Bulletin for Sunday, May 1

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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday.  It is rooted in the
writings of a poor Polish nun, Sister Faustina Kowalska
(1905-1938) and her revelations about God’s mercy.  Her
message is that God is merciful and loving and so must we
be to others.  Today is a national feast day in Poland.  Soon
after St. Faustina was canonized in 2000, Pope John Paul II
decreed that today be “a perennial invitation to the Christian
world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the
difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the
years to come”.
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Through the waters of Baptism we welcome into the
Catholic faith:
Kyle Salvatore Cash
Emma Marie Mathison
Matthew Christopher Mattera
Tylar Mario Studley
Aria Theresa Zizzo
Please keep these little ones, their parents and
godparents in your prayers as they begin their faith journeys.
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Next weekend, May 7th/8th, is Winthrop Food Pantry
Weekend.  Whatever non-perishable food you may bring
will be gratefully received and appreciated.  They rely on
your help and you have never failed them.  God bless you!
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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
First Reading:  Acts 2:42-47
Luke wrote a two-volume work:  Volume One was
his Gospel, and Volume Two was the Acts of the Apostles
which describes the life of the Church after the Resurrection
of Jesus.  Every year, during the seven weeks of the Easter
Season, the first reading is taken from the Acts of the
Apostles.  In today’s passage, Luke gives an idealized
description of early Christian community life.
Second Reading:  1 Peter 1:3-9
Our second reading during most of this Easter
Season is taken from the first letter of Peter, which was
addressed to Christians living in the northern part of what is
today Turkey.  These Christians found themselves out of
step with the society in which they lived, and they felt
abused and discriminated against.  The Resurrection of Jesus
was held out to them as a basis of hope during their trials,
which is why the Church chooses to read from this book
during the Easter Season.
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PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE
PRAY THE ROSARY
 
 
Did you forget to register for Religious Education
for the 2011-2012 school year?  Avoid the late fee and
register now.  Registration forms are in the back of the
Church and can also be picked up at the Religious Ed. Office
Monday through Thursday from 8am to 3pm.  Any questions
call Shirley at 617 846-3100.
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First Communion
Wow!  Doesn’t it just seem like yesterday that you
were standing in a church with your baby for his/her
Baptism?  The day is almost here for them to receive their
3rd Sacrament, the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Below, please find the practice schedule for our First
Eucharist candidates.
 
First Eucharist Date               Time of Practice
May 15th at 10:00am      Thursday May 12th at 2:40pm
May 15th at 12:00pm      Thursday May 12th at 3:30pm
 
PLEASE BRING YOUR CHILD TO
THE LOWER CHURCH FOR PRACTICE
If you have any questions or need further
information about this special day, please call the Religious
Education Office at 617 846-3100.
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SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL
BUNDLE SUNDAY WEEKEND
Saturday, June 11th – 9am – 12noon
Sunday, June 12th – 12noon – 3pm
Ocean View St. Parking Lot
This year we will only be able to accept clothing,
baby clothing, shoes, linens, bedding, towels, curtains, etc. 
Thank you for your support!
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The 45th Annual Catholic Charities North Spring Gala
An elegant reception and awards presentation
A Peacock Party – Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem – 7:00 – 9:30pm
A vibrant reception with elegant flair will await our
guests at this year’s Spring Gala.  Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres
and gourmet buffet stations as well as delectable desserts
will be served throughout the first floor rooms of the hotel.
Additionally, the inaugural presentation of our A Salute to
Partnership awards will take place – a program allowing us
to thank our donors and volunteers.  This year’s awards will
honor Our Lady of the Assumption Parish (Lynnfield) and
Rev. John Farrell as well as the late Timothy (Tim) J.
Guinee, Jr. (1923-2011), his wife Helene (Babe) and their
family who have been faithful contributors to Catholic
Charities for more than 40 years.  Tickets may be purchased
by calling Sarah Bartley at 781 593-2312 or
www.ccab.org/north.
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
 
