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(Updated 3/23/2019)

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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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FLU SEASON CHANGES
The Archdiocese of Boston has notified us that due to the Flu season, the Precious Blood will not be offered at Holy Communion. The holding of hands during Mass is also suspended and a bow or a wave may be substituted in its place. Hopefully the Flu season won’t last long and we can resume offering the Precious Blood at Holy Communion.

   
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 all the Fridays of Lent.
Fast:
Catholics over 18 years of age and up to their sixtieth year are bound by he obligation of fasting on 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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A Few Words from Father Steve

Dear Friends,

When the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted a cold and snowy winter for 2019 they weren’t too far off. It predicted major snowfalls in February with blizzard conditions for New England. Doesn’t it seem like a long time ago when we received our first snowfall back in December 2018! We never thought that we would have more storms. Sometimes, it wreaked havoc with the power lines, caused black outs, leaking and collapsing roofs, icing, skidding and so many
other winter nightmares. Once the Christmas season was over, the light and joy of the season went too as the days were dark by 4 pm. You became more aware of it.

As noted before in this column, we became aware of what damage the snow can do and without any warm sun to melt it. Our own chapel roof needs some work. It has developed more leaks and it will probably need to be replaced in the spring but we were able to keep on top of the plowing for the safety of all our parishioners. During a recent storm, we lost two electrical poles due to strong winds. The electrical poles on our property need to be maintained by the parish. Winter is always tough and always tough on the budget. Thank God that Spring has Sprung!!!

I feel very fortunate, because of your generosity to the Grand Annual Collection, I have not needed to ask for any additional collections for snow removal. Sadly, I know of many parishes that have had to resort to this as it is such a financial burden. I have been busy writing thank you notes to all of you who have contributed to the Grand Annual Collection knowing this is probably a big financial burden for many of you. I am extremely grateful to all of you who have made this sacrifice. There is still time to contribute to this collection. It will close at the end of the month of April.

Recently, I started to think about my weekly envelopes. I realized I could go ”green” and try “online giving,” so I wouldn’t forget to pass my envelope in and also save paper. It has only been a short time for me so far but I think “online giving” also helps me organize my budget better to have it automatically withdrawn and keeps paper to a minimum. If you are interested in trying “online giving”, call the rectory for more information.

As this column goes to press, it is already the Third Sunday of Lent. Many of you may not realize it but when you look up the word Lent, there are several meanings. This word in Latin means, “40 days” but in the Anglo-Saxon times it meant “spring.” Even though Lent is about prayer, almsgiving and fasting, we are also slowly coming out of the darkness of winter. Every day is a little brighter, a little longer and there is a sense of happiness. Winter is ended and spring is here. As we journey together through Lent, we are almost doing a spiritual cleansing or a spring-cleaning of our souls, in preparation for Easter. This can lessen our burden and make us feel lighter.

The beginning of spring also means something else for me - my birthday which was this past Thursday. Even though it is a time to celebrate a new year, my birthday has almost always occurred during Lent so it has been a special time to prepare for Easter but also to thank God for all He has done for me. Lent is the season where God gave us His greatest gift–His Son. It can be a season to be grateful for everything else He has given and it can be a time to give back.

As we come out of the darkness during the season of Lent, let us be reminded that spring is here as we see the crocuses have been seen popping out of the once snow covered and frozen ground and as we prepare for opening day of the Red Sox at Fenway.

On a very happy note, the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a better winter next year. That’s certainly something to look forward to.

Love, Fr Steve

Last Weekend's Offertory Collection
Budgeted Goal: $9,800
Received: $6,738
Online Giving: $2,740
Total: $8,478

Thank you for your generous and faithful support of our parish.

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Catholic Appeal
Cardinal Sean wishes to thank everyone from Saint Christine’s Parish who has participated in the 2019 Catholic Appeal. Please know that every gift matters. Your support of the 2019 Catholic Appeal helps countless people through 50 ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston. If you have not yet participated in the 2019 Appeal, please consider making a pledge this weekend. Appeal envelopes are on the ushers’ tables at the doors of the church. On-line pledging may be made at www.BostobnCatholicAppeal.org. Thank you for your support of this important effort.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

All classes will meet as scheduled this week.

All Tuition Bills are now due. Please remit your payment to the CCD office as soon as possible.

Grade 2 - Parent Rehearsal Meeting - Monday, April 8th at 7:30 pm in the church.

