Monday, October 5, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you* by [the] grace [of Christ] for a different gospel. (Galations 1:6)


St. Paul reminds us this morning that our faith is not a 'one and done' experience.  It is not enough to say 'I believe in Jesus' or to recite the Creed. Christianity is about a relationship with Christ. A relationship with God in whom all perfection is found.  The more we grow in understanding and love of Christ, the more we experience conversion of mind and heart.

The moment when we stop growing in faith; the moment we stop taking time to learn more about Christ and His teachings; the moment we stop praying, the greater the chance of becoming complacent and of walking away from faith.  Oh, we may still attend Mass, 'say our prayers', but the practice of faith becomes all about me, dressed up in words about the Gospel or Jesus.

The scholar of the law in the Gospel today refers to a scholar of the Law of Moses. He would have been a spiritual leader of the people. He is being called by Jesus to come to a greater understanding of what it means to love God.

That scholar is us.  

Monday, July 6, 2020

Mass sign up for July 11 and 12

Important notice:  Please be sure to sign up for a Mass if you are planning on attending.  We are getting close to full capacity at the Sat 4PM, and Sunday 8 and 10AM Masses.  With social distancing requirements, we can only use anywhere from 11-25%, depending on the number of households that attend. We have no flexibility in changing this.

To sign up for Masses, please go to https://signup.com/go/pmHDvqU

Check in will take place outside the front doors of the Church.  At the start time of Mass, any reservations who have not shown up will be released and walk ins will be allowed to fill those spaces.  

These are incredibly unique times and we are doing the best we can with the conditions required.  We look forward to the day when we can once again open our Church and buildings to full capacity.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mass Sign up for July 4 and 5

To sign up for one of the Masses this weekend: https://signup.com/go/qwfWrDQ

Just a reminder that as the number of people attending Mass continues to increase, the capacity of how many we can have in Church does not.  We strongly encourage you to sign up before hand if you are planning on attending Mass. Once we reach capacity we are not able to allow anyone else into the Church.

When the stay at home advisory began back in March, we included the practice of offering a prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, at the end of Mass.  At our Parish Leadership Team Meeting, it was noted that even though we have begun reopening, the vast majority of our parishioners are still staying at home.  In addition, we are all concerned by the rise of numbers of COVID infections happening in other parts of the country and looking ahead, at least the next year is full of uncertainty.  If there was ever a time when we needed the prayers of our Blessed Mother it is now.  Starting on Monday before the start of the daily Mass we will begin by praying the Angelus.  I am thankful to Bill J. for lending us his image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  We will be looking at acquiring one for the Parish at some point.

Here is the Angelus for those who wish to follow along via the livestream:

Angelus

Leader: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
All:  And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.  
Hail Mary…

Leader:  Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
All: Be it done unto me according to your word.
Hail Mary…
Leader:  And the Word was made Flesh.
All: And dwelt among us.  
Hail Mary…

Leader:  Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader:  LET US PRAY

All:  Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Mass sign up for June 27 and 28

Here is the link to sign up to attend Mass for the weekend of June 27 and 28:   

https://signup.com/go/EqaRrHn


The Mass schedule is: Saturday 4PM, Sunday 8AM, 10AM, 12N and 5PM.

The 12N and 5PM are the lightest attended Masses.  All Masses are available via the livestream as well (www.stmarysdartmouth.org).  

Communion will be distributed to those who are not comfortable attending Mass between the hours of 1:30PM and 3PM.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Mass sign ups and updates for June 20/21

To sign up for this weekend's Masses: https://signup.com/go/JfJejOQ



Some updates:

You do not have bring a print up of the Confirmation email, we will have your name door, just check in as you enter the Church.

Currently our numbers have been low enough that we have been able to let people in who hadn't signed up. However, our numbers have been increasing each weekend and soon, particularly the 4PM and 8AM Mass, we will not be able to do so. We have 0 ability to increase the numbers allowed for Mass.  We strongly encourage people to sign up either through the link provided or by calling the before Friday 5PM.

At this time it is not necessary to sign up for daily Masses.  If this changes we will let you know.

The distribution of Holy Communion is available between 1:30PM and 3PM on Sundays for those who do not wish to attend Mass.

At this time we are not able to bring Communion to the homebound.  When it resumes it will initially only be done by Fr. David.  We will notify homebound parishioners when the Bishop gives the ok.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Mass Sign Up for June 13/14

We are still using the Mass Sign Up system in Phase 2.  To sign up for Mass for the weekend of June 13/14, click on this link:https://signup.com/go/LaZDTBA


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

To our High School Graduates

Dear 2020 Graduate,

Congratulations on your graduation!

While your Senior year didn’t go as you thought it would, it does not diminish the accomplishment you have achieved, nor how proud we are of you.  As you begin an exciting new phase in your life know that we are praying for you and are here to be of service to you.  Also know that the Lord is with you each and every day, as he has been since you came into this world.

Sometimes it is difficult to imagine that God is really present.  There is so much darkness in our world, so many problems, so much hurt, how can He really be here?  Where is he?  In 1 John 4:8b we are told very simply that “God is Love.” John isn’t trying to come up with bumper sticker or Twitter post but telling us about the very nature of God.  He makes himself known in the experience of love.

In addition, we find Him in Beauty, Goodness and Truth.  Many saints came to Christianity through intellectual pursuits. Catholicism has contributed greatly to the intellectual traditions of our world. If you are going off to college, the university system was created by the Church because the pursuit of truth will lead one to God.  The Church has been a leader in philosophy, science, and literature throughout the centuries.

We have a longing for beauty and for goodness.  These are particularly sought in the turmoil of 2020.  Many artists, writers, musicians and composers found God in their creative pursuits.  Others, like Dorothy Day and St. Francis, Blessed Piers Frassati found him in the pursuit of service to others, particularly the poor.

Countless people have found God in the experience of Love. An experience that is impossible to describe with words, that allows us to live in joy and hope even on the bad days and keeps us motivated to reach for our dreams.

Remember when you were a little kid and you went out to play? Sometimes your parents would say “stay close” that way they could call you back home when it was time for dinner or they didn’t want you to wander off and get lost.  Well, as you begin this new phase of your life, stay close: to your family, to your parish, to your friends.  The world is an exciting place, but we should never go out by ourselves.  We need to stay close to those who love us so that we don’t wander and get lost.

Once again congratulations and good luck!

Monday, October 5, 2020

I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you *  by [the] grace [of Christ] for a different gospel. (Galations 1:6) S...