UPCOMING EVENTS: PLEASE BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE FOLLOWING PARISH MASSES AND EVENTS
ADDITIONAL PARISH REPAIRS
We recently had to do electrical repairs in the lower rectory (Sr. Irene’s area). These repairs cost us $525.00 for labor and new light fixtures.
Two entrance locks in doors had to be repaired and an additional one had to be replaced. Labor and materials for this cost us $160.00.
The emergency lights in the church need new commercial batteries and rewiring. Parts and labor will be about $575.00.
The wood above the front entrance to the church is rotted and needs to be replaced with PVC material and repainted. All areas must be caulked to prevent future water damage. This will be a significant repair and will cost at least $5,900.00 for labor and materials.
We have three very large and older buildings to maintain. Maintenance and repairs as problems arise, avoid more intensive and costly problems if they are not taken care of. Your financial support is needed now more than ever and it so very much appreciated. These new and necessary repairs will cost about $7,200.00. If you are able to send in a special donation toward these it will help so very much...Just to let you know, over the last two weeks we did weed removal and crack filling in our church parking lot to help it last longer. The bids to do this job were approximately $5,800.00. Thanks to parish volunteers and helpers, we were able to save $5,000.00!!! Please realize that we save money whenever and wherever possible, however, some jobs involving plumbing, electrical, etc., can only be done by professionals. Thank you and God bless you~ Fr. Pat Hawthorne
Father Pat’s Annual Spooky Hall will take place in our Parish Center on Friday, October 27th(5:30-7:30 PM) and Sunday, October 29th (5:30-7:30 PM). We will need a good number of volunteers to help on both of those evenings. If you can help on either, or both of the evenings, Sister Irene now has a sign up form available after all weekend Masses. Father Pat is also going to need help with the set up (which requires a lot of helpers). Set up dates and times will be announced in future bulletins. There is no charge for admission. We just want to give the kids a treat for Halloween. The kids can wear their costumes. Please set the dates and times aside and help us get the word out. Parishioners are welcome to invite family, friends, and neighbors.
Adult Drop-In Activity: Each Monday from 10AM until lunch time. Come on down and bring a friend (it’s not just for parishioners) and enjoy socializing or playing scrabble, dominos, or cribbage.
MONTHLY FOOD COLLECTION: OUR NEXT MONTHLY FOOD COLLECTION WILL BE ON THE WEEKEND OF September 30th and October 1st. We will have our monthly food collection at all Masses on the first weekend of each month. Please try to remember to bring in some non-perishable food items for the needy. Please leave your items near the baptismal font, or in the bins inside the Fales Street entrance, when you come to Mass. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!
HOPE FOR HOUSING CARDS are sold on the first and third weekend of each month. Gift cards are available in various denominations from these vendors: Stop & Shop, Shaw's, Big Y, CVS, Dunkin, Panera, Amazon, Starbucks, Target and TJMaxx. You purchase the cards for their face value and vendors contribute 3% to 5% to help end homelessness in the Worcester area community. Your support for this project is appreciated. For the month of September, they will be available on the weekend of September 16th & 17th.
2023 MASS INTENTIONS: We are now accepting Mass intentions for 2023 for the remainder of the year. Please note, Mass intentions are not automatically carried over from year to year. All Mass requests must be made by calling the rectory during office hours. The suggested donation for all Mass intentions is still $10.00.
Youth Drop-In Activity: We are now getting ready to restart our Youth Drop-In Activity program. We have Fr. Pat’s 2 large moon-walks, air hockey, skee-ball, and basketball in the upstairs gym. Downstairs, we have other fun things to do as well as snacks, including hot dogs, chips, soda, freeze pops, all at no charge at all. We are hoping to add a couple of new arcade games in the near future. Watch the bulletin for the announcement of our first drop-in date. Parents, please let us know which is better: Saturday, or Sunday evenings from 5-7 PM.
Our OPERATIONAL EXPENSES INCREASE APPEAL is now ongoing. There are four areas that we are facing significant increases with.
- Our property/liability insurance
- Plowing increase (salt & sand especially)
- Electricity increases
- Natural gas increases.
