CATHOLIC

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, September 7th, at 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program.
Saturday, September 7th, at 4 PM: Intentions offered for those in attendance.
Sunday, September 8th, at 10 AM: Exaltation of the Holy Cross + Nativity of the Blessed Mother - for the people.
Monday, September 9th, at 6:30 AM: Time change to 6:30 AM on this day only.
THERE WILL BE NO LITURGY ON THURSDAY (12), FRIDAY (13) AND SATURDAY (14) OF THIS WEEK.
NO LITURGY - Saturday, September 14th - (Feast of Holy Cross.) - NO LITURGY. - NO LITURGY ON SATURDAY.
Sunday, September 15th, at 10 AM: 1st Sunday After Holy Cross + Catechetical Sunday - for the MCF Program.
THERE WILL BE NO LITURGY ON MONDAY (16) AND TUESDAY (17).
Saturday, September 21st, at 4 PM: OPEN
Sunday, September 22nd, at 10 AM: 2nd Sunday After Holy Cross: for Salim Lotuf - 1 year anniversary.
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Scripture Readings:
Sunday, September 8th, 2019 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross - 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 + John 12:20-32.
Sunday, September 15th, 2019 - Catechetical Sunday - 2 Timothy 2:1-10 + Mark 10:35-45.
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 - 2nd Sunday After Holy Cross - 1 Corinthians 15:19-34 + Matthew 24:1-14.
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Maronite Christian Formation Class:
The date of the next 1st Holy Communion is on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, 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 3rd, 2020, 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.
Sign-ups for the Maronite Christian Formation classes - please see Abouna Alex to sign your children up for the MCF classes. To help facilitate and expedite these sign-ups this is the information that is needed to sign your children up for classes: Child’s name, Parents’ names, date of birth of the child, child’s grade at school (i.e. - 4th grade, 5th grade, and etc.) contact information (address and emergency contact numbers), baptismal date and church of baptism, and any allergies/medications. Please ensure that your children take these formation classes.
CLASSES WILL START SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019.
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1st Saturday Devotion – will reconvene on Saturday, September 7th, 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 …
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We need advisors and teachers, if we want vibrant youth programs such as MYO and MCF.
Second Collection: The weekend of Sunday, September 8th, there will be a second collection. This collection is for the Catholic University of America. This collection provides funding for the academic scholarships at CUA. Our own seminarians are given a 50% discount in tuition.
BUILDING / EMERGENCY FUND PLEDGES:
At this time the Church has received twelve (13) pledges for the Building / Emergency Fund totaling $11,150.00. And the Church has seen $8,195.00 of those pledges fulfilled. This entry in the bulletin will be updated when more pledges are received. You may return your pledge form into the donation basket or to Abouna Alex. The Building / Emergency Fund is aiming to collect at least $50.000.00 this year. Thank you again for your generosity.
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COLLECTIONS:
Budget for September 2019: $12,000.00.
Collections from August 31st + September 1st: $1,752.00 plus $260.00 for the fuel offering, $36.00 for the candle offering, and $90.00 towards the building/emergency fund.
Balance of deficit/profit for September 2019: (-$9,952.00) not including the building/emergency fund pledges.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY !!!
DATES TO REMEMBER: - Saturday, September 7th, 2019, at 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program.
- Sunday, September 8th, 2019 - 2nd Collection - CUA + Blessing of Water for Holy Cross.
- Sunday, September 15th - Catechetical Sunday.
- *** - Maronite Christian Formation Classes - start on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019. - ***
- Sunday, September 29th, 2019: Pastoral Advisory Council meeting.
- October - major fundraiser event.
- Sunday, October 13th, 2019: Order of St. Sharbel Sunday.
- Regional NAM Convention in Fall River - October 25, 26, + 27.
- 1st Holy Communion - will be celebrated on Sun, May 3rd, 2020, at the 10 AM Liturgy.
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Please return your “CENSUS” updated demographic information form as soon as possible. Please take the time after Liturgy to fill out the brief form to make sure that the Church has the most recent information. Filling out these forms will take only a few minutes. You can return this information by depositing them in the collection baskets or giving them to Abouna Alex. Thank you for assisting in this important project to update the records of the Church.
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Maronite Servant Sisters fundraiser on Sat, Sept. 7th from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, hosted by St. Anthony of the Desert
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Melkite Church - Annual Family Picnic - Sun, Sept 8 from Noon to 5 PM. For more information please see the flyer in the main foyer.
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St. George Maronite Church in Cranston, RI, is holding its annual Lebanese Festival on the Church grounds on Sept 13th (5 PM to 11 PM), 14th (3 PM to 11 PM) & Sept 15th (11:30 AM to 5 PM.) More information to be coming soon …
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St. Theresa Maronite Church in Brockton, MA, is holding its annual Lebanese Festival on the Church grounds on Friday, Sept 27th, Saturday, Sept 28th, and Sunday, Sept 29th. For more information, please see the flyer on the board.
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Parish Wide Project - donate 1.) a can of paint, 2.) a paint brush, and your time on Saturday morning and we will clean-up the outside of the Church before winter. If you think you and/or your children might be interested, please see Abouna.
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This year, October 13th is designated as “Order of St. Sharbel Sunday” in our Eparchy. On October 13th, all Maronite parishes will be promoting the Order. The Order of St. Sharbel is vitally important in providing financial and spiritual support for our seminarians, who are crucial for the future of our Maronite Churc. Please prayerfully consider joining the Order. You may enroll online at www.orderstsharbel.org or as Abouna Alex for more information.
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May you have a safe, blessed, and peaceful week !! Peace be with you, Rev. Alex Joseph


THE BULLETIN (September 8th, 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

Our Lady of Mercy Maronite

CHURCH