August 13,2017 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 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 [email protected] Facebook: Twitter:

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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.

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

August 13,2017

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, Cpl. 3rd Class Christopher Donohue, Justin Whitmarsh, PFC Michael Goddard, Chaplain Tom Whiteman, Brian Basso US. Army, USMC Captain Zachary Johnson

Saturday, Aug 12 4:00pm Dick Canty Birthday Memorial Sunday, Aug 13 9:00am Salvatore Follo Memorial 11:00am Mass for the People of St.Athanasius Monday, Aug 14 9:00am Dorothy Morris Months Mind Mass Tuesday, Aug 15 9:00am Holy Day of Obligation - Assumption 6:30pm Assumption of Mary- Mass Wednesday, Aug 16 9:00am Most Rev. Thomas Daily Thursday, Aug 17 9:00am Eugene Guerrini Memorial 6:30pm Adoration Friday, Aug 18 9:00am James Speice Memorial Saturday, Aug 19 4:00pm George Manzelli Jr & Eileen Mc Elroy Memorial Sunday, Aug 20 9:00am Brian Power Memorial 11:00am Mass for the People of St. Athanasius

Remember those in need of prayers, especially: Maryann Lucerto, Margaret Sumner, John Cadigan, Pat K & Family, Marie Brown, JDF & Family, Patrick & Brianna, Rick Q, Trudy, Sean T, Dianne, Dina Luongo, Anne,Katy, Bernadette, Bryan, Guarino Family, Fran P, Robert, Richard, Steve R, Nowicki family, Scott, Trudy, Carla, Patrick M, Matthew, Paula, Marie M, Barbara, Gil, Sheila S, Bob C, Rose, Dom, Daniel, Alison, Paige Goulet, Sandra Cadigan, Lindsey, Matt & Chloe, Margie M, Kelly G, Frank G, Ben Goodhue, Jeff Eble, Peter, James B, Ann Kiley, Kelleigh G, John M, Christine M, Sheila D, Richard Rossi, Dottie Dillon, Dorothea Golini, Richard, Andrew, Thomas, Anna W, Mary M, Terry G,Larry Yetman, Marion,Phil T,Beth O, Denise, Martha K,Anne Marie, Barbara G, Tim Ervin and family, Barbara, Daniel, Asher,Brian,Caitlyn,Frank Thomas, Ryan Smith, Johnson Family,Elliott Family,Beth Munn Griffin, Bill Griffin & famly, Danny,Joan.B,Josephine.S,Bob Curran


These names will stay in the Prayer Corner until Sunday, Sept 3rd. Call the office or email [email protected] to add or renew a name of your loved ones on the list.

Altar Flowers: In Memory of- George Manzelli Jr.


W EEKLY O FFERTORY Mass Attendance Aug 5/6: $382 Collection: for weekend of Aug 5/6 : $5798 2nd collection Catholic Relief Services : $1373

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Youth Ministry to Cor Unum

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Blessing for Students going off to college

3:15pm 7:30pm 9:00am Mass

Donation Opportunities for Special Items


Sat ,Aug 29th

1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a/Rom 9:1-5/Mt 14:22-33 Dt 10:12-22/Mt 17:22-27 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:3956 Dt 34:1-12/Mt 18:15-20 Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17/Mt 18:21—19:1 Jos 24:1-13/Mt 19:3-12 Jos 24:14-29/Mt 19:13-15 Is 56:1, 6-7/Rom 11:13-15, 29-32/Mt 15:21-28


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Flowers for the week


Bread & Wine for the week


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Feast of the Assumption Of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 13,2017

