Sunday - March 4
All Masses - Partners in Charity in Pew appeal
10:00-11:00AM - Religious Education Grades 1-6
noon - 2:00PM - CYC Music rehearsal
6:00-7:00PM - Religious Education - Grades 7-10
6:00-7:30PM - Confirmation Class - Johnson Center
Monday - March 5
Masses - 7:00AM & 5:30PM
3:30PM Mass at Tatnuck Park
6:00PM - Women's Guild - Johnson Center
Tuesday - March 6
Masses - 7:00AM & 5:30PM
7:00-8:00PM - Confessions
7:00-9:00PM - CYC Musical - hall
Wednesday - March 7
Masses: 7:00AM & 5:30PM
7:00-9:00PM - Boy Scouts - hall
&;00PM - Knights of Columbus - Jonson Center
7:30PM - Folk Group
Thursday - March 8
Masses: 7:00AM & 5:30PM
4:15-5:15PM - Youth Choir
7:00-9:00PM - CYC Musical Rehearsal
7:00-8:30PM - Festival Choir
Friday - March 9 - 24 hours for the Lord
Masses: 7:00AM & 5:30PM
7:45AM - midnight - Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration
3:30PM - Daisies - hall
6:00PM - Cub Scouts - hall
Saturday - March 10 - 24 hours for the Lord
Midnight - 7:45AM - Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration
Masses - 8:00AM & 4:00PM
Sunday - March 11 - Move Clocks Ahead
10:00-11:00AM - Religious Education - Grades 1-6
noon-4:00PM - CYC Musical rehearsal - hall
6:00-7:00PM - Religious Education - Grades 7-10
All religious education business can be conducted by calling the rectory at (508)
754-5361. In leaving a message just follow the voice mail prompts.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS
This weekend - March 4th, Religious Education Classes for Grades 1-6; Grades 7-10; and
Next weekend - Sunday March 11th, Religious Education Classes for Grades 1-6 and
UPCOMING BAPTISM INFORMATION SESSION
AND DATES FOR BAPTISM:
All baptisms take place at Sunday Mass. There are exceptions made for legitimate
emergencies. To register or for questions, call Msgr. at the rectory.
All parents must participate in the prep sessions, led by our trained team. Our A team,
Monsignor Sullivan, Deacon Mike Chase, Anthony Zamarro, Tony Penny, Mia
McDonald, Kevin Butler, and Carleen Roy-Butler, make the faith-sharing presentations
in our program. Please pray that we will lead more young families to
the Lord, our ultimate goal. Parents whose children are not yet born may participate in
the program if they wish.
Parent Prep Sessions :
One session is required and all Sessions are on Sundays from 1:00-3:30PM in the
Next Preparation sessions: April 15th and June 17.
Upcoming Baptisms (for prepared parents) at 11:00AM Sunday Masses:
April 1 (Easter) & 8, May 6, June 3, July 15, and August 12, 2018. For signups: call
Monsignor Sullivan at (508) 754-5361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASH WEDNESDAY PEW COUNT
We are very pleased that so many parishioners and friends from near and far came to
participate in Mass and received the blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday. There was a
need for all the Masses offered. The results were 7:00AM (110), 9:00AM (65), noon (120),
3:00PM (150), 5:30PM (200), and 7:00PM (110); totaling 755 people. Thanks, parishioners!
ENRICH YOUR LENT BY VOLUNTEERING
We often challenge ourselves during Lent. How can you make a difference in this world
and in your own life? Would you consider saying "Yes" to Jesus by spending some
very special time with hospice patients? Can you spare one or two hours a week
volunteering with patients at the end of life? Notre Dame Hospice is looking for kind,
compassionate people. Our volunteers give the precious gift of their time to our hospice
patients. They provide companionship in so many ways: sharing stories and
experiences, reading, praying, or just sitting quietly holding their hand. We also find
that pet therapy brings a lot of joy to our patients, if you happen to have a dog. If you
feel called to assist us in this important mission of volunteering, please contact Debbie
Karalus, Hospice Volunteer at ND Hospice (508) 852-5505 or email
email@example.com. What a great way to be Christ to others.
LENTEN FAST AND ABSTINENCE REGULATIONS
FOR THE DIOCESE OF WORCESTER
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all catholics 14 years of age and older on
Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and ALL Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed by all
Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age on Ash Wednesday and
Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are
permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid
foods between meals is not permitted. Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves
from these prescribed Lenten penitential practices.
Dennis C. Ferrante
The souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment shall touch them. They
seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an
affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are at peace. For if
before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full on immortality; chastised a
little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of
himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them
to himself. Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide
with him in love. Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with
The Book of Wisdom
HOLY FAMILY PASSIONIST RETREAT CENTER
WEST HARTFORD, CT.