Regular Parish Support – April 16/17
Actual Weekly Offertory                    Budgeted Weekly Off. Goal
$7,128.00   $6,300.00
Actual F.Y.T.D Offertory                 Budgeted F.Y.T.D. Off. Goal
$238,517.00   $264,600.00
Grand Annual:  $87,742.00          Grand Annual Goal-$95,000.00
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Rice Bowls     $1,105.00
Holy Land        $913.00
Easter    $11,725.00
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Every Sunday – Family Liturgy – 10:00am Mass
First & Fourth Sunday of Month – Swahili Mass – 5pm – chapel
Every Monday thru Saturday – Rosary after 9am. Mass – all are
welcome
Every Monday Evening – Eucharistic Adoration 6:30-8pm with
Divine Mercy Chaplet – 7-7:15pm – chapel – all are welcome
Every Wednesday Evening – Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7pm
May 3rdFaith Sharing Group – 11:30am – rectory
May 4thWed. – Bldgs. & Prop. Mtg. – 7pm – rectory
May 6thMiddle School Drop-In – 7:15pm – gym
May 12thThurs. – Tech. & Comm. Mtg. – 7:30pm – rectory
May 18thWed. – Finance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm – rectory
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BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
For those who have experienced the recent death of
a loved one, you are invited to participate in a seven week
Bereavement Group.  We will explore the grieving process,
have an opportunity to share common feelings and pray
together.  Meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings
beginning May 3rd through June 14th from 7:00 to 8:30pm in
the rectory.  Sister Jane Iannaccone, S.P. will be the
facilitator.  Please call Sister Jane at 617 846-7400 for more
information or to register.
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A word about RCIA: RCIA is the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a
process by which adults “after hearing the
mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously
and freely seek the living God…..By God’s
help they will be strengthened spiritually
during their preparation and…..will receive
the sacraments fruitfully”.  The RCIA
program includes: people who were never
baptized; those baptized in another faith; and those who
were baptized Catholic but have never received the
sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
If you are interested in the Catholic faith, or have a
friend or relative who may be interested in making this
journey of faith, please invite the person to contact Sister
Jane at the rectory.
 
Sister Jane’s Faith Sharing Group will be held on
Tuesday, May 3rd at 11:00am in the rectory.  Please call
Sister Jane for information at 617 846-7400.  All are
welcome to attend!
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First: Tammy Riley and Michael Marino
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Our Offertory this weekend, April 30th/May 1st, has
one Intention:  our regular Parish Support Collection.  We
thank you for your generosity.
Reflection:  Jesus meets the need of each disciple.  To the
fearful in the upper room, He speaks words of peace.  To
doubting Thomas, He provides the tangible proof of His
Resurrection.  What do I need to become His disciple?  What
do I have to share that might meet someone else’s need?
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MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-IN
St. John the Evangelist School
Ocean View Street Entrance
May 6th – 7:15pm-9:30pm
Music – Games – TV – Basketball – etc
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TRIVIA NIGHT
Join us for an evening of fun and
games on Saturday, May 21st.  Doors open at
7pm and games begin at 7:30pm.  $10 per
person includes a chance at the Door Prize.
Who always said, “Great Caesar’s ghost!”
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Attention all Teens and Young Adults
Pope Benedict XVI has invited the youth of the
world to join him for World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain
(August 13th-22nd, 2011).  Join hundreds of young people
from the Archdiocese of Boston as we travel to Madrid for
the Catholic experience of a lifetime.  We have designed two
special Catch All Groups for teens and young adults who
do not have a parish or community to travel with them.  For
more information please visit our website:
www.ONE4Boston.org. or contact Kathy Stebbins at
KStebbins@rcab.org. or 617 746-5811.
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ADORATION OF THE
BLESSED SACRAMENT
AND DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is
held in the chapel every Monday evening from
6:30 – 8:00pm.  The Divine Mercy Chaplet is
prayed from 7:00 to 7:15.  Come be with our Lord for a few
minutes or longer.  All are welcome!
 
