2 Holy Family Parish Paróquia Sagrada Família 30 Grafton Street Lowell MA Main Phone: (978) Brazilian Community: (978) Fax: (978) Pastor Reverend Donald G. Lozier, OMI Pastoral Staff Reverend Gilmond Boucher, OMI Reverend Jonas Christal (Brazilian) Sr. Joan Gregoire, SND Deacon Alvaro Soares Business Manager David McLean Director of Religious Education Richard Ouellette Religious Education Secretary Bailey Lizotte High School of Religion Director W. Gerald Dockett (978) Parish Secretaries Marlene Heiss (Brazilian) Pat Noel (English) Custodians Roger Geoffroy Al Stamp Please pray for the recently deceased Henry R. Surprenant SATURDAY MAY 2 VIGIL: 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 4:00 PM Eileen and Roland Doucette SUNDAY MAY 3: 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 8:00 AM Beulah Cote 10:00 AM Jim Delehanty 11:45 AM Brazilian Mass 6:00 PM Brazilian Mass MONDAY MAY 4 8:00 AM No Intention TUESDAY MAY 5 8:00 AM George & Catherine McWilliams 7:30 PM Brazilian Mass WEDNESDAY MAY 6 8:00 AM No Intention THURSDAY MAY 7 8:00 AM McArdle and Healy Family FRIDAY MAY 8 8:00 AM Therese Ducharme 1st Anniversary SATURDAY MAY 9 VIGIL: 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 4:00 PM Gerry Wrenn SUNDAY MAY 10: 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 8:00 AM Parishioners and Benefactors 10:00 AM Aurore St Amand 11:45 AM Brazilian Mass 6:00 PM Brazilian Mass Please remember those in the armed services keeping us safe. We also pray for all who have died serving our country, that they may be welcomed into paradise, where they will live forever with God. For years Bea complained about Al s leaving the cap off the toothpaste. Finally, on the night of their 65th wedding anniversary, he decided it was time to please her. From then on, he conscientiously twisted the cap back on the tube. After a week, Bea eyed him suspiciously and asked, How come you ve stopped brushing your teeth?
3 Pray for those who are ill, those who are now or have recently been in the hospital, and those who have requested our prayers, especially Dr. Gert Bailey, Lucy Balkus, Robert Bolduc, Carol Britton, Jackie Britton, the Buote Family, James Campbell, Bernadette Chartrand, Helena Ciaravolo, Millie Ciszek, Robert Connolly, Dom & Claire Contardo, Anne Marie Countie, Jane Daly, Mary Dockett, Claire Durkin, Lee Furtado, Jean Gagne, Sr. Marilyn Gignac, Donna Gravelle, Frank Holden, Rev. Patrick Hollywood OMI, Pauline Jankowski, Sally Kelly, David Kloc, Jim & Annette Knust, Maryann Lanzara, Rev. Robert Levesque OMI, Liz Machado, Donald Marcouillier, Hilda McBride, Sheila McCarthy, Georgette Mendonca, Manuel Mendonca Sr., Shirley Morrison, Ann Murphy, Rev. Norman Parent OMI, Jeanne Pinard, Doris Poisson, John Quealey, Mary Agnes Rivanis, Rev. Lucien Sawyer OMI, Mary Sperounis, Pat Steers, Susan Sykes, Brian Tanny, Barbara Vayo, and Rita Wrenn. May they experience God s healing love and comfort. MONTHLY EVENING OF PRAYER Tuesday May 3 at 7:00 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Recitation of the Rosary and special prayers for Holy Week Everyone welcome! PRAYER AND REFLECTION For the Fifth Sunday of Easter May 3, 2015 Read: John 15: 1-8 Today we continue to hear of the early Christian communities, as they multiplied and grew. Spreading the Gospel was a risky thing, and they were motivated and fed by their memories of Jesus powerful words. The familiar Israelite image of the vine in today s Gospel would have been especially reassuring: Despite the physical separation, their deep, ongoing, connection to Jesus remained firm. It s the same message for us. Stay close, trust in the source, and keep bearing fruit! Brothers and sisters, we who are branches on the vine of Christ, raise our voices in prayer for our beloved families, friends, and neighbors, and for all people across this planet. For the church and for all Christians, that we may remember that we are all branches of