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Holy Family Summer Enrichment Program

As John Ollquist said when he spoke at all the May 4-5 Masses, If you are interested in helping out with the Holy Family Summer Enrichment Program, please contact him at 978-239-1472 or by email at john@exchangeplaceadvisors.com. Help is needed making lunches, hosting pool parties, and hosting BBQs after a local outing. In addition, financial assistance is always needed and appreciated to defray the cost of staff salaries and outings for the kids to places like Canobie Lake Amusement Park, Boston Rock Climbing, and Drumlin Farm. Counselors are also needed! The camp runs from Monday, July 8 through Friday, August 9. The camp day goes from 8 AM until 3:30 PM, and the job is a paid position ($15/hr.). Access to a car is essential, at least for one of the counselors from OLF. Please contact John Ollquist (978-239-1472, john@exchangeplaceadvisors.com) if you are interested.

Letter from Fr. Souza on Faith Formation Plans for Our Young People   

Click Here to read Fr. Souza’s letter outlining exciting plans for religious education in our parish!

Welcome Jim Leonard

From Fr. Souza: We are delighted to announce that Jim Leonard has joined the OLF staff as director of youth ministry. Please make it a point to introduce yourself to him when you see him. I’m sure that Jim’s presence will help grow our parish family. Jim comes to us from Abington, MA and has spent the last five years professionally ministering to junior high and high school aged students. Jim received his Bachelor Degree in Theology and Business from Saint Anselm College, and then his Master of Secondary Education from Providence College.  He is currently finishing his second Master's degree in Theological Studies from Saint John’s Seminary. Previously serving as a youth minister, theology teacher, and campus minister, Jim is thrilled to be working directly in a parish again to serve the youth and help to form faith-filled disciples of Jesus Christ.

Faith formation does not end with Confirmation, as we can always deepen our relationship with and love of God.  In our spiritual lives, we can only move towards or away from God; there is no middle option, since luke-warmness is a  movement away from God . Each of us needs to put in the effort to ensure that we and our families are moving closer to God. I look forward to sharing more about youth and adult faith formation activities as they take shape. 

A Call for Fathers

We invite you to join other young fathers in our parish as we strive to become better husbands, fathers, and Christians. We believe that the faith is the first principle and foundation of our lives, and it is our call as fathers to help that faith to grow in our lives and the lives of our families. Since we don't want to take away time from our families, we've committed to begin our meetings early! Sacrifice an hour of sleep and join us on Saturday mornings at 6:30 AM in the rectory. Any questions email josh@tremontlabs.com.

The Sudbury Community Food Pantry Needs Volunteers

The Sudbury Community Food Pantry needs volunteers for a variety of job tasks. The Pantry, which serves clients from all over the area, operates in Hurley Hall at Our Lady of Fatima Parish on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30.  If you are interested in possibly volunteering, or in learning more about the Pantry, please contact Deborah Oppenheimer at deb_oppenheimer@alumni.pomona.edu or Mary Novak at mhnovak1977@gmail.com, or visit our website at sudburyfoodpantry.org.

A Touch of Grace: Mind, Body, Mediation & Prayer

TOUCH OF GRACE has a class for you. This New Year we invite you to come and experience the many benefits of finding God near. We come together in the classes to practice in mind and body, opening ourselves to God’s Word so that we might not only know God but experience more fully His presence in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. The benefits of our practice include a deep, restful sleep, reduced stress and tension, increased energy and a sense of well-being, increased strength, performance and productivity, improved focus and attention, improved cognitive function and mental clarity, improved memory and creativity, improved immune function, decreased anxiety and depression and ability to achieve your ideal weight.  For more information about class schedule and class descriptions please Click Here or contact Mary Jo Ricketson at maryjoricketson@gmail.com or call: 508-577-5795. Classes are ongoing. You can join at any time.

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.

The Archdiocese is has announced 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.

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 that we have implemented the technology to allow us to live stream our Masses via our parish website.  This is a special service to our parishioners who are ill, home-bound, traveling, or otherwise unable to come to the church. We stream each of our weekend Masses. We also offer streaming to families for baptisms, weddings, and funerals. This allows 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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