February 1, 2015 - Our Lady of the Lake

1400 Main Street ~ Leominster, MA 01453
Parish Office Hours 9AM - 3PM
Monday through Thursday
Parish Office: (978) 342-2978
Religious Ed. Office: (978) 345-7469
Fax: (978) 342-8738
1954 - 2014
Parish E-Mail
[email protected]
Religious Ed. Email
[email protected]
Parish Web Address
Parish Staff
Pastor: Father Dennis J. O’Brien
Weekend Assistant: Msgr. James Mongelluzzo
Deacon: Tim Cross
Pastoral Minister: Joan Burns
Religious Ed. Director: Lisa Sciacca
Religious Ed. Grade Coordinators:
Elizabeth Rawlinson & Michelle Lutter
Religious Ed. Secretary: Debbie Bronchuk
Parish Office Manager : Tracy Kennedy
Parish Secretary: Kathryn Gravel
Administrative Assistant : Wendy Mullin
Facility Manager: Frank Ricardo, Jr.
Director of Music: Regie Pineda
Liturgical Celebrations
Lord’s Day Masses:
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 11:45 AM
Daily Mass: 8:00 AM (M, T, W)
Communion Service: 8:00 AM (Th, F)
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday at 4:00 PM and by appointment.
Mission Statement
As a faith-filled Christian Community we are committed
to building up the Body of Christ and strengthening the
Kingdom of God. Through diverse ministries, we share our
many gifts to respond to the needs within and outside our
Parish Community. Confident in our strengths and aware
of our weaknesses, we enter into collaboration with other
communities to deepen our relationship with Jesus and
one another. By fulfilling our pastoral, sacramental, and
educational needs, we, as a Eucharistic Church, work to
proclaim the message and presence of the risen Lord.
Sacrament of Baptism
Parents wishing to have their children baptized must
attend an instruction which is offered once a month.
Please call the Parish Office to make arrangements.
Sacrament of Marriage
The Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated following
a program of marriage preparation. Please call the
Parish Office at least one year in advance to make
Ministry to the Sick and Elderly
Please notify us when a parishioner is homebound or
hospitalized so that we may visit the person and offer
the sacraments of the Church.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
If you are interested in the process of leading to
membership in the Catholic Church, please contact
the Parish Office.
No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church,
no matter what your current family or marital situation,
no matter what your personal history, age, background, race,
no matter what your own self-image:
You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved,
and respected here at Our Lady of the Lake.
If you are new to our parish, please contact the Parish Office
to register as a new member of our parish family.
Jan 31st ~ Feb 08th
31st SATURDAY St. John Bosco
5:00 PM Bishop Ber nar d J . Flanagan
Carmela Dondero
01st SUNDAY Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 AM Geor ge Sheppar d, III
Father Anthony Marteka
9:45 AM Bill Helenius
Dick Helenius
11:45 AM Nor man Br odeur
Father George Lange
02nd MONDAY The Presentation of the Lord
8:00 AM Isabel DiRusso
Brother Paul Forster, OCSO
03rd TUESDAY Saint Blaise
7:00 AM Ador ation of the Blessed Sacr ament
8:00 AM Francis Bergeron, Birthday Remembrance
Brother Blaise Drayton, OCSO
8:00 AM J im Doucette, Bir thday Remembr ance
Sister Donna Doyle, PBVM
05th THURSDAY Saint Agatha
8:00 AM Communion Service
06th FRIDAY Saint Paul Miki
8:00 AM Communion Service
07th SATURDAY Blessed Virgin Mary
5:00 PM Ver n Br ideau, Fir st Anniver sar y
Pauline Maynard
08th SUNDAY Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 AM Flor ine Leger , 21st Anniversary
Malcolm Leger
9:45 AM Rober t Mur chie
Father Wayne Benton
11:45 AM J ohn Paquette, Bir thday Remembrance
Joan Welsh, Month’s Mind.
This Sunday, FEB 1st, at the 9:45AM Mass, we recognize
Scout Sunday. We thank our Boy Scouts from Troop 12
and their leaders for their contributions to our parish and to
our community.
