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Welcome to St. Dorothy and St. Thomas Churches!

Join us in the celebration of Word and Sacrament as we continue to grow in our Catholic faith and flourish as a community. We welcome all to join us as we seek to follow Christ, to come alive in His Spirit, and to share His love with one another.

Parish Office: 11 Harnden St., Wilmington 978-658-4665
Faith Formation Office: 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington 978-658-6040 

We are encouraging ALL parishioners and visitors to our parish buildings, and offices, to wear masks when attending daily Masses, Communion Services, and weekend Masses, as well as attendance at other parish events. We will have a supply of masks available at both churches for those who might forget to bring one.  We hope you'll support our emphasis on masks as one that makes the most pastoral and practical sense for this faith community. Should you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to reach me directly at 508-344-4387.  BLESSINGS! Tom Griffin, Pastoral Associate        

Many parishes have the traditional blessing of animals on or around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi because of his love and concern for all of God’s creations.  We continue this tradition at the Parish of the Transfiguration.  We invite all of our parishioners, neighbors and friends to join us in front of the Blessed Mother, on the grassy side of St. Thomas Church, at 1:00pm for this wonderful celebration.  We will have prayer, music, scripture and the blessing of animals.  All pets are welcome.  Be creative.  There’s room for all.

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We would like to remind families that our Faith Formation classes will be starting on Sunday October 3rd.  Please contact the office at 978-658-6040 with any questions or if you have not registered your child.  We are looking forward to the upcoming year.

NEW WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE                                Saturday  4:00 PM @   St. Dorothy Church                 Sunday     8:00 AM @   St. Thomas Church                    Sunday    10:00 AM @ St. Dorothy Church                Sunday     12:00PM @ St. Thomas Church

A NOTE FROM FR. COYNE

Friends,

We know that a lot of Catholics choose not to celebrate their faith at Church, and we know they have that right.  Many of those who are not at Church are absent because their faith was not nurtured or nourished within their families.  There are others who have consciously detached or divorced themselves from the institutional Church and have very legitimate reasons.  I respect their decisions, but we have lost many wonderful parishioners who also take with them their gifts, creativity, talents, life experience and financial support.  We miss them and are incomplete without their presence.  Obviously, there are others who are physically unable to be present and miss the Eucharist who are faithful parishioners and continue to support their parish in many ways.  Before the pandemic, we were told that in the United States only 17% of our parishioners were coming to Church regularly.

So why do those of us who choose to celebrate our faith weekly continue to come to Church?  I gave this a lot of thought and have come to the following conclusions.  You may agree or disagree.  There may be other reasons beyond my list.  These are not in order of priority.  I list them as they come to mind.  Many who are spiritual individuals also have a need to celebrate their faith with others who believe as they do; our belief in the Eucharist as the body and blood of Christ brings us to the table to be fed; a sense of belonging to a community where we feel welcomed and recognized; the Scriptures (Word of God) challenge and remind us of our responsibilities to others; we need to be reminded that our faith is not meant to be stagnant but must continue to evolve and -mature as we do; celebrating our faith in community can make us feel good about ourselves; for some it is the need to have quiet time where they can recognize God’s presence and pray quietly; some continue to come to Church because it is a way of respecting those who shared the faith with them; if we come to Church by choice we are listening to the homily hoping it gives us support and affirmation as we make our life decision; we have made friends at Church and look forward to seeing them; those involved in various ministries, e.g., music, altar servers, lectors, ushers, eucharistic ministers and sacristans want to lead by example; people come to pray in thanksgiving for blessings and seek support during difficult times; we come to remember our deceased loved ones; we want to support our parish not only physically but financially as well; some come out of habit; we do not necessarily celebrate at our parish anymore, many seek out a parish where the message they hear resonates with their life; the liturgical music uplifts our body, mind and spirit; and some even come because they like the priest!!!

Fr. Coyne

 

 

 

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CATHOLIC TV DAILY AND SUNDAY MASS

Cardinal Seán encourages Catholics to participate in the daily and Sunday Masses broadcast from the CatholicTV chapel.

  • Daily Mass airs live at 9:30am and is rebroadcast at 7pm and 11:30pm.
  • Sunday Masses air throughout the day at 10am, 4pm, 7pm, and 11:30pm.
  • The Sunday Spanish Mass airs live at 8am and is rebroadcast at 5:30pm and 10pm.

Viewers can watch these Masses on demand at any time at www.WatchtheMass.com. For more information about CatholicTV and where you can watch it, visit http://www.catholictv.org/.

 

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