These will amount to at least $27,000 in operational increases. We hope to take no more than half of this amount from our savings and to ask our parish for the other half with personal donations. So far, toward raising at least half of this amount ($13,500) we have raised approximately $8,000. We are very grateful to all who have contributed, and we ask everyone else to please consider making a gift no later than Thanksgiving Day. The success of this appeal is essential to the financial well-being and future of our parish. For all your generosity, thank you very much!
We want to thank everyone who made a donation to this appeal. If you haven’t done so, there is still time. We raised $14,500.00, which will go a long way in helping with the increases in our property insurance, plowing, electricity, and heating expenses. Your generosity is appreciated so very much.
God Bless you! ~Fr. Pat~
COVID-19 MASS REGULATIONS:
DO NOT COME TO CHURCH IF YOU ARE SICK.
THE SIGN OF PEACE SHOULD BE DONE WITH A NOD OF THE HEAD AND/OR A WAVE OF THE HAND. SHAKING HANDS IS STILL STRONGLY DISCOURAGED AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED EXCEPT AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS.
SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NO LONGER REQUIRED BUT MAY STILL REMAIN A PRUDENT PRACTICE WHEN AMONG PEOPLE YOU DO NOT KNOW, WHEREAS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW WHO IS AND IS NOT VACCINATED.
WE SHOULD STILL REMAIN CAUTIOUS WHILE CAREFULLY RETURNING TO PRACTICES IN PLACE PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.
THE MONTHLY GROUP ANOINTING OF THE SICK AFTER THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH IS NOW CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK, HOWEVER, IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE AT ANYTIME FOR ANYONE IN DANGER OF DEATH.
WE HAVE ALSO INSTALLED AUTOMATIC HOLY WATER DISPENSERS IN THE CHURCH TO REPLACE THE PRACTICE OF DIPPING YOUR HAND IN THE HOLY WATER BOWL AS A LITTLE PROFESSION OF FAITH UPON ENTERING AND LEAVING THE CHURCH. THE HOLY WATER BOWLS ARE NOT SAFE AND NO LONGER ALLOWED. IN ADDITION, THERE IS ALWAYS A HOLY WATER TANK AVAILABLE TO REFILL ANY SMALL HOLY WATER BOTTLES YOU MAY HAVE.
COVID-19 RULES FOR HAVING BULLETINS:
*DO NOT LEAVE BULLETINS IN THE PEWS
*DO NOT RETURN BULLETINS TO THE RACK
*IF YOU TAKE A BULLETIN IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION
PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE NOW INSTALLED FOUR AUTOMATIC HAND SANITIZER MACHINES IN OUR CHURCH AND TWO UNITS IN OUR PARISH CENTER. THE COST OF THIS WAS ABOUT $750. WE THINK THIS WAS NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT IN LIGHT OF THE VIRUS SITUATION AND THIS SHOULD ALSO HELP PARISHIONERS FEEL MORE SAFE ABOUT COMING TO CHURCH.
EVEN IN THIS HEALTH CRISIS TIME, THE BILLS DO NOT STOP NEEDING TO BE PAID! SO YOUR ARE ASKED TO PLEASE SEND IN YOUR PARISH SUPPORT ENVELOPES.
WE ARE RUNNING ON A VERY TIGHT BUDGET. WE NEED YOUR DEDICATED WEEKLY SUPPORT OF THIS PARISH OR WE COULD VERY EASILY RUN INTO "THE RED." PLEASE DO NOT THINK THAT YOUR WEEKLY PARISH SUPPORT WILL NOT BE MISSED - NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. YOUR WEEKLY PARISH FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS SO VERY MUCH NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.
Please check here often for news about the latest happenings in our parish.
“LEGACY OF HOPE”
We have already started to put proceeds from the Legacy of Hope to use.
