Behold the Lamb of God Saint Agnes Parish Arlington, Massachusetts

Behold the Lamb of God
Saint Agnes Parish
Arlington, Massachusetts
January 18
18--19, 2014
The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Agnes Parish, Arlington, Massachusetts - The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 18-19, 2014
Sister Margaret (Peggy) Lowell, CSJ, died this past week. For many years
Sister Peggy ministered generously to the people of Saint Agnes Parish,
particularly to our senior citizens. We know that Saint Agnes Parishioners
will remember Sister Peggy in their prayers. May she rest in peace.
Thank you to the family of the late Virginia
Finochetti, who asked that
donations in Virginia’s memory be
made to Saint Agnes Parish, and to
the family of the late Phyllis McGurl,
who asked that donations in Phyllis’
memory be made to Fidelity House.
We are grateful and ask parishioners to remember
Virginia and Phyllis and their families in their prayers.
Saint Agnes Parish Outreach Committee hosts Parish
Coffee and Donuts after the 9:00 Mass
in the Arlington Catholic High School
cafeteria for fun and fellowship with other
parishioners! Contact Marianne
Hudelson If you wish to help set-up/takedown: [email protected].
We need volunteers and donations of coffee and paper
goods, or gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts or Stop and Shop.
The Feast of Saint Agnes
is celebrated on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. We
honor our Patron Saint and ask her to keep all
parishioners in her loving intercession.
The Annual Respect Life Mass will be celebrated today, Sunday, at 10:30. Please join us at the Mass as we
pray for a greater respect for all human life from conception until natural death. A
reception will follow the Mass in Monsignor Linnehan Library. Also, there will be
a Holy Hour for Life from 1-2 PM in the lower Church. All are welcome.
Baby Shower will take place this weekend, January 18-19. Items needed by
the Pregnancy Help Office of the Archdiocese of Boston for the mothers who
are expecting their babies this winter:
Blanket sleepers, size 0-6 months, 6-12 months; Onesies, size 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months; Sleep
and plays, size 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months; Warm Outfits for Boys & Girls, size 0-3 months, 3-6
months, 6-9 months; Snowsuits, size 0-3 months; Toiletries, Diaper Rash ointment, Shampoo, Body
Wash (no powder please) bibs, bottles, 4 and 8 ounce, wash cloths, flannel receiving blankets and
diapers size newborn and size 4. Please, no used baby clothes, but gently- used washable maternity
clothes are graciously accepted. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! To make a
monetary donation, make the check payable to “Fund for the Unborn”.
March for Life: 19 students from Arlington Catholic High School will travel to Washington, DC, this week for
the March for Life, accompanied by Campus Minister, Sister Barbara McHugh, CSJ, and Theology teacher
Serge Clivio. We pray for our young people and for all the marchers in Washington.
Assembly for Life, Sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Sunday, January 26, 2014, 2-4 PM,
Faneuil Hall, Boston. Speakers: Francis Fox, Esq., and Phil Moran, Esq. Emcee: Jaymie Stuart Wolfe;
music by the Montrose School Treblemakers.
Saint Agnes Parish, Arlington, Massachusetts - The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 18-19, 2014
No Class today, January 19.
We will serve dinner at the Cor
Unum Meal Center in Lawrence
on Saturday, January 25.
There are more spaces
available in the van. If your child needs to complete a
service project and is interested in coming along,
please call Nancy Feeman at 781-641-6621.
Please Note: The Confirmation Office has a new
email address: [email protected]. New
Confirmation Blog:
Community Catechesis
Would you like a deeper understanding of Catholicism?
Do you feel unprepared to answer
questions about the Church? We invite
you to join us for evenings of
"Community Catechesis" the 4th
Wednesday of every month in the Parish
Center. Learn about the symbols and
traditions of the Mass, the history of the
Church, and most importantly, learn
more about God and His boundless love for all
humanity! There is no pressure for "results". Just
come to learn. People of all ages, and families with
children are welcome! Our next meeting of Catechesis
is this Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 PM in the
Parish Center. Discussion and light refreshments will
follow an installment of Father Barron's "Catholicism"
video series. Program lasts 90 minutes. Invite a friend.