 
MAY 1, 2011
 
 
In your charity, please pray for the souls of Paul
Higginbotham, Chiara (Kay) Passariello, Buster Inza and
Rosalie A. Hamilton who were buried from St. John’s this
past week.  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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FAMILY LITURGY
Every Sunday, September through June, the 10am
Mass will have a focus on the family with the children in
mind.
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NOVENA DEVOTIONS TO ST. ANTHONY
The Novena to St. Anthony of Padua is being held on
each Tuesday morning after the 9am Mass until June 7th.  All
are welcome!
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Collegiate Summer Program at the College of
Saint Mary Magdalen
Once again, the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in
Warner, NH is pleased to offer its Collegiate Summer
Program for high school students.  This two-week program
offers participants a two-week experience of living on a
Catholic college campus while studying theology, philosophy
and music.  During the program, students also attend daily
Mass and enjoy sports, socials and day trips including hiking
and canoeing.  The Collegiate Summer Program is for
students who will be entering their sophomore, junior or
senior year of high school in the fall of 2011.  It is also open
to students who have just graduated high school.  Session one
is from June 26th-July 9th, session two runs from July 17th-
30thand session three is from August 7th-20th.  Register today
at www.magdalen.edu!  For more information, contact the
admissions office at admissions@magdalen.edu or 603 456-
2656 x119.
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Winthrop Catholic Women Spirit Shawls
Our Spirit Shawl Program began in
Autumn, 2007.  By the end of 2010 more
than 40 shawls and lap robes had been
delivered to patients in hospice, rehab or
nursing homes, to frail elders and others.  A
label that reads “Custom Made with Love by
Winthrop Catholic Women” is affixed to each item.  If you
know someone whose shoulders and spirits would be warmed
with a shawl, do let us know.  Our gratitude goes to the
knitters, crocheters, sewers and donors of yarn or fabric.  For
more information you may contact Patricia Tacelli, 617 504-
0606 pattac5@yahoo.com or Mary Page, 617 846-5648.
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“First do what is necessary, then do what is possible
and before long you will find yourself doing the impossible.”
St. Francis of Assisi
MAY 1, 2011
 
 
“Do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said
to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you
come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who
have not seen and have believed.” – Jn 20:27b-29
Readings for the Week of May 1, 2011
Sunday: Acts 2:42-47/1 Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31
Monday: Acts 4:23-31/Jn 3:1-8
Tuesday: 1 Cor 15:1-8/Jn 14:6-14
Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26/Jn 3:16-21
Thursday: Acts 5:27-33/Jn 3:31-36
Friday: Acts 5:34-42/Jn 6:1-15
Saturday: Acts 6:1-7/Jn 6:16-21
Next Sunday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/1 Pt 1:17-21/Lk 24:13-35
 
 
Week of Monday, May 2nd – Sunday May 8th
Mon.  9:00  Alfred Censullo, Sr.
Tues. 9:00  The Benefactors of the Parish
Wed.  9:00 John J. Burke
Thur.  9:00 Christine Iannaccone – 9th Anniversary
Fri. 9:00 The People of the Parish
Sat 9:00 Michelle Smiddy
William Finney
Eileen Stafford
 
4:00 Joseph Tassone – 6th Anniversary
Sunday 8:00 Warren & Florence Dalton, Sr.
and Warren Dalton, Jr.
10:00 The Deceased Members of
the Marra and Mele Families
12:00  Louis Manfra – 8th Anniversary
Cmdr. Robert J. Healy – 11th Anniversary
Edward Noonan – 15th Anniversary
Helen Turner and Deceased Members
of the Turner Family
Gilberto Lima
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For the Month of May
A Prayer to Mary by Pope John Paul II
Mother, I commend and entrust to
you all that goes to make up earthly
progress, asking that it should not be one-
sided, but that it should create conditions for
the full spiritual advancement of individuals,
families, communities and nations.  I commend to you the
poor, the suffering, the sick and the handicapped, the aging
and the dying.  I ask you to reconcile those in sin, to heal
those in pain, and to uplift those who have lost their hope and
joy.  Show to those who struggle in doubt the light of Christ
your Son.  Amen.
 

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