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


November 12, 2017

Saint of the Day

Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro’s Story

November 23

“¡Viva Cristo Rey!”–Long live Christ the King!–were the last words Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock.

Born into a prosperous, devout family in Guadalupe de Zacatecas, Mexico, Miguel entered the Jesuits in 1911, but three years later fled to Granada, Spain, because of religious persecution in Mexico. He was ordained in Belgium in 1925.

Father Pro immediately returned to Mexico, where he served a Church forced to go “underground.” He celebrated the Eucharist clandestinely and ministered the other sacraments to small groups of Catholics.

He and his brother Roberto were arrested on trumped-up charges of attempting to assassinate Mexico’s president. Roberto was spared, but Miguel was sentenced to face a firing squad on November 23, 1927. His funeral became a public demonstration of faith. Miguel Pro was beatified in 1988.


Reflection

When Fr. Miguel Pro was executed in 1927, no one could have predicted that 52 years later the bishop of Rome would visit Mexico, be welcomed by its president, and celebrate open-air Masses before thousands of people. Pope John Paul II made additional trips to Mexico in 1990, 1993, 1999, and 2002. Those who outlawed the Catholic Church in Mexico did not count on the deeply rooted faith of its people, and the willingness of many of them, like Miguel Pro, to die as martyrs.

October 17, 2017

Concert with Krishan Oberoi Directing the Stonehill Collegiate Chorale

The Stonehill Collegiate Chorale is a group of 30 Stonehill students, faculty, staff, and community, under the direction of Krishan Oberoi, former Director of Music at Saint Anthony Church (1999-2007). This December, the Chorale will present an eclectic performance of choral music with the theme “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.” Music for the concert features Mozart’s “Litaniae Lauretanae” for choir, soloists and instrumentalists, plus newer music: everything from a South African folksong to a Dolly Parton Classic. This performance takes place on Saturday December 9th at 7PM at Saint Anthony Church. Please bring an unwrapped new toy for the children of our community.

April 1, 2017

2018 Mass Books Opened November 1st

Intentions may be scheduled after this date by visiting or calling the rectory between the hours of 9am – 4pm.

The criteria:

1. Three different individuals will be allowed to reserve an intention at each of the weekend Masses

2. When scheduling mass, two individuals names or two family last names will be accepted. (I.E. John and Mary Jones or the Jones and Smith Family).

3. A $10.00 offering will be accepted for each of the intentions and is due when the mass is reserved. (When mailing checks, please include the date and time of mass.)

4. One family member from each family will bring of the gifts during the offertory, if they so choose.

February 3, 2017

Stewardship

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 11th & November 12th, 2017

Budgets $3,763.50 from 212 envelopes

Includes Mail ins of $352.00

Donations for the Poor: $276.00

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Annual Collection Update

Donations as of November 23, 2017:

$10,775.00

Contributions may be placed in the weekly collection basket in a separate envelope labeled “Annual Collection”. Or it may be mailed to the parish office. All donations received by December 31st will be included in the 2017 tax letter.

January 26, 2017

Thanksgiving Meal Prayer

God most provident,

we join all creation

in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving

through Jesus Christ, your son.

For generation upon generation

peoples of this land have sung of your bounty;

we too offer you praise

for the rich harvest we have received at your hands.

Bless us and this food which we share with grateful hearts.

Continue to make our land fruitful

and let our love for you be seen

in our pursuit of peace and justice

and in our generous response to those in need.

Praise and glory to you, Lord God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Holy Name Society Toy Drive

The Holy Name Society will hold its annual toy drive from November 25 – December 17. Please donate a new unwrapped toy and make a needy child happy this Christmas. All toys can be placed in the decorated boxes at the entrances of St. Anthony Church and the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thank you for your support.