Pastor's Blog - July 31, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News and Notes:  Many thanks to Alexis and Mike McDuffee, Aaron Yuengert and other adults and teens who led the recent Vacation Bible School week for young children at OLA the week of July 11-15.  Join us for a reception in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish on Sunday, August 14, in the OLA Church Hall following the 11AM Mass.  Parishioners of St. Maria Goretti Parish will host this social event.  The actual Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on Monday August 15, but it is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.  Mass will be offered that day at the usual location (OLA) and time (9AM).    

I am happy to announce the appointment of Kate McGrath to the position of Collaborative Faith Formation Administrative Assistant.  Her main role is to support the work of our Faith Formation Coordinators (Alexis McDuffee, Bethany Kilroy and Steve Gannon) and the Religious Education programs we offer in both parishes.  Join me in welcoming Kate to our excellent Faith Formation team!  Beginning in August, Marie Lagman, our new Collaborative Digital Ministry Coordinator, will be responsible for the weekly bulletin.  With her arrival, we have decided to publish one Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative bulletin each week, with pictures, information and stories about both parishes and our parochial school in its pages.  The work of publishing two separate bulletins (with two different printing companies) that cover a lot of overlapping news each week has become onerous and so we have decided to consolidate our bulletins into one Collaborative bulletin produced by Boston Pilot Publications.  We hope you like the new layout and ask that from now on, you send your bulletin material to Marie in a timely manner.  Many thanks to Janine Sano, our Administrative Assistant, for her faithful and capable work on the two bulletins for the last few years!   Janine now can focus on the many other responsibilities of her position, including answering the door and phone, keeping the Collaborative Calendar, responding to requests such as scheduling Mass intentions and filling out Mass cards, and providing much needed Administrative support to our priests and other Team members. Blessings to all of you in the week ahead!