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Hello Salem,
This week, I put on makeup for the first time in a long time, and although I expected to look like my old self again, after 5 weeks of bare-faced-ness, my old self didn't look familiar at all! I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror and thought "that doesn't look like me at all!"

I think this crisis is doing that for/to all of us, as individuals and as a parish. We're seeing who we are at heart, who we are when we're not focusing on presenting our best face to the world. We're seeing if who we said we were, is actually who we are! 

I'm so proud to be part of this parish, who, despite ever-changing and overwhelming circumstances, is who we say we are: a community centered on Christ, offering welcome and healing. Christ is still calling us to center our lives on Him, to love and to serve everyone. I love this mission and I'm so happy to know that no matter what, we are still working toward that vision of what Church is. 

Even though we can't gather, and don't know when we will be able to, we want you to know that we're still here, still working to be available and accessible to you. Still offering you ways to pray, connect, grow, and serve. At heart, we are still MQOA, and we're so thankful that you are, too. 

This Sunday at 6:00 PM, join us for MQOA Sunday. It won't be Mass, but it will be a time to gather online to connect, pray, and worship together. Join us from wherever you are! 
 
Join via Zoom from your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking here, or on the image above.  

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Or from your phone (voice only):
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Or tune in via our Facebook Page (no need to have a Facebook account to access). This page is also the most up-to-the-minute place to visit for news and information from the parish. 

We also invite you to: 
Join our Facebook Group (this does require an account). That's where you can connect with other parishioners more personally.
+ Join us in praying with our prayer ribbon project, volunteer on our Prayer Partner Line, donate to our St. Vincent de Paul Society, and stay updated at our website
+ We're so thankful for the generous donations and support that have sustained the parish over these weeks so far, and pray you will continue to help us pay just salaries, and keep serving you and your family. You can donate once or set up regular donations at our giving website. You can also give easily through this page at the RCAB


Happy Easter, Salem! 
-Margo

 
Excerpts:

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

Last week, we remembered that Jesus offered consolation when he appeared to those hiding in a locked room because they were afraid and doubted that Jesus was really alive and present to them. This week, we remember the importance of interpreting scripture through the lens of what Jesus has done for us. This means that for any of us who have walked in the wrong direction (i.e., away from Jesus, away from faith), that we can be met by Jesus and redirected back to Him and the Church. This is the Grace of God working through even the worst of times.I believe this week’s Gospel can help all of us in that redirection toward Jesus.

We may not be able to experience the Mass and receive the Eucharist physically, but I hope that all of you have had the opportunity to participate in the Mass via television or online. We also have had opportunities to adore Christ in His humility in Eucharistic Adoration weekly from our churches. Hopefully, that sets our hearts on fire to share the message of God’s love, even during this pandemic. This might happen online, in the house, or even while taking a walk (keeping our social distance).

Please join us in continuing to pray for those who are on the frontlines of this pandemic, those who are sick, and those who are caring for them.Finally, we have been asked to spread a message from Governor Baker and Cardinal Seán together that there is help for those who need it, even if experiencing a health problem that is non COVID-19. As we pray for relief from this pandemic, for the lives lost and those sick, Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey want the public to know that we should please go to the hospital or call our health care providers if we are feeling unwell, become injured, or need medical attention for non-COVID-19 illness such as chest pain, dialysis, emergency care, and routine vaccinations and treatments. Civic leaders have heard stories of people avoiding care out of fear of contracting the coronavirus.

Hospitals and health care clinics are safe and are here to protect you. Please do not avoid seeking needed care for non-COVID-19-related illnesses. Let’s take care of ourselves and one another.Our health care community stands at the ready to help.

Stay Safe, everyone.
-Fr. Murray

Building news: As we continue to live out this difficult time, we have been cleaning and organizing many parts of the parish. As we set our sights on a future opening (although we do not know when that will be), we will make sure that our churches and buildings are clean and sanitized. This is in addition to the work we have done on cleaning the pews and all the public spaces of the churches. We’ve had a couple of volunteers who have come by themselves, wear a mask and gloves, to work on accomplishing these tasks. Slowly we are preparing for a time when we can be safely together. We had some emergency work done on the roof at Immaculate as a result of recent high winds. Thanks to the sharp-eyed parishioner who noticed the damage.


