St. Mary’s Parish in Lynn, MA is a Parish of the Roman
Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
All people are welcome at Saint Mary’s
Parish in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Regardless of your status in the Church, regardless of your marital state, regardless of your prior religious experience, regardless of your personal history, background, or sexual orientation, please know that you are invited, accepted and respected at St. Mary’s Parish!
While you are traveling this Christmas season, please visit Mass Times for Travel at www.masstimes.org.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Monday, December 9, 2013 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is not a holy day of obligation. Our regularly scheduled Masses will be 8:15am at Sacred Heart and
12:05pm at St. Mary’s Chapel.
ADVENT GIVING TREE
Advent Giving Trees are up in St. Mary’s Church and Chapel. Please take a tag from the tree, purchase that gift, and bring the unwrapped gift to Mass the next weekend. These gifts will be distributed to children being served in our Tree of Life Food Pantry and to families in need at our own parish.
We are looking for people help the third week of Advent to help sort the gifts to prepare for distribution, please call Pat Tradd at 781-581-0967 if you are willing to help. Thank you!
The next gathering of the St. Mary’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 2:00pm. Please note our new gathering place is at St. Mary’s Rectory. Parking is available in our Rectory parking lot.
We believe in the power of prayer and enjoy our love of crafting shawls, lap blankets, baby blankets, prayer squares and now lap quilts. Come and share your craft in creating these gifts as a visible sign of prayer. For more information, please call Bernie at 781-599-2487. If you would like to join the ministry or request a prayer gift, please contact either Bernie or the Rectory/Parish Office at 781-598-4907. Thank you!
We welcome everyone in this most rewarding program.
Archdiocese of Boston – Advent Mornings of Prayer
The Office of Worship and Spiritual Life is sponsoring two Advent Mornings of Prayer. This time of prayer is being offered Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon) at the following two locations:
Our Lady of the Assumption 758 Salem Street, Lynnfield
Our Lady Help of Christians, 573 Washington Street, Newton
The morning will consist of the celebration of the Eucharist at 9:00am, a conference, and quiet prayer. To register call 617-779- 3640 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLABORATIVE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The Collaborative Parish Council Meeting will be held in the Sacred Heart School Teacher’s Lounge on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:00pm.
COLLABORATIVE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Join Fr. Brian, Fr. Tamiru and Fr. Frank to gather at the Priest’s residence at 571 Boston Street in Lynn, and sample some Christmas food and drink! Drop by any time between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on Sunday, December 22, 2013.
St. Mary Sacred Heart Collaborative Mass Schedule
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve Schedule
4:00pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s Church with Children’s Pageant
4:00pm Vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Church with Children’s Pageant
Haitian & Congolese Masses TBA
11:00pm Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Concluding at Midnight by welcoming the Birth of the Christ Child with Joy to the World!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Christmas Day Schedule
8:30am Mass at St. Mary’s Church
10:00am Mass at Sacred Heart Church
Haitian & Congolese Masses TBA
There will be no evening (6:00pm) Mass on Christmas Day.
St Mary’s Choir
If you are an adult singer and interested in singing at the 11:30am Mass, then Betty Lautner would enjoy meeting you. The choir will be singing from the loft each week. We will practice after the 11:30am two Sunday’s per month in the church choir loft. SATB voices are encouraged to come join us and of course vocal skills are a plus for any chair.
If you have a singing voice that you want to share with others in praise of our Lord, come and Make a Joyful Noise!! Please call Betty Lautner for more information at 781-631-1953.
Stewards of our Parishes
We recently spoke about Stewardship in our parish in relation to the Increase Giving Campaign. But Stewardship is more than just our treasure and helping with the financial operation of our parish. It is also about taking ownership and taking care of our parish by sharing our time and talent. It is another way of giving back to God what God has shared with us. With the of becoming true stewards in mind please consider volunteering to assist in one or more of the following areas.
Vestment and Linen Cleaning – We need additional help in cleaning our altar linens and vestments. Again we have a very dedicated group who help us in this area but your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Decorating – The help here is needed especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Monitoring Bulletin Boards and Literature Racks – Volunteers would help to keep updated all bulletin board materials and keep literature on racks and tables in a neat and orderly fashion.
Greeters and Information Help – We can always use more greeters at our celebrations and soon hope to have trained greeters help visitors and newcomers to our parish in meeting their needs.
Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors – Not all are called to this ministry but if you have ever had an interest in learning more about this role in the celebration of the Mass you are encouraged to reach out to one of the priests.
On Call Office Help – This wonderful group of people are willing to assist in mailings and other out of the ordinary office tasks that arise from time to time.
Altar Servers – Youngsters are encouraged to share their gifts at the altar of the Lord by serving at the Sunday Eucharist. This ministry can help a young man or woman to strengthen their faith as they become a part of a great group of young men and women who already serve in this way.
Adult Altar Servers – Adults are encouraged to serve in this role to assist the priests at funerals during the week.
Kitchen Help for Bingo – Bingo helps our parish financially and we need your help. The kitchen is very active on Saturday nights and we have a great group of workers there. We do need additional workers however as people sometimes need to take a night off or simply wish to have a break every now and then.
For those who already fill any of these roles we are very grateful and are blessed to have you as stewards in our parishes. For those who may be interested in learning more about these opportunities please speak to one of the priests or contact the Collaborative Office at 781-598-4907, email@example.com.
Fr. Brian, Fr. Tamiru, Fr. Frank
St. Mary’s Parish 150th Anniversary Items
St. Mary’s Commemorative Ornament comes with a stand for year round display. The cost is $25.00.
The St. Mary’s Cookbook contains our parishioner’s and friend’s most treasured family recipes. The cost is $12.00 per cookbook, cash or personal checks made out to St. Mary’s Parish Cookbook.
St. Mary’s replica wooden pieces are $10.00 each.
All of the above make perfect Christmas stocking stuffers, or holiday gifts (birthday, anniversary, etc)! Buy each and put in basket for the family or friends. To purchase any of the above, or if you have questions, please contact St. Mary’s parish office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 3:00pm, 781-598-4907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Mary’s Church Directory are in. For those who participated in our church directory project, your complimentary copy is now available at the Parish Office.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Please do not forget to place your offering in the boxes in the Church and Chapel. Your support goes a long way in our efforts to assist those most in need in our community. We also extend a word of sincere thanks to the men and women who comprise the St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St. Mary’s Parish.
We truly appreciate all your efforts on behalf of those in need.
Bingo is a fun and inexpensive night out! Bingo is held on Tuesday and Saturday evenings in St. Mary’s Cafeteria. Tuesday the game begins at 6:45pm and Saturdays at 6:00pm. Approximately 65% of the money collected at St. Mary’s Bingo returns back to players as prizes! The remainder helps support our parish and school! Come join us!