Pastor's Blog - June 14, 2015

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

News and Notes:  Please pray for Deacon Rick Lesser, our seminarian during the past academic year, who will be ordained to the priesthood next Saturday in Albany, New York.  Of course, we want to pray regularly for Francis Pham and Paul Wargovich, both of whom are with us now preparing for priestly ministry.  Just a reminder about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: this sacrament is for those who are seriously ill or facing surgery or simply weakened by the effects of aging.  One can receive this sacrament multiple times if his or her declining health warrants it. If someone is in the final stages of life, the best time to request a priest to anoint the individual is when Hospice care begins, preferably when the patient is conscious, alert and able to participate in the ritual.  Please do not wait until the very end of life to call the priest for this sacrament.  With the shortage of priests now becoming more acute, the priest may not be able to respond to that call in a timely fashion.  Here is the latest update on our performance in the 2015 Catholic Appeal:  as of June 2, three months into this year’s Appeal, 100 St. Maria Goretti parishioners had pledged $22,570, which 80% of their goal of $28,078; 197 Our Lady of the Assumption parishioners had pledged $47,878, which is 86% of their goal of $55,512. If you have not yet made a pledge to the Catholic Appeal, please do so as soon as possible.  Your donation will help the Catholic Church in Eastern Massachusetts to educate the young in faith, form our future priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers, care for the sick and dying, and evangelize the un-churched.  Pledge packets can be found at the entrances of our churches.  Don’t forget, the 5PM Sunday Mass at St. Maria’s will be suspended from July 5 through September 6; it will resume on Sunday, September 13.  Blessings to all of you in the week ahead!