Saint Agnes Family Group holds Winter playgroups
at 10:30 on Tuesday mornings, at
Fidelity House. We let the kids
play, learn a short Catholic lesson,
and enjoy building community with
other parents from the Parish. Our
next playgroup will be this
Tuesday, January 21. To learn
more and keep updated with other activities of the
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John testifies that Jesus is the one who will baptize
with the Holy Spirit. The revelation of
Jesus’ identity, how He is made known
to the world, is mediated by the way we
live our lives everyday. As you place
your gift in the Society of Saint Vincent
de Paul Poor Box, know that you are a
sign of God’s love to those who are suffering and
you give them reason to believe and to trust.
Play Your Part in our Parish Community!
Vacation Bible School: Saint Agnes Outreach
hopes to offer a trial-version
Vacation Bible School this June.
Our ability to do this will depend
largely on a strong volunteer
corps. We are asking for an initial
response to see if offering
Vacation Bible School this year is
possible. If you are interested in helping with a oneweek, approximately 3 hours a day, commitment,
please email Marianne Hudelson. If we receive
enough replies, we will proceed with this project.
Thanks for your input.
As part of our Catholic faith, we live in community
together. We are called to encourage on another as
we struggle, learn and grow in our lives of faith.
Join us in building a strong and loving community at
our Parish. Evangelize through your actions. Offer
your time and concern to others in our community.
Reach out in support, so that we may faithfully
answer God’s call in every moment of life. Please
read the bulletin carefully for opportunities to help in
our Parish. Prayerfully consider your role as a
steward of Christ everyday. If you are able to help,
([email protected].) We are especially
asking for teen volunteer help. For more events and
news, visit:
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open
to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need
to include the excluded and preach peace.” - Pope Francis
Boston Sock Exchange: Make the Boston Sock
Exchange your New Year’s
Resolution! Give your time to help
the poor. Donate items to spread
love, and Pray for those in this
community who need the basic
necessities: food, warmth and
kindness. Now is the perfect time
for you to become involved in this low-commitment, highimpact ministry. Each month, we collect sweatshirts,
long-sleeved shirts, winter jackets, hats/gloves/scarves
and new socks. We distribute them, along with a
sandwich and snack, to our homeless brothers and
sisters in Boston. We need your help to prepare
sandwiches and organize donations at the Parish Center
on Friday, February 7 at 7:00 PM and to distribute our
gifts on Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 AM on Boston
Common Please bring donations to the bins at the back
of the Church or to the Parish Center. For information or
to volunteer contact [email protected].
Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Saint Agnes Parish, Arlington, Massachusetts - The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 18-19, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
9:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M.
12:00 Noon
Rose B. Linskey
Pro-Life Mass
Anthony and Marion D’Aveni
Month’s Mind
Monday, January 20, 2014
7:00 A.M.
Marjorie G. O’Reilly
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:00 A.M.
Special Intention
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:00 A.M.
Daniel and Mary Canniff
Thursday, January 23, 2014
7:00 A.M.
Charles D. and Elizabeth M. Keefe
Friday, January 24, 2014
7:00 A.M.
Frank and Theresa Halloran
Saturday, January 25, 2014
7:00 A.M.
4:00 P.M.
5:15 P.M.
Maureen Tobin
Helen Boyle and Robert Johnson
Daniel J. Carney
Sunday, January 26, 2014
9:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M.
12:00 Noon
Catholic Schools Week
Month’s Mind Bereavement Mass
Christmas Flower Intentions
Month’s Mind
Albert LeBlanc, Jr., Margaret Cowan, Phyllis McGurl, Virginia Finochetti, Dana
Styffe, Sister Bernadette Marie Rodley, CSJ, Sister Margaret Lowell, CSJ, Rev.
Anthony J. Daniele and Rev. Kieran Monahan, OFM, whose Funeral Masses were
celebrated last week.
Schedule for the Week
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:00 P.M. - Fatima Apostolate Prayer Hour
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:00 P.M. - Bereavement Meeting - Parish Center
The Offertory Collection last weekend was $16,309.
Thank you very much.
If you are a new parishioner, please
introduce yourself to one of our
priests, complete a census form and
drop it in the collection box. Census
forms are at the back of the Church.
The second collection next week is for the Church
in Latin America.
Bulletin Announcements must be
received at the Parish Center by
Monday morning.
