On behalf of all the priests and the staff of IC, I would like to thank everyone who has sent us cards, gifts, and baked (delicious) goodies during Christmas. Your kindness was very much appreciated. On behalf of the parish, I would like to applaud all those who decorated the Church. It was remarkable and brought so much beauty! Thanks, also, to all the choir members and cantors who made these past liturgies so beautiful. Also, to those who serve and contributed in any way, thank you. Lastly, a word of appreciation to all who congratulated me on being installed as pastor. It was overwhelming all the love and kindness shown by you. The Cardinal was very happy with the mass and the reception prepared by so many of you. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
DISTRIBUTION OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
Given recent reports from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the CDC, the Archdiocese of Boston has recommended that all parishes, shrines and chapels within the Archdiocese refrain from distributing the Precious Blood to the faithful until further notice. This is particularly important to us, since in the surrounding area, the rates of the Influenza-like illness activity is “high.” We are monitoring the situation and will resume the distribution of the blood of Christ as soon as possible.
NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR
It is with great joy that we announce the hiring of our new music director, Mr. Jason Gaudette. After looking into countless resumes and interviewing different candidates, our search committee was happy to recommend Mr. Gaudette. He has extensive experience in music ministry and in various parishes since 1991. He is very excited to begin his ministry here at IC and will be writing more about himself, so that we can get to know him. Please welcome Mr. Gaudette into our community. We are grateful for Jonathan Cote, our interim music director, who has led us in music in these past months. Also, a word of thanks to the members of the search committee for their effort (and patience) helping us finding a new music director.
God bless, Fr. Steven
My Dear Friends in Christ,
As we proceed with the New Year in the life of the Church allow me this opportunity to bring to your attention two very serious and deeply troubling legislative bills being considered by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary at the Massachusetts State House. If enacted into law these proposals would significantly expand abortion access in Massachusetts beyond what is currently permitted. The proposed legislation goes far beyond the Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court. I urge you to learn about the specific details of the proposals by way of information provided in this week’s bulletin insert. With your help and the help of your family, friends and neighbors, we must make every effort to ensure that these bills do not become law in Massachusetts. Your voice and the voices of all opposed to unprecedented expansion of abortion will make a difference. It is of critical importance that the women and men who represent us in the Legislature know where we stand on the protection of life. With the assurance of my prayers for you and all your loved ones, I remain,
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Archbishop of Boston
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
During the short time that I have been here in Marlborough, I was amazed to learn about the history of our community. From the construction of the church, and later the school, their expansions and renovations, to the history of the parishioners and the many people who have served IC over these 150 years. Looking at all the good and the sad, it makes me wonder how the words from St. Paul became a reality among us. In his letter to the Galatians, he writes, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for YOU ARE ALL ONE in Christ Jesus.” Today looking into the IC community, we can say that we are truly one body. In recent months we have been tirelessly working together to reopen our church, you could see the Irish, Italian, Polish, French, Hispanic, Brazilian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian and many more other ethnicities standing side by side. Reciting the same prayers, adoring the same God, praying together as ONE in our parish. On the evening of January 20, 2019, when the news about the fire in the church was made known, we were all concerned about our spiritual house. The morning of the following day, we all were grieving about our loss and thanking God that a greater disaster had not happened. This weekend we come together once again, as one body, in prayer, thanking God for allowing us to be back in our Church. Hopefully, these occasions of bringing the whole parish together can increase more and more as we go forward.
Besides being one, our mission statement states that we are also “a community that strives to be authentic witnesses to the Church: one, holy, catholic and apostolic.” This weekend we can visually see that present among us. The presence of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, certainly manifests the apostolic tradition, as he is a successor of the apostles. As we gather together from all the different corners of the world, it shows how our parish is universal, that is, Catholic. We come together in prayer, asking God for us to be Holy! That is always a work in progress! But if in this process we have harmed or neglected someone, or those who came before us, we ask for forgiveness. There is nothing that should separate us from our faith or one another. In the same, as Cardinal Sean has gone out of his way to create communion, so should we. Reaching out to the far away, helping the needy, and keeping the doors of our heart wide open to receive the gifts that God wants to give us.
Let us ask the intercession of the Immaculate Mary, that She may help us in our mission of creating communion and accompany us in our journey to holiness.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we celebrate Little Christmas this weekend, we prepare ourselves, not only to receive the Three Kings, but our bishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley. Next Saturday, January 11th, he will come here to Immaculate Conception to celebrate with us the reopening of the Church at the 4:30pm Mass. It is always a special moment when the bishop comes to visit his flock. He comes here as the successor of the Apostles. Please join us for the mass and a reception afterwards!
Also, I would like to share with you an email sent out last week from a parishioner. I believe it speaks on behalf of all of us. He was one of many people who shared his time (a lot) and talent helping us with the project of the Church restoration.
“No - it is not hump day. It is the day we say “Wasn’t That Easy!”
It is beautiful and rewarding to be back in the Upper Church. We are grateful for so many people.
We are thankful for so many workers and contractors, including Ridgemont Construction, Santella Electric, Monnick Supply and many local businesses who worked so hard.
The lighting looks fantastic due to vision of Lighting Breakthroughs. Fredrick’s patience and artistic approach resulted in a stunning presentation. Now he can tell future clients that he did the lighting at Immaculate Conception Church in addition to the Boston Basilica.
Thanks for Don creating and updating the schedule. We quickly learned that you looking at the schedule and politely glancing at us means “Are you done yet?”
The seats worked great due to Rob, Robbie, and the Knights. We look forward to the pews arriving next month.
The sound system came together nicely under the direction of Gabe with the able assistance of Troy, Julius, and their team from the Power Sound of New England.
The electrical system would not have gotten done without John, Bill, Carlos, and Gil. In addition, the painters hid all our mistakes and also pitched in at the last moment in Christmas Eve for a few finishing touches. Without your assistance Fr Steven would not have a game (lighting controller) that he enjoys more then Mario Cart.
All the hard work would have been wasted if we did not have the finishing touch of Linda, Ann, Pascoalina, and so many others. The nativity scene prepared by Beto is stunning. We may need to expand the church next year as the scene continues to expand. You all continue to make everything look good.
I apologize to those who I failed to mention. The final thank you goes to everyone. Without all of the hard work and prayers we would never had accomplished what we did. Merry Christmas and God Bless You.”
This letter was written by Frank Dougherty, who assisted us as the project manager. He was on top of every detail, to make sure that our Church would be as beautiful as it could be. Thank you, Frank on behalf of all of us for your leadership, your determination, with the perfect dose of perseverance not giving up with all the challenges. We also need to thank his wife Denise, and his daughters Sarah and Julia who shared their father with us during this time!
I would also like to thank Mayor Arthur Vigeant, the Firefighters, the building department and the many people that came together to make sure the Church was ready to reopen.
Finally, a world of gratitude to St. Matthias, St. Michael’s and St. Anargyroi for accommodating us with holy water celebrations, weddings and funerals, liturgical vessels and vestments. Also, all the local churches from different denominations for their prayers and support.
Immaculate Conception Office
9 Washington Court
Marlborough, MA 01752
email: Parish Office
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