Throughout Lent we practice Prayer, Penance and Almsgiving.

We are providing programs of all the Lenten activities at the Duxbury-Marshfield parishes and have placed the Daily Lenten Meditation books at each entrance. This is a great season for us to take time and prepare for how we want to live out this Lent. Throughout Lent we practice Prayer, Penance and Almsgiving. Daily Mass is the perfect prayer of the Church and is worth attending at 7:30am in our chapel. Catholic Traveling Prayers is a great source for prayer with settings which reflect the beauty of God’s gift of nature. What about coming during the day, visiting the chapel and spending fifteen minutes in front of the tabernacle. Lent is not always a time for giving up, it is more about moving towards God in an active way. This a great time for conversion and moving closer in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

I would highly encourage folks to watch the daily homilies which are pre-taped for Facebook and Instagram. You don’t have to have an account with either social media service, all you have to do is visit our website and go to the upper left hand corner and press the FB Button for Facebook ~ or ~the button with the camera for Instagram.

The FB homilies are normally between 2 1/2 to 4 minutes, while the Instagram one is forty five to sixty second long. We will also livestream daily Mass in the chapel during Lent (only). We are also going to livestream all our Holy Week Services. Please share with others, especially shut-ins the livestream offering of the Mass. If you are away on vacation you too can check in on Sundays at 10:00am for our recorded livestream Mass. This is a great ministry which is worth promoting. With respect to the homilies it is a big undertaking to commit to recording one a day and I appreciate the hundreds of folks who watch the daily homily! The most watched homilies are on Sunday and a few weeks ago we had one thousand people click on to view it!

 From time to time I have parishioners approaching me about “end of life” questions, either concerning themselves or someone close to them. I realize these are a difficult questions and I applaud all those who seek  out God’s plan concerning such issues. I am always ready to sit down with any of you and have that discussion. I also have a resource I would like to make you aware of, and that is a book entitled “The Health Care Decision Guide for Catholics”, written by Patricia Stewart. This is a 43-page book and it will afford those who read it a better framework for making such difficult decisions. If you would like a copy please see me after Mass or call the rectory. If you do not need it now, file it in your memory bank for another time.

While I am promoting books let me also recommend “Fighting Cancer with the Help of your Catholic Faith.” This is a 56-page book written by Lorene Hanley Duquin, and it helps accompany someone who is dealing with the roller coaster feelings and anxieties that those who face cancer experience.  I occasionally put copies of this book out by the entrances. If you’d like a copy just speak  with a member of the pastoral staff or call the office.

This past Saturday the Knights of Columbus held their Annual Spaghetti Dinner and it was, as usual, a great success. It’s great to get out on a cold winter night and spend time with our neighbors. The proceeds from the night go to the Knight’s Charity Account. I want to thank everyone who attended and especially those who prepared and served the food.

In our Mass the Ordinary prayers consist of five parts: the Kyrie (Lord have mercy upon us….), Gloria (Glory be to thee….), Credo (I believe in God the Father….), Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy….) and Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God…). In Lent we omit the Gloria and the Gospel Alleluia, which sets an appropriately somber tone for Lent. Most of these are known as sung Mass parts. One of the many ways we will celebrate our 75th Anniversary it to change the sung Mass settings.   Beginning the 1st Sunday of Lent we will change the settings to those especially commissioned for the Mass of St Ann. I think everyone will find them easy to sing and I hope you like them.