​​​​​​​​​​​​​THE BULLETIN (September 10, 2023)
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.

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.)

  • Saturday, September 9th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery until 3:45 PM.
  • Saturday, September 9th, at 4 PM: Liturgy for Denise Estephan and Jacob L. Joseph, Jr.
    • offered by family.
  • Sunday, September 10th, at 10 AM: Exaltation of the Holy Cross - for Fares & Najat Melki
    • offered by Adrian & Sabine Bassim + Family.


  • Saturday, September 16th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery until 3:45 PM.
  • Saturday, September 16th, at 4 PM: Liturgy for the Students, Teachers, Parents, and all those involved in education.
  • Sunday, September 17th, at 10 AM: 1st Sunday After Holy Cross - Liturgy.
  • Sunday, September 17th, 2023: Parents / Teachers Meeting for Maronite Christian Formation.
  • Saturday, Sept 23rd, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Mystery until 3:45 PM.
  • Saturday, Sept 23rd, at 4 PM: Liturgy
  • Sunday, Sept 24th, at 10 AM: 2nd Sunday After Holy Cross - for parents Joseph + Lucy George and grandfather Patrick
    • offered by Pat George.

Scripture Readings:
Sun, Sept 10th - Exodus 17:8-15, 1st Letter to the Corinthians 1:18-25, John 12:20-32. (Exaltation of the Holy Cross.)
Sun, Sept 17th - Deuteronomy 17: 14-20, 2nd Letter to Timothy 2:1-10, Mark 10:35-45. (1st Sunday after Holy Cross.)
Sun, Sept 24th - Joel 2:1,10-13,15-16a, 1st Ltr to the Corinthians 15:19-34, Matthew 24:1-14. (2nd Sunday after H.C.)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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, October 7th, 2023, 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 …

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Maronite Christian Formation: Classes to start Sunday, September 17th, after Liturgy

There will be a parents’ meeting on this date. THIS MEETING IS MANDATORY.

Please make arrangements with the priest if you cannot be in attendance.
Sat/Sun, Sept 3/4, 2023: $1,203.00 with additional $100.00 for fuel, $39.00 for candles, + $50.00 for building upkeep.
Total Donations (Electronic + Mail-in) In Memory of Walter Thomas: $100.00 (electronic) + $1,255.00. (as of today.)
Vanco Payment Solutions Application’s collections for the past week: $388.71.
Total collections the past week: $3,135.71.
Thank you again for your generosity.


Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember:
Festival - Our Lady of Purgatory Maronite Church - New Bedford, Mass. - September 8th and 9th, 2023.
Festival - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Melkite Church - Worcester, Mass. - Sunday, September 10th, 2023.

Sunday, September 10th, 2023 - 2nd Collection for The Catholic University of America.

 25% of this collection is for academic funding to CUA and 75% is for discounted tuition for our Maronite seminarians.

Festival - St. George’s Maronite Church - Cranston, RI - September - Friday 15th, Sat 16th, + Sun 17th.

Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2023 - Maronite Christian Formation - Parent/Teacher Meeting (MANDATORY.)

Festival - St. Theresa Maronite Church - Brockton, Mass. - September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2023.
Saturday, October 7th, 2023 - 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program.

Oct 7th + 8th, 2023 - 100th Year Anniversary of Our Lady of Mercy with Most Reverend Bishop Mansour.
Sunday, October 8th, 2023 - Order of Saint Sharbel Sunday.

Saturday, November 4th, 2023 - 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program.

Nov 4 + 5th, 2023 - 100th Year Anniversary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 - 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program.

For those of you that might attend services at this Church on a 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.
May all of you have a safe and blessed week.
Peace be with you, Rev. Alex Joseph


Our Lady of Mercy Maronite