September 11, 2016 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Mass: Mon - Fri: 9am Morning Prayer 8:45am

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Sunday Mass: Vigil 4pm; 9am, 11am


First Saturday Mass: 9am

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

September 11, 2016

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, Lcpl Brenden Amico, Cpl. 3rd Class Christopher Donohue, Justin Whitmarsh, Pvt Michael Goddard, Chaplain Tom Whiteman

Saturday, September 10 4pm Louis Bertoncini Sunday, September 11 9am May Rubbico 11am Mass for the People of St. Athanasius Monday, September 12 9am Fr Robert Costello Tuesday, September 13 9am Mass Wednesday, September 14 9am Mass Thursday, September 15 9am Mass 6:30pm Adoration Friday, September 16 9am Matthew Stratton Saturday, September 17 4pm Francis & Marjorie DeThomasis Sunday, September 18 9am Mass for the People of St. Athanasius 11am Stella Callahan / Family Mass

Remember those in need of prayers, especially: Maryann Lucerto, Margaret Sumner, John Cadigan, Mary Lou, Dianne, Bill, Scott , Dan Hallidy, David S. Attachi Family, Olga Calautti, Stephen O’Neill, Kathy Oliveira, Paula, Joanne Curran, Jimmy, Charles Morrison, Frank F., Frank DelGreco, Barbara Coffin, John F. O’Brien, Ruthie, Richard Rossi, Robert D, Thomas D, Andrew D, Richard D, Phil T, Jen M, Fran P, Bryan M, Marion M, Anna Windels, Mary McNerney, Larry Y, Denise S., John, Mary G, Shirley N, Carol & Frank, Deborah, Patricia Maines, Justin L., Jay, Paula, Mike, David, Bubba Toussaint, Joan D, Nana K., Sue, Remo, Katie Willenborg, Denise, Josephine, Sammy, Bill, Guarino Family, Joan B, Kevin G., Brian, Eleanor Long, Joe O. Dennis Jancsy, Cathy M., Cynthia L., Jill, Marianne G., Dillon R., Mr. Blunt, Denise B., Ann Swift, Molly, Rob, Guy, Denis Hebert, Babies Max and Nate, Mike P, Paula P, Jeff M, Andrew R, Justin L, Marge Q, Jen M., Norma M, Julie, Pat K & Family, Marie Brown, JDF & Family, Patrick & Brianna, Rick Q, Trudy, Sean T, Dianne, Bob L, Flora T, Danny, Dee Michelini, Mari O’Sullivan, Dina Luongo, Tim I, Beth O, Anne Bernadette, Caroline, Judy R, Steve R, Ellen Nowicki, Scott, Jon S, Trudy, Carla

Altar Flowers in Memory of Anthony & Catherine Lombardo

S CRIPTURE 4 5 6 7 8



SUN Mon Tue Wed Thu

Wis 9:13-18b/Phlm 9-10, 12-17/Lk 14:25-33 1 Cor 5:1-8/Lk 6:6-11 1 Cor 6:1-11/Lk 6:12-19 1 Cor 7:25-31/Lk 6:20-26 Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30/Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23 9 Fri 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27/Lk 6:39-42 10 Sat 1 Cor 10:14-22/Lk 6:43-49 11 SUN Ex 32:7-11, 13-14/1 Tm 1:12-17/Lk 15:1-32 or 15:1-10

These names will stay in the Prayer Corner until Sunday, October 2nd. Call the office or email [email protected] to add or renew your loved ones on the list.

