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Sunday (Mass) Field Trip

 Aug 13, 2020 01:28 pm

Remember how much you loved field trips as a kid??? Well even though traveling is not encouraged these days, we are blessed with the ability to visit places all over the world, virtually, by tv and the internet. And since Fr. Murray is on vacation this week and we don’t have an online Mass to post for you, this weekend is a great time to check out some of the amazing parishes offering Mass online these days. But hey... don't forget to note the time zone!

You can join us for Mass in person this Sunday, by registering here. But if you can’t, or don’t feel comfortable worshiping in person, here are some great parishes where you can pray along in exotic new locales.

Mass from our own beautiful Cathedral in Boston. You can watch that on Catholic TV or online, here.

Saint Benedict parish in Halifax Nova Scotia offers a wonderful online Mass, it's a favorite of our staff. Check it out here

Feeling collegiate? Join the community at the University of Notre Dame for Mass by clicking here

St. Ann parish in Coppell, Texas offers online Mass AND an awesome sabbath guide

Feeling contemplative? Pray Mass with monks of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, and if you're thirsty after, stop by the brewery. 

At any given minute, every hour of the day, Mass is being prayed in places around the globe. This truly is a universal Church and we are at home in any Catholic church or worship site in the world. Enjoy Mass this weekend, wherever you "go!"

Blessings, 

Margo

 

A MESSAGE FROM FR. MURRAY / UN MENSAJE DEL PADRE MURRAY

 Aug 13, 2020 01:03 pm

This week, like so many in the recent past, we mark a major solemnity without the benefit of an indoor Mass as we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. We celebrate the moment when Mary, the mother of God, was assumed into heaven, body and soul, as God’s response to her for allowing herself to the be the earthly vessel to His Son. Mary’s response to the Father, through the angel Gabriel, changed her life and ours forever. It is clear evidence that one person responding generously and trustingly to God can altar the course of events for many people over an extraordinary length of time. History is filled with men and women from many places across the world that have made a major impact upon the world and within the Church. Sometimes they are famously known, like St. Francis of Assisi, who is estimated to be second only to Jesus for having the most books written about him. The generosity of Mary is outdone by the generosity of God. He is always first and always so perfectly generous. Over and over in my personal and priestly experience I have been witness to this truth. I sometimes think that Mary, who witnessed the agony of her son’s death, was spared this final moment herself.

There are many examples of generosity in the history of the parishes of Salem, and we have not stopped seeing them. This month, we were informed that we have received a very generous bequest from the will of an Immaculate Conception parishioner. I am very grateful to those who remember the church in their wills. It is a wonderful way to say thank you to the Lord and to the local parish for the experience and privilege of living our faith and being blessed by God. This comes at a perfect time, too, as we continue to look to grow as a parish, pay some of the debts down, and continue to work toward maintaining the physical buildings. Thanks again to all those who are considering this, and to all who have continued to generously give.

As I write this, I am entering the last few days of a wonderful vacation. I have been in Maine for two weeks with three other priests and two bishops. It has been, as I described in the past, a time of quiet, good conversation, and prayer. It is interesting to hear what is happening in other dioceses, seminaries, and parishes in other parts of the country. Everyone is struggling to maintain their churches and parish communities as we all confront this virus.

As you know, we are still having Masses outside and eventually will return indoors. The wisest choice seems to be in spaces that have windows and create some sort of air exchange, either with exhaust fans or, minimally, with open windows. We will do our best to keep all safe as we gather as a Eucharistic people.

Peace,Father Murray

Building news: So far this summer, I have had the doors at St. James scraped and refinished, the hall floor cleaned and waxed, and the floors at the entrances to St. James cleaned and waxed also. At Immaculate, we have been redoing the bathrooms and cleaning the storage rooms, and we installed an industrial sink for when we eventually have events indoors again. We have been going through the buildings, throwing out broken equipment and other things like old paint and tools that are no longer used or worth saving. As the fall approaches, we also are having the boilers and heating systems cleaned and checked so that we will be ready to for the winter weather as we prepare to move safely indoors.


Esta semana, como muchas anteriores marcan la solemnidad mayor sin tener misa interior mientras celebramos la Fiesta de la Asuncion de Maria. Celebramos el momento cuando María, la madre de Dios, fue asumida al cielo cuerpo y alma como la respuesta de Dios por permitir ser usada como recipiente terrenal de su Hijo. La respuesta de Maria para el Padre pensó que el Ángel Mensajero Gabriel cambió la vida de ella y de nosotros para siempre.

La evidencia es clara que una persona respondiendo a Dios generosamente y con confianza puede alterar el curso de los acontecimientos para muchas personas por un tiempo extraordinario. La historia está llena de hombres y mujeres de mucho sitios alrededor del mundo que han sido un impacto mayor en el mundo y entre la Iglesia. Algunas veces son famosamente conocidas como St. Francis de Assisi, que cae segundo a Jesús del libro escrito de el. La generosidad de María es superada por la generosidad de Dios. El es siempre primero y siempre perfectamente generoso. Una y otra vez en mi experiencia personal y sacerdotal yo he sido testigo de esta verdad. Yo alguna veces pienso que María, quien fue testigo de la agonía de la muerte de su hijo se salvó el momento final ella misma. Hay muchos ejemplos de generosidad en la historia de la parroquia de Salem, y no hemos parado de verlas.

Este mes fuimos informados de la noticia de el testamento de un legado bien generoso de parte de un feligrés de la Iglesia Immaculate Conception. Estoy bien agradecido de ellos que se recuerdan de la iglesia en su testamento. Es una manera maravillosa de decirle gracias a Dios y a su parroquia local por su experiencias y privilegios de vivir en fe y siendo bendecido por Dios. Esto viene al tiempo perfecto mientras nuestra parroquia comienza a crecer, pagar algunas de nuestras deudas y continuar trabajando hacia adelante restaurando los edificios físicos. Gracias de nuevo por esos que están considerando esto y ha esos que continúan dando generosamente.

Mientras escribo esto, estoy entrando en los días finales de una vacaciones maravillosa. Yo he estado en Maine por dos semanas con tres curas y dos obispos. Ha sido como le he descrito en el pasado, un tiempo tranquilo, buenas conversaciones y oraciones. Es bien interesante oir lo que esta pasando a traves del pais en otras diócesis, seminarios, y parroquias. Todos estamos luchando para mantener nuestras iglesias y la comunidad parroquial mientras confrontamos este virus.

Como saben todavia estamos teniendo misas al aire libre y eventualmente regresaremos dentro la parroquia. La opción más segura es estar en espacios con ventanas que pueda haber un intercambio de aire o con ventiladores de escape y lo mínimo de ventanas abierta. Vamos a ser lo mejor que podamos para mantener a todos seguros mientras nos congregamos como personas eucarística.

Paz, Padre Murray

Noticias de construcción. Durante el verano las puertas de St. James han sido raspadas y terminadas, el pasillo y entradas de St. James han sido limpadas y enceradas. En Immaculate hemos renovado los baños y limpiamos los cuartos de almacenaje y hemos instalado un fregadero industrial para cuando podamos tener eventos dentro de la parroquia. Nosotros hemos estado pasando por los edificios botando equipajes viejos y otras cosas como pinturas viejas y herramientas viejas o que ya no tienen uso. Mientras el otoño se aproxima estamos limpiando y revisando la calefacción y caldera (boiler) para estar listos para el invierno cuando estemos seguros en el interior.

 

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