CATHOLIC

Liturgy Schedule: Tuesday to Friday – 9 AM / Saturday – 4 PM (English) / Sunday 10 AM (English/Arabic/Syriac) Weekday Liturgies are offered in the Chapel of Our Lady. – (Use the side entrances between the Church and Rectory.)
Confessions: Saturday – 3 PM to 3:45 PM / Sunday – 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM / and by appointment.

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ALL ARE WELCOMED!!! – No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church, no matter what your current
family and marital situation, no matter your personal history, age, background, race, etcetera;
you are invited, welcomed, loved, and respected here.

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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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Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 4 PM: Liturgy for the 1st Saturday Participants and those in attendance.

Sunday, Sepetember 2, 2018 at 10 AM: 16th Sunday of Pentecost – for Private Intentions.
Saturday, September 8th, at 4 PM: 40 Day Liturgy for Josephine Cote & Elizabeth Abdella offered by Marie Plante and family. Sunday, September 9th, at 10 AM: Exaltation of the Holy Cross with the Rite of the Adoration of the Cross – for the people.
Saturday, September 15th, at 4 PM: OPEN
Sunday, September 16th, at 10 AM: 1st Sunday after Holy Cross – for Mona Kahale (birthday remembrance) offered by her
husband, George Kahale, and family.
Saturday, September 22nd, at 4 PM: OPEN
Sunday, September 23rd, at 10 AM: 2nd Sunday after Holy Cross - OPEN

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Upcoming Readers and Readings: DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE READERS WILL BE VOLUNTEERS.

If you would like to be a reader, please see Abouna alex. Readers should be 13 years of age and up.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018      volunteers needed .         Romans 9:14-22 .              Luke 18:9-14 

Sunday, September 9th, 2018       volunteers needed .         1 Corinthians 1:18-25 .     John 12:20-32
Sunday, September 16th, 2018     Tiana/Jean Chahine .       2 Timothy 2:1-10 .             Mark 10:35-45
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018     Emilene/Tarek Zoghby .   1 Corinthians 15:124 .      Matthew 24:14

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Maronite Christian Formation Class: Abouna alex is receiving applications for the next Maronite Christian Formation classes. Registering early for next year will help prepare the schedule and materials. The date of 1st Holy Communion is on Sunday, May 4th, 2019, at 10 AM. Parents please ensure that our Faith continues to flourish by registering your children for these classes.
Parents/Adults are welcomed to join the children in class. If there are enough adults, we can hold a separate class for them. Also, we need teachers. Please see Abouna alex.
CLASSES START SEPTEMBER 23RD. 2018.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will reconvene on Thursday, September 13th, at 7 PM. Take this time to sit with in
Lord and listen to what He is saying to you ...

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1st Saturday Devotion – will reconvene on Saturday, September 1st, at 3 PM. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, recitation of the Rosary, Confessions, and Liturgy (at 4 PM.) Please take this opportunity to work on your relationship with Christ. Hope to see you there.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Ministry: Beginning September, when the students go back to school, let us begin this important ministry, again. Please let Abouna alex know what day best suits for all the volunteers to meet to start up this ministry again.
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Dates to remember:

- Saturday, September 1st, 2018 – at 3 PM – 1st Saturday – Adoration, Rosary, Confession, and Liturgy.
- September 7th – Brockton, Mass – MYA – Liturgy, Theology Talk, & Dinner with Bishop Gregory.
- Thursday, September 13th, 2018 – Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 PM.
- September 23 – Maronite Christian Formation classes will start. (With the Blessing of the new classrooms.) - SEPTEMBER – Bible Study will start at the end of SEPTEMBER.
- September - COMING SOON! TOWN HALL MEETING FOR THE ENTIRE PARISH! - October 5th through 7th – Washington, D.C. – M.Y.A. Convention/Retreat!!!
- Regional MYO Christmas Retreat – at La Salette – Nov. 30th to Dec. 1st.
- World Youth Day – In Panama – see flyer in vestibule – January 20th to the 28th, 2019.
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August 5th, 2018: $1,653.00 for the general collection, $8.00 for the candle collection, and $20.00 for the fuel collection. August, 12th, 2018: $2,142.00.
August 15th, 2018: for the Feast of the Assumption - $216.00.
August 19th, 2018: $1,290.00.
August 26th, 2018: $1,649.00 with an additional $53.00 for the candle collection, and $60.00 ($10.00 + $50.00) in memory of Elizabeth Abdella.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!

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Bible Study: Would like to begin a Bible study class (in late SEPTEMBER.) If you are interested, please see Abouna so we can organize a time that we can all get together. (As of creation of this bulletin 8 individuals have approached and notified
that they are interested in a group study. Now we will discuss a time to gather that is convenient for everyone! Some people have suggested Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning) We will be beginning this ministry in late August. To be prepared, please obtain a Catholic Bible. If you are not sure if your Bible is Catholic or are having difficulty in locating a Catholic Bible, do not be ashamed and please see Abouna for aid. Here are some types of acceptable Catholic Bibles: New American Bible (NAB), Revised Standard Version (RSV), New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Study Bible, St. Joseph’s Edition, and many more.

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St. Anthony Maronite Church - Lawrence, MA – Festival – Labor Day Weekend – Fri. Aug 31 (6 to MIDNIGHT), Sat. Sept 1 (5 to MIDNIGHT), and Sun. Sept 2 (NOON to MIDNIGHT.)

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St. George Maronite Church – Providence/Cranston, RI – Festival – Fri. Sept 14 (4 PM – 11 PM), Sat. Sept 15 (NOON – 11 PM), and Sun. Sept 16 (11:30 AM – 7 PM.) Entertainment – Elio Mitri, Maurice Chedid, and Mitch Kaltsunas. Please see flyer in the foyer for more information.

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Our Lady of Purgatory Maronite Church – New Bedford, MA – Festival – Sat. Sept 22 ( 1 PM to 11 PM.) See flyer in foyer

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St Theresa Maronite Church - Brockton, MA – Festival – Fri, Sept 28 (3 PM – MIDNIGHT), Sat, Sept 29 (11 AM – 1 AM), and Sun, Sept 30 (NOON – 6 PM.) Free admission, food, dancing, and entertainment (Andre Ibrahim, Mitchell Kaltsunas, Tony Mikhael, and DJ Gabe ElMassih.) See the flyer in the foyer for more information.

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Tuesday, September 18th, 7 PM, at Christ the King Church (Worcester) – All are welcomed to come and watch this new documentary movie on the dangers of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia world-wide. The film will be shown in the parish hall of Christ the King Church – 1052 Pleasant St. It will be followed by a discussion. The evening will conclude at 9 PM. There is no cost. You can register for the evening at witnessforlife.com or by calling (508) 7545361. Also, you can watch the film’s 3 minute YouTube ‘trailer’ at the same website.

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Please see the flyer in the foyer regarding the upcoming 10 year anniversary celebrations regarding the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light. More information to be coming soon.

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Have a great week and safe holiday. Peace be with you, Rev. alex joseph 


THE BULLETIN (September 2nd, 2018  )
Our Lady of Mercy Maronite Catholic Church
341 June Street
Worcester, MA 01602
1 (508) 752-4287 – Office/Rectory
Email – ourladymercymaroniteworcester@gmail.com
Website - www.ourladyofmercymaronite.org

Our Lady of Mercy Maronite

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