November 1, 2015 - St. Monica Parish



November 1, 2015 - St. Monica Parish
Saint Monica Parish
Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2015
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2015
In March, 2015, the School Board of St. Monica School launched the formation
of a Strategic Plan to carry us forward in the next several years. Using the
National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and
Secondary Schools, Board members were formed into subcommittees covering
the areas of Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership,
Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality.
Regina Haney, PhD, from the National Catholic Education Association, agreed
to be our Facilitator. Msgr. Fay was very supportive of the planning during the
three months he was involved. Father William Lohan has been a very active
participant since June. The subcommittees have been meeting in their small
groups, as well as with the whole School Board, since March. They have come
up with recommendations and strategies in their respective areas.
There will be a Town Meeting on November 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the St.
Monica School Hall to present the Strategic Plan to you and to ask for your
input. The Plan is expected to be approved and celebrated in December. So
whether you are a teacher or former teacher at SMS, have a family member in
the school, are an alum, or are simply interested in Catholic Education, please
plan to come to the Town Meeting on November 10. Watch the bulletin for
further details.
Our mission is to form students spiritually, academically, technologically and
socially, equipping them to be leaders and disciples in the twenty-first century.
We are proud of our students, our dedicated principal, Sister Suzanne Fondini,
mfic, and the highly-qualified Faculty and Staff. We are excited about being
part of the bright future of our school!
Please keep this important endeavor in your kind prayers.
Rachel Voiland, Chair
SMS Strategic Planning Committee
0 5 Grand Annual Appeal
My friends the coming week you will receive a letter from me regarding the grand annual collection for this fall.
This collection stays in the parish and is an important piece for us to meet our weekly operating expanses.
Please watch out for it and prayerfully discern what you are able to contribute. I apologize that the letter is
going out a little late. We are doing the mailing in house this year which will yield a savings of $13,000 dollars.
Thanks for your generosity.
Fr Bill Lohan
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
Parish Giving
W/E 10/25/2015
Lector Training
All Lectors are invited to come to a practice
where we can help each other to improve our
proclaiming of Holy Scripture. We will meet
at St. Lucy Church at 7pm on Tuesday
November 3rd . If you missed the meeting last
week please plan on coming to the meeting at
Saint Lucy’s on Nov.3rd
Please bring a
scripture of your choice to read and we will
each practice one reading.
Thank You for Your Generosity!
November 1, 2015
Saturday November 7th, a number of
students will be coming from Merrimack
College as part of their “Mac Gives
Back” service program that honors the
veterans who founded the college by sending out
their young people to serve. I have invited them to
come and work on leaf pick-up at St. Monica Parish
from 9:00am to 12:00 noon on that date.
Fifteenth Annual
Project Warm & Fuzzy
Ashley Bolis, a resident of the
Merrimack Valley and Corpus
continuing a project which she started as a
student at St. Monica’s Grammar School.
The project is called “Warm & Fuzzy.
Beginning Saturday, October 10th through
November 22nd (the Sunday before
Thanksgiving) there will be boxes at the
main entrance of the Church where you
may drop off new hats, mittens, gloves,
scarves and socks (for children and adults).
These articles will be distributed to the
needy during the winter months. Any help
you can give Ashley with her project will be
greatly appreciated.
Because of the size of the campus at St Monica and
the large number of trees, particularly behind the
school, they likely will not be able to do it all. I would
love for our people to gather at Saint Monica from
12:00 noon to 3pm to do a community leaf pick up
and general grounds cleaning. Saint Lucy will have a
similar day the following weekend. Please call the
parish office and leave your name(s) with Anne Mullin
our parish secretary so that we will know who and
how many to expect for pizza and drinks which will be
provided. This is the perfect event to come as a
family and work together with other families.
Medjugorje Prayer Group
First Saturday Devotion:
November 6th, the School will be holding
their First Friday Mass at 8:15am. As noted
in the new weekday Mass schedule,
because of the school Mass there will be
no 7am morning Mass at St. Monica’s on
Friday. All are welcome to join us for the
8:15am school Mass.
The Medjugorje Prayer Group will be
holding it’s First Saturday Devotions at
St. Monica’s Church on Saturday,
November 7, beginning with Mass at 8:00
and followed with the Rosary, Chaplet of
Divine Mercy, other devotions, and
prayers. All are welcome!
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
Mass Intentions for the Week
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Yes I CAN – one CAN at a Time
Saturday, October 31- 4:00pm Vigil (Anticipated)
Fernanda Cordeiro
1st Anniversary
Sunday, November 1
7:30am Deacon Bob Mulligan
9:30am “Pro Multis Intentionibus”
Strawberry Jelly, Pancake Syrup,
Canned Pasta and Cereal
10th Anniversary
Charlie and Rose Hanafin
Norma Ouellette
James and Florence Sullivan
Fernanda and Manuel Cordeiro
Thomas Pappalardo
Special Intention
20th Anniversary
11:30am John Bowler
1st Anniversary
" The Lord hears the cry of the Poor"
November 1-Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time:
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us: “You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength…and you
shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Through your gift to the Society of
St. Vincent de Paul you can show
your love for our Lord and your love
of your neighbor who is hungry, hopeless,
alone and frightened.
