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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 as a faith 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

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT PHISHING EMAILS ARE BEING SENT WHICH ARE NOT FROM THE PARISH.  IF YOU RECEIVE AND EMAIL FROM REV WALTER CARREIRO PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IT IS A SCAM!!!!  NONE OF OUR PRIESTS OR STAFF WILL EVER SEND AN EMAIL SAYING THEY NEED YOUR HELP OR SOMETHING SIMILAR.  PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS TYPE OF EMAIL!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 4:00PM MASS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2022, WILL BE HELD AT ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA CHURCH.  CONFESSIONS ALSO WILL BE AT ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA CHURCH FROM 3:15-3:45PM.  THIS IS ONLY FOR DECEMBER 3 AS THE FESTIVAL OF TREES WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT ST DOROTHY CHURCH

THE MASSES FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION, WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 7:00PM AT ST. THOMAS CHURCH AND THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, AT 9:00AM AT ST. DOROTHY CHURCH

ADVENT CONCERT 
The  Choir will be holding  a Concert on Sunday  December 18th iat 3pm n St. Thomas Church

MASS SCHEDULE                                                                                               St. Thomas Church, Sunday 8 AM & Noon / St. Dorothy Church, Saturday 4 PM & Sunday 10 AM        Weekday Masses
Monday - Friday, 9 AM St. Dorothy Church                                                                        .

There will be a CHRISTMAS DINNER FOOD DRIVE at all Masses on the weekend of December 10 and 11.  Please click here to see what is needed.  

The Parish is once again having Giving Trees at both of our churches.  Please select a wish or two to fulfill needs for children and adults in need this Christmas.  All gift wishes should be returned unwrapped with the gift wish tag attached no later than Sunday, December 11, to either church.  If you would like to fulfill a wish but would prefer not to do any shopping, you may bring a monetary donation to the Parish Offices or place your donation in the offertory marked "Giving Tree" on in the Giving Tree donation box which will be staffed by volunteers at both churches on December 10 & 11.  Wll wishes will be distributed to individuals in need within our parish as well as individuals being assisted by Catholic Charities, My Brother's Table and Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center.  Thank you very much for helping us to help those in need.

A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR

Greetings,

I received the message below a few weeks ago and, as with other things, put it on my desk and it got lost under other mail. I apologize for the delay. I know that this time of year many requests are received for donations and help. I know that you will do what you can especially with this appeal to help Moms in need, so they are able to bring their babies to term.

Emergency Appeal–Walking with Moms in Need
            The Catholic Bishops Conference (USCCB) has asked that Catholic parishes and communities “walk in the shoes” of local pregnant and parenting women in need.  The first way they recommend is that we support local pregnancy centers.
            Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center in Burlington is our local Catholic pregnancy center.  Heartbeat donors and all-volunteer staff assisted the needy north of Boston families of 675 babies born last year and over 485 born so far this year, along with continuing to assist hundreds of families of babies born in earlier years.
            Heartbeat provides car seats, strollers, pack and pays for baby beds, baby’s and children’s clothing, diapers, and other needed items to needy families.  Some clothing and other items are donated, but most must be purchased.  Over 96% of the funds spent during 2021 went to the needs of the families.  Though purchased frugally, assisting 50-70 babies per month is costly, especially with the growing cost of all items and the increase in moms and children served each month, partly due to many needy immigrant families seeking a better way of life or protection from dangerous situations in their home countries.
            Heartbeat’s funds are depleted!  We need your help to continue to Walk with Moms in Need!  Donations may be sent to Heartbeat P.O. Box 153 Burlington, MA  01803 or donated online through our website at pregnancyma.com/donors/.  Learn about Heartbeat from our first online newsletter by clicking on Heartbeat Herald on our donor page.

I am planning a Parish trip to Portugal for the Spring of 2023. The trip will depart Boston on TAP airlines on May 17th and will return from Lisbon on May 27th. After landing in Lisbon, we leave for Fatima where we will stay for 2 evenings and participate in the candlelight procession, and I will celebrate Mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions. From there we depart for 3 nights in Porto, the city of Port wine. In Porto we will travel by boat up the Douro river, lined by the famous vineyards that provide the grapes for the wine. We will pass through 3-4 locks up river and have lunch on the boat. Upon arriving in Regua we will transfer to train (and possibly a nap) for the return to Porto arriving in the station whose walls are covered with the famous Portuguese “azulejos,” or tiles depicting different scenes of life. Of course, there will be an opportunity to visit a winery to sample the different Port wines. In Porto we will visit various locations in the north of Portugal. From there we return to Lisbon (on the Tagus River) for 4 nights for sightseeing, visiting the coast city of Cascais, the Pena palace in Sintra, Belem for the Monastery of St. Jerome, where Vasco da Gama is buried, and visit a café to have a taste of the Pasteis de Belem, a sweet delicacy. We tried to keep the price down but with increases everywhere it will be $4450. 30% of the total is due by December 16th, 2022, with final payment due by February 6, 2023.

Peace & Blessings,
Fr. Walter Carreiro

Our Grand Annual Letter for 2022 was mailed in early October.  If you did not received one it means you are not a registered member of the parish.  Please use the home tab above to become a registered member.  To read our Grand Annual letter please click here.


2022 Catholic Appeal: Helping Parishes Do What They Do Best Your support of the Catholic Appeal provides ongoing and wide-ranging operational support and assistance to our parishes as they do what they do best: carry out Christ’s mission to help those most in need. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CATHOLIC APPEAL VIDEO INFORMATION ABOUT THE CATHOLIC APPEAL 2022 HERE 

Faith Formation Registration is now open for 2022-2023. You can find the registration form/link on our website: parishofthetransfiguration.org, click the Faith formation tab. We also offer an adaptive faith formation class for students that need more assistance in the classroom. We also offer a heritage faith formation session class for students that have missed 1 or more years of faith formation and would like to return. If you have any question please email jeaniep@parishofthetransfiguration.org or call 978-658-6040. You can also register here: https://boston.parishsoftfamilysuite.com/Secure/Member/Home/Home.aspx

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Forgive us for the war, Lord. Lord Jesus, son of God, have mercy on us sinners. Lord Jesus, born under the bombs of Kyiv, have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, dead in the arms of a mother in Kharkiv, have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, in the 20-year-olds sent to the frontline, have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, who continues to see hands armed with weapons under the shadow of the cross, forgive us, Lord. Forgive us if, not content with the nails with which we pierced your hand, we continue to drink from the blood of the dead torn apart by weapons. Forgive us if these hands that you had created to protect have been turned into instruments of death. Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother. Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother, if we continue like Cain to take the stones from our field to kill Abel. Forgive us if we go out of our way to justify cruelty, if, in our pain, we legitimize the cruelty of our actions. Forgive us the war, Lord. Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, we implore you to stop the hand of Cain, enlighten our conscience, let not our will be done, do not abandon us to our own doing. Stop us, Lord, stop us, and when you have stopped the hand of Cain, take care of him also. He is our brother. O Lord, stop the violence. Stop us, Lord. Amen.          Pope Francis

 

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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