Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish North Attleborough, Massachusetts Our Heritage

Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish
North Attleborough, Massachusetts
Our Heritage
Arrival of Catholic immigrants
to North Attleborough
Mass celebrated for the first
time in North Attleborough
October 1848
First resident pastor
First Catholic church dedicated
June 19, 1859
Present church cornerstone blessed
May 30, 1890
Present church consecrated
December 8, 1901
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive and bear
a son, and you shall name him, Jesus . . .
Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Luke 1:31, 38
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 26, 2014
Mass Intentions for the Week
Saturday, October 25– Vigil Mass
4:00 pm
Virginia Gagnon – 1st Anniversary
Edward McCrory – Birthday Remembrance
Elizabeth Gaudreau – Month’s Mind
Sunday, October 26 – 30th Sunday in
Ordinary Time
9:00 am
Mary E. Brown – 21st Anniversary
Robert O. Scarlatelli – 1st Anniversary
Mary J. Wagner – Birthday Remembrance
Victoria Ann Leco – Birthday Remembrance
11:15 am
Kate McNamara – 14th Anniversary
Jack McNamara – 1st Anniversary
William Varney – 1st Anniversary
Monday, October 27
8:00 am
Sacred Heart
Tuesday, October 28
7:00 am
Sister Marilyn Fanning – living intention for Jubliee
Wednesday, October 29
8:00 am
Sacred Heart
Thursday, October 30
7:00 am
For the People of the Parish
Saturday, November 1– Vigil Mass
4:00 pm
Mass of Remembrance for the Deceased of the Parish
Sunday, November 2 – All Souls’ Day
9:00 am
Margaret “Maggie” Deeney – 1st Anniversary
11:15 am
Louis Resendes – 20th Anniversary
From Father Costa
This coming Thursday, October 30, we are very
pleased to welcome our new Bishop, Most Rev.
Edgar da Cunha, to our parish school for his first
pastoral visit to the Attleboro area. Bishop da
Cunha will lead our school community in prayer
and then bless our new modular classroom
addition. This addition serves our middle school
students in Grades 6, 7 and 8.
During the prayer service, Bishop da
Cunha will bless crucifixes that will hang in each
classroom as well as a crucifix that hangs near the
main entrance into the building and two large
crosses that will hang on the outside of each of the
modular classroom buildings on the SMSH
campus. These outdoor crosses once hung in
Sacred Heart Church, behind some of the Stations
of the Cross that line the walls of the nave. The
hallway crucifix once hung in the chapel of Sacred
Heart Convent, the home of the Holy Union Sisters
who founded and taught at the school. The convent
closed and was sold in the early 1980's and the
Sisters moved to Saint Mary Convent.
The Bishop’s quick response to our
invitation and his willingness to come to North
Attleboro for this blessing prayer affirm the
hardwork and dedication of our principal, Denise
Peixoto, our faculty, school families, benefactors
and parishioners. Many thanks to all who have
assisted with this expansion project. There were
many roadblocks and delays that challenged us
throughout the project, but your prayers, patience,
and support have helped and encouraged us. May
God continue to bless our children and families as
we continue the 91 year old tradition of Catholic
elementary education in North Attleboro!
Next weekend, November 1-2, marks the end of
Daylight Savings time….so remember to
set your clocks back an hour next Saturday
night, otherwise you will wonder where
everyone is when you come to Mass!
“During our Holy Hour, those in most need of His Mercy
are stamped and marked with the Precious Blood of Jesus.
This includes those who are to die that day.”
(from ‘Letters To A Brother Priest’)
Come visit Jesus in adoration,
Sacred Heart - Saturday, November 1st
Beginning at 5:00 a.m. and concluding with
Benediction at 3:00 p.m.
Saint Mary - Friday, November 7th
Beginning with the 7:00 a.m. Communion Service and
concluding with Night Prayer at 10:45 p.m.
Invites all 7th and 8th Graders and their families to
their OPEN HOUSE 2014 on Sunday, November
9th at 1:00 pm in the school auditorium. Learn
about the application process, receive information
about transportation and financial aid, tour the
school, hear about the program of studies,
discover the opportunities for athletic and
extracurricular involvement, and learn about how
young men and women may grow in faith and
character. Experience the Feehan spirit! If you
need directions, please call the school at 508-2266223.
Our prayerful congratulations are extended to
Kelsey Wedge and Jared Picchi as they were
joined in the Sacrament of Marriage on
Saturday, October 18, 2014. May God’s
choicest blessings be yours as you live this
Sacrament of God’s Love!
