| A Few Words
from Father Steve
We celebrate Thanksgiving this coming week and liturgically, this Sunday,
we observe the Feast of Christ the King. But I write this column looking
forward to the wonderful season of Advent which we begin in a few short
"The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is
matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent
is the name of that moment.” writes Frederick Buechner in "Whistling
in the Dark.”
Think of the pregnant pause that happens in a recital hall
just before the curtain rises for a performance by an orchestra or the
quiet of a field covered in new snow before any tracks disturb it. Remember
the sense of anticipation and excitement one feels in that moment.
Advent calls us to stop the headlong rush to the stable
at Bethlehem that seems to be the dominant preoccupation of our culture
and live in that moment of anticipation and waiting. We are called to
remember whom the one coming once again into our world really is. Yes,
it is the Babe of Bethlehem, but it is also the King of Glory who comes
to judge the world and this is the time to prepare a place for Him in
our lives. Unfortunately, if we allow ourselves to be caught up totally
in the carols and parties and gifts and other festivities of the season,
we will not be ready.
In the Church, this season of waiting, preparing and watching
is symbolized with solemnity and quiet joy. Our liturgical hangings and
vestments are purple and we sing hymns pointing to the coming one while
waiting until Christmas to sing the much beloved carols. We are called
to look inward, to ask hard questions about just how ready we are for
the coming of Christ, and to allow God to work in us to prepare us for
his renewed presence in our lives.
Or the put it another way — anticipation —
waiting, watching and preparing for the birth of the Christ child —
can be just as important and life changing as the birth itself. It is
a time to prepare not just our homes but to prepare ourselves as a home
for the childof Bethlehem. So how do we take advantage of the opportunity?
Make space in your life for silence -- time to be quiet in the midst of
all the business and noise of the season -- time to listen to the voice
of God calling us to know the real experience of love is not found in
the cost of a present.
Find time to give not just to friends and families but to give of yourself
to someone in need -- donate a gift card for our Giving Tree, volunteer
at a food pantry, visit a nursing home and ask God to help you see Christ
in those you serve.
Watch the world around you for the signs that God is acting even in unexpected
ways in your life and in the lives of others you know. Ask God to open
your eyes to see the world as the beloved creation and to serve it more
As we do these things, God is faithful to bless us with a fruitful time
of growth and quiet joy that blossoms into new life.
In order to help you and your family celebrate Advent well, Advent Candles
and Prayer Booklets will be available for purchase at the side doors of
the church after all the Masses this weekend. Candle Sets are $5 each
and Prayer Booklets are $1 each.
My prayers for you and yours for a wonderful Advent.
With love, Father Steve
WATCH MASS ONLINE & ON TELEVISION
We are in the process of providing
you with a number of way to enjoy Mass at St. Christine's from the comfort
and safety of your home. Please bear with us as this is a work in progress.
Check the website each week for updates.
Facebook: Currently we plan
to Live Streem the Saturday Evening Mass on Facebook. If you are a member
of St. Christine's Parish on Facebook you will be notified by Facebook
when we go live (as long as you have notification turned on). Live Masses
will always be available on the Facebook page as recordings.
YouTube: All live Masses will
be uploaded to the St. Christine's YouTube site. Every recorded Mass
will be available there.
Marshfield Public Television: Recorded
Masses will also be aired on Marshfield Public Television. Here are
the currently available times they will air.
11/22 - 7 AM | 11/23 - 10:30
AM | 11:24 - 11 AM on Verizon - Channel
34 and on Comcast - Channel 13
GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION 2020
Our Grand Annual will take place from now through February 2021. As you
may recall, we did not have a Grand Annual Collection in April due to
the pandemic. This fund is necessary to balance our church budget. Grand
Annual envelopes have been mailed to all our parishioners. Each family
is asked to contribute $400 dollars. However, what one gives is your choice
and no one should give beyond their means. Your envelope may be mailed
or returned to the church or to the rectory anytime. You may also make
a donation on-line either as a one time payment or over a period of time.
I am so grateful to you. Thank you for your generosity and support of
our parish. Father Steve
Last Weekend's Offertory Collection
This weekend, there will be a second collection
for the retirement and health care needs for the Retired
the Archdiocese of Boston. Please take this opportunity
to say thank you to the Sisters who have served the Church in Boston
so generously for so many years. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Your generosity is GREATLY appreciated!!<<
Thanks to all our Online Giving subscribers.
