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Public Safety Meeting

Boston Police will host a public safety meeting on Tues., Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown sub-station on 20 Vine Street. (Intersection with Bunker Hill St. under the Tobin.) Considering recent tragic events, the public is encouraged to attend.

Former St. Mary’s pastor passes to the Lord

Reverend Monsignor Robert J. Boyle, former pastor of Saint Mary Parish, passed away last Monday, November 10.

Father Boyle was assigned to St. Mary’s from September 24, 1974 to July 9, 1984.

Msgr. Boyle was placed in repose at Regina Cleri Chapel in Boston on Wednesday, will be placed in repose at St. Charles Church in Woburn on Thursday.

His funeral is scheduled for Friday, November 14 at St. Charles Church, followed by internment at Cavalry Cemetery in Woburn.

Condolences can be sent to his brother, Gerald F. Boyle, of 7 Rackliffe Street, Gloucester, MA 01930-4159.

Remembrances may be made in Msgr. Boyle’s memory to Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114.

May he rest in peace.

Moving onward

An article by Music Director Daniel Sauceda

As most of you know, I am from California, born and raised. I am both happy and sad to announce that my time here with you, my parish family, is coming to a close, and that I will be returning west in the Spring of 2015.

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Prayer for those in need

Prayer for those in need

We know there are people we need to feed

Christians are called to help those in need.

All we have comes from God

When we think of this we feel awed.

God, we send to you our prayer-

From here to there to everywhere.

We trust that for those struggling, you will be there

And we pray that you help us to share.

Amen.

-written by our Religious Education students

Next Book Club looks at “Francis of Rome”

The next meeting of the Parish Book Club will discuss Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church.

Of this work, Goodreads.com notes that

“Pope Francis has unleashed enormous hopes. Here, Leonardo Boff, one of the leading figures of liberation theology as well as the global movement for justice and ecology, explores the connections between these two Franchises and the promise they hold for the church and the world today.”

Their next discussion meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 10 in the Parish Center  at 7:00 p.m. All are welcomed to enjoy a good read, meet your parishioners and participate in the book group’s lively discussion!

What can you do for Thanksgiving?

Hunger is an extraordinary problem. According to Project Bread, 700,000 adults and children in Massachusetts may not know where they will find their next meal. Many programs are designed to help the greatest in need, but here in Charlestown, the most successful mission is Harvest on Vine. On November 25 at 2:30 p.m., the emergency food pantry will commence its Thanksgiving turkey distribution to hundreds of clients. You can assist in this endeavor in a variety of ways. Blessings to you and your family during this time of thanksgiving.

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For All Saints and All Souls

Saturday, November 1

9AM – All Saints Day Mass (A Holy Day of Obligation) at St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

4PM – Mass at St. Mary’s Church

Sunday, November 2

8AM – Mass at St. Mary’s Church

10:30AM – All Souls Day Mass at St. Mary’s Church

6PM – Mass of Remembrance at St. Mary’s Church

All Souls Day Mass

Prayer for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

Prayer of Remembrance

By Bruce Prewer (adapted)

Living God, in whom there is no shadow or change, we thank you for the gift of life eternal, and for all those who, having served you well, now rest from their labors.

We thank you for all the saints remembered and forgotten, for those dear souls most precious to us. We bless you for their life and love, and rejoice for them.

God of Jesus and our God, mindful of all those souls who have gone on ahead of us, teach us, and each twenty-first century disciple of every race and place:

to follow Jesus’ example to the best of our ability,

to feed the poor in body or spirit,

to support and comfort the mourners and the repentant,

to encourage the meek and stand with them in crises,

to affirm those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

to cherish and learn from the merciful,

to be humbled by, and stand with, the peacemakers.

Help us to clearly recognize what it means to be called the children of God, and to know we are called to be your saints neither by our own inclination nor in our own strength but simply by the call and the healing holiness of Christ Jesus our Savior.  We ask this in his name. Amen!

All Saints Day Mass (Holy day of obligation)

Prayer for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

Prayer of Remembrance

By Bruce Prewer (adapted)

Living God, in whom there is no shadow or change, we thank you for the gift of life eternal, and for all those who, having served you well, now rest from their labors.

We thank you for all the saints remembered and forgotten, for those dear souls most precious to us. We bless you for their life and love, and rejoice for them.

God of Jesus and our God, mindful of all those souls who have gone on ahead of us, teach us, and each twenty-first century disciple of every race and place:

to follow Jesus’ example to the best of our ability,

to feed the poor in body or spirit,

to support and comfort the mourners and the repentant,

to encourage the meek and stand with them in crises,

to affirm those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

to cherish and learn from the merciful,

to be humbled by, and stand with, the peacemakers.

Help us to clearly recognize what it means to be called the children of God, and to know we are called to be your saints neither by our own inclination nor in our own strength but simply by the call and the healing holiness of Christ Jesus our Savior.  We ask this in his name. Amen!

Working on the margins

“Never tire of working for a more just world.” – Pope Francis

For decades, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has worked to defend human dignity and take poverty off the map. Local programs supported by CCHD have changed neighborhoods across the country. We need your help to continue to meet the needs of more than 46 million people who still struggle to overcome poverty.

In recent years, CCHD has backed grassroots initiatives to augment communities and address a range of environmental justice issues. Their efforts have tackled water and air pollution, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency, green jobs, and urban gardening. Such actions, claim the organization, are “making economic empowerment a reality for low-income families.”

CCHD’s primary source of support is a yearly collection held in parishes across the United States. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from our November 9 Human Development collection is retained to fight poverty in our own diocese. To learn more about CCHD operations, and to receive an email newsletter or read the CCHD blog, visit usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/.