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The Rite of Blessing for a Child in the Womb December 15:
The “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” was created by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for – and recognition of – the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society. All parents and families expecting the birth of a child are invited to participate. For more information, contact the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston at 508.651.1900 or ProLifeOffice@rcab.org.
Fr. Erikson Announces Cardinal Seán's Visit January 12:
Rev. Joel Guillemette, pastor of Sudbury United Methodist Church, and I invited Cardinal O’Malley to speak during a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Richard Cardinal Cushing’s historic visit to Sudbury United Methodist Church on January 19, 1964.
Cardinal Cushing’s visit honored the members of Sudbury United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and representatives of other Christian communities in Boston’s Metrowest area with one of the first ecumenical visits made by the archdiocese’s episcopal leader during Vatican II.
Pastor Guillemette and I met in March 2012, the first week of my appointment as pastor our Our Lady of Fatima, while we were taking part in Sudbury’s monthly gatherings for clergy and other religious professionals. I enjoy participating in the monthly luncheons and discussions of the Sudbury Clergy Association.
Pastor Guillemette and I extended our invitation to Cardinal O’Malley jointly, remembering that 2014 also recalls the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and the significant ecumenical milestones it made possible. In our letter to Cardinal O’Malley we wrote, “Both of us give thanks to God for the opportunities we have enjoyed to taste the fruits of ecumenical dialogue, Richard in military chaplaincy, Joel in an ecumenical seminary and the Council of Churches in another New England state. We are also part of a collegial and active clergy association here in Sudbury.”
The January 12th ecumenical gathering will be a wonderful opportunity for Christians to take stock of the progress being made toward greater church unity. The service of worship we will host, and the reception that will follow, will offer a model of civility across differences at a time when towns, cities, nations, and even religious communities are too often polarized and divided.
Sudbury United Methodist Church is located at 251 Old Sudbury Road. Our Lady of Fatima Parish and Sudbury United Methodist Church invite you and all of our neighbors to attend and celebrate with us.
Fr. Rich Erikson
Extraordinary Synod on the Family:
Prayers for our Philippines Brothers and Sisters:
Fr. Rich Erikson
Following are two statements (1) Cardinal Sean O'Malley Statement on the Philippines, and (2) Solidarity with the Victims of Super Storm Haiyan by Fr. Cyriac, Chaplain of the Filipino Apostolate of Boston.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley Statement on the Philippines:
My Dear Friends in Christ:
The Archdiocese of Boston and the international Catholic community stand in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters in the wake of the events of Typhoon Haiyan. As reports continue concerning the loss of life and the devastation of this storm, possibly the most severe in recorded history, we are committed to provide all possible assistance and support. At this time I am joined with the bishops of the United States, gathered in Baltimore for the annual meeting, in developing a plan for outreach to the Filipino Community and a national collection to assist with relief efforts and the rebuilding that will be necessary in the Philippines.
In this time of crisis we turn to our Lord Jesus Christ, who has promised to be with us always, in prayer for the repose souls of those who perished in the storm and for the strength to bring the needed healing to the injured and to assist the Philippines in recovering from this natural disaster. Together we will go forward with our Filipino brethren as they carry out their mission in the Church and the world.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Boston
Statement in solidarity with the victims of Super Storm Haiyan:
"Haiyan" (Yolanda) is one of the strongest super typhoons ever to make a landfall in history and that devastated the central Philippines on November 8, 2013. The loss of life, families, towns and villages are heartbreaking. Deeply saddened by this disturbing tragedy, the Filipino community of Boston, Worcester, Providence and beyond express our heartfelt solidarity with everyone who is affected in any way.
We pray for all the families who lost their loved ones, homes and livelihood. No matter how strong the winds and waves of the typhoons may be, the resilience of the Filipinos will shine through. The typhoons may destroy homes and villages. The faith of Filipinos is stronger than any typhoon. A typhoon cannot bend nor break the timber of the Filipino faith. "The Filipino soul is stronger than (typhoon) Yolanda, says Archbishop Jose Palma, President of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Highlighting the resilience of Filipino people in time of adversity, Palma said "no calamity or natural devastation can quench the fire of our hope." Antonio Cardinal "Chito" Tagle of Manila in his statement said, "What a mystery—those who have reasons not to believe or to get angry with God, they are the ones proclaiming the joy of clinging to Jesus. A lot of things may get destroyed, but nothing can destroy their faith. We should listen to them". I join the Filipino community around the world in offering prayers for Consolation, courage, strength and perseverance amidst these horrific events.
....Let us stand in solidarity with these brethren and pray for God's healings in the midst of all grief and loss. We will emerge stronger than the typhoon for our faith is greater. May San Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, the patron saints of the Philippines, intercede for us. May the Blessed Mother, Mama Mary, draw us closer amidst our loss and grief.
Rev. Cyriac C. Mattathilanickal, MS
Chaplain, Filipino Apostolate of Boston
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