This Sunday at the 10:00am Mass I will celebrate my 20th year of Ordination to the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ. The actual anniversary was May 17 but I delayed the celebration in order that I might do so with the larger parish population, which includes snowbirds and summer residents. I have spent half of my priestly life in this parish and in the town of Marshfield. This Mass is my opportunity to thank God for placing me in your parish and for each of you. What a tremendous blessing and privilege it has been to be invited into your lives. After Mass I hope you will join me in the courtyard for coffee and donuts. You mean a great deal to me and have made my life richer and holier by means of your prayers. Thank You and may God Bless You richly.

It has been so nice the past two weeks to have our summer residents and snowbirds worshipping with us. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Rostro de Cristo 2nd collection a few weeks back; through your generosity we will be sending that archdiocesan group a check for $2500.00. Outstanding!

It’s nice to see everyone embrace this work, while showing others our love for the poor.

Our next project includes our own mission work and that of the Constanza Medical Mission. As you know we undertake many mission trips within the United States as well as Central and South America. We also work closely with the Constanza Medical Mission (CMM) which is based out of the South Shore, they adopted a clinic in the mountains of the Dominincan Republic thirteen years ago. CMM pays the salary of a physician who runs the clinic as well as supports three nuns who assist in outreach work to the local villagers. I am pleased to say as a member of the group’s board of directors, that we are planning on expanding the mission work. On August 19th we will hold a fundraiser for both mission programs at the Daniel Webster Estate. The evening will include drinks and appetizers, as well as entertainment. We will have a range of music, which will include an Irish Band, some classical music in the estate house with Chris Kerins performing with his cello, as well as a DJ who will play a variety of music. There will be silent and live auction items as well as raffles. Some might recall the last fundraiser we did about six years ago. The tickets for the event are $50.00 and can be obtained either through our website, at one of our weekend Masses or at the rectory during the week. This is going to be a great event and we will soon begin advertising the silent and live auctions on our website. I am confident that folks will walk away with some great bargains. Please make a point of marking this event on your calendar and attending this Seaside Gala.