Consider making a retreat in West Hartford. The theme is Grace Enough. Enjoy a
weekend of peace and reflection on the power of God's grace in our lives. Discover
anew how God's grace is our greatest source of strength and courage to meet the
ever-present challenges in our lives. Together we'll reflect on how living in God's grace
guides us to make wise choices, leading to true happiness and peace. The retreat
includes: home cooked meals, inspirational liturgies, uplifting music, free time, and
workshops. It begins with 6:00PM dinner on Friday and concludes with Sunday noon
lunch. Register at www.holyfamilyretreat.org/graceenough or call Holy Family
Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford, CT at (860) 760-9705. Men's Retreat: March
9-11; Women's Retreat: March 2-4, April 20-22, and June 1-3.
LENTEN PRAYER PROGRAM
MARIE ANNE CENTER
ST. BERNARD CHURCH 228 LINCOLN ST. (508) 736-6986
TUESDAY MORNINGS 10:00-11:30AM
Speakers are: Feb. 20 - Mary Jane Person: "the Gift of Forgiveness"; Feb. 27 - Sr. Irma
Gendreau, PFM: "Return to Your Heart"; Mar. 6 - Sr. Janet Provost, SSJ: "A Pilgrimage
with Jesus from Life to Life"; Mar. 13 - Sr. Maureen Hickey, PBVM: "Come Out of the
Tomb": and Mar. 20 - Mr. Ernie Rivard: "This Lent Make Me New, Lord".
ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
For baptized and practicing Catholics who have received First Communion, but not
been confirmed. Contact Deacon Mike Chase at (508) 755-4773 or
PARISHIONERS OF CTK PARISH
The Knights of Columbus Council 12691 has a very limited number of brand new
children's winter coats. If your child needs a coat, please call Grand Knight Richard lane
at (508) 757-1066 or Deacon Joe Baniukiewcz at (508) 753-5019 and leave your name and
number. We will return your call as soon as possible to get the size and if it's for a boy
or girl. All requests are kept confidential and are on a first come, first serve basis.
NATIONAL & LOCAL SEARCH FOR DIRECTOR OF LITURGICAL MUSIC
During this past week our parish has begun a search for our next Director of Liturgical
Music. We are communicating the job description and our expectations through the
Catholic Free Press and on national and local websites affiliated with the Catholic
pastoral musicians and the American Guild of Organists. Monsignor is overseeing the
committee and its members that includes all representatives of our three choirs. They
are Virgina Ryan, Richard Freije, Melissa Boyle, Bonnie McCrea, Paul Foley, Helen
Foley, David Ofcarcik, Elise Jacques, Kerri Melley, and Neal Melley. We are very grateful
for the musical leadership of M. Peter Brockman and for the cooperation of choir
members in going forward following the untimely death of Dennis Ferrante. We hope to
have a new Director this spring and will keep you posted on developments.
Parking on Beaconsfield Road
A polite neighbor called to suggest how difficult it was to turn onto the street if cars are
parked on both sides due to the narrowness. We suggest parking be restricted to one
side only. Thank you for your consideration.
OPPOSITION TO PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE FOR MA
If you are opposed to this practice in Massachusetts, we urge you to contact
Representative John Mahoney (617) 722-2460 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sen.
Harriet Chandler (617) 722-1544 email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TATNUCK PARK IN WORCESTER
We have parishioners-volunteers who bring Holy Communion to residents at Tatnuck
Park, 340 May Street. However, they are looking for additional volunteers who may wish
to spend some time and/or interact with residents. If you are interested please call.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN CTK PARISH?
Please contact Monsignor Sullivan at (508) 754-5361 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He will respond to you.
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SELL HOPE
FOR THE HOMELESS FOOD CARDS
We have lost several volunteers from this ministry. We really need to replenish our
volunteers, particularly before and after 9:00AM and 11:00M Masses. Our parish has
participated in this wonderful cause for many years. Kathy Johnson who heads the
program will train you. if you would like to help, email her at email@example.com.
UPCOMING CURSILLO WEEKENDS
Cursillo or "short course in Christianity" is an uplifting and educational experience. A
team of lay people and clergy who deliver organized talks and discussions facilitates
the weekend. Our 2018 dates for Women are May 3-6 and October 25-28 and the next
dates for Men are Feb. 22-25 and June 14-17, 2018. They are held at Immaculate
Conception Spiritual Renewal Center in Putnam, CT. For more information please
contact Sue Leighton at (508) 278-3155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BECOME A JHC HOSPICE VOLUNTEER
Become a "Life Enhancing Volunteer" because you will be offered free initial training,
ongoing support with continuing education and can be assured of finding comfort and
intrinsic rewards as a visitor in the Jewish Healthcare Center's hospice program.
