October 29, 2017 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 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

October 29, 2017

Please pray for our military and civilians who defend our freedom, especially:

Saturday, Oct 28 4:00pm William Silva Sr. Memorial Sunday, Oct 29 9:00am Domenic Tango Memorial 11:00am Aquilino Centrella Memorial Monday, Oct 30 9:00am Edna Pomerleau Memorial Tuesday, Oct 31 9:00am Lawrence Grant Memorial Wednesday, Nov 1 - ALL SAINTS DAY 12:00pm Mass for the People 6:30 pm Mass for the People Thursday, Nov 2 9:00am ALL SOULS 6:30pm Adoration Friday, Nov 3 9:00am Diane Buckley Memorial Saturday, Nov 4 4:00pm Mass for the People Sunday, Nov 5 9:00am Michael DeWolfe Memorial 11:00am Anthony J. DeAntonis, Sr. Memorial

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

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, Fran P, 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

SPECIAL INTENTIONS: Altar Candles- 1 month in Memory of Cathy, Diane & Tim Altar Flowers in Memory of: Edna Pomerleau

These names will stay in the Prayer Corner until Sunday, Nov 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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Altar Server Training 1:00 w/Fr. Colarusso in Church All SAINTS DAY - Mass Noon &6 :30pm Holy Day of Obligation First Saturday Mass 9:00 Katie’s Prayer Ministry - After 4:00 Mass in PC

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October 29, 2017


Praying to the Saints…. and for the Faithful Departed in Purgatory (Excerpted from the Catholic Answers articles “The Intercession of the Saints” and “The Roots of Purgatory,”

which can be found at www.Catholic.com) The Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray with us. Thus in Psalm 103 we pray: "Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!” Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the Book of Revelation, we read: "[An] angel came and stood at the altar [in heaven] with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God" (Rev. 8:3). Those in heaven who offer to God our prayers aren’t just angels, but humans as well. St. John sees that "the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8). The simple fact is, as this passage shows: The saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth. However, since sin and final glorification are utterly incompatible, between the sinfulness of this life and the glories of heaven, we must be made pure. The concept of an after-death purification from sin is stated in the New Testament (see 1 Cor 3:11–15 and Matt 5:25–26). Thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name purgatory to this final purification of the elect" (CCC 1030). Some imagine that the Catholic Church has an elaborate doctrine of purgatory worked out, but there are only three essential components of the doctrine: (1) that a purification after death exists, (2) that it involves some kind of pain, and (3) that the purification can be assisted by the prayers and offerings by the living to God. Additional ideas, such that purgatory is a particular "place" in the afterlife or that it takes time to accomplish, are speculations rather than doctrines. The early Church not only clearly recognized the biblical teaching that those in heaven can and do intercede for us, but that we, also, pray for those who are not yet in eternal glory. To offer a tiny but very instructive example, we close with a few quotes from St Augustine: "There is an ecclesiastical discipline, as the faithful know, that when the names of the martyrs are read aloud in that place at the altar of God, the prayer is not offered for [the saints]. Prayer, however, is offered for other dead who are remembered. It is wrong to pray for a martyr, to whose prayers we ought ourselves be commended." "At the Lord’s table we do not commemorate martyrs in the same way that we do others who rest in peace so as to pray for them, but rather that they may pray for us that we may follow in their footsteps." "The whole Church observes this practice which was handed down by the Fathers: that it prays for those who have died in the communion of the Body and Blood of Christ, and the sacrifice [Mass] is offered also in memory of them, on their behalf. It is not at all to be doubted that such prayers are of profit to the dead.”


St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

October 29, 2017

Please Join Us! First Saturday Mass For the Blessed Mother Saturday, Nov 4th

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YOUTH MINISTRY PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN COR UNUM MEAL CENTER Our next visit to serve dinner at Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence are 11/18, 12/16 These trips are open to ages 13 and up. We will meet at 3:15pm in the St. Athanasius Parish Center and return to Reading around 7:30 or 8pm. PLEASE RSVP TO BRAD ONE WEEK BEFOREHAND.

St. Athanasius will be offering 2 classes for all who volunteer or teach with children . This 90 minute class is mandatory through the Archdiocese of Boston Please call the parish office to enroll 781-944-0330

Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-944-0330

Training dates : Sunday Oct 29th, 10:15 AM Wed Nov 1st, 7pm

FAMILY MASSES Our next Family Masse at St. Athanasius is 11/21 Tuesday evening, at 6:30 pm . we seek teens and youth to help with the Mass by serving as lectors for the readings, bringing up the gifts, and assisting with the offering collection. Please sign up with Brad Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-944-0330

Training classes will be in the Parish Center.

