Bulletin for Sunday, October 23

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On Wednesday evening, October 26th, at 8:00pm in the upper church, Fr. Dan O’Connell will visit our parish to speak with the Confirmation candidates, parents and sponsors. Fr. Dan is currently the pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in the West End/Beacon Hill section of Boston, as well as Associate Director of the Office of Worship and Spiritual Life located in the Archdiocese’s Pastoral Center. Fr. Dan is the host of Catholic TV’s award winning show “We’ve Got to Talk”, the longest-running studio series in the history of the Catholic TV Network. All candidates and their parents are expected to attend.
We are delighted that Fr. Dan will be with us once again this year. He always has much to share with our candidates and their families about Jesus and the importance of keeping Him at the center of our lives.
Karen Flaherty
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Talking About Touching
Children are our Nation’s most precious resource but as children, they often lack the skills to protect themselves. It is our responsibility, as parents and teachers, to safeguard children and to teach them the skills to be safe. On Saturday, November 5th, from 9am to 11:30am, we will have a “Safety Saturday” using a program developed by “The Committee for Children”. This program is called “Talk about Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum”. The program teaches children skills that will help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Children learn to ask for help when they need it. It has been mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston that we offer this program to all our elementary school students in grades 1-4. A letter will be sent home.
Any parent who wishes to attend our “Safety Saturday” with their child is more than welcome. All we ask is that you call the Religious Education Office to register your child so that we will know how many will be attending and how much copied material we should have on hand.
If you have any questions or need further information, please call the Religious Education Office at 617 846-3100.
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St, Mary – St. Lazarus Parish
St. Vincent DePaul Society will have their annual clothing drive on:
Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8:00am to 5;00pm
and
Sunday, Oct. 30, from 8:00am to 5:00pm
in the Domenic Savio parking lot, corner of Byron and Bennington Streets, East Boston. No furniture or appliances will be accepted. Clothing, shoes and bedding only will be gratefully received. Thank you for your generosity.
THE NEW ROMAN MISSAL
In the Confiteor, (which begins “I confess to almighty God”) the new translation once again better reflects the Latin text of the Mass.
The first change we notice is in the first sentence. We will now say, “I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters that I have greatly sinned”.
Also during this prayer you will notice that we aim for a more humble, sorrowful attitude toward God as we confess our sins. Instead of just saying “I have sinned through my own fault”, we will now say “Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault” while striking our breasts in a sign of repentance. The purpose of this translation is not to say what awful sinners we are but rather to show God our true expression of sorrow. If we think of our ordinary lives when we truly have hurt someone we don’t just say “I’m sorry” or “excuse me” and go on our way. We talk to the person, tell them how sorry we are and apologize several times. We might say “I’m so sorry I hurt your feelings”; “Please forgive me”; “Please accept my apology”. We want the person to really know that we are truly sorry for any pain we have caused. During the Mass we don’t just simply offer an apology to God. As Christians, we express even more heartfelt contrition and humbly admit that we have sinned “Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.” Through this prayer we acknowledge that sinning against God is not to be taken lightly.
Next week the Gloria. Karen Flaherty
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Through the waters of baptism, we welcome into the Catholic Religion:
~Lilyann Bayersdorfer ~Alison Diane Burke
~Dominic Angelo Bennett ~Elyse Rebecca Genck
~Violet Emme Boudrot ~Liam Gardner Swegart
~Grace Dorothy Walsh
Please keep these little ones, their parents and godparents in you prayers as they begin their faith journeys.
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This weekend, October 22/23, flowers have been placed on our altar in memory of Sr. Margaret Grenham, Anna Grenham and James McLaughlin by their loving family.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-IN
St. John the Evangelist School
Ocean View Street Entrance
November 4th – 7:15pm – 9:30pm
Music – Games – TV – Basketball – etc.
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PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE – PRAY THE ROSARY
Commitment to Parish Life (CPL)
People sharing time, talent and treasure
Parish Support and Finances
Our Offertory this weekend, October 22nd/23rd, has two intentions, our regular Parish Support Collection and the Collection for World Mission Sunday. The basket will be passed once. We thank you for your generosity.
Prior Week Offertory: $5,822.00 – Budgeted Goal: $6,100.00
Weekly collection funds the day to day operations of the Parish.
FYTD Off.: $86,888.00 – Budgeted Offertory: $97,600.00
Our fiscal year to date totals began as of July 1st, 2011
Grand Annual: $67,403.00 – Grand Annual Goal: $90,000.00
CPL: Sept.: $5,677.00 – CPL to date: $24,905.50
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Every Sunday – Family Liturgy – 10am Mass
Every Second Sunday of Month – Food Pantry
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-upper church
Oct. 19th – Wed. Finance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm rectory
Nov. 4th – Middle School Drop-In – 7:15 – gym
Nov. 17th – Wed. Communication & Tech. Mtg. – 7:30pm – rectory
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THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading: Exodus 22:20-26
The book of Exodus recounts how the Jews escaped from slavery in Egypt and made a covenant with God at Mount Sinai. While we’re familiar with the 10 Commandments as part of this covenant, God also included other laws. Note that many of them deal with how we treat other people.