It was a beautiful fall day as 14 of our parishioners
from St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart took part in the
annual CROPWALK to combat hunger in our
community and the world. I am proud to say that
St. Mary’s donated $1, 393.85 to this most worthy
cause. Thank you to “all” our parishioners for
your most generous donation and most welcome
prayers. You truly put God’s compassion and love
into action.
May God bless you always. S.
The Knights of Columbus would like to thank all
of Saint Mary’s parishioners for their generosity
during our annual Tootsie Roll Drive the weekend
of October 18th and 19th. We were able to raise
an amazing $456.50. Thank you one and all for
your support.
Faith Formation News
This year our faith formation students are invited
to donate one religious Christmas tree ornament.
Our program will donate a decorated Christmas
tree to the fair at Saint Mary’s. Our beautiful tree
will be decorated with religious ornaments, white
lights and an Angel on top. Ornaments that are
glass, clear, fabric or off white, such as an angel,
shepherd, dove, lamb or the holy family etc.,
would be perfect. You are invited to take a chance
on our tree at the fair on November 29th. Thank
you for your support with this very special
donation on behalf of our program.
Grade 6 class will meet Monday afternoon/evening
October 27th at Saint Mary’s parish hall.
There are No classes for grades 7 & 8 in
November and December.
Grade 9 Confirmation class for Saint Mary
Candidates will meet Sunday evening October 26th
at 6pm in the hall. All service forms are due at this
**Our next faith formation family Mass class is
Sunday November 2nd with St. Mary’s Mass at
9am and Sacred Heart Mass at 10:15am. A
reminder when there is Mass class there is NO
grade 1, 2 & 3 on that Sunday and NO grade 1, 2
& 3 on Tuesday! The grade 4 & 5 Tuesday class
schedule is not affected by the Sunday Mass class.
A wonderful opportunity is available for us to expand
our ministry and service beyond Sunday morning.
There is a very active faith community at Madonna
Manor, with Mass and/or Eucharistic Prayer services
conducted on a daily basis. These are usually well
attended by the folks who live there, but not all are
physically able to attend. There is a dedicated group of
Eucharistic Ministers who come each day, attend the
service and then go out onto the floors to bring
Communion to those unable to get to the Chapel. We
are in need of some assistance with this important
ministry at the Manor. This ministry takes less than an
hour, once a week, and is greatly appreciated. If you
think you would be interested in performing this vital
ministry, please contact the Director of Pastoral Care,
Halina Malec at 508-699-2740, Madonna Manor’s
main number for more information.
Weekly Collection
Many thanks to all those who continue to remember
the financial needs of our parish. We thank you for
your continued generosity to the parish.
Collection from October 18-19:
Budget: $4,063.00 Propagation of the Faith: $933.00
Silent Auction: We are in need of prizes for our silent
auction. Larger ticket items (flat screen television,
iPad or iPod), electronics, personal services (massage,
photography, lawn care), vacation weeks/trips all make
GREAT silent auction prizes.
Raffle Baskets: We welcome pre-made, themed raffle
baskets as well as prizes for various themed raffle
baskets. This is a great way for a group of parishioners
to get together to donate to the Fair. Donations may be
brought to the parish office.
The St. Mary Café: Once again we will sponsor a café
on the day of the Fair. This year, we will offer both
breakfast and luncheon menu items. We are also
seeking business sponsors for our kitchen. Sponsors
will have their business name posted billboard style
above the kitchen entrance. If you or your company
would be interested in assisting us, please contact Fr.
Costa at the parish office.
Christmas Fair 50/50 Raffle: We will be selling
tickets for the 50/50 Raffle at all the Masses beginning
October 25th. Raffle tickets will also be available all
day at the Fair! Last year’s winner took home over
Saint Mary Glass Christmas Ornament: New this year
is a custom-designed beautiful, commemorative St.
Mary’s glass Christmas ornament exclusively designed
for Saint Mary’s North Attleboro by parishioner, Erin
Sweeney, and offered at a cost of $10 each. The
ornament depicts a reproduction of one of our beautiful
stained glass windows. The ornaments will also be
available at all the Masses beginning October 25th.
Supplies are limited.
Parents requesting the baptism of their child should
be registered members of the parish who attend
weekend Mass here at Saint Mary on a weekly basis.
