February 25, 2018 Sunday Mass: Vigil 4:00pm; 9:00am, 11:00am Weekday Mass: 9:00am - Except Wednesday Morning Prayer 8:45am

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

Eucharistic Adoration Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30pm Confessions Available First Saturday Mass: 9:00am

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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

February 25, 2018

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, CPL.Brenden Amico, Justin Whitmarsh, PFC Michael Goddard, Chaplain Tom Whiteman, Brian Basso US. Army, USMC Captain Zachary Johnson,LCPL Dean Lepore

Saturday, Feb 24 4:00pm Mass for the People Sunday, Feb 25 9:00am James Babineau Memorial 11:00am Frank Cummings Memorial Monday, Feb 26 9:00am Msgr. Michad Groden Memorial Tuesday, Feb 27 9:00am Joan O’Grady Memorial Thursday, Mar 1 9:00am Mary Byrne Memorial 6:30 pm Adoration Friday, Mar 2 9:00am Rev. William Ibach Memorial Saturday, Mar 3 9:00am First Saturday Mass 4:00pm Stephen Canty Birthday Memorial Sunday, Mar 4 9:00am Mass for the People 11:00am Marguerit Aoun Memorial

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 B,Katy, Bernadette, Bryan, Guarino Family, Robert D, Richard D, Steve R, Nowicki family, Scott, Trudy, Carla, Patrick M, Matthew, Paula, Marie M, Sheila S, Bob C, Rose, Dom, Daniel, Sandra Cadigan, Lindsey, Matt & Chloe, Margie M, Kelly G, Frank G, Ben Goodhue, Jeff Eble, Peter, James B, John M, Christine M, Sheila D, Richard Rossi, Dottie Dillon, Richard, Andrew, Thomas, Anna W, Mary M, Terry G, Larry Y, Marion M, Phil T, Beth O, Denise S, Martha K, Noreen, Rosemary, Heather, Anne Marie, Barbara G, Tim Ervin and family, Barbara, Daniel, Asher, Brian,Caitlyn, Sue, Jill, Frank Thomas, Ryan Smith, Johnson Family,Elliott Family, Beth Munn Griffin, Bill Griffin & famly, Danny, Joan.B, Josephine.S,Bob Curran, David W, Morgan L, Enzo, David, Chip Case, Ed. S, Frank F ,Eddie, Ed .S, Marie M, Stephen O’Neill, Maddy M, Elijah & Family, Joel Rivera , Baby Wally, Diane S

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W EEKLY O FFERTORY

These names will stay in the Prayer Corner until Sunday, Mar 11 - Call the office or email [email protected] to add or renew a name of your loved ones on the list.

Mass Attendance Last Week :396 Offertory $ 5661 Ash Wed Collection for Catholic Charities : $ 945

S CRIPTURE 25 26 27 28 1 2 3 4

SUN Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat SUN

FOR THE WEEK OF

F EBURARY 25 M EETINGS & E VENTS

Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10 Dn 9:4b-10/Lk 6:36-38 Is 1:10, 16-20/Mt 23:1-12 Jer 18:18-20/Mt 20:17-28 Jer 17:5-10/Lk 16:19-31 Gn 37:3-4,12-13a,17b-28a/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Ex 20:1-17/1 Cor 1:22-25/ Jn 2:13-25

Feb 26 Feb 28 Mar 1 Mar 2

Basics of Lent - Prayer ,fasting 7:00pm Parish Center & Almsgiving The Light is On For You 6:30- 8:30 pm Adoration w/ Confession and Rosary 6:30 pm Stations of the Cross w/ Benediction 6:30pm

Mar 3 & 4 Rel Ed Classes Resume 2

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LENT ACTIVITIES

February 25, 2018

PRACTICE ALMSGIVING

Needs for next week : THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT March 3- 4 “Jesus was speaking of his body (and ours) as temples of God ” Bring $5.00 or $10.00 food market cards “Catholic Charities”

Lenten Spirituality Book Club “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody” by Allen Hunt, 2nd Edition

The Basics of Lent Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving

Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm, Parish Center: Mar 6, and Mar 20

Mondays 7:00 - 8:30pm, Parish Center: Feb26, Mar 5 , & Mar 19

Join Rosemarie DeLacy for two more faith sessions during Lent to explore eleven real life stories of God’s forgiveness and how we can learn to forgive others & ourselves. The book is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Its not too late to join ! Contact: [email protected] or 781-944-5303

Our Lenten faith formation program continues this week with Deacon Neil Presenting, “Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving in Daily Life.” Come to hear simple and practical ways on how to bring Lent into our complex schedules . Future topics include: Repentance; and How Lent Bears Fruit Throughout the Year. Presentations by Fr. Pat & Deacon Matt.

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm

The Light is On for You every Wednesday during Lent. A great opportunity to reconcile yourself to our merciful Lord before the great day of Easter

Adoration with Confessions & Rosary

Stations of the Cross with Benediction Fridays 6:30-7:30 pm

Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30 pm As the Catechism teaches, Adoration is homage of the human soul to the King of Glory and respectful silence in the presence of the ever greater God. Eucharistic Adoration is an extension of Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. Ladies Sodality will be present to lead the Rosary.

Of all the Lenten devotions, Stations and Benediction are the most deeply rooted in what Lent is about. Each Friday of Lent you are invited to walk the “Via Dolorosa” with Our Lord and worship Him at the foot of the Cross as his Blessed Mother and the Beloved Disciple did. .

