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Easter Grace and Mother’s Day

Dear Parish Family:

We have celebrated well the Easter Sacraments here at Sacred Heart: three Catechumens receive all three sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, we have had infant baptisms, First Communions, and on Friday May 12th, 23 of our young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation. What a wonderful blessing for us all. We rejoice in the Easter grace that flows freely through our community of faith.

This weekend is Mother’s Day and as a community we will pray a special blessing on all mothers as we celebrate Mother’s Day WEEK! We will also pray for our mothers who have passed who hold a special place in our hearts.

I am now ready for a two week break and going on vacation May 15th to May 26th. I am going to be visiting my last two National Archive Presidential Libraries and Museums. I will be staying in Detroit and driving from there to semi-local sights. The Gerald Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids and the Ford Library is In Ann Arbor. I will visit the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum in West Branch Iowa. There is one First Ladies Museum and it is in Canton, Ohio. Also in Canton is the McKinley Presidential Library (not a National Archive Library); and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Detroit has many other sights plus great Greek Restaurants which I love, so I am looking forward to a wonderful visit.

I am hoping on my return we will all be able to walk through the front doors and grow closer to completing the renovations we have planned. In the meantime, Fr. Peter Francis I.V.Dei will celebrate Mass Saturday May 20th; and we welcome Msgr. John Doran for the Sunday Masses May 21st and the vigil Mass for Ascension at 7:30 P.M. May 24th and the 9:00 A.M. on May 25th. Then I will be back for Masses the following weekend when we begin the Summer Schedule! A sincere thankyou to Fr. Peter and Msgr. Doran for making vacation possible!

Happy Mother’s Day Week and Happy Easter!
Fr. Bill

Good News Abound This Easter Season

Dear Parish Family,

Lots of happenings here at Sacred Heart, with Good News abounding this Easter Season! The heavy bronze front doors have been removed and the new light mahogany doors have been hung! On Friday of this week all the hardware will be installed, so when you arrive for Mass this weekend you should be able to enter through the front again.

The new handicap bathroom is ready to use this weekend too! There was never hot water in that bathroom before, but now there is, so everything is up-to-date in that section of the building. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel of the work we only dreamed of doing 4 years ago thanks to the generosity and dedication of so many of you who have invested time, money and energy in making “God’s House a Home!”

At the same time, we exceeded our goal of $43,200.00 toward our Partner’s in Charity Appeal. How proud I was to read on the front page of the Boston Globe on Tuesday, May 2nd the article that highlighted the Guild of St. Agnes in Worcester (one of our Partner’s Agencies) that is contracted to serve 300 kids in Department of Children and Families. Currently they serve nearly 1,600 children throughout Worcester County. This makes me proud to be Catholic, and especially proud to be a part of the Diocese of Worcester and Sacred Heart Parish. Our willingness to support so many families in need through Partner’s help the Guild of St. Agnes continue their ministry. We collected $45,481.00 which is $2281.00 over our goal. THANK YOU to those who help make these miracles possible!

Yes, lots of Good News happening this Easter Season! Thanks for making the Good News possible and being part of the work of the Church here in Hopedale and in the Worcester Diocese.

Happy Easter,
Fr. Bill

New Doors to God’s Home

Dear Parish Family,

It is Monday morning and I am getting my usual Monday morning responsibilities taken care of including my weekly bulletin letter. As I write this I am looking out my office window to see if the truck delivering our new front doors has arrived. They are supposed to be delivered today and installed this week. We ordered them in January and many have asked why it takes so long.

First, we did not order the doors until we had the money from our Capital Campaign to pay for them. Second, they are a special order; we can’t just call a company and buy them off the shelf. We have specific needs for our doors. Since the church was built we have become bigger people, and so caskets have gotten bigger! So instead of 48” wide double doors we are getting 60” wide double doors. The panic bars will also be recessed giving us the full 60” to enter the church when the doors are opened.

The existing doors were difficult to keep clean due to the brass grill work. This will not be a problem with the new doors. Actually, as I am writing this I am hoping when you come this weekend you may enter through the new doors!
Some have also asked why we don’t just fix the existing doors. Since I have been here we have spent a great deal of money trying to fix them and have been told that the mechanisms are no longer fixable. I was told by Lou Thibeault (may he rest in peace) when we started gathering information for our major renovations that the doors were always a problem since they were installed and never worked well. He was a member of the building committee when the church was built in 1965. With his wisdom, we moved to replace the doors and increase the size of entry due to meet our current needs.

The tile in the new handicap bathroom is installed and I am also hoping that the plumber will come this week to install the sink and toilet. This has been a long haul but well worth waiting for as we continue to “Make God’s house, a Home.” As I type this the truck just pulled in! Yeah!

Fr. Bill

50 Days of Easter

Dear Parish Family,

Happy Easter everyone! And now that it is the Easter Season, we enter into this season of “amazing grace” as we celebrate the Easter sacraments through Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Baccalaureate. As a community we rejoice in the sacramental grace that flows as we gather as a parish community. At the same time, we celebrate the achievements of our graduating seniors as they move to the next stage of their lives.

It is wonderful to have people approach me to bless religious gifts that are being presented for these occasions. “Father, I am going to my grandson’s graduation in New York on Sunday would you please bless this for me?” We travel far and wide to celebrate and affirm the many happenings in the lives of loved ones and family members. This beautiful weather too, is a cause for celebration.

We have fifty days to get it all in and somehow it seems to pass oh so quickly. My suggestion is to take one event at a time and build strong family ties as you rejoice at each event. Making time to affirm, celebrate and enjoy each other in these sacred moments helps us to put into perspective the times when we are challenged by the stumbling blocks that trip us up from time to time.

To all who are celebrating sacramental grace, and achievement; be in the present moment and drink in the love that comes from family and friends who gather. To all who are rejoicing; pay attention to how important you gift of presence is as all gather and share in the many gifts we bring to each other by simply “being there!”

Happy Easter!
Fr. Bill

Seder Supper 2017

On Palm Sunday Eve, as we have for the past 35 years, we gathered as a Parish Family to partake in the wonderful tradition that is The Seder Supper to recreate The Passover.

There are so many to thank. Thank you to those who attended our gathering; Joe Calabrese for our hall set-up; the parish office for their support; to PR Running and Judge Francis & Virginia Larkin for the contribution of wine; to Oliva’s Catering for the wonderful meal; to the Sacred Heartbeats, who led us in song; to our wonderful host family The Corcoran Goyette Family; Philip & Tara, Casey, Riley and Rory, perfectly exemplified what it is to be a family and the bounty that comes from that unity; Thanks, of course, to our dear Pastor, Father Bill who teaches and leads us to be a better people and inspires us to follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Last but by no means least, a special thanks to our wondrous Seder Committee: Rich & Jess Allen, Dave & Audrey Barber, Ralph & Jane Becker, Mike & Sue Conciatori, Bob & Julia Manning, Linda Matondi, Rob & Gina Russell, and Diane Ward. They will be and are missed greatly. The Seder is what it is because of a dedicated few who give of their time, talent and treasure to realize the joy of continuing this tradition. Our committee itself is a “treasure”!

Next year we will continue this spirit filled tradition on the night before Palm Sunday. Please consider this message an early invitation to all of you, Our Parish Family, to once again experience “A nite unlike any other nite”, a perfect prelude to Holy Week.

Shalom,

Michael Matondi

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