Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 – Isaiah 26:6-10
Psalm – Psalm 23:1-6
Reading 2 – Philippians 4:12-20
Gospel – Matthew 22:1-14
“My God will supply whatever you need…” (Philippians 4:19) God really does provide for those who are grateful and generous. This is very difficult for people that don’t live a stewardship lifestyle to believe. People are skeptical and say it’s just coincidence. If you are skeptical, try living a stewardship lifestyle for just one month – be generous with your gifts of time in prayer, talent in charitable works and treasure and see how God provides for your needs.
Eucharistic Adoration and Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Nine Tuesday evenings from October 13 thru December 8 at 6:45pm in St. Mary’s Church during Eucharistic Adoration which will take place from 6:30 -7:30 pm.
During the nine weeks of the Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots, we will lift up the “knots” in our lives to Mary and pray that God’s grace and mercy will untangle them.
Thank you to the many parishioners who have been so faithful with their ongoing financial support of the St. Mary's through their Sunday offering. Whether you drop your envelope off at Mass or mail it to the pastoral center, we are most grateful during this time when we are all experiencing financial challenges.
Consider signing up for WeShare, St. Mary's vehicle for electronic giving. Although we have cutback on parish expenses, voluntary giving through the Sunday offering is so important and our main source of parish income.
Please continue to to contribute to St. Mary's as best as you are able. More information can be found on the parish website
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Ministry Sign-Ups for Weekend Masses
Below is a sign-up genius for the Masses in October.
Greeters before Mass and Cleaners after Mass have been signing up or just helping out when they are at Mass.
Lectors, please sign up for one or two Masses and then check again in the middle of the month to see if there are some Masses that still need to be covered.
Eucharistic Ministers. We ask one EM to sign up for each Mass to help with the distribution of communion. Stop into the sacristy before the first time you serve so that Fr. Mike or Fr. Javier can go over the procedure with you before Mass.
Congratulations Rosalie Berquist!
The Diocese of Worcester’s annual Pro-Life Awards were presented at a Mass celebrated by Bishop McManus last Sunday, Oct. 4, in St. Paul Cathedral. The Mother Teresa Pro-Life Award was given to Rosalie Berquist. Rosalie Berquist has been an eloquent defender of life for decades. She is a long-time member of the grassroots organization Massachusetts Citizens for Life and has held many responsibilities within the organization including chairing the annual MCFL Banquet, and serving as chairwoman of the Education Committee, and a member of their speaker’s bureau. Mrs. Berquist was an active member of the Witness for
Life committee, a Worcester-based group formed after the narrowly defeated 2012 ballot question on physician-assisted suicide, whose efforts in educating about the dangers of assisted suicide have aided in successfully keeping PAS out of Massachusetts. Mrs. Berquist has 33 years of teaching experience and spent 18 years as the prevention director of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts assisting survivors of traumatic brain injury. Her gift of teaching led her to become an inspiring speaker, often presenting to adults and students on topics such as “The Miracle of Life,” how abortion is harmful to women and men, how the Catholic faith supports the Culture of Life, and how to find support in a crisis pregnancy. She is a long-time member of St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury where she has been an active member of the parish’s Respect Life Committee. Mrs. Berquist and her late husband Duane, have lived the Gospel of Life all throughout their personal and professional lives. Like St. Mother Teresa, Rosalie Berquist has cared with great love and devotion for those most vulnerable and taught others to do the same.
on Saturday, October 10 at 8:35AM