Letter from Fr. Manning

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Mary's,

My nephew Matt texted me yesterday that this difficult time has allowed him and his family to grow even closer. Matt and Kristen, his wife, have two children under the age of five. They have decided to take this time of worry and uncertainty and use it to make life special. One of the activities they have taken up is baking with the children. To get the cakes and breads to come out properly, all of them are working on patience and team work and also the most difficult of all: following the directions exactly and correctly. All of these virtues are difficult enough for adults, but for 2- and 5-year old children they become quite the feat. Their calm way and the beautiful pictures he texted me reassured my heart that even now there are good things happening. So, today's note is to invite you to look about with eyes of faith and hearts of love and see the many good things close to you. We can hear on the public and social media of the great and noble sacrificial work of health care workers, emergency personnel, and dedicated servers of the needy. Look closer in your life and you can see traces of God's grace in these rocky and uncharted times.

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"With One Voice" Capital Campaign

For a number of years, we have considered the possibility of installing a full capacity elevator for those with mobility issues. We plan to install a fully accessible elevator that will allow parishioners to go from the lower level to the upper level of the church. Additionally, we will create accessible restrooms both on the Church and ground level. This will allow greater access for all of our community.

Weekly Reflection

Jesus Is Our Light

03-22-2020Rev. Brian F. Manning

Are you aware that John's Gospel is all about signs? Do you also recognize that for a sign to have meaning, it must be seen, heard, or read? The Gospel of John is all about signs, and clearly his Gospel has to be read, and then ultimately thought about and understood to some degree.

Our first story this Sunday is from the Old Testament from the Book of Samuel. This story relates the journey of Samuel to Bethlehem to the house and family of Jesse. In listening we learn that God tells Samuel he should anoint the future king of Israel. Accordingly Samuel goes and meets the older, strapping, capable boys and thinks they're fine indeed, yet we learn that none of obvious candidates was the choice of God. Samuel is told again that God not only sees into our heart but also God sees differently than we do. And thus Samuel calls for the remaining son who is the youngest named David. This one, the non-obvious, is God's choice, and thereupon the Spirit rushes upon the young man.

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Request your Contribution Statement

Parishioners who use either envelopes or online giving can request a statement of their donations for the calendar year 2019 by emailing secretary@stmarysfranklin.org or by calling the rectory, 508-528-0020, during business hours.

Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Two $1000 Scholarships are available to a registered member of St. Mary’s Parish in Franklin who is graduating from High School in the spring, 2020 and progressing on to their 1st year of study at a 2 or 4-year college/university.

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Lenten Food Offering

In observance of the season of Lent, our St. Vincent de Paul Society is asking parishioners to consider bringing one item for the food pantry on each weekend of Lent. We are in need of canned vegetables to accompany the Easter dinner meals we will be distributing along with some personal hygiene items.

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St. Vincent de Paul Easter Outreach

This year we will provide 60 dinner food boxes for members of our community. The meal consists of two small boneless hams, a five pound bag of potatoes, vegetables, a pie along with other items to complete a great meal.

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