Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you give life and care for your Church. Bless these women, as we celebrate this day in their honor. May they be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor and appreciate them with a spirit of profound respect.
May the example of Mary, mother of Jesus, inspire them to live their vocation as Christian mothers and call their children to faith. Guide and protect them in challenging times and help them to continue to trust in you all the days of their life. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The 80th Annual Catholic Appeal has begun and runs through June 30. Since 1942, the Appeal has helped individuals and families in all phases of life. Your support sustains the numerous agencies, programs, and ministries providing food and shelter, educating children and adults, and meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of thousands.
To view this year’s Appeal video featuring Bishop da Cunha, please visit our parish website or go to www.catholicfoundationsema.org/appeal-video/.
Please support the Appeal as generously as you can. You can make a one-time gift, or, a pledge with convenient payments throughout the year. You can give by mail, use a contribution card located in church, or make your gift or pledge online, at: www.givefrdiocese.org/2021.
In observance of the Month of Mary, the Holy Rosary will be recited at St. Mary's Parish, 795 Dartmouth St., outdoors at The Rosary Garden, located on the side entrance of the church (on the Dartmouth Street side).
All are welcome to join, every Sunday, for the Month of May at 2:00 pm, for the recitation. Please meet at The Rosary Garden by 2:00 pm beginning May 2nd, in case of inclement weather, the Holy Rosary will be moved inside the church.
Many Catholics may be asking: will people come back to parishes?
To aid in answering this question, our Office of Faith Formation has developed a Spring series for parishes in the areas of family, youth, and adult evangelization.
The first series is with the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church and will begin on May 12. We invite you to join us for FREE. To register and access other resources, visit bit.ly/evangelize21
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
With the holidays approaching, your donations are greatly needed. Canned goods and other non-perishable food items are needed. The following items are requested:
•Dry Beans (1 lb. bags)
•Macaroni & Cheese
•Pasta & Pasta Sauce
•Rice (1 lb. bags)
Opened boxes or containers or any items past their expiration date will not be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the Parish Center. Please place your donation in the Food Pantry Donation bin.
A collection is not taken during the Mass. There are boxes/slots for collections at each of the doorways of the Church and baskets by the side doors as you leave. You can also mail in or leave a donation at the Parish Office or use e-giving through our website.
The next special collection is: Ascension (Holy Day): Wednesday, May 13th, - for the St. Vincent de Paul's Society
For the National and Diocesan Collections, 5% of our offertory collection will be allocated for the following collections:
•June 5th/6th - "Ecclesiastical Students" Clergy Education
•June 26th/27th - Latin America
Thank you for your spiritual and financial commitment to our parish. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Two Masses will be held for this Holy Day.
•Evening Vigil, Wednesday, May, 12th, at 5:30pm (followed by Adoration)
•Daily Mass, May 13th, at 8am
A special collection will be taken on this Holy Day for St. Vincent de Paul's Society.
As you are aware, even during the restrictions of the past year due to COVID, Parish life didn’t pause. Many new initiatives were started and as we move forward help is needed to continue these initiatives and to better accommodate the increasing number of people returning to Mass.
You are invited to prayerfully reflect on participating in the following ministries in our Parish:
a. Greeters (The St. Mary’s Greeter ministry is generally the first interaction newcomers or visitors to the parish encounter. The number one reason newcomers come back to church is hospitality. Duties are simple: Greet people who walk into the Church; wish those leaving at the end of mass a great week ahead.)
b. Online Hosts (Provide hospitality to those joining in for the celebration of Mass through the livestream.)
c. RCIA Team (Accompany those adults seeking Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.)
d. New Movers (Writing notes of welcome to those who have recently moved into the area.)
e. St. Mary’s Gardeners (Care of the flower beds around the Church and Parish Center.)
Information on these and other opportunities may be found at:
Social Concerns Ministry is happy to inform the wonderful St Mary's Parish. family that, through the generosity of so many, we are currently able to offer 36 New Bedford elementary school students a free week of day camp at the Kennedy Day Program at Fort Taber.
After last summer's shutdown and a trying year at school, we're excited to provide this vacation opportunity to so many children. We wouldn't be able to do this without your continued and compassionate support. We thank each and every one of you!
Weekly Offertory. 86,526
Special Collections 2,382*
Gifts& Bequests 4,530
Church Other 116,847***
(interest, Rent, Fees,
Holy Days, stipends, etc.)
Total Revenue 220,885
Church Other 16, 531
(liturgy, St. Vincent
School Subsidy 2,400
Religious Education 10,239
Operation & Maintenance 20,953
Fixed Charges 13,738
Parish Center 5,183
Total Expenses 121,328
*: Funds received for Parking Lot and winter clean up
**: Monthly contributions towards annual pledges
***: We qualified and received a 2nd PPP Loan
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requests that we share this information with you. You should not attend Mass or any activity in the Parish if any of the following are true:
· Member or worker is experiencing any symptoms such as fever (100.0 and above)or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose/congestion, new loss of taste or smell, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
•Member or worker has had “close contact” with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. “Close contact” means living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic.
•Member or worker has been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by their doctor or a local public health official.
Persons who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay
Prayer Line: If you would like to have someone prayed for please either call the Parish Office at 508-992-7505, submit the prayer request on our website, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org