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Online Giving

You may make pledges and manage your contributions to the pledge amount. You may also make one-time donations to special causes.

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Religious Education

In our program, the goal of each lesson for each grade is “to teach as Jesus taught.” Jesus is at the heart of all catechesis.

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Parish Plan & Collaboration

We pray that this plan that we offer for our sister and brother disciples at Saint Mary’s will be an instrument of divine grace in all of our lives.

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Directions

St. Mary's is located at One Church Square in Franklin, MA 02038.

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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

Faith: a Treasure to Be Shared

10-13-2019Rev. Brian F. Manning

The ancient Jewish laws regarding lepers were indeed scary. Although a leper was an outcast beggar, wearing rags, and with terrible skin lesions, the law required that lepers look even worse and shout every time they came near someone by yelling “Unclean! Unclean!” In the Gospel story, the disciples and followers of Jesus must have hit a collective feverish pitch when the ten lepers dared to approach Jesus. Worse than all this “horror” was one of the lepers was a Samaritan, a heretic—to use a term that is thrown around too easily today. Notice that, despite the reaction of the people, Jesus did have pity of on them. He then told them to go to the temple and show themselves to the priests, whose role was to formally declare who was cured of this stigmatizing disease. In the story they leave and make their way, and at some point they are cured. Yet only one of the ten—who else but the Samaritan?—returns to offer thanks. How do you think Jesus felt at this point? Despite this issue, the theme of the Gospel and the first two readings is about faith.

The three readings offer us different perspectives or points of view to discern and learn about faith. The Old Testament launches the theme with a miracle. However, Naaman follows up with an act of gratitude, which results in faith. In the Gospel, in reverse so to speak, the Samaritan’s cure follows faith, which in turn prompts gratitude and praise. Notice how these two particular readings focus on the faith of the receiver of gifts. These readings make it clear that there is no such thing as quiet or anonymous faith. The gift of faith is meant to be seen by others, not bound and locked away. The readings tell us clearly that faith is a treasure to be shared and a reason for joy and hope.

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Events

Around the Neighborhood

Events going on outside of St. Mary's parish

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Baby Bottle Drive

Oct 5, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019

Sponsored by the St. Mary Respect Life Commission in support of Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, Attleboro

Pick up an empty baby bottle Oct 5/6
Return it with your donation Oct 26/27
Make checks payable to Abundant Hope.

Bereavement Support Group

Oct 23, 2019: 7:00pm

at St. Mary Church

There is no charge for this program; however, registration is required.
For information or to register, please call Nan Rafter at 774-571-0092.

Protecting God's Children Class

Oct 27, 2019: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

in the lower church hall

Contact Stephen May, at 508-528-0020 x13, smay@stmarysfranklin.org.

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Fri, Nov 1 - the Solemniy of All Saints - is a Holy Day of Obligation

Oct 31, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019

Mass times:
Thu, Oct 31: 4:00pm Vigil Mass
Fri, Nov 1: 7:00am, 7:30pm
**All Masses in the Lower Chapel

Welcome to St. Mary's

If you are new to the parish, please introduce yourself to the priests after Mass. We want to know and serve you.

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Please see the Parish Life tab at the top of our webpage to view all of our ministries and groups. If you are interested in joining one, or more, you can do so when registering.