April 24, 2016 5th Sunday of Easter Sunday Mass: Vigil 4pm; 9am, 11am Daily Mass: Mon - Fri: 9am Morning Prayer 8:45am Eucharistic Adoration Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30pm Confessions Available First Saturday Mass: 9am

St. Athanasius Church 300 Haverhill St, Reading, 01867 Monday - Friday 9am-4pm www.StAthanasiusReading.org [email protected] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ StAthanasiusReading

Phone: 781-944-0330 Fax: 781-944-1266

Reconciliation: Saturdays 3:153:45pm and during Eucharistic Adoration. Baptism: Celebrated the 3rd Sunday at 1pm. Call to register for Baptism Prep. Anointing of the Sick: Notify the office when a person is seriously ill. Extraordinary Ministers are available to bring the Eucharist to the homebound. Marriage: Call at least 6 months in advance of your wedding.

April 24, 2016

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

Please pray for our military and civilians who defend our freedom, especially: The 26th “Yankee” Brigade, and 1st Lts. Ryan & Nolan Johnson, US Army, Patrick Cavanaugh, PFC Christopher Lewis, Lcpl Brenden Amico, and Cpl. 3rd Class Christopher Donohue

Saturday, April 23 4pm Pat & Mary Desisto Sunday, April 24 9am Mass for the People of St. Athanasius 11am Richard J McNeil Jr. Birthday Memorial Monday, April 25 9am Mass Tuesday, April 26 9am Mary McCarthy Wednesday, April 27 9am Dolores Henderson Thursday, April 28 9am Mass 6:30pm Adoration Friday, April 29 9am Josephine Marotta Anniversary Mass 10:30am Audrey Acquaviva Memorial Mass Saturday, April 30 10:00am First Communion 4pm Damon & Bridget Murray Sunday, May 1 9am Deceased Members of the Farrell & Beckman Family 11am Mass for the People of St. Athanasius

Remember those in need of prayers, especially: Maryann Lucerto, Margaret Sumner, John Cadigan, Mary Lou, Dianne, Bill, Scott , Dan Hallidy, David S. Attachi Family, Olga Calautti, Stephen O’Neill, Kathy Oliveira, Paula, Joanne Curran, Jimmy, Charles Morrison, Frank F., Frank DelGreco, Barbara Coffin, John F. O’Brien, Ruthie, Richard Rossi, Robert D, Thomas D, Andrew D, Richard D, Phil T, Jen M, Fran P, Bryan M, Marion M, Anna Windels, Mary McNerney, Larry Y, Denise S., John, Mary G, Shirley N, Carol & Frank, Deborah, Patricia Maines, Justin L., Paula, Mike, David, Bubba Toussaint, Joan D, Nana K., Remo, Katie Willenborg, Denise, Josephine, Sammy, Guarino Family, Joan B, Kevin G., Edie Barbieri, Brian, Sue, Eleanor Long, Joe O. Dennis Jancsy, Cathy M., Cynthia L., Jill, Marianne G., Dillon R., Mr. Blunt, Denise B., Ann Swift, Molly, Rob, Guy, Denis Hebert, Babies Max and Nate, Mike P, Paula P, Jeff M, Andrew R, Justin L, Marge Q Jen M., Norma M, Julie, Pat K & Family, Marie Brown, JDF & Family, Patrick & Brianna, Rick Q, Trudy, Evelyn Basso

Altar Candles in Loving Prayers for Brian Dunn Altar Flowers in Memory of Henry & Josephine Sliwoski S CRIPTURE


These names will stay in the Prayer Corner until Sunday, May 1st. Call the office or email [email protected] to add or renew your loved ones on the list.


24 SUN Acts 14:21-27/Rv 21:1-5a/Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35 25 Mon 1 Pt 5:5b-14/Mk 16:15-20 26 Tue Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a 27 Wed Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8 28 Thu Acts 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11 29 Fri Acts 15:22-31/Jn 15:12-17 30 Sat Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21 1 SUN Acts 15:1-2, 22-29/Rv 21:10-14, 22-23/Jn 14:23-29



