June 25, 2017 Sunday Mass: Vigil 4pm; 9am, 11am Daily Mass: Mon - Fri: 9am Morning Prayer 8:45am

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Eucharistic Adoration Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30pm Confessions Available

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First Saturday Mass: 9am

Reconciliation: Saturdays 3:153:45pm and during Eucharistic Adoration. Baptism: Celebrated the 3rd Sunday at 1pm. Call to register for Baptism Prep. Anointing of the Sick: Notify the office when a person is seriously ill. Extraordinary Ministers are available to bring the Eucharist to the homebound. Marriage: Call at least 6 months in advance of your wedding.

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

June 25, 2017

Please pray for our military and civilians who defend our freedom, especially: The 26th “Yankee” Brigade, and 1st Lts. Ryan & Nolan Johnson, US Army, Patrick Cavanaugh, PFC Christopher Lewis, Lcpl Brenden Amico, Cpl. 3rd Class Christopher Donohue, Justin Whitmarsh, PFC Michael Goddard, Chaplain Tom Whiteman, Brian Basso US. Army

Saturday, June 24 4:00pm Catherine Lombardo Memorial Sunday, June 25 9:00am Salvatore Follo Memorial 11:00am Mass for the People of St. Athanasius Monday, June 26 9:00am Evelyn Brodowski Birthday Memorial Tuesday, June 27 9:00am Carl Dantas Memorial Wednesday, June 28 9:00am Connor J. Norton Memorial Thursday, June 29 9:00am Mass 6:30pm Adoration Friday, June 30 9:00am Lawrence, Alice & Ernestine Tortorella Memorial Saturday, July 1 9:00am First Saturday Mass 4:00pm Bridget & Damon Murray Memorial Sunday, July 2 9:00am Mass for the People of St. Athanasius 11:00am Mary Zanni Memorial

Remember those in need of prayers, especially: Maryann Lucerto, Margaret Sumner, John Cadigan, Pat K & Family, Marie Brown, JDF & Family, Patrick & Brianna, Rick Q, Trudy, Sean T, Dianne, Dina Luongo, Tim I, Anne Bernadette, Bryan, Guarino Family, Fran P, Caroline, Steve R, The Nowicki family, Jon S, Scott, Trudy, Carla, Patrick M, Matthew, Paula, Marie M, Julius L, Barbara, Gil, Sheila S, Bob C, Rose, Dom, Daniel, Alison, Paige Goulet, Sandra Cadigan, Lindsey, Matt & Chloe, Margie M, Kelly G, Frank G, Ben Goodhue, Jeff Eble, Peter, James B, Ann Kiley, Kelleigh G, John M, Christine M, Sheila D, Jay Delaney, Brian, Sue, Catelyn, Richard Rossi, Dorothea Golini, Alicia, Danielle, Nicole, Carol, Claire, Katy, Robert, Richard, Andrew, Thomas, Anna W, Mary M, Terry G,Larry Yetman, Marion,Phil T,Beth O, Denise, Martha K,Anne Marie, Barbara G, Tim Ervin and family


These names will stay in the Prayer Corner until Sunday, July 3rd. Call the office or email [email protected] to add or renew a name of

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Jer 20:10-13/Rom 5:12-15/Mt 10:26-33 Gn 12:1-9/Mt 7:1-5 Gn 13:2, 5-18/Mt 7:6, 12-14 Gn 15:1-12, 17-18/Mt 7:15-20 Acts 12:1-11/2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18/Mt 16:13-19 Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22/Mt 8:1-4 Gn 18:1-15/Mt 8:5-17

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Sun Jun 25

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Our second collection today is for Peter’s Pence, a worldwide collection that supports the charitable works of Pope Francis. Funds from this collection help victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Take this opportunity to join with Pope Francis and be a witness of charity to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous today. For more information, visit www.usccb.org/peters-pence

W EEKLY O FFERTORY Mass Attendance June 17/18 : 452 1st Collection: $ 5620 2nd Deficit Reduction: $ 2401 This week 2nd collection- Holy Fathers Peters Pence


St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

June 25, 2017

From the Pastor Friends, Below is the announcement that I made last week regarding what the Archdiocese has termed “collaboration.” It is reprinted here so that you can have a copy to keep for yourselves. God bless, Fr .C ______________________

Last week I received a phone call from our regional bishop, Bishop Mark O’Connell, outlining for me the roll out of the remaining collaboratives for Disciples in Mission. Bishop Mark told me that we and, of course, St Agnes, will begin as a collaborative in June of 2019. The “collaborative” will be a structure within which our DISTINCT parishes cooperate to free up the priests, deacons, staff, and CERTAIN finances for a greater effort of evangelization. Within the collaborative, our two parishes will begin by sharing a pastor. If there is to be a parochial vicar, we will share him as well. We will share our deacons and some key members of the staff. It is likely that the priests will live together in one rectory. We will have a new structure for our pastoral council and finance council, and, eventually, we will write one plan for evangelization in our parishes. We WILL NOT COMBINE finances, though we will proportionally share the cost of the common staff members between the two parishes. The parishes will not be combining bank accounts. Our offertories, and sacramental records, and capital needs (e.g. facility repairs and utilities) will all be tracked separately. So this is NOT A MERGER, meaning that St. Athanasius Parish will keep its name and identity. However, our two parishes will seek to do more TOGETHER toward evangelization than we are doing now separately. We will work together to write a plan for evangelization, which will include a plan for how to encourage more vocations to the priesthood. Soon I will have a conversation with Father Rock and the other priests and deacons of Reading about how June 2019 may impact us today and how we can better prepare to make the collaborative transition as smooth as possible. Of course, we will include the Parish and Finance Councils and everyone else as the next two years unfold. If needed, plenty of people from the Archdiocese are happy to come out to answer any questions we might have. Lastly, it is important that I state my intentions as your pastor. I do not plan on putting my name forward for another assignment between now and June of 2019, but by that time I will have been here for nine years and the Archdiocese may have other plans for me when this collaborative is instituted or even before. To a certain extent we have been discussing this type of arrangement for several years, the only difference now is that we have a more definitive timetable, which is meant to give us a greater sense of clarity, not less. With a positive attitude, we can do a lot of good things for our two parishes and our beloved community on behalf of Our Lord. Thank you.


