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Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Medford, MA December 27, 2009 Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph Page 2 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA CATHOLIC EDUCATION CONTINUES… JOIN US AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL Rte. 28 Fellsway West Medford, MA Visit us: www.stfrancismedford.com Pre-School - Full Time 3 yr. old program Grade K1 - Full time 4 yr. old program Grade K2 - Full time 5 yr. old program Grades 1 - 8 Before and After School Care Available FULLY ACCREDITED Average students per class is eighteen. Serving families from over 20 communities for more than 50 years. Our location is very accessible. We are right off of Rte. 93 (Exit 33 - Roosevelt Circle) at 441 Fellsway West (Rte. 28). Call us for a tour! 781 - 395 - 9170 We are now accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 School Year. Space will be limited! December 27, 2009 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA Page 3 St. Francis of Assisi Mass Schedule Parish Saturday: 4:00 PM Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 AM 5:30 PM (September—May) 441 Fellsway West Medford, MA 02155 Weekdays: 9:00 AM, Monday-Thursday 781-396-3400 Holy Days: (As Announced) Pastoral Staff Pastor: Father Joseph Foster Sacrament of Reconciliation Deacon: Deacon Bob Breen Saturdays at 3:15 to 3:45 pm in the lower church or by appointment. Religious Education: Mrs. Karen Flaherty School Principal: Mr. Michael McCabe Youth Minister: Ms. Melissa Behrle Sacrament of Baptism Director of Music: Ms. Oksana Berezkina First and third Sunday of the month Catechesis on the last Tuesday of the previous Business Manager: Ms. Fran Mavko month at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center. Parish Secretary: Mrs. Marie Van Campen Office Assistant/ Sacrament of Matrimony Bulletin Editor: Mrs. Alisa O’Dowd Couples should make arrangements with the Telephones Pastor at least six months before the wedding. Rectory and Center: 781-396-3400 St. Francis School: 781-395-9170 Pastoral Care of the Sick and Elderly Religious Education: 781-395-4042 Please contact Father Joe to make arrangements, Youth Ministry Office: 781-396-3400 if you are going into the hospital, or have a family Fax: 781-396-3254 member who is homebound and would like to Parish Website: www.stfrancismedford.com receive the Sacrament of the Sick. Parish E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org If a family member cannot come to church and Bulletin E- Mail: email@example.com would like to receive Communion at home, please notify us. Welcome to New Parishioners Pastoral Council Statement of Mission No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church, “St. Francis of Assisi Parish is a Catholic No matter what your current family Community acknowledging the workings of the or marital situation, Spirit in our midst as we reach out to all through No matter what your current personal Eucharist, Prayer, Education and Worship. history, age, background, race, etc., Our call to faith is inspired by our namesake, St. No matter what your own self-image; you Francis of Assisi, who challenges us to live and are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved celebrate love and forgiveness, always mindful that and respected here at service to God is service to others. Saint Francis of Assisi Parish. We regard our Parish Community as Family. We seek to facilitate the development of a cooperative If you are new to the parish, spirit and to assist each other in facing the joys and please introduce yourself to Father Joe sorrows of everyday life. after Mass or at your convenience. Committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we Also, please contact the Parish Center join other faith communities in fulfilling to register as a member of the parish. the mission of the Church.” Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph Page 4 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA MASS INTENTIONS Christmas Greetings! Saturday 12/26/09 Today, as we celebrate the 4:00 pm Elmer King Christmas Season, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. I would like to extend my thanks and my Sunday 12/27/09 appreciation to you for welcoming me into this family of 7:30 am St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Over the last six years, it has 9:00 am Mary & Vincent, & Joseph Monarca been such a warm and welcoming home for me. The 11:00 am Giovanni DeRienzo moments of prayer, love, fun and support that I 5:30 pm Community Mass experience is truly what being a family is all about here. I Eugene Paul Falasca, Jr. know that together with your help, we will continue to face our challenges and accomplish and address all that Monday 12/28/09 we need to do in the name of Jesus. 