p.m. “Let’s talk about the Sacraments” Wednesday March 9 10:00 a.m. FIA Group Meeting 5:30 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:30 p.m. “The Light is on for You” - Confession 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal Friday March 11 6:00 p.m. Lenten Soup / Family Center 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross / Church Saturday March 12 3:30 p.m. Teen Choir Rehearsal
PARISH STAFF Rev. Richard P. Cornell, Pastor Deacon Ed Robinson, Deacon Holly Archer, Business Manager Email: [email protected] Jill Morazzini, Parish Secretary/Bulletin Editor Email: [email protected] Janet Wilkinson, Religious Ed. Coordinator K-3 Email: [email protected] Mary Cella, Religious Ed. Secretary Email: [email protected] Director of Religious Ed . and Youth Ministry 4-10 Email: [email protected] Lelia Viana, Music Director Email: [email protected] Lisa Cronin, Maintenance
CONTACT INFORMATION Visit our website at: www.saintceciliaparish.org Rectory: 508-881-1107 Fax: 508-881-8606 Religious Education K-3: 508-881-6107 Religious Education 4-10: 508-881-1531
MONTHLY MEETINGS PPC 3rd Monday 7:30 p.m. FIA Group Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. Liturgy 1st Thursday 7:00 p.m. Finance 2nd Thursday 7:15 p.m. Stewardship 1st Sunday 12:15 p.m.
MASS SCHEDULE Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Monday –Saturday: 9:00 a.m.
PARISH SERVICES Sacrament of Baptism Arrangements must be made at least one month prior to the intended date of Baptism so that all requirements can be completed.
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays 3:30 p.m.— 4:15 p.m. or by appointment.
Sacrament of the Sick Available anytime by request.
Sacrament of Matrimony Arrangements must be made at least 6 months prior to the intended date of marriage so that all requirements can be completed.
Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Every Wednesday after the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction Every Friday after the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
WELCOME New Parishioners! Please introduce yourselves to the priest after Mass. We welcome and invite you to become an active member of the St. Cecilia Parish Community. Registration forms can be found in the back of the Church and on the Rectory porch.
In February Connor William Dias Liam David Fell
Lord Jesus Christ, Send Your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so the Jubilee of
Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord and Your Church.
With renewed enthusiasm bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and
the oppressed and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercessions of Mary, Mother of Mercy, You Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever. Amen.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS Holy Year of Mercy Prayer
Come on in the Church is Open! The Church is open to all Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (unless maintenance is off the premises), Sat- urday 9:00 a.m. –5:30 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. (Please be aware that this schedule is not exclusive- ly the case on all days).
2016 Catholic Appeal This week Catholics across the Archdiocese are invited to pledge their support to the ministries funded by the Catholic Appeal. If you were unable to make you pledge at Mass, please take a pledge form or pledge online at Bostoncatholic.org. Thank you.
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Saturday March 5 4:30 p.m. The People of St. Cecilia Parish Sunday March 6 7:00 a.m. Robert & Lynne Sarault 9:00 a.m. Families 11:00 a.m. Ann Robinson Monday March 7 9:00 a.m. Stuart B. Mead Tuesday March 8 9:00 a.m. Our families Wednesday March 9 9:00 a.m. Our youth Thursday March 10 9:00 a.m. Increase of Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life Friday March 11 9:00 a.m. John & Margaret McLeod (LIVING) Saturday March 12 9:00 a.m. World Peace 4:30 p.m. Rosario O’Neill Sunday March 13 7:00 a.m. Richard Kramer and Family (LIVING) 9:00 a.m. The People of St. Cecilia Parish 11:00 a.m. The living and deceased members of The Szlachtun Family
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK Gathering: ALL ARE WELCOME; Hymnal #415
Offertory: YOU ARE MINE; Hymnal #485
SANCTUS (Holy); Hymnal #850 POST CONSECRATIONEM (Memorial Acclamation); Hymnal #851 AMEN; Hymnal #852 AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God); Hymnal #854
Communion: AMAZING GRACE; Hymnal #428
Concluding: PRAISE TO YOU, O CHRIST, OUR SAVOIR Hymnal #598
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for next weekend
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Bea & Dick Riordan, Joyce Crocetti Sunday: 7:00 a.m. Tom Olszowy Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Janet Wilkinson, Donna Colavita, Jill Morazzini Sunday: 11:00 a.m. Janet Zambuto, Deacon Robinson, Lillian Cunningham
Dominican Sister Bake Sale March 12/13
Today, leprosy still brings incredible suffering to those afflicted with this mysterious disease. Through your gen- erous donations to our Dominican Mission Foundation, you are continuing the witness of Jesus, “to the ends of the earth.” Thank you for your continued support.
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis For Lent 2106
“I desire mercy , and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13) The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee
1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes be- cause she is evangelized.
In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mer- cy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and encouraging the initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”, I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word. The mercy of God is a proc- lamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand. For this rea- son, during the season of Lent I will send out Missionaries of Mercy as a concrete sign to everyone of God’s close- ness and forgiveness.
After receiving the Good News told to her by the Archan- gel Gabriel, Mary, in her Magnificat, prophetically sings of the mercy whereby God chose her. The Virgin of Naza- reth, betrothed to Joseph, thus becomes the perfect icon of the Church which evangelizes, for she was, and contin- ues to be, evangelized by the Holy Spirit, who made her virginal womb fruitful. In the prophetic tradition, mercy is strictly related – even on the etymological level – to the maternal womb (rahamim) and to a generous, faithful and compassionate goodness (hesed) shown within marriage and family relationships.
2. God’s covenant with humanity: a history of mercy
The mystery of divine mercy is revealed in the history of the covenant between God and His people Israel. God shows Himself ever rich in mercy, ever ready to treat His people with deep tenderness and compassion, especially at those tragic moments when infidelity ruptures the bond of the covenant, which then needs to be ratified more firmly in justice and truth. Here is a true love story, in which God plays the role of the betrayed father and hus- band, while Israel plays the unfaithful child and bride. These domestic images – as in the case of Hosea (cf. Hos 1-2) – show to what extent God wishes to bind Him- self to His people.
This love story culminates in the incarnation of God’s Son. In Christ, the Father pours forth His boundless mercy even to making Him “mercy incarnate” (Misericordiae Vul- tus, 8). As a man, Jesus of Nazareth is a true son of Isra- el; he embodies that perfect hearing required of every Jew by the Shema, which today too is the heart of God’s covenant with Israel: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Dt 6:4-5). As the Son of God, He is the Bride- groom Who does everything to win over the love of His
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bride, to whom He is bound by an unconditional love- which becomes visible in the eternal wedding feast.
This is the very heart of the apostolic kerygma, in which divine mercy holds a central and fundamental place. It is “the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ Who died and rose from the dead” (Evangelii Gaudium, 36), that first proclamation which “we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment” (ibid., 164). Mercy “expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe” (Misericordia