Fifth Sunday of Lent                                                                                                                               March 25, 2012

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       READINGS  FOR THIS WEEKEND                                   READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND          
         1st Reading: Jer 31:31-34                                                           1st Reading: Is 50:4-7
           
Responsorial Psalm                                                                                            Responsorial Psalm
           
2nd Reading:  Heb 5:7-9                                                                                 2nd Reading:  Phil 2:6-11
           
Gospel Reading:  Jn 12:20-33                                                                      Gospel Reading: Mk 14:1-15:471 or Mk 15:1-39

                           


Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." - Jn 12:23-24


MASS INTENTIONS

Mar. 25  Sun.   7:30 p.m.    Paul Blanchard

                        11:00 a.m.   People of the Parish

Mar. 26  Mon.  9:00 a.m.    Mary Gatto

Mar. 29  Thu.   9:00 a.m.    Patricia Edwards

Mar. 30  Fri.     9:00 a.m.    Edward Hoeg

Mar. 31  Sat.    9:00 a.m.    Barbara Noll

                        4:00 p.m.    People of the Parish

Apr. 1  Sun.      7:30 a.m.    Paul Troiani

                        9:00 a.m.    Ryan Graffam

                        11:00 a.m.  Timothy Hourihan


SACRIFICIAL GIVING….for March 17/18:

                $          1,359.85  loose

                $          3,670.00 151 envelopes   

    $          5,029.85  Thank you for your support of the parish.


EASTER FLOWERS

Please return the Easter Flower Envelopes with the names of those to be remembered by April 1st.


ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS

Come join your peers on April 27th/28th for our 5th annual Arch. of Boston Eucharistic Congress for College Students and Young Adults.  Meet new people, listen to dynamic speakers, celebrate Mass with Cardinal Seán, food catered by the Italian restaurants of the North End.  At Sacred Heart and St. Leonard’s Churches in the North End of Boston.  For more information please visit our website at www.eucharisticcongress.com


Once again Island Terrace has very generously sponsored Saints Martha and Mary’s Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  It will be on Easter Sunday between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses, approximately 10:15-10:30.  This is for all ages of children, all are welcome! If you can help with the preparations (filling and hiding eggs), please contact Amy at the rectory at 508-947-2107 or SaintsMarthaAndMary@comcast.net.


LENTEN SCHEDULE/SERVICES

Friday Meager Meals: 6:00 PM      Stations of the Cross/Benediction: Fridays, 7:00 PM

Special Penance Service:  Will be held at Sacred Heart Parish on Wednesday March 21st at 6:30 p.m. There will be several priests available to hear confessions.

Lenten Booklets: There are Lenten booklets at the doors of the Church. Please take one and use it during the days of Lent. It will help to make your Lent profitable. Two families spoke to me last weekend and said they use it each day with the family.

Daily Mass is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  There is a Eucharistic Service on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday evening there is Mass at 7:30 p.m.  If you cannot make a morning Mass, maybe you could come to a Tuesday night Mass. 

The Light is On For You: Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, confession from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays during Lent: Feb. 29, March 7,14, & 28, and April 4. How long has it been? Why not come as a family ? Please don’t miss out on this opportunity.


A letter From the Archbishop of Boston

 Dear Father Daley:

I write in response to your letter to me dated January 26, 2012, in which you request Senior Priest/Retirement status.  In accord with your request, I am ending your assignment as Pastor at Saints Martha and Mary Parish in Lakeville, and I am granting you Senior Priest/Retirement status.  The effective date of these actions is June 5, 2012.

Allow me this opportunity to thank you in the name of the people of the Archdiocese, for the ministry which you have offered so generously since your ordination over forty-nine years ago.  You have served with dedication since your first assignment as a young priest at St. Bernadette Parish in Randolph and in your subsequent assignments in Somerville, Randolph, and Wilmington – during many of these years working as Chaplain with young people.  In April of 1985 you began a period of over twenty-seven years as Pastor at Saint James Parish in Arlington, followed, in 2004, by your present assignment at Saints Martha and Mary Parish in Lakeville, which you have carried out faithfully for these past seven years.  Without doubt, over all these years the lives of many people have been enriched by your priestly ministry.  You are truly appreciated for all that you have done, and you will continue to be appreciated for your prayerful support, and whatever efforts your age and health will allow you to contribute in the future.  May God Bless you with His joy, comfort and peace.

With all good wishes and assurance of a remembrance in my prayers, I am,

 Fraternally yours in Christ, Sean, Archbishop of Boston


2012 CATHOLIC APPEAL

In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus tells us that we will be honored by the Father when we serve Him.  This, our Christian mission, is fulfilled when we give to the Catholic Appeal.  This annual effort supports and helps countless pastoral, charitable and educational programs. Please consider joining with Saints Martha and Mary Parish in our commitment to stewarding our resources for the betterment of others.  For More information visit www.BostonCatholicAppeal.org


Logo of Society of St. Vincent De Paul

ST VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY

During this Lenten Season we have been sacrificing in many different ways to honor Jesus for the ultimate sacrifice he made for us. One crucial thing that parishioners at St.’s Martha and Mary have not given up, is their dedication in supporting the mission at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The continued food and monetary donations is an integral ingredient in the recipe for success as we Vincentians address the needs of the many families in our communities that are struggling. Thank You So Very Much for the additional contributions last weekend and for Your Continued Generosity.      

Thank You and May God Bless You,

Al Cronin, President

For information on how you can help the St. Vincent de Paul Society through volunteerism or in other ways, please Contact : Alfred Cronin, 508-944-0952, or Virgel Blaschke, 401-835-0766. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd  Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the basement meeting hall of the Sacred Heart Parish Center.


U THOUGHTS ON THE  LITURGY U

One of the seven deadly sins is greed. Jesus called attention to the futility and foolishness of greed. In extreme cases it is perhaps the most conspicuous example of self-centeredness, but greed’s strength is in the less obvious ways it influences the general public. A poor person can be every bit as greedy as a wealthy person.

In the long history of Israel it is possible to see God relating to the people in different ways at different times. Similar to human parent=child relationships, the law comes first. Jeremiah sees a future time, however, when the law will be internalized by the people, “written on their hearts.”

Christ’s obedience is praised by the unknown writer of Hebrews. As God’s Son, Jesus was subject to God’s laws and was obedient. He suffered because of his devotion to God’s will, but he was faithful, even to the point of death. He therefore became the Savior of the world.

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,” says Jesus, it does not fulfill its purpose. Jesus drew people to God, not by breaking their wills, but by winning their hearts. Suffering love was more compelling than any forceful strategy could ever been.

For people of faith the trouble with greed is two-fold. First, it is an obsession that cannot fulfill the promises it makes, so is ultimately frustrating if not destructive. Second, greed and God have a difficult time co-existing. We cannot serve both God and Mammon. If greed is calling the shots in a person’s life, that person’s faith will tend to be inauthentic or hypocritical. If a nation or a culture succumbs to greed, people of faith will have difficult choices to make.

The battle against greed must be waged on many fronts. Even then, it will be impossible to transform a whole culture overnight. We all have spheres of influence, however, and the influence of each of us is needed. Let us pray for those who care about our young and their future.


Liturgy Schedule - April/May, 2012

Alter Servers Schedule - April/May, 2012


If you have a family member or know of someone who is unable to attend Mass and would like to receive the Sacraments, please notify the office.

If you are new to the area, we welcome you to join our parish family.  Please introduce yourself after Mass.  To register in the Parish, please stop by the Parish Office or call us at 508-947-2107. We want to know you and serve you.

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