Letter from Fr. Manning

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Mary's,

My nephew Matt texted me yesterday that this difficult time has allowed him and his family to grow even closer. Matt and Kristen, his wife, have two children under the age of five. They have decided to take this time of worry and uncertainty and use it to make life special. One of the activities they have taken up is baking with the children. To get the cakes and breads to come out properly, all of them are working on patience and team work and also the most difficult of all: following the directions exactly and correctly. All of these virtues are difficult enough for adults, but for 2- and 5-year old children they become quite the feat. Their calm way and the beautiful pictures he texted me reassured my heart that even now there are good things happening. So, today's note is to invite you to look about with eyes of faith and hearts of love and see the many good things close to you. We can hear on the public and social media of the great and noble sacrificial work of health care workers, emergency personnel, and dedicated servers of the needy. Look closer in your life and you can see traces of God's grace in these rocky and uncharted times.

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"With One Voice" Capital Campaign

For a number of years, we have considered the possibility of installing a full capacity elevator for those with mobility issues. We plan to install a fully accessible elevator that will allow parishioners to go from the lower level to the upper level of the church. Additionally, we will create accessible restrooms both on the Church and ground level. This will allow greater access for all of our community.

Weekly Reflection

God Will Carry Us Through

03-29-2020Rev. Brian F. Manning

This week we again are witnessing to signs found in John’s Gospel about who Jesus really is. We know that signs often point to something more, or bigger, just like symbols do. In fact some people interchange the words sign and symbol. As we read about Jesus this year in our cycle of Lenten Gospel passages, we learn that he is clearly seen as the source of living water and the light of the world. Indeed this weekend he is also declared the resurrection and the life. All the meaningful signs given in John’s Gospel ultimately point to this last great sign. We know that there are very many other stories of people he raised from the dead, such as the soldier’s daughter and the only son of the widow of Naim. Note that John does not narrate these miracle stories; instead he gives a very long version of the raising of Lazarus. In listening to the story we may end up fascinated by Lazarus, but John strives to keep our attention on Jesus.

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Request your Contribution Statement

Parishioners who use either envelopes or online giving can request a statement of their donations for the calendar year 2019 by emailing secretary@stmarysfranklin.org or by calling the rectory, 508-528-0020, during business hours.

Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Two $1000 Scholarships are available to a registered member of St. Mary’s Parish in Franklin who is graduating from High School in the spring, 2020 and progressing on to their 1st year of study at a 2 or 4-year college/university.

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Lenten Food Offering

In observance of the season of Lent, our St. Vincent de Paul Society is asking parishioners to consider bringing one item for the food pantry on each weekend of Lent. We are in need of canned vegetables to accompany the Easter dinner meals we will be distributing along with some personal hygiene items.

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St. Vincent de Paul Easter Outreach

This year we will provide 60 dinner food boxes for members of our community. The meal consists of two small boneless hams, a five pound bag of potatoes, vegetables, a pie along with other items to complete a great meal.

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