9:00 am Giuseppe, Maria, Rocco & Giuseppe DiRico and Also, as we end the year, I encourage you, if you have not Maddalena, Raffaele, Vincenzo, yet done so, to consider your yearly gift to the parish. Our Luigi & Giuseppe D’Alleva Grand Annual Appeal is slightly under what it has been in the past, and we depend upon this for many things, Tuesday 12/29/09 especially when Sunday Collections are low, due to a 9:00 am George Spindler weekend snowstorm as we just experienced. Therefore, if you haven’t made your 2009 Donation, please consider it today as part of your tax donations for 2009. I appreciate Wednesday 12/30/09 whatever support you are able to give. 9:00 am Theresa Masone In this celebration of the Holy Family, I wish you and Thursday 12/31/09 New Year’s Eve your families and friends a very blessed, happy, and 9:00 am 4:00 pm healthy New Year! Friday 1/1/09 New Year’s Day Peace, 11:00 am Fr. Joe Saturday 1/2/09 4:00 pm Teresa Gaetano Gianfelice Masses for the Holy Day Sunday 1/3/09 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 7:30 am 9:00 am Officer Patrick Fahey New Year’s Eve 11:00 am Terry Ford Thursday, December. 31 at 4:00 PM 5:30 pm Community Mass Scott W. Garland New Year’s Day RESERVING MASS INTENTIONS Friday, January 1 at 11:00 AM If you see an open space for the coming week, give us a call, and we will be happy to reserve the Mass for you. HOW CAN YOU HELP ST. FRANCIS? This Week’s Scripture Readings The Saint Joseph Society of Laborers consists of all volunteers, who can share with our parish their 27 SUN Sir 3:2-7, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, talents as painters, masons, plumbers, electricians, 24-28/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or and carpenters. We have many projects that need to 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24/Lk 2:41-52 be addressed before the winter, and it would be 28 Mon 1 Jn 1:5—2:2/Mt 2:13-18 wonderful for this Society to gather in prayer and 29 Tue 1 Jn 2:3-11/Lk 2:22-35 service each month to start accomplishing some of 30 Wed 1 Jn 2:12-17/Lk 2:36-40 these great tasks here in our own parish. 31 Thu 1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18 1 Fri Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21 The next meeting of the St. Joseph Society will be 2 Sat 1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28 on Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 PM in the 3 SUN Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1- Parish Center Conference Room. 12 NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! December 27, 2009 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA Page 5 HAVE YOU CONSIDERED YOUR Last weekend’s Offertory Collection PARISH AS A GREAT END OF THE YEAR amounted to $3,705. TAX DEDUCTION? As we begin to end the year, I ask again for your A special THANK YOU to all those who support, to the St. Francis of Assisi 2009 Grand Annual share their talent, time, presence, and Appeal. I would like to extend my appreciation to all support with Saint Francis Parish. those who have generously supported our 2009 Grand Annual Campaign. I am encouraged by our results. We are currently at $60,985. Our Goal is $80,000. I INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE am fully aware of everyone’s economic concerns, and I Please remember in your prayers am truly thankful for whatever support you can make. our brothers and sisters serving in We are keeping our request the same and asking that Iraq & Afghanistan, especially: each individual or family contribute $250.00. If you are able to be more generous we will be very grateful. Timothy Corbett Frank Mastromauro If you are unable at this time to afford this amount we Matthew David Tara Mastromauro understand completely. We just want you to realize Paul Driscoll Kaitlan McCann that whatever you are able to share with us this year Jefferey Fidler Devin Murray will be greatly appreciated. Brenden Greene Brian Scholl I am hoping that I will be able to count on your support Eric Lynch CJ Torres again this year for our Grand Annual as we continue to Matthew Martin progress as a parish. We have an amazing new worship space in the upper church, which continues to “Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” receive many outstanding compliments. We see Please inform us of any additional names of continued growth in new parishioners, and our parish those serving overseas, or if anyone has school is making tremendous accomplishments in returned home. leadership, enrollment and technology. The religious education program and youth ministry is excelling with over four hundred and fifty students. The parish staff and all of our various ministries are doing a “ We Remember Them” tremendous job in meeting the needs of all those Our “Tree of Life”, located by the baptistry, entrusted to their care. is for memorials, or to honor the living and Like everything else in the world, we continue to make improvements and refine how we approach the various great moments in our lives. tasks that God places before us. We have some critical Packets explaining the process of needs that we have to address immediately and with purchasing a leaf are available on the great cost. We are getting ready to put a new roof on table near “The Tree”. the school, and new fuel tanks with barriers will be installed in the church. The lower church project will If you have any questions, please call: be completed soon. The end result will be a chapel and Ms. Fran Mavko at the Parish Center a parish meeting facility. Also, we need to make 781-396-3400. needed repairs to the rectory, our Parish Center, and parish grounds. Our buildings are all showing their age and the end result is that we need to keep them up as HEARING IMPAIRED we look towards our future. With our new sound system we now have available I thank you for your prayers and your great support of special devices for the hearing impaired. If you my ministry as pastor here at St. Francis. I am looking would like one of these devices to wear at the forward to many more years of ministry together, and if particular Mass you are attending, please stop in the I can ever be of any assistance to you, please do not Sacristy to receive one before Mass. We also have hesitate to give me a call. devices that will activate a hearing aid, for those who In Christ’s Peace, currently wear a hearing aid. All devices need to be Rev. Joseph R. Foster returned to the Sacristy after Mass. Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph Page 6 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA PARISH MEETINGS St. Joseph’s Society Have you ever thought of becoming a Catholic? Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 PM in the Parish Are you an adult (18 years or older) who Center Conference Room. desires to complete the Sacrament of Parish Council Initiation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Monday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 PM in the Parish Adults is a process by which the Church Center Conference Room. welcomes newcomers to our faith and assists baptized Catholics in receiving the Sacrament Finance Council of Holy Communion or Confirmation. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center Conference Room. If you would like to learn more about these sacraments and our faith, please contact Fr. Joe at 781-396-3400. NEW LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Anyone interested in becoming a Lector or AND BENEDICTION Eucharistic Minister here at St. Francis is asked to attend the following training sessions in the Upper Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take Church. place on Tuesday, January 5, following the 9:00 AM Mass and at 7:00 PM. Benediction will New Lector training will be on Monday, Jan.11 at be at 12 noon and 8:30 PM. 6:30 PM. Come, pray, and spend time with the Lord! New Eucharistic Minister training will be on Monday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 PM . ST. FRANCIS OF Please use the parking lot side door entrance. ASSISI ALL OCCASION NEW ALTAR SERVER ORNAMENTS MEETING We now have our own beautiful custom-made All those students who are in Grades 4 or Hestia ornaments, depicting the beauty of higher who would like to be trained as Altar our church. Servers here at St. Francis will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 3:00 PM in the Upper The ornaments make a great gift for couples Church. who were married here or to mark other memorable occasions. ATTENTION LECTORS These ornaments may be purchased, with or The 2010 Lector Workbooks are available to be picked up in the Sacristy. Each book is without a stand, for year-round display. assigned to a lector for your preparation for They are available at the Parish Center proclaiming the Word of God Office during normal office hours. December 27, 2009 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA Page 7 HAVE YOU MADE A CURSILLO? Religious Education News The Cursillo weekend is an invitation for you The last class before the Christmas holiday for to experience the love of Jesus Christ on a Religious Education students was this past personal level and to bring this love and joy Tuesday, December 22. Classes will resume for into your daily life. At the Saint Basil our weekly classes on Monday, January 4th and Salvatorian Center in Methuen, for our Sunday classes on Sunday, January 10th. Massachusetts, Cursillo is open to Christians at least 21 years of age. The Cursillo Youth Ministry weekend begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday evening. During the weekend, you will hear talks given by a team of 21 lay people and 3 spiritual directors. You will have the opportunity to participate in small table discussions, prayer, Divine A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Liturgy, and great meals. We invite you to to all Middle School and High School students join us with an open mind and an open heart from Melissa, our Youth Minister. and the desire to grow spiritually. Be sure to check out the bulletin for future Cursillo weekends are usually held the first events in 2010! weekend of the month. For men, the Cursillo If you are interested in becoming a lector for the is held in October, December, February, and 5:30 pm Youth Mass, please contact Melissa at April. For women, the Cursillo is held firstname.lastname@example.org. November, January, March, May, and June. For married couples, it is recommended that YOUTH MINISTRY husbands attend first. JANUARY CALENDAR For more information, please contact Fr. Joe Foster at the Parish Center at 781-396- 1/3 10th Grade Class following the 3400. 5:30 pm Youth Mass. 1/10 9th Grade Class following the MASS CARDS 5:30 pm Youth Mass. A variety of Mass Cards are available at the Parish Center Office, the School, and the 1/17 Youth Group Clothing Drive Church. You can also purchase a number of following the 5:30 pm Youth Mass. cards to have at home. 1/22 Drop-In Night, 6:30-9:30 pm in the When you use them, please call the Parish Gym and Youth Group Room. Center at 781-396-3400 and give the name(s) of the deceased. This will save you an extra 1/24 10th Grade Class following the trip! 5:30 pm Youth Mass. Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph Page 8 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL NEWS The staff, teachers and students of St. Francis of Assisi School would like to extend warm wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. SCRIP Help St. Francis School with Thank you to all of your orders. As soon as the A+ Bonus Bucks at Stop & Shop cards come in, I will call you. The next order will With A+ Bonus Bucks Everyone Wins! be on January 10th. Welcome to the 2009-2010 A+ Bonus Bucks Valentines’ Day, Baby and Bridal Showers, Program. Stop & Shop is proud to offer our A+ Birthdays and Anniversaries. Scrip could be the Bonus Bucks program to help our community answer as to what to buy. schools. Now parents and other supporters can earn great awards for schools to use as they choose! Thank you for all your support. What It Is Holiday Calendar With A+ Bonus Bucks, points accrue with each purchase where the Stop & Shop Card is used. It Fundraiser even works with purchases made online with Peapod by Stop & Shop. At the end of each month, these points determine your school's cash total which is The Holiday Calendar Fundraiser has begun. automatically credited to its account and school Each calendar cost $10 and makes a great totals are updated each month. (Please note: Gift stocking stuffer and gift for the person who cards, pharmacy, alcohol and/or cigarette purchases has everything. Cash payouts are $12,500 with are excluded from accruing points.) 31 chances to win! All are welcome to attend How It Works the drawings on Sunday, Jan. 17 or Sunday, A+ Bonus Bucks are rounded per transaction to the Jan. 31 following the 9:00 AM Mass. Light nearest whole dollar amount. At the end of each refreshments will be served. month, each school's dollar amount is determined which is then automatically credited to its account. All proceeds benefit St. Francis of Assisi School. Calendars will be available after Join the Program certain Masses throughout December and are If you have a Stop & Shop Card also available by contacting either Susan After signing up for the Stop & Shop Card, Parziale at 781-391-2347 or Christine Festa at customers can choose a local school to support. 781-484-8972. You may also purchase To join: calendars at the school office or by calling 781- • Go to the Stop & Shop A+ website at 395-9170. www.stopandshop.com/aplus We would like to congratulate the winner of • Under “Join the Program”, select “Register this year's art contest who drew the picture Your Card” …and register to support St. Francis of Assisi for the calendar- Brendan Kenny. Great job School Medford. Brendan! Thank You! Catch the Spirit! Thank you for your support! Your support is greatly appreciated. December 27, 2009 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA Page 9 It is no longer referred to as the “Last Rites.” If you are preparing to go into the hospital for TAKE CHARGE OF EDUCATION AT surgery or a loved one may be preparing to return home to the Lord, please let Fr. Joe know TARGET AND TARGET.COM and arrangements can be made to celebrate the Target Corporation will donate 1% of your RED Sacrament of the Sick. card purchases at Target & Target.com funding for books, supplies or whatever our school need IS THERE ANYONE AMONG is in need of. YOU WHO IS SICK? It’s very easy to enroll; just go to: Fr. Joe is not always informed by family www.target.com and follow the directions to designate St. Francis of Assisi to receive funding members of parishioners who are from your RED card. hospitalized or if they are dying. He may hear it through the voices of the city, but No Computer? No Problem! he needs to hear it from a member of the Visit any Target store and they can help . person’s immediate family. Box Tops All the medical rules have changed, for Education unfortunately, and he needs to be respectful of patient’s rights. Therefore, if you know Box Tops offers three easy ways to earn cash for of a parishioner who is seriously ill or dying, our school: please encourage the family to contact Fr. Clip — Clip Box Top coupons from hundreds of Joe. participating products and send them to school. Box Tops coupons are worth 10¢ each when our He would be more than happy to pray and school redeems them from Box Tops for share the Sacraments of the Church with Education. the parishioner who may be seriously ill or Shop — Shop at your favorite online stores dying. In doing this, we will resolve any through the Box Tops MarketplaceSM at confusion or any feeling of avoidance. btfe.com/marketplace. Up to 8% of each qualifying purchase is automatically donated to Thank you for your support in this effort! our school. There is no additional cost to your purchase and many exclusive deals and discounts can be found! PARISH CENSUS Buy books — Purchase books online at Barnes & If you have recently moved or have any Noble through the Box Tops Reading RoomSM. family registry changes, please contact Our school will receive 6% of your new book our parish secretary, Marie VanCampen, purchases and 3% of all other online purchases. at 781-396-3400 with your updated information. This is in order to keep our To learn more, visit btfe.com - parish census current. and thank you helping our school with Box Tops! Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph Page 10 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA December 27, 2009
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