Contact Harriet Katz, program supervisor, at (508) 713-0564 or email at
email@example.com. Website: jhchospice.com.
INTERESTED IN JOINING CTK KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
If you are interested in becoming a Knight, please contact Deacon Joe
Baniukiewicz at (508) 753-5019 or Dick Lane at (508) 757-1066; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the parish bulleting for meeting dates and locations.
TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND MASS
1. God asked us to make one day holy. One day to inspire, strengthen, and guide us.
2. Jesus gave us the gift of Himself. We are doing what Jesus asked of us at the
3. We need to be part of a community. Recognize that you are not alone.
4. God has a special message for us. God speaks to us through the readings,
homily, and prayers.
5. We need to talk to God. If we are in a relationship with God, we need to take
time talk to Him.
Following the proclamation of the parable of "The Sower", Monsignor suggested
the following books for spiritual reading. Here are some suggestions for your reading
1) The Holy Bible. Nothing is better for Christian reading than the sacred scriptures
themselves. If you want, start with the shortest (16 chapters), Mark's Gospel. It may be
read in a single sitting, ~3 hours. St. Matthew's Gospel is the longest and most quoted.
Of the many translations available, The new American Bible (used here weekly) is very
2) Conversion stories. a) Emilie Griffin's Turning: Reflection on the Experience of
Conversion, describes personal and others stories of conversion in the 20th
century. b) A Testimonial to Grace by Avery Dulles, SJ (son of John Foster Dulles).
3) Lives of the Saints. a) Father James Martin's My Life with the Saints
who describes how saints helped him with pride, sickness, boredom, and a lack
of courage. b) Father Ronald Knox's Captive Flames, a collection of his sermons to
4) Catholic Thinking. a) Father Robert Barron's narrative collection of the video
content for Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith. b) Peter Kreeft's Fundamentals
of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics.
5) Heather King, spiritual writer's works:
Parched (a difficult life of alcoholism, etc. before conversion);
Redeemed: A Spiritual Misfit Stumbles Toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the
Peace that Passes All Understanding
Shirt of Flames: A Year with Saint Therese of Liseux
6) Patrick Leigh Fermor: describes a walk across Europe to Constantinople and
other world travels:
A Time of Gifts
Between the Woods and the Water
The Broken Road
A Time to Keep Silence
READING RECOMMENDED BY FATHER REIDY:
The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin , a 2006 book on prayer based on the works
and lives of St. Augustine DeSales, and Therese of Lisieux.
Also, Pope Saint John Paul II's 2000 Apostolic Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte which
challenges all Christians to "put out into the deep" and start afresh by deepening our
spiritual lives through "contemplation of the face of Christ." It is at the Vatican website
(Novo Millennio Ineuntes) available online.
WHY GO TO CONFESSION?
Sin is a fact of life. We all fall prey to sin. Some sins are called venial, because they
weaken the life if grace and make it more likely that a person will fall into mortal (serious)
sin - the kind of sin which because of its gravity, extinguishes the life of grace. But all
sin separates us from God.
Jesus wants to free us from sin and give us the life of grace. The first step along
that path is to make a good, sincere confession of our sins. Even if it has been a long
time since a person last went to confession, there's no reason to be afraid. Discover
Christ's mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Your Christmas will be a better one for
having gone to confession.
Tuesday confessions have been added during Lent between 7:00-8:00PM. The
dates are: Feb. 20 and 27; Mar. 6, 13, 20, and 27. Extra times will also be held during
Holy Week on Monday, Mar. 26, and Wednesday, Mar. 28, from 7:00-8:00PM. Also each
Saturday afternoon from 2:45-3:45PM or at a special time as requested.
PRAYERFULLY RECITE THE GLORIA, THE NICENE
CREED, AND THE LORD'S PRAYER
At all Sunday Masses we recite (or sing) the Gloria, the Nicene Creed, and the
Lord's Prayer. Every phrase has meaning and depth and when recited, we should do so
prayerfully and reflectively.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
NOTRE DAME ACADEMY:
NDA is inviting all current 6th and 7th graders and transfer students to spend an
academic day with them through May 1st. NDA is the only Catholic private college
preparatory school for young women in grades 7-12 in central MA. Please contact the
Admissions Office at (508) 757-6200 ext 229 or email email@example.com. Website
PARTNERS IN CHARITY IN PEW APPEAL
This weekend we are conducting our Annual Partners in Charity in Pew Appeal.