La semana pasada recordamos que Jesús en su aparición ofreció consuelo a los que estaban en una habitación cerrada, lejos de los de-más por miedo y dudando de que realmente estuviera vivo y presen-te. Esta semana recordamos que, a través de Jesús, entendemos to-dos los mensajes del Antiguo Tes-tamento y la importancia de inter-pretar las Escrituras a través del lente de lo que Jesús ha hecho por nosotros. Esto significa que cual-quiera de nosotros que haya cami-nado en la dirección equivocada, es decir, lejos de Jesús, lejos de la fe, puede ser interrumpido nueva-mente por Jesús y redirigido a Él y a la Iglesia.
 
Esta es la Gracia de Dios trabajando incluso en los peores momentos. Creo que el Evangelio de esta semana puede ayudarnos a todos a ser redirigi-dos a Jesús. Es posible que no po-damos experimentar la Misa y re-cibir la Eucaristía directamente, pero espero que todos hayan teni-do la oportunidad de participar en la Misa a través de la televisión o en línea de alguna forma. También tenemos la oportunidad de adorar a Cristo en su humildad en la ado-ración eucarística semanalmente desde una de nuestras iglesias. Con suerte, eso nos genera cora-zones ardientes para compartir el mensaje del amor de Dios incluso en medio de esta pandemia. Esto puede suceder en línea, en la casa o incluso en el parque mientras caminamos y nos mantenemos socialmente distantes.Sigan orando por aquellos que es-tán al frente de esta pandemia, aquellos que están enfermos y aquellos que los cuidan.
 
Finalmente, se nos ha pedido que difundamos este mensaje a nues-tras comunidades. Viene del Go-bernador y el Cardenal juntos. Es un recordatorio de que hay ayuda para quienes la necesitan, incluso si el problema de salud no es el Covid-19.Mientras oramos por el alivio de esta pandemia y por las vidas per-didas y los enfermos, el goberna-dor Baker y la fiscal general Healey quieren que el público sepa que deben ir al hospital o llamar a su proveedor de atención médica si no se sienten bien, se han lesiona-do o necesitan atención médica para enfermedades que no son COVID, como dolor en el pecho, diálisis, atención de emergencia y vacunas y tratamientos de rutina. Han escuchado historias de perso-nas que evitan la atención por te-mor a contraer el coronavirus. Los hospitales y las clínicas de aten-ción médica son seguros y están aquí para protegerlo y no debe evitar buscar la atención necesaria para enfermedades no relaciona-das con COVID. Cuídate y cuídense unos a otros. Nuestra comunidad de atención médica está lista para ayudar, y su gobierno está aquí para servir a todos.

Manténgase todos a salvo.
-Padre Murray
 
Noticias de construcción. Mientras continuamos viviendo este mo-mento difícil, hemos estado lim-piando y organizando muchas par-tes de la parroquia. Mientras nos fijamos en una futura apertura (quién sabe cuándo), haremos que ServPro venga y rocíe todas las áreas públicas con un limpiador certificado por los CDC. Esto se suma al trabajo que hemos reali-zado para limpiar los bancos y to-dos los espacios públicos de la iglesia. Gracias a voluntarios indivi-duales que vienen solos, usan una máscara y guantes y realizan estas tareas. Poco a poco nos estamos preparando para un momento en el que podamos estar juntos de manera segura. Hemos tenido al-gunos trabajos de emergencia en el techo de Inmaculada como re-sultado de los fuertes vientos re-cientes. ¡Gracias a un feligrés con visión de águila que notó el daño, aunque caminaba con una masca-rilla sobre su cara!   
 
 

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We are not offering public Masses at this time. Please visit our website often for updates. 

 
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158 Federal Street, Salem, MA. 01970

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