Community Events and Opportunities

Children Caught in Family Homelessness: How they are Hurt and How we Can Help, March 18

The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness Presents this forum on March 18, 2018, from 3:00-5:00 PM at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd. Hear from experts about life for families struggling to find housing, long-term implications for children, and how to actively engage in advocacy that supports important programs. Speakers include Dr. Megan Sandel, Associate Director of the GROW Clinic at Boston Medical Center and Principal Investigator with Children’s Health Watch, Carl Howell, Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services for Community Teamwork in Lowell, and Kelly Turley, Associate Director, Mass Coalition for the Homeless. Contact Frank Austin for more information:  Click Here for flyer.

Bishop Emeritus Daniel Reilly’s 90th Birthday and 65th Anniversary Celebrations in May

As we prepare to celebrate His Excellency Bishop Emeritus Daniel P. Reilly’s 90th Birthday as well as the 65th anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood, we would like to call on you for your continued support.

Last May a group of his friends gathered at the Notre Dame Du Lac Health Care Facility where he lives to help celebrate with Bishop Reilly on the occasion of his 89th birthday.  After the party, a committee was foprmed to begin planning Bishop Reilly’s 90th birthday. That celebration will be held on Saturday May 12th, 2018, on his birthday. A day of celebration is planned, beginning with a luncheon at St. John’s High School, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. You are also invited to join us for 4:00 pm Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester, as we gather to give thanks to God for the 65 years since his Ordination.

There will be many opportunities for supporting this program, including raffles and silent auctions. Please consider any or all of these opportunities Information regarding additional sponsorship possibilities will be provided upon request.

Faithfully yours,

John Litchfield and Charles J. Murphy

Further Information: John Litchfield, 774-275-1682; email

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend: A Special Opportunity for You and Your Spouse in April, May, or June

When was the last time you did something special as a couple alone together? Most couples are busy with work and family. Consider planning a weekend away, just the two of you, to renew your marriage relationship. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is a positive, renewing experience for couples that have a good marriage and want to make it even better!  Join WWME at an upcoming Marriage Encounter Weekend:

  • April 21-22 – Brewster, MA
  • May 19-20 – Warner, NH
  • June 9-10 – Medway, MA

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple shares together, whether they have been married for only a short time or for many years.  For more information click Here; call Worldwide Marriage Encounter at 800-710-WWME; and see and The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of Marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world.

Cursillo:  An Opportunity to Deepen Your Faith–Men’s and Women’s Weekends

Cursillo is a short course in Christianity. It is an encounter with Christ in a small community of the Church, in order to deepen your own faith and strengthen your ability to be witnesses of Christ in the world. The Archdiocese of Boston dates for the remaining weekends are:

  • Men’s Weekend April 26-29, 2018
  • Women’s Weekend October 18-21, 2018
  • Men’s Weekend November 29-December 2, 2018

The weekends run from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon and are held at the Campion Center in Weston, MA. For information and registration, please check the Boston Cursillo Website: or call Chris Graf at 617-332-5548 or email at .

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Every Day Life (the 19th Annotation Retreat) is available for Catholic adults in a group setting. The Spiritual Exercises extend over the course of 24 weeks. This year the exercises began on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 and will conclude on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  The group meets weekly from 10 AM to 12:00 PM at Our Lady Help of Christians, 573 Washington Street, Newton MA. Father John Sassani and Mary Ann McLaughlin  direct the Spiritual Exercises. For further information please call 617-686-2287 or email: .

Open Table Community Supper and Food Pantry

Open Table serves a homemade meal at no charge, Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 Sudbury United Methodist Church and Thursdays 5:30-6:30 First Parish Church in Concord.  Come to the Open Table Food Pantry for beautiful groceries.  Fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, and meats.  No requirements.  Make appointment on arrival.  Mondays 5:00-7:00 11 Bancroft St., Maynard; Thursdays 4:30-6:15 First Parish Church Concord.  Sudbury United Methodist Church is located at 251 Old Sudbury Rd (Rt. 27) in Sudbury; First Parish Church is located at 20 Lexington Rd. in Concord, just outside Concord Center.  For a flyer click here.

Helping the Homebound and Those Without Transportation

There is a need for individuals to assist residents in our community by grocery shopping at our Food Pantry. Volunteers will be assigned a person for whom they would shop at our Food Pantry for groceries on either Tuesday or Thursday each week, and deliver these groceries to that person's home. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, or for more information, please contact Mary Peterson, or 978-443-2798 ext 116 .

Sudbury Clergy Association Again Condemns Islamophobia

In response to recent events including hate mail received by area mosques, the Sudbury Clergy Association has updated its statement originally released in December 2015 in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and all those who are the targets of hateful words and deeds.  Members of the Association continue to abide by the truth and commitment expressed in this now updated statement.  To read the full, signed press release, click here.  The Sudbury Clergy Association is a gathering of religious professionals who meet monthly and seek ways to serve one another, our congregations, and this community, while striving together for the greater good. 

