Lancaster, Ma

Diocese of Worcester

 

Immaculate Conception Parish

 

 

 
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The Church was built as a Mission in 1873. 

The parish was established in 1915.

 

Today the Immaculate Conception parish is home

to Roman Catholics in the Lancaster Massachusetts area.


ANNOUNCEMENTS...


 

WELCOME! If you are new to our community, we hope you have felt welcome. If you are a visitor - we're glad you joined us! If you wish to become a member of our parish family, simply fill out the blue form available at the side entrances of the church and present the form and introduce yourself to Fr. Tom.  Additional information will be provided at that time.


 

THE PARTNERS IN CHARITY APPEAL is now in progress. Our parish goal this year is $40,000.00.  As of Monday Noon, our parishioners have donated $16,425.00.  All are encouraged to use a pledge donation over a 10 month period. Pledges made over time consistently enable people to provide a more generous total donation. Please consider the pledge donation this year. Donations can be made via the offertory collection, by mail, or by
visiting
www.Partners-Charity.net where your gift will be credited to our parish and where a special search tool for "Matching Gifts" has been imbedded into the website for donors to see if their employer will match their gifts. If your company will match your gift, the appropriate form and regulations can be downloaded by the donor immediately. It is important that
the donor gets the appropriate form to our parish at the same time of the gift. May our parish continue to support the works of this worthy appeal.


 

LENTEN WEEKDAY LITURGY SCHEDULE is as follows: Mondays at 5:30 PM, Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, and Wednesdays at 9:00 AM. On Fridays, the Stations of the Cross reflections will be held at 7:00 PM. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available starting at 6:30 PM on Tuesdays before Mass. Please phone the rectory at (978) 365-6582, during inclement weather.

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday, April 17th, 7:00 PM

Good Friday, April 18th, Stations of the Cross 3:00 PM &

Good Friday, April 18th, Veneration of the Cross 7:00 PM

           Easter Vigil Service of Light and Mass, Saturday, April 19th, 7:30 PM

                  Easter Sunday, April 20th, Masses: 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

 

REPRINTED FROM DIOCESAN GUIDELINES: Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics fourteen (14) years of age and older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. Fasting ...is to be observed by all Catholics who are eighteen (18) years of age but not yet fifty-nine (59) years of age on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed Lenten penitential practices.


 

ON MONDAYS the Rosary is said at 5:00 PM; Marian Novena at 5:15 PM; followed by Mass at 5:30 PM.


 

 Did you know our state has a Pro Life license plate? 

 

Register for Your Choose Life License Plate - The Choose Life license plate has arrived at local RMV branches!  This plate benefits pregnancy crisis centers, adoption resource facilities, and baby "safe havens." Won't you help? Register for your own Choose Life License Plate and then tell your friends, your relatives, your co-workers to do the same.  This plate has been on the road since July 2010.

 

When you register for the plate, you pay $40 more than your regular registration fee. $12 goes to pay for the plate and $28 goes to Choose Life, Inc. which will distribute it to the centers. Visit website www.MaChoose-Life.org for more info.

 

Order online here: https://secure.rmv.state.ma.us/SpecialPlates/intro.aspx

 

We need your continued support - please join!

 

If you have any questions, you can email Merry@MaChoose-Life.org or call (781) 224-0404. You can also contact Deacon Bob or Irene Connor from our parish at (978) 840-1117 or rsconnor@hotmail.com, Choose Life, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES HOMECARE PROGRAM is looking for Aides to care for elders, in surrounding towns. Duties include light housekeeping, laundry and shopping. Paid training, mileage reimbursement and a schedule to meet your needs. Please phone Catholic Charities Homecare Program at 1-800-649-4364.



DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS about Long Term Care Options for yourself or a loved one? Options Counseling is a free service that assists people in making informed choices about long term care services, resources and supports. A goal of Options Counseling is to assist individuals to remain in the community, safely and independently. Who is eligible? People of any age who have a disability; People age 60 and over; Caregivers and family members. An Options Counselor will work with you to: Explain long term care services; Provide unbiased information and decision support; Connect you to resources, supports and services. An Options Counselor can meet with you in the setting of your choice in your own home, at an agency, hospital, rehabilitation or nursing facility, or over the phone. To speak to an Options Counselor, phone Montachusett Home Care at (978) 537-7411 or Frank Mitchell at (978) 365-9268.


 

PLEASE INFORM the rectory office if you should move to a new location, change your P.O. Box #, or if traveling for an extended period. This is most helpful to the office and we in turn will inform the Lord, wherever you are


 

F.Y.I.- To arrange an announced Mass, please call Eileen at the rectory office at (978) 365-6582, as the Mass calendar is on her desk.


 

ON MONDAYS the Rosary is said at 5:00 PM; Marian Novena at 5:15 PM


 

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you have some time available each week that you could give in a constructive, meaningful way? If so, than perhaps you would make a good volunteer for Allegiance Hospice. Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in Central Mass Area for a minimum of 1 hour a week. Volunteers are formally trained and are a valued part of the interdisciplinary team in serving patients at end of life. If you are interested, please call Lisa Trudell at (877) 255-4623.


 

THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE to artificial methods of birth control and IVF. Learn about FertilityCare, the new reproductive science that is 99% effective to avoid pregnancy, highly effective to achieve pregnancy and offers couples who are experiencing infertility hope to achieve their dream of pregnancy without artificial reproductive technologies. This is accomplished while following the teachings of the Church. To learn more about the program, contact Barbara Meier, RN, FCPI at (609) 457-0108 or fertilitycare@ymail.com


 

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING

Discover what every couple needs to know, and what every woman has a right to know. The Creighton Model Fertility Care System helps married couples mutually value, respect and understand their combined fertility by promoting shared responsibility and marital bonding. This natural system for planning and avoiding pregnancy, views children as gifts and empowers women to manage PMS, Menopause, Infertility, and other health problems. For more information or to sign up for a free introductory session, phone Barbara Meier, RN, FCPI at the Fallon Clinic in Fitchburg at (978) 343-2775 or (609) 457-0108. Please obtain more information which is available at the church entrances.


As A REMINDER, our parish follows the guidelines of the national Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People approved by the US Bishops and the policies of the Diocese of Worcester in screening those who work with children in our care and in helping victims of abuse find healing. If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a Church employee or volunteer in the past, please contact Frances Nugent, Victim Services Coordinator for our diocese at (508) 929-4363 (direct line & confidential voicemail). If you are concerned about a current case of abuse, please contact the local civil authorities immediately.


 

OUR AED (heart start) is available in the sacristy to the right of the door. Some parishioners trained in BLS have been oriented to the unit. In the event of an emergency, these individuals may require that one or two people assist by getting the AED and/or by calling 911 on the phone in the sacristy.


 


To Link to a MAP for finding our Parish or for Driving Directions, go HERE!

 

Mailing Address:

PO Box 95

Lancaster, MA 01523

 

Telephone:

Rectory: (978) 365-6582

Fax:       (978) 365-3097

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