. . . Parish Council has recommended, and I have agreed, to keep the Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:00pm year – round.

Last week and this week I celebrated my 22nd Anniversary of Ordination and my 58th birthday. I have spent over half my priesthood here in this parish. I want to thank each of you for the joy you bring into my life. Whether I know you by name or not,  you have extended to me a deep level of hospitality and support.  Please know that you are remembered in my daily prayers.

This week we are resuming both species for Holy Communion. We normally suspend the precious blood during the flu season and resume on Easter Day. This year however, I received notices from the Archdiocese indicating that in the South Region the flu remained active and widespread. While I may not have seen that personally,  I thought it prudent to be cautious and held off an additional month. I thank you for your patience and I am happy that we can resume both species at the Vigil Mass and the Sunday 10:00am Mass.

I know it has been a custom here that during the summer that we move the Saturday Vigil Mass up an hour. It has worked for the parish for many years, however for the past two years, we have seen a significant decline at this Mass, as folks head off to neighboring parishes for the earlier Mass. As a result of that the Parish Council has recommended, and I have agreed, to keep the Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:00pm year – round. Please tell your friends and neighbors of this change, and I look forward to seeing everyone at this earlier summer Mass.

I want to congratulate and welcome into the Boston Presbyterate Joseph Almeida, Maciej Araszkiewicz, Corey Basset-Tirrell, Christopher Boyle, Marcos Enrique, Timothy Hynes, Przemyslaw Kasprzak, Brian O’Hanlon, Mark Oljnik, William Robinson, Carignan Rouse, Victor Vitug, and James Wargovich. Wow, that is thirteen new priests for the Archdiocese of Boston! I would ask you to please keep these young and not-so young priests in your prayers.

This Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven with a Wednesday evening 4:00PM Vigil Mass and on the Holy Day itself at 7:30am. The neighboring parishes will celebrate Masses at 7:00pm.

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. We call this the unofficial start of summer, with the return of the sun to our area. We pray for those who have served us on land and sea, far and wide, and have passed into Eternal Life.. Let us take time to remember these heroes and the sacrifices they have undertaken for our country.

May God Bless them and the United States of America.