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Progressing Through Summer

07-29-2021Rev. Brian F. Manning

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Mary’s,

We are progressing through the summer at a great speed. Somehow without me noticing, we are now in the month of August. Shortly our college age children will depart and leave for their educational institutions and begin to engage in their studies. This coming year will be different for them than last year as it will probably resemble more closely the traditional college pattern. It will be the same, but different. Our younger children will begin their education in late August or early September. Again their educational year will be similar to the past, but somewhat different. We pray for and hope for a better learning environment and experience this coming year. Our Educational Administrators, actual Educators and the entire Support Staffs certainly offered heroic service to all of our young people last year during the Pandemic. Karen Ackles, our Director of Religious Education, has been working diligently through the summer to prepare and offer a Religious Education Program that nurtures and develops our children’s faith, but also makes it as “user friendly” for parents as they re-engage with all the obligations and activities of their children this coming year. It is now the time to register for Religious Education… spread the word, please, for Grades 1 through 8 and also Confirmation 1 and 2. It is on-line at our website (stmarysfranklin.org) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Breaking of Bread

07-25-2021Rev. Brian F. Manning

At Sunday Mass we read a major gospel each church year which tells the story of Jesus and His life; in this process we read only selected sections which have been curated to tell the essential story of Jesus Christ. In fact, we read from only Matthew, Mark, or Luke in a three-year cycle because they are gospels which are written from an "eye-witness" point of view. The Gospel of John offers a distinctly different view of the life and message of Jesus. This year our gospel is that of Saint Mark. We do, however, fill in at times with sections from the Gospel of John. Mark is the shortest of all of the gospels, so it is necessary at times to read at length from John to add a depth or a dimension to what we are following in the life of Christ each Sunday. This Sunday we begin the section of John called "the Bread of Life" passage. The Eucharist is the focus of our reading of the Gospel of John for the next 4 weeks. Perhaps these readings will help us put the proper focus on the controversies which are circulating in our Church and in the American public world. I am attempting to provide a reflection for your faith which hopefully supports and helps you to be a faithful disciple and follower of Jesus Christ, instead of being caught up in other things. How often have I said "to know what matters and pay attention to what matters." This advice sounds simple, but often it is very hard to follow.

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Events

Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) New England Volunteer Opportunities

Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is recruiting men and women over 50 years of age to volunteer for the upcoming (Sep - June) year.

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St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive

We are requesting juice, juice boxes, peanut butter, grape or strawberry jelly and laundry detergent. Donations may be dropped off in the boxes at the doors of the church during the month of July.

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Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents

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One Day In-Person Spiritual Retreat Sat, Aug 14 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Carver, MA.

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Knights of Columbus Franklin Blood Drive

Add Sat, Aug 28 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Donate blood with your fellow parishioners on Sat, Aug 28 here at St. Mary's Parish.

SVdP Annual Fundraiser: Friends of the Poor Walk

Add Sat, Sep 25 @ 9:00 AM

Blessing for the Walk will begin at 9:00am on the Town Common, registration opens at 8:00am.

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