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Gate of Heaven

Stations of the Cross
Our Lady of Victory

Mass, Confession & Adoration Times

Masses 
Saturday Vigil
4:00pm at OLV
5:00pm at GOH

Sunday
9:30am at GOH
10:30am at OLV

Weekdays
Monday 7pm at GOH
Tuesday 9am at OLV
Wednesday 9am at GOH
Friday 9am at OLV

Confessions

Saturdays from 2:00-3:30pm

Odd Months at Gate of Heaven
Even Months at Our Lady of Victory

Eucharistic Adoration 

Sunday: 3:00-5:00pm at Gate of Heaven
Tuesday: 5:00-6:00pm at Gate of Heaven
First Friday of the Month: 8:30-9:00am at Our Lady of Victory

A Reflection for the 5th and 6th Sundays of Ordinary Time
Prayer mentioned by Fr. Toomey at Masses

Principle and Foundation Prayer

(Adapted from St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of Jesuits)*

I receive my life and being here and now from a God who creates and sustains me because He loves me.

My own response in love allows God’s life to flow into me forever.

All the things in this world are gifts from God presented so that I can know Him more easily and make a return of love to Him more readily.

I do this by filling the world with the order of His love between me and everyone and in the use of all created things.

As a result, I appreciate and use these gifts of creation insofar as they enliven and enlargen my life in God.  But, if any of these gifts become the focus of my life, they block out God and His life, and so I must let them go unused or let myself be free of them.

I should not fix my desires on health, or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or short one.  For everything has the potential of calling forth a deeper response to my life in God.

My only desire and my one choice is this:  I want and I choose what is more helpful for my own growth in life with God…

And to be more generous in sharing my life and my gifts with others all for the greater glory of God and progress of His Kingdom.

*spiritual ministry team in New Hampshire called Concordia.

Schedule for the Week of February 22-28:

Monday, February 22
Confessions & Mass are canceled for today due to snow.

Tuesday, February 23
9am     Mass at Our Lady of Victory
5-6pm      Eucharistic Adoration at GOH
7pm  Flame of Love Devotions at OLV

Wednesday, February 24
9am      Mass at Gate of Heaven
6pm     Flame of Love Devotions at GOH

   Thursday, February 25
No Masses

   Friday, February 26
9:00am       Mass at Our Lady of Victory
Noon    Stations of the Cross at Gate of Heaven
7pm   Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of Victory

Saturday, February 27
2-3:30pm   Confessions at Our Lady of Victory
(Enter through Cry Room Door)

 4pm      Mass at Our Lady of Victory

5pm      Mass at Gate of Heaven

Sunday, February 28: Second Sunday of Lent

8:00am  Livestream of Mass on Gate of Heaven Our Lady of Victory Facebook Page

9:30am   Mass at Gate of Heaven

 10:30am  Mass at Our Lady of Victory

 12:00 Noon  Distribution of Holy Communion in Gate of Heaven Parking Lot

3:00-5:00pm    Eucharistic Adoration at Gate of Heaven

      2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal
      "Bound Together in Hope"

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Any One of Us

Any one of us, could decide one day to attend a Mass to praise and worship our Lord the way the Apostles taught us.

Any one of us, could have been at the Mass on August 22, 2020 at 1 pm at Gate of Heaven Church.

Any one of us, after following all the CDC guidelines for a safe and healthy Mass, could go home at the end of the day… to our own home… and receive a phone call from a friend.

Any one of us, at any time, could hear from a friend; and hear them tell us that they are COVID positive. At that moment, any one of us could realize that you were with that friend a few days ago.

Any one of us, could have to muster the courage to be honest and call the pastor to inform him that you were at Mass that day and now must be tested to see if you have COVID 19.

Any one of us, could have to wait a day or two, or more, to find out the results of the test; knowing that the results might affect the emotional and physical lives of many others.

Any one of us, could receive a negative test result and be able to go back to life as usual…with that anxiety as a wound…maybe having a sense of empathy that you did not have before.