Mass Schedule for Next Weekend
Saturday, January 25, 2014
4:00 P.M. Lower Church
5:15 P.M. Lower Church
Sunday, January 26, 2014
7:00 A.M. Lower Church
9:00 A.M. Upper Church
10:30 A.M. Upper Church
12:00 Noon Upper Church
5:00 P.M. Lower Church
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discontinue their weekly envelopes.
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Father Flatley
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Father Flatley
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Saint Agnes Parish, Arlington, Massachusetts - The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 18-19, 2014
Parish Pastoral Council Meeting - January 5, 2014 Father Flatley opened the meeting with a prayer and a
special remembrance for Lillian Kennedy, long-time Secretary in the Parish Religious Education Office, and
Tom Driscoll, husband of former Council member Carol Driscoll, both of whom died since our last meeting.
Report – Rita DeAngelis, The Giving Tree: Rita DeAngelis and her mother Juliet were sincerely thanked for
the 15 years they have devoted to The Giving Tree project. The project has grown substantially and
successfully since they have administered it. This year, despite the snowstorm which hampered drop-off and
collection procedures, over 1200 recipients from 7 different agencies benefited from the generosity of Saint
Agnes parishioners. Rita and Juliet will be stepping down from this project. Rita provided a detailed
description of the steps involved in this ministry, including costs, contact information for all agencies involved,
preparation of gift tags, procedures for distributions of tags and collection of gifts, sorting instructions, and
distribution/pick-up methods. Marianne Hudelson, Director, Outreach Committee, will explore ways to
continue this project.
The Christmas Masses were very beautiful and well-attended. The choir was praised for its magnificent
Reconfiguration of Parishes – The next three phases will take place in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The
Cardinal will announce the participants in each of the three remaining phases in May.
Lower Church ramp – Work on the ramp and the railings is essentially finished. Further work on the inner
Church doors at this entrance will be necessary to make them more easily accessible by push button.
Saint Agnes School 125th Anniversary Gala will be held at the Burlington Marriott on April 5.
Open Forum: Several parishioners have expressed concerns about the need for an additional railing at the
doorway at the top of the new lower church ramp. [This railing will be installed.] Several kneelers in both the
upper and lower Churches are in need of repair.
Parish Pastoral Council Discussion: The Parish Pastoral Council provides a place for parishioners to
express their concerns about the Parish and the wider Church, and to relay important information to the
priests, through the representative Council members. Father Flatley asked the Council members for ideas
about how this communication could be enhanced.
Suggestions were as follows: each Council member could engage in informal discussions about issues with
several parishioners; Council members could act as liaisons to each of the various ministries within the
Parish and provide reports on activities and concerns; a suggestion box with paper and pencil could be
placed in the Church; Council members could rotate attendance at the Parish Coffee Hours and provide an
opportunity for conversation with parishioners; and, a prayer line phone could be established to provide
support to parishioners during difficult times. Suggestions will be taken under consideration.
Father Flatley closed the meeting with a prayer. Next Meeting: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM
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Saint Agnes School News
Celebrating 125 Years of Academic Excellence
No classes today, January 19.
Classes meet January 26.
An Open House is scheduled for Sunday, January
26, 10 AM-Noon. The Open House will follow the 9
AM Liturgy which marks the beginning of Catholic
Schools Week. There will be a Coffee Hour at the
School Hall where teachers will present displays and
be available to answer questions about each grade
level program. Come and join us and learn about such
programs as Spanish language, Engineering and
Computer Technology. After meeting the teachers, join
us for a tour of the school.
Registration & Open House -Fidelity House’s
Preschool (2.9 years – 5 years old) and
PreKindergarten (4 – 5 year olds) Programs will be
holding open house and registration for September
beginning Tuesday, January 21. The Preschool is held
at Site 2 behind the Parish Center. Site 2 offers larger,
updated classrooms, a large kitchen area and a large
fenced in playground. Pre-Kindergarten meets on the
2nd floor of Fidelity House. Parents are welcome to
visit between 9:00 –11:00. Programs are licensed by
the Department of Early Education and Care.
Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of
Catholic education in the United States, is celebrated
Sunday, January 26 to Saturday, February 1, 2014.
Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools
Week with Masses, Open House and other activities
for students, families, parishioners and community
members. Through these events, schools focus on the
value Catholic education provides to young people and
its contributions to our Church, our communities and
our nation. The theme this year is Catholic Schools:
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.
