We have begun celebrating Masses for the repose of the souls of the 59 victims of the Las Vegas Shootings. Please take a bulletin home with you over the coming months and take time to remember each of the victims and their families on the respective days we celebrate the intentioned Mass. The upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s will be so difficult for these families; as Catholics we believe our prayers are heard by God, and so we should ask Him to help them deal with the pain which grief brings in such sudden deaths. We will also remember each of them by name in our Annual Mass of Remembrance.

“Blessed are those who grieve for they will be comforted.”

God invites us in the upcoming holiday season to commit to our daily prayers the needs of these families and to bring them comfort and our spiritual support. Thank you.

This past week I attended the Parish Soft Conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The organizers could have found some place warmer, but the event was well worth the trip, as I always bring back some great ideas which benefit the operation of the parish.

On Tuesday, November 14th, at 1:00pm I will be pre-taping the Sunday Catholic TV Mass at Catholic TV Studios in Watertown, MA (located behind St Patrick’s Church in Watertown Center). The following Friday, November 17th at 9:30am I will be celebrating the TV Mass at the Watertown studio. If you would like to attend one of these Masses you are most welcome, and if you need a ride just call the office. This is a great deal of fun and provides a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at the daily Mass many of you watch.

The roofing company is due on the premises this Monday and it should take about two weeks for them to replace the existing roof. The new roof will sport a different look in terms of brown rather than grey shingles. A word of thanks to our parishioner and project manager Tom Burke for overseeing this work. Tom runs a project management company which does many projects on commercial buildings in downtown Boston, and has volunteered his services free of charge; honestly he sends several of his workers here to the church for various repairs, and rarely sends a bill. I’m very blessed to have his help and friendship.

There is a lot of excitement in town as Hollywood has arrived and started shooting the Equalizer II movie. They will be filming for the next two weeks and have rented part of our parking lot. I would ask folks to avoid parking where you see the trailers and park behind the church or on the other side of the hall. Thanks.

I am heading down to the Dominican Republic in a little over a week, and again ask for your prayers. I will leave on Monday and return the following Saturday. I will be meeting with the Diocesan Bishop and the Minister of Health and will be accompanied by Chris Kerins (who is proficient in 6 languages, particularly Spanish) and we will be opening up a new line of communication with the local church, as well as continuing work on expanding the outreach of neighboring clinics. Your support is appreciated!

November 1st is All Saints Day and we will celebrate a Vigil Mass the night before at 4:00pm and on the Holy Day at 7:30am. Next Sunday, Bishop John Dooher will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 11:30am Mass. All are welcome to attend.