Bulletin Announcements

Let Your Voice Be Heard – Again

“Say No to ROE”

The state legislature has extended the session until January 5th, 2021. Please remind the members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary that you oppose the expansion of abortion in Massachusetts. Please call the Committee at 617-722-2396 and let them know you are opposed to H3320 and S1209 – the ROE legislation. Every telephone call helps!

Remember these bills would remove:

  • The requirement that young girls obtain consent before an abortion
  • The requirement that efforts be made to save a living baby who survives abortion
  • The requirement that late term abortions be performed in hospitals
  • The bills would allow abortion on demand for all nine months of pregnancy.

For more information about how the ROE legislation would expand abortion in Massachusetts visit www.macatholic.org.


2020 Catholic Appeal

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Today we wish to recognize those who have made a gift or pledge to the 2020 Catholic Appeal.  Especially during these challenging times, your participation is greatly appreciated.  Thank you

If you have not yet given, it is not too late.  We recognize that many of you may be navigating your own financial challenges but ask for your prayerful consideration of a gift to the 2020 Catholic Appeal at whatever level is comfortable for you.  If you have not received a Catholic Appeal letter or email request, donations can be made on line at www.bostoncatholicappeal.org

Remember that when our Parish exceeds it’s goal, a percentage of any additional funds received is returned for use in our Parish.  When each of our individual gifts are combined with the gifts of thousands of other parishioners throughout the Archdiocese, each contributor makes a very real difference in the ability of the Archdiocese to provide ministries and services.

This is our Church. Thank you again for your support.

 

HELP US CLOSE OUT APPEAL CAMPAIGN BY A CERTAIN DATE

I am pleased to share that even during these difficult times, PARISH NAME has raised $X toward our 2020 Catholic Appeal goal of $X. Our heartfelt thanks to all who have helped make our campaign a success so far.  Whether you are attending Mass in person or watching from home, I invite you to join me in supporting the Catholic Appeal.   We recognize that many of you may be navigating your own financial challenges but ask for your prayerful consideration of a gift to the 2020 Catholic Appeal at whatever level is comfortable for you.  If you have not received a Catholic Appeal letter or email request, donations can be made on line at www.bostoncatholicappeal.org

Every gift, regardless of the size, is meaningful and can make an impact. Your participation in our parish Appeal is very much appreciated by our parish and the thousands that are served through the Archdiocesan Central Ministries.

This is our Church and when you support the Appeal, you support us!

 

REPORTING PROGRESS TOWARD CATHOLIC APPEAL GOAL

The 2020 Catholic Appeal campaign is well underway at PARISH NAME.  Together, we have raised $X toward our parish goal of $X. Our heartfelt thanks to all who have participated, especially during this difficult year.  Your generosity will benefit hundreds of pastoral, charitable, and educational programs at work within the Archdiocese of Boston, and at PARISH NAME.

We recognize that many of you may be navigating your own financial challenges but ask for your prayerful consideration of a gift to the 2020 Catholic Appeal at whatever level is comfortable for you.  Every gift, regardless of the size, is meaningful and can make an impact.    If you have not received a Catholic Appeal letter or email request, donations can be made on line at www.bostoncatholicappeal.org   Your participation in our parish Appeal is very much appreciated by our parish and the thousands that are served through the Archdiocesan Central Ministries.

This is our Church and when you support the Appeal, you support us!

 

SURPASSED 2020 CATHOLIC APPEAL GOAL—THANK YOU!

Congratulations! Even during these most challenging times, PARISH NAME has surpassed its 2020 Catholic Appeal goal of $X. I am truly grateful to the parishioners and families that helped us reach our goal. The Catholic Appeal provides critical funding to hundreds of pastoral, charitable, and educational programs that impact tens of thousands throughout our Archdiocese. Every gift, regardless of the size, is meaningful and can make an impact.

Thank you!  This is our Church and when you support the Appeal, you support us!