Monsignor Sullivan will speak at all Masses on the importance of each of us giving to
this important appeal which funds those vital 28 diocesan ministries, charities and
pastoral agencies essential to the works of our Diocese. He will lad us in the in pew
appeal. We hope that you are prepared to make a gift t this time. it is our hope to be able
to receive your gift in church today.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Can you spare a few hours a week volunteering with patients at the end of life?
Notre Dame Hospice is looking for kind, compassionate people. Volunteers can wheel
patients around, sit with them and talk, read the newspaper or books to them, play
games, do puzzles or sit quietly and hold their hands or pray with them. Spend time
with those who are often lonely or frightened. ND Hospice is also looking for
volunteers to help in their office with secretarial or office work. To help, please contact
Linda Corby, Volunteer Coordinator at (508) 852-5505 or at
"VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES"
Our parish needs new volunteers to support our social activities, such as the
Italian Night and other future events. Please consider joining in the fun of building up
our community. If you would like to join us, please email Janet Rauktis, chair of the
Parish Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE -
Monsignor may be contacted to "bless" a good but non-sacramental marriage.
Why not give him a call at (508) 754-5361.
ARE YOU DIVORCED AND THOUGHT ABOUT ANNULMENT?
In all parishes there are persons who are divorced and have thought about
"Ecclesiastical annulment." There are many misconceptions about it. Annulments are
given in many cases for 2 reasons: 1) to offer people a measure of healing after a difficult
relationship has ended with divorce and 2) to enable a person to enter into a new valid
sacramental marriage, where possible.
Monsignor understands an important part of his ministry is to assist parishioners,
confidentially and respectfully in these matters. Annulment cases are then referred to
the Diocesan Marriage tribunal.
Anyone should feel free to contact Monsignor at the rectory for an appointment
(508) 754-5361. Enabling reception of the sacraments is an important pastoral priority.
THE SIX 'PRECEPTS' OF THE CHURCH:
1. To attend Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
2. To confess our sins at least once a year
3. To receive Holy Communion at least once a year, during Easter Season
4. To keep holy the Holy Days of Obligation
5. To observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence from meat
6. To provide for the material needs of the Church, each according to his or her abilities.
ACCESS TO POPE FRANCIS' HOMILIES
Visit the diocesan website, worcesterdiocese.org, and click on Pope Francis in the US or
in Cuba for access to each talk and homily. YouTube videos are also posted of Masses
and addresses by the Vatican Television.
'SHARING OUR BLESSINGS'
Electronic giving - there will be an opportunity for parishioners to make their donations
through electronic giving. There will be explanations and a trouble-free enrollment. It
will benefit both you and the parish. We hope all parishioners will seriously consider the
advantages of electronic giving.
RECENT OFFERTORY DONATIONS FOR LAST WEEKEND:
Mass Stipends: $170.00
Catholic Free Press: $118.00
Church in Latin America: $146.00
Our Religious Education: $25.00
Solemnity of Mary: $25.00
Catholic Schools: $25.00
Catholic University: $25.00
Christmas Flowers: $20.00
Holy Land/Good Friday: 440.00
Catholic Relief: $40.00
Easter Flowers: $85.00
INTERFAITH EVENING OF HOPE
On March 3rd IHN will host An Evening of Hope from 7:00-10:00PM at Notre Dame
Academy, 425 Salisbury St., Worcester, to raise funds to support the house at 91 June St.
Guests will sample wines, enjoy appetizers and small plates while spending a lovely
Saturday evening with friends and community members, all for a wonderful cause. We
hope you can join the festivities as IHN celebrates 20 years of providing comprehensive
assistance of loving support to homeless families. For more information, please contact
Janet Rauktis at email@example.com or call (508) 450-7496.
LITURGICAL DUTIES WILL NOT BE IN THE BULLETIN
This will allow for more space to list parish events. If you have lost your schedule,
please contact Mindy at (508) 754-5361. The parish website will, however, continue to
include a monthly listing on the home page and a weekly liturgical duties page.
Catholic Charities is providing citizenship classes at 10 Hammond St. on Thursdays
from 6:00-8:00PM or Fridays from 9:00-11:00AM. Registration is ongoing. Immigration
counseling and application assistance are also available. For information call Maddy
Hennessey at (508) 860-2261.
PARENTS OF GAY CHILDREN
Would you like a congenial opportunity to share your experiences and/or discuss
whatever is on your mind about raising or being a parent of a gay child? You are always
welcome to all Patrick and/or Christine Derr (508) 688-2598 or Roger and/or Joyce
Dubuque at (508) 791-5421. They will be happy to meet with you.
