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World Mission Sunday 2016

DIOCESE OF SPRINGFIELD
Office of the Bishop

76 Elliot Street – P.O. Box 1730
Springfield, Massachusetts 01102-1730

 

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 2016


My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Mercy Changes the World!”

On World Mission Sunday, October 16, Pope Francis invites each of us to be part of that change for our world of great need, calls us to announce the mercy of God, “the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12).

On this 90th World Mission Sunday, our (arch)diocesan family joins our brothers and sisters around the world who will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate, with great joy, our common vocation as missionaries. Our prayers and financial help, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, support the work of the Mission Church, its witness to Christ and service to the poor.

“Let us not close our hearts within our own particular concerns, but let us open them to all of humanity.”
Message for World Mission Sunday, 2016

I echo these words of our Holy Father, asking you to open your hearts as you connect on World Mission Sunday with every corner of the globe… with the Americas, where catechists travel to remote areas to bring the Good News of God’s great love to families; with Europe, where new churches are being built to welcome faith communities, renewed after years of persecution; with Asia, where six million children receive an education from Religious Sisters in some 16,000 Church-run elementary schools; with the Pacific Islands, where 1,000 young men are preparing for the priesthood, to bring the Lord’s healing hope and peace to those in need; with Africa, where those who are sick are provided with loving care at 6,400 Catholic hospitals and small clinics.

You can also continue this connection with the Missions all year long, through MISSIO, online at missio.org or on your phone.

Grateful always for your generosity of spirit and heart, and confident of your missionary commitment to share the joy of the Gospel and help the poor, I pray for blessings for you and your families!


Faithfully yours in the Lord,

Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski
Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield

 

Bring Your Pets

The Annual Blessing of the Animals
 
In celebration of the Feast of St Francis, on Sunday, October 9th at noon, we will hold a Blessing of the Animals in the Gazebo area of the parish grounds. Please bring your pets, big, small, or in between - all are welcome!

Pro-Life Baby Shower

The weekends of October 2nd & 9th we will be collecting baby shower items in the Church lobby to benefit the Bethlehem House Pregnancy Care Center. Needed items include baby wash, lotion, hooded towels, bibs, blankets, diapers size 1, unscented wipes, and clothing for children up to 3 months, Monetary donations are also welcome. For more information, contact Mary Reardon at 413-783-4515. 

 

Invitation to the Fall Festival

St. Catherine of Siena Church

Invites you to its first

 

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Fall Festival!

 

We invite you to an afternoon of faith, family, food, and fun. Please join us in and around the parish center. Pulled pork, kielbasa, smoked turkey legs loaded baked potatoes, and pumpkin pie are just some of the items on our menu. There will be pumpkin painting and bounce house for the kids. We will even have the Patriots game playing for our sports fans!! Please spread the word and support our parish sponsored event!

 

Where : 1023 Parker Street

When: Sunday, October 9th

Time: 12pm-4pm

 

$10 Adults and $6 for kids under 12!

 

Tickets are available after all masses, in the parish center, and by calling 783-8619 or 374-5358!

LIMITED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

 

Ministry Spotlight

Alpha is coming to St. Catherine’s on September 15th. It is a free (including books and a meal) ten week program that directly addresses important topics such as:

 

Why did Jesus Die?

Why and how should I read the Bible?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

What does the Holy Spirit Do?

Does God Heal Today?

 

For more information or to sign up contact an Alpha leader:

 

Judy Lloyd – 783-8619

Joyce Rosati – 734-2538

Linda Tammi – 599-4715

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