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“See All the People”

Apr 30, 2019

The 78th annual Catholic Charities Appeal of the Fall River Diocese began on May 1. Since 1942, the Appeal has helped people in all phases of life from children, to youth, to parents, to the elderly. Your support sustains the numerous agencies, programs, and ministries providing food and shelter, educating children and adults, and meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of thousands. We encourage you to support the Appeal as generously as you can. You can make a one-time gift, or a pledge with convenient payments throughout the year.

Last year 220 Holy Redeemer parish households generously donated $51,519.75, to the CCA. It would be wonder if every one of our approximately 700 households contributed this year. Remember no gift is too small when given with a generous heart. Solicitation letters were sent to registered parishioners last week. If you didn’t receive a letter it is because you are not on our parish rolls. Extra mailings are in the book racks in the pews. Please take one with you and mail your donation in the envelope addressed to the Appeal office or make an online gift at www.givefrdiocese.or/cca19. Help make this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal a success.

Final Weekend for Lenten Folders
If you have not yet returned your Lenten Folder please do so by placing it in the collection basket or in the box by the St. Joseph’s Shrine at the front of the Church. Disappointingly the folders have only so far raised $2,731. That is about $1,000 less than the $3,600 needed to build a modest home for a family in Haiti. Considering home values in Chatham it is hard to believe we can’t raise enough to meet our goal. Last year parishioners donated $4,000, which was used to build a house for the Montrevil Family of Plaine Du Nord, Haiti. Please return your folder today.

Cross Catholic Outreach Speaker
Fr. Farrell “Mac” McLaughlin will be visiting Holy Redeemer Parish this weekend to speak on behalf of Cross Catholic Outreach. Fr. McLaughlin is a retired priest of the Diocese of Providence, RI. In his retirement years he has done considerable work in the areas of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Recovery. Cross Catholic Outreach was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priests and nuns working in the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Please be attentive to Fr. “Mac’s” message.

Celebrating First Holy Communion
This Sunday, May 5, our First Communicants will be celebrating the Sacrament at the 10 AM Mass. Please welcome them, their families and friends on this joyous occasion. It is a joyful day when we can share the Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ for the first time with our children.

Lenten Stations of the Cross Get Almost a “10”
We did things a little different with the Lenten Stations of the Cross this year. Each Friday evening, members of a different parish group or ministry led the recitation. We also recited a different version themed to reflect the ministry of the group leading them. At the end of Lent we asked participants to fill out an evaluation. Overall, they rated the experience a 9.15. Most responders gave the experience a “10”. Only two people gave it a low rating. One respondent didn’t like the fact we had different versions of the Stations. They claimed they were too political. Of course, the reason Jesus ended up on the Cross was because the religious authorities claimed he was too political. The new format was overwhelmingly successful and well appreciated by 95% of those in attendance so I that is a shot in the arm.

One complaint was that many weeks we ran out of booklets. Well that is a good problem to have. We’ll buy more booklet for next year but we hope to have that same problem again next year. Special thanks are due to Richard and Pat Wright and Claire Thompson who helped Fr. John organize it this year. We hope to have some more spiritual programs in the near future.

Easter Flower Donations
A total of $1,325, was contributed for Easter flowers. Thank you to those parishioners who generously contributed towards their purchase. We had many complements. We’ll have the plants to beautify the altar throughout the summer. We even had a little money left over to buy a few annuals to grace the grounds of the church.

Our Lady of Fall River Prayer Cards Available
Cards with the depiction of Our Lady of Fall River and a prayer for her intercession for the work of strategic planning for the Diocese of Fall River are on the table at the back of the church. You are invited to take one. The image of Our Lady of Fall River was painted by the Russian-American artist Feodor Zakharov in 1943 and presented to then Bishop James E. Cassidy by Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Crane, summer residents of Woods Hole. It hangs today in the Residence of Bishop da Cunha. Please pray the prayer to Our Lady for the work of the various commissions working on the diocesan strategic plan, Rebuilding in Faith and Hope.

Parish Summer Event Meeting Sunday
The parish is planning a Summer Fun-raiser for Sunday, August 25, 2019. That is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the original dedication of Holy Redeemer Church back in 1916. The event will include a cookout, raffle to benefit the H work of the Holy Redeemer Woman’s Club, entertainment, games and anything else you can think of that might be fun. We will need lots of help! The Woman’s Club, Knights of Columbus and several parishioners are all onboard. It will be fun to work together as a parish community to make this event a success. Our next planning meeting will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Come share your gifts and make this a fun event.

Parish Survey
The Parish Pastoral Council has prepared a Parish Survey that will be distributed through the mail to all registered parishioners later this month. We would like every parishioner to fill it out individually. There will also be copies available in the pews. It is will evaluate several areas of parish life. Please be plan on filling the survey out and getting it back to us promptly. We are looking forward to your responses.

Summer Help Needed
As we walk down Main Street, we see quite a few “Help Wanted” sign in store windows. We’ll be needing extra help here in the parish this summer too. If you are a seasonal resident and are a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Altar Server or some other ministry in your home parish we could use your help while you are here at Holy Redeemer. Don’t take the summer off completely. Call the Parish Office (508) 945-0677 so we can tell you what you need to do to help out here at Holy Redeemer. We will also need extra help with collectors and ushers as we expand our Mass schedule. Masses at Our Lady of Grace Chapel will be Saturday Vigil 4:30 PM, Sunday morning at 7:30 & 9:30 AM for July 4th to Labor Day weekends. An additional 12 Noon Mass will be added at Holy Redeemer Church from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.

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