August 10, 2020
A lot has been happening in the parish though covid restrictions remain along with the summer heat. New office Administrative Assistant Lindsay Franzoni and Director of Faith Formation Margaret Dwyer-Hogan are successfully conquering the learning curve of phones, computer database systems and software, a quirky copier, and rescheduling sacraments among other things during the first couple weeks on the job. I’ve been able to once again Baptize, celebrate funerals, plan for First Communions (one this coming Sunday!) and Confirmations, continue preparing couples for Marriage, and ministering with a listening ear and compassionate heart to parishioners navigating the isolating challenges covid restrictions and fears continue to pose in our daily lives. I’ve been particularly keeping in my prayer families and students getting ready for school, from the first day of kindergarten to beginning the last year of college, along with teachers, administrators and support staff.
Staying focused on each day’s needs and concerns is pertinent advice from Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (6:24). The “what ifs” unhealthily tempt us to catastrophize and almost paralyze ourselves with fear as we necessarily plan for the future. Prayer is essential now more than most past days. Prayer keeps us grounded. Prayer keeps us focused on what is rather than on what could or might be. Prayer promises peace and serenity if we but challenge ourselves to trust that God knows what we need before we ask and will give us what we need if we open our minds and hearts in faith. Continuing vigilance with known precautions and directions from competent and caring professionals is living into the revealed wisdom and understanding from the Master Teacher and Healer who works with and never against us.
Eucharistic Ministers are needed for the 4 p.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses. Please call coordinator Julie Smith 508-238-2984 if you are able to assist at these Masses starting in September. She is making out the schedule and will notify volunteers. Thank you for your ministry in the parish.
Gratitude and thanksgiving goes out to all of you who continue actively supporting the fiscal needs of the Parish. We are doing OK and every donation helps. I will have a member of the Finance Commission give an update shortly after Labor Day.
We concluded this year’s Sponsor-A-Day fundraiser at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. 420 parish households have donated $43,220 to our annual goal of $43,920, sponsoring 360 of the 366 days in the 2020 calendar. Very good for a very unusual year! Thank you to the following parishioners!!!
July: Mary Stallings John Creedon
Annie Stanton Joanne Hatfield
Mark & Jen Duvall Paul Mullaly
Ted & Lyn Jenney Joseph & Suzanne Gomes
Lori Grant Julie Smith
Marianne & Bob Dyke Timothy & Marie Nolan
Michael Fox Laura Butler
John & Brenda McLaughlin Matt & Lisa Deehan
Kevin & Sue Sullivan Mary Tighe
Tom & Cheryl Puopolo Chris Mills
William & Elizabeth Morgan Joan Walkeappa
Judy Heffernan Claire Pacchielat
Mark & Diane Jussaume Amanda Nastasia
William & Elen Donahue Jackie Soucia
Ray & Ursula Lawson Anthony Fontes
Vincent & Joan Iacono Peg Malpiede
Patricia Boucher John & Linda McTernan
Rosemary & John Heppler Brian & Mary McKenna
Stephen Wilson Diane & Jim Dias
David & Karen Mekler Mike & Ann Farrell
Stephen & Terri Bliss David & Paula Keane
Mary Ann Morrell Jeff Robarge
Adrienne Evin Christine & Paul Behan
Marianne Conboy Christine Sierra
Constantine Burns Debra Murray
Joe & Cheryl Kennedy
We have assigned parishioners to days they have sponsored and will publish the months as they appear on the calendar.
From the Health Ministry
We hope all are staying safe and well in the midst of the current COVID 19 crisis. Just a couple of reminders:
The three most effective ways to help prevent the spread are
When putting on and taking off a mask DO NOT touch the front of it, and DO NOT put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead, you should only handle the ties or ear straps and wash hands or use hand sanitizer after touching the mask.
Remember to launder your cloth mask so that it be sanitized after using, most can be machine dried without losing their shape.
The Parish Nurses and Health Ministry are praying for everyone’s wellness at this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Parish office if there is a need to speak to a Parish Nurse. For more info check out CDC.gov or call 211 in Massachusetts
Feast Food To Go- St. Anthony Church. St. Anthony Church, 126 School St., Taunton, is having a Feast Food to Go event on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15. Even though a typical feast celebration is not permissible this year, delicious Portuguese Feast food will be sold including linquica, cacoila & pork sandwiches, fries, favas and fresh malassadas. Food will be available for take-out only via a drive-thru from the Washington Street parking lot entrance, from 4 PM to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a car load of tasty food with your family and friends .