Pastor's Blog - March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday

News and Notes:  Here is summary of Holy Week in the Lynnfield Catholic Community:

Monday, March 21 at 9AM:  Weekday Mass at OLA
Monday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30PM:  Sacrament of Reconciliation at SMG and OLA
Tuesday, March 22 at 9AM:  Weekday Mass at SMG
Tuesday, March 22 at 11AM:  The Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston where Cardinal Sean O’Malley will bless the Oil of the Sick as well as the Oil of Catechumens, and consecrate the Chrism for distribution and use in parishes throughout the Archdiocese in the coming year.
Wednesday, March 23 at 9AM:  Weekday Mass at OLA
Thursday, March 24 at 7PM: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at OLA, preceded by a Pasta Dinner at 5PM in the OLA Church Hall.  There is no 9AM weekday Mass at SMG on Holy Thursday.
Friday, March 25 at 3PM:  Living Stations of the Cross at OLA, led by OLA School students
Friday, March 25 at 7PM:  Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at SMG
Saturday, March 26 at 7PM: The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night at SMG.  There is no scheduled time for Confessions and there is no 4PM Mass in either parish.
Sunday, March 27:  Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord; Masses will be celebrated on the hour:
               7AM at OLA, 8AM at SMG, 9AM at OLA, 10AM at SMG, 11AM at OLA
               There is no 5PM Mass at SMG on Easter Sunday

Don’t forget that registration for Religious Education classes for next year will take place following the

Palm Sunday Masses this weekend.  Here is an update on the 2016 Catholic Appeal:  As of March 8, St. Maria Goretti parishioners had pledged $12,095, which is 44% of their goal of $27,797; and Our Lady of the Assumption parishioners had pledged $20,185, which is 37% of their goal of $54,938. If you have not yet made a pledge to the Catholic Appeal this year, please do so by filling out a pledge card or going online to our Collaborative website.  The one and only collection at all Easter Masses will be in support of the retirement, medical and financial needs of the priests of the Archdiocese.  On behalf of all the priests who have served in our parishes over the years, Fr. Tony and I want to express our gratitude for your generosity in this collection and for the steadfast support of your priests!