March 4, 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 [email protected] Facebook:

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

Twitter: Phone: 781-944-0330 Fax: 781-944-1266

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

March 4, 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, 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 Monday, Mar 5 9:00am Daniel LeBlanc Memorial Tuesday, Mar 6 9:00am Peter Doherty Memorial Thursday, Mar 8 9:00am Mark Cuoco Memorial 6:30 pm Adoration Friday, Mar 9 9:00am Vivienne Knopp Memorial Saturday, Mar 10 4:00pm Frances Marcella Memorial Sunday, Mar 11 9:00am Mass for the People 11:00am Eleanor Colorusso 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

SPECIAL DONATIONS: Altar Candles - for Month of March In Memory of : Dorothea Golini Bread & Wine - Week of 3-11 In Memory of Eleanor Colorusso

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 : 515 Offertory $ 6615 Next Week 2nd Collection is Deficit Reduction S CRIPTURE



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Basics of Lent - Repentance 7:00pm Parish Center Lent Book Club- “Deciding to Forgive” 6:30- 8:30 pm Light is on for you 6:30- 8:30pm Adoration w/ Confession and Rosary 6:30 pm Stations of the Cross w/ Benediction 6:30pm

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

March 4, 2018

Parish Happenings !!!!


Family Mass

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

Sunday, March 11th

at 9am

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

Sunday, March 25th

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.

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

Saturday Night Club Our Kick Off SPRING Parish Event !!

MARCH 17 – 6:30-9:00 St. Patrick’s & St. Josephs Day 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. 3

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA


March 4, 2018


Needs for next week : FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT March 10-11 “ . .this is the verdict, that the light came into the world.” Collect: 60/75 watt light bulbs “Mission of Deeds” & USED EYE GLASSES

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

The Basics of Lent “Repentance”

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

Mondays 7:00 - 8:30pm, Parish Center: Mar 5 and Mar 19 Our Lenten faith formation program continues this week with Deacon Matt Presenting, “Repentance.” Come and learn how to turn your life to Christ in our contemporary culture.

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 and Barnes & Noble.

Future topic : How Lent Bears Fruit Throughout the Year. Presentation by Fr. Patrick

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

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) 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.

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 4

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

March 4, 2018

March 4 ~ Third Sunday of Lent Today’s Gospel gives us a picture of Jesus that may make us uncomfortable. Jesus knew well the wrongs and injustices that were prevalent in some temple practices. Let us remember the wrath of Jesus against those who made it difficult, if not impossible, for people to be welcome in the house of God. As we strive to become better at being evangelizing parishes, is there anything about our church/parish life--a snobbishness, an exclusiveness, a coldness, a lack of welcome --which might keep the seeking stranger away? Lent gives us a good opportunity to make the necessary changes to those behaviors.


St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

March 4, 2018

Parish Staff Pastor ………………………………. Reverend Darin V. Colarusso [email protected] Parochial Vicar………………………..Reverend Patrick Armano [email protected]


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

If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, we believe Retrouvaille can help. You are NOT alone! Our peer ministry is led by couples who have lived through the honeymoon phase often followed by deep disillusionment before finally finding resurrection in their marriages using the tools taught in this program. Rediscover a loving marriage with a Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vy) weekend.

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]

The upcoming New England Retrouvaille marriage renewal weekends in 2018 will be held on: • April 13-15 Tewksbury MA. • October 19-21 Tewksbury MA.

Business Manager……………………………………...Janine Castro [email protected] Administrative Assistant ……………………….. Luann Barretto [email protected] Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected]

To register for the weekend or for more information, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit

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

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