LENT: What is Lent? LINK to overview and links to resources.
An INVITATION to GRACE: Collaborative Parishes of Sacred Heart and Saint Thomas More Lent 2017 Calendar - LINK to details.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017 - "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift." LINK to full message.
PRAYING THE ROSARY DURING LENT: Please join us in praying the Rosdary daily during the 40+ days of Lent with the intention of asking Our Blessed Mother to intercede with her Son, Jesus, for help and protection for the residents of our local nursing homes. Please see rotation schedule at this LINK.
Click on logo for Daily Reflections from Dynamic Catholic for 2-3 minute daily inspirational reflections for our Lenten Journey.
LECTIO DIVINA FOR LENT: LINK to USCCB Lectio Divina resource for the readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent.
In this Holy Year of Grace, we will pray in song for ourselves and others; that we may turn to God for strength and healing, compassion and courage in Jesus Christ through the practice of our beautiful Catholic faith. To unite us in this prayer, we will begin each mass during Lent with the processional song, “Return to God”, by composer Marty Haugen:
Refrain: Return to God with all your heart, the source of grace and mercy; come seek the tender faithfulness of God. (repeat)
1. Now the time of grace has come, the day of salvation; come and learn now the way of our God.
2. I will take your heart of stone and place a heart within you, a heart of compassion and love.
3. If you break the chains of oppression, if you set the pris’ner free; if you share your bread with the hungry, give protection to the lost; give a shelter to the homeless, clothe the naked in your midst, then your light shall break forth like the dawn. © Marty Haugen 2005 GIA Publications. Words reprinted with permission: OneLicense.net
The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move. Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
Link to full text of Cardinal Seán's letter of support and solidarity to the Catholics of our immigrant communities in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston.
A rich body of Church teaching, including Papal encyclicals, Bishops’ statements and pastoral letters, has consistently reinforced our moral obligation to treat the stranger as we would treat Christ himself. Use the following links to sections of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) website to learn more:
It is said that a healthy church is a growing church. We have seen and experienced that growth in our Collaborative Parishes at both St. Thomas More and Sacred Heart with the development of the Children’s Choirs who assist us in singing the 9:00 and 10:15 family masses each week. We are so grateful for their uplifting singing and faithful service.
The Adult Choir at Sacred Heart has welcomed two new members this year and we are always ready to embrace more.
We are currently working on building up our adult choir at St. Thomas More. We are looking for people who like to participate enthusiastically in the congregational singing. Though being part of the choir requires some level of commitment, it does not require as much time as you might think. The choir may sing at the 5:00 Mass on Saturday evening or the 8:00 Mass on Sunday mornings depending on the level of interest from prospective singers. I like to think of the choir as a small group within the larger church family, called in a special, musical way, to serve the community. It does not take great voices to build a great choir – it takes average voices gifted with the love of music, dedicated to a great, loving and faithful God! Just speak to one of our music ministers or e-mail Mary Beth any time for more information. Join us for a month, a season, or longer. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a beautiful choir during the seasons. Whether or not you are interested in serving in the choir, please take the time to pray for our music ministry, the growth of our Collaborative Parishes, and improving our ability to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ and the work of the New Evangelization!
During the week of November 7, the Grand Annual Appeal packet was mailed out to all those who gave last year. If you do not receive one, please help us by contacting the collaborative office to be sure we have your information accurately in our records. Parish-specific packets are also available at both parishes for those of you who do not receive the mailing. You may add your envelope to the collection, or drop it off or mail it to the Collaborative office. I ask you for your prayerful support at both parishes. Please note that all of your donations by parish stay in the individual budgets of each parish. Peace, Fr. Sean