Passing of David Dickinson on Sunday Morning 5/17/20

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:

It is my sad duty to inform you that David Dickinson passed away early Sunday morning. We now entrust his soul to Almighty God. Our condolences go out to his wife Mae, his son Gregory (Lydie) and their children, and his daughter Laurie Ann and her children. Services will be private and the family has asked for a little time so that they may quietly deal with their loss. A memorial liturgy will be scheduled in the near future. We ask Almighty God to welcome David into His kingdom and may his soul rest in peace. Allah yerhammo.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

Education Foundation Scholarships Available – Applications Due June 14th 2020

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:

This email is being sent to you regarding the OLOP Scholarships for Education. This foundation was founded in 1993 to assist active members of our parish with their college education. I am asking you and/or your child who is a High School senior or a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior in college to please send me an email to obtain an application for this scholarship. The deadline for submitting this application is June 14, 2020. There will be three scholarships awarded for this year.

Instructions are included in the application. You may submit these to my attention at ourladyofpurgatory@verizon.net
Please request the application as soon as possible so that you may submit it on time.

I look forward to hearing from many of you soon. Stay well and God bless.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

Sunday 5/17/20 Zoom Liturgy Issues Apology and Resolution

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I apologize about the technical difficulties this morning. Zoom encountered problems that we were not able to resolve until now. They assured us that the problem is fixed. Have a blessed day and join us Wednesday evening for the rosary and Holy Day of Obligation for the feast of the Ascension of Out Lord at 6:00PM.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent

Fr. Vincent Farhat
Pastor
Our Lady of Purgatory Catholic Church

Good Morning!

We apologize for the difficulty that you may have had this morning accessing the Divine Liturgy via Live Stream on Zoom. Apparently, Zoom was having a technical issue that affected the ability of participants to sign on and once they were signed on, to receive both audio and video. Zoom has now indicated that they have resolved the issue.

Please join us Wednesday Evening, May 20th via Live Stream on Zoom at 6:00 pm for the Recitation of the Rosary followed by the Divine Liturgy on the Vigil of the Feast of the Ascension.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at (508) 996-8934 or by e-mail at ourladyofpurgatory@verizon.net.

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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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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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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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