In Rome, at the end of a conclave when a new pope has been elected, the Cardinal Carmelengo appears on the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square and announces to the assembled crowd and the entire world habemus papem, "we have a pope." The call came here last Thursday with the news "habemus pastor", we have a pastor, which news was to be held until Sunday. And so, on Sunday we were delighted to announce that Father Michael Medas, ordained to the priesthood in 1988, had been appointed pastor of St. Anthony Parish effective June 7th. Father Medas is currently pastor of a collaborative parish comprising St. Rose of Lima Parish in Topsfield and St. William Parish in Middleton. Among his priestly assignments he has served as Director of the Deaf Apostolate for the Archdiocese and as Director of Priest Personnel for the Archdiocese, and has served as Parochial Vicar in Sacred Heart Parish, Newton. Father Medas had some prior commitments for the summer months and so will not arrive at St. Anthony Parish until September. In the meantime Father Michael BovaConti, who serves as a member of the Priests Emergency Response Team for the Archdiocese will fill in for Father Medas until his arrival.
Meanwhile life goes on in the parish as we celebrate Palm Sunday and enter into the most solemn week of the year. With the reception of palms we recall the triumphal entry into Jerusalem which Christ made on his way to Calvary. On Tuesday evening we will hold our annual Lenten Penance service and invite all to the sacrament of Reconciliation. Thursday evening we celebrate the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist by Christ the night before he died. Following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until mid-night. This is a wonderful quiet, and relaxing time where one can set aside all anxieties and worries and prepare fully for the death of Christ on Good Friday and then share the joys of the resurrection. The liturgy of Holy Saturday is among the most beautiful liturgies of the entire year. The Easter Proclamation (the Exultet) is sung. The scripture reading recalls the history of the Chosen People from the time of Moses until just before the birth of Christ. Then, on Sunday we rejoice with the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord from the tomb. Following the 9:30 Mass we will hold our traditional Easter Egg hunt on the Rectory lawn on Easter Sunday.
There is only one collection at the Masses on Easter Sunday. This collection goes to the Health and Benefits of the priests of the Archdiocese.
Fr John R. Mulvehill