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April 24, 2016

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God’s Mercy Runs to Meet Us (Excerpts from Cardinal Sean’s recent Pastoral Letter, Part III) A great way to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy is to perform each of the works of mercy, particularly as an activity for youth groups, young adults, adult small groups, and also parishes. I encourage people to be creative and showing the merciful love of God through caring for others. Our Archdiocesan website has good resources to assist us in living the works of mercy, as well as a list of local opportunities to serve the poor and those in need. You can visit that website at: BostonCatholic.org/yearofmercy Corporal Works of Mercy Feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty – Give funds to food pantries or meal centers. Organize a food drive. Pray for those who are hungry during grace at meals. Bring a meal to a homeless person that you often pass by. Join your parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Shelter the homeless – Work to care for refugees. Support shelters in your area. Take in an elderly family member or friend in need. Volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. Clothe the naked – Make clothing donations to thrift stores. Organize a drive to send sport uniforms to poor countries. Sacrifice the purchase of new clothing and donate what you would have spent to agencies that provide clothing. Care for the sick – Visit family members and friends who are ill. Pray for the sick individually by name. Make meals for people who are facing difficult situations, perhaps due to the care of a sick loved one. Visit the imprisoned – Support prison ministry or join a team that visits prisons. Ask prison chaplains about someone that might appreciate receiving regular letters or a personal visit. Bury the dead – Help Catholics get their plans in order (particularly if their next of kin is not a person of faith). Attend wakes and funerals. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary with and for people who are near death. Visit cemeteries and offer prayers and Masses for those who have died. Spiritual Works of Mercy Admonish the sinner (correct those who need correction) – Kindly speak up, with charity, against sinful and unjust practices in the culture. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Instruct the ignorant (teach the faith to others) – Hand on the faith to kids and grandkids through instruction and witness. Volunteer to teach religious education and attend adult faith formation. Encourage others to listen to Catholic programming on radio and television and to read Catholic publications. Counsel the doubtful (give advice to those who need it) – Have a heart for those who are struggling, confused or depressed. Help those looking for jobs and facing big decisions. Comfort the sorrowful (give comfort to those who suffer) – Call or visit friends in difficult situations or who may be lonely. Make meals or care packages. Write an encouraging note to someone in trouble. Bear wrongs patiently (be patient with others) – Practice loving patience with family members and coworkers. Hold your tongue; don’t honk your horn. Forgive all injuries (to forgive others who hurt you.) – Pray for all those who have hurt you. Invite estranged family members to gatherings. Don’t speak ill of others Pray for the living and the dead (to pray for everyone who needs our prayers) – Keep a list of people who need prayers close at hand. Have Masses celebrated for those in need or departed friends and family. Obtain an indulgence this year for family members or friends who have died.

It is important to mention that so much of our work at our parishes and Archdiocesan central ministries are directed to performing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Your financial support of parish offertory collections and the Archdiocesan Catholic Appeal furthers all the works of mercy done in the name of our Catholic Community. 3

April 24, 2016

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA


Mass for the Sick and their Caregivers Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage and Mass for the Sick and their Caregivers Cardinal Seán invites those who are sick and in need of healing to join him at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, April 24th for Mass at 11:30. During the Mass, the Sacrament of the Sick will be offered for those who are seriously ill and in need of the Lord’s healing. For more information please visit www.bostoncatholic.org/healing. Those wishing to be anointed are invited to register by calling (857) 302-HEAL. Come and join us as we celebrate the Lord’s mercy!


St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA Sunday, May 22, 2016, beginning at 2:00 pm. Mass of Thanksgiving in the upper church, followed by a reception. (light refreshments and lots of fellowship in the parish hall).

Father Bill says: “I thank our good and loving God for blessing me and gifting me over the past 50 years. I thank all the good people who have supported me and encouraged me and challenged me in my ministry. I would be honored and delighted to have you join me for my anniversary celebration. In lieu of gifts, I invite you to join me in thanking God for our time together by making a contribution to “The Vermont Haiti Project.” Details at the celebration.

St Andrew Dinner Calling all high school age men: The Vocation Office invites you to join us for an evening of PRAYER, FOOD, and CONVERSATION. Following Prayer and Dinner, you and your parents, youth ministers, priests, and chaperones will be welcomed to a casual discussion with CARDINAL SEAN about Vocations, Prayer, and the Call to Holiness that God places on each or our hearts. Each young man will have the opportunity to meet Cardinal Sean.


May 10 - St. Augustine, Andover - 6-8PM

Society of St Vincent de Paul Times are tough for some of our parish families. We can help them with food, from being evicted, with heating and keeping their lights on. If you or someone you know needs help, please call us at 781-2588767.