On Tuesday, FEB 3rd, we celebrate the
Feast of St. Blaise. Fr . DiRusso will
bless throats after the 8:AM Mass.
Save the dates: The Parish Mission is scheduled for
Sunday, March 8th, through Wednesday, March 11th.
We will have a different speaker each evening at 7PM.
This year’s theme will be: “Listening with the ear of
your heart.” Please plan to join us for our annual Lenten
Fr. Dennis will be away on vacation with four priest
friends from FEB 2nd until FEB 16th in a place where it
does not snow!
Food Pantry News
Your generosity has helped many people.
Week of January 26th, 24 bags of food were given out.
Parish Support
154 Sunday Envelopes
18 Make Up Envelopes
4 Paid Ahead Envelope
Loose Cash
Monthly Maintenance
JAN 24/28
$ 4,526
$ 6,099
Haiti Project
Thank you for your generous support!
Experience the Sacred in Song and Silence with Taize
Chant and Prayers on Friday, FEB 6th, at 8PM at the
Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College, 500
Salisbury St. Worcester.
Next Weekend’s Celebrants
February 07th, SATURDAY
5:00 PM Msgr. James Mongelluzzo
February 08th, SUNDAY
8:00 AM Msgr. James Mongelluzzo
9:45 AM Msgr. James Mongelluzzo
11:45 AM Msgr. James Mongelluzzo
Cookie Gram Request:We ar e looking for donations
of cookies to send to our College Kids for Valentine's
Day. Any cookie donations can be left in the baskets at
the entrance to the church by Sunday February 1st.
We will be packaging the boxes to
send to our college students on
Tuesday, FEB 3rd at 10AM. If
you are available to help us
assemble the packages, we would
greatly appreciate your help. Thank
Men’s Spiritual Study
Join other men for some lively
discussion on Wednesday, FEB 03rd,
7-8PM in the St. Padre Pio Room (B14),
as we study Matthew, Chapter 6, to
spotlight the truths of our Catholic faith. Contact David
La Liberty with any questions: 978-537-1134 or email
[email protected]
The "Souper Bowl" is an attempt to care for the "least of our
brothers and sisters" by encouraging us to donate the cost of
a bag of snack food or beverage as we leave Mass on this
weekend of Super Bowl Sunday.
Last year our parish raised $1989.40 which was distributed
to our parish Food Pantry and Our Father’s House to help
feed people right here who are hungry. This puts our 16 year
total at over $19,000 of which every penny has been
donated to local food shelters. This year’s collection will go
to support the Brown bag Ministry, Our Lady of the Lake’s
effort to extend the Food Pantry for those in our local
Our teens will be at the doors next weekend to accept
your support for this super effort!
Our Annual Chowder Fest is scheduled for Friday,
FEB 27th from 5-7:30PM in St. Joseph’s Hall.
Menu includes clam, fish, and corn
chowder, macaroni & cheese, corn
bread, crackers, bread, coffee, tea
and desserts.
Tickets are: Adults $7,
Children 6-12 $3.50; and Seniors $5.
If you are interested in helping with this
event, please call Jane O’Hara at 978-597-2555 or
email [email protected] or use the sign up sheets at
the church entrances.
Lenten Faith Formation Experience
Monsignor Jim Mongelluzzo will present a four part
series on the Mass dur ing the season of Lent. The
sessions will take place Wednesday evenings from
7PM-8:30PM on FEB 25th, MAR 4th, MAR 18th,
and MAR 25th.
We encourage everyone to consider coming to these
presentations in order to enrich your understanding of
why we do what we do as a community when we
gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
Babysitting will be pr ovided so that young families
may have the opportunity to attend these sessions
being given by a master teacher of the Liturgy.
On each of these evenings, Mass will be celebrated at
5:30PM and be followed by a simple meal of soup
and bread to which ever yone is invited.