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Grade 9 and 10 Food Pantry Drive
Big thanks to the Confirmation students and families. Over $480
and 3 carloads of food were brought to the Food Pantry on November
8th. The food filled 15 shopping carts. The Food Pantry administrators
thank you all for your generosity. Well done!!
Giving Tree Collections
The Grades Pre-School-Five November lessons are available on-line
St. Christine’s Religious Education Program will collect items
for the Giving Tree in support of our senior citizens from now through
Grade 1: Food cards
Grade 2: Games and puzzles for seniors: Sudoku,
deck of cards, adult puzzles, coloring books & pencils.
Grade 3: Gifts for senior women; slippers, socks,
tea, lap blankets, lotions, cocoa , hard candy
Grade 4: Books of stamps
Grade 5: Gifts for senior men; underwear, slippers,
socks, hard candy, lap blankets, coffee, cocoa.
Please drop your gifts off in the parish hall. May
God bless you for your kind and generous hearts.
Grade 9 - Confirmation Registration
If you have a ninth grader in Public High School or Catholic/Private
High School this Fall and would like them to attend our 2020/2021
Confirmation Program, please log onto our website at saintchristines.org.
Click on Youth Ministry/CCD and look for our Confirmation
Program Form. Fill out the form and submit it. Please contact
the CCD Office at 781-834-6003 x 23 if you have any questions or
Class 2 Presentation
on the Weekly Bulletin link above to read all CCD Announcements.
GIVING TREE 2020 GIFT CARD COLLECTIONS
In order to ensure the well being of our volunteers and the over 100
Marshfield families in need who will receive help this Christmas, the
Giving Tree Committee will collect Gift Cards and monetary donations
beginning on Saturday, October 31st through Sunday, November 29th.
The distribution of Gift Cards to families will take place on
Friday, December 4th.
Mail your gift card or monetary
donation to Saint Christine’s Church at 1295 Main Street, Marshfield,
Drop your Gift Card or monetary
donation into the designated basket in the foyer of the church beginning
Saturday, October 31st
Call Cindy Leahy at 617-592-5047
for a contactless home pick up.
Suggested are Gift Cards
from Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Ocean State, Marshalls, and CVS.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
CATHOLIC WOMEN TODAY AND TOMORROW
- ZOOM MEETING
Catholic Women Today and Tomorrow is planning a limited Zoom meeting
on Thursday, December 3rd from 7 to 8 pm. We will participate in creating
one “Thinking of You” card for Covid-19 patients at South
Shore Hospital and one card for a very special person of your choice.
Craft kits will be provided. We are limiting participants on Zoom to
20 women. Please contact Jean Dominick at 781-267-4511 or email email@example.com
to reserve a place. In a effort to inspire camaraderie, please plan
on sharing a blessing you are grateful for as a result of the restrictions
of the virus. Hope to see you then
THE MARSHFIELD FOOD PANTRY
The Marshfield Food Pantry needs donations of food, soup, cranberry
sauce, muffin and pie crust mixes, gravy and canned vegetables. Also
needed are personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorants, detergents,
diapers, razors, and shaving cream. You may bring your donations to
the Food Pantry at Library Plaza on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00
am to 12 noon and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All monetary donations
may be sent to
P. O. Box 1097, Marshfield, MA 02050. Thank you.
Sowing Seeds welcomes donations of newer jackets, sweaters, hats and
gloves and warm clothing for men, women and children in all sizes. Also
needed are baby wipes, and diapers for babies, toddlers and adults.
The Clothing Bank located on the corner of Route 139 and School Street
is open on Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 12 noon to
distribute and receive donations. Thank you for your help.
pray that the hearts and minds of those called to serve the Lord as
priests, deacons, sisters and brothers will be enriched in Christ.
How can you make the effort to see the Lord in the faces of those in
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 Catholic Activities at Local Parishes
None at this time....
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.
the Complete Bulletin for all Parish News
The Marshfield Fire Department has requested that our parishioners refrain
from parking in front of the church as it prevents their access in times
PAPER RECYCLE BIN - WE ARE NO LONGER RECYCLING
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.
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.
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.
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.