5:30pm Parishioners of St. Monica & St: Lucy Parishes
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:00am @ St. Lucy Church
Thursday, November 5- 7am
Christine Ferguson
Friday, November 6 - 8:15am (School Mass)
Michael and Brian McCafferty
Program for Adults
desiring to receive the Sacraments
Sessions are just beginning for any adults interested in
our Catholic faith and in becoming a member of the
Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism,
Holy Communion and Confirmation, a program
commonly known as RCIA. Anyone interested in
receiving any or all of these sacraments, which they
may have not received in their youth, are encouraged
and welcomed to attend. Sessions began on October
25th at 11:00am at the St Lucy Parish Schoolhouse.
Sessions will last 90 minutes and are held on Sunday
mornings. Any questions please contact Kevin
Fitzgerald, at 978-686-3311 or Bonnie Bonanno at 978
-609-7307. If any adult would like to prepare to
receive these Sacraments but is unable to attend on
Sunday mornings, please contact Fr. Bill Lohan at the
parish offices.
Special Intention
Saturday, November 7 - 8:00am “Pro Multis Intentionibus”
Nancy Latulippe White
Norma Ouellette
Guillermo & Vilma de Forero (Tato & Tata)
Saturday, November 7- 4:00pm Vigil (Anticipated)
Philip and Johanna Muhilly and
Wendy Gutherie
Sunday, November 8
7:30am Carol McLaughlin
9:30am “Pro Multis Intentionibus”
John H. Burns Jr. and Arthur Burns
Helen Morris
Esther Fitzgerald
William J. Gobush
11:30am Peter Gallo
Frederick Bradley
November 1, 2015
11th Anniversary
1st Anniversary
Sanctuary Candles for the month of
Please pray for those who recently died.
Saint Monica Parish Community extends
our sympathy to their family and friends.
November are given in loving memory
of Anthony J. Vittorioso
(Donated by his Family)
Please remember them in your prayers.
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2015
St. Lucy/St. Monica Adoration located
St. Monica’s Church Chapel
Adoration is held every Friday at St.
Monica Parish in the church chapel from
7:30am (after 7am Mass) until 7:30pm
with benediction.
Children needed…..We are looking for children to
bring up the gifts at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday
Mornings. If you would like your child to participate in
this, please contact Carol Noucher 978-587-5333
and she will arrange a date for this to take place.
There is a great need for more
committed adorers at various hours.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
St. Lucy’ Church Hall
Please prayerfully consider and call me!
Contact information:
Bonnie Doherty, 978-270-3366 or
[email protected]
All St. Lucy and St. Monica parishioners are
invited to take part in a monthly Ultreya.
This Spanish word means “Onward!”
“Persevere!” “Hang in There!” Words of
encouragement to each other as we travel
on life’s journey. Ultreya this month will be
begin with a prayer service lead by Sr. Anne
Whittaker and Sr. Ann Marie O’Shea, along
with music, voluntary sharing in small
intimate and confidential groups, fellowship
and refreshments that signify Christian
hospitality. Our guest speaker, one of our
own parishioners or neighbors has been
invited to offer a personal witness of what
life was like before Cursillo and how it is
now after the Cursillo experience.
Also see our website,
adoration, for information about adoration in
other parishes and an updated newsletter.
Mass and Healing Service Father
O.S.A., of the Augustinian Healing
Ministry located at Our Mother of
Friary, Lawrence,
MA, will be conducting a Mass and
Healing session at Saint Monica Parish
on Thursday, November 19th, 2015.
Mass will begin at 6:30 PM in the Church
on both days, followed by the healing
All are welcome!
All are invited to come and share in this
monthly evening of praise and worship.
Please feel free to invite a friend to join you!
Saint Monica Council 14725
Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Methuen Senior Activity Center
77 Lowell St, Methuen, MA
Saturday, November 7, 2015 ♦ 9am-3pm
Assorted Crafts, Giant Raffle,
Hourly Drawings
Bakery Sale, Luncheon Snack Bar, Book Sale
Jewelry Table and Gift Shop Table
Catholic Gentlemen at least 18 years of
please consider joining the world's
organization dedicated to supporting the
clergy and the family. To learn more, please
email: [email protected]
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2015
St. Monica School will be selling tickets for our Taste of Autumn event at some of the
Masses during this weekend of October 31/November 1. The event, sponsored by
our PTO, is at the Relief’s In on Market St. in Lawrence on Wednesday, November 4
at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $25/pp and all proceeds benefit St. Monica School. Tickets
are also available by contacting Sharon Tully in the School Office, 978-686-1801.
NEW this year: Donate to our online auction at
St. Monica School will hold a First Friday Mass on November 6th at 8:15 AM. After
the Mass, our second grade class will present their Saints Parade. Everyone is
welcome to attend this event.
At the annual altar servers appreciation mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in
Boston, Cieran Hancock, a seventh grade student at St. Monica School, was one
of eight altar servers honored. Cieran was presented with one of the two Blessed
Mother Teresa of Calcutta junior altar servers awards. The award was given in
appreciation of her exemplary service to her parish and community through her
imitation of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her zeal and dedication in
serving others, especially at the altar of God.
