I hope your New Year’s Eve was fun and filled with joy, and I pray that 2018 presents to us greater joy and unity with our Lord and Savior.
Perhaps each of us will pray for our country and world that we might invite the Prince of Peace into our hearts, families and communities.
I spent the night with the celebration of the weekend 7:00pm Mass, and enjoyed the firework show shortly after the conclusion of the Mass. I often make plans to head into First Night to enjoy the party atmosphere and the fireworks over Boston Harbor. I even go as far as to search for hotel rooms. Unfortunately age gets the better part of me and I end up enjoying dinner with my parents, or in this case, some friends, followed by returning to bed well before the midnight hour. Sound familiar? As I am a hopeful person I continue to make these plans, and hope at some point to make it to Times Square for the ball drop (but you can bet it will be a New Year’s Eve that records unusually warmer weather in the 40’s).
As I look backward to 2017 I realize we have done much in this parish: we prepared to be a test pilot parish for the archdiocesan wide capital campaign, we prepared for the new Marshfield Collaborative, both for which we were removed after much ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ On the positive side of 2017 we hit a record on our Grand Annual Campaign (matching the amount raised by a more affluent neighboring parish), we also hosted a successful Mission Seaside Gala raising 55K for the poor in Constanza D.R. and our Youth Mission Program, let’s not forget the Hollywood Studio from whom we raised a large amount of rental income, coupled with all these highlights we put a new roof on the church as well as put heat into the bathroom, and installed new commercial grade lighting in the sanctuary of our worship space. This once again shows the divine favor that God has bestowed upon our parish, and for that we should all double up on our prayers and corporal good works in the new year.
This past Christmas we raised $7300.00 in the Christmas collection; the weekend Masses and Vigil Masses were full, the Christmas Day 7:30 Mass was normal but the 10AM and 11:30AM were 20% and 30% full…this may be due to the squall that went by around the time of these Masses. The collection from the weekend Masses was higher than normal, and so it is just for the parish to issue a check for $8400.00 (the normal amount we raise on Christmas) to the Clergy Benefit Retirement Fund. The Christmas Flower donations were about $1600.00 which is $800.00 short of our normal funds collected. This may be because Advent was essentially three (rather than the normal four) weeks in duration. I want to thank each of you who contributed to these two collections. They are signs of your love for God and your affection for the retired priests of the diocese.
As you know we are a parish which has focused on working with the poor in our country as well as in Central and South America. Last year our country witnessed major Hurricanes in Houston, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. We have an opportunity to help them by spending five days in Houston working along with the St. Bernard Project. This opportunity is open to adults and the parish is subsidizing the airfare and housing for those who volunteer. We are heading down the last days of February through the first few days of March. We are looking at airfares now but need to start booking the seats shortly after the MLK holiday. I would like to send a group of about five to six adults, and so I would ask you to contact Catherine Rein, Will Rein our Mission Director or myself for more information and to register for this service week. If you like warm weather and sun, this is a great way to warm yourself by serving others in need.
The Parish office will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of the Martin Luther King Day Holiday.