Please pick up and complete one of the Parish
Census forms if you have not already registered with
the parish. If this is your first Baptism here at Saint
Mary Parish, parents are asked to attend a brief
baptismal preparation session. The next session will
be held on November 9 at Saint Mary. Advance
registration is required. Please call the parish office
or email Monica at [email protected] for more
Once again this year, we will sponsor a “Festival of
Trees” as part of the Christmas Fair. The elegance and
beauty of our church is enhanced by the lights and
decorations of this popular aspect of our Faith.
Beautifully decorated Christmas trees line the main
aisle of the church and are offered as silent auction
items and raffle items. Parishioners sign-up to decorate
table top trees in various themes. The creativity of our
parish really shines forth in this unique display. Along
with the table top models, there are four larger trees
offered in raffles: the Women’s Guild tree festooned
with gift cards and certificates, the North Attleboro tree
hung with Red Rocketeer apparel, and Fr. Dave’s
Disney themed tree. For those who are unable to
decorate a tree, we also offer Christmas stockings for
raffle. We invite our parishioners to choose a theme
and fill various sized Christmas stocking with small
gifts and prizes. You may sign up for this option next
weekend as well. The Festival of Trees will open on
Friday, November 28 with a preview night that will
include a festive Blessing of the Trees. Mark your
calendars and plan to join us.
month of November, the Church
traditionally honors our beloved dead.
The month begins with two feasts, All
Saints and All Souls, both of which
connect us with our ancestors in faith. To
honor our dead, we invite you to write
their names in our Memorial Book, before or after
Mass, please write the names of your family members
and friends on the pages provided. If you are not able
to write the names in the book before or after Mass,
Please clearly PRINT the names and return the form to
the parish office via the collection basket or the mails
(post or e-mail) by Thursday, October 30. Please note
that names which are included on the All Souls
envelopes will be included in this Memorial Book as
well. During November the book will be placed in a
prominent position in the Church to remind us of our
loved ones and our prayer for them.
In an effort to stock our food pantry as the
Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, the St. Vincent de
Paul Society at both Saint Mary and Sacred Heart
parishes are asking for your help. “Brown Bags”, with
6-7 items listed to purchase, were distributed at last
weekend’s Masses and can be returned this weekend
October 25-26 and next weekend, November 1-2. The
conferences of both parishes would like to Thank You
in advance for your support of this project and the
works of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of both
Saint Mary Parish Staff
Weekend Mass Schedule
Rev. David A. Costa, Pastor
Saturday Vigil Mass, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses, 9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
S. Kathleen A. Corrigan, SUSC, Pastoral Associate
Rev. Kenneth Sicard, OP, Weekend Assistant
Daily Mass Schedule
Rev. Gabriel Pivarnik, OP, Weekend Assistant
Saint Mary Church
Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 a.m.
First Friday of the Month, 7:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Church
Monday & Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.
Mrs. Monica T. Forte, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Michele Dillon, Faith Formation Coordinator
Mr. Michael Dias, Music Director
Mr. Michael Dillon, Buildings Supervisor
Joining Our Parish
Saint Mary Parish Office
14 Park Street
North Attleborough, Massachusetts 02760
Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Contact Information
If you are new to the North Attleboro area, we
welcome you to join our parish community.
Parish census forms are found at the doors of
the church, or you may contact the Parish
Office for more information.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Parish e-mail
[email protected]
Confessions are heard in the Reconciliation
Room of the church on Saturday afternoons
from 3:00-3:30, or by prior appointment.
Parish website
Sacrament of Baptism
Parish Office Telephone
(508) 695-6161
Facsimile Number
(508) 695-5248
Faith Formation Contact
(508) 695-3823
e-mail: [email protected]
St. Vincent de Paul Help-Line
(508) 212-4755
Saint Mary-Sacred Heart School
Mrs. Denise Peixoto, Principal
57 Richards Avenue
Baptism is celebrated once a month at 12:30
on Sunday. Baptism Preparation class is
required. Please call the Parish Office for
more information.
Sacrament of Marriage
Marriage is usually celebrated on Friday
evening and on Saturday morning and
afternoon. Please contact the Parish Office at
least nine months in advance to begin
Sacrament of the Sick
(508) 695-3072
FAX (508) 695-9074
[email protected]
Pastoral care to the sick and homebound is
provided by the parish staff and trained
parishioners. Please call the parish office to
arrange a visit.
Saint Mary Cemetery
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
North Attleborough, Massachusetts 02760
Mr. Jarrod Ward, Superintendent
Towne Street
North Attleborough, Massachusetts 02760
(508) 695-1173
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in
the parish chapel on the First Friday of each
month. Adoration begins at 7:00 a.m. and
concludes with Night Prayer at 10:45 p.m.
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