Reminder . . .
In the interest of your safety & our snow removal efforts, if school is cancelled because of snow/weather, there will be no daily morning Mass. (However, if there is a published intention, and a priest can safely get to the church, the Mass will be celebrated.)
The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move. Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
Cardinal Seán’s recent message of support and solidarity to the Catholics of our immigrant communities in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston included:
Link to full text of Cardinal Seán's letter.
A rich body of Church teaching, including Papal encyclicals, Bishops’ statements and pastoral letters, has consistently reinforced our moral obligation to treat the stranger as we would treat Christ himself. Use the following links to sections of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) website that contain further links to the many resources available to better understand the issues, how you can help, and guidance on how we as the Catholic faithful can find new and meaningful ways to welcome our immigrant sisters and brothers into our parishes, schools and communities:
It is said that a healthy church is a growing church. We have seen and experienced that growth in our Collaborative Parishes at both St. Thomas More and Sacred Heart with the development of the Children’s Choirs who assist us in singing the 9:00 and 10:15 family masses each week. We are so grateful for their uplifting singing and faithful service.
The Adult Choir at Sacred Heart has welcomed two new members this year and we are always ready to embrace more.
We are currently working on building up our adult choir at St. Thomas More. We are looking for people who like to participate enthusiastically in the congregational singing. Though being part of the choir requires some level of commitment, it does not require as much time as you might think. The choir may sing at the 5:00 Mass on Saturday evening or the 8:00 Mass on Sunday mornings depending on the level of interest from prospective singers. I like to think of the choir as a small group within the larger church family, called in a special, musical way, to serve the community. It does not take great voices to build a great choir – it takes average voices gifted with the love of music, dedicated to a great, loving and faithful God! Just speak to one of our music ministers or e-mail Mary Beth any time for more information. Join us for a month, a season, or longer. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a beautiful choir during the seasons. Whether or not you are interested in serving in the choir, please take the time to pray for our music ministry, the growth of our Collaborative Parishes, and improving our ability to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ and the work of the New Evangelization!
During the week of November 7, the Grand Annual Appeal packet was mailed out to all those who gave last year. If you do not receive one, please help us by contacting the collaborative office to be sure we have your information accurately in our records. Parish-specific packets are also available at both parishes for those of you who do not receive the mailing. You may add your envelope to the collection, or drop it off or mail it to the Collaborative office. I ask you for your prayerful support at both parishes. Please note that all of your donations by parish stay in the individual budgets of each parish. Peace, Fr. Sean