Sunday 5/17/20 OLOP Church Divine Liturgy Zoom Invite

Dear Parishioners:

I pray you are all doing well. Here is the link for Sunday’s Divine Liturgy. God bless you.
Fr. Vincent

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Topic: Sunday Liturgy May 17
Time: May 17, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Zoom Invitation for The Celebration of the Life of Anthony “Tommy” Thomas

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:

For those of you who would like to celebrate the life of our beloved Tommy Thomas, the Zoom link is included in this email. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 AM, Thursday, May 14. God rest his soul in peace.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

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Topic: Anthony Thomas Funeral Service
Time: May 14, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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New opportunity for Catechists, MYO Leaders and Family Life Advocates

Dear Brother Priests, Deacons, Sub-deacons, Men & Women Religious, and Lay Faithful,

On this Easter Thursday, I extend heartfelt gratitude for all the beautiful ministry you have done these past few weeks during this most difficult time. I received so many compliments about your ministries. It was a blessing to hear. So again, thank you!

By God’s grace an eparchial team of people have been working on ways to enhance our catechists, youth leaders and family life volunteers. What you will read about below is an optional, but highly recommended, program to strengthen our competent and faithful laity to better carry out their roles in our parishes.

I am pleased to launch this eparchial initiative for our catechists and MYO youth advisors, called Franciscan at Home. It has long been a desire of mine to assist our laity in their service. Franciscan at Home is an excellent opportunity to continue to train and deepen our spiritual journey.

This is a free online program of workshop tracks through the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University, open to all of our parish volunteers. There are over 100 dioceses already partnering with Franciscan University and benefiting from the high-quality content offered.

Catechists in our parish religious programs and our MYO youth advisors are invited to participate in these 12 one-hour workshops expertly filmed with a staff of professionals in the fields of catechists and youth ministry. Also, two of these workshops will focus on our Maronite Tradition. The content is presented to inspire, educate, train, and enhance one’s knowledge and skills in presenting the Catholic faith.

These workshops are available in the convenience of one’s own home according to one’s schedule and require some reading and writing. Please see the attached flyers for the details of these programs. I have asked the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light to assist, and they are available by phone or email to help if there are any questions.

It is my hope that as many as possible will join these programs, which will enhance one’s faith and in turn enhance the faith of the youth we serve. With parish meetings suspended for the time being, this might be a good opportunity for personal training.

Our Office for Family and Pro-life has also created an excellent website, including seminars on Natural Family Planning. I highly encourage young people, engaged couples, and married couples with families, to strengthen their love for the sacred dignity of marriage and family life. Please also see the flyers attached:

PDF of the Marriage and Family Life Flyer(1 page)
PDF of the MYO Leadership Training Flyer (3 pages)
PDF of the Catechist Training Flyer (3 pages)

Thank you for serving our youth and be assured of my prayers.

+ Gregory

Passing of Anthony H. Thomas (Tommy)

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:

It is my sad duty to inform you that Anthony (Tommy) Thomas passed away peacefully this morning. Tommy was a pillar in this community bringing much joy to his family and the community of OLOP. Our condolences are extended to his daughters Rose and Rick Twomey, Patty Thomas and Rebecca Schade, and Joan and Michael Mello. We also keep in our prayers Tommy’s grandchildren and great grandchildren, family and friends. Funeral arrangements are being made by Saunders- Dwyer Funeral Home in New Bedford. www.saundersdwyer.com

Because of the special circumstances we are faced with, we will be inviting his family and friends to join the celebration of his life via Zoom. The link will be forthcoming.

We ask Almighty God to welcome his good and faithful servant Tommy into His Kingdom and may his soul rest in peace. Allah yerhammo.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

OLOP Praying of the Rosary Zoom Invite – Wednesday 5/13/20 at 600 PM ET

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:
Please join us in praying the rosary on Wednesday, May 13, at 6:00 PM. The Zoom invitation is included in this email. God bless,
Fr .Vincent

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Topic: Rosary
Time: May 13, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mothers Day and Church Anniversary OLOP Liturgy – May 10, 2020 Church Invite

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:

Happy Anniversary and Happy Mother’s Day!
Please join us for Divine Liturgy via Zoom. Invitation is included below. God bless you.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

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Topic: Sunday Liturgy May 10
Time: May 10, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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2020 New Graduate Names

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:

Every year I like to acknowledge our graduates from High School and Universities. I am asking you to please forward the names of your children who are graduating this year so that I can acknowledge them properly. Please include name of school and future plans for higher education. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

Happy Mothers Day – Prayer for Mothers from Father Vince

Dear Mother’s and to all the women in our lives:

I would like to with each and every one of you a blessed and happy Mother’s Day. The women in our lives are such a great blessing—a reminder of God’s infinite wisdom. We thank you for all you do for your families, your Church, and to those you come into contact with. We also remember those who have gone to their reward in the Kingdom of Heaven. May they share in the promises of Jesus . Praying that all of you are doing well and I look forward to seeing you very soon at our home of OLOP.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

A Prayer for Mothers
Where would we be without our mother’s love? Lord,
bless our mothers with wisdom to teach and guide their
children in a way that will help them to follow You and
to become men and women who will be pleasing in Your sight.
Give all mothers the patience to deal with the difficulties
of their job and, most of all, give them a special blessing as
they care so lovingly for the gifts that You have allowed them the honor of raising. Amen!

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