 

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Due to the shutdown of Churches for COVID-19, parishes were unable to launch the 2020 Catholic Appeal this past March with an in-pew presentation. However, as the work of our Church has continued amidst the pandemic, the more than 50 ministries funded by the Catholic Appeal are in need now more than ever. The success of the Appeal is vital in funding the ministries that provide assistance to our parishes, schools, and communities in a variety of ways. Please consider making your gift to the 2020 Catholic Appeal in one of the following ways:

  • If you received a letter or email, respond using the pledge card or donation options. 
  • Visit bostoncatholicappeal.org to give online

Every gift, regardless of the size, is meaningful and can make an impact. Your participation in our parish Appeal is very much appreciated by our parish and the thousands that are served through the Archdiocesan Central Ministries. This is our Church and when you support the Appeal, you support us!


Evangelization

October 18 ~ Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Paul writes of his gratitude for the community at Thessalonica in the second reading today.  He offers a prayer of thanksgiving for them remembering their works of faith and labors of love. His words of encouragement kept the community engaged in the work of promoting the faith and strengthening their bond of love for one another.  Who in your community of faith needs words of encouragement?  Will you, like St. Paul, take some time to write a note of encouragement or offer a prayer of thanksgiving for those striving to grow in faith?  It may be just what this person needed!

October 25 ~ Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus doesn’t mince words in today’s gospel.  “The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” - love God with your whole being and love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no wiggle room in how we are to behave and how we are to treat one another.  As Christ’s disciples, let us pray for the grace to be faithful to living and loving according to these commandments, especially toward people we find it hard to love or respect.

November 1 ~ Solemnity of All Saints

In today’s gospel, Jesus describes some of the qualities and behaviors of saintly and holy people.  Today’s feast reminds us of that great cloud of witnesses who have lived saintly, albeit not perfect lives.  The witness of their lives helps us believe it is possible to be holy people ourselves.  Each of us has a favorite saint, someone we pray to be like or someone we admire for the way they lived their discipleship.  Take a few moments to reflect on the life of that saint.  How might you emulate that saint in your life?  Then talk to a loved one about your favorite saint.

November 8 ~ Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The parable in today’s gospel points out the tragedy of unpreparedness.  With all the restrictions the pandemic has put on us and the pressures it is causing in daily life, we may have let our spiritual lives take a back seat, or let go of them completely.  It is not that we don’t want to pray or go to Confession, or attend Mass.  We know the difference it makes when we do take time to prepare our hearts and draw close to God.  Don’t let the pandemic deter you from paying attention to your faith – take time in prayer this week so you are prepared for His coming.

November 15 ~ Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

God has given each of us different gifts.  It is not the number of gifts that matter.  What matters is how each of us uses the gifts God has given.  God never demands from us what we do not have; but God does want us to use to the full the gifts which we do possess.  Today’s parable tells us that whatever talent/saintly quality we have, be it little or great, we must place it at the service of God.  Are you putting your gifts at the service of God and others? Ask for the grace to be confident and generous with your time and talents.               

November 22 ~ The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today’s parable is one of the most vivid parables Jesus spoke.  We will not be judged on the knowledge we have accumulated, or the fame that we have acquired, or the fortune we have gained.  We will be judged on the way we have listened and been present to others - in the way we have served Christ in the other.  The lesson is crystal clear - God will judge us according to our reaction those in need.  This means giving simple help to the people we meet every day - to the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the stranger, the prisoner – to Christ himself! 

November 29 ~ The First Sunday of Advent

Advent is a season of waiting and of preparing for the coming of Christ.  As Jesus tells us in the Gospel today, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.”  As preparation for Christmas has started to occupy your time and energy, make the effort to take ten minutes each day to turn your attention to Jesus.  Ask yourself, what needs to change in order to make room for Christ in your life?  Pray for the courage to grow closer to Jesus so that you can introduce him to others.