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Some geography will help us appreciate this reading. Macedonia was a Roman province in northern Greece in which the city of Thessalonica was located. Achaia was the province in southern Greece to which Paul journeyed after preaching to the Thessalonians. In this, his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reports that, on his journey, he learned that their exemplary faith was already known and talked about throughout Greece.
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Question of the Week – Love of Neighbor
Adult: In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you loved your neighbor as yourself?
Child: Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor?
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IMPORTANT: We are attempting to compile a list of parishioners who are attending Catholic elementary and Catholic high schools. If anyone from your household is attending a Catholic school, please call the rectory at 617 846-7400.
OCTOBER
RESPECT LIFE MONTH
Mass. Citizens for Life is hosting a baby shower for the whole month of October. A playpen has been placed in front of the Blessed Mother statue for all new baby items which will be donated to “A Woman’s Concern”. Please do not wrap the items. There is always a need for baby diapers. Thank you for all you do.
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We are looking for additional children, grades 1-5, to join the Children’s Choir. Please see Stephen Lee before or after Mass.
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MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS OF ST. JOHN’S
On Sunday, November 13th, at the 12 Noon Mass, we will remember all those who have been buried from St. John’s Church during this past year. Hopefully, families of the deceased have already received an invitation. If your mail has not reached you, we want you to know that your loved one will be remembered at this Mass.
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In your charity, please pray for the soul of Theodore J. Craft who was buried from St. John’s this past week. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
For those who have experienced a recent death of a loved one, you are invited to participate in a six 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 until November 15th from 7:00-8:30pm in the rectory. For more information or to register, please call Sr. Jane at 618 846-7400.
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Classes for Adult Confirmation begin this month. Any adult who has not been confirmed and would like to be, please contact Sister Jane at the rectory at 617 846-7400 or j_iannaccone320@hotmail.com
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Sister Jane’s Faith Sharing Group will meet on Tuesday, October 25th at 11:00am in the rectory. All are welcome.
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Sister Jane is available to anyone who is interested in seeking spiritual direction, For more information or for any questions, please call her at 617 846-7400.
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.
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If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic minister or lector, please contact Sister Jane at 617 846-7400 or j_iannaccone320@hotmail.com.
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Altar Servers: Please pick up your new schedules in the sacristy after Mass.
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Pope John XXIII High School hosts its annual Open House at 11am to 1pm on Sunday, October 23rd at 888 Broadway, Everett. Please come to tour our school, meet our faculty and staff and learn about extracurricular activities.
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Fontbonne Academy will be hosting an Open House for prospective Grade 9 students and families on Sunday, October 30th from 1-3pm at 930 Brook Road, Milton, MA 02186. www.fontbonneacademy.org.
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WILLS AND BEQUESTS
By exercising your right to draft a Will, you demonstrate faithful and responsible stewardship by providing for your loved ones and their needs, and remembering those charities which have always had such special meaning to you. In a valid Will, you name the executor of your estate and the guardian for your minor children. You determine how and when your estate will be distributed. With a valid Will you are able to thank the Lord for all that He had bestowed upon you during your lifetime.
To ensure that you have a valid Will, we strongly urge you to consult an attorney who specializes in drafting Wills, trusts and estate plans. Such an attorney may advise you regarding the best way in which you draft your Will and estate plan to carry out your wishes.
Wills and Bequests have been very helpful to St. John’s Parish over the years and we hope they will continue to assist the parish in its good work in the present and in the future.
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One of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” – Mt 22:35-37
Readings for the Week of October 23, 2011
Sunday: Ex 22:20-26/1 Thes 1:5c-10/Mt 22:34-40
Monday: Rom 8:12-17/Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Rom 8:18-25/Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday: Rom 8:26-30/Lk 13:22-30
Thursday: Rom 8:31b-39/Lk 13:31-35
Friday: Eph 2:19-22/Lk 6:12-16
Saturday: Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29/Lk 14:1, 7-11
Next Sunday: Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10/1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13/Mt 23:1-12
Week of Monday, October 24th – October 30th
Mon. 9:00
Tues. 9:00 The Benefactors of the Parish
Wed. 9:00
Thur. 9:00 Maryellen Albano
Fri. 9:00 The People of the Parish
Sat 9:00 Thomas F. Flynn
4:00 Eugene & Elizabeth McGeorge
and George & Marion White
Sunday 8:00 Deceased members of the Randall and Kiley
Families
10:00 Alfred Censullo
12:00 Gilberto Lima
Gertrude L. Benson – 1st Anniversary
Vincent Vassallo – 3rd Anniversary
Harold & Florence Burch
John A. Canavan, Jr. – 6th Anniversary
David Brace
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Prayer for Our Troops
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families
for the selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need and Lord, give us peace.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Amen.

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