Week ending February 21, 2016: 5, 144
HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
Dec. 8, 2015—Nov. 20, 2016
“It is a favorable time to heal wounds, a time to offer
everyone the day of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.” ~ Pope Francis
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
To Feed the Hungry
To Give Drink to the Thirsty
To Clothe the Naked
To Shelter the Homeless
To Care for the Sick
To Visit the Imprisoned
To Bury the Dead
SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
To Convert Sinners
To Instruct the Ignorant
To Advise the Doubtful
To Comfort the Sorrowful
To Bear Wrongs Patiently
To Forgive Injuries
To Pray for the Living and Dead
“A Time to Heal, to Help, to Forgive.”
Lee Scaccia, a member of the Holy Name Society, and volunteer cook for Generations of Faith’s breakfast, is asking for help on Sunday, Feb. 28.,from 8:00am-11:00am.
Your help is needed for set-up, small food prep, serving, and clean-up after the break-fast.
Please contact Lee Scaccia if you can help.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2016
FEAST OF ST. MARK CELEBRATION
MASS at 4:00pm, followed by DINNER &
ENTERTAINMENT in the Parish Center
Proceeds to benefit the charities of St. Mark’s.
More details to follow.
We are making connections AND we are making an impact in the community- you too can be a part of this initiative, you can make a difference!! We are anticipating our next training round for volunteers in March.
Volunteers are being recruited for the Family Promise Mentoring Program to provide advocacy for individuals or families in need of support to become more self-reliant. Assistance for participants includes identifying goals, stable housing, managing budgets with limited resources, and connecting to community resources.
The program is actively enlisting the help of volunteers to become mentors for families with varied dynamics – one or two-parent households, with one or more children. Mentors will receive training and ongoing support to fulfill their role with a willing family. A commitment of one to two hours each week is requested. The program is offered in partnership with Berkshire Housing Development Corporation and the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority. If you think you can be a positive influence and make a difference for a local family, contact program coordinator Ida Patella at (413)344-4803.
Ida M. Patella
Family Mentor Coordinator
Berkshire Housing Development Corp.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tel. (413) 499-1630 ext 103
Fax (413) 445-7633
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH in the Parish Center
Beginning at 9am with breakfast at 9:40am, finishing with Mass at 11:00am.
There will also be Mass in the Church at 9:00am
No African Mass that day.
The Wideness of God’s Mercy
A Pastoral Letter Reflecting on Evangelization
By Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield
Do you believe in a God who loves you? Do you believe in a God who forgives? Are you able to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt you? Are you able to ask forgiveness from them? Pope Francis has been teaching us, through his example, that God looks beyond our faults and failings and loves us just as we are. Can we trust in that love?
“You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing that you have made. You overlook people’s sins, to bring them to repentance, and you spare them, for you are the Lord our God” (Wisdom 11:24, 25, 27)
Read Bishop Rozanski’s complete letter
It will also be published in this month’s CATHOLIC MIRROR
Boy Scout Troop 8
4th ANNUAL PIZZA PLAY-OFF
(Friendly competition between Pittsfield pizzerias)
St. Charles Church Hall
89 Briggs Ave., Pittsfield
Saturday, March 5th, 5:00-7:00pm
Tickets sold in advance and at the door will sell for $8 Adults, $6 seniors and kids under 12 yrs.