March 11, 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 2pm. 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.

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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,LCPL Dean Lepore

Saturday, Mar 10 4:00pm Frances Marcella Memorial Sunday, Mar 11 9:00am Mass for the People 11:00am Eleanor Colorusso Memorial Monday, Mar 12 9:00am Antonia Rosatone Memorial Tuesday, Mar 13 9:00am Jackie Walsh Memorial Thursday, Mar 15 9:00am Americo Luongo Memorial 6:30 pm Adoration Friday, Mar 16 9:00am James Babineau Memorial Saturday, Mar 17 4:00pm Mass for the People Sunday, Mar 18 9:00am Caesar & Florence Zani Memorial 11:00am Pat & Anne Ventola 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, Olivia Harper Johnson,Malini Family, 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

SPECIAL DONATIONS: Altar Candles - for Month of March In Memory of : Dorothea Golini Bread & Wine - Weekend of 3-10 In Memory of Eleanor Colorusso Bread & Wine - Weekend of 3-17 In Memory of Dorothea Golini

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

W EEKLY O FFERTORY Mass Attendance Last Week : 601 Offertory $ 6973 Easter Flower Collection $2820

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M EETINGS & E VENTS Mar 11 Joint Mission St Agnes Church 5:30 pm Mar 12 Joint Mission St. Athanasius Church 7:00-9:00pm Steubenville Conference Meeting 7:00 pm In PC Mar 13 Joint Mission St. Agnes Church 7:00-9:00pm Mar 14 Light is on for you 6:30- 8:30pm Mar 15 Adoration w/ Confession and Rosary 6:30pm Mar 16 Stations of the Cross w/ Benediction 6:30pm Mar 17 Grade 10 Retreat in PC and Church 10:30-5:00pm Sat Night Club - St.Patrick & St. Joseph 6:30 - 9:00pm Pot Luck Dinner in PC

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4th Sunday of Lent Sometimes, when you say or do something cute as a child, it comes back to haunt you as an adult, especially if you have several older brothers who will not let you forget. A favorite family story is about my youngest brother. When he was a child, he admitted that every day at lunch in school, he would kiss his homemade, chocolate chip cookies before he ate them. When asked why, he replied that he knew they were made with lots of love! Lent is about making sacrifices and atoning for sins, and becoming better people of faith. Good Lenten practices remind us of our baptismal calling to be better people of faith. But isn’t it really about loving others? Isn’t the root of most of our sinfulness a failure to love? To make up for our sins and failures, to follow Christ more closely, we need to love better, more completely, and more unselfishly. Love can restore relationships, heal past hurts and mend broken hearts and spirits. Love is the antidote to sin. The best expressions of love are concrete actions that express our concern and affection. People need to experience our love for them. Just thinking it or saying it doesn’t help a whole lot. Real love brings us together with those who need us and want us to be close to them. Acts of kindness and thoughtfulness, offering a helping hand or a listening ear makes a big difference. Even a batch of chocolate chip cookies—or a cup of water—can let others know how much we care. ~James Gaffney ,St. George Publishing [email protected]

Bottles & Cans

March 24th , Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 Please call the office to sign up to help 781-944-0330 The Parish still Invites an adult volunteer to come forward to help Larry with monthly coordination

March 11 ~ Fourth Sunday of Lent ~ Laetare Sunday Oftentimes at sports events, concerts and the like, we see people holding a sign “John 3:16.” Do we consider the truth of that text when we see it or do we see it as nonsense? This very text is presented to us in today’s Gospel. It is given to us to remind us of the extent of God’s love. All are included in God’s vast inclusive love. St Augustine puts this truth this way: "God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love." As your Lenten journey continues take a few minutes to ponder God’s all-inclusive love for you and how you will respond to that love. 3

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Parish Happenings !!!!

Ladies’ Prize Bingo

YOUTH MINISTRY

Sunday, March 25th 6:00pm $20pp You can still purchase tickets in the office or through Cindy Canavan at [email protected] or 781-872-0042.

Led by Brad Agostonelli please contact him Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-944-0330 Fax: 781-944-1266 [email protected]

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.

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 meeting on Mar 12 at 7pm in the Parish center.

Donation Opportunities Purple Cope (memorialized)

$500.00

Deacon Dalmatics (Memorialized) $500.00 Four total, each a different color to match the priests vestments. Heating Oil (1 week)

$500.00

1 Month of Altar candles

$100.00

Flowers for the week

$50.00

Bread & Wine for the week

$40.00

TO OUR PARISHIONERS WE THANK YOU !!

Thank you to the Delaney Family for your generous donation of ROSE colored vestments in memory of Francis & Jean Delaney and Fr. Alfred Almonte. Your generosity is truly appreciated !

Thank You so very much for the anonymous donation of Palms for our Masses on Palm Sunday !

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LENT ACTIVITIES

March 11, 2018

PRACTICE ALMSGIVING

Needs for next week : FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 24 - 25 “Unless a grain of wheat falls . . . and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat.” Collect: boxes of cereal “Reading Food Pantry”

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 - Session II: Called to Share Tuesday Mar 13th, 7:00-9:00pm @St Agnes - Session III: Called to Serve

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

(Note: Mar 23rd will be our Parish Penance Service without stations ) 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. .

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.

Saturday Night Club Permission to put Lent on Hold ! Come celebrate the Feasts of St. Patrick & St. Joseph MARCH 17, 6:30-9:00 Pot Luck Dinner JOIN US/ BRING A FRIEND/MEET A FRIEND… FREE RAFFLES -Contact Lisa @ [email protected] to let her know what you are planning to bring. Future Events: Cooking Demonstrations, Trivia Night, Sea Glass Creations, Poker Night, etc.

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Parish Staff

Walking with Mary A multicultural Marian Procession through the streets of Boston with Cardinal Seán O'Malley, will take place on Saturday, Apr. 7 from 2:00-7:00PM. The program begins and ends at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (The Mission Church) in Boston, and includes an address by Cardinal Seán. Confession, adoration, praise, and worship will also be available following the procession. For more information, contact Gail Mattulina at [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]

Discipleship Week For HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS A dynamic evangelization experience for high school students, is returning to Northeast Catholic College in Warner, NH from Wednesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 1. Hosted by the Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship, this year’s theme is “Made for Greatness.” Designed for teens who are ready to take the next step in their relationship with Christ, the week features times of recreation and activities, worship, teachings, sharing in small and large groups; daily Mass and opportunities for confession, as well as time for individual prayer and reflection. Registration opens Mar. 1 at disciplesinmission.com/ discipleshipweek. For more information, contact Mike Drahos at [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]

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