We are looking for volunteers to prepare meatless
soups on the evenings of the Lenten Faith
Formation series. Please use the sign up sheets
located at the church entrances. The suppers will be
served at 6PM in the St. Katherine Drexel Room,
Anyone interested in becoming a Lector or a
Eucharistic Minister, please contact Joan Burns
this week. Training will take place for both of
these ministries during the season of Lent. Joan
can be reached at [email protected] or the
parish office, Ext. 103.
Please keep the following individuals in your prayers
as we pray for their recovery and well being.
Dale Duval
Craig Charpentier
Mike Boucher
Leona Christian
Peggy Malo
Chris Todd
Cheryl Beiler
Katie Cannon
Scott Bouchard
Richie Powers
Darren McCullough
Robbyn Paradis
Deacon Ron Aubuchon
Faith Ann Castrini
Samuel Costa
Richard Ducharme
June Bechard
Charles Muth
Paul Crisostamo
Alice Aubuchon
Linda Hier
Susan Bartlett
Ellie Aiello
Jim Normandin
Nick Murphy
Maureen Cormier
Rebecca Smith
Donna Thomas
Carol Kilcoyne
Terry Allen
Sacramental Gathering for Parents and Students
who are preparing to receive Reconciliation in the
Fall of 2015 will be held on Wednesday, FEB 4th,
6:30PM-8:30PM and again on Sunday, FEB 8th,
1PM-3PM. Please remember to bring the prayer
box that you and your child have already decorated.
Jr. High Youth Group Activity
for all 6-7-8th grade students.
Now Playing: A “Cook Off” on Friday, FEB 6th,
6:30PM-9PM. The challenge is on! Which team can
get closest to the recipe? We welcome our guest speaker from Our Father’s House, Kevin MacLean.
Please bring a batch of homemade cookies with you, so
we can create baggies with handwritten Valentine notes
for those who are served through Our Father’s House
and Our Lady of the Lake’s Food Pantry.
Please come and bring a friend!
Pictures are posted on the window of the Religious Ed
Work Office. Please stop by to take a look at the faces
of the teens for whom you prayed! And again, thank
WOMEN’S RETREATS: “New Beginnings,” MAR
6-8 at Sacred Hearts Retreat Center, Wareham MA and
“My One Wild & Precious Life,” MAR 20-22,
Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center,
Putnam, CT.
For more information contact Peggy Patenaude at 508548-9149 or [email protected]
As part of the Year of Consecrated Life events, the
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
are sponsoring an open house at Presentation Convent,
99 Church Street, Leominster, AND Sacred Heart
Convent, 22 Cottage Street, Fitchburg on Sunday, FEB
8th, 2PM-4PM.
Please join us for conversation and refreshments to
celebrate our call to consecrate life. For any questions
please contact one of the following:
Sr Mary Anne Seliga, PBVM, 978-537-7108 or
Sr Maureen Hickey, PBVM, 978-790-0056.
Are you interested in the Priesthood?
If you are high school age, college age, or older, come
and learn more about the priesthood at a 24-hour
retreat directed by Bishop Robert McManus on
Friday, MAR 27th, & Saturday, MAR 28th, 6PM6PM. This r etr eat will be held 30 minutes fr om
Worcester at the Immaculate Conception Retreat
Center in Putnam, CT. No cost and transportation
provided. Contact Fr. Dennis if you are interested.
Learn more at www.worcestervocations.com.
MEN: Explore and discover how being a Catholic
man can make a difference in our world today!
All men are invited to attend the 15th Annual
Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference at the
Worcester’s DCU Center, Saturday, MAR 21st. Hear
5 dynamic Catholic leaders share their life
experiences with over 1,000 other Catholic men.
Dynamic Catholic Institute’s Allen Hunt; Arise
Ministries’ Dominick Albano; Blessed2Play’s Ron
Meyer; and ‘Catholic A nswers’ host Patrick
Coffin. Father Michael Gaitley will offer a special
presentation on divine mercy, the role of the Blessed
Mother and the importance of receiving mercy
through confession. Bishops and diocesan and
religious priests will hear confessions. Bishop
McManus will offer Mass.
