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.
Our Staff is now working from home on projects and activities that can be done remotely. Our phone service is set up to respond for Emergency Anointing of the Sick and Dying. Regular business for the Staff must to be done via email. Office Meetings are not allowed, except for emergencies.
I am grateful to those of you who have so generously mailed or dropped off through the Rectory mail slot offerings or have used our Online Giving Program, found via our website to help us to continue in this time, or to support the Saint Vincent's work. This past weekend 13 additional families signed up for Online Giving. Thank you to those thoughtful families. Anyone is welcome to sign up.
Our St. Vincent's asks if you are able to assist by making these donations: white rice, juice, mac and cheese, crackers and snacks, Chef Boyardee meals, and laundry detergent. They ask that you leave the packages inside the wooden side door at the very top of the driveway on the Rectory side of the Church. Financial donations for St. Vincent de Paul may be mailed in to One Church Square, Franklin, MA 02038.
I hope that you are using the wonderfully spiritually rich resource of Catholic TV to support your spiritual life at this time. This magnificent resource offers Daily Mass, Sunday Mass, and Adult and Child Faith Programming. Masses transmitted by iPad or one-camera Masses do not have the spiritual depth that Catholic TV offers. I also am suggesting to you two additional resources. For young adults and adults of all ages: "Formed" and for young children: "Catholic Icing" (Resources for Kids).
Our faith keeps us hopeful, calm, and strong. May our faith help steady our hearts and help us in times of worry. Be assured of the prayers of the priests for your and your loved ones' well-being. Our prayers will be heard through the intercession of Mary, Mother of God and Patroness of our Parish.
Jesus Is Our Light03-22-2020Rev. 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.READ MORE
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Parishioners who use either envelopes or online giving can request a statement of their donations for the calendar year 2019 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the rectory, 508-528-0020, during business hours.
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.