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(Updated 2/10/17)

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St. Christine's
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Weekdays: 9:00 AM
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 & 11:30 AM

Confessions:
Wednesdays During Lent 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Saturday 4 to 4:45 PM (church)


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other paper items. Deposit your papers in the recycling bin in the parking lot and help us to save the environment while supporting your parish. Thank You!

LENTEN SCHEDULE

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Abstinence: Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. On days of abstinence, meat may not be used at all. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Fast: Catholics over 18 years of age and up to their sixtieth year are bound by the obligation of fasting on Ash Wed and Good Friday. On these days only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs but together they should not equal another meal. Eating between meals is not permitted but liquids including milk and fruit juices are allowed.

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You can support Saint Christine’s Parish on a regular basis by signing up for Online Giving. By giving your weekly contribution on a recurring electronic basis, you help our parish more accurately forecast our finances. This method is a safe, secure and dependable means of giving for you and our parish and it is more convenient for you. Learn more about setting up an Online Giving account.

Not quite ready to create an account but would like to support the parish? Consider using "Quick Give" to make a one time online gift/donation using your credit card. Learn more about Quick Give.

 

**** FLU SEASON PRECAUTIONS ****

The distribution of the Precious Blood is suspended, with the exception of those who must receive from the Cup for medical reasons.

The exchange of the Sign of Peace is to be offered without a handshake and there is no holding of hands during the Our Father


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(If you don't see what you're looking for in the highlights below please check the complete bulletin )

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

Every year when Lent rolls around, we find ourselves filled with good intentions. We get psyched about prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Someone who is not a Christian may well think that Lent is when Christians go around for 40 days beating themselves up over what they have done wrong. If that is true in your life or mine, we are missing the point of Lent. God knows we all lead hectic, busy lives and every year God sends us Lent which is a challenging reminder to get back on track. Lent reminds us that fasting, prayer and almsgiving are supposed to be part of our lives all year long, not just for 40 days. Every day you and I should be talking to God in prayer. Every day we should say to God “I love you, thank you for saving me, help me to grow in holiness.” Every day we should be a person of compassion and forgiveness.

Jesus reminds us of that truth today when he says to us “repent - believe in the Gospel.” The Lenten question for you and me is: “What gets in our way? What stops us from turning to God with open hearts?”

I can’t answer that question for you. I can only answer it for myself and in doing so I thought about Pope Francis saying that for many of us self absorption is a problem. I know for me that can be true. Some times it is all about me - what I want, what I need, my need to be in control, my moments when I let my worries about the past or the future fill my mind and leave no room for God. Maybe for many of us that is what we should work on this Lent….living in the present with God. ..learning to put God first …learning to trust that God walks with us.

Someone wisely put it this way. God says: “My name is I AM. When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WAS. When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WILL BE. When you live in the moment, it is not hard. I am here. My name is I AM.

May you and I work hard this Lent to move from being absorbed with ourselves and our worries and fears and the need to control and thus turn back to God with open hearts.

God bless you. Father Tom

THANK YOU!!!!
A word of sincere thanks to all our parishioners for your wonderful support of the 2017 Catholic Appeal Campaign. The final results have been posted. Our 2017 Catholic Appeal goal was $84,626 and your generosity raised $102,144. As you may recall once we reached our assessment ($47,467) and our in-pew goal, we became eligible for a rebate. Our rebate is $31,363.20. Also, thanks to you we exceeded the goal for the 2017 Grand Annual Collection. Your generosity to your parish raised $ 113,200.

The funds raised from both of these campaigns are used to pay our bills and keep our ministries active. Without your support, our Parish deficit would be very high.

God bless you and thank you. Father Tom

LENTEN ACTIVITIES

2018 Lenten Schedule
Click to view, download and print the 2018 Lenten Schedule. Put it on your fridge.

Soup and Prayer: Thursday, February 22nd 6:30 pm The Men’s Group invites all parishioners to gather together for a brief prayer service followed by a light meal of homemade soup and bread and fellowship. What a beautiful way to fast during this most spiritual time of Lent. For information, please call Norm Shacochis at 781-834-4097.

The Light Is On For You
During Lent, Confession will be available every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Church beginning February 21st. You are invited to experience Christ’s healing love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please join us and spread the word of this special outreach of mercy.

Lenten Prayer Service: During Lent, a morning Lenten Prayer Service will take place at 6:30 am in the church from February 15th thru March 30th. All are welcome to join us. Call Ed Casassa at 781-545-0881 for more information.

Operation Rice Bowl: Operation Rice Bowl is a Lenten project that helps those in need throughout the world. Rice bowls are available at the doors of the church. Please take one home with you and the poor in the world. Thank you.

Lenten Collections: During Lent we will collect food and related items for the Marshfield Food Pantry. You are asked to bring the following items to church on:
Feb. 17/18 coffee, tea, juices (in plastic bottles)
Feb. 24/25 soaps, laundry & dishwashing detergents
March 3/4 light bulbs and batteries
March 10/11 pasta, cereal and rice
March 17/18 paper towels, tissues and toilet paper

Last Weekend's Offertory Collection
Budgeted Goal: $9,800
Received: $5,209
Online Giving: $2,740
Total: $7,949

Thank you for your generosity and faithful support.

