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A Roman Catholic Parish serving Mount Pleasant & North Providence since 1929

The Pastor’s Corner

Posted on Feb 22, 2018

Dear Parishioners

JOURNEY TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

10 THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR LENT

                    Bishop David Ricken, Chairman of the

Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, USCCB

  1. Remember the formula. The Church does a good job capturing certain truths: 10 Commandments, 7 sacraments, 3 persons in the Trinity. For Lent, the Church gives us almost a slogan – Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving – as the three things we need to work on during the season.

 

  1. It’s a time of prayer. Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days.  As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.

 

  1. It’s a time to fast. With the feasts of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, meatless Fridays, and our personal disciplines interspersed, Lent is the only time many Catholics actually fast. It’s almost a game for some of us, but fasting is actually a form of penance, which helps us turn away from sin and toward Christ.

 

  1. It’s a time to work on discipline. The 40 days of Lent are a good time to work on personal discipline.  Instead of giving something up, do something positive. Exercise more – pray more – be nicer to your family, friends and coworkers.

 

  1. It’s about dying to yourself. The more serious side of Lenten discipline is that it’s about more than self-control – it’s about finding aspects of yourself that are less than Christ-like and letting them die. We join with Christ in suffering, dying and being resurrected in a purified form.

 

  1. Don’t do too much. Don’t make Lent some ambitious period of personal reinvention – keep it simple and focused.  We spend our entire lives growing closer to God.  Don’t try to cram it all in one Lent.

 

  1. Lent reminds us of our weakness. Even if we set simple goals for ourselves, we still have trouble keeping them.  Lent shows us our weakness.  This can be painful, but recognizing how helpless we are makes us seek God’s help with renewed urgency and sincerity.

 

  1. Be patient with yourself. When we’re confronted with our own weakness during Lent, the temptation is to be angry and frustrated. God is calling us to be patient and to see ourselves as he does, with unconditional love.

 

  1. Reach out in charity. As we experience weakness and surrering, we should be renewed in our compassion for those in need. Almsgiving is about more than giving money. It’s about reaching out to others and helping them without question as a way of sharing the experience of God’s unconditional love.

 

  1. Learn to love like Christ. Lent brings us closer to loving like Christ, who suffered and poured himself out unconditionally on the cross for all of us. Lent is a journey through the desert to the foot of the cross on Good Friday, as we seek him out, ask his help, join in his suffering, and learn to love like him.

     Father Forcier

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Eucharistic Minister Schedule

Posted on Feb 1, 2018

February 3 – 4
5:00 PM Beverly Grande, Leslie Martinelli,
Bette Bisci
7:00 AM Patricia Smolley, Joe Gemma
9:30 AM Melissa Lezon, Lynn Ryan
11:30 AM Nicholas Gizzarelli, Kathy Morry
5:30 PM Matthew Smith, Joe Gemma

February 10 – 11
5:00 PM Bette Bisci, Lou Bisci,
Kathleen DePasquale
7:00 AM Maurice Trottier, Joe Gemma
9:30 AM Claire Pollard, Jim Gambardella
11:30 AM Kathy Morry, Mary Ellen Lally
5:30 PM Matthew Smith, Beverly Grande

February 17 – 18
5:00 PM Adelina Mendillo, Beverly Grande,
Lou Bisci
7:00 AM Patricia Smolley, Maurice Trottier
9:30 AM Richard Bouthillette, Robert Chase
11:30 AM Donna DiMeglio, Tony Vacca
5:30 PM Matthew Smith, Karen Ridlen

February 24 – 25
5:00 PM Beverly Grande, Leslie Martinelli,
Bette Bisci
7:00 AM Maurice Trottier, Joe Gemma
9:30 AM Lynn Ryan, Jim Gambardella
11:30 AM Donna DiMeglio, Mary Ellen Lally
5:30 PM Matthew Smith, Adelina Mendillo

March 3 – 4
5:00 PM Bette Bisci, Lou Bisci,
Kathleen DePasquale
7:00 AM Patricia Smolley, Joe Gemma
9:30 AM Jim Gambardella, Melissa Lezon
11:30 AM Nicholas Gizzarelli, Kathy Morry
5:30 PM Matthew Smith, Karen Ridlen

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Lector Schedule

Posted on Jan 31, 2018

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February 17 – 18
5:00 PM Melissa Manion
7:00 AM Ellen Longo
9:30 AM Claudia O’Donnell
11:30 AM Mary Pollard
5:30 PM William Lonardo
February 24 -25
5:00 PM Maggie Blais
7:00 AM Mary Lou Trottier
9:30 AM Maureen Gambardella
11:30 AM Joseph Scorpio
5:30 PM James D’Ambra
March 3 – 4
5:00 PM David Martinelli
7:00 AM Ellen Longo
9:30 AM Edward O’Donnell
11:30 AM Johana Faraj
5:30 PM William Lonardo
March 10 – 11
5:00 PM Loraine Federici
7:00 AM Mary Lou Trottier
9:30 AM Mary Eva Tudino
11:30 AM Jerry Scannell
5:30 PM Michael Greenberg
March 17 – 18
5:00 PM Mary Ann Alturi
7:00 AM Ellen Longo
9:30 AM Joseph Scorpio
11:30 AM George Rocchio
5:30 PM William Lonardo

March 24 – 24 Palm Sunday
5:00 PM Maggie Blais
7:00 AM Ellen Longo
9:30 AM Mary Pollard
11:30 AM Claire Barrett
5:30 PM Michael Greenberg
March 29 – Holy Thursday
7:00 PM Melissa Manion
Edward O’Donnell
March 30 – Good Friday
3:00 PM George Rocchio

March 31 – Easter Vigil
7:30 PM David Martinelli
Jerry Scannell
Paul Faella
April 1 Easter Sunday
7:00 AM Ellen Longo
9:30 AM Maureen Gambardella
11:30 AM Johana Faraj
NO 5:30 PM MASS

 

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Welcome to St. Augustine Father Brice!

Posted on Jul 3, 2017

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