THE BULLETIN (January 16th, 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: Mon + Wed to Fri – 12:15 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.

Tuesdays - There are no public Liturgies offered and the office is closed.
Daily Liturgies are offered 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, daily Liturgy [Monday, Wednesday through Friday] intentions are OPEN.
Saturday, January 15th, at 11 AM: Baptism and Confirmation of Mila !!!
Saturday, January 15th, at 4 PM - For Monsignor Ignace M. Sadek offered by Rev. Subdeacon Norbert & Leila Vogl.
Sunday, January 16th, at 10 AM - 2nd Sunday After Epiphany

- For Wadih, Georgette, Dori, & Tanios Kahale - offered by Houda Daou.
Sunday, January 16th - after Liturgy - Maronite Christian Formation classes with Abouna.
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Saturday, January 22nd. at 4 PM - For Rev. Anthony Weiler offered by Rev. Subdeacon Norbert & Leila Vogl.
Sunday, January 23rd, at 10 AM - 3rd Sunday After Epiphany

- For Georgette Chahin and her parents, Rosa and Youssef Chahin offered by Antoinette Jreij.
Sunday, January 23rd - after Liturgy - Maronite Christian Formation classes with Abouna.
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Saturday, January 29th, at 4 PM - For Angie + Larry Halley offered by Larry & Mary Halley.
Sunday, January 30th, at 10 AM - 4th Sunday After Epiphany - OPEN.
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Scripture Readings:
Sun, Jan 16th - 2nd Sunday After Epiphany - 2 Corinthians 4:5-15 + John 1:35-42.
Sun, Jan 23rd - 3rd Sunday After Epiphany - Galatians 3:23-29 + John 3:1-16.
Sun, Jan 30th - 4th Sunday After Epiphany - Romans 7:1-6 + John4:5-7, 9-26.
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1st Saturday Devotion – will resume on Saturday, February 5th, 2021, at 3 PM.

There will be Adoration, opportunity for Confession, Rosary, Divine Mercy, and ends with Liturgy at 4 PM.

See you there …

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1st Friday Devotion - will resume on Friday, March 4th at 7 AM to 7 PM. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Adoration during this time. Liturgy will be offered at 12:15 PM. Hope to see you then …
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Maronite Christian Formation Class: Classes will be offered after Liturgies on Sunday
Classes began October 3rd, 2021. Next class on January 16th - after Liturgy.
Upcoming Schedule of Classes:
January: 16 & 23.
February: 6, 20, & 27.
March: upcoming.
April: upcoming.
May: Saturday, May 7th, 2022, at 3 PM - 1st Confessions and practice.
Sunday, May 8th, 2022, at 10 AM - 1st Holy Communion Liturgy with the Community.
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Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember:
Sunday, January 16th, 2022 - MCF Class after Liturgy.
Sunday, January 16th, 2022 - after coffee hour - pastoral and committee meeting.
Friday, January 21st. 2022 - March for Life in Washington, DC.
Sunday, January 23rd, 2022 - MCF Class after Liturgy.
Saturday, February 5th, 2022 - 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program.
Friday, March 4th, 2022 - 1st Friday Adoration - 7 AM to 7 PM.
March 18th to 20th, 2022 - Vocation weekend in Washington, DC at The Maronite Seminary.
Sunday, March 20th, 2022 - ST. JOSEPH’S CAKE SALE !!!
April 1st to 3rd, 2022 - MYO Regional Retreat in Methuen, MA.
Saturday, May 7th, 2022 - 1st Confession for the 1st Holy Communicants.
Sunday, May 8th, 2022 - 1st Holy Communion.
Sunday/Monday, August 14th/15th, 2022 - Feast of the Assumption.
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Tax Receipts - Starting next week donation receipts will be available.

Anyone that would like to obtain their receipts faster, please email, call, or tell us how we can send them to you.

God bless.
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Collections:
Sat/Sun, Jan 08/09, 2022: $989.00 with an additional $36.00 for candles and $200.00 for the Building Fund.
Mail-in Donations (this past week): $140.00.
Vanco Payment Solutions Application Collection for this past week: $273.06.
Total Collections for this past week: $1,638.06.
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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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Our sister parish, Our Lady of Purgatory Maronite Church in New Bedford, MA, is throwing a St. Maron’s Feast Day Hafli on Saturday, February 5th, 2022, from 7 PM to Midnight. Entertainment will be Bashir El Khoury Ensemble and the Canadian Singer and SUPERSTAR Chadi Naddaf.
For more information, please see the flier hanging in the main foyer
or
call New Bedford Church’s Office at (508) 996-8934 or Sousou Maalouf at (508) 916-1523.
(The event will be held at St. Sharbel Hall at the Maronite Church in Fall River, MA.)
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After the Coffee Hour on Sunday, January 16th, in the Church Hall

there will be a meeting with the Pastor and Committee Members. See you there …

And we will need some help putting away The Nativity (that is in the Church) and the decorations in the Hall.
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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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