Cieran was nominated by Father John De La Russo, of her home parish of Saint
Mary of the Assumption in Lawrence.
Cieran served at the mass as well.
We will be sponsoring a Protecting God’s
Children class on the following date:
Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 PM
All are in the School Hall and anyone
wishing to register should contact Sharon
Tulley (978)686-1801 at the school office.
The Catholi Ce etery Asso iaio
Our i istry i ludes assisi g fa ilies efore a
death o urs. Call today for your free pre-pla i g
kit i ludi g: our free ooklet, o ey savi g
erii ate, i for aio o pay e t pla s a d
spe ii i for aio o our Haverhill Catholi
e eteries.
NOTE: This is a 1 time required class for
anyone working or volunteering in the
Should ’t your fa ily e
prote ted?
Please pray for peace in the Holy Land
and in the Middle East and especially
for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace,
pray for us.
Call Today .
Pro-Te h Law Care
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2015
~ A Rose for Life ~
If you would like to honor a loved one and
support our activities in support of life at the
same time, for a donation of $10, we’ll
purchase a rose and place it in the vase
before the statue of the Blessed Mother for a
week. Please contact Ann Collins at the
parish office (978) 683-1193.
for Life Closing Prayer Service will be held on
Sunday, Nov. 1 at 3pm. Please join us as we offer
prayers of thanksgiving for a wonderful Fall
campaign honoring John Cronin, a pro-life prayer
We have so much to be thankful
for: more people came out to pray; 40 people came
out for the opening prayer service on a Wednesday
morning; Shawn Carney, co-founder of this
international prayer movement, made a special stop
to pray at the clinic (picture included); 75 people
attended the 40 Days Bi-lingual Candlelight Vigil
on a Saturday evening at the clinic. God has stirred
people's hearts and people have responded. Let us
come together and continue to pray for the mothers
and children and for the end of abortion Contact
Debbie Papalia for more information at
978.490.5302or [email protected]
Roses for Life
have been donated:
In Loving Memory of Michael Giaruso
(Donated by his Mother)
In Memory of Florence Welch
(Donated by her Loving Family
In Memory of John Welch
(Donated by his Loving Family)
In Memory of Helena Cronin
(Donated by her Loving Family)
“Before I formed you in the
womb, I knew you. “Please
spiritually adopt an unborn
and to see
some great photos and videos.
The Spring
Campaign starts on Ash Wednesday, February 10.
Our Lady of the
Miraculous Medal Novena
Every day over 4,000 babies are killed by
abortion. They have so little protection only
the hand of God can end this massacre.
Prayer is the best weapon to help them •
the most effective. Say this prayer every
day for nine months to save a baby’s life!
This Monday beginning at 7:00pm
with a Holy Hour. during which the
Rosary and Novena Prayers will be
said. The Holy Hour will end with
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Please join
us for this Novena in honor of Our Blessed Mother.
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you
very much. I beg you to spare the life of
the unborn baby that I have spiritually
adopted who is in danger of abortion.”
Note: The Novena ends on next
Monday, November 9th.
Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2015
Saint Monica Parish • Methuen, MA
Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2015
Saint Monica Parish
212 Lawrence Street • Methuen, MA 01844
Father William P. Lohan
Father John A. Cassani
Parochial Vicar
Deacon John Pierce
Permanent Deacon
Mr. Paul Jernberg
Music Director
School Staff
Sister Suzanne Fondini, mfic
Sharon Tully
School Principal
Administrative Assistant
Mass Schedule
Religious Education Staff
Mr. Karl Jackson
Samantha Moore
Weekday: Monday - Wednesday - St. Lucy Parish 8:00 A.M.
Thursday-Friday - St. Monica Parish 7:00 A.M.
Saturday - St. Monica Parish
8:00 A.M.
Director of Faith Formation
Coordinator Youth Ministry/Confirmation
Holy Days: 4:00 P.M. (vigil), 7:00 A.M., 7:00 P.M.
(978) 683-1193
(978) 794-0383
Lord’s Day:
Saturday: 4:00 P.M.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 A.M., & 5:30 P.M.
(978) 686-1801
Director of Faith Formation:
(978) 686-3311 Ext. 35
Note: There is no 5:30 P.M. Mass during the Summer
Months of June, July and August.
Coordinator Youth Ministry/Confirmation
(978) 686-3311 Ext. 36
Prayer Line: (978) 683-1193 Ext. 41
Friday: 6:30 - 7:30 P.M.
Saturday: 3:00 - 3:45 P.M.
and any time by appointment
Parish Offices:
Main Office:
[email protected]
Director of Faith Formation:
[email protected]
Coordinator Youth Ministry/Confirmation
[email protected]
Please call the Parish Office at least six months
prior to your wedding.
[email protected]
Parish Office Hours
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
The office is closed Saturday and Sunday.
The Office is now located at
254 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA 01844
(at St. Lucy Parish)
Please call the Parish Office to make arrangements.

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