January 7, 2018 Sunday Mass: Vigil 4:00pm; 9:00am, 11:00am Weekday Mass: 9:00am - Except Wednesday Morning Prayer 8:45am

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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.

January 7, 2018

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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, Dean Lepore

Saturday, Jan 6 9:00am First Saturday Mass 4:00pm William McLaughlin Memorial Sunday, Jan 7 9:00am Domonic Izzo Memorial 11:00am Giuseppe Fodera Birthday Memorial Monday, Jan 8 9:00am Tony Rickley Memorial Tuesday, Jan 9 9:00am Mark Cuoco Memorial Thursday, Jan 11 9:00am Edward McCartney III Memorial 6:30 pm Adoration Friday, Jan 12 9:00am Rita Quinn Memorial Saturday, Jan 13 4:00pm Dick Canty Memorial Sunday, Jan 14 9:00am Thomas Murray Birthday Memorial 11:00am Mass for the People

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, Robert, Richard, Steve R, Nowicki family, Scott, Trudy, Carla, Patrick M, Matthew, Paula, Marie M, Sheila S, Bob C, Rose, Dom, Daniel, Paige Goulet, 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, 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,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,Josie.B,Dan Daley,Chip Case, Ed. S, Frank. F ,Eddie, Guy.F, Ed .S, Kate R, Marie M Stephen O’Neill

SPECIAL DONATIONS: for weekend of 1-13 & 1-14 Altar Flowers in Memory of: Dick Canty


These names will stay in the Prayer Corner until Sunday, Jan 8th - Call the office or email [email protected] to add or renew a name of your loved ones on the list.

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Grief, Loss and General Pastoral Care


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St. Athanasius provides individual or small group support to those experiencing the loss of a loved one, or any loss, or other life difficulties or stress. We collaborate with various groups and counselors in the area who provide services at no cost. If you or someone you know is experiencing loss or distress and would like time limited pastoral counseling, please contact the parish office for more information.


Our 1st Saturday Night Club event All are Welcome !

Trevor Belle Fontaine Jr. & Krista Pierce

When: Saturday, Jan. 20 Time : 6:30-9:00 Cost: $ 25.00 per person Headcount for painting is mandatory so please don't delay to sign up. However…. you do not have to paint to have a good time. Just show up to have coffee/tea and light refreshments, play cards, meet a new friend, play chess or just relax !

Coffee Hour Please Consider Hosting !! We are always in need of hosts

To register for the organized painting activity email Jody Roffi at [email protected] or call the office at 781-944-0330 before Jan. 18. No cost the cost just to show up and have fun......Nothing.

A nice way to relax with friends from our parish. Contact Sophie at 781-944-9085

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Ladies’ Prize Bingo

Donation Opportunities for Special Items

Sunday, Jan 21st at 6pm Potluck - bring food and drinks to share ! Dooney & Burke, Coach, Kate Spade, jewelry, candles, make up, and more!

$20/ticket Limited amount of tickets are available in the office or through Cindy Canavan 781-872-0042 or [email protected]

Heating Oil (1 week)


1 Month of Altar candles


Flowers for the week


Bread & Wine for the week


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 -258-8767.

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

THANK YOU from the Miller Family on behalf of my father Robert J. Miller

Many Thanks to our Parishioners ! We are happy to say that through our Thanksgiving Gift card Collection we collected a total amount of $1,923 ! This is several hundred dollars more than last year ! The Reading Food Pantry received $858 (45% of total) and Catholic Charities North received $1,065 (55% of the total).

On an early Sunday morning in December, just less than twelve hours after attending Mass and receiving communion as he routinely did every Saturday, my father passed away. We wanted to take a minute to extend a sincere Thank you to Fr. Colarusso for anointing my father in the wee hours of the morning and extending words of comfort to all of us. We also would like to extend our Thanks to the parishioners of St. Athanasius for warmly welcoming our dad each and every Saturday with a smile and a handshake of peace.

Thanks for supporting these efforts! Sincerely, St. Athanasius Hospitality Ministry 4

January 7, 2018

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Epiphany of the Lord One of my nieces loved to perform when she was just a pre-schooler. She would sing songs or do ‘amazing’ tricks! But she always wanted someone to introduce her, beginning with the traditional “Ladies and gentlemen.” Without a proper introduction she could not perform and the show came to a grinding, if not teary, halt. No doubt she loved the spotlight and the attention. Everyone likes to be treated with special attention. Some occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries, call for it. Some people require a special introduction: new friends, relatives, business associates and VIP’s. Whether as a courtesy or an obligation, a little attention makes everyone feel good. It acknowledges people’s importance and what they mean to us. It highlights the abilities and qualities of those we love and respect. Most importantly, it gives us the chance to let others know how we feel, even if we don’t say it often enough. A little special attention goes a long way. It lifts the spirits, changes hearts, lightens the mood and brightens a day. Our actions speak volumes and let our family know how important they are to us. Don’t wait for a special performance or occasion or for the show to come to a halt. Give your loved ones the attention they deserve—yours! James Gaffney, to St. George Publishing


January 7, 2018

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Parish Staff

Witness to Life Rally St . Stephen Parish, Framingham MA Thursday, Jan. 18, 7:00PM – 9:00

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

All are invited to help launch the Witness to Life pilgrimage at a Rally with Bishop Mark O’Connell, the Catholic band Delmore, prayer and adoration, plus two dynamic pro-life speakers: Sarah Mary Toce (Director of the New England Life and Leadership Project) and Dr. Paul Gondreau, Professor of theology at Providence College, and father of Dominic Gondreau, the young boy with cerebral palsy who was embraced by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday, 2013. For more information on this free event, contact Margaret Wakelee at [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]

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus February 15-25, 2018 Fr. Liias and Fr. Armano, Spiritual Directors

Administrative Assistant ……………………….. Luann Barretto [email protected] Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected]

Join Fr. Liias and Fr. Armano on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will experience the Scriptures come alive and see where Jesus began his ministry. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we will discover this unique and spiritual land with visits to Galilee, Tiberius, Nazareth, Caesarea, Capernaum, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

Religious Ed Administrative Assistant …..Michele Barrette [email protected]

There are still some spaces available to register for the pilgrimage. For more information and to obtain a brochure, contact Cathy DiPirro @ 781-307-2474 or [email protected]

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

January 7 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord In an age when we rely on a “gps” or “Google maps” or “waze,” it is easy to find another route home. But the magi in today’s Gospel didn’t have this modern technology to rely on when they were told to return to their country “by another way.” The familiar route was not to be taken yet they trusted and did as was advised. On this feast of Epiphany, what “new way” is God inviting you to travel now? Where in your life might God be urging you to “take another route?” Will you trust that God will lead you along a new path?

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