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June 25, 2017

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Attention ... All Religious Ed Families Registration is open for the 2017-2018 school year Forms were emailed to all Religious Ed Families. If you did not receive an email please call the office at 781-944-0330. Forms are also available on our website at www.stathanasiusreading.org

HELP! Looking for teachers for the upcoming Fall school year for Grades 1-6.

Society of St Vincent de Paul Times are tough for some of our parish families. We can help them with food, from being evicted, with heating and keeping their lights on. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 781-2588767.

If you are interested in teaching, please contact Jo-Ann Rossi at 1-781-944-0330 at ext. 14

All teachers will save 25% off their tuition cost. June 25 ~ Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time As we move into the rhythm of day to day life, it can be a challenge to hold fast to the beautiful promise of Christ’s presence with us. We need to remember the consolation, the comfort, the hope and joy that we heard throughout the Easter Season. Pray for the grace of openness to the Word of God that will guide our way through the daily trials and joys of this “ordinary” time. Let us declare with Jeremiah, “The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion…” and let us take this word with us as we go through the week!

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June 25, 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS St. Athanasius and St. Agnes Youth Ministry WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for events listed Please contact Brad Agostonelli , Youth Minister Cell: 585-200-2831 Office: 781-944-0330 [email protected]

COR UNUM MEAL CENTER Our next visits to serve dinner at Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence are on Saturdays 6/24, 7/29, and 8/19. These trips are open to ages 13 and up. We will meet at 3:15pm in the St. Athanasius Parish Center and return to Reading around 7:30 or 8pm.



Saturday July 29, 2017, 8am to 11 am We need adult and youth volunteers. The money from the deposits comes back to St. Athanasius Parish.

MUSIC MINISTRY Musicians and singers are wanted! Any middle or high schoolers who sing or play an instrument are invited to participate in the Mass choir at St. Athanasius. Please contact Music Director John Donovan for more information: [email protected].

REMIND APP We have a group communication program using text messaging called Remind. Get youth ministry updates via texts right to your phone. Your cell phone number will not be known. To get started, text @stasyouth to the number 81010 and follow the instructions.

SOCIAL MEDIA Follow us on Instagram @saintasyouth or like us on Facebook at St. Athanasius and St. Agnes Youth Ministry.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time The best medicine for an aching heart or anxious mind is being surrounded by the love and support of family. In the face of crisis, important decisions, difficult problems or serious illness, those who care the most for us can offer words of comfort, hope and direction as we set aside our fears and try to move forward. There is no substitute for the solid ground of love in the stormy seas of life. Everyone comes to a crossroads in life. Some choices and decisions are life-changing and fear can hold us back. Faith is challenged by doubt, or love is challenged by rejection and we look for some sign that we are on the right road. The risks are real, but we need to choose. It is then that we can most help each other find what we need to step forward, to choose wisely and know that we are not alone. A sounding board, a voice of reason, and a promise of prayer give us more than enough to make the journey that lies ahead. We go with God and we go with one another. James Gaffney, © 2008 Karides Lic. to St. George Publishing [email protected]

Coffee Hour We need hosts for July Contact Sophie at 781-944-9085 or sign up in the Parish Center. 5

St. Athanasius Parish, Reading, MA

June 25, 2017

Parish Staff


Pastor ………………………………. Reverend Darin V. Colarusso [email protected]

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus February 15-25, 2018 Fr. Armano & Fr. Liias, Spiritual Directors

Parochial Vicar………………………..Reverend Patrick Armano [email protected] Permanent Deacon………………………….Deacon Neil Sumner [email protected]

Join Fr. Armano & Fr. Liias on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will experience the Scriptures come alive and see where Jesus began his ministry. As we following in the footsteps of Jesus, we will discover this unique and spiritual land with visits to Galilee, Tiberius, Nazareth, Caesarea, Capernaum, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

Permanent Deacon…………..….………...Deacon Matt Baltier [email protected] Administrative Office Manager………………. Kerry Laurenza [email protected] Coordinator of Religious Ed……………………….. Jo-Ann Rossi [email protected] Music Director..………………………………………..John Donovan [email protected] Business Manager……………………………………...Janine Castro [email protected]

A deposit is due by upon time of registration.* Early bird discount for deposits received before July 15th. Final payment is due by December 15, 2017. For more information and to obtain a brochure, contact Cathy DiPirro @ 781-307-2474 or [email protected]

Administrative Assistant ……………………….. Luann Barretto [email protected] Youth Ministry……………………………………….Brad Agostinelli [email protected] Religious Ed Administrative Assistant …..Michele Barrette [email protected] Submissions for our bulletin are by Monday 9am [email protected]

Program at Northeast Catholic College There’s still time to enroll in Northeast Catholic College’s Summer Program for high school students! The Collegiate Summer Program offers participants the opportunity to study theology, philosophy, literature and political science. During the summer program, students also attend daily Mass and enjoy sports, socials and day trips including hiking and canoeing. The program is for students who will be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2017. It is also open to students who have just graduated high school.

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