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Blizzard Update
(Posted Monday, January 26)

The Lynn Catholic Collaborative of St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart will have the following closings/cancellations for:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27:
--Both masses are cancelled (8:15am and 12:05pm)
--Collaborative Office will be closed
--Meetings are cancelled, including ECCO, Reflections for Sunday Readings and Cub Scouts

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28:
--Mass is cancelled (7:00pm)
--Collaborative Office will be closed
--Food Pantry will be closed
--Meetings are cancelled, including Boy Scouts
--Women’s Retreat cancelled (this will be rescheduled for the Spring, more info in future bulletin)

Please note that any news alerts will be posted here on our facebook page and on our main office phone line at 781-598-4907. Please stay safe during this Blizzard. God bless!
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This evening, Wednesday, January 7, is our evening for formation for adults. This will be a time when Fr. Brian and Fr. Cloherty will help us to reflect on and better enter into the season of Ordinary Time. We invite and encourage all adults in the collaborative to attend, especially those who serve during the Mass and in the parishes. We will be at Sacred Heart Church from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Mass will be from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. We hope to see you this evening!
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From the desk of our Pastoral Associate Fran Taylor:

BEING FAMILY

What does it take to be “Family?” For me, it means love, forgiveness, compassion, courage and sacrifice. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. We see Mary and Joseph bringing the baby Jesus to the temple to complete the purification rites according to the law of Moses. They are greeted there by Simeon, who realizes that he is in the presence of the promised Messiah, and by Anna, who has spent many years worshipping in the temple and also seems to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. What must Mary have thought when Simeon told her that a “sword would pierce her heart” even as this child was to do great things? As a mother, I am sure that every parent’s heart is pierced by a sword at some time or another. I am equally sure that every adult and child’s heart will at some time also be pierced by a sword because that is the price of love. The broader our definition of family, the more we are called to be open to suffering. We have our nuclear family, our extended family, our friends, our neighborhoods, our parish, our community and also the all-inclusive family of God. Our hearts break when we hear of tragedies even when we don’t know the people involved. We work to end violence and discrimination even when we are not the victims. The poet John Donne said it well in his poem, “No Man Is An Island.” We are all connected to each other. When Mary said, “Yes,” to the angel and Joseph welcomed Mary and the child yet to be born into his home, they both knew at some level that there would be sacrifices to make. This did not stop them from accepting what was to come. Let us all pray for our families in a special way today – living and dead, far and near, known and unknown to us, because God has called all families to be “Holy.”

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Here is our New Year's Mass Schedule for today and tomorrow:

Wednesday, December 31
4:00pm St. Mary’s Church
7:00pm Sacred Heart Church

Thursday, January 1
10:00am Sacred Heart Church
11:30am St. Mary’s Church
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Our seminarian Anthony Cusack will be ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, January 10, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. This is a very important day in the life a man in his preparation for the priest-hood and we as parishioners are blessed to have helped play a role in Anthony's formation.

So that we may celebrate with him, we are making plans to have a bus bring us to the Cathedral on that day. If you are interested in attending this beautiful ceremony, please contact the Collaborative Office at 781-598-4907 so that we may plan accordingly. The bus will leave from St. Mary’s Church at 8:45am and return no later than 1:30pm.

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Lynn Catholic Collaborative presents a double feature movie at 1:30pm tomorrow, Sunday, December 28, at St. Mary's School, 35 Tremont Street, Lynn, in the O'Brien Lecture Hall. We hope that you will join us to rest and relax as a community! Join us as we celebrate Christmas! Popcorn and juice will be provided. Parents are asked to stay and enjoy the movie with their children and the children that they brought with them.
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Please share our New Year's Eve/Day Mass Schedule for Lynn Catholic Collaborative of St. Mary's and Sacred Heart with friends and family. Start your New Year with God... and us!
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If you were traveling on Christmas Day, please visit our Bulletin Page below to view our Christmas Memories handout, which included stories from Fr. Brian, Rebecca Bourque, Fr. Tamiru, and Anthony our seminarian. Wishing you a Merry Christmas season!
http://www.lynncatholic.org/documents/collection/bulletin
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