the true vine we pray, For those who have no connections, who struggle to make it on their own, especially refugees, children, youth, and all who feel alienated or alone we pray, For peace within and among all nations, especially in those places where alienation creates violence and extremism we pray, For individuals, groups, and organizations that provide life-giving resources to those in need we pray, For those who fear stepping out and acting on their convictions to create a better world we pray, For those families experiencing broken relationships; and for all families we pray, For all the needy and sick among us, especially those who are alone; and for those who have died we pray, PRAYER Gracious God, you are the vine grower who has given us your Son, to bind us to him and to one another. Help us to remember that we are not alone, and empower us to bear good fruit. We ask these things in the name of Jesus, the true vine. Amen. Celebration 2015
4 April 19, 2015 Offertory Needed to meet Budget 3796 Offertory Collection 2409 Br. Offertory Needed to meet Budget 550 Brazilian Offertory 614 DIzimo needed to meet budget 725 Brazilian Dizimo 550 Vocation Mission Experience, New Orleans, July 11-19: Single, Catholic men between years of age who want to experience the life and various ministries of the priests and brothers of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate are invited to Come and See our Mission Center in New Orleans. Participants are responsible for their travel costs to and from the Experience and for personal expenses. Participation, room and board are free. More information and application forms can be found online at interested-in-oblate-life or by contacting Fr. Daniel Nassaney at ext. 139 or Registratio n forms must be submitted by May 15, Little Leaguer s Prayer Lord, give me the strength to hit the ball, and if I do, don t let me fall. Help me to pick the one that s right, then let me knock it out of sight. Then let me run with deer-like grace, don t let me miss, but tag first base. Then on to second, stay with me, Lord, cause this one out, we can t afford. Then let me zoom like a flying bird, right down the line and on to third. Then let me slide with feet out thrust, across home plate in the swishing dust. But first of all, Dear Lord, I pray, Just tell the Coach to let me play! The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is on Saturday May 9 th. What you need to do is put your non-perishable food donations in a bag by your mail box and your mail carrier will pick it up. All food collected in Lowell will be donated to: Catholic Charities Food Pantry, Central Food Ministries, Lowell Transitional Living Center, MVFB Mobile Pantry Program and Open Pantry of Greater Lowell. A nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to equal one four-year-old boy s. Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart. Listen, she said. What do you suppose that is? He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. Is that Jesus knocking? he asked.
5 Permanecei em mim e eu permanecerei em vós. V Domingo do Tempo Pascal (Ano B): Atos 4,8-12; Salmo 118(117); 1João 3,1-2; João 10, No Antigo Testamento, a videira é uma imagem clássica para designar o povo de Israel. São João, porém, usa-a com outro significado: a vinha é Jesus e o novo povo de Deus, os ramos. O centro da passagem evangélica é a relação videira/ramos. A vitalidade dos ramos origina-se de sua união com a videira e se traduz em dar frutos; separados, eles secam e são queimados. Com esta comparação, o Ressuscitado nos convida a aprofundarmos nossa comunhão com ele, comparada à estreita ligação que há entre o pé de uva e seus galhos. A nova comunidade que Jesus inaugura é o resultado desta união entre Jesus e os seus discípulos e discípulas. A relação videira/ramos sugere uma união vital: os ramos não têm vida própria fora da videira, mas a videira não existe e não produz frutos sem os