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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A Vibrant Catholic Community Since 1912


October 17, 2017

Saint of the Day

Saint Hilarion’s Story

October 21

Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his deepest desire. People were naturally drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual wisdom and peace. He had reached such fame by the time of his death that his body had to be secretly removed so that a shrine would not be built in his honor. Instead, he was buried in his home village.

Saint Hilarion the Great, as he is sometimes called, was born in Palestine. After his conversion to Christianity, he spent some time with Saint Anthony of Egypt, another holy man drawn to solitude. Hilarion lived a life of hardship and simplicity in the desert, where he also experienced spiritual dryness that included temptations to despair. At the same time, miracles were attributed to him.

As his fame grew, a small group of disciples wanted to follow Hilarion. He began a series of journeys to find a place where he could live away from the world. He finally settled on Cyprus, where he died in 371 at about age 80.

Hilarion is celebrated as the founder of monasticism in Palestine. Much of his fame flows from the biography of him written by Saint Jerome.


Reflection

We can learn the value of solitude from Saint Hilarion. Unlike loneliness, solitude is a positive condition in which we are alone with God. In today’s busy and noisy world, we could all use a little solitude.

15th Annual Celebrate the Art of Giving

On Friday, November 17th at the Kirkbrae Country Club the principal fundraiser benefiting Saint Edward Food & Wellness will be held from 6 PM to 9:30 PM with cocktail’s and dinner. There will silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 per person. We are in need of auction items and restaurant gift cards. Please call Sande Doucette at 440- 3744 for more information.

April 1, 2017

Post 10AM Mass Gathering

Beginning this weekend all 10AM Mass attendees at Presentation Church are invited downstairs for coffee an’ sponsored by the Holy Name Society of our three parishes. We are grateful for their weekly commitment and hope you will continue fellowship after Mass.

February 3, 2017

Stewardship

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

October 14h & October 15th, 2017

Budgets $3,987.00 from 209 envelopes

Includes Mail ins of $267.00

Donations for the Poor: $375.00

Saint Edward Food and Wellness Center

The Saint Edwards Food and Wellness Center is in need of health and beauty aides. If you can donate, please bring them to Mass. Thank you for your continued and kind support.

January 26, 2017

Holiday Bazaar November 11th-12th, 2017

Plans are underway for the 27th Annual Holiday Bazaar to benefit our Religious Education and Youth Ministry Pro-grams. As in the past this event is a tri-parish effort to bring people together. Donations of hand-crafted items, gift baskets and Christmas items are needed. We are in need of volunteers to help before, and during the bazaar. If you can assist please contact Maryann Pallotta at 353-5215.

CRAFTS

Several of our parishioners are making crafts at home for our Holiday Bazaar. If you are talented in this area and are willing to donate some of your creations to our craft table, please contact the Rel. Ed. Office, 353-5215.

MRS CLAUS’ ATTIC / FLEA MARKET DONATIONS NEEDED

We will be accepting items for the upcoming Holiday Bazaar. Christmas and /or holiday items, giftware, glass items, linens, table top Christmas trees only. We are not accepting cloths, shoes, handbags, appliances, televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, furniture, stuffed animals, pillows, bedding, full size Christmas trees, cribs, car seats, or baby walkers. Items can be dropped off at the rear of the Saint Anthony Parish Center. For more information please call Susan at 232 -5713 or Maryann at 353-5215.

BAKERS NEEDED

We are in need of sweet treats and baked goods for the Sweet Booth at the Holiday Bazaar. Donations of baked goods may be brought to the Bazaar Saturday morning or Sunday morning. If you would like to donate an item or volunteer at the Sweet Booth, please call Ann Amaral at 263- 4203.

PARISH FAMILY BREAKFAST

Our annual breakfast will take place on Sunday November 12th, from 8am-11am. Santa arrives at 9:30am! Tickets will be on sale after all Masses on Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th.

KIDDIE KORNER CRAFTS

Fun activities for the younger children of the parent who visit the Annual Holiday Bazaar. There will be coloring and games for children of all ages. The booth will be staffed by the members of the Compass Program. Look forward to seeing you!!!!!!

Choir Season Begins

Choir rehearsals will commence on Thursday, November 9th at 7pm at the Church of the Presentation. We encourage all members of the choir and all those interested in joining to attend this rehearsal as we begin our preparation for the new choir season.