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Looking Ahead to Ash Wednesday and Lent01-15-2021Rev. Brian F. Manning
Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Mary’s,
Although our Church in our Liturgical Year has returned to “Ordinary Time” after the Christmas Season, this present “time” is in fact extraordinary for all of us. We continue to face the Pandemic, and in addition in our Town of Franklin we are a Red Zone, and also we are all reeling and reacting to the great tumult and upset in Washington DC with the riot and siege of the Capitol Building with the unfortunate deaths and desecration of our many national signs and symbols.READ MORE
Personal and Communal Faith01-17-2021Fr. Brian
The major message of the readings this weekend is that the call of God is actually directed to each of us and each of us must respond. We must remember and appreciate that each of us is called, but none of us is called alone. We have faith that is personal, but also communal.
In reading the Old Testament with its many stories of people called by God, we learn that God summoned the leaders of Israel in both dramatic and quiet ways. Moses was called by the voice of God from out of a burning bush; the prophet Isaiah discovered his vocation in a fiery vision in the temple. In our first reading, we learn of a different invitation from God, one that is most likely similar to our own. We must remember that Hannah, Samuel's mother, was unceasingly pleading with God for a son and God answered her with the child Samuel. Our reading for this weekend begins with the young man Samuel in the temple when he hears a voice calling out. Eventually, Samuel does come to understand he is being called by God. He then listens, speaks, and then finally he obeys. Samuel is the first prophet during the time of the monarchy.READ MORE
St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Needs
Pantry needs: Juice, juice boxes, water, cereal (NO Cheerios please), crackers and snacks.
Add Sat, Feb 6 @ 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
1st Saturday of the month, 9:30-10:15am via ZOOM
Dr Aldona Lingertat, Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry/Masters in Theological Studies at St John's Seminary, Boston will give a presentation entitled "Women in the Bible dealing with crisis".