UPDATE ON LES ANGLAIS TWINNING
There are now over 600 students in school and they are supported by 7 full time
teachers, one per grade. There are 4 kitchen workers who prepare and serve one hot
meal each day.
Our dedicated website www.ctk-haiti.com is now up and running. You can find out more
information there. A full report on the "Recent Disbursements" is also on the website.
See photos of new kitchen construction.
The newly assigned pastor is Father Wilson Exantus, O.M.I. We are praying for him.
Our Haitian twinning Project Committee: Deacon Mike Chase, Molly Chase, Ann
Cummings, Tom Flynn, Sue Flynn, Fred Rushton, Pat Rushton, Kathleen Kirk, Kathleen
Gadbois, Maryann Nalbandian, Bonnie McCrea, and John Stevens. There are many
wonderful photos at our designated website www.ctk-haiti.com.
RELIEF FOR THE HAITIAN PEOPLE
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which brought some much destruction to Haiti,
particularly the Diocese of Les Cayes (our covenant Diocese) and the area of Les Anglais
to which we are covenanted, the Parish Council, Finance Committee and parish
committee for our Haitian Twinning have decided to send $2000 to a special Haitian relief
effort. This is in response to Bishop McManus' appeal for this relief, requested by
Cardinal Chibly Langois, archbishop of Les Cayes. In addition, if any individual would
like to make a personal donation, you can send a check to: Haitian Relief, Diocese of
Worcester, 49 Elm St., Worcester, MA, 01609. Checks so be made out to "R.C. Bishop of
Worcester" with Haitian Relief on the memo line. An electric donation page may be found
at www.worcesterdiocese.org. Monsignor Sullivan has uploaded recently received
photos of the terrible damage to the school and parish church to the website
OUR RENEWED COVENANT WITH IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
On Dec. 16th, Msgr. Sullivan and Bob Hennigan (Parish Council Chairman) signed our
annual renewed Covenant with Immaculate Conception Parish. Later, our Covenant was
signed by Sister Marie Judith Dupuy, SSA, of the Diocesan Haitian Apostolate and sent
to Haiti for signature by the pastor in Les Anglais. This represents our fifth year of
twinning with this important Haitian parish and school in an area of Haiti so devastated
by poverty and so susceptible to major storms. Thanks to all for your generosity in
support of this merciful endeavor.
LETTER FROM THE PASTOR OF LES ANGLAIS:
A word to say that we are sincerely touched by your kindness, your contribution and
your generosity towards Notre Dame de Lourdes School! Thank you so much for this
amount of money that we receive each month and that is used to feed the students who
are really in need and to pay the teachers. Thanks to you we have been able to offer our
children what they need to spend a pleasant day at the school. It is with people like you
that we have been able to accompany students to allow them to live a "human life"
We thank you with all our heart and will not fail to communicate the activities of each
month within the school. On behalf of the Directors, the faculty, the parents and the
students, in particular, I thank you again for your financial support and ask you to believe
in the assurance of the best feelings. We continue to pray for all those who have
contributed to support this school. May God keep you and bless you.
Rev. Father Wilson Exantus Andre, OMI
SEPTEMBER PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA AND ROME
Father Donato Infante is leading a pilgrimage to Fatima and Rome from September 21-30
with Deacon Steve Kohut of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Worcester. If you are interested
in joining or seeing the itinerary, go to the website www,johnpaultours.com/sjcc.
SKI AT WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN AND HELP CATHOLIC CHARITIES
If you plan to do some skiing at Wachusett Mt., you can do so while also helping Catholic
Charities. they have partnered together. Each time a lift ticket is purchased online with
the special code (DON-CC) in the coupon box, Wachusett Mt. will donate $10 to catholic
Charities. Go to www.wachusett.comm. Make sure that you update the cart so the offer
goes through. Go online for tickets or Beginner/Package day during the season through
beginning of April.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIOR EMPLOYMENT
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester administers a Senior Employment
Program that provides training opportunities for unemployed, low income residents of
Worcester and Franklin Counties who are 55 years old or older. We are currently
enrolling new participants at this time. It assigns qualified individuals known as "senior
aides" to various training sites that are located at non-profit organizations or
government organizations. They are asked to perform a variety of responsibilities
including clerical and administrative functions, maintenance work, library support, etc.
depending on their interests. Participants are paid $9 and hour for 20 hour weeks. Call
Catholic Charities at (508) 798-0191 for information.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES:
Catholic Charities Home Care Program is looking for aides to care for individuals in the
Blackstone Valley area and Southbridge area. Aides provide light housekeeping, laundry,
shopping, and personal care. We offer paid training and a schedule to meet your needs.