When Love Hurts: Free Faith-Based Support Groups, Danvers and Lexington

Are you experiencing controlling or abusive behavior?  It is never OK for someone to:

  • Hurt you physically
  • Hurt you emotionally
  • Touch you without consent
  • Threaten you
  • Deny your basic needs
  • Blame you endlessly

As a Christian ministry, Hagar's Sisters uniquely provides domestic violence education and support within the context of a woman's spiritual beliefs.  Whether she is a woman of deep faith or a woman who questions if God is real, Hagar's Sisters is a safe place to explore the tough spiritual questions every woman asks in the midst and aftermath of abuse. Email at, phone 978-266-0053.  For more information on Hagar's Sisters and on support groups, safety planning, and resource referrals, go to .

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: or phone 508-577-5795.  To view flyer please CLICK HERE .

St. Anselm’s Cancer Support Group: OLF Parishioners Invited, 2nd Tuesdays

St. Anselm’s parish is offering a Cancer Support Group for any parishioner dealing with the difficulties of cancer.  The purpose of the group is to provide parishioners with a faith-based, secure and friendly setting to discuss their personal experiences at various stages of their battle with cancer.  The group is open to all types of cancer patients, post-treatment survivors, caregivers, and family members.

The Cancer Support Group meets at St. Anselm’s Church on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Vigil Room behind the altar.  The St. Anslem’s Cancer Support Group is facilitated by parishioner Bob Maher, a longtime Sudbury resident and cancer survivor.  Over time, we hope to add other volunteers - possibly a trained Social Worker and or Nurse to help provide additional guidance.  For more information, please contact Bob Maher: . 

The meetings begin with brief introductions, some light refreshments, and discussion of any recent developments in cancer treatments, followed by personal updates and current experiences.  We do not provide medical advice or financial assistance, but rather a friendly and familiar environment in which to meet and be supported by others who are experiencing or have experienced similar struggles.

It can be difficult not to feel alone and isolated when undergoing cancer treatment, as your priorities and schedule can drastically change after a cancer diagnosis.  A person may feel that they have entered an alternate universe having to learn a new language of terms, customs and routines.  A major theme of the Cancer Support Group is “You Are Not Alone.”  The group meetings provide attendees the opportunity to meet informally and gain strength and encouragement from mutually supportive conversation.  Pastor Tom Kopp, himself a cancer survivor, adds “St. Anselm recognizes the deep personal and spiritual significance of every struggle with cancer.  This group offers a special ministry for cancer patients, survivors, and family.  It is an opportunity to share personal journeys, discuss ongoing needs and concerns, while sharing our common faith and hope."

Ignatian Volunteer Corps Year of Service: Only Two Days Per Week! 

Semi-Retired or Retired? Eager to “Give Something Back”? The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) New England is currently accepting applications for women and men aged 50 and over. Volunteers for the Jesuit-sponsored program have the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition. Volunteers give two days per week of service, and meet monthly with a Spiritual Reflector and other IVC members.  For more information, contact Dave Hinchen, New England Regional Director, at 617-571-3838 or  Check out the national website,

Miracle Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for a community service opportunity?  Miracle Kitchen is a service to the Salvation Army which serves people in the Framingham area in need of a hot meal. On the second Thursday of the month, our groups provide/serve a wholesome meal to people in Framingham.   The group rotates each month with the following: making a main meal , providing dessert/salad, serving, and month off.   Please email Susan Craver for more information or to help.

Flexible Volunteer Opportunity!

Be a volunteer, and always have the option to just say no. That’s right, an ideal volunteer situation. You do not have to commit to a particular day or time, you just wait to be called and then say yes or no as your schedule permits.  It doesn’t get more flexible than that.  AND, you are fulfilling a great need in the community.

F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Helping) is a volunteer organization that provides transportation for Sudbury residents to medical appointments.  We need drivers!  A volunteer driver is under no obligation to accept any assignment unless it fits comfortably with his or her schedule.  There is no weekly or daily schedule or requirement.  You only drive when and where it is convenient for you.  F.I.S.H. is a great way to help your neighbors who are in need.  

If you are willing to become a driver, or would like more information, please call the F.I.S.H. answering machine at 978-443-2145, or call Ed Gottmann at 978-443-9233. You can also find a brochure at .

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Ministry at St. Patrick's Chapel in Natick

Grow your relationship with the Lord by spending quiet time with Him.  St. Patrick Chapel is celebrating 20 years of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.  St. Patrick is located at 44 East Central Street, Natick, and the Adoration Chapel is located on the Hayes St. side of the property.   Adorers are always needed. Open to ALL, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  Interested in signing up or learning more? Please visit: or contact Lucy at, 508-988-0338.





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