Joint Parish Mission St. Athanasius & St. Agnes “Biblical Hospitality and Outreach to Others”

Guest Speaker Mr. Adam Janke from St. Paul Evangelization Sunday Mar 11th,5:30pm Mass with Introduction @St Agnes - Session I: Called to Holiness Monday Mar 12th,7:00-9:00pm @ St Athanasius (Parish Center) - Session II: Called to Share Tuesday Mar 13th, 7:00-9:00pm @St Agnes (Parish Center) - Session III: Called to Serve 3

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

February 25, 2018

Parish Happenings !!!!

YOUTH MINISTRY Led by Brad Agostonelli please contact him

Please Join Us! First Saturday Mass For the Blessed Mother Saturday, Mar 3 Rosary 8:45am Mass 9:00am

Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-944-0330 Fax: 781-9441266 [email protected]

FAMILY MASS Our next Family Masses at St. Athanasius are on Sundays , 3/11, and 4/1 (Easter Sunday) at 9am. For our Family Masses, we seek teens and youth to help by serving as lectors for the readings, bringing up the gifts, and assisting with the offering collection.

Ladies’ Prize Bingo

GOOD FRIDAY YOUTH SERVICE We invite anyone in grades 6-12 to join us on Good Friday 3/30 in the Parish Center at noon to watch “The Passion of the Christ movie, followed by the Stations of the Cross at 3:00 and then back to the Parish Center to help prepare Easter baskets for children in need . Please sign up for all or any activity with Brad by Friday, 3/23 to participate.

Sunday, March 25th

6:00pm $20pp Purchase tickets in the office or through Cindy Canavan at [email protected] or 781-872-0042. POTLUCK - GREAT RAFFLES Bring Food or Drinks to Share ! Come alone or with a group. Don’t delay, tickets sell fast!

STEUBENVILLE EAST COINFERENCE The Steubenville East Youth Conference is an opportunity for the teens in our community to engage with the Catholic faith and allow Jesus to change their lives. Steubenville East will take place at the UMass Lowell campus (Lowell, MA) on 7/13/18 7/15/18. Steubenville East gathers teens together from all over the New England area to experience the lifegiving nature of relationships with Jesus and others. There will be music, games, and activities that allow teens to learn about the Catholic faith and their role in the world around them. These conferences take place around the country, and we are fortunate that one is hosted so close to Reading! Please come to our 1 hour information meetings on Feb 27 & Mar 12 at 7pm in the Parish center. February 25 ~ Second Sunday of Lent

The readings this week deserve to be read, and reread and pondered. “God put Abraham to the test.” Those sound like scary words. Think about it: God put (insert YOUR name) to the test. What might that test look like in your life? How are you tested? How do you respond to difficult situations God asks you to face? In our Gospel, we hear God speak “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him.” As you begin this second week of Lent, listen attentively to what Jesus is speaking to you, asking of you? How will you respond? Remember God’s promise! 4

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

February 25, 2018

Saturday Night Club Our Kick Off SPRING Parish Event !! March 17 – St. Patrick’s & St. Josephs Day Pot Luck Dinner … Join us for Food Fun & Raffles Please contact Lisa Tavoletti at [email protected] if you plan to bring something.)

Future Events: Cooking Demonstrations, Trivia Night, Sea Glass Creations, Poker Night, etc.

Lots of Fun had by all , at our Floral Arranging Class !! Many laughs and tasty desserts shared with an end result of beautiful arrangements !! Watch our bulletin for future events and join us !

CATHOLIC APPEAL Next weekend, the Catholic Appeal will be announced in all parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Each of us is responsible not only for the wellbeing of our parish, but also for the wellbeing of the Church throughout our Archdiocese and throughout the world. In preparation, we invite you to prayerfully consider making a generous gift. To make an online pledge, please visit www.bostoncatholicappeal.org. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this year’s Appeal.

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St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

February 25, 2018

Parish Staff

PROJECT RACHEL Project Rachel is the post-abortion ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston which offers hope and healing for women suffering from the pain of a past abortion. Project Rachel offers confidential support, retreats and referrals for Sacramental Reconciliation (Confession). Spring 2018 retreat dates will be March 10, May 5 and June 2. For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or [email protected]

Pastor ………………………………. Reverend Darin V. Colarusso [email protected] Parochial Vicar………………………..Reverend Patrick Armano [email protected] Permanent Deacon………………………….Deacon Neil Sumner [email protected] Permanent Deacon…………..….………… Deacon Matt Baltier [email protected] Administrative Office Manager………………. Kerry Basford [email protected] Director 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] Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected] Religious Ed Administrative Assistant …..Michele Barrette [email protected]

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

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD Initiated by Pope Francis in 2014, 24 Hours for the Lord is an annual worldwide Lenten initiative for Catholics to receive the mercy of God through Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The following locations in the Archdiocese of Boston will be open for 24 hours (either for 24 hours straight, or two stretches of 12 hours each day) on Friday, Mar. 9 through Saturday, Mar. 10. Host parishes include: St. Theresa Parish, N. Reading; St. Joseph the Worker Shrine, Lowell; St. Paul Parish, Hingham; St. Stephen Parish, Framingham; St. Mary Parish, Lynn; St. James Parish, Groton; St. Joseph Parish, Kingston; Seaport Shrine; Boston; and St. Anthony Parish, Cambridge. For more information, visit bostoncatholic.org/24hours.

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Feb 25, 2018 - FAMILY MASS. Our next Family Masses at St. Athanasius are on. Sundays , 3/11, and 4/1 (Easter Sunday) at 9am. For our Family Masses, we seek teens and youth to help by serving as lectors for the readings, bringing up the gifts, and assisting with the offering collection. GOOD FRIDAY YOUTH SERVICE.

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