The month of January’s candles were for John J. Murphy who is residing in assisted living housing. His wife, Marie, has asked that we might say a prayer for him. John was a regular at our Saturday 4:00pm Vigil along with his wife Marie. Many of you folks may know them from Sunrise Beach, where they were a fixture. While we all miss his warm smile, we should keep him in our prayers and ask God’s blessing upon him. Also, by the way, the candles and wine have been intentioned for the Main Church for the entire 2021 year and we only have the chapel to intention and have July through December open. That is awesome and I want to thank you for covering the cost of these sacramentals. If you are interested in reserving a date for 2022 in the church or 2021 in the chapel, please call the parish office.
I am sad to report that John Toomey passed away earlier this week. You would know John if you went to the Sunday 7:30am Mass or spent any amount of time down at the Harbor. John was a printer for many years and at retirement joined the Harbormaster contingent. He loved being of service to others and always had a big warm smile on his face, but occasionally could throw on a stern one if you were not following safety protocols. His son is a Marshfield Police Officer. Our condolences go to his wife and children, and we would like you to know how much we enjoyed his kindnesses and presence amongst us. I performed Last Rites on John last Sunday afternoon and also had earlier given Last Rites to Mary Morrison who lived directly in back of the Church and who was a member of the Crafters and many other social groups here at the parish. Mary’s Funeral was on Friday and John’s on Saturday. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord!
Last week the Offertory included a 2nd Collection for the Church in Latin America. For practical and safety purposes, we are only able to take one collection, so we cut a check out of the offertory for the assigned second collection. We sent along a check for $687.00 to the Archdiocese cashier’s office.
Last weekend I spoke of a new parish-wide initiative to supply food to the Jamaica Plain Catholic Collaborative. The need is great! The pantry has limited hours and they often run out of food. This past weekend, I explained this at Mass and asked for food donations. I was very pleased to receive food later that very day! A few people went to the store right after the Mass and then returned to the rectory, supplying a good amount of food. We received cartons of food from Walmart that were shipped to the rectory, and I also received $200.00 in checks for their Food Pantry.Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly believe God will send down abundant blessings to those who care for the poor and needy. The parish will also send financial help as well to Food Pantries in Marshfield and Brockton.
This week and next we are holding a baby shower to honor the Pro Life Movement and to promote the sanctity of Life. The items we receive will be given to a pro life house for expectant mothers in Quincy. If you forgot your item this week, don’t worry. Just bring it by next weekend. Thanks.
We have the Drive-In Mass year round. Last Sunday’s 8:30 Mass featured 3˚ F weather, which will repeat this Sunday. Rain, snow or chill, we’ll be outside for the Drive-In Mass. I’ll only cancel if it’s a bad Nor’easter or tropical rain!