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Lynn Catholic Collaborative

Lynn Catholic Collaborative of St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart
is a Collaborative of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

 All people are welcome at Saint Mary’s
and Sacred Heart 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 our Lynn Catholic Collaborative!

We are building an integrated website for our Lynn Catholic Collaborative.  Until then, please stay on this website for Lynn St. Mary’s Parish information and visit Lynn Sacred Heart at www.sacredheart01905.com.  Thank you!

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After a long illness, Fr. Tamiru’s mother, Tsiege Atraga, has gone home to the Lord. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. All services are being held in Ethiopia.


St. Mary’s Tree of Life Food Pantry

The next monthly Food Drive will be on Saturday and Sunday,
September 6 and 7, 2014

We are in need of canned soups and corn and diapers, sizes 4 and 5. Please bring your donations to the Chapel and Church during the weekend of the food drive.

We thank you for all that you do.

Food Drive

St. Mary’s Parish would like to acknowledge and thank each and every volunteer of the Tree of Life Food Pantry who work tirelessly each week to make our Food Pantry run smoothly and help so many people. Your dedication to the Pantry and the people that come each week is truly the Word of our Lord in action! Thanks for all you do!

Friends of the Poor Walk



The Lynn District Council of St. Vincent de Paul is sponsoring a “Friends of the Poor Walk” on Saturday, September 20, in celebration of the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul.

The walk will begin in St. John’s parking lot in Swampscott at 9:00am, RAIN OR SHINE. All are welcome to walk, sponsor or make pledges for those who walk. All proceeds will go to the participating St. Vincent de Paul conferences to assist in helping the needy of the parishes. Participating Lynn churches include Holy Family, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s, St. Pius V, and our neighbors Our Lady of the Assumption in Lynnfield, St. Agnes in Reading, Blessed Sacrament and
St. Margaret’s in Saugus.

For further information contact Cathie Harris at 781-599-6705 or the Collaborative Office 781-598-4907. You may also donate online at www.svdpusa.net/walk/963. When donating online, please remember to type “Sacred Heart Lynn SVDP” or “St. Mary’s Lynn SVDP” under the “Notes” section. Thank you!

Director of Ministries

Chris Carmody

I am very happy to announce that Chris Carmody is joining
our pastoral team as Director of Ministries.
Chris will play a leading role in helping us to coordinate
our efforts as we seek to become the evangelizing parishes
that Disciples in Mission has called us to be.

Many of you know Chris from his work at St. Mary’s School. He has worked with many of our young parishioners in the past coordinating the March for Life in Washington D.C., the Hunger for Justice Retreat on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and numerous pilgrimages for World Youth Day. Chris has had ministry roles in many other parishes most recently working as Faith Formation coordinator for Immaculate Conception Parish in Salem, a part of the Salem Catholic Collaborative.

Chris will soon be reaching out to all of you as he seeks to learn more about our parishes.

In Christ
Fr. Brian

Sacred Heart Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Sacred Heart Harvest Festival

Sacred Heart Parish Hall

571 Boston Street, Lynn, MA 01905

Friday, November 7, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday, November 8, from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Pasta/Meatball Dinner on Friday, November 7, $6.00 per person.

Jewelry, Handbag & Umbrella Table, Books, Movies, Music, Games & Puzzle Table, Knitting, Bakery, Christmas Craft Table, Gift Basket Table, Children’s Arts & Crafts & Games, Straw Table, Face Painting, Raffle, Kitchen will be Open

For further information, please call the Sacred Heart Office at 781-593-8047.

Fr. Frank Article

Disciples In Mission

Our beloved Fr. Frank Cloherty is featured in an article by Susan Abbott, Pastoral Planning, Disciples In Mission. Here is the beginning of the article:

“The bumper sticker speaks volumes: ‘God Bless the Whole World. No Exceptions.’ After just a few minutes with Father Frank Cloherty it is obvious that this is not just a slogan, it is his prayer. Time with Father Cloherty is time well spent. Father Francis Cloherty was ordained February 1962 and has served in many parishes in the archdiocese, north, south, suburban, and urban, by the shore and near the mills”

To read the full article, please click HERE.

CORI Forms


It is that time of year! We ask all Collaborative volunteers, new and returning, to fill out a CORI. We appreciate the cooperation of all those required to complete the annual CORI and we particularly thank you for keeping the pledge to protect those among us who are most vulnerable. To fill out a CORI, please stop by the Collaborative Office Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm, or Sacred Heart Office on Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Please call the Office if you have questions or need help filling out a CORI Form.

