Newsletter, May 27, 2020
ST. MARY CHURCH REOPENING
PENTECOST SUNDAY, MAY 31
MASS AT 10:30 AM
We are pleased to announce that we will reopen for the celebration of Mass starting on the feast of the birth of the Christian Church, Pentecost Sunday, May 31st at 10:30 am!
A committee of faithful parishioners and our parish staff are working diligently to prepare for this much anticipated event. The backgrounds of the committee members include medicine, finance, law, and education. A detailed plan is being developed which follows the guidelines provided by federal and state agencies as well as the Archdiocese of Boston.
We are making every effort to make our Church as safe as possible by sanitizing pews, railings, doorknobs, and other surfaces before and after Mass. Significant precautions will be taken when providing Holy Communion. An essential part of our plan requires your cooperation.
Setting regulations and asking you to comply with them seems so contrary to our Parish’s welcoming spirit but it is necessary for the wellbeing of all who attend. Knowing our parishioners as we do, we are confident of your cooperation. Please review the following:
- Masks which cover your nose and mouth, must be worn by all adults and children 5 years and older. Please have them on before you arrive.
- We will have greeters outside the Church to welcome you and direct you into the Church building.
- Additional volunteers inside will assist you in identifying appropriate seating.
- Please sanitize your hands as you enter the Church. You will find some on the tables at the doors of the Church.
- In addition to frequently sanitizing your hands, it is very helpful to you to not touch your face to the extent possible.
- Appropriate social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between non-family members is required while you are in the Church and as you are entering and exiting the building. We are blessed to have such a magnificent and spacious place to worship at St. Mary’s. The size of our church will enable us to configure seating arrangements which will maintain social distancing during Mass. Designated benches will be marked to ensure this distancing and directions will be given at Communion time to this end as well.
- The use of missalettes and children’s books and coloring books are suspended as they are a means of transmitting disease.
- For the safety of the children, gathering at the back of the Church is suspended. Children and families will be seated together in a pew.
Please avail yourself of the guidance of our volunteers should you have any questions.
We are excited to welcome you back to St. Mary’s. Your presence has been greatly missed. Though our gatherings in these time will be a far cry from what we’re used to, God’s grace and our spirits will make them as enriching and as rewarding as always.
We recognize that many members of our parish may not yet feel comfortable venturing out to attend Mass at this time. This is completely understandable and the reason that our Archbishop, Cardinal Seάn O’Malley, has continued the dispensation for Sunday Mass attendance. Likewise, we will continue to live stream Mass each week and will make that video available for replay at home on our Facebook page and our website at www.stmarystcatherine.org.
Accordingly, we anticipate that the number of attendees will be fewer than normal in the early stages of our return to worship resulting in our decision to begin with just one Sunday Mass. We will closely monitor attendance as we progress through this return to a “new normal” and add Masses as circumstances warrant.
The Church speaks of the Feast of Pentecost as the Birthday of the Church. When a birthday is celebrated, inevitably one thinks back to that joyous moment of birth. For the Church it was a deeply tumultuous time! Confusion, misunderstanding, accusations and anger were all present. Nonetheless, that time was dominated by Hope. God has visited His people. The promise of ages, long awaited, has been fulfilled. Jesus is the long-awaited Christ and in His resurrection, ascension, and gift of the Holy Spirit, the Church was born and continues vibrant. The enduring message of the Good News continues unabated.
This Birthday celebration we will hold this Sunday comes at the most perfect time for each and all of us.
As always, we ask that if you are able, please continue to support our broader church community especially during these trying and unpredictable times. Please visit our website to specify where you’d like your donation to be directed.
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MAY 31, 2020
The word Pentecost is Greek and it means “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. It is the birth day of our Church.
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. Jews from all over the world were gathered with Peter, the leader of the Apostles and the Eleven. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another.
The apostles and disciples went about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, not only to Jews but to the Gentiles as well. Many became believers and followers of The Way, as life in Christ was initially called. The Acts of the Apostles, 11:23-26 tells us that that it was in Antioch that we became known as Christians: “And it came about that for an entire year they met with the church, and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.”
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit received in the Sacrament of Confirmation are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are acts which the action of the Holy Spirit produces in our soul in a habitual way. The tradition of the Church enumerates twelve fruits: “love, joy, peace, patience, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, self-control, chastity” (see Gal 5:22–23).
The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind, and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit. The color of Pentecost is red and the priest wears red vestments on this day.
Parishioners are also invited to wear red.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Spirit of Love, Creator and Sanctifier of all who call on you, transform me so that I may resemble Jesus. Help me, Spirit of Love, to adapt myself to the pattern of Jesu – to think like Jesus, to speak like Jesus, to love like Jesus, to suffer like Jesus, to behave like Jesus.
Remain always in me and, by your grace and my cooperation, fulfill in me the designs of God with respect to my life and my purpose in life. As you have governed the sacred humanity of Jesus during his time on earth, be also the moving power of my life, the Soul of my soul.
Holy Spirit, Spirit of Love, I consecrate myself to you through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and in the name of Jesus. Amen.
CATHOLIC TV TO BROADCAST LIVE POPE FRANCIS’ RECITATION OF THE ROSARY SATURDAY, MAY 30 AT 11:30AM AND REBROADCAST AT 8PM
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will lead the major shrines around the world in praying the rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The pope will pray at the replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens May 30, the eve of Pentecost, and will also be joined by several “men and women representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus,” the Vatican said May 26. The service will be at 5:30 p.m. in Rome (11:30 a.m. EDT). See the whole article at: https://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?h=Pope_to_lead_world_shrines_in_rosary_prayer_for_pandemic_May_30&utm_source=ConstantContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Dailynewsletter&ID=187722