A Holy Day of Obligation - Tues, August 15 Mass Times 9:00am & 6:30pm

If there is one place in a kid’s world where imagination still thrives, it has to be sports. Listening to a group of boys at the playground, you can hear them compare themselves to the great basketball players or football players of today. The young players imitate the moves of the professionals, mimicking the stance, their style and their play. Boys have done it for years and probably for years to come. Mary is a role model of faith, but she does more than just set an example. She shows us the way. What happens to Mary is what will happen to us if we are faithful and true to the Lord. Mary sought to do God’s will, giving her consent to His plan even when she did not fully grasp it. Her trust in the Lord is the prime example of what it means to have faith. It is easy to find reason to be cynical, apathetic and uncertain about faith, religion, the Church and other people. But it can be just as easy to find reason for hope, for perseverance, for trust and for fidelity. We are a pilgrim people, at times mired in sin and failure. But God turns the worst of things into useful tools to help us grow in holiness and draw closer to Him. Focus on things of beauty, of grace, of goodness and of love. Feed your spirit with the Virgin’s great faith. Your soul, too, will sing the greatness of the Lord. ~James Gaffney, © 2010 Karides Lic. to St. George Publishing

Faith Facts - Did You Know ?? St. Maximilian Kolbe was born as Raymund Kolbe on January 8, 1894, in the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire. He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar and a martyr in the German death Camp of Auschwitz during World War II. St. Maximilian Kolbe was very active in promoting the Immaculate Virgin Mary and is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary. Much of his life was strongly influenced by a vision he had of the Virgin Mary when he was 12. St. Maximilian Kolbe organized the Militia Immaculata (Army of the Immaculate One) after witnessing demonstrations against Pope St. Pius X and Benedict XV. His goal was to work for the conversion of sinners and enemies of the Church, specifically, the Freemasons and he would so with the intercession of Mary. In 1918, he was ordained a priest and continued his work of promoting Mary throughout Poland. St. Maximilian Kolbe died on August 14 and his remains were cremated on August 15, the same day as the Assumption of Mary feast day. 3

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

August 13,2017

COMMUNITY NEWS St. Athanasius and St. Agnes Youth Ministry WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for events listed Please contact Brad Agostonelli , Youth Minister Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-944-0330 [email protected]

COR UNUM MEAL CENTER Our next visit to serve dinner at Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence is Saturday 8/19. These trips are open to ages 13 and up. We will meet at 3:15pm in the St. Athanasius Parish Center and return to Reading around 7:30 or 8pm. PLEASE RSVP TO BRAD ONE WEEK BEFOREHAND.

BLESSING FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS During the 9am Mass at St. Athanasius on Sunday, August 20th, all college students will receive a blessing in preparation for the Fall 2017 Semester. Join us at Mass as we help to send you off to a new (or first) college year. Feel free to where a shirt representing your school and there will be food and drinks in the Parish Center afterwards.

FAMILY MASSES Our next Family Masses at St. Athanasius are at 9am on Sundays 9/24 and 10/22.For our Family Masses, we seek teens and youth to help with the Mass by serving as lectors for the readings, bringing up the gifts, and assisting with the offering collection.Please sign up with Brad if you would like to participate in the Family Mass.

MUSIC MINISTRY Musicians and singers are wanted! Any middle or high schoolers who sing or play an instrument are invited to participate in the Mass choir at St. Athanasius. Please contact Music Director John Donovan for more information: [email protected]

Coffee Hour Please Consider Hosting !! We are always in need of hosts A nice way to relax with friends from our parish. Contact Sophie at 781-944-9085 or sign up in the Parish Center For AUG & SEPT

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 781258-8767.

Join us for Eucharistic Adoration at St. Athanasius Every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm With Confession 4

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

August 13,2017

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Sunday Sept 24th St. Athanasius’ Annual Parish Picnic is right around the corner !! Stay Tuned for details ..

Religious Ed. Our Annual School Supply Collection

Registration is on-going for the fall 2017-2018 Session. Please download the forms on line if needed or on our website @ or call the office.

We will be collecting supplies through August 27th. Boxes for donations will be in the back of the church.

Class Schedule : Grade 1- Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 Just added another grade 1 Class from 1:00-2:00 on Wednesday. Please call if you are interested in this class.

