CATHOLIC

CHURCH

Our Lady of Mercy Maronite

THE BULLETIN (February 17th, 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

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, February 16th, at 4 PM: to grow in our faith and dedication in Christ.
Sunday, February 17th, at 10 AM: Sunday of the Righteous and Just - for the intercessions and prayers of the Saints.
Saturday, February 23rd, at 4 PM: OPEN
Sunday, February 24th, at 10 AM: Sunday of the Faithful Departed - for the living and departed members of our families.
Sunday, February 24th, at 12 NOON: Baptism and Chrismation of Joelle Marie Khalife.
Saturday, March 2nd, at 3 PM: 1st Saturday Program
Saturday, March 2rd, at 4 PM: Feast of St. John Maron - Liturgy with the intentions of those present.
Sunday, March 3rd, at 10 AM: Sunday of the Entrance into Lent - Miracle at Cana in Galilee - OPEN.
Saturday, March 9th, at 4 PM: Feast of the 40 Martyrs - OPEN.
Sunday, March 10th, at 10 AM: Healing of the Leper - 2nd Week of Lent - (Daylight Savings Time Begins) - OPEN.
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Upcoming Readers and Readings: If you would like to be a reader, please see Abouna alex. Readers should be 13 years of age and up.
Sunday, February 17th, 2019     Charyl + Oussama Kahale      Hebrews 12:18-24 Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday, February 24th, 2019     Tianna + Jean Chahine           1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Luke 16:19-31
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019           The El Nemer Family                Romans 14:14-23 John 2:1-11
Sunday, March 10th, 2019         The Khoury Family                   Romans 6:12-23 Mark 1:35-45
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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, March 2nd, 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 …
Church Hall Clean-Up - We are still in need of volunteers to clean up after the weekly Sunday Coffee Social. The remainder of the month of February (and for the year) are still open. Dates available for the next few weeks:
February: 17th - OPEN / 24th - OPEN.
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Bulletin Board - On the main bulletin board in the foyer outside of the Chapel, you’ll find notices from other Churches, the Chancery, and Bishop Mansour, among other things, that there wasn’t space to advertise in The Bulletin. Please take the time to review the bulletin board at your convenience to keep abreast of upcoming news and events.
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A call to all the youth (not just the MYO) of the parish: let us briefly gather this weekend to gauge what kind of social
and religious events we would like to experience this year. Hope to see all of you this weekend after Liturgy.
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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, which will be one of several fundraisers, as outlined in the recent Town Hall Meeting. Any assistance you can provide is greatly needed and most definitely welcomed and appreciated. Please invite your family and friends to attend and support this fundraiser. To offer your assistance please see Abouna alex.
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COLLECTIONS:
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019: $1,414.00 with an additional $50.00 for the fuel offering, $3.00 for the candle offering, and $150.00 for a Church honorarium offering.
Super Bowl Fundraiser Party: $645.00.
Sunday, February 10th, 2019: $1,350.00 with an additional $10.00 for the fuel offering, and $5.00 for the candle collection.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!
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Dates to remember: - Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, at 3 PM - 1st Saturday Program with Adoration and Rosary.
- Monday, March 4th, 2019 - Ash Monday - Liturgy is at7 AM, 9 AM, and at 7 PM in the Church.
- Monday, March 18th, 2019 - St. Joseph’s Feast Day Liturgy - 7 PM - social gathering afterwards in the Hall.
- Wednesday, April 10th - Chrism Liturgy at Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY.
- Sunday, April 14th - Palm/Hosanna Sunday - 10 AM.
- HOLY WEEK - All Liturgies are at 7 PM this week.
- Saturday, April 20th - Signing of the Chalice Liturgy - at 9 AM
- Sunday, April 21st, 2019 - EASTER - (Saturday 6:30 PM / Sunday 10 AM.)
- Sunday, April 28th, 2019 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY PROGRAM - 1 PM.
- 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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Starting Friday, March 8th and 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. The youth of the parish are needed to celebrate these rituals (Cross Bearer, Candle Holders, Incense Bearer, and etc.) The Church Hall will be open and available to gather and socialize after the rituals.
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Also starting Friday, March 8th and 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. For more information, please see Abouna alex, Mimi Bou-Harb, or Roula El Nemer.
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Women’s Discernment Weekend - Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, 2019 - Mother of Light Convent, Dartmouth, MA. There will be Divine Liturgy, Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, Talks on Religious Life, Marriage & Vocation Discernment, and Fellowship with Other Young Women. To obtain more information please contact: Sister Marla Marie Lucas - sister@maroniteservants.org or call (202) 213-7700.
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St. George Maronite Church - Cranston, R.I. - Saturday, March 16th, 2019 - St. Joseph’s Hafli at Venus DeMilo Restaurant in Swansea, Mass. For more information, please see the flyer in the foyer.
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St. Anthony Maronite Church - Lawrence, MA - The Samedi Gras Hafli - Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, from 8 PM to 1 AM. Entertainment by Lebanon Super Star Academy - Marwan Youssef. Ticket costs are Students - $25.00 with ID, Adults - $45.00, Kids under 10 - $15.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Church or calling either Wissam Merheb (978) 853-5145 or Mounira Daher (603) 235-0801. Please see the flyer on the foyer’s bulletin board for more information.
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Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary - Discernment Weekend - 2019
The Office of Vocations of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon and the Eparchy of Saint Maron, will be holding a discernment weekend from Friday, March 29th to Sunday, March 31st, at the Maronite Seminary, in Washington, D.C. For more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board in the foyer. Responses are needed by March 15th.
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Have a great week!!! And peace be with you, ~~~Rev. alex joseph