What a joyful PALM SUNDAY! Thanks to  all who attended. . . “

Happy Easter!  It is so nice to have our larger parish together at this celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.

I would like to remind everyone that we livestream our 10:00AM Mass each weekend, which can be accessed through our website: www.stanns.net. So wherever you live you can access this Mass. I say this because many of you have homebound parents in different towns and states, and they may not have access to a live Sunday Mass; this provides them the means to attend Mass via this social media portal. Also on the very same site is CATHOLIC TRAVELING PRAYERS,  which contains links to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL (Father Carmichael’s Catholic Traveling Prayers) and it has videos of the rosary, angelus, novenas and divine mercy chapel, all in nature’s sunny settings throughout the US and Nova Scotia. It is a great way to pray the rosary in a warm and friendly setting.

I would direct your attention to the two boxes to the side of this column which speak to the Easter Collection for the CLERGY HEALTH & RETIRMENT FUND. If you read through the letter you will discover that the funding has declined significantly as a result of a 20% decline from the Christmas collection because of a rain-snowstorm (this was on a diocesan-wide basis) and so we are asking you to consider this in making an offering this  Easter. The funds provide for the ’priests in good standing’ who are retired and count on these funds for their daily sustenance.

The Mass intentions for the Easter Masses and Octave of Easter Masses are celebrated for a singular intention: ‘Easter Novena of Masses’ for those memorialized on the Easter envelopes.

What a joyful PALM SUNDAY! Thanks to  all who attended, the little kids who formed a procession (check out our Face Book Page for a video of the youngsters processing in that morning), as well as the folks who decorated up the church and sanctuary. I hope everyone was pleased with the appearance of the church grounds. Advanced Landscaping did a good job.

During Holy Week we had our Aquarium specialist open the fish pond. We purchased an additional $400.00 filter for the 1200 gallon tank to ensure that water remains clear throughout the summer.  I want to thank the Charlestown girls (the Graham Sisters) for donating the two new plastic resin benches by the pond. The sisters have been pestering me for the past six months to replace the rickety benches, and when they offered to pay I relented! LOL

Our Parish has for many years had a charism of being a Church that serves the Poor, and part of that outreach is through the Constanza Medical Mission in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. At each of the Easter Masses we will hear from Meg Doherty, the Constanza Mission Interim Medical Director, who has also been influential in starting the Norwell VNA. Meg also does a great deal of work with serving food to the poor. There will be no collection for this mission, it is meant to give the broader parish, especially those in the medical field, an opportunity to learn of service opportunities in this important mission to the poor.