Our History – Page 9
The Parish Finance Board is made up of several parishioners well versed in money matters and meets frequently to advise Father. The Parish Pastoral Council, made up of 12 elected members and three ex-officio members, meets ten times a year. The Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality continues to be active and contributes generously to St. Margaret School as well as providing social activities for the women in the parish. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is made up of men in the parish who help the needy through their clothing drives and other collections throughout the year. In the last two years we have started a group — the Social Justice Committee — which works very successfully providing and serving meals twice a month at St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen at the Eliot Presbyterian Church. The parish has a wonderful Fellowship Social Committee providing social opportunities for adults. The Parish Crafters, a group of women, meet weekly sewing, knitting, and working on various crafts which they sell at the Craft Fair and donate the earnings to the parish. The Pastoral Services Committee makes sure that those who are homebound are visited by Eucharistic ministers. The 100th Anniversary Committee has been at work planning and coordinating events to celebrate our jubilee.
“Protecting God’s Children” is a program mandated by the Boston Archdiocese for all parishes. Its purpose is to teach an awareness of those persons and situations which could endanger our children. All clergy, religious, staff, and volunteers are required to attend training which is held in Sacred Heart Hall for not only St. Margaret’s personnel but for other parishes in the area. The Spiritual Development Committee works to enhance the spiritual growth of parish members through lectures, retreats, etc.
Each week the Parish Bulletin is available at the entrances of the church, and all are asked to take a copy home to keep abreast of events in the parish. Parishioners can also now log onto St. Margaret’s own website (www.stmargaretlowell.org) to view Bulletins and other items of interest. Each week we are provided with an account of the weekly contributions made at all the Masses. And at the end of each fiscal year, we are provided with an annual financial report. Copies of the report are always available at the entrances to the church. Moreover, every week Father Ray includes in the Bulletin a spiritual message based on that Sunday’s Gospel reading.
Over the last 100 years St. Margaret Parish has been blessed by nine Christ-like, hard-working pastors, many wonderful parochial vicars, and scores of priestly and religious vocations. We have one member of the parish who is a permanent deacon (Barry Lloyd) and another (Tom Fagan) who is part way through his studies for the Permanent Deaconate. We have been fortunate to have so many wonderful Catholic lay persons who are active in the parish. Their continued fidelity lends hope that 100 years from now the parish will be celebrating its bicentennial.