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Annual Parish Picnic, Sunday September 23, 1:00-3:00 PM

Great food, wonderful company!  Entertainment, games and activities for all ages.  Face painting, crafts, petting zoo, volleyball, corn toss, bouncy house—and MUCH MORE!! Come see old friends and make a few new ones! A wonderful way to start the new school year.  ADULT AND TEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Please contact Mary Peterson at mary@fatimasudbury.org to contribute. 

24 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration Prayer Vigil Sept 24-25 at St. Anne, Wayland

Our Lady of Fatima Parishioners are invited to join Bishop Reed, Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Wayland, for a time of prayer and penance for our Church and survivors of abuse, Monday morning September 24 through Tuesday morning September 25.  You can stop by St. Anne Church any time to offer prayers before the Blessed Sacrament, or you can sign up for any hour. We are hoping at least one parishioner from Our Lady of Fatima will be praying with Bishop Reed each hour over the 24-hour period. Please Click here to sign-up, if you can.  Below is Bishop Reed's Letter to his parishioners at Good Shepherd Parish:

A couple years ago, on a Monday morning, I was informed that I had been named a bishop. When I accepted, I was conscious of the fact that, I also would have to accept whatever the future held with a complete openness to God’s will; much like in a marriage, or when I was ordained a priest. 

These days, I find myself deeply disturbed by what is happening in the Church. I know the bishops must act decisively and that the action needs to be thorough, transparent, professional and in cooperation with competent laypeople. But still, I ask the question: what can I do? All I know is that I can pray and do penance. To that end, and as your pastor, I commit myself to a full day and night of public penance.

On Monday, September 24, 2018, I will celebrate the 9:00 AM Mass in Saint Ann Church as I usually do. Following that Mass I will expose the Blessed Sacrament and remain there in prayer and fasting until the next morning, concluding this period of prayer and penance with the celebration of the 9:00 AM Mass on Tuesday. All throughout this period, the church will remain open. You are most welcome to join me in prayer for a few minutes or for a full hour. In fact, I would welcome your presence as I do the only things I know to do in the face of evil; prayer and penance.

Most sincerely,

Bishop Reed 

The Sudbury Community Food Pantry Needs Volunteers

The Sudbury Community Food Pantry, which serves clients from 61 cities and towns, is open to clients in Hurley Hall at Our Lady of Fatima Parish on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from noon to 2:30. During each of those afternoons, we try to have 5 volunteers working directly with the clients, basically acting as one-on-one personal shoppers. If you can volunteer just one Tuesday or Thursday afternoon a month, (from about 11:45 to 2:30) that would be great. Volunteers mostly range in ages from their 20s to 70s. We are also looking for someone to act as our Volunteer Coordinator, making sure we have 4-5 volunteers to handle each of these shifts. The job should take 3-5 hours a week, working from your home, and involves phone calls, emails, and being able to send out scheduling polls to confirm the availability of our volunteers on a monthly basis. You will get whatever training etc. you need from the person currently doing the job. For more information, please contact either Deborah Oppenheimer deb.oppenheimer@gmail.com or Pat Mullen p_mullen@msn.com or visit our Web site http://sudburyfoodpantry.org/

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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