4th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Weekly Parish News
February 3, 2019
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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Tomorrow's Saturday morning Sacred Heart 8:15am Mass will celebrate the
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
. Traditionally, this is also known at Candlemas--when candles are blessed symbolizing the light of Christ. Fr. Paul will celebrate a blessing of candles. Please feel free to bring candles that will be used in your prayer space, and he will bless them during Mass. This is also a time when we celebrate
Souper Bowl of Caring
at St. Gregory this Weekend!!!
St. Gregory youth will be collecting donations after Mass to donate to local food pantries. Please support this cause & help feed the hungry.
The Anointing of the Sick
This Sunday, we are celebrating the Anointing of the Sick at each of our churches:
8:30 am: St. Gregory
9:30 am: St. Jude
10:30 am: Holy Martyrs
11:00 am: Sacred Heart
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a means to bring both spiritual and physical strength to all Catholics. It is for those who suffer from illnesses, who are scheduled for surgery, treatments for disease, or who experience a sudden medical crisis. Like the sacrament of Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick is a “sacrament of healing.” And like all the sacraments, it is intended for the living. There are misconceptions that this sacrament is the same as Last Rites or should be saved until the last moments of someone’s life, but that is not what this sacrament is intended for. And waiting too long for this sacrament does a disservice to the one being anointed as well as the sacrament itself. It should not be kept until the last minute because, when possible, the one being anointed should be conscious and be able to actively participate in the sacrament.
“The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age...Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, they may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and after they have received it, if the illness worsens.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1528, 1529)
The sacrament is appropriate for the elderly weakened by advanced age or suffering from chronic or long-term illnesses. The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person's condition becomes more serious or relapse occurs after recovery. For those who are in the end-of-life stage or Hospice care, family members should contact their parish priest immediately to have their loved one anointed as a priest may not be available on short notice prior to death. If you need this sacrament for yourself or someone you know, please contact the parish office at 847.6890.
If you desire to receive this sacrament during Mass, please check in with the priest or parish leader when you arrive as there will be special pews reserved for those being anointed.
This weekend also marks the celebration of the feast of
. St. Blaise was a physician before becoming a bishop and was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fish bone in his throat. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. It has been a custom that we offer a blessing on the weekend of his feast day. This blessing will be given after the Masses and is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick.
Blessing of Marriages Next Weekend
Next Sunday, February 10, is World Marriage Day & as a custom in the parish, we will be blessing all marriages that weekend. World Marriage Day salutes the faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy that are part of daily living for married couples and their generous love that gives rise to new life. "Love One Another" is the theme of every World Marriage Day and it is the power of love that fosters unity within the couple. Make sure to attend Mass with your spouse next weekend!
St. Gregory Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, February 10, St. Gregory, 9:30 am
St. Gregory’s youth would like to welcome you in the parish hall after Mass on February 10 for a FREE breakfast. Please join us!
Sat., Feb. 9, 10:00 am, St. Gregory
Sewing ministry meets to make dresses & shorts for distribution in Africa. Sewers & fabric donations welcome. Contact Vvette Knight (
Together W/ Alzheimer’s
Wed., Feb. 6, 7:00 pm, Sacred Heart
Support & Care for the Caregiver group meets weekly to discuss caregiver concerns. For more info, contact
Knights of Columbus
Faith In Action Program
: Build the domestic church in collaboration with the Diocese of Portland by evangelizing and proclaiming our faith through our works of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
: Strengthen our Parish by recruiting, engaging & retaining brother Knights and their families through our Faith in Action Programs in the Church, Community, Family, and Life events within our Parish and Community.
As our Council Faith In Action Director
, I will be working to provide you an in-depth look at the 2019 Knights of Columbus both here and from Supreme. The goal here is to show each Catholic man and his family in our Parish just how this NEW "Faith In Action Program" works, and how it will benefit Knights families, as well as non-Knight families.
We look forward to serving you, and working with you on many projects and programs during 2019.
God Bless & Peace, Joe Mathew OFS, Council Faith In Action Director
Brother Knights and Parish Families
During 2019 your Parish Knights Council will be recognizing non-Knight families in our Parish Community just like we do our own Knights families. We started this program this month by recognizing a family from Holy Martyr’s Church. Presenting this months certificate was Fr. Paul Marquis, Brother Joe McDonnell, and Brother Joe Mathew OFS. In passing, would you please join us in congratulating Peter & Cathy Mullaney for being selected, and recognized for their time and talent in support of their Church, Community and the Lord. Currently we are planning to recognize a non-Knight Family once every quarter. Congratulations again to Peter and Cathy Mullaney for their dedication as parishioners of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist.
Council 15791 Family Team
Looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift?
Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that shares twice the love? The women at Hope Rising, Maine’s first residential treatment program & safe house for survivors of human trafficking operated by the Good Shepherd Sisters, have created a natural salt bath scrub that delights the senses with essential oils and soothes the skin with sea salt. Proceeds from every purchase of their unique
will provide direct aid for Hope Rising residents through programming and support of their personal and professional needs.
To purchase, please call 282.3351, and press option #4.
Contemplation and Quiet A Winter Special Retreat
Retreat at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, February 8 - 10, 2019
This silent weekend will allow personal time to journey with self and with God. Adoration will be available; also Spiritual Direction for those who wish. Cost $180.
For more info, call 284.5671.
Summer Camp Sign-Up
Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls
are now accepting registrations for the 2019 summer season. For more information or to request a brochure, contact Brendan Stackhouse at 603.364.5851 or email him at
Volunteer Photographers Wanted!
Do you have an eye for a good shot? Would you like to show off the people, places and events of your parish? Our communications team is seeking assistance highlighting the best visual elements Parish of the Holy Eucharist has to offer. If this is of interest to you, contact Joe Williams at
Job / Music Opportunity
We have an immediate opening for a parishioner with keyboard skills to lead music at the 5:30pm Mass at Holy Martyrs on Sundays. This is a paid position. Training is available. Please contact Jennifer Runge, at 847.6884, or
on Friday, February 1 at 4:01PM