St. Matthew Parish 19 Dora Lane, Limerick, Maine 04048-3527 Tel. 207-793-2244 e-mail address: [email protected] Fax # 207-793-2191 website: www.stmatthewlimerick.org Diocese of Portland Diocesan website: www.portlanddiocese.net We welcome you to the Catholic Community of St. Matthew and the celebration of the Eucharist. ST. MATTHEW PARISH STAFF: Rev. Albert B. Colpitts, Pastor Deacon Paul Lissandrello, Pastoral Associate e-mail address: [email protected] Linda Kilbride, Secretary/Bookkeeper Deacon Paul Lissandrello, D.R.E. Deacon Paul Lissandrello Altar Server Coord. Gail Libby, Music Director, 793-8998 FINANCE COMMISSION: Michael Faucher Henry McKeown Thomas Magno KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Bob Smyth, Grand Knight, 793-2378 BIRTHPLACE HELPLINE: Abortion Alternatives/Project Rachel, 1-800-227-3002 WEEKEND MASSES: Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. WEEKDAY MASSES: 8:00 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday BAPTISMS: Parents who want to have their child(ren) baptized are asked to please call the parish office (793-2244). WEDDINGS: Anyone planning to get married must call the parish office at least SIX MONTHS PRIOR to the proposed wedding date. CONFESSIONS: Saturday at 3:00 p.m., AND ANYTIME BY APPOINTMENT. NEW PARISHIONERS: Welcome to St. Matthew Parish. Please fill out the Parish Membership Form below and drop it in the collection basket or mail to the parish office. DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE: 324-1802 or 1-800-239-7298 We joyfully welcome back to the Church any of our brothers and sisters who may have been away. PARISH MEMBERSHIP: Name ______________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ City _______________________________________________ Zip Code ___________________________________________ Phone No.___________________________________________ Check ______New Registration ______Change of Address ______Moving out of Parish ST. MATTHEW CHURCH LIMERICK THIS IS THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT. THE SCRIPTURE READINGS BEGIN ON PAGE 74 IN THE MISSALETTE. MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEKEND USHERS THIS WEEKEND Saturday 4:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Debbie Wentworth, Fred Ross Craig Theriault, Carmen LePage Bill Heaney, Richard Rheault Tim Barrett, Gerry Provencher Tom Hawley, John Oser Jason Silva, Selina Scott CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD LEADER THIS WEEKEND Saturday 4:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Robert Gagne by the family Sunday 10:30 a.m. Stephanie Letellier Evelyn M. Harvey by T.J. Pawol Intentions of the parishioners “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” - Jn 3:20-21 MASSES FOR THE WEEK Monday 8:00 a.m. Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Jeanne Brown by Tony & Diane Gray Irene E. Parent by Priscilla Tucker Miraculous Medal Novena Wednesday 8:00 a.m. John Paquet by Henry & Anita McKeown Thursday 8:00 a.m. Sisters of St. Joseph (St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf) by T.J. Pawol Friday 8:00 a.m. Angela Miniutti by Deacon Paul and Pat Lissandrello MASS INTENTIONS NEXT WEEKEND (MAR. 21 & 22) Saturday 4:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. John Estrella by the Estrella Family Intentions of the parishioners Angelo Medici by Grace Medici and family READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 15, 2015 Sunday: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Next Sunday: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/Eph 2:4-10/Jn 3:14-21 Is 65:17-21/Jn 4:43-54 Ez 47:1-9, 12/Jn 5:1-16 Is 49:8-15/Jn 5:17-30 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Jer 11:18-20/Jn 7:40-53 Jer 31:31-34/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33 PARISH FINANCES Amount needed weekly to operate parish Offertory 3/8/15 BELOW GOAL $ 3,900.00 3,424.00 $ -476.00 EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION THIS WEEKEND Capital Improvements 3/8/15 $ 1,136.00 Saturday 4:00 p.m. MARCH OFFERTORY AS OF 3/8/15 ABOVE GOAL $ 9,259.00 $+1,459.00 Sunday 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Mary Ross (H-B) - Sandra Snyder (H-C) Linda Kilbride (H-O) - Fred Kilbride (B-O) Peter Washington (H-B) - Mark Francis (H-C) Debbie Francis (H-O) - Bob Smyth (B-O) Laura May (H-B) - Theresa Gilblair (H-C) Cathy Dube (H-O) - Kate Howard (B-O) LECTORS & ALTAR SERVERS THIS WEEKEND WHAT SHALL I BRING TO THE LORD, THE GOD OF HEAVEN, WHEN I COME TO WORSHIP HIM? - Micah 6:6 We will be most grateful if you would “make up” your offerings for the time you are away. Saturday 4:00 p.m. Cecile LePage Courtney Ross (C) Andrew LePage (1) Maria LePage (2) IF YOU ARE COMING A LONG DISTANCE TO ATTEND MASS, WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN USE THE RESTROOMS WHEN YOU GET HERE (BEFORE MASS), IN ORDER TO AVOID HAVING TO LEAVE DURING MASS. THANK YOU. Sunday 8:00 a.m. Elaine Jedrychowski 10:30 a.m. Hazel McGlincey Michael DeBaker (C) Anna Parello (1) Grace Parello (2) Christian Silva (C) Kayleigh Lude (1) Celeste Cannafarina (2) IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROGRAM “PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN”, and in the interest of children’s safety, we ask that children not be allowed to leave Mass to use the restrooms downstairs, unless they are accompanied by an adult. Because we are a public building, doors are required to be unlocked, allowing entrance to all. FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT LECTORS: We ask that you please return the workbooks each week so that they can be available to those who are preparing to read the following week. LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC MEDIA: Deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith by obtaining Lighthouse CDs on a variety of topics presented by noted Catholic speakers. Visit the Lighthouse display in the Narthex. Grades K-8 Grades 9—12 Adult Faith Sharing Mar. 15 Mar. 22 “ Mar. 15 Mar. 22 Mar. 15 Class 9:15-10:15 .a.m. Class 9;15-10:15 a.m. Child. Liturgy 10:30 a.m. Session 6:00-7:30 p.m. Session 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Hidden Treasure: Searching for what is missing during Lent 9:15-10:15 a.m. 2ND COLLECTION: “Amen” I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt. 25:40). Today we are reminded that Jesus identified himself with our poorest brothers and sisters. The Catholic Relief Services Collection serves Jesus in the victims of human trafficking, in those who suffer from unjust laws, and in those who need pastoral care and humanitarian assistance across the globe. Through supporting today’s second collection, you help Jesus in disguise. Please be generous. If you would like to donate towards our Easter flowers in memory of a loved one, please pick up an envelope on the carts, fill it out and place it in the collection basket. ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER Please join us after the 4:00 p.m. Mass this Saturday, March 14, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., in the parish hall for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Dinner, sponsored by parishioners of North Waterboro and Shapleigh. We will be serving Corned Beef, Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage, Turnip, Irish Soda Bread, Beverage and Dessert. Hot Dogs and Macaroni and Cheese will also be served. Adults: $10; Children 7-12: $5; Children 6 and under are free. On January 24, 2015 St. Matthew held its first Free Throw Contest for boys and girls (ages 9—14). Seven children participated at the local level and five were eligible to compete at the District level in Sanford. Three girls competed for their age groups and became eligible for the State competition on March 7: Samantha Roy for 9 year-old girls, Taylor Bastarache for 11 year-old girls, and Brianna Bastarache for 13 year-old girls. Congratulations to all, and thank you to the parents who supported them PAMPHLET RACK: Check out our new selection of pamphlets in the narthex. We have many new topics available. Please see the back of the pamphlet for the suggested donation and place it in the box provided. RICE BOWLS: Hungering for Peace—We join with CRS Rice Bowl to Lebanon to be present to a people who, themselves, are on a journey. Here we meet a family of Syrian refugees, a family perhaps not so unlike our own. We are challenged through our almsgiving this week to reach out to those who are forced to flee their homes who are seeking shelter in a land of peace. If you would like to participate in the Rice Bowl almsgiving project, you can pick up a bowl on the carts in the narthex. ADULT LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: This Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m., and each Sunday through