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New to Medicare? Are you going on Medicare soon? Are you overwhelmed and confused about the choices and decisions you need to make? You don’t need to go through this alone! Meet with a SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) counselor. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, in-person, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related insurance programs. To make an appointment, call your local senior center or the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden at 781-388-4845. You’ll be asked to leave a message and a daytime phone number. A SHINE counselor will return your call within two business days.

Spring is a very busy time at Mission of Deeds! Yard Sale -- Saturday, April 30th 9am to 2pm We are holding our HUGE yard sale at our facility located at 6 Chapin Avenue, Reading. Come see the many unique treasures that will be offered. The yard sale is indoors and outside -- rain or shine!! All proceeds will help provide for those in need. You just may find that special something you never knew you needed!

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Mission of Deeds Art and Valuables Donation Program A New Way to Make a Tax Deductible Donation and Help Us Buy Beds!

April 24, 2016 ST. ATHANASIUS AND ST. AGNES YOUTH MINISTRY OFFERINGS • Mother's Day flower bouquet volunteers ο After each mass during Mother's Day weekend (5/7 and 5/8) we'll be selling flower bouquets to help support our youth ministry program. We need youth volunteers after each mass to help sell the bouquets. Everyone is invited to purchase bouquets after each mass as well. ο Please contact Brad if you'd like to sign up to volunteer after a certain mass. Volunteers will be needed until around 15 minutes after mass ends. Open to grades 6-12. • Cor Unum Meal Center ο The dates for our next visits to serve dinner at Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence are Saturdays, 5/28 and 6/25. Open to ages 13 and up. ο Meet at 3:15pm in the St. Athanasius Parish Center and return around 7 or 8pm. ο PLEASE RSVP TO ME BY FRIDAYS, 5/20 and 6/17. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. • Teen Encounter 9th and 10th graders are invited to participate in this retreat at St. Basil's Salvatorian Center in Methuen. Give Jesus a real opportunity to work in your life and learn about the beauty, truth, and love that He has given us in the Catholic Church. See more information at http:// teenencounter.org/. ο Dates: May 20-22 • Remind ο We have started a group communication program using text messaging called Remind. Get youth ministry updates via texts right to your phone. Your cell phone number will not be known. ο To get started, text @stasyouth to the number 81010 and follow the instructions. • Social media Follow us on Instagram @saintasyouth or like us on Facebook at St. Athanasius and St. Agnes Youth Ministry. Brad Agostinelli Youth Minister St. Athanasius Catholic Church - Archdiocese of Boston Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-9440330 Fax: 781-944-1266 [email protected] http:// stathanasiusreading.org/ Follow St. Athanasius and St. Agnes Youth Ministry on: Facebook and Instagram

We are now accepting donations of art and other valuables to sell with the proceeds going to St. Athanasius Parish is a welcoming Roman purchase new beds. We are not selling your Catholic Community whose members are baptized generously donated items that are of utility to our in Christ, challenged by the word of God, and clients, but are expanding the types of items we united in the Eucharist. We are moved by the Holy will accept: Original art, sterling silverware, Persian Spirit to proclaim the Lord's Good News of justice and peace in word and action to the local rugs, fine art pottery, jewelry, watches, decorative 5 community and beyond. arts and other collectibles and valuables.

April 24, 2016

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

Parish Staff Thank You From Housing Families

Pastor ………………………………. Reverend Darin V. Colarusso [email protected]

Dear Fr. Darin, Thank you for donating juice boxes to Housing Families. You are helping to transform the lives of homeless children and families! Donors like you are the reason we have been able to serve more than 2,700 families over our almost 30 year history. On behalf of the homeless families and children you are helping and the entire staff of Housing Families, thank you for joining us in the fight against family Homelessness.

Parochial Vicar………………………..Reverend Patrick Armano [email protected] Permanent Deacon………………………….Deacon Neil Sumner [email protected] Permanent Deacon…………..….………...Deacon Matt Baltier [email protected] Administrative Office Manager………………….. Nancy Sieger [email protected] Coordinator of Religious Ed……………………….. Jo-Ann Rossi [email protected] Music Director..………………………………………..John Donovan [email protected] Business Manager……………………………………...Janine Castro [email protected]


Administrative Assistant ……………………….. Luann Barretto [email protected]

Jim Goelbelecker Chief Executive Officer

Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected]

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