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The Life and Eucharistic Miracles of Little Audrey Santo

The Life and Eucharistic Miracles of Little Audrey Santo

(Posted Dec 01, 2022)

Christmas Festival of Trees

Christmas Festival of Treeswww.sttheresarose.org

(Posted Nov 30, 2022)

Eucharistic Adoration - December

Our Lord asked, “Could you not stay with me for even an hour?”

MonstrancePlease come and pray with us as we spend time in the divine presence of our Lord. Join Fr. Joe in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 18th, 2022 in the upper Church.

(Posted Nov 29, 2022)

Christmas Plant Deliveries

PoinsettiaPoinsettiaHoliday Helpers Christmas Plant Deliveries begin this Weekend

Once again this Advent Season, we would appreciate your help to deliver plants to our homebound parishioners. Beginning this weekend, December 10th and 11th, please stop by the Parish Council Room on the ground level of the Parish Center to pick up a plant and delivery sheet as you leave Mass and deliver the plant to the person at the address specified. Please only deliver plants to the people at the addresses shown on the delivery sheets.

We truly appreciate your help in bringing our parish community’s prayers and loving concern to our homebound friends and neighbors.

(Posted Nov 30, 2022)

Consider being a Hospice Volunteer

Pathways Hospice Become a VolunteerFor more information or to receive an application: Contact Meaghan Chapman, Volunteer Coordinator at 617-221-9349 or email [email protected].

Website: pathwaysllc.com

(Posted Nov 30, 2022)

Gospel Meditation
December 4, 2022 ~ 2nd Sunday of Advent

At sixty years of age, Maria and Paul had a beautiful life. High school sweethearts, they had four children, five grandchildren, a successful business, good friends and a fabulous beach house. They felt very blessed. Their strong faith in God saw them through some difficult challenges. Without warning, Paul died suddenly. Maria was devastated. Why did God do this? Why did God allow this to happen? An indescribable depth of sadness weighed heavily upon her heart. She felt betrayed by the God she thought was looking out for her. She was overwhelmed by despair. Have you ever experienced such incredible and deafening sadness? Where is God in all of the pain?

We often want God to fix things or intervene and change nature’s course. When He doesn’t act as we desire, it shakes our faith. We do not always understand or appreciate why things happen as they do. There is much that is beyond our control. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus and Jesus is the way to God. There is something more going on in life than what we can see with human eyes. We are on a sacred path, and God is with us. God is with us in our confusion, suffering, doubts, and intense sadness. Jesus announced God’s vision for humanity and taught people to see God and themselves for who they are. There is a way through and beyond all hardship and suffering. God does not abandon us.

God has a clear vision for the future, both for us individually and for our world. It is a vision of harmony and gentleness where all will live as one and the “wolf shall be a guest of the lamb.” God is not indifferent. He is the God of “endurance and encouragement.” In God, we see what we may be, what may come and who we can become. When Maria opened herself to God’s creative presence, she learned to trust. She began to realize that she could endure more than she had imagined. She also discovered a spark of encouragement, bringing her through the sadness to where she could be. In retrospect, Maria knew that God’s reassuring presence was with her.

©LPi

(Posted Nov 30, 2022)

The Most Powerful Healing Prayer by St. Padre Pio

Padre Pio Portrait[The following prayer, posted on the websites of several parishes, is reportedly derived from Saint Padre Pio. Whatever the source, it is powerful and brings us now rapidly into the healing power of Advent, of the Christ Child]:

Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me.
I thank you for sending your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the world to save and to set me free.
I trust in your power and grace that sustain and restore me.

Loving Father,
touch me now with your healing hands,
for I believe that your will is for me to be well in mind, body, soul and spirit.
Cover me with the most precious blood of your Son,
our Lord, Jesus Christ from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.
Cast anything that should not be in me.
Root out any unhealthy and abnormal cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild and replenish any damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection
by the power of Jesus’ precious blood.
Let the fire of your healing love pass through my entire body
to heal and make new any diseased areas
so that my body will function the way you created it to function.
Touch also my mind and my emotion,
even the deepest recesses of my heart.

