THOUGHTS & PRAYERS & ACTION. I'm sure like many of you, I have been praying about and reflecting on the most recent incidence of school gun violence in our country; this time taking the lives of 17 innocent young people and school staff in Florida.
These moments of public horror are heart-breaking and they seem to come with such frequency that we can begin to feel helpless to stop them. After all, our politicians seem to be permanently stuck into two opposing corners that cannot find any middle ground of agreement. And, these moments have begun to feel like an infinite circular motion - horrible attack, followed by thoughts and prayers, followed by weak suggestions for change that fail, followed by throwing our hands in the air, and then waiting for the next event to happen.
But, into this latest moment we have seen the young people who survived the shooting in Florida who are speaking out with a new voice and a new call for action. I don't know about you, but I have found their voices to be inspiring and hopeful. These are not the voices of politicians already cemented into their camps, already beholden to special interests. These are just the earnest and pleading voices of young people who have always known the fear of a school shooting, who desperately do not want it to happen again.
Now, I don't know if this time will be any different than the others, but I do have the hope that these young people in their earnestness just might be able to lead us in a way that has not happened before. Surely, we can agree on some of the sensible solutions that most Americans agree upon.
Once again we turn to prayer, but not just prayer for the lives lost and for those grieving, we also pray to have the courage to change, the courage to make our country a safer place, especially to make our children's lives safer. We pray that this time will be different than the past.
Christ, you wept over a city.
We weep again over those killed by guns,
Christ, you came to bring us peace.
We turn to you in our sorrow.
Help us end this nightmare of violence?
Help us build a world of inclusion, of solidarity?
Give us the grace to heal hearts; to stop guns;
to cherish all God's children.
Christ, you endured violence to bring us light.
We pray for the dead, may they rest in peace.
We pray for the wounded, may they find healing.
We pray for our nation, may we end senseless violence.
And may we learn we are one.
Altar ServersIf you have received your First Holy Communion you are eligible to serve. Please consider serving your church in this special role. Please email: Mrs. Tina Burgess ([email protected]). Thank you.
WelcomeWE WELCOME INTO OUR PARISH FAMILY ...
Alexandria Spencer Moore
Genasis Christine Gumbs
Ava Mc Millan
Harrison Ace Matias
Connor Joseph Estrella
Isabella Rose Louise Coelho
Ava Virginia Howarth
Ainsley Mae Chousa
Daniel Robert Mc Cutcheon
Dylan William-Capen Zander
Ethan Everett Zander
Tyrone Cardoza, Jr.
Abigail Jane Boswinkel
Jack Geoffrey Scotti
Gregory James Hatchell
Marielle Kyle Lima Huffman
Josephine Grace Floyd
Elena Noelle Bunavicz
Alessandra Hope Sielski
Ainslee Faith Manduca
Nicholas Rey Burgos
Leonardo Antonio Carreira
Morgan Fay Dana McCoy
and WE EXTEND CONGRATULATIONS TO THEIR FAMILIES!
EucharisticExtraordinary Eucharistic Ministers help the priest distribute the Precious Body and Blood of Christ during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Our Eucharistic Minister Training Program takes place on the first Tuesday of the month from 6 – 7PM at St. Margaret Church. If you are planning on attending please call the Rectory Office and leave your name and phone number. Thank you.
MusicPlease leave a message in the Rectory Office
for Wendy Herren, Director of Music or e-mail [email protected] .
The TABERNACLE LAMP at St. Margaret's the week of February 24th is IN LOVING MEMORY of Frank R. Amaral (1st. Anniv.).
The ALTAR BREAD and WINE the week of February 24th is IN LOVING MEMORY of Frank R. Amaral (1st. Anniv.) from the family. If you would like to have a Memorial devoted to a loved one for the week, please call the Rectory and we will be glad to assist you in this special remembrance. The Memorials are: the Tabernacle Lamps, Offertory Wine, Altar Bread, Holy Oils and Altar Flowers.
Cost is $25 per item per week, except for the Tabernacle Lamp ($15 per week).
BirthdaysHAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY !
Meghan Dunlap, Anthony & Matthew Radosta, Deacon Ernie Gendron
LET'S CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY!
To include you in our birthday list, please call the Rectory during the week (9 am - 3pm) and leave your name.
PrayersPARISH COMMUNITY FOR FEBRUARY 2018 – PRAYER LIST
FOR THE SICK OR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYERS - ALSO PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYERS -Madelyn Alexander, Dorothy Blacador, Michael Cassady, Brenda Covini, Vicki Lee Doom, Joseph Ellison, Henry Gardyna, Mary Keogh, Robert Miguel, Kate Lonergan, Grace Moore, Tina Morris, Jennifer Rose, Claire Sullivan (broken hip)
FOR OUR MILITARY – Rhiannon Barreda, Pvt Liam W. Brady, SSGT Dillon Caldwell, Kevin Meiers (US Navy), LTJG Michael Feeney, TSGT Kevin Feeney, SSGT Zachary Moitoso, Max Rogers, Jack Rogers (US National Guard)
WE WILL BE STARTING A NEW PRAYER LIST ON MARCH 1st. PLEASE CALL THE RECTORY OFFICE AND GIVE THE INFORMATION TO KATHY TO INCLUDE YOUR LOVED ONES NAME!!!!!!!
Faith FormationFAITH FORMATION UPDATE!!!!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vincent Armstrong, DRE at 617-823-8976.
KofC Council 2911KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, COUNCIL #2911: Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday of Month 7:30 - 9:00pm 5 Armory Rd., Buzzards Bay – 508-759-3100 Hall available for functions.
Second CollectionSECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND!
The Weekend of February 24th & February 25th will be taken up for "SNOW REMOVAL”. The Weekend of March 3rd & March 4th will be taken up for “SNOW REMOVAL”. Please give what you can.
SVdP Thrift ShopTHE SVdP THRIFT SHOP IS OPEN !
Our new address is 134 Main Street, across the street from St. Margaret Church. Our Shop Phone number is 508-759-7171. Our Help Request Phone number is 508-759-7191 (NEW). We can always use additional help at the shop. To find out about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please call or click our link.
Rest in Peace
Women's GuildGuild members will attend the 8am Mass during the 1st week of the month, followed by the (monthly) meeting. See our Special Event Listing to confirm meeting details.
Secular FranciscansDevotions - 2nd Sunday of Month, 2 pm: Secular Franciscan Order: St. Margaret School Library. Prayer & Meeting. Please contact the Rectory Office if you wish to attend Prayer & Meeting.
For more Secular Franciscan Information, please contact: The Third Order Secular Franciscans
St. Francis of the Cape Fraternity
St. Margaret Church - Buzzards Bay, MA
Prayer for PriestsWEEKLY PRAYER REQUEST FOR PRIESTS
FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18TH
Rev. Robert Powell, Rev. Craig Pregana, Rev. James Ferry, Rev. James Preskenis, CSC, Pope Francis, Rev. Michael Racine, Rev. John Raposo
FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25TH
Rev. Daniel Reis, Very Rev. Timothy Reis, VF, Rev. Thomas Rita, Rev. William Rodriques