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Third Annual Progressive Dinner October 28

Please join us Saturday, October 28 for our Annual Progressive Dinner. Come get to know parishioners in our neighboring parishes as well as our own! This is a great evening with good food and good people. We hope you will be with us! The evening begins at 6:00 pm with appetizers at Saint Bridget, continues on with dinner at Our Lady of Fatima at 7:15 and ends with dessert at St. Anselm. Folks attending from Our Lady of Fatima are asked to bring something for the main course. Following Masses on the weekends of 10/8 and 10/15 there will be an opportunity to sign up to bring food and to help staff this event. Anyone interested in attending or helping is welcome to contact Donna Biggins: donna@biggins.com or 978-793-1375.

Announcing the New OLF Community Outreach Ministry

After much reflection and discussion by our Parish Council, our Finance Council, and our parish staff, we are delighted to announce a new Community Outreach Ministry at Our Lady of Fatima. Our parishioners are very generous. Your actions show that your deep faith has called you to share and care for those in need. We are establishing this ministry to be more deliberate and intentional in extending care and assistance to our sisters and brothers in need. In doing so, we are following the guidance of Our Lord from the Beatitudes (MT 25:40): “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did for one of these sisters or brothers of Mine, you did for me.” We are also building on the strong foundation of over six decades of community outreach by our parish. For the first year of this ministry, beginning in summer of 2017, we have identified a number of community programs to support, including the Sudbury Food Pantry, a Jail Diversion Program, and an Eviction/Homelessness Prevention Program.  It is because of your example and generosity that we can provide assistance to these programs, which directly and dramatically improve the lives of our needy sisters and brothers.  Thank you!  

Collaborative Update and Timing

In 2012, the Archdiocese of Boston began a decade-long process of pastoral planning.  Especially because there are not enough priests to lead all the parishes of the diocese, the process seeks to unite parishes into collaboratives led by one pastor and one pastoral staff.  Since 2012, the Catholic communities of St. Bridget in Maynard and St. Anselm and Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury have had the joy of gathering in prayer, fellowship and collaboration as we anticipate becoming a collaborative.

This month the Archdiocese is announcing the timing of implementation of most of the remaining collaboratives. Our collaborative will officially commence in 2021. Until that time we will continue to pray, work and gather together as we prepare to become a collaborative. You can find more information about this process at www.disciplesinmission.com.  Please keep the Archdiocese of Boston and this pastoral planning process in your prayers as we journey together in Christ.

Blessings, Fr. John Prusaitis, Fr. Tom Kopp, Fr. Richard Erikson

A Touch of Grace: Wednesdays or Saturdays

A Touch of Grace is a faith-based program of exercises for body, mind and spirit.  The practice includes aerobic, core, strength, balance and flexibility training. Prayer and meditation are integral to our practice.  We allow God’s Word to abide in our minds and hearts to inspire, comfort, strengthen and move us. Through the exercises, we become more aware of the many gifts of God’s goodness and love.  Come and experience these gifts that are within you! WHEN: Wednesday mornings 10-11am or evenings 6:30-7:30pm; Saturday mornings 9:30-10:30am. WHERE: St. Joseph’s Hall, Our Lady of Fatima Parish. WHO: For men and women of all ages and abilities. To sign up or for information contact Mary Jo Ricketson. Email: maryjoricketson@gmail.com or phone 508-577-5795.  To view flyer please CLICK HERE .

Christ Alive Women's Bible Study Tuesday Mornings

The Christ Alive Women's Bible Study meetings takes place Tuesday mornings from 9:45-11:45 AM in St. Joseph’s hall. The study for this year will explore women of the New Testament taking into consideration the historical circumstances of the event described and how Jesus approached the situation, pondering the implications of Jesus’ actions, and praying together. For more information email Deanna Sklenak at djs_42@verizon.net

Live Streaming of our Masses

We are delighted to announce that we are implementing the technology to allow us to live stream our Masses via our parish website.  This will be a special service to our parishioners who are ill, home-bound, traveling, or otherwise unable to come to the church. We will be streaming each of our weekend Masses. We will also offer streaming to families for baptisms, weddings, and funerals. This will allow family members to be present through prayer and worship over the Internet. We ask God to bless this wonderful tool of faith formation and evangelization.

Fr. Erikson's Catholic TV "No Greater Love" Series On YouTube 

During November 2015, Cathoilic TV aired a series of brief reflections (3-5 minutes each) by Fr. Erikson on Catholic saints and saintly women and men who have served their countries.  These are available on YouTube (see below for a listing).  Here is a descritpion of the series from a Catholic TV press release:

 

Throughout the month of November Catholic TV will air special military "Blink!" segments by Father Richard Erikson, Ph.D. (Ch, Brig Gen, USAFR) called "No Greater Love". The segments tie into All Souls Month as well as Veterans Day by highlighting the ministry and life of Saints that served in the military. Fr. Erikson is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and a reserve chaplain endorsed by the Archdiocese for the Military Services. He currently serves as the Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sudbury, MA, as well as the Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon. See Fr. Erikson's bio: http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/108780/brigadier-general-richard-m-erikson.aspx.

 

Episodes can be viewed on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmmMSK0KJic - St Ignatius

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC3H7C4rMLE - Msgr. Paul Bradley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKXhJ2_kksI - St Joan of Arc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SEka2nDRWY - Fr. Kapaun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQnMa-5_7Ck - St. Francis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzYr5OGXEFU - St. Michael the Archangel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blt5vd-6cV8 - St. Martin

 

 

 

 

 

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