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JOIN EPOCA ON A TRIP TO THE STATE HOUSE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE LEGISLATION TO END MANDATORY MINIMUMS.

PLEASE CALL US OR VISIT OUR OFFICE IF YOU PLAN ON JOINING US ON THE BUS.

ALL COST INCLUDING MEALS WILL BE COVERED BY EPOCA.

THE BUSES WILL LEAVE FROM THE FRONT OF WORCESTER CITY HALL AT 10 AM NEXT MONDAY, JUNE 19.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND BUT ARE ABLE TO DONATE TOWARD THE COST OF THE TRIP THAT WOULD BE NEEDED AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

ALL DONATIONS NEED TO BE MADE OUT TO EPOCA, 4 KING ST. WORCESTER, MA.

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Ascentria Care Alliance and our partners cordially invite you to join us as we recognize and celebrate World Refugee Day, on Friday, June 16, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St.

At 4:30 p.m., Mayor Joseph M. Petty will read the proclamation recognizing World Refugee Day.

Come and enjoy performances by Southeast Asian Coalition dancers, African drumming and dancing led by Crocodile River Music, as well as crafts, exhibitors and delicious, international food.

World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage and strength of women, men and children forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution.

Worcester welcomes refugees from 30 countries, including Iraq, Syria, Bhutan, Somalia, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Adult Summer Reading Kickoff(1)

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The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts and the Asian Community are very proud to announce that the following cultural program is being organized to celebrate its 14th Annual Asian Festival in Worcester.

Sunday, June 25

12 Noon to 6:00 PM

Italian–American Cultural Center
28 Mulberry St., Worcester

The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts (SEAC) is a local nonprofit organization established in 2001 to serve and advocate for the South East Asian Community in Central Massachusetts.

With the support of the City of Worcester and local charities, the SEAC currently locate at 484 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. From this location, our fledgling organization accomplishes its goal of providing much needed advocacy to the surrounding Asian community.

As you may know, there are over 349,768 Asian Americans living in Massachusetts, out of which 33,000 live in Worcester County. Over 12,000 Asian Americans call Worcester their home, the place of their dreams and aspirations.

This is an opportunity for this community to come together and share their cultural heritage with the Worcester Community at large.

We are planning an exciting afternoon full of dance performances, music and food from many Asian countries, and a concluding lion dance competition. Additionally, we will offer valuable information on health education and hold a free medical screening program for all those interested.

We would like to thank you for your help and support in promoting this program for the community.

Admission to the Festival is free.

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Summer Reading Program Kickoff Events at the Worcester Public Library

Join Youth Services as we kickoff our summer reading program filled with activities throughout the summer months.

The Main Library’s kickoff is on Saturday, June 24 from 10-1pm.
Fun building zones will be set up throughout the Main Library Children’s Room including a Little Builders Zone, Twister, Legos, and crafts. We’ll also have a balloon artist and offer glitter tattoos. The Main Library is having a pre-summer reading kickoff Scavenger Hunt on Friday, June 23 at 11am.

Kickoff at the Branch Libraries is on Friday, June 23 in the afternoon (see flyer for exact times). The Tatnuck Branch Library will have a Yo-Yo demonstration. Other highlights include prize raffles, chalk draws, crafts, tinkering with Zoob Builders, Legos, marble mazes, and more.

The Frances Perkins Branch will have a carnival of games with face painting and balloon animals. Other highlights include decorate your own book bag and bookmark in preparation for the summer from 3-5pm.

The Great Book Valley Branch will kick off the summer with snacks and a craft.

Our Adult Summer Reading Kickoff Event at Main Library is on 6/24 from 10am-1pm! Visit our library and sign up for our summer reading program and various programs and classes during the summer. In addition, learn about our Talking Books Library, download ebooks to your devices (or borrow one of ours), and meet representatives from the Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens and get samples and tips for growing summer salads and herbs.

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Happy Fathers Day!

I was disappointed to learn of this despite our past efforts to contact the Monsignor as our members sought to work WITH him to save our Church and serve on his “building committee” which he only chastised us for.

Just as Judas betrayed Christ for small change. It appears to us the Pastor is also betraying us, the parishioners on Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

We were informed before the today’s article was printed, that the committee hasn’t met in a while and yet, suddenly, two days before a Mount Carmel Preservation Fund raiser at Mechanics Hall, the Pastor Pedone announces the sale. Without a decree from the Bishop that we are aware of.

Many parishioners are angry and against selling the church property.

On their behalf, Mount Carmel Preservation Society will challenge the sale at every step in accordance to Canon law process. This is something developers should be aware of and consider, our appeal could take years but we will do what ever is possible to save our Church and Parish. Even if it takes years.

We are praying for those who remained quiet or who intentionally followed Church leadership to break up our historic parish. To our brothers and sisters at Loretto, we hope you come to agree with the truth, this closing and pending sale is unjust and wrong.

To those parishioners who have remained quiet, we invite you to stand tall and speak up, join our fight visit our web site join our mailing list. Stand tall with us as we continue our mission to save our beloved and historical Italian Church

http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

No matter what developers do with the property it will never replace the community and nurturing impact that our parish has had on that district of Worcester over the past 100 years. The Monsignor, in an article, says the Italians are gone, well he is wrong, we are here, we are strong. Demolishing one of the top 7 most endangered historic resources in Massachusetts, will not erase our history or resolve. It will however leave a huge hole in the City and in our collective hearts. Without the property remaining in service to a community of the faithful, it will never be a real improvement for Catholics, for Shrewsbury street or for the district. It seems, as we observed in the past, a sale without pursuing other alternatives to sustain the parish, will be just tragic political land grab.

Look for our comments and responses in related articles.

Our Board of Directors will be meeting in the upcoming days, stay tuned for further statements, announcements and invitations.

Onward with Courage !

We look forward to seeing you Saturday at the Italian Dinner Show (fund raiser) at Mechanics Hall and/or also at the “FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL … CONTINUING TRADITION” on July 16. Meeting at OLMTC on Mulberry St.
Come march with us.

Thank you and God Bless Our Lady of Mount Carmel!

Mauro DePasquale
MPS

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Jeremiah’s Inn to hold its 23rd Annual Food Drive

Can you imagine not knowing where your next meal is coming from? School’s about to let out, which means that nearly 25,000 students will be at risk for hunger on a daily basis until school starts again in August.

That’s right – 100% of Worcester’s public school students are eligible for free or reduced breakfast and lunch.

When school’s out, they’re at risk for missing two meals a day.

The good news is that Jeremiah’s Inn houses one of 29 food pantries in Worcester, where families struggling with hunger and food insecurity can turn to for help.

Each year, Jeremiah’s Inn provides more than 10,000 people with 50-65 pounds of food per visit.

But we need your help!

You can help us battle hunger and food insecurity by participating in our 23rd Annual Food Drive, being held from June 19-24 from 10 am – 6 pm at the Shaw’s Supermarket in Webster Square.

Come on down and donate some food, or make a cash contribution. You can also send your check to Jeremiah’s Inn at PO Box 30035, Worcester, MA 01603.

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Free! June 17! At Institute Park! Noon to 8 p.m.

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