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Fr. Jerry Hogan to Serve as Temporary Administrator

We are grateful and delighted that Fr. Jerry Hogan will serve as our temporary administrator from April 19th until June 1st. Fr. Hogan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston who has served in many parishes in the archdiocese in full time ministry and, more recently, assisting where there is a temporary need. Known as the "Circus Priest," Fr. Hogan is the chaplain for traveling circuses across America. Fr. Jerry fell in love with the circus as a boy when his father took him to a Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey show at the old Boston Garden. Though he followed the circus from afar as a seminarian, and later as a college chaplain, he rekindled his passion in 1990, when he joined the Circus Fans Association of America and became the circus chaplain in 1993. Fr. Jerry works under the auspices of the US. Catholic Conference of Bishops, which sponsors similar missions for seafarers, migrant farm-workers, carnival employees and race-car drivers. The job of circus chaplain has been held by a Roman Catholic priest ever since Fr. Ed Sullivan founded the ministry in the mid-1920's. Welcome Fr. Hogan, we are looking forward to our time with you!

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.

Announcing the 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.

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

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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