Monthly Archives: June 2012

7/06 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on Friday, July 6, from 9:15 AM to 12 noon in the Mary Chapel. There is a signup sheet in the sacristy.

7/07: Men’s Breakfast Ministry

The Men’s Breakfast Club will meet on Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 AM in the hall. Please come!

7/18 Good Shepherd Team Serves at Peace of Bread

The Good Shepherd team will be serving at the Peace of Bread Community Kitchen on Wednesday, July 18. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Mary Archambault at 508-278-2285. Those willing to help with cooking and preparation should arrive by 3:00. Servers should arrive by 5:00. Peace of Bread is located in the basement of the United Presbyterian Church at 51 Cottage Street, Whitinsville.

8/19: Lake Compounce Amusement Park, Bristol, Conn., 10am-9pm

We will gather as a group for 10am mass and leave by school bus directly after mass. The $40 per person cost includes park admission, transportation by school bus, park bucks to purchase lunch, and unlimited soda all day. Payment is due by August 5. Families are welcome to attend.

8/04 & 8/05: Youth Ministry Soulfest Christian Music Festival

We will be attending the last day of the music festival, on Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, NH, and camp overnight at my friends’ house in Sanbornton, New Hampshire. My friends have passed a Cori check and are current licensed foster parents for the state of New Hampshire. The cost includes transportation by school bus van and personal vehicles. We will leave at 7am on Saturday August 4, 2012. Cost $75. Cost includes full day pass for festival, and all meals. We will end with mass the 10am at Good Shepherd on Sunday August 5. Tickets must be ordered by July 15.

Holy Hour for Rescinding Health and Human Services Mandate

Health & Human Services Mandate (HHS)

Recently, the U.S. Department of Human Services issued a mandate requiring most employers, including Catholic employers, to offer medical coverage for contraception, agents of abortion, and sterilization as part of their basic medical coverage.

The government’s rationale demanding this course of treatment is based on the false guise that such treatment is considered “preventative medicine.” Fertility is not a sign that something is wrong, but that the body is well. Fertility is NOT an illness, but a sign of health.

For Catholic employers to comply with this mandate would be in direct violation of the teaching of the Church that clearly tells us that any human activity that destroys the procreative act is in direct violation to the right to life, a God-given right to all individuals.

Furthermore, this mandate strikes at the core of what we are as a country; a country that does not exclude religious freedom of any type, to anyone. Such a mandate is a direct contradiction to the undeniable right of giving religious freedom to all its citizens. As a Catholic community, we must not, and will not, comply with this unjust law.

Each Thursday, beginning June 21, from 7 PM to 8 PM, we as a parish family will offer a holy hour in the main church. All are invited to join us as we pray together in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament for the intention of rescinding this mandate and preserving religious freedom.

In addition, Bishop McManus has also requested that we offer time to “fast” as our personal sacrifice, for God will never be outdone in generosity.

Christ reminds us that the powers of prayer can defeat any evil that exists. Through the grace and power of God, may our prayers be heard and may we continue to be a country dedicated to the timeless phrase that we are and will always be “One Nation Under God.”

6/22: Car Wars/ Drive-in 5pm-11pm

On Friday, 6/22 we will have a build your own car competition followed by a movie outside on the church lawn (in the hall if it rains). There are separate prizes for the top 3 middle school and the top 3 high school cars. You can build your car out of any item that is not sharp or dangerous (no metal or glass please). You must bring all your own supplies. All items must be put together here at the church. Parents are welcome to stay and help their child build and decorate. You have 3.5 hours to build, paint, etc. Cost $5 to cover the cost of dinner. No need to pre-register just come and join us. You do not need to build a car to attend. The movie (TBA) will start at 9pm.