"The Eastern Churches are the treasures of the Catholic Church" Blessed John XXIII
Welcome to Our Lady of Purgatory Church. We welcome new parishioners. Please introduce yourselves because we want to know and serve you. We hope you become an active member of our Parish Family.
Our Faith is as robust as the Cedar of Lebanon
A Community of Prayer, Faith, Love, Service and Fellowship
OUR LADY OF PURGATORY CHURCH 11 Franklin Street • New Bedford • Mass. 02740 www.ourladyofpurgatory.org Administrator: Rev. Fadi Rouhana Deacon:Reverend Mr. Jean E. Mattar Subdeacon:Mr. Joseph Abraham
Parish office: Tel: 508-996-8934 Fax: 508-996-2744 Church website: ourladyofpurgatory.org
Altar Guild: Janet Charron, Reggie Thomas & Hiba Chedid
Church Musicians: Jim ThomasJacob BarbourGabrielle ChedidLorenda MelloSarah Chedid
DIVINE LITURGY SCHEDULE: Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am
DAILY LITURGY SCHEDULE: Tuesday AT 10:30 am at Cedars Wednesday through Friday at 7:00 PM
PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK: If you wish to receive Holy communion, Reconciliation, or Anointing of the sick, please call the church office
MYSTERY OF RECONCILIATION: In order to provide greater availability, the Mystery of Reconciliation is normally celebrated one half hour before Divine Liturgy and by appointment
MYSTERY OF CROWNING: Engaged couples must be registered, active members of the parish. Please make an appointment with the pastor at least six months prior to the requested data of marriage
INQUIRY SESSIONS: For those interested in finding out more about what it means to be Catholic, or seeking information toward the possibility of becoming members of the Catholic Church, please call the Church office for more information
HOSPITAL CALLS: If someone is in the hospital, please call the church office to inform the pastor.
THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER (attributed to Pope Clement XI)
Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith. I trust in you: strengthen my trust. I love you: let me love you more and more. I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.
I worship you as my first beginning, I long for you as my last end, I praise you as my constant helper, And call on you as my loving protector.
Guide me by your wisdom, Correct me with your justice, Comfort me with your mercy, Protect me with your power.
I offer you, Lord, my thoughts; My words: to have you for their theme; My actions: to reflect my love for you; My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.
I want to do what you ask of me: In the way you ask, For as long as you ask, Because you ask it.
Lord, enlighten my understanding, Strengthen my will, Purify my heart, and make me holy.
Help me to repent of my past sins And to resist temptation in the future. Help me to rise above my human weaknesses and to grow stronger as a Christian.
Let me love you, my Lord and my God, And see myself as I really am: A pilgrim in this world, A Christian called to respect and love All whose lives I touch, Those under my authority, My friends and my enemies.
Help me to conquer anger with gentleness, Greed by generosity, Apathy by fervor. Help me to forget myself and reach out toward others.
Make me prudent in planning, Courageous in taking risks. Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.
Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer, Temperate in food and drink, Diligent in my work, Firm in my good intentions.
Let my conscience be clear, My conduct without fault, My speech blameless, My life well-ordered. Put me on guard against my human weaknesses. Let me cherish your love for me, Keep your law, And come at last to your salvation.
Teach me to realize that this world is passing, that my true future is the happiness of heaven, That life on earth is short, And the life to come eternal.
Help me to prepare for death With a proper fear of judgment, but a greater trust in your goodness. Lead me safely through death To the endless joy of heaven.