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A Wealth of Saints' Feasts and Martin Luther King Day

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Dear Parishioners, While we are entering the Second Week in Ordinary time. The days we celebrate this week are certainly far from being ordinary days. On Monday the nation pauses to celebrate the ninetieth birthday (January 21) of Martin Luther King. Boston holds a special place in the life of Doctor King who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in combat ...Read more

The Baptism of Jesus

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Dear Parishioners, We celebrate this weekend the Baptism of Jesus. It might seem strange that Jesus, who was without sin, would need to be baptized since Baptism takes away all, but the little prayer book Magnificat gives us an explanation of the event. Jesus joins his people going out to John the Baptist in a gesture of repentance, not because there is sin in him bu ...Read more

Feast of Epiphany

Sunday, January 06, 2019
Dear Parishioners, This week the Church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany. In Greek an epiphany designated a manifestation of a divinity, and later, important events in the life of a king. A feast on January 6th is first mentioned by Clement of Alexandria around the year 215 AD who said that the Baptism of Christ was celebrated on that day. There is evidence that the  ...Read more

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Dear Parishioners, One of the shortest pontificates in history was that of Pope John Paul I, the Pope of September, 1978. He was a man short of stature with a very short time in office, but he stood tall when it came to sharing his warmth and joy that endeared him to Catholics everywhere. Forty years ago Pope John Paul addressed a group of bishops visiting from the U ...Read more

The Solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe

Sunday, November 25, 2018
Dear Parishioners, Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe. Traditionally this is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. To understand the meaning of this solemnity it is important to understand the term "king." We recall the scene of Jesus before Pilate who asks him: "are you the king of the Jews?" and Jesus responds "you say  ...Read more

Celebration of Saints' Feast Days at the End of the Liturgical Calendar

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Dear Parishioners, The brilliant and fast changing colors of Fall will soon be replaced by the leaves turning brown and falling to the earth to lie dormant until a new Spring with new life and new growth. The Church, too, is fast approaching the end of the liturgical year. This week we celebrate the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time. This is all predicated by the da ...Read more

Summer Celebration of Some Significant Saints

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Dear Parishioners, During these hazy, lazy days of summer the Church pauses to celebrate the feast of some significant saints. Although her feast will not be celebrated publicly this year because it falls on Sunday, the 22nd of July is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, to whom was given the privilege of being the first to whom the risen Jesus appeared. The opening prayer ...Read more

The Feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Sunday, July 08, 2018
Dear Parishioners When St. Paul wrote his second letter to the people of Corinth he said: "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and constraints, for the sake of Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong." No person lived out these words of St. Paul  ...Read more

The Feast of Saint Thomas

Sunday, July 01, 2018
Dear Parishioners June, with its graduations and socials following, always seem to pass by so quickly and we find ourselves once again in the month of July, July, the seventh month of the Julian calendar was named after the Roman general Julius Caesar. Prior to that time it was called Quintilis. Before we celebrate Independence Day on the fourth of July, the Church c ...Read more

The Feast of St. Anthony of Padua and Matthew's Gospel

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Dear Parishioners, The return to the Sunday liturgy of Ordinary Time (we celebrate the 10th Sunday in Ordinary time this week-end) also brings us back to the Sunday gospels from the Gospel of St. Matthew. The position of Matthew as the first of the four gospel writers in the New Testament reflects both the view that it was the first to be written, a view that goes back to ...Read more