M EETINGS & E VENTS Monday, Sep 12

Prayer Shawl

9:30 PAC

Teachers’ Meeting Grades 1-6


Parents’ Meeting Grades 7-10


Saturday, Sep 17

Grade 1 Parent/ Student Meeting


Sunday, Sep 18

Parish Picnic

Thursday, Sep 15

W EEKLY O FFERTORY Mass Attendance: 374 First Collection: $6123 Catholic University of America: $1102 This Week: Deficit Reduction 2

After 11am Mass

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

September 11, 2016

Parish Picnic Celebration! Sunday, September 18th at noon Please sign up in the back of the Church after Mass so we can get a count for ordering food The hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, drinks, chips, and desserts are being provided but

we need parishioners to bring side dishes and salads to share. We need 24 people to help at the picnic. Call the office at 781-944-0330 if you can help us or sign up on line at:

Cold drink set-up (3 people) at 9:30 am Serving the hot food (4 people) Kids Activities (4-6 people)

Coffee station (2 people) Dessert station cutting the cake (3 people) Clean up around 2:30pm (6 people)

Religious Ed. update Registration is on-going for the fall 2016-2017 Session. Please download the forms on line if needed on our website @ or call the office. Class Schedule – Grade 1 - Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 Grade 2 - Saturdays 9:00-10:15 Grade 3 - Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 (Teachers needed) or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 Grade 4 - Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 As of now we need a teacher for the 1:00 class on Wednesday for grade 4 or this class may be cancelled. Grade 5 - Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 or Saturdays 9:00-10:00 Grade 6 - Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 every other Wednesday or every other Saturday from 8:45 - 10:15 As of this moment we need a teacher for the Tuesday grade 6 class or this class may be cancelled. Grade 7 – On Scheduled Sundays from 9:15 -10:55 Grade 8 - On Scheduled Sundays from 12:00 -2:00 Confirmation I - On Scheduled Sundays from 12:00 -2:00 Confirmation II- On Scheduled Sundays from 12:00 -2:00 Registration deadline is September 9th, 2016. After this a $25.00 late fee will be applied to your tuition fee. We are still in need of volunteer teachers for our fall session. If you are willing to help please email me at [email protected] or call me at 1-781-944-0330 at ext. 14. All volunteers will save 25% of the cost of the tuition. Please consider helping!!!


St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

September 11, 2016

Choir Practice Begins Again Choir rehearsal began Wednesday, September 7th for both the children's choir and the adult choir. Children's choir goes from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Adult choir goes from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. Children's choir is for those from grade 3 until grade 8. The adult choir is for everyone else. The children's choir sings once a month at the 9:00 am Mass and the adult choir sings three times a month for the 9 am Mass. For Christmas the children's choir sings at the 4 pm Mass and the Adult choir sings at the 6 pm Mass. the Adult choir is responsible for the music for Holy week and the Easter Vigil. the children's choir does the 9:00 am Mass on Easter Sunday. We are in need of members for both groups. If you enjoy singing from your pew, you will enjoy singing with the choir even more. If you have the desire to praise God in song please come and join us. According to Saint Augustine, when you sing you pray twice! Help us to make the Mass at Saint Athanasius a beautiful expression of the worship we owe God for the blessings we receive.

March for Life in Massachusetts On Sunday, Oct. 9, join hundreds of pro-lifers on Boston Common in a March for Life that bears witness to the value of all human life and raises money for agencies providing pro -life services throughout the Commonwealth. We’ll begin at 1pm with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and other pro-life speakers, followed by a joyful march around the perimeter of the Public Garden and Boston Common. In this most unusual presidential election year, a united prolife witness is more important than ever. Come and speak for the thousands who have no one but you to speak for them. For more information and sponsorship sheets, visit

Ride to Church Needed Mr. Bob Miller of Gavin Circle needs a ride to Mass for both daily (if possible) and on the weekend. Please call the office if you are able to help to any extent. Also, if you know of anyone else who has an outreach need, please let us know so we are able to try to accommodate them. 4

Ladies Paint & Sip Night Friday, October 14 Ladies’ Night Out Paint & Sip Everyone will paint one canvas to bring home $25 per lady Drinks provided Pot luck food 7-9pm in the PAC Tickets through [email protected], 781872-0042, or the office Only 40 seats available Bring cash for raffles and jewelry sale


Wine Tasting Fundraiser Saturday, September 24th 6:00-10:00 pm $40 per person Wine, Food & Raffles Funds raised at this event will help our Parish budget needs. Please join us for a fabulous night! Tickets available in the office.