We are also hiring a per diem, registered nurse to supervise aides in the towns
surrounding Southbridge. Please call Catholic Charities at (800) 649-4364 for more
18th ANNUAL DIOCESAN CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE
AT ASSUMPTION COLLEGE
All men are invited to this important annual Conference schedule at Assumption College
on Saturday, March 17th. Tickets may be purchased now to avoid a price increase on
March 1st. Hear dynamic talks from outstanding Catholic leaders: Marcellino
D'Ambrosio, Father David Cavangh, Robert Rogers, Ryan Tremblay, and Elvis Grbac.
Bishops and deacons and religious priests will hear confessions. Bishop McManus will
offer Mas. Visit our website www.firstmensconf.org for information and ticket purchases.
For infomation or to register call (508) 929-4345.
Our Parish W.I.N.G.S. group is now on Facebook. Join our group at WINGS at CTK to
make contact with other Women in God's Spirit.
For more information contact Catherine Doyle at (508) 340-6532 or
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MUSIC DIRECTOR'S DESK INFORMATION
REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE
If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church,
please believe in the possibility of hope and healing. The Church encourages you to
come forward. You may meet with Bishop McManus or his delegate, Mrs. Frances J.
Nugent, Director of the Diocesan Office of Healing and Prevention (49 Elm St., Worcester,
01609; (508) 929-4363). It is the policy and practice of the Diocese to respond promptly
and with compassion to all reports of misconduct. Moreover, the Diocese will
immediately report the abuse to the office of the District Attorney. You may always report
instances of abuse directly to law enforcement authorities as well.
PARISH CENSUS - SIZE OF OUR PARISH
An important parish initiative should be undertaken to reach out to the inactive families.
This is part of what the Church believes is essential to its mission: evangelization.
2017 DIOCESAN PEW COUNT
Our attendance at Mass was the following:
4:00PM - 189 (2016=134); 7:30AM - 132 (2016=133); 9:00AM - 267 (2016=193); 11:00AM -
348 (2016=230). The total number of parishioners attending last weekend was 934
(2016=690; 2015=805; 2014=918; 2013=927; 2012=837; and 2011=848). There are 2,280
registered parishioners and 802 families.
LARGE PRINT MISSALETTES ARE AVAILABLE
The parish has obtained 10 large print missalettes, which are available for us for use
during Mass. These are for those who find the text too small in their 'Gather' hymnals.
They will not necessarily have the same music we sing at Mass, but will have the same
readings. They are found at the stained glass window on the church's west side. Please
return them to the same place following Mass so others may use them.
DID YOU KNOW?
TAKE THE CHILD SAFETY QUIZ.
Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face constant challenges when
trying to help keep children safe in today's fast paced world. The National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers an easy-to-use safety resource to help
address these challenges. NCMEC's website has practical information that will help keep
children from harm. It also features an interactive quiz on child safety designed for
adults and children. To take the quiz, click on "Child Safety" at www.missingkids.com.
You may also call Frances Nugent, Director of the Diocesan Office for Healing and
Prevention at (508) 929-4363.
ITEMS LEFT IN CHURCH
Recently there have been many items,such as scarves, glasses, umbrellas, etc. left in the
church. If you are missing any please come to the rectory weekdays from 9:00AM to
4:00PM to pick them up. Thank you.
JEWISH HEALTHCARE CENTER
Rev. John Pastor, the interdenominational chaplain there requests used or new rosaries.
His supply is exhausted. If you would like to donate any used or new rosaries
(inexpensive), you could drop them off at the rectory and we will get them to the JHC.
PLEASE USE CARE WITH
BELONGINGS IN YOUR CAR
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN SIGHT of a passerby if at all possible (e.g.
GPS, cell phones, money etc.). If you see something suspicious please report the matter
to the rectory at once.
PRAYERS FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
Please keep in your prayers all those currently serving in our military.
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. I ask this
in the name of Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour.
Our Ministry to the Sick: Going to the Hospital -
Extending ourselves pastorally to those who are ill (whether they are in the hospital, a
skilled nursing or rehab center or at home) is always the centerpiece of the vibrant
Msgr. Sullivan would be honored to support you and your family during times of illness.
Each day we call, St. Vincent's Hospital and both campuses of UMass Hospital to see if
any of our parishioners are patients there so that we can bring Holy Communion and
some words of cheer to them. However because of privacy laws the hospitals cannot
give us patient names UNLESS patients SPECIFY that they belong to Christ the King
Parish when they are admitted. Feel free to call the Rectory to advise us that you are
about to enter the hospital so that we can stop by to see you. Also, if you have a loved
one in a local rehab, nursing home or assisted living center (such as Fairlawn Hospital),
please let us know so that we can include them on our visits. Oftentimes, you are the
only person who can tell us what we need to know. So, please don't hesitate. We are
never so busy that we can't make these pastoral visits a priority.
