Today I had one of those experiences, you know the kind that just jump out at you, smile and say, “Here I am!” Well, this one had the audacity to pop into my mind as we were gathering for our Tuesday prayer service. I had gone up to the meditation room ten minutes before noon, our usual time, so I could have some quiet time with the Lord before everyone else came up.
As the folks were starting to gather, I noticed that someone was moving chairs around in anticipation of the number of people who would be coming. I got up from my usual spot, and moved to a chair to my right so there would be enough chairs for everyone. As I sat there, I started to perceive that we would need even more chairs, and then it dawned on me that we had grown. Our numbers had increased without me realizing it. We went from four chairs to six chairs, and now we needed eight. “Wow,” I thought, “how and when did this happen?”
I have been so busy recently that I hadn’t fully realized the growth of the ministry over the last year. We have added two management people and are currently working on a third. We also have had volunteers coming to join us in prayer. There you have it, from four to eight, and I didn’t have a clue about the impact it would have on our prayer meeting.
As a result of this experience, I have decided to take a risk and extend to you an invitation to come and join us in prayer. We start at noon, every Tuesday. The type of service varies. Sometimes it is the Rosary, or the Divine Office, or the Divine Chaplet coupled to a communion service with a short reflection by our own Deacon Tony Fiore. We would love to share our time with you in prayer. Just show up, and we will welcome you with joy!
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You are invited to attended the Annual Trash Bag Party!!!!
Saturday, November 23, 2018
From 12 noon until 5 pm
Festivities take place at:
242 Canterbury St.
Worcester MA 01603
Lots of snacks and beverages! RSVP appreciated!
Come on down and do a good deed before the holiday season overruns your good intentions!
You’re having a what?
You’re having a what?…
So you are probably asking yourself “what in the world is a trash bag party?”
Here’s how it works:
Each family that signs up for the program are given an identifying number and each child within that family is given a letter. Each child usually receives 2-3 gifts. As the gifts are sorted, they are placed in drawstring trash bags that have a label with the recipients’ number/letter printed on it. And that’s where you come in.
Of course buying the trash bags is the easy part. Each bag has to be removed from the box and have a label applied to it. The bags are bundled in groups of 100, tied together and piled. At the end of the night the bags will be picked up by the Christmas Giving Program.
Last year we were asked to provide more than 3000 trash bags for labeling. Please consider stopping by for an hour or two to help out. It’s not difficult, the space will be full of interesting people to talk with, and we try to keep things lively to make the time fly by.
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Once again the Urban Missionaries of our Lady of hope will celebrate another year of blessings received and works of charity accomplished by the Grace of God.
We will gather on October 20, 2018 at Saint Joan of Arc Parish, 570 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA, in the ARC at 6:00 p.m. for the celebration of a Mass of Thanksgiving for all of the blessings given to us this year.
A short program will follow and a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available. We hope to see you there.
This is an R.S.V.P. event. You can make your reservations by telephoning us at 508-831-7455 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of hope, 242 canterbury Street, Worcester MA 01603. The cost is $25.00 per person and $5.00 for those 16 or under. Payment may be made at the door, but please let us know you’re coming.
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