Grade 3 - Family Fun Night - After the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, April 6th

Confirmation Classes will meet on:
Grade 9 Sunday, March 24th 4:30 pm hall
Rite of Commitment 6:00 pm Mass
Parents should attend the Mass with their children.
Grade 10 Sunday, March 31st 4:30 pm hall - Gown Measurements

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

Grade 5 - Scavenger Hunt
Our 5th grade students will participate in a Scavenger Hunt/Food Collection on Friday, March 29th from 4:15 to 6:00 pm. Students will ask neighbors to leave can goods and non-perishable food at their front door for pick up. We will then celebrate with pizza and fellowship it the parish hall. All collected food will be delivered to the Marshfield Food Pantry for those in need.

Saint Christine’s Scholarships
Saint Christine’s Scholarships application forms for any graduating high school senior who is a member of our parish are now available in the sacristy, rectory, CCD Office and Guidance Office at Marshfield High School.
Completed forms with a photo and required essay must be returned to the rectory by April 1st. If you would like to remember a family member or friend by honoring them with a scholarship in their name, please contact Fr. Steve at the rectory.

LENTEN ACTIVITIES

Easter Flower Envelopes are now available at the doors of the Church for your offerings in memory of our deceased families and friends. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY the names of your deceased loved ones on the back of the envelope and return the envelope with your donation in the collection basket or to the rectory. Thank you for your generosity. You may also make a contribution on our website by clicking the On-Line Giving icon and following the instruction for Quick Give.

LENTEN SCHEDULE - Click here for a printable version

THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU
Confession enables everyone to experience God’s love and forgiveness. Father Steve will be available every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm for anyone who wishes to go to Confession during Lent. Confession is also available on Saturday afternoons from 4:00 to 4:45 pm.

SOUP AND PRAYER - Thursday, March 21st Parish Hall
During the Season of Lent we will gather together to pray as a parish family on Thursday evenings in the parish hall. All our parishioners are invited to come to pray, share a light meal and fellowship. Please join us!

LENTEN PRAYER SERVICE
A Lenten Prayer Service will be held weekdays mornings at 6:30 am in the church during Lent. All are welcome any or all days. Contact Ed Casassa at 781-545-0881 for more information.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the Church on: Sunday, March 17th at 10:30 am | Monday through Thursday at 4:30 pm | March 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st.

Saint Christine’s Lenten Book Group
If you enjoy reading, you are invited to join us on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30 pm in the children’s room for a discussion on::
The Furious Longing for God by Brennan Manning All are welcome to come.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed in the Church Monday through Thursday at 3:00 pm during Lent.

MASS OF HOPE AND HEALING
Saturday, April 6th 11:00 am Church
You are cordially invited to the celebration of a Mass of Hope and Healing, including the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This celebration is for all people; the sick, the elderly and those in need of physical, spiritual and psychological healing. A special invitation is extended to those who have lost a loved one, those affected by family problems, unemployment and financial difficulties. We welcome those struggling with chronic illness including drug and alcohol dependency. Following Mass, a light luncheon, compliments of Saint Christine’s, will be served in the parish hall. Transportation will be provided to anyone who needs it by calling Saint Christine’s at 781-834-6003 x 21. All are most welcome to join us.

VOCATIONS : We pray that parents will realize their responsibility to be an example of faith for their children.

REFLECTION: What do you ask the Father to write on your heart?

BULLETIN SUPPORTERS: 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.


End Hunger NE Saturday, March 30th
Help us package meals for local Food Pantries. Holy Family Parish in Duxbury will package meals from 10 am – 2 pm for Food Pantries in Plymouth County. If you would like to help, you can volunteer your time or you can make a monetary donation. Adults and children are welcome to help. All children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. To volunteer to pack the meals, to make a donation or for more information, please visit Holyfamilyduxbry.org or call Jeanne Cregan at Holy Family. (781-934-5055 x 114). Thank you for you help.

Women at the Well Ministry
The Women at the Well Ministry will meet at Our Lady of Assumption Church on Saturday, March 30th after the 8:00 am Mass. Facilitated by Patricia Hulme, this is a safe and trusting environment to share your faith and grow closer to God. Email Pat at pathulme@hotmail.com for more information. All women are welcome.


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.

PAPER RECYCLE BIN - WE ARE NO LONGER RECYCLING PAPER
Please do not deposit any old papers in the recycling bin in the church parking lot. The company that emptied the bin has gone out of business. We will no longer recycle paper.

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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