March 29, our Faith Formation program will sponsor the DVD-based program, A Quick Journey through the Bible. Jeff Cavins, formerly of EWTN, takes a chronological walk through the Bible story in a way that reveals God’s plan for his creation; what went wrong at the beginning, and how God worked through history to reconcile his lost children to himself. W.I.N.G.S.: This group will meet Wednesday, March 18, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Women of all ages who want to grow in their relationship with God are invited to join the faith enrichment group W.I.N.G.S. (Women in God’s Spirit). Meetings consist of prayer, song, Scripture, faith sharing and hospitality. The spring session will meet for six consecutive Wednesday nights, beginning April 8th through May 13th, from 7-9 pm in the kindergarten room. As a framework for our spiritual journey we will use the book, The Women of the Gospels; Missionaries of God’s Love, by Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan. Books can be ordered on Amazon for $8.95 (used books are available for as little as $2.98). Need help ordering a book? I will order for you. Not able to secure the book? Come anyway! And bring your beautiful spirit! Have questions? Contact Debbie Wentworth, 247-1067 or email [email protected] KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 4th DEGREE: Members will meet on Thursday, March 19, for dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meeting. BENEDICTION AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place on Friday, March 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m. NO SOUP AND BREAD THIS WEEK DUE TO THE PRAYER CHAIN RETREAT IN ALFRED. ELEVENTH ANNUAL PRAYER CHAIN RETREAT: How do we best discern and follow God’s will for us in our lives? Retreat leader, Brother Francis Blouin of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, will guide us on the path of knowing and fulfilling God’s will during a weekend of prayer and reflection. Place: Notre Dame Spiritual Center, Alfred, Maine. Dates: Friday, March 20 thru Sunday, March 22nd. Outdoors Stations of the Cross on Saturday. Donation: $130.00-full retreat, $65.00 one day/night, $45.00 – day only. Sign up in the Narthex or contact Deacon Paul at 793-2244. FR. RICHARD A. NADEAU SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship was established in honor of our former Pastor, Father Richard Nadeau, to help pay for education in Catholic secondary schools for deserving members of St. Matthew Parish. It is an award given annually and made in the form of a check sent directly to the Catholic secondary school attended. Application forms are available in the parish office and are due back no later than 12:00 noon, Friday, May 1, 2015. The High School Youth Ministry is again collecting items for EASTER BASKETS. These are given out to local families in our Food Pantry as well as extras to local schools who are in need. If anyone knows of a family in need, please let Deacon Paul know. We need baskets, small toys, grass, lots of candy of all kinds, and cellophane to cover them. We'd like to thank you all in advance for your generosity. The box is in the Narthex. MARCH 15, 2015 THE ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH CONVENTION will be held the weekend of April 17-19, 2015. It will be at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME and is a great event for all high school-age parishioners. If anyone is interested in more information, or would like to go, please contact either Deacon Paul (793-2244), or Deb Sullivan (247-5195) for forms. IMPORTANT NOTICE UPDATE Many Mainers in our diocese would like to participate in the Papal Visit at the close of the World Meeting of Families in September. In the interest of keeping costs down, we have modified our original pilgrimage with Canterbury Tours and are now offering the following two options: Option #1 (Weekend Pilgrimage) - Festival of Families and Pope Francis’ Visit Friday, Sept. 24-Monday, Sept. 28. Cost: $795/person for double occupancy hotel room. Option #2 (Five-Day Pilgrimage) - World Meeting of Families, the Festival of Families and Pope Francis’ Visit Tuesday, Sept, 22— Sunday, Sept. 27. For Registration information: www.catholicnh.org/ family/wmof WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Invest in your marriage and reap the benefits. Sign up now to join us