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(Please see our weekly Bulletin and Newsletter for more annoucements and information on church activities.  Please also see our Facebook page.)

 

Mission Trip to Nashville, Tennessee, July 14-July 21

This year we have 32 students and 6 adults traveling to Nashville, Tennessee for a Mission Trip with Catholic Heart Work Camps. Please keep all of the participants in your prayers during this week of travel and service. The goal of Catholic Heart Work Camps is to give our youth the opportunity to love, serve and connect. Through worship, prayer, faith sharing and dancing each of us is given the opportunity to open our hearts to God, making us vessels for God to work and serve the community of Nashville through us. We also are able to connect with other youth of faith.

Being immersed in this mission week changes everyone who participates. Youth come back wanting to be closer to God, deepening their understanding of God’s call to us to serve those who are hungry, those who are poor and those who are sick. The opportunities to serve over this week are vast; some of our youth will be working with youth from other parts of the country, painting homes, building ramps, working at a food bank or with the elderly. Each of us comes face to face with Christ in the people we meet each and every day, our youth grow to see and understand Christ in the people they serve. We are blessed to have this opportunity and to have the youth who want to take advantage of this opportunity at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Please pray for us and follow our activities on Facebook.

Mary Peterson

Welcome Fr. Gerald Souza!

We are so excited and delighted that Fr. Souza is leading our community as of June 1. Fr. Souza is a native of Plymouth, and grew up in Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish where he first pictured himself as a priest. He spent much time working at the seafood restaurant his family had on the town wharf. After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Kingston in 2004, he became a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Boston. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Philosophy and earned a Master of Divinity in Theology from Saint John's Seminary in Brighton. Fr. Souza was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán O'Malley on May 25, 2013. After serving the Billerica Catholic Collaborative as his first assignment, Fr. Souza moved to South Boston where he became parochial vicar to the parish collaborative of St. Monica-St. Augustine, St. Peter, and St. Vincent de Paul. Fr. Souza enjoys returning to Plymouth to visit his family, which include his parents, brother and his brother's family. Fr. Souza appreciates being outside year-round; going to the beach, golfing poorly and running slowly in the warmer months and skiing in the colder months. Fr. Souza has a great love for Christ, the Church and the priesthood. He will be a great blessing to our community.

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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