THE BULLETIN (May 8th, 2022)
Our Lady of Mercy Maronite Church
341 June Street
Worcester, MA 01602
1 (508) 752-4287 – Office/Rectory
Email – ourladymercymaroniteworcester@gmail.com
Website - www.ourladyofmercymaronite.org
Reverend Alexander A. Joseph - Pastor
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Liturgy Schedule: Mondays to Fridays – 6 PM / Saturday – 4 PM (English) / Sunday 10 AM (English/Arabic/Syriac)
Confessions: Saturdays – 3 PM to 3:45 PM / Sundays – 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM / and by appointment.
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If you are seeking these Mysteries / Sacraments, please contact the Pastor at these suggested times:
Baptism - at least three (3) months prior to the requested date,

First Holy Communion - successful completion of the
Maronite Christian Formation classes grades 1 to 3 inclusive,

Matrimony / Crowning - at least one (1) year prior to requested date.
Communion for the homebound and Anointing of the Sick - as soon as possible.
If you are new to the parish or would like to become a parishioner, please see the priest to fill out a registration form.
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If you know of a shut-in or someone in the hospital that would like a visit from the priest, please contact Abouna Alex at any time of the day or night at (508) 752-4287. You are NOT bothering the priest. He wants to visit with you.
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Upcoming Holy Offerings: (If not noted, daily Liturgy [Monday, Wednesday through Friday] intentions are OPEN.
Saturday, May 7th, at 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program.
Saturday, May 7, at 4 PM: Liturgy Intention - to close Planned Parenthood in Worcester and the
conversion of the workers.
Sunday, May 8th, at 10 AM: 4th Sunday of the Resurrection & Mother’s Day - for Mothers and the
1st Communion children and their families.
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Saturday, May 14th, at 4 PM: OPEN.
Sunday, May 15th, at 10 AM: 5th Sunday of the Resurrection - for the souls of Samira, Milia, and
Chekrallah Abboud offered by Fadiah and her family.
Sunday, May 15th, at 11:30 AM: Louis family baptism and chrismation.
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Saturday, May 21st, at 4 PM: OPEN.
Sunday, May 22nd, at 10 AM: 6th Sunday of the Resurrection - OPEN.
Wednesday, May 25th, at 6 PM: The Ascension of the Lord. (Holy Day of Obligation.)
Thursday, May 26th, at 6 PM: The Ascension of the Lord. (Holy Day of Obligation.)
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Saturday, May 28th, at 4 PM: OPEN.
Sunday, May 29th, at 10 AM: 7th Sunday of the Resurrection - OPEN.
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Scripture Readings:
Sun, May 8th - Mother’s Day - Hebrews 13:18-25 + John 21:1-14. (4th Sunday of the Resurrection.)
Sun, May 15th - Ephesians 2:1-10 + John 21:15-19. (5th Sunday of the Resurrection.)
Sun, May 22nd - Romans 10:1-13 + Luke 24:36-48. (6th Sunday of the Resurrection.
The Ascension of the Lord - Acts 1:1-14 + Mark 16:15-20.
Sun, May 29th - Ephesian 1:15-20 + John 13:31.25. (7th Sunday of the Resurrection.)
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1st Saturday Devotion – on Saturday, June 4, 2021, at 3 PM. T

here will be Adoration, opportunity for Confession, Rosary, Divine Mercy, and ends with Liturgy at 4 PM. See you there …

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Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember:
Sunday, May 8th, 2022 - 1st Holy Communion.
Sunday, May 8th, 2022 - Mothers’ Day.
Wed & Thurs - May 25th & 26th - 6 PM - Feast of the Ascension of the Lord - Holy Day of Obligation.
Monday, May 30th, 2022 - Memorial Day.
Saturday, June 4th, 2022 - 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program with Liturgy at 4 PM.
June 23rd to June 27th - MYO RETREAT IN Latrobe, Pennsylvania - St. Vincent’s College.
Sunday/Monday, August 14th/15th, 2022 - Feast of the Assumption.
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Collections:
Sat/Sun, April 30/May 1, 2022: $1,175.00

with an additional $11.00 for the candles, $75.00 for fuel,

and $177.00 for the 2nd Collection - Catholic Communication Campaign.
Vanco Payment Solutions Application Collection for this past week: $272.56.
Total Collections: $1,710.56.
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Please see the church’s website if you would like to use the new application called VANCO to make online contributions to the church at: https://www.ourladyofmercymaronite.org/ .
If you choose, you can now direct your bank or credit union to make the parish a regular payee.
Or you may go to our website: https://www.ourladyofmercymaronite.org
to set up a monthly or weekly donation through your own financial institution (checking account / credit card)
with the Vanco Online Payment Application that is located on the home page of our website.
Just click on the link on the home page. (It is a big, red button.)
Thank you again for your generosity.
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Food for Thought - Please let us remember that in 2023 this Church celebrates a HUGE milestone. In 1923, the Maronites of Worcester embarked and obtained their very own Church. Now 100 years later, we look back and appreciate the sacrifices of those that came before us. But as we look back to the past, we keep on eyes towards the future and Christ. God bless all of us!!!
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Month of May - During the month of May, we celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Lebanon (Sunday, May 1st,) Mothers’ Day and 1st Communion (Sunday, May 8th,) and hopefully a month long devotion to the Rosary. Usually we celebrate the May Crowning on Sunday, May 1st, after Liturgy. This year, we will hold this event near and dear to our hearts by instead, having the children to crown the statues of the Blessed Mother Mary after 1st Holy Communion.
What are you doing for your mother(s) during May? Come early to Church. (Come on time to Church for some of you.) Stay late after Church. Lead others in the Rosary. Join others in the recitation of the Rosary. Do a family Rosary each night. Pray on your daily work commute. Involve your family, friends, and neighbors in a special devotion to Mary during the month of May (and always.) O Blessed Mother, please pray for us.
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Parish Youth Event - summer event - pool party / picnic / game + movie night …
What would enrich your children’s experiences at Church? Then let us implement it. Summer is fast approaching …
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Next meeting - What day is good for you to meet? The Church has much business to accomplish.

The Church needs hands. What day is good for you to meet?
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1st Communion Class - This year’s First Communion Class consists of:
Nadia Daou - Julia Delianedis - George Richmond - Harold Richmond
Ellie Thomas - Jovie Thomas - Adalyn Zoghbi - Paul Zogby
Please keep these children and their families in your prayers as the approach The Mysteries.
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May all of you have a safe, peaceful, healthy, and blessed week.
Peace be with you, Rev. Alex


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