Any one of us, could receive a positive test result and have to again muster the courage to face the world and be honest and upright…knowing people might be upset…but knowing you will be taking care of people by being honest. Any of one us, could have to call the pastor and tell him, knowing that he must take care of his flock.  You feel guilty because you know it will be difficult for him.

Any one of us, could have to bear the scars of people’s self-righteous, insensitive anger and judgements…trying to convince yourself that you did not do any of this to hurt anyone…trying to realize that something happened to you that you had no control over…you did everything right the way you should, yet you hear blame from everyone…

Any one of us could be YOU.

Please be kind and caring with your remarks, your assumptions, your presumptions, your projections and your opinions.

May we all be in prayer and conscientious about all our words and thoughts.

Father Daniel Toomey
Pastor

A Message of Gratitude for the Fatima Devotions

THANK YOU to all those who made the Fatima Devotions possible during this most difficult year.  Father Toomey found new ways of bringing the Devotions into your homes through some very talented and dedicated people.  Father McGahagan was always available to fill in for Father Toomey. God bless our priests.

Our streaming crew, Paul Ciaccia, Bob Manganiello, Chris Carr, and Mike Tomalis were devoted to getting the devotions out to the public through some very technical expertise.

Helen provided the beautiful music and coordinated every little detail.  Renee provided quality control and was always willing to help.

My husband, Terry, and my sisters, Shala and Mary Jo, helped to recite all of the devotions.

Yes, the Church was not filled with people, but not deserted.  We were physically separated, but spiritually united as a Church with Mary, in an intense way, with a heart full of faith and trust.

God bless all of the people who watched the Fatima Devotions and to those responsible for making it happen.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Martha Herron

Distribution of Holy Communion from Gate of Heaven Parking Lot

We will still be live-streaming Masses on Sundays at 8am on our Facebook Page.   You are welcome to receive Holy Communion after watching the live stream.

Everyone has the opportunity to receive Holy Communion in the Gate of Heaven parking lot at Noon on Sunday Mornings.  Please note the start time change due to the commencement of Religious Education for the school year.  Do not arrive early, as CCD will be dismissing students at 11:30am.

Please go to the parking area near Spring Street and receive instructions.  Upon directions from the staff, you will leave your car and proceed to the spot where communion is distributed.  Please wear a mask and social distance from people in other cars.

Confessions Every Saturday from 2 - 3:30

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held at Gate of Heaven during the odd Months (January , March) and at Our Lady of Victory during the even months (February, April).  Please enter through the Sacristy Door at GOH and the Cry Room Door at OLV.

A Note from the Pastor regarding the Parish Prayer Hour

At our Parish Prayer Hour, we pray for our parishioners and all that we do as a parish.  The Parish is always in need of prayer, but now even more.   Prayer allows us to open ourselves up to God’s action in our lives.   Prayer is a time when we humbly approach our Lord and submit our lives, intentions and plan for his guidance, insights, strength and providence.

The Parish Prayer Hour rotates between Churches (odd months at GOH and even months at OLV) on the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm.  It is open to the public and does not require a reservation.  Please download, print, and bring with you the Prayer Packet below.

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PARISH PRAYER PACKETS

Guidelines for Returning to Mass

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In preparation for the live stream of the Holy Mass on Sunday

The following prayer is very important to help you enter into the communion part of the Mass…so as to experience a spiritual communion with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

You may pray it when I am receiving the Body and Blood of Christ at the altar, just before I purify the vessels. 

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen

After Spiritually receiving the Graces of Holy Communion you may pray the following prayer

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

Please sign-up for Flocknote, our on-line parish community, so that you can receive messages from us.   Go to GOHOLV.Flocknote.com and sign up.   You will then be on the sign-in page and you may enter your ‘email’ and ‘cell phone number’ then click ‘next’ and select the groups from whom you would like updates. You may also elect to receive the bulletin electronically from the group titled ‘weekly bulletin’.

If you are attending Mass please be sure to provide a safe distance of 6 feet between yourself and other parishioners (family members excluded).   Please do not come to Mass if you are sick.  If you have allergies and appear to be sick, this yields the same concern – please stay home for the emotional sake of others. 

Please be safe and sensible, blessings. 
God bless you, 
Fr. Toomey

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