Among the events planned for the week:
Saturday, January 25- The 7th and 8th grade teams
compete in the annual Quiz Bowl at Malden Catholic
Sunday, January 26- Open House
Monday, January 27- Classes meet to write letters of
thank you to the Sisters of Saint Joseph living in
Bethany. Daily history broadcast- recalling the history
of Saint Agnes School begins today.
Thursday, January 30 – Volunteer recognition,
Parents Visitation and Alumni guests visit classes.
School Age Child Care Program- Program is for 5-13
year olds. Open House and registration for September
will take place the week of February 3. Transportation
from public schools will be available. Full day programs
are also offered. Brochures and further information may
be obtained by calling Fidelity House.
On Line Registration - Visit
and set up an account to register on line. Programs
starting in January include; Arts and Crafts, Tot Sports,
Instructional Floor Hockey on Tuesdays, Gymnastics,
Cooking, Basketball for grades 1-4 on Friday, Touch
football, Bowling, Polar Bear Football, FiHo Players
youth theater group, Pickle Ball, 5th - 8th grade Floor
Hockey and more. Program ideas are always
Registration for the 2014-2015 school year has
begun. If you are considering enrolling remember that
spaces are limited in the K1( Pre-k ) Program and the
upper grades. Visit for
information about the application process.
Saint Agnes School Commemorative Magnets,
designed for the 125th anniversary, available at the
School for $10. Proceeds go the 125th Fund.
Memory Book Project: The 125th Committee is
looking for pictures and memorabilia of Saint Agnes
School. If you have relevant items, contact the
Development Office: [email protected]
or 781-641-6627. All items will be returned.
Upcoming Events: Gala Celebration Dinner,
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6-10 PM at the Marriott in
Burlington. Tickets are $85.
Neighborhood Basketball League- For grades 2-5
and 6-8 meets on Saturday mornings. Represent your
school or your neighborhood. Play with your friends in
a fun basketball league. Parent coaches are also
AAU Basketball – Fidelity House will again be
offering Spring AAU Basketball for boys and girls.
Boys teams for grades 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10 and 11 as well as
girls teams for 7th and 8th grade will be offered.
Contact Fidelity House for more information.
Please visit or call 781-6482005 for more information.
Saint Agnes Parish, Arlington, Massachusetts - The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 18-19, 2014
Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up next
week. Catholics in Latin America and the Caribbean face many
challenges, including violence and a lack of both clergy and lay
leadership to witness to the gospel message. Your support shares
the faith with those in need, including the youth of Holy Family
Parish in San Miguel, El Salvador. These young people, at high risk
for violence, often lack an education in values and critical-thinking
skills. To address this need, the parish designed a youth enrichment
program. Funded by the Collection, this program gives the youth an
opportunity to share their faith and break the cycle of violence in
their neighborhoods. Please give generously to next week’s
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance:
Monday, January 20, Arlington Town Hall. Doors
open at 6:45 PM; program begins at 7:30 PM.
Speaker: Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History,
Tufts University.
Music: AHS Jazz Band and
Madrigal Singers.
Free-will offering to benefit
programs that further the goals of Dr. King. Collection
of non-perishable goods for Arlington Food Pantry.
Fiat is a discernment group for women in the
Archdiocese of Boston who are considering a
Vocation to religious life. Our next meeting will be
held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00
PM at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573
Washington Street, Newton. The topic for January
is “There is Something about Mary.” If you are
interested in attending, please respond to Sister
Marian Batho, CSJ, Delegate for Religious,
[email protected] or call 617-746-5637.
Attention All Crafters - Saint Agnes School is
organizing its first-ever Craft Fair for Saturday,
February 8, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM in the School Hall.
Proceeds will benefit Saint Agnes School
Workshop on Visiting the Sick - Starting
Tuesday, March 4 and running for six weeks
(March 4,11,18,25, April 1,8) a workshop on
Pastoral Care to the Sick and Homebound will be
offered at Saint Patrick’s, Stoneham, 6:30-8:30 PM.
Dr. Mary Beth Moran, a certified chaplain from
Winchester Hospital will teach the course. The
workshop will include a review of communication
skills, the basics of pastoral visitation, key illness
issues, spiritual needs and concerns, grief, loss and
dying, and care giving issues. Eucharistic Ministers,
pastoral visitors, Parish nurses and others are
encouraged to attend. The fee is $40. Registration
information is available in the Parish Office or by
calling 717-746-5843.
