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 Jul 30, 2020 07:54 pm

The Cardinal's dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation continues for everyone. We offer two in-person Masses and continue to offer our Online Mass via our Facebook Page at the same times (8 AM English & 11 AM Español)

We are still offering our Drive-In Mass in English at 8 AM in the St. James Church Parking Lot. Please join us by registering here.

8 AM - Drive-Mass: English - St. James Church Parking Lot

We offer an Outdoor Mass in Español at Immaculate Conception Church - Side Lawn at 11 AM.

11 AM - Outdoor Mass: español - Immaculate Conception Church Side Lawn

 
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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 Jul 30, 2020 07:05 pm

This week I start my fourth year at Mary, Queen of Apostles Parish. I am so grateful to God and to the Cardinal for sending me here. In the seminary, I remember a professor saying to us as we got closer to ordination, “Gentlemen, whatever God wants, the Cardinal will tell you.” He was of course referring to the fact that for the last 32 years and counting, I have served at the pleasure of the Cardinal in whatever capacity he has seen fit for me, and God’s will is mysteriously part of all of it. It offers some freedom to be able to do and go wherever you are sent, knowing that with your “five loaves and two fish,” God will work through you, and hopefully along with the Gospel be an instrument of His Grace and proclaim the Gospel. In our case, healing and hospitality will be part of our call as we try to welcome the alienated, the marginalized, and those who do not know Jesus and what he has done for us in life death and resurrection.

The staff and I have been working throughout the summer to get ready to be a church that is both traditional (i.e., with gathering for worship in a safe space), and one that is online reaching those who are infirm, elderly or just frightened to be part of a large gathering for fear of COVID-19. We will be ready, and we will continue to work within the limits and challenges that we have. I am confident that all we offer to the Lord, and through announcing the kingdom of God, it will bear fruit now and into the future. We can already see the effects of our work and I am humbled by the generosity and love of the people of the parish who are supportive in many ways by stepping forward to help during this pandemic with their time, talent, and treasure. I wrote in my last general letter sent out to all our parishioners that we jokingly could call ourselves “St. Pivot” because we have been able to respond to this crisis by responding to the many and quick changes called for by the federal, state, and local governments, and the Archdiocese. I believe that we are fortunate we have continued to be able to pray, proclaim, and support so many people directly and remotely in this time. It is in part due to the cooperation and generosity of many.

Our staff, although very small, has been responding to the changes and challenges with great creativity and courage. I am also very pleased that our leadership group has emerged as a great help also. It has resulted in this being one of my favorite assignments I have ever had, despite the many and serious challenges.

This past June, I had hoped to attend a conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia with Margo, and a few parish leaders. The conference is called “Divine Renovation.” It encourages parishes to work with the concepts and ideas of what a successful pastor named Fr. James Mallon did in his parish. For the last eighteen months, we have been trying to develop the principles of this “renovation” in our parish. Essentially, we are calling for people to become better disciples and leaders in the parish. The leadership of the parish means not so much “being in charge” of something, rather to be people who lead others to Jesus Christ. This is our mission. It is the reason we exist and continue. It is our WHY. Although our what(s) and how(s) have changed ( i.e., where and when we pray), our mission is to still offer to Jesus our loaves and fishes and let Him help us to multiply our catch. I hope you will stay tuned and informed as we continue to move forward, and I ask for your prayers in this coming year.

Peace,

Father Murray

 
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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 Jul 26, 2020 08:05 am

It is hard to believe we are turning the corner to August. This summer has been particularly odd in light of the pandemic and how it is affecting all of us. During the last few summers, we had the privilege of having missionary priests from Africa offer some different perspectives on the Church and what her mission is throughout the world. Although that program is suspended for obvious reasons, this summer we will have one priest visit us from the Xaverian Missionaries, Fr. Carl Chudy, SX. He will be here for the two outdoor masses on Sunday, Aug. 9. (He is currently assigned to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston but has international experience as a missionary.) His message will also be available on the broadcast of the Mass we post each week during the pandemic. Welcome Father Carl. 
 
We are trying to find the safest way to allow the resumption of indoor Masses, and I am now asking for volunteers to come forward to help with the organization and execution of this plan. Quite briefly, we hope to start with Mass at St. James in the hall. This plan allows us to be safely indoors and to serve as many as we can. This is what it will look like: During the week, parishioners will sign up to come to Mass. Upon arrival, all will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer from our new stand-up dispensers and, of course, masks will mandatory. (Despite opposition from some, the science shows that we are safer when wearing masks.) Then parishioners will be ushered to their seat(s). When Mass has ended, people will leave through four available doors, and Communion will be distributed to them at that time. Anyone who is bringing Communion to home to someone will be asked to wait a little longer and will receive a disposable pyx (if they do not have one already). 
 
The staff and volunteers will practice these procedures first in order to iron out any unanticipated problems or challenges. Of course, we will do our best, but the most important thing we want is to keep everyone safe. 
 
We also are planning for a busy September with the start of faith formation programs including Alpha online in both Spanish and English. 
 
Steven Antonio has been busy getting settled and working on putting many of the parish applications and other forms for sacraments, groups, etc. online. We hope this will allow us to continue to be an active, growing parish that reaches out to welcome, evangelize, and heal new people or those who have forgotten the saving message of Jesus Christ. If you are able, Steve is looking for all kinds of volunteers. He can be reached at santonio@mqoa.org
 
As has been my practice, I will be heading to Maine for two weeks at the beginning of August. I will take a COVID-19 test before going and then quarantine when I get there. (No problem, we have plenty of practice.) It is hard to believe I am starting my fourth year here already (August 1). Time flies. It has been extraordinary, filled with the Grace of God, and I am glad I am here. 
 
Peace,
Father Murray 

 
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