DOES NO ONE GO TO UMASS OR UMASS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL? No parishioners are
ever listed there, which can't be the case. Please call the rectory if a loved one is
hospitalized. It is the only way we can make a visit there.
AVAILABLE IN OUR NEW LENDING LIBRARY
Through the generosity of a parishioner, our parish now owns 5 complete sets of the
new evangelization program, 'Catholicism'. Parishioners may borrow the DVDs, for a
brief time and watch them at home. You will need to come to the parish office to take a
DVD (one at a time). Each has 2 films on it.
The programs are on: 1) the identity of Jesus, 2) the teaching of Jesus, 3) the existence
of God, 4) the role of Mary, 5) the mission of Ss. Peter and Paul, 6)the union of Christ and
the Church, 7) the Eucharist, 8) the Communion of saints, 9) the Holy Spirit, and 10)
Judgment, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory
COME TO DAILY MASS:
At our weekly Masses we daily celebrate the lives of the saints. All are welcome at our
daily Mass at Monday thru Friday: 7:00AM and 8:00AM & 4:00PM on Saturday. It is a
wonderful way to begin the day. All other Masses are Lenten weekday Masses.
Catholic Charities based at 10 Hammond Street in Worcester offers numerous
immigration services. Call them at (508) 798-0191 for assistance. The services include
family based immigration, citizenship applications, adjustment of status, application for
employment authorization, DNA referrals, and immigration physicals. It is a member of
the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC.
REGULAR MASSES BEGIN AT TATNUCK
PARK & JEWISH HEALTHCARE CENTER
For many years CTK Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been bringing the
Eucharist to the residents of both facilities. In addition, our Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion will bring the Eucharist to the sick in both residencies.
NATIONWIDE MASS TIMES
Are you traveling this summer during your vacation?
Need information on Churches in the area and Mass
times? Call- 1- 800-MASSTIMES or log onto
LOST OR MISPLACED YOUR BULLETIN?
Now you can check it out on line
Go to www.seekandfind.com and follow the directions.
UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus has volunteer openings for
Eucharistic Ministers. Duties include administering Communion to Catholic patient's
during their hospital stay. Volunteers' commitment is one day a week for 2-3 hours. Days
available are Tuesday through Sunday with flexible hours. Please contact Kathy Macera,
Coordinator of Volunteer Services at (508) 334-6308 or e-mail at
The Catholic TV Network, America's Catholic Television Network, is now available to
cable and satellite providers in our area. Please help provide this resource by visiting
GetCatholicTV.com to petition your provider.
HELP KEEP OUR PARISH CLEAN AND TIDY
We encourage our parishioners to take a bulletin home each week. After Mass dozens of
bulletins are left in the pews on the floor.
PARENTS: PLEASE ACCOMPANY CHILDREN TO THE RESTROOM.
For the twin purposes of child safety and the cleanliness of our restroom (off the foyer)
the parish council strongly advocates that parents accompany all children to the
restroom. Many now go unaccompanied. A second issue is the cleanliness
and hygiene of that room, which is important for all parishioners. We hope you will do
CHRIST THE KING PRAYER LINE
If you know of someone who needs our prayers and would
like to add them to our Prayer Line, please contact Mindy at the rectory (508) 754-5361 or
by e-mail at email@example.com.
Any questions about the CYC, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to join to
participate in CYC activities (annual retreat, boys basketball, CYC musical, summer
CYC Musical Rehearsal: Tuesday, March 6th - 7:00-9:00PM; Thursday, March 8th -
7:00-9:00PM; Sunday, March 11th - noon-4:00PM.
CYC Basketball Victory: CONGRATUALTIONS TO OUR TEAM!!!
CYC won the diocesan CYC basketball championship on February 17th, 2018.
LOW GLUTEN HOLY COMMUNION
Msgr. Sullivan has received a fresh supply of 'low gluten' hosts for those who cannot
tolerate gluten. These low gluten hosts meet the requirements of the Catholic Church for
communion in terms of ingredients and gluten content. The Holy See and the American
Bishops have endorsed certain breads which are low in gluten content. The hosts we
use have a gluten content of less than 0.01%. It is our pleasure to provide bread for the
Body of Christ. It is important for the person requiring this special host to speak to a
priest or deacon prior to Mass so that the priest will consecrate this special host for you.
NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH:
You may hear the wonderful homilists' talks already given by going to the website listed
below. We know you'll enjoy them. They are provided by the Witness for Life Committee.