ramos! É certamente uma boa notícia o fato de fazermos parte tão estreita da vida de Jesus. É o dom da sua ressurreição. Da nossa parte, o compromisso é produzir frutos. Cada pessoa é chamada a fazer valer a vida nova recebida como dom da páscoa no batismo. Sabemos que estamos unidos à videira se produzirmos frutos de justiça. A eucaristia, celebrada com o fruto da videira, é certamente um momento significativo nesta aliança entre o Cristo e sua comunidade, onde o Cristo/videira se visibiliza na comunidade/ramos, e onde a comunidade se apresenta visivelmente centrada no Cristo. Na feliz expressão do Concílio Vaticano II, a liturgia é fonte e cume da vida cristã, lugar onde se busca a seiva para produção de frutos e onde se renova o dinamismo da vida. (Extraído da Revista de Liturgia) Oração Deus de todos os povos, que enviaste teu Filho para nos conduzir a ti e fizeste de nós teus filhos e filhas, guarda-nos com carinho em teu amor para que, ressuscitados com Cristo, tenhamos verdadeira liberdade e a vida em plenitude. Por Cristo, nosso Senhor. Amém. Pe. Jonas D. Christal (http://palavra-nossa.blogspot.com) Encontre-nos no Facebook: Comunidade Católica Lowell LEITURAS DA SEMANA: 2a feira: At 14,5-18; Sl 113B(115); Jo 14, a feira: At 14,19-28; Sl 144(145); Jo 14,27-31a. 4a feira: At 15,1-6; Sl 121(122); Jo 15,1-8. 5a feira: At 1, ; Sl 112(113); Jo 15, a feira: At 15,22-31; Sl 56(57); Jo 15, Sábado: At 16,1-10; Sl 99(100); Jo 15, o DP: At 10, ; Sl 97(98); 1Jo 4,7-10; Jo 15,9-17.
6 THE 2014 HOLY FAMILY PARISH BABY SHOWER May 9-10, 2015 Please bring your unwrapped gifts to Mass BABY ITEMS NEEDED Baby Bottles Onesies t-shirts Sweaters Crib Sheets Diaper Bags Pacifiers Baby Powder Nightgowns Socks Newborn or size 1 Disposable Diapers Receiving Blankets Sleep and Play Blanket Sleepers Items received will be donated to a local shelter. If you prefer a monetary donation, please make check payable to: Fund for the Unborn or your favorite local shelter. CHÁ DE BEBE 2014 PARÓQUIA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA Dias 9 e 10 de Maio de 2015 Por favor traga o seu presente (desembrulhado) para a missa. ITENS QUE PRECISAMOS Mamadeiras - Pagaãzinho Blusinhas-Moleton Lençois p/ berço Bata Meias Sacola de Fraldas Talco p/bebe Mordedor Fraldas descartáveis (Newborn) Mantas Macacão de Bebe Os itens recebidos, serão doados à um abrigo local. Se voce preferir dar uma contribuição monetária, por favor faça um cheque nominal à: Fund for the Unborn ou para o um abrigo local de sua preferência. The 23rd Annual Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 18th, at The Weston Golf Club. This premier charity event is held to benefit the educational program for the seminarians. Tuition covers only half the cost of educating a seminarian and the proceeds from this tournament will help bridge the gap and keep the cost of educating them affordable. The $250 player entry includes lunch at the Club, 18 holes of golf with cart, and door prizes; followed by a social hour, silent auction and dinner for each golfer and a guest at the seminary. To register, call Kate Folan at or visit MASS IN HONOR OF PATRON SAINT OF CANCER PATIENTS On Wednesday May 13 (Ascension Thursday Eve) a liturgy will be celebrated at 6:30 PM in honor of St. Peregrine at the Immaculate Conception Church, E. Merrimack Street Lowell. St. Peregrine is the Patron Saint of cancer patients and is the saint many cancer patients, family members, and friends pray to for comfort and strength. St. Peregrine lived in the 14h century and was afflicted with cancer of the leg and miraculously cured the evening prior to an operation to amputate his leg. During this Mass the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be offered to cancer patients and any who wish to partake of this Sacrament of God s healing. All are invited to come and pray with and for those afflicted with cancer.
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