CHRISTMAS PARTY We invite anyone in the grades 6-12 to our Youth Night Christmas Party on Sat, Dec 16th in the Parish Center from 7-9pm. We will be making gingerbread houses and Christmas cards for local nursing homes. There will be appetizers, desserts, games and a movie. Please RSVP to Brad cell:585-200-2831 Office 781-9440330 by Friday Dec 8th.

Holy Day of Obligation Join us at Mass , Nov 1st St. Athanasius Parish 12:00pm & 6:30pm

Sunday, Oct 29th

Mass of Remembrance


Please join us at our Mass of Remembrance Saturday, November 11 at our 4:00 Mass

With Fr. Colarusso in the church If you are in 3rd grade or above please consider becoming an Altar Server. Not only will you have a great seat at Mass but It is a great way to serve the people of our parish.

Please feel free to extend an invite to other family members. A coffee reception will follow after in the Parish center.


St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

October 29, 2017

PARISH NEWS CHRISTMAS FAIRE REQUESTS The Faire committee is once again asking the St. Athanasius community for help to make the Christmas Faire a success. Donating is an easy way to support the Christmas Faire, especially if you are unable to attend the Faire. On behalf of the 2017 Christmas Faire Committee, thank you in advance for your support.

Christmas Faire Raffle Tickets

Calling All Bakers

Christmas Faire Raffle tickets will now be available after all the m Masses beginning October 28, and thru November 16. If a table is not set up outside after Mass, ticket sheets can be picked up at the table in the back of church along with a return addressed envelope. You can return your filled out tickets and money in the return envelope at your convenience by either mailing it to the church office, putting in the box in the back of church mark “Faire Raffle Tickets”, or dropping off at the church office. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Grand Prize is $500, Second Prize is $250, and Third Prize is $100. Drawing will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. during the Christmas Faire. You need not be present to win !!

The Faire Bakery and Lunch Area would love to sell your cakes, cookies, cupcakes, bars and any other cherished recipe you’d love to make. There is an increased need for baked goods for the Faire Bakery and the Lunch Area. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of church. Or, you can go to the the following link to sign-up: http:// www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044faaa62da20-christmas2 Following health code regulations all baked goods must include a list of all ingredients. Baked goods received without the ingredients listed cannot be sold. For cookies, bars and other small baked goods, please package for individual sale in clear plastic wrap of bags (no foil).

Another Way To Help The Lunch Area is asking for help with donations of cases of water (16.9 oz size bottles only) and cases of specifically Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite. Donations can be put in the back of church after all Masses during the month of November. Donations are being accepted thru Wednesday, Nov 15

October 29 ~ Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer Ministry

Jesus doesn’t mince words in today’s gospel. “The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” - love God with your whole being and love your neighbor as yourself. There is no wiggle room in how we are to behave and how we are to treat one another. As his disciples, let us pray for the grace to be faithful to living according to these commandments in all areas of our life.

Hosted by Katie Curtis

Nov 4th after the 4:00 Mass in the Parish Center We will pray for each other, for our country, and for the world. THERE WILL NOT BE A MEETING NOV 18TH due to the Christmas Faire Jesus said, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."


St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

October 29, 2017

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Catholic School Open Houses

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

St. Augustine School Located at 26 Central Street in Andover, St. Augustine School is a Catholic school serving students in Nursery through Grade Eight. Open Houses will be held Tuesday, November 28 6:30-8:00 pm and Tuesday, January 30 9:30-11:00 am, 6:30-8:00 pm. All inquiries can be sent to Meghan Lovett at [email protected] or 978-475-2414.

Parochial Vicar………………………..Reverend Patrick Armano [email protected] Permanent Deacon………………………….Deacon Neil Sumner [email protected] Permanent Deacon…………..….………… Deacon Matt Baltier [email protected]

Malden Catholic , The Co-divisional High School : The school for girls will hold its open house on Nov 5, 10am11:30am and on Nov 30, 6pm-8pm. Register at 718-4755308 or MaldenCatholic.org/openhouse

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

Arlington Catholic High School : 16 Medford St , Arlington. Sunday Nov 5,1pm-3pm . Come explore with an individual tour. Register at www.achs.net/openhouse or call Stephen Barrett 781-777-7014

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

25th and 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass With Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. CAP. Sunday, November 19, 3:00PM at Holy Name Parish 1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury All Couples of the Archdiocese of Boston who are marking their 25th and 50th wedding anniversary are invited to join Cardinal O’malley Register by Oct31st to be included in program at Bostoncatholic.org/ weddinganniversarymass

Religious Ed Administrative Assistant …..Michele Barrette [email protected] Submissions for our bulletin are by Monday 9am [email protected]

Once again, Mission of Deeds is so very grateful for the school supply drive that was organized by St. Athanasius Parish. To quote Paula Gross from the Mission of Deeds, “Your parishioners are so generous and always donate exactly what our clients /children need to have a great start to their school year “

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