Saturate my entire being with your presence,
love, joy and peace and draw me ever closer to you every moment of my life.
And Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit
and empower me to do your works
so that my life will bring glory and honour to your holy name.
I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

(Posted Nov 30, 2022)

Grow+Go ~ Second Sunday of Advent

Grow and Go 2022 December 4
December 4, 2022 | Second Sunday of Advent

Is 11:1-10 | Rom 15:4-9 | Mt 3:1-12
Written by
THE
FAITHFUL
DISCIPLE

GROW - AS A DISCIPLE | PRAY, STUDY, ENGAGE, SERVE

Harmony. It can seem so elusive in these times when our newsfeeds bombard us with reminders of what’s wrong with our world: war, political conflicts, hunger, injustice, violence. We may also experience discord in our homes or within our hearts. Perhaps that is why the beautiful imagery in Isaiah’s prophecy, where Isaiah envisions a world transformed by the coming of the Messiah, strikes a chord as we prepare for Christ’s coming: We picture the wolf lying beside the lamb, and the calf with the lion. All will be right with the world. As we reflect on the areas in our lives that lack harmony, we are reminded to focus on Jesus and the Father, the source of all good. Through prayer and reflection on our Advent readings, we can “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

GO - EVANGELIZE | PRAYER, INVITATION, WITNESS, ACCOMPANIMENT

I have a “smart” alarm clock. To shut it off, I just have to say, “Alexa, turn off my alarm.” Easy, right? Well, too easy, it turns out, because lately I’ve slept right through the one-sided conversation. But it’s hard to miss John’s wake-up call: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Perhaps, though, we’ve become complacent; we’ve heard it so often that we skip right past it. That can happen during Advent, this season of preparation and, yes, repentance. I love our family traditions – candy every day, in the morning!; our well-worn Nativity set; lighting the Advent candles; Christmas concerts and gatherings. None of those are bad, of course, but in the blur of the season we must be challenged by John the Baptist’s words to prepare not only our homes but our hearts for Christ’s coming. During this season, we can examine our lives to separate the wheat from the chaff, focusing on those things that bring us closer to the Lord and one another. As St. Paul encourages the Romans, “Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

PRAY
St. Paul’s words above give us pretty clear instruction for how to live out our faith by welcoming others as Christ has welcomed us. Reflect on these words during daily Advent reflection this week: When have we welcomed others in our lives – and truly loved them? How can we do that for someone in the coming days?

(Posted Nov 30, 2022)

Voices in the Wind
A Christmas Program for the King of Instruments

Sunday, December 11, 2022
St. James Church
160 Federal St.
Salem, MA

Organ Loft

This concert will be performed by Eric Anderson on St. James’ Midmer Company Pipe Organ. It will include works by Bach, Guilmant, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and others.

2:30 PM: Pre-concert lecture on the history of the organ, the builder, and its basic principles of operation.
3:00 PM: Organ concert begins, with a closing Christmas sing-along.

This is a family/kid-friendly event. Attendees are invited to join our organist in the balcony for the final piece to experience it "up close".

St. James Church is located at 160 Federal St. in Salem. Our parking lot is behind the church and can be accessed from Bridge St. and Flint St. There is also a small lot located at 158 Federal St.

Eric Anderson is Director of Music and Organist at Visitation Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Manchester by the Sea, and Saint John the Baptist in Essex; Associate Organist at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, NH; and Staff Organist and Consultant for the Pelland Pipe Organ Company of Derry, NH. His organ study was under Robert Love, with improvisation master classes under Messr. Naji Hakim, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, Paris. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Virgil Fox Society, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, and the North Shore Old Car Collectors Club.

(Posted Nov 23, 2022)

Saint Patrick Holiday Helpers

Christmas TreeSaint Patrick Holiday Helpers Program is back this year, geared at helping those among us who are having difficulty making ends meet during this holiday season. This program is offered to registered parishioners of Saint Patrick Parish, who find themselves in need, and is made possible through the generosity of our parishioners and friends. If you are in need, please call the Parish Office at (781) 438-0960. Donations to the program, in the form of gift cards to local supermarkets or checks made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry are welcome. Thank you.

(Reposted Nov 23, 2022)

Marriage Validation Ceremony

Marriage Validation CeremonySaturday, December 31st at 6:00 pm
Saint Theresa Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading

(Posted Oct 19, 2022)

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