Dear Brothers and Sisters:
This week I would like to address the situation of the reopening of the parish. Following the news of the reopening of the State from Governor Baker, the Archdiocese began working on a plan for the reopening of the parishes. They created a team that comprises of priests, deacons, parishioners, and experts. They have followed closely the daily briefings from the White House, Governor Baker, and Mayor Walsh. They are also taking into consideration what other archdioceses are doing here in the US and elsewhere. On Tuesday, May 19th at 1pm, the Archdiocese will be holding a webinar to update us on what the plan is. We do not know when and how we will open. To tell you the truth, I’m glad with the possibility of any opening. Here in the parish, I’m also calling some group leaders together to work on the implementation of the guidelines that will be given to us. As the expectations are high with the possibility of celebrating masses publicly, we need to be careful. All caution will be taken and I would imagine that the vulnerable population will be advised at first to stay in quarantine. Even though not all may agree with these decisions, please be assured that they were taken out of precautions to avoid any harm to our own population. As your pastor, I will do everything possible and permissible (very creatively if necessary) to best serve you.
This weekend we will hear of the Gospel Jesus telling us that HE WILL NOT LEAVE US ORPHANS! HE WILL COME TO US! Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. I invite you this coming week to pray the novena of the Holy Spirit. Let’s ask for Him to invite and invade our hearts. He is called the sweet guest of our soul, the consoler and the advocate. In the same way you might fix the house if you were to welcome someone important in your house, let’s prepare our soul to receive the Holy Spirit. We continue with our daily mass at 9:00am on YouTube and Facebook, at 6:00pm there is evening Prayer, and Confessions are offered 4:00pm6:00pm on Tuesdays and 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturdays. The Church is open every day from 10:00am—6:00pm for prayer. We are all praying for you.
Father Steven Clemence