For a Conference brochure, further information, or
registration, call Ed Sullivan, 978 537-6553, or Kyle
Norton, 978-514-5438. Great father and son event!
Visit www.FirstMensConf.org on the web!
Partners in Charity is sponsoring an Evening of
Inspiration featuring John Allen Jr., speaking on
the Papacy of Pope Francis.
Thursday, FEB 5
5:30 Reception, 6:15PM Presentation
Limited seating is available at the St. Vincent
Hospital Atrium at 123 Summer Street, Worcester.
Contact Heather at 508-929-4366 or email
[email protected] by FEB 2nd.
John L. Allen Jr is the Associate Editor at Crux:
covering all things Catholic; Associate Editor for The
Boston Globe; Former Senior Correspondent at the
National Catholic Reporter, Senior Vatican Analyst
for CNN, as well as Author, and Excellent Speaker.
FEB 1st at 1PM
Note time change.
We will have a meeting this Sunday in the St.
Katherine Drexel Room (M8) to create our teams and
schedule people to prepare and serve the meals for the
next six months. Please come and join us. Families
with kids are most welcome to attend this meeting, so
that we can go over all of the details and be home in
time for the big game!
Preparation of the meals will take place her e in our
parish kitchen (2:30PM-5:30PM) and then the meals
will be served at each location on the dates listed below
(6PM-7PM). Volunteer s could commit to one or
both of these times. Please call the parish office or
attend the meeting today to get involved.
Father’s House: FEB 28, MAR 28, APR25,
MAY 23, JUN 27, JUL 25.
Days Inn: FEB 7, MAR 21, APR 11,
MAY 09, JUN 20.
Please help in making this February Calendar Raffle a huge
success this year by participating in the raffle. You may
mail your chances and donation in to the parish office or
place your envelope in the offertory basket.
Late donations will still be accepted throughout the
month of February and you will still be eligible to win on
the remaining days.
If you require additional calendars or chances, please stop
by the parish office. Donation cost is $10 per chance. Good
Luck to all!
Women’s Guild celebrates Mardi Gras
The OLL Women’s Guild will meet this Wednesday, FEB
4th at 1:30PM in the St. Katherine Drexel Room, (M8);
the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras party will follow the meeting.
Bring a friend. Start planning your costume now! Tickets
will be issued to everyone in costume, more
if you use the colors purple, green, and
gold, and extra tickets for homemade masks
and costumes! Tickets are redeemable for a
raffle prize. If you need a mask or beads
they will be available at the meeting.
07:30 PM AA Meeting
08:30 AM Beginnings Class
09:00 AM Coffee Shop available after 8AM Mass
09:45 AM Gr. 4/5 Mass, Childcare available,
Coffee Shop after Mass
01:00 PM YR1 Parent/Student Sacred Space
03:00 PM Pilgrims on the Journey Meeting
06:00 PM High School II Class
04:15 PM Grs 1-5 Religious Education Classes
06:45 PM Grs 6-8 Religious Education Classes
07:00 AM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
04:15 PM Grs. 1-5 Religious Education Classes
06:30 PM Religious Ed Commission Meeting
07:00 PM Final Journey Home Team Meeting
07:30 PM RCIA
01:30 Women’s Guild Mardi Gras and Meeting
06:00 PM Cub Scout Pack 3 Meeting
06:30 PM YR1 Parent/Student Sacred Space
07:00 PM 12 Steps Meeting
07:00 PM Adult Folk Group Practice
07:00 PM Men’s Spiritual Study
09:00 AM Dominoes
01:00 PM Prayer Shawl
06:00 PM BSA Troop 12 Meeting
07:00 PM Adult Choir Practice
07:00 PM OA Meeting
04:15 PM Choir of Angels
06:30 PM Jr. High Youth Group
07:30 PM Al-Anon Meeting
BSA Bake Sale after 5PM Mass
03:00 PM Brown Bag Ministry Food Prep
07:00 PM Squaw-No-Cook Meeting
07:30 PM AA Meeting.