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Pieces of peace: add to our banner!

Today in Religious Education, the students learned about how we can be peacemakers in our community. Our world is facing so much conflict and violence; it can be hard to think about how we can face these trying times with hope. We are called by Christ to be peaceful people, and inspire others to want to live peacefully as well.

In our faith formation groups, we brainstormed ways to promote peace in our homes, in our schools, and in our community. We also looked at different ways that we could find peace within ourselves when things become stressful or hopeless. All of these are pieces of the puzzle of creating peace in our world. We all can make a difference.

We created a banner that displays our ideas, and we would love for you to add your own thoughts and suggestions. Please feel free to add to our banner at the end of Mass. We can do this better when we work together!

Prayers for our Confirmation Candidates

On Saturday, September 20, our Confirmation II students will complete the Outward Bound Program for team building and leadership on Thompson Island.

Please keep these students in your prayers as they kick off this year of prayer, contemplation, and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation!

HAPPY CATECHETICAL SUNDAY!

Religious Education has begun for K-8! If you have any questions or would like to register your child or volunteer for our program, please contact Anne Krane at akrane@stmarystcatherine.org.

Int’l Day of Peace

Prayer for Peace

Good and Loving God, grant us hearts that can feel the pain of others and the power to help lessen the pain.

Grant us wisdom to seek the truth.

Grant us courage to break the silence and take actions against injustice and inequality.

Grant us souls that will love all the living beings You created. Grant us voices to speak for the voiceless. Grant us the ability to listen with compassion, lend a helping hand, wipe a tear, lift a spirit, mend a broken heart and share our joys and sorrows with each other.

Grant us the strength to eradicate fear, poverty, hate, despair, division and violence. Grant us the courage to replace it with love, hope, inclusion and peace in your beautiful world. Grant us hope for a better world for all of us and our future generations. We need your divine intervention to help us forgive.

Please fill our hearts with joy, light, faith, love and peace. Grant us commitment, dedication and persistence so we can continue on the path you designated for us.
May we have peace in our lives and in our world. We ask this through Christ our Lord, The Prince of Peace.

Amen.

Prayer for Those Who are Being Persecuted in Iraq and Syria

Lord, the plight of their country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening. Therefore, we ask you, Lord, to spare their lives, and to grant them patience and courage to continue their witness of Christian values with trust and hope. We pray also for those of other minority religions who are being persecuted.

Lord, peace is the foundation of life; grant them all the peace and stability that will enable them to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy. Glory be to you, O Lord. Amen.

Catholics keep faith with workers

Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice (Mass IWJ) is a ministry to the working poor. Our mission is to unite faith communities in Massachusetts around campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for low-wage workers. Our group focuses on service workers—janitors, fast food workers, hotel workers, and retail workers—people of color, and immigrant workers. We devoted the last 12 months to raising the state minimum wage and winning earned sick time (Question 4).

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Spiritual certification from St. Anthony Shrine

St. Anthony Shrine in Boston is offering a 3-semester Spiritual Direction Certification Program in January. This program is in conjunction with Cardinal Stritch University and a training site in Lowell. For more information and an application, please contact Nancy Nichols Kearns at NKearns@stanthonyshrine.org or 781-704-1010.

Middle East Collection next week

Cardinal Seán has authorized a special collection for the weekend of Sept. 27-28 to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Parishioners are asked to address any checks, envelopes, or online contributions to the parish with “Middle East Collection 2014” in the memo. Thank you for your attentiveness to this important collection and expression of our solidarity with those who are suffering.

Block Party 2014

Come one, come all!

October 5 after the 10:30 Mass—After the 10:30 Mass we will gather on Soley Street in front of Mary’s Peace Garden and pray a prayer for peace. Then we will enjoy good food, music, and fun activities for the children.

If you don’t attend the 10:30 Mass, please arrive around 11:20. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your parish friends and to make new ones. We’ll meet you there!

Bay State Bishops weigh in on casinos

Four bishops speak out on expanded gambling and Question 3

From the Archdiocese of Boston-The issue of expanded gambling within the Commonwealth has once again come to the forefront of the public arena. We, the bishops of the four Catholic dioceses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts again feel compelled to oppose the expansion of gambling in Massachusetts and urge citizens to vote “Yes” on Ballot Question 3 on November 4th. A “Yes” vote would ban casinos and slot parlors in the state.

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Seniors Trip to CatholicTV

With Mass and breakfast! Monday, October 27-Seniors are invited on a special trip to CatholicTV in Watertown for a televised Mass with Father Ronan, a studio tour, and  breakfast at the International House of Pancakes! Space is limited to 20 people, so please contact the Parish Center at (617) 242-4664. (A donation of $10 will cover the cost of breakfast.)