Click on https://witnessforlife.com/media-library/novena/
PREPARATION FOR ADULT
CONFIRMATION, R.C.I.A. AND R.C.I.C.
RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS):
A vibrant Catholic parish invites people into the life of Jesus Christ and the Church!
WANT TO BECOME CATHOLIC?
The 'RCIA' is a loving and learning process through which the Church welcomes and
prepares adults for these Sacraments. It's for those who have not been baptized of those
who were but had little practice of the Catholic faith. Also, there are those adults who
were baptized and received the Eucharist but were never confirmed. Some older children
have not been baptized or received Holy Communion as well.
Consider the options for you, your relatives, and your friends! Please invite others to
become a Catholic.
More information on Adult Confirmation Course:
Adult Confirmation Prep. - For baptized and practicing Catholics who have received First
Communion but not Confirmation - Contact Deacon Mike Chase at (508)755-4773 or
RCIA for Youths - for non-baptized youth (not infants) seeking First Holy Communion
CONTACT: Sister Ellen Guerin, RSM at (508) 754-5361; email@example.com
Hospital and Post-Hospital Informational packets were sent out to parishioners who are
50 years of age and older. The packets are also available at the rectory and are now
online (health care).
Doctors are being urged to talk with patients 55 and older about end-of-life care. Some
may ask you to bring a bright pink MOLST form (Massachusetts Medical Orders for
Life-Sustaining Treatment). Before you sign, talk about its implications beyond what is
on the form. Call Joyce Dubuque at (508) 791-5421 so she can put you in touch with a
Catholic healthcare professional to help you.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel
St. George's Church, 40 Brattle St., Worcester. Please consider being a committed adorer
at the chapel. Call Deacon Archie at (508) 853-816.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
On behalf of the Worcester Veteran's Shelter, the Knights of Columbus Council #12691 at
Christ the King is seeking the following items:
Tee shirts (assorted sizes); briefs (assorted sizes); socks; disposable razors; shaving
cream; toothpaste, toothbrushes; combs; hankies; and bars of soap. These may be left
in the Veteran's donation box in the Church foyer.
'HOPE FOR HOUSING' CARDS AVAILABLE EACH WEEKEND
Twenty-seven Protestant and Catholic parishes participate in the non-profit Hope for
Housing Program in Central MA.
Homelessness has increased by 20% since 2012 with children as the most affected.
Supermarkets and CVS donate 5% of what you spend when you purchase the cards to
prevent homelessness. CTK used to donate $1500 of cards/week during the summer.
Presently it has decreased to only $800. Thanksgiving is an especially important time to
participate both by purchasing cards and by donating 15 minutes of your time as a
volunteer after Mass once a month. Cards are available each Saturday and Sunday before
and after our Masses (in the foyer) are the 'Hope for Housing' food cards.
Here's how they work:
You purchase food gift cards in various amounts of $10 to $100. You use the food cards
for your grocery or CVS shopping. You receive the full face value of the card you
purchase. What you don't spend remains on your card for later use. The supermarket
donates 5% of what you spend to prevent family homelessness. They are available in
$10, $25, and $100 denominations.
Volunteers are needed to sell Hope for Housing grocery cards.
If you can assist please contact Kathy Johnson at (508) 795-1143 or email her at
Monsignor is a notary public. Should any parishioner need to have a document notarized
you are welcome to call upon him. There would be no fee for any notarizations. He is
simply happy to assist you. Just call the rectory.
CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE PROXY
Every adult regardless of age or health should have a Health Care Proxy. Do you have a
Catholic one? You can assure that you and your family receive the most beneficial
physical and spiritual care by completing the Catholic Health Care proxy. Forms are
available in the church vestibule. For any questions, contact Kris Correira at (508)
654-1798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MASS INTENTIONS - March 4th to 10th
Sunday - March 4
7:30AM Patricia Woodin (5th anniv.) req. of family
9:00AM Adrian and Marie Boulette (mem.) req. of family
11:00AM Parishioners of CTK
Monday - March 5
7:00AM Tuan Chiapulis (Living) req. of friends
Tuesday - March 6
7:00AM Richard E. Quinn, Jr. (mem.) req. of Leo Quinn
Thursday - March 8
5:30PM Alfred Cureau (mem.) req. of Mark and Monique Czyzewski
Friday - March 9
5:30PM Virigina Mary Shea (3rd anniv.) req. of family
Saturday - March 10
8:00AM Dennis Ferrante (mem.) req. of CTK Social Activities Committee
4:00PM Walter Pearson (mem.) and George Pearson (mem.) req. of family
REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Richard E. Quinn, Jr. (brother of Leo Quinn)
and Mary Louise Freije (mother of Richard Freije).