​​​​THE BULLETIN (January 29, 2023)
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: Mondays at 12:15 PM, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays at 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.
DURING THE WEEK - THE LITURGIES ARE HELD 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 intentions are OPEN.)
Saturday, January 28th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 3:45 PM.
Saturday, January 28th, at 4 PM: For Angie + Larry Halley offered by Larry and Mary Halley and
for the Priests That Have Served at OLM & St. Charles Parishes.
Sunday, January 29th, at 10 AM: Sunday of the Priests - for Georgette and her parents,
Rosa + Youseph Chahin offered by Antoinette Jreig and her Family.
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Saturday, February 4th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 3:45 PM.
Saturday, February 4th, at 3 PM: First Saturday Program.
Saturday, February 4th, at 4 PM: Liturgy for the Intentions of the First Saturday Group.
Sunday, February 5th, at 10 AM: Sunday of the Righteous and Just.
Wednesday, February 8th, at 6:30 PM: Vigil of St. Maron’s Feast Day.
Thursday, February 9th, at 10 AM: St. Maron’s Feast Day.
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Saturday, February 11th, at 2 PM: Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 3:45 PM.
Saturday, February 11th, at 4 PM: Liturgy Intention is Open.
Sunday, February 12th, at 10 AM: Sunday of the Faithful Departed.
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Scripture Readings:
Sun, Jan 29th - 1st Letter to Timothy 4:6-16 + Luke 12:42-48 (Sunday of the Priests.)
Sun, Feb 5th - Hebrews 12:18-24 + Matthew 25:31-46 (Sunday of the Righteous and Just.)
Sun, Feb 12th - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 + Luke 16:19-31 (Sunday of the Faithful Departed.)
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1st Saturday Devotion – on Saturday, February 4th, 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 …
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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.
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MARONITE CHRISTIAN FORMATION CLASSES: Started on October 2nd after the Sunday Liturgy.
NEXT CLASS IS ON FEBRUARY 5TH AFTER LITURGY.
February Schedule of classes: 5, 19, and (26 for a baptism/confirmation.)
March Schedule of classes:
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Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember:
Sat, February 4th, 2023 - 1st Saturday Program at 3 PM.
Sunday, February 5th, 2023 - Maronite Christian Formation class.
Thursday, February 9th, 2023 - Saint Maron Feast Day.
Sunday, February 12th, 2023 - Super Bowl Sunday.
Sunday, February 19th, 2023 - Maronite Christian Formation class. Monday, February 20th, 2023 - ASH MONDAY - LENT BEGINS !!! - LITURGIES AT 12:15 + 6:30 PM.
Friday, February 24th, 2023 - Stations of the Cross - Celebrated Fridays during the Lenten Season at 6:30 PM.
Sun, February 26th, 2023 at 11:30 AM - Baptism and Chrismation of Amira.
Sunday, March 19th, 2023 - Feast of Saint Joseph.
Discernment Weekend - March 24th to the 26th, 2023 - Washington, D.C. - Maronite Seminary.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 - PALM SUNDAY.
Friday, April 7th, 2023 - GOOD FRIDAY.
Sunday, April 9th, 2023 - EASTER.
Discernment Weekend - April 14th to the 16th, 2023 - Dartmouth, MA - Servants of Christ the Light.
Sunday, May 7th, 2023 - 1ST HOLY COMMUNION + Feast of Our Lady of Lebanon.
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Collections:
Sat/Sun, Jan 21/22, 2023: $896.00 with an additional $5.00 for the candles, $216.00 for the Second Collection of the USCCB Worldwide Charities, $12.00 for the Building & Maintenance Fund, and $61.00 from the Coffee Social.
Vanco Payment Solutions Application’s collections for this past week: $119.47.
Total collections this week: $1,309.47.
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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COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS - SET UP AND BREAK DOWN - Volunteers are needed to help at the Coffee Social. You don’t have to bring anything. Your help is needed in making the coffee and setting up. Also, your help is needed in emptying the coffee makers, cleaning up, and taking out the trash. This is your Church, your coffee, and your trash. Please help out in doing your part. Again, this is YOUR Church.
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It’s PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY TIME !!!
We will begin making sandwiches again for the needy. Donations needed: Grape Jelly (preferable squeezable bottles/containers), Peanut Butter, bread, and sandwich baggies. Please notify the priest if you would like to help.
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BIBLE STUDY - Many parishioners have been asking for a Bible study group. If you are interested in a group study or individual instruction, please see the priest. Let us begin with selecting a Catholic Bible. We will be speaking more about this during Liturgy announcements.
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CHILDREN’S CHOIR - The Church is trying to re-establish another choir for the children of the parish. Parents please encourage your children to participate in this important ministry of the Church.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bereavement Support Group - Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 111 Worcester Street, West Boylston will hold a six-session bereavement support group beginning, Monday, February 27th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. The faith based program offers insights about grieving in a healthy way to work toward healing. For more information or to register (required prior to the start of the meetings) call Renate Isbell (508) 835-3286.
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The Maronite Servant sisters will be hosting a Discernment Retreat Weekend for young adult women on April 14-16, 2023 at their Mother of the Light Convent in Dartmouth MA. To learn more about the Sisters’ mission in our Eparchy you are welcome to watch and share their Day in the Life video: https://youtu.be/_6S_c24SiPs
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There will be a discernment weekend at the Maronite Seminary in Washington, D.C. from March 24th to the 26th. If you think you are interested in learning more about the priesthood, please see the priest.
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Committees - for the 100 Year Gala of the establishment of a Maronite Community / Church in Worcester, MA.
- band / venue / Commemorative Advertisement Book / Program / Toast-Master / tickets / refreshments / Liturgy / transportation / hospitality / Civil Dignitaries / Bishop & Church Officials / Honorable Civil Servants / etc. -
All of these aspects (and more) noted above, need special attention for the upcoming gala celebration of the 100 years anniversary of this Church in Worcester, MA. If you are interested in serving PLEASE SEE ABOUNA ALEX.
This is a special event that occurs once in a lifetime for our Community. The Church needs your talents and expertise to make this a wonderful event special in our lives, the Community, and for all history.
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MYO MEETING - Sunday, January 29th, 2023 - Calling all children (between the ages of 13 to just turned 18) and their parents !!! After Liturgy on Sunday, January 29, in the Church Hall, there will be a brief introduction of the concept of the Maronite Youth Organization, an introduction of the perspective advisors, and an exchange of ideas. For this group to flourish, PARENTS NEED TO BE REMINDED TO ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN to attend this meeting (and Liturgy.) Hoping and praying to see you there.
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WEEKDAY LITURGIES IN THE CHAPEL - PLEASE USE SIDE AND BACK DOORS.

FRONT DOORS ARE NOT OPEN DURING THE WEEK.
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2023 American Lebanese Awareness Association, Inc. - A.L.A.A. Scholarship
Due March 1, 2023
For more information please use this link:
http://americanlebaneseawarenessassociation.org/
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May all of you have a safe and blessed week.
Peace be with you, Rev. Alex Joseph

OUR LADY OF MERCY - PRAY FOR US !!!

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