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VIDEO-FR. ALEX CASTRO, A.A., PASTOR OF ST. ANNE'S & ST. PATRICK'S PARISH, STURBRIDGE, MA - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY PDF Print E-mail

To all our mothers, both living and deceased, to those who acted as our mothers, and to those who loved us with a mother's love to day we remember you with heartfelt gratitude! Your care, your concern, and your sacrifices are an extension of God's love for us! "That smile on your face, the truth in your eyes, the touch of your hand... you say it best when you say nothing at all". Happy Mother's Day!

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2020 11:29
 
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate in the Sunday Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray.

Almighty ever-living God,
constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us,
that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit
and come to the joys of life eternal.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS  (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
On the firm foundation of Christ, the cornerstone, may we be living stones to build the Church and offer songs of praise and thanksgiving to the living God.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That the Lord might inspire leaders of nations and all in government service to make plans and decisions that will foster the common good.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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5th Sunday of Easter PDF Print E-mail

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Easter Blessings!

Our Mass for the 5th Sunday of Easter on May 10 is at 10:00 AM at St. Anne Church live streamed on the St. Anne and St. Patrick Parish Facebook page. Follow this link for the live stream: St. Anne and St. Patrick Parish (Fiskdale MA).

 
SATURDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate tomorrow in the Sunday Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
O God, who in the celebration of Easter
graciously give to the world
the healing of heavenly remedies,
show benevolence to your Church,
that our present observance
may benefit us for eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS  (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
That the leaders of the Church might continue to be light and instruments of salvation for all.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That the Lord might open the minds and hearts of all who have been tasked with making decisions in this time of pandemic, that their collaboration might lead to the common good.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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LIFE TOGETHER IN PANDEMIC PDF Print E-mail

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer makes the observation toward the beginning of Life Together, written while the German pastor was in prison for resisting the Nazi regime, that someone joining a Christian community would do well to let die the ideal of a “perfect” community. He means dying in the sense of really letting go of that human ideal. One possible reaction to this is to note that the facts on the ground - the imperfections of those with whom we live - take little time to reveal themselves. Yes, but that doesn’t mean, as Bonhoeffer remarks, that one may not still harbor a desire and even an expectation that the ideal is within reach. Holding on to that, he says, is a recipe for frustration and disappointment.

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2020 11:12
 
BENI SCHOOL PROJECT PDF Print E-mail

February 11, 2020

Dear Friends,

I pray that everyone has gotten off to a good start in this new year. There is both good and bad news from our brothers in the Congo. First of all, the good news. The school in Beni continues to grow. I will report on the statistics in a minute. The bad news is that there has been an uptick in violence in the Beni area that has left nearly another 1,000 innocent villagers dead. What complicates the situation is that no one really knows who the instigators are. It is simply to know because of the complex political history of this region.

Pre-kindergarten students outside of construction site
Pre-kindergarten students outside of construction site

In any case, let us return to the good news. The new Assumptionist director of the Beni School Complex, Fr. Kambale Kalondero Matabishi, recently sent me a comprehensive report for this 2019-2020 academic year. In pre-kindergarten, the numbers have grown from 45 to 92 students at two different age levels. At the elementary school level, there are 211 students from grades 1-4; an increase in the first grade pupils has required two sections to be formed. In addition, in the afternoon sessions, the school is now serving 169 high school students and adult learners seeking basic secondary school skills (up from 132 last year). Included in these statistics are students who have fled insecure zones and need remedial classes. In total, therefore, the student body at all levels has reached 472…in just 4 years.

The school is also providing employment to more than 25 local citizens.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2020 11:48
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FRIDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate in the Daily Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray.

O God, author of our freedom and of our salvation,
listen to the voice of our pleading
and grant that those you have redeemed
by the shedding of your Son’s Blood
may have life through you
and, under your protection,
rejoice for ever unharmed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
That bishops, priests and deacons might continue to lead all along paths of goodness and righteousness.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That the efforts of those in government service might promote the general welfare.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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THURSDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate in the Daily Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray.

O God, who restore human nature
to yet greater dignity than at its beginnings,
look upon the amazing mystery of your loving kindness,
and in those you have chosen to make new
through the wonder of rebirth
may you preserve the gifts
of your enduring grace and blessing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS  (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
That the Church might always be faithful to her mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That God, who raised up David as a holy and just king, may raise up in our own day leaders and people of influence and power who do what is right and just.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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WEDNESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate in the Daily Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray.

O God, life of the faithful,
glory of the humble, blessedness of the just,
listen kindly to the prayers
of those who call on you,
that they who thirst for what you generously promise
may always have their fill of your plenty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
That the witness and teaching of our Shepherds might inspire others to join in the mission to spread the Gospel.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That the words of Jesus may be for us a way our of darkness into God’s brilliant light.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate in the Daily Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray.

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, celebrating the mysteries of the Lord’s Resurrection,
we may merit to receive the joy of our redemption.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS  (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
That the Church, the flock of the Good Shepherd, might listen to His voice and follow wherever He leads.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who are pouring out their lives caring for others during this pandemic, especially those in emergency rooms and intensive care units.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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