March 18, 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

Twitter: twitter.com/StAsReading Phone: 781-944-0330 Fax: 781-944-1266

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 17 4:00pm Mass for the People Sunday, Mar 18 9:00am Caesar & Florence Zani Memorial 11:00am Pat & Anne Ventola Memorial Monday, Mar 19 9:00am Mary Sullivan Memorial Tuesday, Mar 20 9:00am Salvatore Izzo Memorial Thursday, Mar 22 9:00am John Hislop Jr. Memorial 6:30 pm Adoration Friday, Mar 23 9:00am Roland Driscoll Memorial Saturday, Mar 24 4:00pm Lucy Bertoncini Memorial Sunday, Mar 25 9:00am Mass for the People 11:00am John Mattivello 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 3-17 In Memory of Dorothea Golini Bread & Wine - Weekend of 3-24 In Memory of John Mattivello

W EEKLY O FFERTORY

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.

Mass Attendance Last Week : 480 Offertory $ 6518 Deficit Reduction $ 2419

M EETINGS & E VENTS Mar 19 Basics of Lent - *** Cancelled ***

S CRIPTURE 18 SUN 19 Mon 20 21 22 23 24 25

Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat SUN

FOR THE WEEK OF

Mar 20 Lent Book Club - “Everybody Needs to 6:30 -8:30 pm Forgive Somebody” Mar 21 Grade 4 Reconciliation Practice 3:00pm Light is on for you 6:30- 8:30pm

M ARCH 18

Jer 31:31-34/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/ Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a Nm 21:4-9/Jn 8:21-30 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Jn 8:31-42 Gn 17:3-9/Jn 8:51-59 Jer 20:10-13/Jn 10:31-42 Ez 37:21-28/Jn 11:45-56 Mk 11:1-10/Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Mk 14:1—15:47

Mar 22 Adoration w/ Confession and Rosary 6:30pm Mar 23 Gr. 4 Reconciliation -Parish welcome 7:00pm *** NO Stations of the Cross this Evening*** Mar 24 2

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March 18, 2018

A Reflection by Theophilus of Antioch, Bishop If you say, "Show me your God," I will say to you, "Show me what kind of person you are, and I will show you my God." Show me then whether the eyes of your mind can see, and the ears of your heart hear. It is like this. Those who can see with the eyes of their bodies are aware of what is happening in this life on earth. They get to know things that are different from each other. They distinguish light and darkness, black and white, ugliness and beauty, elegance and in-elegance, proportion and lack of proportion, excess and defect. The same is true of the sounds we hear: high or low or pleasant. So it is with the ears of our heart and the eyes of our mind in their capacity to hear or see God. God is seen by those who have the capacity to see him, provided that they keep the eyes of their minds open. All have eyes, but some have eyes that are shrouded in darkness, unable to see the light of the sun. Because the blind cannot see it, it does not follow that the sun does not shine. The blind must trace the cause back to themselves and their eyes. In the same way, you have eyes in your mind that are shrouded in darkness because of your sins and evil deeds. A person's soul should be clean, like a mirror reflecting light. If there is rust on the mirror his face cannot be seen in it. In the same way, no one who has sin within him can see God. But if you will you can be healed. Hand yourself over to the doctor, and he will open the eyes of your mind and heart. Who is to be the doctor? It is God, who heals and gives life through his Word and wisdom. Through his Word and wisdom he created the universe, for by his Word the heavens were established, and by his Spirit all their array. His wisdom is supreme. God by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding he arranged the heavens, by his knowledge the depths broke forth and the clouds poured out the dew. If you understand this, and live in purity and holiness and justice, you may see God. But, before all, faith and the fear of God must take the first place in your heart, and then you will understand all this. When you have laid aside mortality and been clothed in immortality, then you will see God according to your merits. God raises up your flesh to immortality along with your soul, and then, once made immortal, you will see the immortal One, if you believe in him now.

March 18 ~ Fifth Sunday of Lent Jesus presents us with an amazing paradox in today’s Gospel. He is telling us that only by death comes life; only by spending our life do we preserve it; and only by service will come greatness. In this Gospel, Jesus calls us to live in a way that goes counter to what the world preaches. We find life, if we live by his word. In the remaining days of Lent, pray for the grace to make the necessary changes in your life so that you can live in imitation of Christ.

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March 18, 2018

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!

FAMILY MASS Our next Family Masses at St. Athanasius are on Sundays, 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.

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March 24th , Saturday

REMIND APP

8:00 - 11:00am 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

We have 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. 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.

Donation Opportunities Purple Cope (Memorialized)

TO OUR PARISHIONERS WE THANK YOU !!

$500.00

Deacon Dalmatics (Memorialized) $500.00 Four total, each a different color to match the priests vestments. Thank You so very much for the anonymous donation of $500.00 for Heating Oil for our Parish !

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Heating Oil (1 week)

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LENT ACTIVITIES

March 18, 2018

PRACTICE ALMSGIVING

Needs for next week : PALM SUNDAY “Many people spread their cloaks on the road . . .crying out: Hosanna!” Collect: sweaters, flannel shirts, sweat shirts & “hoodies” [all ages] for “Lazarus House

Lenten Spirituality Book Club “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody” by Allen Hunt, 2nd Edition Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm, Parish Center Join Rosemarie DeLacy for one more faith session during Lent to explore eleven real life stories of God’s forgiveness and how we can learn to forgive others & ourselves. Contact: [email protected] or 781-944-5303

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 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.

Parish Lent Reconciliation Friday, March 23rd - 7:00pm In place of Stations of the Cross our Grade 4 Religious Education Class will host a Penance Service. All are welcome to join them for another Lenten opportunity to reconcile yourself before Easter.

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March 18, 2018

Parish Staff

Evening of Healing & Intercessory Prayer With Frank Kelly Tuesday, March 20th

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

6:00pm

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

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Permanent Deacon………………………….Deacon Neil Sumner [email protected]

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Permanent Deacon…………..….………… Deacon Matt Baltier [email protected]

Frank Kelly’s periods of prayer with individuals are powerfully accentuated by his gifts of discernment, word of knowledge and healing. 6:00 pm

Adoration, Rosary & Confession

Administrative Office Manager………………. Kerry Basford [email protected] Director of Religious Ed……………………………….. Jo-Ann Rossi [email protected]

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Teaching & opportunity for personal prayer with Frank.

Music Director..………………………………………..John Donovan [email protected] Business Manager……………………………………...Janine Castro [email protected]

All are Welcome ! For more information call 978- 664- 3412

Administrative Assistant ……………………….. Luann Barretto [email protected] Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected] Religious Ed Administrative Assistant …..Michele Barrette [email protected]

The following Pro Life Events are being hosted by our neighboring Parish:

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

St. Theresa’s 63 Winter St, N. Reading March 25th - 7pm - Church Hall - Guest Speaker Linda Thayer is an approved speaker of the Pro-Life Office in the Archdiocese of Boston & the VP of Educational Affairs of Mass Citizens for Life. _________________________________________ March 30th - 9am - Planned Parenthood in Boston Bus Leaves St Theresa’s lot at 8:00am and return at approx 11:00am

Clergy Health and Retirement Trust: Easter Collection 2018 This Easter, our parish collection will benefit the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust which cares for the needs of our 590 priests. Our priests are always there for us; they share Christ’s good news, perform good works, and build communities of good faith. All are welcome to learn more and make a gift online at clergytrust.org. And don’t forget to find and follow the Trust on Facebook by searching “@ClergyTrust.” Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

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