for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend in Caribou on April 10-12. The weekend is designed as a private experience between husband and wife that develops deeper communication, restores hopes and dreams, renews passion, and inspires good marriages to grow into even better marriages. The registration fee is $50, and a freewill donation will be accepted at the end of the weekend. For more information or to register, contact Bill & Coco Watkin at (207) 668-4885 or visit www.wwmemaine.org. Please include the following priests serving in our diocese in your daily prayers this week: Mar. 15 Mar. 16 Mar. 17 Mar. 18 Mar. 19 Mar. 20 Mar. 21 Rev. Mark Nolette/Rev. Costanzo Piselli Rev. Myles Cyr OMI/Rev. Richard Malo Rev. Seamus Griesbach/Rev. Stephen Concannon Rev. Robert Paskey SJ/Rev. Paul Pare Our Holy Father Rev. Edward Clifford/Rev. Armand Neault Rev. Samuel Madza SMA/Rev. Harold Moreshead Heavenly Father, during this penitential season, we pray that the Blood of Jesus may kindle in the hearts of our priests the divine fire of Your love by their devotion to the Eucharist. Mother Catherine Aurelia, Foundress VOCATION VIEW: “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” Are you being invited to share the mission of Jesus as a priest, deacon, or in the consecrated life? Call Fr. Seamus Griesbach at (207) 773-6471, email: [email protected], or like us on facebook: VocationsME IT’S OK NOT TO FEEL OK ABOUT AN ABORTION: It's normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion – whether you are the baby’s mother, father, grandparent, or other relative. Come to a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat™ weekend in southern Maine, April 10-12, ending on Divine Mercy Sunday. Enjoy a private room for the two overnights while joining a few others who also want to move beyond the pain. Come experience, through Scripture, the profound mercy and love of God. Pre-registration is needed. Registration deadline is Monday, April 6th. For general information, visit www.rachelsvineyard.org To discuss registration, contact Annette Rioux at 207-321-7885; or e-mail [email protected] MARCH 15, 2015 HELP CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SISTERS OF MERCY IN MAINE: SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES! 2015 is a special year for the Sisters of Mercy: it marks our 150th year of service in Maine. As part of our celebration, we are collecting memories from all those who wish to share stories about a particular mission or a special Sister who touched their lives. Our plan is to create a keepsake booklet from this collection of letters, reminiscences, and reflections. Would you like to be part of this piece of Mercy history? If so, please send your memories by mail to the Sisters of Mercy – Northeast Community, 966 Riverside Street, Portland, ME 04103, or by email to [email protected] Please be sure to include your contact information in your submission. Thank you. Submissions are due by May 1, 2015. The American Red Cross will conduct a Blood Drive here at St. Matthew on Monday, March 23, from 1-6 p.m., in the parish hall. If you are in good health, please call 1-800-733-2767, or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org to schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION NEXT WEEKEND (MARCH 21 & 22) Saturday 4:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Danny Bright (H-B) - Trish Shapiro (H-C) John Shapiro (H-O) - Irene DesVergnes (B-O) Denis Lafreniere (H-B) - Elaine Lafreniere (H-C) Priscilla DeBartolo (H-O) - John DeBartolo (B-O) Elaine Bingham (H-B) - David Fedrizzi (H-C) Maggie Fedrizzi (H-O) - Dennis Twomey (B-O) LECTORS & ALTAR SERVERS NEXT WEEKEND (MARCH 21 & 22) Saturday 4:00 p.m. Frank Amoroso Sunday 8:00 a.m. Jackie Foglio 10:30 a.m. Hannah Shapiro (C) Camden Bibro (1) Isabelle Keim (2) Francesca DiBiase (C) Jacob Piela (1) Zachary Piela (2) Faith Formation Students Brendan Fedrizzi (C) Aidan Fedrizzi (1) Liam Fedrizzi (2) USHERS NEXT WEEKEND (MARCH 21 & 22) Saturday 4:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Tom Magno, Joe Estrella Keith Albert, Pat Magno Walter Sullivan, Paul Cote Roger Payeur, Larry Hackett John Gillingham, Holly Gillingham Ron Bingham, Charles Tibbetts NO CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD MARCH 22 BECAUSE OF CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT 10:30 A.M.
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