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

September 11, 2016



BRAD AGOSTINELLI - YOUTH MINISTER, [email protected] • Cor Unum Meal Center ο The dates for our next visits to serve dinner at Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence are Saturdays 9/24, 10/22, 11/19, and 12/17. Our trips are open to ages 13 and up. ο Meet at 3:15pm in the St. Athanasius Parish Center and return around 7 or 8pm. ο PLEASE RSVP TO BRAD BY FRIDAYS 9/16, 10/14, 11/11, and 12/9 respectively. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. • 9th and 10th grade Confirmation hikes ο The 9th and 10th grade religious education classes are invited to attend an optional hike at Ward Reservation in Andover to kickoff the year, enjoy the fall, and spend time with friends from class. ο Dates: 9th grade on Sunday, 10/2 at 2-5:30pm and 10th grade on Sunday, 9/25 at 2-5:30pm; please RSVP to Brad by the Mondays beforehand, 9/26 and 9/19 respectively ο Location: Carpool will leave from St. Athanasius parking lot at 2pm • Remind ο We have started 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. ο To get started, text @stasyouth to the number 81010 and follow the instructions. • Social media ο To get started, text @stasyouth to the number 81010 and follow the instructions.Follow us on Instagram @saintasyouth or like us on Facebook at St. Athanasius and St. Agnes Youth Ministry. • Music ministry ο Musicians and singers are wanted! Any middle or high schoolers who sing or play an instrument are invited to participate in the mass choir at St. Athanasius. Please contact Music Director John Donovan for more information: [email protected]


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

Become a Hospice Volunteer “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi All Care Hospice is currently seeking caring, compassionate people to offer comfort and support to our patients and families. As part of the care team, volunteers serve a vital role in affecting the quality of our patients’ lives. Each volunteer opportunity is unique and varies depending on the needs of the patient and family as well as the volunteer’s availability and interests. Patient care may include providing companionship through conversation, reading aloud, reminiscing, or even just holding their hand. Other duties help alleviate stress for the caregiver such as running errands like grocery shopping and trips to the pharmacy, light housekeeping or meal preparation. Administrative tasks involve assembling admission packets, assisting with mailings, photocopying, and special event preparation. All Care Hospice serves the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. For more information or to enroll in a training, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maureen Burge at 781-244-1129

Brad Agostinelli Youth Minister St. Athanasius Catholic Church - Archdiocese of Boston Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-944-0330 Fax: 781-944-1266 [email protected]


St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

September 11, 2016

Parish Staff

Free Program on Chronic Pain Self-Management

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

Is living with chronic pain affecting your life? Chronic pain may cause sleep loss, increased stress and loss of motivation around everyday activities. Learn how to manage pain and continue living a fulfilling life through this FREE six-session program. The program, sponsored by Hallmark Health System, will be held on Wednesday mornings at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Avenue in Medford from October 5 – November 9, 2016 (call for times); Registration required. SPACE IS LIMITED; Please call Joya Pezzuto, RN at 781-3387823 to register or for more information.

Parochial Vicar………………………..Reverend Patrick Armano [email protected] Permanent Deacon………………………….Deacon Neil Sumner [email protected] Permanent Deacon…………..….………...Deacon Matt Baltier [email protected] Administrative Office Manager………………….. Nancy Sieger [email protected] Coordinator of Religious Ed……………………….. Jo-Ann Rossi [email protected] Music Director..………………………………………..John Donovan [email protected]

A Message from SHINE (Service the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone…on Medicare)

Business Manager……………………………………...Janine Castro [email protected]

It is almost here…Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment

Administrative Assistant ……………………….. Luann Barretto [email protected]

It’s that time of the year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to read and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2017.

Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected]

During Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment (October 15 – December7), you will have a chance to change your plan for next year. If you never had a drug plan, this is your opportunity to join one. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as explain other options you may have. SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related programs. Contact your local Senior Center for an appointment. You may also call the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services at 781-3884845. Appointments are limited in all locations so make your appointment soon. Please bring your Medicare card and list of prescription medications with you to your appointment.


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