We are collecting new school supplies from the list below to benefit children whose families are experiencing difficult times. Please consider assisting those families who cannot afford to buy basic school supplies for their children.

Grade 2- Saturdays 9:00-10:15 Grade 3- Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 ( Teachers Needed) - or Saturdays 9:00-10:00

The collection will benefit students in grades K-12 in the Public School System, ( This is not for Religious Ed )

Grade 4- Wednesdays at 1:00-2:00 or 3:00-4:00 or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 (Teachers Needed)

Any of the following new supplies would be appreciated: *pens/pencils/crayons/markers/colored pencils *glue sticks *lined paper/notebooks/writing tablets *1 and 3 subject spiral notebooks *scissors *construction paper *pencil cases/boxes *stickers *backpacks Thank you for helping more children get off to a good start this school year !!

Grade 5 – Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 Grade 6- Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 approximately every other Wednesday. Also there may be a Saturday class, every other week from 8:45 - 10:15, as long as we get a teacher and have enough requests for it. Grade 7 – On Scheduled Sundays from 9:55 -10:55 Grade 8- On Scheduled Sundays from 12:00 -2:00 Confirmation I - On Scheduled Sundays from 12:00 -2:00 Confirmation II - On Scheduled Sundays

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Ladies’ Prize Bingo

For Grades 7-10 there may be a few weekly time changes depending on activities or some combined classes.

Sunday, Sept. 17 at 6pm Potluck food and drinks !

Registration deadline is September 9th, 2017. After this a $25.00 late fee will be applied to your tuition fee.

Longchamp, Coach, Kate Spade, jewelry, candles, make up, scarves, and more!

We are still in need of volunteer teachers for our fall session. If you are willing to help please email me at [email protected] or call me at 1-781-944-0330 at ext. 14 . All volunteers will save 25% of the cost of the tuition. Please consider helping!!!

$20/ticket Tickets are limited so buy yours today Available in the office or through Cindy Canavan 781-872-0042 or [email protected] 5

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

August 13,2017

Parish Staff

St. Agnes Men's Retreat

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

Preparing for :The New Evangelization: By sanctifying your inner life through the Holy Spirit

Parochial Vicar………………………..Reverend Patrick Armano [email protected]

Our retreat Leader will be Fr. Andrew Kwang Lee, Parochial Vicar of Hanson-Halifax Collaborative His talks will be based on the Trappist classic The Soul of the Apostolate

Permanent Deacon………………………….Deacon Neil Sumner [email protected] Permanent Deacon…………..….………...Deacon Matt Baltier [email protected] Administrative Office Manager………………. Kerry Laurenza [email protected] Director of Religious Ed……………………….. Jo-Ann Rossi [email protected]

When: Sept, 16-17 Where :Miramar Retreat Center 121 Parks St S. Duxbury, MA How Much: $ 170 for full Retreat or $ 100 for Saturday Only Contact :John Silva 781-944-4285 for more information.

Music Director..………………………………………..John Donovan [email protected] Business Manager……………………………………...Janine Castro [email protected] Administrative Assistant ……………………….. Luann Barretto [email protected] Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected] Religious Ed Administrative Assistant …..Michele Barrette [email protected]

EWTN Family Celebration 2017

Submissions for our bulletin are by Monday 9am [email protected]

Keep the weekend of Sept 9th &10th open, because that’s when the EWTN’s FREE family Celebration will be in town! Located this year at the DCU Center in downtown Worchester, MA This celebration will host numerous talks from favorite hosts and personalities, as well as offer the chance to attend Mass, confession and a special recording of an EWTN show!

READING FOOD PANTRY Suggestions for August Canned chicken or tuna, Napkins, Juice boxes for Children, snack packs of chips or cookies, Ketchup, Relish, Mustard, Coffee

Family of course includes children, so there will also be fun and faith inspired activities avail for Kids

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