St. Matthew Parish

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
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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.