A Message From Fr. Paul:
We are blessed to have resumed the celebration of public Masses at Saint Patrick Parish. Our experience last Sunday confirmed that the best and safest way for us to celebrate Masses at Saint Patrick’s at this time is to do so outdoors. We are blessed to have a very large parking lot that, without cars parked in it, can accommodate many, many hundreds of people while maintaining safe social distancing.
We celebrate outdoor Masses in our parking lot at 10:00 am in English and 11:30 am in Spanish.
Based on our very positive experience of outdoor Masses, please note:
Everyone who enters our property and participates in Mass needs to wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines. You are responsible for your own mask. I suggest you bring your own hand sanitizer.
If you’d like to bring chairs, feel free to do so. Take home your chairs with you at the conclusion of Mass.
Members of the same household do not need to observe social distancing from one another. They can stand/sit together during Mass.
On Sunday, there will be no parking in the parking lot, and David Burke Way (the street next to the rectory, in front of the parish center) will be closed at South Broadway. Parking will be on-street. Plan enough time to park on-street and walk to Saint Patrick’s.
All will enter our property by foot via David Burke Way.
The outdoor sanctuary will be in front of the barn at the rear of our parking lot. This space is visible from almost all of the parking lot, including the spaces behind the parish center, as well as much of David Burke Way.
When you walk into the parking lot, you will be able to position yourself wherever you like, maintaining social distancing of six feet from those who are not members of your household.
The details of Mass, including procedures for the reception of Holy Communion and departure at the end of Mass, will be explained to you on Sunday. We will strictly follow the public health guidelines of the State of Massachusetts and the liturgical directives of the Archdiocese of Boston.
It would be wise to arrive early on Sunday so you can comfortably position yourself in the parking lot and hear the straightforward guidelines for Mass logistics.
Bathrooms are not available during these Masses, so please plan accordingly!
The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. People in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with compromised physical conditions, are encouraged to continue to watch Mass from their homes.
To participate remotely in Sunday Mass from Saint Patrick’s, join us for our livestreamed Saturday Vigil Masses at 4:00 pm in English and 5:30 pm in Spanish. To access those livestreams, go to our YouTube channel. The recordings of the livestreams remain posted after the Masses are celebrated.
Daily Mass is available to you by way of CatholicTV.
When we are prevented from being able to receive the Eucharist, we are still able to connect deeply with Christ in the Eucharist. This is called Spiritual Communion. Perhaps the most popular prayer for a Spiritual Communion is from Saint Alphonsus Liguori:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire you with all my heart.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already in my heart
and unite myself to you completely.
Please do not let me ever by separated from you.
I am posting podcasts of my Sunday homilies. They are available on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean, or wherever you get your podcasts, as well as through our parish’s website.
Our parish staff has returned to work, but our physical office space will remain closed to the public in order to maintain a safe environment. You may reach the parish office via phone (978-683-9416) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are distributing meals in to-go bags at our Cor Unum Meal Center. Our hours remain the same as always: breakfast daily 6:00 to 8:00 am, and dinner daily 4:30 to 6:30 pm. For full information about Cor Unum, visit its website.
The best ways to keep up to date with news from Saint Patrick Parish are via Facebook or Twitter. Our weekly bulletin is available online, as will be future updates on the coronavirus situation in our parish. To have those updates sent to your email box, join our parish’s e-newsletter list.
God bless you!
- Father Paul