November 1 is the Feast Day of All Saints preceded by All Hallows Eve, better known as Halloween. On our church’s liturgical calendar, it is a Holy Day (Nov. 1) with Masses here at Saint Mary Church at 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.All Souls Day follows as a special day of remembering in prayer our deceased loved ones, friends and parishioners. We will be celebrating our special Mass of Remembrance next Sunday, November 5, at the 11:30am Mass.
Since my ordination to the Deaconate in 1970, I have been assigned with many wonderful pastors and brother priests. As a Deacon I served at St. Rose Parish in Chelsea with Msg.McMahon, then as a newly ordained priest in 1971 with Msgr.Riley in Abington, Rev. Joseph McGlone in Auburndale, Rev. Sean Sheehan and Rev. Paul Walsh in Acton, and finally Msgr. John Keilty and Rev. Eugene Curtin in Lexington. These wonderful pastors (in my opinion) always demonstrated a love for the church and parishioners with competency. I have been most blessed in knowing and serving with them in parish ministry. In so many ways they served as mentors and models for being a pastor to younger priests as they matured into priesthood. Each of them had qualities of leadership and understanding that assisted priests over the years to be better pastors and parochial
vicars. May God grant His eternal rest to each of them.
Our Grand Annual Appeal continues, and again, this collection is most important to the financial health of the parish. It represents about 30% o the income needed to make the budget. With your continued generosity to the Sunday collections (in the basket or online), we are able to provide for professional staff, benefits, insurances, programming and maintenance and so many budgeted needs. Thank you to all who have already made a meaningful contribution to this shared responsibility. Through your financial support, some of our maintenance issues are being taken care of.
This past month and in early November, Fr. Joe will be joining with me as we celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick at our two rehab/nursing home facilities within the parish. It is good to remind parishioners that when possible, before going into the hospital for surgical procedures, diagnosis with serious illness or relatives in declining health, you might consider requesting this Anointing/Blessing/Sacrament of the Sick from one of the priests.Through this sacrament, the church prays for those with serious illness asking Almighty God for healing (physical, spiritual and emotional), as well as for strengthening during the illness and journey. With every sacrament, God share His graces, blessings and love with us.
As we approach the coming month of November, a sincere thank you for all the ways you continue to bless the parish and priests here at Saint Mary with your kindnesses, friendship and witness to others.