Our Sunday Family Meal
At the request of Cardinal Seán, the closing of the Year of the Eucharist comprises four parts: 1) Jesus is Here for Youth and Young Adults on Friday, June 17 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross; 2) Jesus is Here, Archdiocese of Boston’s Eucharistic Congress, on Saturday, June 18 at the Tsongas arena in Lowell, MA; 3) Celebration of the Sunday Eucharist for the Feast of Corpus Christi on June 19 in your parish; and 4) Our Sunday Family Meal prayer service in your homes—having been nourished by the Eucharist at Mass, families are then encouraged to come together to share a meal and celebrate the gift of faith in Jesus we share in our family. We invite your family to participate in Our Sunday Family Meal Prayer at www.evangelizeboston.com/our-sunday-family-meal. It comes complete with activities for children of all ages and is available in 4 languages.
Fiat, a gathering of women interested in learning more about religious life, cordially invites you to the next meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at
7:00 p.m. (ET) on Zoom. The topic is: “What Do Sisters Do?”
If you are interested in attending, please contact Sr. Marian Batho, CSJ at [email protected] or 617-746-2025 for more information and the link to the meeting.
Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Retreats (6/4)
“My spirit was broken and as far as I knew beyond repair. I was consumed with feelings of remorse. During the retreat, I realized the lasting impact of forgiveness. I knew God had forgiven me, and now I needed to forgive myself.” – A Project Rachel Retreat Attendee. The Project Rachel ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston extends a special invitation to women suffering from the pain of a past abortion to attend a Come to the Waters of Healing one-day retreat. Retreats will take place on June 4. Locations are confidential. Limited to ten participants per retreat. For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or [email protected].
Jesus is Here for Youth and Young Adults, Friday, June 17, 7:30-9:30pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross
This is a pre-event to Saturday’s June 18th Eucharistic Congress. The evening will include Praise & Worship by Village Lights, a talk by Bobby and Jackie Angel, Adoration, Confession, and a visit by Cardinal Seán. Our Cardinal looks forward to gathering with the young people of the diocese to encounter our Lord truly present in the Eucharist. Visit bit.ly/jesusishereyya.
Archdiocese of Boston Eucharistic Congress JESUS IS HERE, June 18, 2022 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.
Early bird pricing of $39 has been extended through May 22. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to join Cardinal Sean and come together as a parish and celebrate the central tenet of our faith—that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist! For more information, visit jesusishereboston.org.
May 15 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter
In today’s Gospel Jesus gives a simple command but one that we often find difficult to lie by. “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Notice Jesus’ words. We can’t be content with being nice to others, simply saying that we love others. No, our love must go further - we are to love others in the same way as Jesus loves, with mercy, forgiveness and compassion! That is where the difficulty often lies for many of us. Yet, this is the mark of a disciple - loving as Jesus loves! Imagine what life in your family, in your parish and in our world would be like if you were to take this command to heart.
May 22 ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter
In our first reading, we hear more about the growing pains of the early Church. The Apostles were creating something new ~ a community of believers, disciples of Jesus Christ. There was confusion and discussion about who could be a disciple and differing opinions about what was essential to being a follower of Jesus. We hear those same discussions even today. However, first Christian did not let differences stand in their way or create divisions among them. They relied on the Spirit’s prompting and on Jesus’ words “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” The message today is rely on the Holy Spirit – the Advocate – who is still with us.
May 29 ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter
In today’s Gospel we hear part of Jesus’s final discourse to his Apostles. Jesus speaks from his heart, giving instructions and encouragement to his closest friends and then turns to pray to his Father. Listen to his prayer. It is his prayer for us: “…I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me…” Take time this week to reread this gospel as Jesus’ prayer for us. What feelings does his prayer evoke in you? How will you respond to Jesus in your prayer?
June 5 ~ Pentecost Sunday
Each Pentecost, we hear the story the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples and Peter’s powerful speech witnessing to Christ. The scripture readings remind us that Pentecost is an event not just of the past but also of the present. We received the Holy Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation, when the Spirit poured out on us a variety of gifts to put at the service of others. The message is as clear and as relevant today as it was for Peter. Jesus is sending us to share the good news! If you are worried about what to say- rely on the Holy Spirit, who promises to give us what we need. “Come Holy Spirit; fill the hearts of your faithful!”
June 12 ~ Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
We proclaim the Most Holy Trinity as a mystery of our faith. It is central to our Christian faith and life. The doctrine of the Trinity includes the truth that there are three persons in One God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While we will never fully understand this mystery in our lifetime, the creed we profess at Mass is an invitation to an even deeper understanding of who God is and desires to be for us. The Sign of the Cross and the doxology or “Glory be …” are two prayers that are easy to say. Use those prayers this week, and as you do so, ask the Holy Spirit to increase your faith in the Trinity.
June 19 ~ Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood (Corpus Christi)
Today, like every Sunday, we repeat the celebration that forges our identity and strengthens us to be the very body of Christ that we receive. Celebrating the Body and Blood of Christ always calls us to do what he commanded: to share our lives as he did. The gift we receive and celebrate is the very center and heart of our church, the center and heart of our faith and our lives. So too, it must be the center and heart of our parish life. As we leave Mass today, having received Christ’s body and blood, let us pray for our parish and ourselves be more and more Christ-like in all that we say and do.
June 26 ~ Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, Jesus extends an invitation to a few people to follow him. They are disheartened by the demands that being a disciple requires and made excuses not to follow him. Are we like that? Do we offer excuses or put obstacles in the way of following Jesus? Discipleship requires that we be people who pray daily, recognize the need for Confession, put Christ at the center of our life, are generous with our time and treasure, willingly serve the Church, and most important of all invite others to know Jesus better. If doing these things seems too difficult, start one step at a time. Offer no excuses instead choose two of these practices as the way you will strengthen your discipleship, your following of Jesus.
Synod on Synodality
Over the coming months, Catholics from around the world will be participating in the Synod on Synodality. What does that mean? Here in Boston it means that we will be gathering, as parishes and as a diocese to pray together and to invite the Holy Spirit to help us to listen deeply to one another, and we will talk together about how best to do that. So, for instance, a parish council may get together and ask “How can we as a parish council do a better job of letting the voices of all our parishioners be heard, even those who are not a part of an inner circle or who might be marginalized for whatever reason?” The archdiocese and the church around the world will be engaging in the same sort of conversation. We pray that the Lord will open our hearts to Him and to all of our people.