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Francis Make Movie Debut

May 28, 2018

The papacy and popes have been the subjects of many movies. They have appeared in historical drams like “The Agony and the Ecstasy” about the relationship of Michelangelo and Pope Julius while the former was painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Pure drama such as “The Shoes of the Fisherman” and documentaries such as “Nine Days that Changed the World” that recounts the role of Pope St. John Paul II in causing the downfall of the Communist regime in Poland. But for the first time Pope Francis will make an actual appearance as himself in a movie, “Beyond the Sun” which was released this week.

According to an article in Crux Now, a Catholic website, “the film chronicles the adventures of four young friends in search of God. The uplifting story is intended to spiritually engage and encourage audiences of all ages to transmit Jesus’ words, to understand them and integrate them to live a better life, make good choices and help others. The parish is working on the possibility of having a local screening of the film at the Orpheum Theater late next month so watch the bulletin for details.

Pope Francis is also the subject of a documentary film, “Pope Francis a Man of His Word.” This film is characterized as, “a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. It presents the pope’s work for reform and his answers to today’s global questions from death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth, inequality, materialism and the role of the family. This movie is currently playing at the Cape Cinema, 35 Hope Lane, off Rte. 6A, Dennis. Show times are at 2pm, 4:30 pm and 7pm.

77th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

The Catholic Charities Appeal currently being conducted in Holy Redeemer Parish through June 27. The CCA is depending on the generosity of our faithful parishioners for its success. The Appeal is the only time each year our Church asks us all to support the charitable agencies and apostolates supported by the Appeal. They provide housing for vulnerable populations, care and support for the disabled and ill, and healthy programs such as scouting and youth ministry.

Thank you to parishioners of Holy Redeemer Parish who last year generously contributed $54,005 dollars to the CCA. This year we have set a parish goal to increase our donations by 5%. That is a parish goal of $56,705. Thank you to the ---- generous parishioners who have already contributed $------ to this year’s appeal. We would also like to increase the number of parish household contributing to the 2018 Appeal to 100%. If you have never contributed to the Appeal please prayerfully consider doing so this year.

Reminder letter are being prepared to be sent to parishioners who have not already contributed to this year’s CCA. Please send in your 2018 Appeal gift as soon as possible so we won’t have to send you a reminder letter and can save on postage. 

A gift of $50 is $1 a week, is less than the price of a cup of coffee. A gift of $100 or $10 a month, is maybe the price of breakfast. A $300 donation is less than $1 a day, not the price of one lost golf ball. Prayerfully, consider your gift to the needy in the name of Jesus. You can charge your donation to a credit card. MasterCard, Visa, AMEX and Discover cards are all accepted by the Appeal. Some employers offer matching gifts for their employee or retirees charitable gifts. Maybe you can double your gift. 

The Summer Season Begins!

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and that means the tourist season begins. Welcome to our seasonal guests and welcome back to our seasonal parishioners. This Sunday we add a 12 noon Mass to help accommodate anticipated larger attendance.

Returning summer visitors will notice a few changes in the parish. One is that beginning last September the parish discontinued weekly second collections. Now a second collection is only taken up if it is for one of the annual special appeals. Taking up a second collection for parish needs every week felt too much like trying to squeeze a contribution out of parishioners. 

Donations to the weekly Budget Collection should be a sign of our thanksgiving to God for the many generous gifts God gives us every day. Please make sure your gift to the collection is at least what you would have given to the two collections in the past. Our donations should be our gift of good stewardship. Our contribution to our parish shouldn’t be the smallest bill we have in our wallet nor the loose change we have in our pockets. It should be an intentional gift given after prayerful reflection. Our contribution to the budget collection should reflect the overwhelming goodness of God to us.

Electronic Giving on the Way

Soon the parish will be offering the opportunity for electronic giving. Parishioners will be able to arrange to have their donations to all parish collections to be withdrawn automatically from their checking account or charged to their credit card. You’ll be able to just “Set It and Forget It!” The system will offer contributors a receipt that you can drop in the collection basket if you feel awkward about not having something to drop in the basket as it goes by.


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Mark Your Calendars for the Parish Listening Session

Make plans today to attend our parish listening session on Thursday evening May 31, from 6:30-8:00pm in the church. This listening session is the first step in developing a strategic plan for our parish. The session will follow a format similar to the recent diocesan listening session conducted by Bishop DaCunha at St. Joan of Arc Church on April 18. Marilyn Blanchette who facilitated that session will be here at Holy Redeemer to help carry out the same role for us.

As mentioned in last week’s homily we will be asked to answer three questions during the session.

  1. What does our parish, do well?
  2. What is our parish currently doing, that we could be doing better?
  3. What is our parish not doing that we could be doing?

We’re looking forward to the participation of all parishioners.

Summer Help Needed

Going around town we see many “Help Wanted” signs. Merchants, landscapers and other seasonal employers are all scrambling to get enough help for the summer. It’s a similar situation here at Holy Redeemer as we prepare to add four masses to our weekend schedule. We’ll need additional people to help coordinate collection at Our Lady of Grace mass which will be celebrated at 4:30 pm Saturday afternoon and at 8:30 am and 9:30 am on Sunday morning. We also need help with collections at the 12 Noon Mass at Holy Redeemer which begin Memorial Day Weekend. If you can help coordinate please call the Parish Office (508)-945-0677.

We also could use a few more Eucharistic Ministers and altar servers. So, if you exercise these ministries in your home parish and plan to be here for the summer or even part of the summer, please offer to help here at Holy Redeemer or Our Lady of Grace Chapel. If you are a Eucharistic Minister in your home parish we will just need a letter from your home parish saying you are a minister in good standing.

Food for the Poor Representative Coming Next Weekend

Holy Redeemer will host a representative from Food for the Poor next weekend. During the Lenten Season our parish used the Lenten Folder to raise $4000 in donations to Food for the Poor. Most of the money, $3.600 was used to build a house for a family in Haiti. The balance of $400 was spent on four computer learning stations for school children. The representative will not be taking up a second collection but will be speaking about the work of the organization and will pass out envelops for donations that can be sent directly to Food for the Poor.