Envangelization Photo Contest

Photo Contest

Collaborative Evangelization Photo Contest and Collage

Please join us in our fun Collaborative project this summer. Take a photo of you and your friends or family evangelizing, i.e. at a cookout or at the beach having fun! Take a Selfie with your fellow pew buddies! All photos must be submitted by Friday, August 29. We will feature all photos in a collage on a COVER of our Collaborative bulletin in the month of September with the title, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation!” Send your photo in via:

♦ Facebook www.facebook.com/LynnCathColl

♦ Twitter twitter.com/LynnCathColl

♦ Collaborative Office Email Admin@LynnCatholic.org

We will have a prize for the Most Unique Evangelizer! If you have an entire album, please be sure to pick out your best photo and send it in. Get your cellphones and cameras out!

Ready. Set. Go!



Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Do you know any adults who may be thinking about becoming a Catholic or completing their sacraments? Lynn Catholic Collaborative offers a welcoming, gentle and prayer-filled path to a (deeper) relationship with Jesus and to full-fledged membership in the Catholic Church. So that they can find out more about this process (which is known as the RCIA), please urge them to speak to one of our pastoral staff or to call the Collaborative Office at 781-598-4907 or Admin@LynnCatholic.org. Although the RCIA is an on-going process, we will be meeting formally later in the fall. Now is a good time for you to let us know of possible candidates for RCIA.

Collaborative Email


We are excited to announce that our new Collaborative email is active.  Please add us to your contact eList admin@lynncatholic.org. Thank you!

Fashion Forward for Education



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fr. Brian will be walking down the catwalk as a model at the Fashion Forward for Education at Danversport Yacht Club on Thursday, October 2. The event is from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Join Catholic Charities for a high energy runway show, dinner, and fabulous ladies night out! The evening will include fashions from Ann Taylor, Carlisle Collection, Chico’s, French Lessons, Jos. A. Banks, and Plum Consignments. There will also be several unique raffle opportunities and the chance to get an exclusive bracelet made just for Catholic Charities for this event!

All proceeds from the event support education and training programs for Lynn area youth. More registration details to follow – keep an eye out for your invitation! Questions? Contact Michelle Kurkul at 781-593-2312 or michelle_kurkul@ccab.org.




During the hot months of July and August, it is a challenge to keep everybody comfortable in the church and chapel buildings. If you find it to be too cold or too noisy by a fan or air conditioning unit please be considerate of others and do not shut them off. Instead, please consider moving your seat to another area of the building where you too can be comfortable.

Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

The Saints and You


The Saints and You

Would you like to talk about the Saints’ stories and their relevance to your own personal journey? Do you realize the great gift you are given in the Saints? We are, the Letter to the Hebrews tells us, surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses
(see Heb. 12:1).

The Followers of our Saints’ Lives would like you to join their group on Wednesday evenings in the St. Pius V Pastoral Center, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, to meet these living friends who are concerned about us, friends with whom we can form relationships, friends we will meet in eternal life,
and friends who yearn to help us.

2014 Remaining Schedule

Wednesday, September 10…..Saint Therese of Lisieux

Wednesday, September 24….Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Wednesday, October 8………..Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Text:  The Saints In My Life: My Favorite Spiritual Companions

by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul


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 at St. Mary’s


Bingo is a fun and inexpensive night out! Bingo is held on Saturday evenings at 6:00pm in St. Mary’s Cafeteria.

Approximately 65% of the money collected at St. Mary’s Bingo returns back to players as prizes! The remainder helps support our parish!  Come join us!

SMHS Graduates




Congratulations to the graduates of Saint Mary’s High School who received their diplomas on Thursday, May 22, in the Lynn Memorial Auditorium. This year’s graduates have compiled an amazing list of college acceptances and scholarship awards.

Well done class of 2014!

Ad Multos Annos!

Photo Album on Facebook HERE!

SMHS Grads 2014

Photo by John Gillooly/PEI


    Contact Us:

    Lynn Catholic Collaborative
    St. Mary and Sacred Heart

    8 South Common Street
    Lynn, MA 01902
    Main: 781-598-4907
    Fax: 781-599-2088
    Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am to 3:00pm

    We are building an integrated website for our Lynn Catholic Collaborative. Until then, please stay on this website for Lynn St. Mary’s and visit Lynn Sacred Heart at www.sacredheart01905.com. Thank you!

    Mass Schedule (NEW)

    Monday, Tuesday, Friday:
    8:15 AM - SH Church
    12:05 PM - SM Chapel
    7:00 PM - SH Church
    12:05 PM - SM Chapel
    9:00 AM - SM Chapel
    4:00 PM - SM Church
    4:00 PM - SH Church
    7:00 AM - SH Church
    9:00 AM - SM Church/Family
    10:00 AM - SH Church/Family
    11:30 AM - SM Church
    1:30 PM - SM Chapel/Haitian
    3:30 PM - SM Chapel/Congo
    6:00 PM - SM Church

    SM = Saint Mary
    SH = Sacred Heart


    2:45 PM to 3:30 PM St. Mary's Reconciliation Room Church (near the main doors)

    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM Sacred Heart Reconciliation Room Lower Church

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