Our Lady of Mercy Maronite



​​​​​​​​​​​​​THE BULLETIN (July 14, 2024)
Our Lady of Mercy Maronite Church
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 Alex Joseph - Pastor
Liturgy Schedule: Mondays - 12:15 PM / Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays - 10 AM / Saturdays – 4 PM / Sundays - 10 AM.
Confessions: Saturdays – 3 PM to 3:45 PM / Sundays – 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM / and by appointment.

Mondays and Tuesdays there are no public Liturgies.


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.
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.

Upcoming Holy Offerings:

(If not noted, Liturgy intentions, as well as, daily Liturgy intentions are OPEN.)

Sat, July 13th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery.
Sat, July 13th, at 4 PM: Liturgy for the souls of Albert + Mary Dadah offered by Susan Dadah.
Sun, July 14th, at 10 AM: 9th Sunday of Pentecost - for Peter + Amy Dadah offered by Susan Dadah.
Sat, July 20th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery.
Sun, July 21st, at 10 AM: 10th Sunday of Pentecost - Celebration of St. Sharbel - LITURGY INTENTION IS OPEN.
Monday, July 22nd, at 630 PM: Feast of St. Sharbel - for the people. (With the Blessing of the relic of St. Sharbel.)
Sat, July 27th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery.
Sun, July 28th, at 10 AM: 11th Sunday of Pentecost - 40 Day Liturgy for the soul of Joseph Raad with
The Prayer of the Incense offered after Liturgy.
Upcoming Readings for Liturgy:
Sun, July 14th - Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-10a + 2nd Letter to Corinthians 5:20-6:10 + Luke 4:14-21. (9th Sunday of Pentecost.)
Sun, July 21st - 2 Kings 1:2-8 + 1st Letter to the Corinthians 12:1-11 + Matthew 12:22-32. (10th Sunday of Pentecost.)
Sun, July 28th - Ezekiel 18:1, 21-23, 27-28 + Ephesians 2:17-22 + Luke 19:1-10. (11th Sunday of Pentecost.)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Saturday Holy Hour - There will be a silent Holy Hour of Adoration of the Eucharist offered at 2 PM until the 3:45 PM. Confessions will be available at the normal time on Saturdays at 3 PM. Please find the time to sit for at least 10 minutes one of these upcoming Saturdays. Just come bring yourselves (and your problems) and listen for the Lord.
PARISHIONER REGISTRATION - Many parishioners are not registered with the Church. Please take a moment and register. Help us to better serve and communicate with you. There are registration forms at the entrances of the Church. Please fill one out and return it to the Church. You may place the completed form in the collection baskets or return them to the Priest.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------WEEKLY COLLECTION ENVELOPES - Are you still interested in receiving collection envelopes by mail, or would you prefer to switch to online donations? Please let us know by contacting the parish office (508) 752-4287 or sending an email to: ourladymercymaroniteworcester@gmail.com. Also, if you are not currently receiving envelopes but wish to be added to the mailing list or if you have moved recently, please contact us, as well. We appreciate your support and cooperation as we streamline our donation process. Thank you!
Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember:
Sat/Sun, July 27/28, 2024 - Meet Abouna Peter Frangie this weekend.
Sept 6th, 7th, & 8th: Eucharistic Miracle Exposition of Blessed Carlo Acutis at St. Anthony of the Desert Maronite Parish in Fall River, Mass. - (Please see the flyer in the foyer for more information.)
Friday, Sept 13th & Saturday, Sept 14th - Our Lady of Purgatory - New Bedford, Mass - Lebanese Festival
(Please see the flyer in the foyer for more information.)
September 27th to 29th - Maronite Young Adults - conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Please see flyer in the foyer for more information.)
For those of you that might attend services at this Church on an unique frequency, something for you to think about. YOUR Church needs your support. Even though you may not be here; YOUR Church still is trying its best to operate without you. Please consider making a donation gift when you are not here. You can do this by going to YOUR Church’s website (www.ourladyofmercymaronite.org) and locate on the home page a BIG RED BUTTON. This is an application where you can donate electronically to this Church by way of credit card, debit card, or checking account. Please consider making your donations online to ensure that YOUR Church remains present.
Sat/Sun, July 7th/8th, 2024: $727 with an additional $20.00 for the candle collections.
Vanco Payment Application’s collections for the past week: $188.11.
Total collections the past week: $935.11.
Thank you again for your generosity.

HELP NEEDED - Assistance needed. Reverend Peter and Khouriya Marise are arriving at the parish on Saturday, July 27th, at noon. We need several strong people to help unload the moving truck. Please see Abouna Alex to let him know that you can help. Please spread the word. Thank you.
September 6th, 7th, & 8th: Eucharistic Miracles Exposition of Blessed Carlo Acutis
at St. Anthony of the Desert Maronite Parish in Fall River, Mass. (Please see the flyer in the foyer for more information.)
Our Lady of Purgatory Maronite Church in New Bedford, MA, will be hosting their Lebanese Festival on Friday, September 13th, from 5 PM to 11 PM and on Saturday, September 14th, from 12 NOON to 11 PM. The festival will take place at the Church located at 4254 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02745. Rain or shine, there will be plenty of seating under the Big Tent! There will be food, saj, bar, live entertainment, desserts, and hookahs available.
Hope to see you there! (Please see the flyer in the foyer for more information.)

May God Bless all of you and keep you safe.
Have a great week !!! Peace be with you, Rev. Alex

Isaiah 61: 1-4 + 8-10a The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God; To comfort all who mourn; to place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness instead of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of justice, the planting of the LORD to show his glory. They shall rebuild the ancient ruins, the former wastes they shall raise up And restore the desolate cities, devastations of generation upon generation. For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, an everlasting covenant I will make with them. Their offspring shall be renowned among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; All who see them shall acknowledge them: “They are offspring the LORD has blessed.” I will rejoice heartily in the LORD, my being exults in my God.

2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10
So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: "In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you." Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We cause no one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise. We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we live; as chastised and yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

Luke 4:14-21
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, "Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."