​​​​​​​​​​​​​THE BULLETIN (February 18, 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
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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.

Tuesdays there are no public Liturgies.
DURING THE WEEK - THE LITURGIES ARE HELD IN THE CHAPEL.

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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, Liturgy intentions, as well as, daily Liturgy intentions are OPEN.)

Fridays during the Lenten Season - Liturgy at 630 PM / Stations of the Cross at 7 PM.
Sat, Feb 17, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery.
Sat, Feb 17, at 4 PM: For the soul of Mitchell Hilow.
Sun, Feb 18, at 10 AM: Healing of the Leper - 1 Year Anniversary of Teresa Nader offered by the Family with The
Prayer of Incense offered after Liturgy. Fridays during the Lenten Season - Liturgy at 630 PM / Stations of the Cross at 7 PM.
Sat, Feb 24, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery.
Sat, Feb 24, at 4 PM: 4th Anniversary for Marie Plante and birthday remembrance for Kathryn Charron-Rodriguez

- offered by the Family.
Sun, Feb 25, at 10 AM: Healing of the Hemorrhaging Woman - For Chorbishop Joseph Saidi (January 29, 2008)
- offered by Susan Dadah. Fridays during the Lenten Season - Liturgy at 630 PM / Stations of the Cross at 7 PM.
Sat, March 2nd, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery.
Sat, March 2nd, at 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program.
Sat, March 2nd, at 4 PM: Liturgy intention is OPEN and available.
Sun, March 3rd, at 10 AM: Parable of the Prodigal Son - Liturgy intention is OPEN and available.
MARCH 4TH TO MARCH 8TH. - NO LITURGIES / NO STATIONS OF THE CROSS THIS WEEK - EPARCHIAL PRIESTS RETREAT.
Sat, March 9th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery.
Sat, March 9th, at 4 PM: Liturgy intention is OPEN and available.
Sun, Mar 10th, at 10 AM: Healing of the Paralytic - for Halim Rizkalla offered by Tarek & Rania Zoghby + Family.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Scripture Readings:
Sun, Feb 18th - 2nd Letter of Kings 5:1-3,9-14 + Romans 6:12-23 + Mark 1:35-45. (Healing of the Leper.)
Sun, Feb 25th - Numbers 15:37-41 + 2nd Letter to the Corinthians 7:4-11 + Luke 8:40-56. (Healing of Hemorrhaging.)
Sun, March 3rd - Zechariah 3:1-7 + 2nd Letter to the Corinthians 13:5-13 + Luke 15:11-32. (Prodigal Son.)
Sun, Mar 10th - Isaiah 35:1-6, 8, 9b-10 + 1st Letter to Timothy 5:24-6:5 + Mark 2:1-12. (Healing of the Paralytic.)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1st Saturday Devotion – on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, at 2 PM. Beginning at 3 PM, there will be Adoration, opportunity for Confession, Rosary, Divine Mercy, and includes Liturgy at 4 PM. See you there …
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Collections:
Thursday, February 8th, 2024 - St. Maron Feast Day: $233.00 with an additional $25.00 for the candles.
Sat/Sun, Feb 10/11, 2024: $1,711.00 with an additional $50.00 for the fuel, $6.00 for the candles, $400 donation for use of facilities, and $294.00 for the Annual Eparchial Lenten Appeal.
Ash Monday, February 12, 2024: $68.00.
Vanco Payment Application’s collections for the past week: $238.17.
Total collections the past week: $3,025.12.
Thank you again for your generosity.
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Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember:
40 Days for Life - Begins Wednesday, February 14th to Sunday, March 24th.
Monday February 19th, 2024 - Presidents’ Day.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 @ 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program.
Sat, Mar 2nd, 2024: Hafli - St. Anthony Maronite Church - Lawrence, MA - (see flyer in the foyer.)
Sat, Mar 2nd, 2024: MYO LENTEN RETREAT - 10 AM TO 7 PM - St. Anthony of the Desert
Maronite Church - Fall River, MA.
Mon Mar 4th to Fri Mar 8th 
- NO LITURGIES / NO STATIONS OF THE CROSS - MANDATORY EPARCHIAL PRIESTS’ RETREAT
Sat, March 16, 2024: 75th Annual St. Joseph Hafli - St. George Maronite Church - Cranston, R.I. - (see flyer in the foyer.)
April 19th to 24th, 2024 - St. Anthony Maronite Church - Danbury, CT - MYO Leader Workshop Weekend.
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YOUR ATTENTION IS NEEDED IN THIS MATTER.
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.
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MARONITE CHRISTIAN FORMATION CLASSES - Classes have already started. If you would like to enroll your children in these classes, please see the Priest. Classes meet every Sunday at 9:30 AM.
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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.
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CHILDREN’S CLASSROOM - No one, especially minor children, should be in the classroom unattended.
As a reminder, this is a safe environment.
No children should be unaccompanied or left alone without adult supervision.
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LENTEN GUIDELINES
Fasting - All the faithful who are physically capable are asked to fast every day during Lent. Fasting involves no eating and drinking at all, (except water and medicine) from 12 Midnight until 12 Noon. Those who are not physically capable to fast are urged make an effort on Ash Monday and Good Friday.
Abstinence of meat is encouraged on Ash Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent and every day during Holy Week.
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Annual Eparchial Lenten Appeal - It is that time of year again. We just received our notice of obligation for the annual appeal. The amount that this parish is obligated to donate is $3,500.00. During Lent there will be Second Collections to help collect this appeal. Thank you for your generosity.
WE HAVE COLLECTED $294.00 TOWARDS THE $3,500.00 OBLIGATION. ONLY $3,206.00 TO REACH THIS CHURCH’S GOAL.
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Supplies for Sunday Coffee Social - Most of the supplies that are used for the Sunday Coffee Social are donated by all of you. So a call is going out again to restock the depleted supplies. Here is a list of the items that are in great need: FULL SIZE DINNER PLATES (not Styrofoam), COFFEE CUPS that are 12 fluid ounces or less (also not Styrofoam, please), absorbent PAPER TOWELS, and gallon-sized ZIP LOCK BAGGIES.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
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May you and your families have a safe and blessed week !
Peace be with you, Rev. Alex Joseph

Our Lady of Mercy, Pray For Us !!!


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