PARISH PROJECTS FROM LEGACY OF HOPE CAMPAIGN
*New LED lights have been installed on the outside of our Parish Center
* Windows inside the center are being covered with insulating film to save on heat this winter
* Set of doors in Parish Center have been repaired and repainted
* Outside front of Parish Center has been upgraded with new cement walkway and a truck load of mulch
* We have installed two 24,000 BTU heating/AC units in the downstairs of the Parish Center
* A new professional grade snow blower has been ordered and will arrive in the next month
WE HAVE ALSO DONE THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS
* New LED light bulbs have been installed in all the hanging lights over the pews in the church
* The outdoor shrubs in the front of the church have been trimmed so they are away from the buildings
* Scraping and painting of one of the handicapped railings to the church
* Installing a second sump pump in the basement of the church to protect the furnace
* The purchase of new hedge trimmers, 40 V batteries, and other cutting tools to maintain the property
* We repaired the church organ
* We updated & replaced lighting in the lower rectory to LED fixtures
* In addition there were several other repair/maintenance projects that were done.
We are truly grateful for all those who have sent in their Legacy of Hope gifts. If you haven’t done so already, please try to send in your gift either via the mail, drop off at the rectory, or hand to Sister Irene or Father Pat at any of the weekend Masses
Thank you and God bless you!
Please see the following links for more information:
PARISH WISH LIST: We will now have an ongoing Parish Wish List that we will publish in the bulletin. These are things that would be a nice addition to have when we get the funds. The first items are as follows:
LITURGY: A new set of 4 vestments (chausables) to be used at the altar. The cost for the entire set is $650.00. With the generosity of our parishioners we now have the vestments. if we receive any additional money it will be used to purchase the 5th vestment to complete the set.
YOUTH: In the very near future, we will be starting up our Youth Drop-In Activity program. It is a good thing for kids to enjoy, having fun with their friends, sponsored by the Church. We have purchased+ 2 new arcade games for our Drop-In Activity program. The cost of each of the games is $300.00. So far we have received $100.00 to help with this purchase.
We will keep you informed as to how much has been raised for each of our Wish List items. The money raised from the Legacy of Hope has all been designated for specific items. Our Wish List will come from new donations from the generosity of our parishioners. If you did not contribute to the Legacy of Hope, perhaps you may consider a donation toward something on our parish Wish List..Thank you!
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH
23 Fales street Worcester, MA 01606
SATURDAY VIGIL MASS: 4:00 PM
SUNDAY MASSES: 7:30 AM, and 10:30 AM
Rosary recording: Saturday 3:30 PM and Sunday 7:00 AM
The sacrament of the sick is offered the first Saturday of each month after the 4:00 PM Mass
WEEKDAY MASS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8:00 AM
Confessions: Saturdays 3:00-3:20 PM or by appointment
Please visit other pages of our website to learn about our Parish spiritual, social, and community outreach programs
WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!
RECORDING OF THE ROSARY: Each Saturday at 3:30 PM and also at 7:00 AM on Sunday, a recording of the "Rosary" will be played in our church. All are invited to come to either, listen to the recording and pray the Rosary along with the recording.
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK: On the first Saturday of each month, immediately following the conclusion of the 4:00 p.m. Mass, there will be an offering of the Sacrament of the Sick to anyone who feels a need for this sacrament. A person can be physically, spiritually, or emotionally weary or sick and in need of this sacrament, it is not only given where there is an imminent danger of death. The administration of this sacrament consists of a brief prayer service and an anointing with the holy oils. If you have any questions about this sacrament, please speak to Fr. Pat or Sister Irene.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CATHOLIC DVD LIBRARY
We now have available a selection of movies that can be signed out free-of-charge for a period of one week at a time. The movies will be located on display, after all weekend Masses, behind the pulpit and can be signed out at the same table that the food cards are sold in back of the sacristy.
ADULT DROP-IN ACTIVITY
On MONDAYS from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM each week we will have a "Adult Drop-In Activity" in our parish center. We provide coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. Come on down and socialize with friends, talk, knit, play cards, cribbage, scrabble, or take part in other activities.
YOUTH DROP-IN GRADES K-8 SCHEDULE: For students in grades K-8 we have our Youth Drop-In Activities. The parish center will be filled with plenty of fun activities, including video games, giant Jenga and Connect-Four, karaoke, various ball games, and TWO GIANT MOON WALKS! We have also added 2 new Simon electronic games, a fooseball table and an air hockey table! Hot dogs, snacks, and drinks are available. We provide this activity for students in these grades as a fun, safe, social activity for which there is no charge to attend.