Our Lady of Mercy Maronite

CATHOLIC

CHURCH

Liturgy Schedule: Mon + Wed to Fri – 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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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, April 6th, at 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program
Saturday, April 6th, at 4 PM: for the intentions of those in attendance.
Sunday, April 7th, at 10 AM: Healing of the Blind Man - 6th Week of Lent - for Noha Abi-Aziz offered by sister, Mathilda Abi-Aziz.
*** - Monday, April 8th, at 10:30 AM: Funeral Liturgy for Alfred Fayard. (NO 9 AM LITURGY THIS DAY.)
*** - Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 - Liturgy will be offered at the Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. (NO 9 AM LITURGY.)
Saturday, April 13th, at 4 PM: The Saturday of Raising Lazarus - for the departed in our Community and families.
Sunday, April 14th, at 10 AM: Hosanna (Palm) Sunday - for the children with the Blessing of Palms and Procession.
PASSION WEEK - Monday through Friday - all Liturgies and Rituals begin at 7 PM.
Friday, April 19th, at 9 AM: Signing of the Chalice - for the poor souls
Saturday, April 20th, at 6:30 PM: Anticipated Liturgy for the Glorious Resurrection at 6:30 PM. (NO 4 PM LITURGY.)
Sunday, April 21st, at 10 AM: The Glorious Resurrection - for the people.
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Scripture Readings: Sunday, April 7th, 2019 - Healing of the Blind Man - 2 Corinthians 10:1-7 + Mark 10:46-52.
Sunday, April 14th, 2019 - Hosanna (Palm) Sunday - Philippians 11-13 + John 12:12-22.
Sunday, April 21st, 2019 - The Glorious Resurrection - Easter - 1 Corinthians 15L12-26 + Mark 16:1-8.
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Maronite Christian Formation Class:
The date of 1st Holy Communion is on Sunday, May 5th, 2019, at 10 AM. Parents please ensure that our Faith continues to flourish by registering your children for these classes. Prospective 1st Holy Communicants need to attend and successfully complete these classes to be eligible to participate on Sunday, May 5th, 2019, at 10 AM. Parents/Adults are welcomed to join the children in class. If there are enough adults, we can hold a separate class for them.
CLASSES STARTED SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2018.
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1st Saturday Devotion – will reconvene on Saturday, April 6th, at 3 PM. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, recitation of the Rosary, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Confessions, and Liturgy (at 4 PM.) Please take this opportunity to work on your relationship with Christ. Hope to see you …
Lenten Guidelines:
Fasting - All the faithful who are physically capable are to fast everyday of Lent. Fasting involves no eating and drinking (except for water + medicine) beginning at 12 Midnight until 12 Noon. Those not physically capable to fast are asked to make an effort on Good Friday.
Abstinence - No meat or dairy throughout Lent. All are encourage to at least abstain during Fridays of Lent.
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A Spring Hafli is scheduled and being planned for Saturday, May 11th, 2019. We need as many people as possible to assist in the hafli. Any assistance you can provide is greatly needed and most definitely welcome. Please invite your family and friends to attend and support this fundraiser. MORE INFORMATION TO BE COMING SOON!
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Banns of Marriage (1 of 3) - Are announced for: Michael Jreige and Layal Hamze. If anyone knows of an impediment to this marriage, they have a moral obligation to make it known to the Pastor. And if anyone has a reason why this couple
should not be united in the Mystery of Crowning, please speak to the Pastor or forever hold your peace. Please keep this couple in your prayers as they approach the Mystery of Crowning.
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COLLECTIONS:
Sunday, March 10th, 2019: $737.00 with an additional $38.00 for the candle offering, $25.00 towards Easter flowers, and $35.00 towards the annual Lenten Eparchial Appeal.
Sunday, March 17th, 2019: $1,500.00 with $44.00 for the candles, and $570.00 for the annual Lenten Eparchial Appeal.
Feast of St. Joseph: $45.00 for this day’s collection and $16.00 for this day’s candle offering.
Sunday, March 24th, 2019: $1,382.25 with $8.00 for the candles, $10.00 for the fuel offering, $25.00 towards Easter flowers, and $95.00 towards the annual Lenten Eparchial Appeal.
*** CORRECTION*** Lenten Luncheon Fundraiser: realized a net profit of $3,380.00. **** UPDATED TOTAL ***
Sunday, March 31st, 2019: $979.00 with $20.00 for the candles, $125.00 towards Easter flowers, and $175.00 towards the annual Lenten Eparchial Appeal.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!
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Dates to remember: - Saturday, April 6th, 2019, at 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program.
- Sunday, April 7th, 2019 - Pastoral Advisory Council Meeting.
- Wednesday, April 10th, at 3 PM - Chrism Liturgy at Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY.
- Sunday, April 14th - Palm/Hosanna Sunday - 10 AM + The Famous Palm Sunday / Spring Bake Sale!
- HOLY WEEK - All Liturgies are at 7 PM this week.
- Saturday, April 20th - Signing of the Chalice Liturgy - at 9 AM
- EASTER - (Saturday 6:30 PM / Sunday 10 AM.) -NO SAT. 4 PM LITURGY.
- Sunday, April 28th, 2019 - TOWN HALL MEETING and BRUNCH.
- Sunday, April 28th, 2019 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY PROGRAM - 1 PM.
- Saturday, April 6th, 2019, at 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program with Adoration and Rosary.
- 1st Penance/Reconciliation - Saturday, May 4th, 2019, at 3 PM.
- 1st Holy Communion – Sunday, May 5th, 2019, at 10 AM – Feast of Our Lady of Lebanon – May Crowning.
- Spring Hafli - Saturday, May 11th, 2019.
- Mothers’ Day - Sunday, May 12th, 2019.
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Every Friday during the Lenten Season, Adoration and Benediction of the Cross will be offered. The Stations of the Cross will also be offered with the rituals beginning at 7 PM.
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Every Friday during this Lenten Season, a gathering from this Church will pray at the abortion mill on Pleasant Street in Worcester. Liturgies will be offered at 9 AM for “the intentions of helping those people affected by abortions and those contemplating an abortion.” At approximately 9:45 AM, we will gather in front of the abortion mill to pray the Rosary. Please consider joining us to help pray for those who cannot defend themselves.
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Baby Bottle Program - We are in receipt of a Lenten program of charity that benefits the Visitation House. For more information, please see Mimi Bou-Harb or the flyers in the foyer. (Bottles need to be returned by Palm Sunday.)
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Annual Lenten Eparchial Appeal - During this Lenten Season, there will be a second collection for the Annual Lenten Eparchial Appeal. This Church’s obligation is to collect $3,500.00. The Bishop relies upon you to help him serve our Maronite parishes, open new missions, train our future Maronite priests, and support our retired priests. Every family is asked to participate in the Appeal at a level which is meaningful for them and to be as generous as possible. An envelope is included in your weekly offering packet for your convenience. The church will have to pay the balance in the event that adequate funds are not raised. This collection period ends Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.
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Palm Sunday Bake Sale - coming soon … for more information, please contact Denise Thomas at (508) 450-0424.
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Pastoral Advisory Council Meeting - after Liturgy on Sunday, April 7th, 2019. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
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Town Hall Meeting & Brunch - Sunday, April 28th, 2019 - we need everyone in attendance. More information to follow …
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It’s that time of year again! 12 adult men are needed for this year’s Holy Thursday Liturgy and several young men to assist with the Washing of the Apostles’ Feet. Please let Abouna alex know if you are interested.


THE BULLETIN (April 6th, 2019)
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