Letter from Fr. Vincent and Finance Committee

Dear Our Lady of Purgatory Parishioners:

We pray that all is well with you and your family, and that you stay healthy during these trying times. Earlier this year, Abouna Vincent gathered together a Finance Council to have help and support in dealing with the financial issues of our Church. Today, we are reluctant to write to you about the topic of money, but we find it necessary to do so.

As you may know, we have begun to stream services (Divine Liturgy, Stations of the Cross) over the Internet, using the application Zoom, so that we can stay home and be safe. We encourage you to take advantage of this. The streaming experience, both audio and video, has been resolved and is working very well now.

Since it looks like we will need to continue this practice for some time, we are concerned as to how we will collect the monies necessary to keep our beloved OLOP solvent. (We need around $2500/week to pay our bills.)

As you are aware, we had to cancel our Hafli, as well as other activities, and with services being delivered on- line, our in-person collections have stopped. As of today, it’s unclear as to when we will be able to resume.

Several of the parishioners have begun to mail in their checks via postal mail, and we are very appreciative (OLOP, 11 Franklin St., New Bedford, MA 02740). We continue to work on an on-line giving solution for us to use but currently postal mail is the only way for you to monetarily support the church.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for all parishioners and that you may need to rely on your savings to pay for living expenses. The church will need to do the same. We would like to make it clear that if you are unable to help financially at the present time, we certainly understand. We do not want any parishioner to cut themselves short considering the situation we are all faced with. All that we ask is that you contribute in any way you are able: time, talent and/or resources. We will continue to send updates as appropriate.

God bless you and your families and may the intercession of Our Lady of Purgatory give us the strength to prevail this crisis.

In Christ,

Fr. Vincent Farhat & the Financial Council of OLOP

Stations of the Cross Livestream – Fr. Vincent Farhat’s Personal Meeting Room

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:
Please forgive me for sending the wrong invitation to the Stations of the Cross in the last email. Please use this invitation to join me at 7:00 PM tonight. I have again attached the booklet for you to join in with. God bless.
Fr. Vincent

—–Original Message—–
From: Abouna Vincent
To: ourladyofpurgatory
Sent: Fri, Mar 27, 2020 11:38 am

Fr. Vincent Farhat is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Stations of the Cross
Time: Mar 27, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Passing and Funeral Arrangements for Milad Chedid

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Purgatory:

It is my sad duty to inform you that Milad Chedid passed away last night. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Josephine Boulous Chedid, his children Jean, Charbel, Janet, Zakhia, Geneveive, Souraya, and Wassim and their families as to his many relatives here and in Lebanon.

The funeral arrangements for Milad Chedid are as follows:
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, November 27, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Pottet Funeral Home, located at 81 Reed Road, Westport, MA, 02790.

The funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, November 29, at 11:00 AM, at Our Lady of Purgatory Church, 11 Franklin St, New Bedford, MA.

May Almighty God welcome Milad into His kingdom and may his soul rest in peace. Allah yerhammo.

Fr. Vincent Farhat
Our Lady of Purgatory Catholic Church

Christmas Pageant and 2019 Angel Program

Dear Parishioners of OLOP:

As we prepare for the Annual Christmas Pageant on December 7, we are also participating in the 2019 Angel Program. Please find the flyer to be part of the Angel Program. Half the proceeds help with the cost of the pageant and the other half will go to St. Lawrence Food Pantry. Thank you in advance for your kindness and support of the pageant and helping the poor and homeless in our community. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

In Christ,

Fr. Vincent

Funeral Arrangements for the Soul of Souad Keirous Yazbeck

On the hope of the Resurrection, Mrs. Souad Keirous, Dr. Raed Yazbeck’s mother passed away in Boston. For those who would like to pay their respect, the schedule is as follows: The wake takes place on Tuesday, November 12, from 4-8 PM at Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Rd., South Dartmouth MA. The Divine Liturgy will take place on Wednesday, November 13 at Our Lady of Purgatory Church, New Bedford, 11 Franklin St., New Bedford 02740 at 10:30 AM. A mercy meal will follow the burial at *White’s of Westport* on 66 State Rd, Westport MA 02790. Please pray for her soul. May Almighty God welcome Souad into His kingdom and may her soul rest in peace. Allah yerhamma.

In Christ,
Fr. Vincent Farhat

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