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

There will no Religious Education classes from Sunday, February 18th through Thursday, February 22nd due to School Vacation Week.

Classes will resume on Sunday, February 25th.

** Tuition fees are now due. Please remit your payment to the CCD office as soon as possible. Thank you. **

Grades 1 - 5 Lenten Workshop - Friday, March 2nd 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm parish hall

St. Christine’s Scholarships
Application forms for any graduating high school senior who is a member of our parish are available in the sacristy, the CCD office, the rectory and the Guidance Office at
Marshfield High School. Completed forms with a photo and required essay must be returned by April 1st.

CCD CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER
Now that the winter season is upon us, there may be occasions that CCD classes will be cancelled due to inclement weather. If classes are cancelled, notification will be available on Channels 5 and 7. Please tune into these stations or log onto their websites. Additionally, cancellations will be announced on WATD radio (95.9). *** Please note that if Marshfield Schools are closed, Saint Christine’s CCD classes are also cancelled.

Click on the Weekly Bulletin link above to read all CCD Announcements.

CORI FORMS - It’s that time of year again !!!!
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all volunteers at St. Christine’s Parish to fill out an annual Cori Form.

You may do one of the following:

  1. Next weekend, February 3/4, you may fill out a Cori Form in the foyer of the church after all the Masses. Please bring your picture ID which is required. A staff member will be available to verify your information.
  2. Take a Cori form home, fill it out and return it to the rectory with your picture ID.
  3. Mail a completed Cori form to the rectory with a copy of your picture ID. Picture identification is a driver’s license, passport, etc.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Please note: Due to security, Cori Forms are not available on our parish website.

ST. CHRISTINE'S SCHOLARSHIPS
Application forms for any graduating high school senior who is a member of our parish are available in the sacristy, the CCD office, the rectory and the Guidance Office at Marshfield High School. Completed forms with a photo and required essay must be returned by April 1st.

ST. CHRISTINE'S BOOK GROUP
St. Christine’s Book Group will meet on Thursday evening, February 22nd at 7:00 pm in the Children’s Room for a discussion on the book:
Dying to Be Happy, Discovering the Truth About Life by Chris Stepien. All are welcome.

SOWING SEEDS
Sowing Seeds needs warm clothing in all sizes for adults and children especially coats, sweaters, gloves/mittens and hats. Personal care and baby items such as diapers and baby wipes are always needed. Drivers are urgently needed to transport patients to medical appointments both locally and in Boston. Please call Sowing Seeds at 781-837-3337 if you can help.

CURSILLO for WOMEN
Cursillo for Women is a short course in Christianity which offers the participants a vibrant experience of Christian life. The next Cursillo Weekend for Women is March 1st- 4th at the Campion Center in Weston. For information and registration, visit www.bostoncursillo.org or contact Chris Graft at 617-332-5548. or Colleen Casey at 781-834-6999.

VOCATIONS : We pray for those who are making a permanent commitment through vows in marriage, holy orders and the religious life.

REFLECTION: Reflect on: “Your ways O Lord, make known to me, teach me your paths.”

BULLETIN: We sincerely thank all of our advertisers who have placed ads in our bulletin. Please support the businesses that advertise in our parish bulletin as their ads help to defray the cost of the bulletin.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS
Family Holy Hour of Prayer for Opiod Addiction - Saint Joseph the Worker in Hanson - Saturday, February 24th at 11:30 am

FACEBOOK!
Saint Christine’s now has a Facebook page. We will use the Face Book page to post parish news, events, CCD cancellations, photos and more but we need your help. Visit www.facebook.com/stchristinesmarshfield and “LIKE” our page to help spread the word. We’re new to Facebook so please bear with us as we get up to speed with social media. You can also link to our Facebook page whereever you see the Facebook logo on our site.

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IMPORTANT PARISH NOTICES

CCD & PARKING LOT REMINDER!!
Please exercise extreme caution in our church parking lot while dropping off and picking up children from classes. Please drive slowly in the parking lot and refrain from using cell phones. Children move quickly and your full attention is needed.

REMINDER: The Marshfield Fire Department has requested that our parishioners refrain from parking in front of the church as it prevents their access in times of emergency.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, ALTAR SERVERS
Please check your schedules to see if/when you are assigned. If you unable to serve your assigned Mass, it is important that you call a substitute to serve for you.

CCD CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER
If classes are cancelled due to weather, notification will be available on Channels 5, and 7. Please tune into these stations or log onto their websites. Additionally, cancellations will be announced on WATD radio (95.9). Please note that if Marshfield Schools are closed, Saint Christine’s CCD classes are also cancelled.

All children in Grades 1 through 3 must have a parent or another adult accompany them to and from class each week. Parents must sign children out before they are released from their class.

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