Weekly Pastor's Letter
November 19 and 26, 2023
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadlines for our bulletins for the next two weeks are very close, so I will have this same letter for the 19th and the 26th.
Many thanks to the Parish Council members who spoke at the Masses regarding our Parish Grand Annual. Their beautiful testimonies about the importance of our parish community and our need to support it spiritually and financially were heartfelt and compelling. (I said to one of the presenters after Mass: “I’ve already made my $400 pledge, but your talk was so good that I am going to increase it!”) As a reminder: for our parish to stay solvent and afloat, I am asking every individual or household to pledge/donate $400; this can be paid in installments over the next four or five months. We hope to raise $160,000. We want everyone to participate as best as one can. This, along with your weekly offertory, will allow us to carry out our important mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ here in Boston and internationally. Many thanks! See the website or call the office for more information.
We are also scheduled to have our collection for the retired Religious Sisters of the Archdiocese the weekend of November 18/19. During the second collection, feel free to put in envelopes for both the Parish Grand Annual and the retired Sisters. Cash will be given to the Sisters.
Cardinal Seán has asked all parishioners in the archdiocese to do their part to aid the migrants arriving in our area who now find themselves without housing or material goods. I have asked our parish chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society to propose a plan to me for how we might be part of these efforts. And with that, keep your eyes open for information regarding the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas support offered by our parish group as well.
Our Advent Luncheons for the Homeless begin on Wednesday, November 29 following the noon Mass and continue through Advent at that time. You are welcome to volunteer financial support but especially time for setting up, serving food, cleaning up, and just sitting with our guests.
Join us for Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00am. Also, the Choir Boys will be singing at the famous Quincy Christmas Parade/Tree Lighting on Friday, November 24. And please plan to join us for the Choir School Christmas concerts on December 10 and 17 at 3:00pm here in the church; they are a delightful part of the holiday season and critical fundraisers for our school. Bring many friends! Tickets are available on the website and after some Masses.
God bless you,