Pre-registration is
required. Please register by February 25.
Theological Institute for the New Evangelization
at Saint John’s Seminary
Spring classes begin on January 14 at The Institute
with courses on either Tuesday or Thursday
evenings. Course Electives include: Pastoral Care
in the Parish, Marriage and Canon Law, Paul’s
Metaphors and Ours and The Mass: How to Achieve
Full, Active, and Conscious Participation. How will
your new year begin with learning more about the
faith? Come and see all that is happening at The
Classes are held at 149 Washington
Street, Brighton. Visit us online at: or
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
Featuring Trivia by STUMP TRIVIA
Up to 8 people per table…Questions answered as a group…The highest scoring
table wins a Grand Prize.
Tickets can be purchased by individuals, couples and/or groups. Come up with
a fun/interesting/unique TABLE NAME and then tell your friends to put the
TABLE NAME on the form so you can be assigned together! If you don’t have a
full table, don’t worry. We can add people to your table to boost the “brain
Don’t miss out on the fun!
Time: 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm (ish!) at Saint Agnes School
$2 Beer/Wine $3 Mixed Drinks
50-50 Raffle, $5 Card Deck Game, Silent Auction for cool Saint Agnes stuff and the
Hit it Big $5000 special incentive drawing!
Tickets $25.00 per person or $200 for a full table
Game Begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Please return form & payment to:
Maureen Nee, 76 River Saint, Arlington, MA 02474 or return to SASFA Box at Saint Agnes School.
Call for more info: (781) 643-2530. Make checks payable to Saint Agnes School.
Name & Telephone #:
Number of tickets:____________ Amount Enclosed:
I have Saint Agnes students in grades:
Hit it Big - Saint Agnes School has a fundraiser called Hit It Big. Tickets are purchased for $100 and each
Wednesday that school is in session and one lucky winner takes home $500. If you win once, you are still
entered in all remaining drawings. On the last day of school the drawing jackpot is doubled to $1000! Here is
a list of our winners for this year so far: Chrissy and Jamie LeBlanc, Rita Addorisio, Bob Cullinane, Emily
Ramey, Katie and Bobby Griffin, Rachel Lake, Paul and Nicole Wilgren, Justine Lynch, Stephen Pyle,
Edward Gaffey, Marie Claire Coscia and Joan Cantone. Be sure to congratulate them when you see
them. If you would like to get in on the fun, please contact Maureen Nee at 781-643-2530 for details.
Saint Agnes Parish, Arlington, Massachusetts - The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 18-19, 2014
Saint Agnes Parish
51 Medford Street
Arlington, Massachusetts 02474
E-mail address: [email protected]
Facebook: Saint Agnes Parish Arlington, MA
Sacrament of Baptism
Rev. Brian M. Flatley, Pastor
Rev. John J. Graham, Parochial Vicar
Religious Education
Baptisms are held on the first and third
Sunday of the month at 2:00 P.M. You
must attend Baptismal Briefings prior to
having your child baptized.
[email protected]
Joyce Patriacca, Director
Arlington Confirmation Program
Sacrament of Penance
Saturday 3:00-4:00 P.M. and before the
5:15 P.M. Mass and also by appointment.
Please contact the Parish Center.
[email protected]
Nancy Feeman, Director
Saint Agnes School
Sacrament of Marriage
Archdiocesan guidelines require that
couples planning to marry in the Church
make an appointment to see one of the
priests as far in advance as possible prior
to the wedding date.
Robert Penta, Principal
Arlington Catholic High School
Stephen Biagioni, Principal
Saint Agnes Music Ministry
[email protected]
Sacrament of Anointing
of the Sick
Michael Vaughan, Director
Fidelity House
Please call the Parish Office if someone in
your family is gravely ill and in danger of
death and you feel the grace and power of
the Sacrament would be helpful.
Edward Woods, Director
Sunday Masses
4:00 and 5:15 P.M. (Lower Church)
7:00 A.M. (Lower Church)
9:00 A.M., 10:30 A.M., 12:00 Noon (Upper Church)
5:00 P.M. (Lower Church)
Our Family Liturgy is celebrated at 9:00 on Sunday morning.
Monday through Saturday
7:00 A.M. (Lower Church)