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Hello Salem,
Let's get to the updates... 
Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that as part of Phase One of reopening Massachusetts, houses of worship are allowed to open, with highly restrictive guidelines. Following this announcement, the Archdiocese of Boston released many additional guidelines which must be met in order for public Masses to resume, stressing that “no parish should have Mass unless they can do it safely, and in compliance with the guidelines.” 
Here at MQOA, your safety is our first concern, and we want you to know we're prepared to take every precaution to protect you, our parishioners and visitors.Until further notice, our churches and all our buildings/facilities remain closed. 
We'll continue to offer our weekend Masses online, and will continue our regular schedule of offerings until we're ready to make changes. The Cardinal's dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation continues for everyone, even if Masses are being offered in churches in their area. 
Bottom line: we are looking at all the options available to us for gathering for Masses, but we're going to go slowly and cautiously. Please stay tuned and we'll keep you posted every step of the way!


Keep in touch with our weekend schedule: 

Fridays 7:00 PMAdoration (streamed live, click here to pray along)
Saturdays 3-5:00 PM Drive- up Confessions/adoration (weather permitting) in the parking lot at IC
    4:00 PM Mass in English (recording) published live on Facebook (click here)
Sundays 9:30 AM Mass in English Watch Party on Facebook (click here
    10:30 AM-12:00 PM Drive-up Adoration/Confessions (weather permitting) in the parking lot at IC
    12:00 Spanish Mass (recording) published live on FB (haz clic aquí)
    6:00 MQOA Sunday on FB  Live and Zoom (click here for the zoom link).
    Meeting ID: 828 2161 3436   Password: 777453


Stay Connected with your parish: 
  • You can always find us at our website www.MQOA.org for all the information you need, and the following links.
  • “Like” our Facebook page (no Facebook account needed), for up-to-the-minute news and updates from our parish and Archdiocese. 
  • Join our Facebook Group - this does require an account, and you will be asked to follow group rules and answer a couple of simple questions to join. 
  • Volunteer on our Prayer Partner Line at our website, or email us with your offer of particular help.
  • Send your prayer requests to have a ribbon added to our Prayer Ribbon Project, at the corner of St. James church parking lot.
  • Update your membership in our database, so we can reach you more easily.
  • Thank you so much for your financial support, which makes everything we do possible. You can give online , by making a one-time, or setting up regular donations.
  • If you prefer to drop off a donation, our mailbox is secure, so you can drop off or mail your envelopes or donations at 158 Federal Street. 


-Margo

 
Excerpts:

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

As we come closer to the end of the Easter season, we are getting ready for the day we can open — carefully and slowly — our society, businesses, and churches. We must face the reality that we will not be going back to the freedoms we enjoyed prior to the beginning of the pandemic. It is sobering to me that we have these large churches that, most likely, will not be full for some time. Looking at what other Catholic communities around the country are doing in this transition time, we see that we are not alone in following our elected and church leaders.We will probably see significant changes for a while, and I want to prepare everyone for this, so no one is surprised as we move forward. As I write this, we are awaiting word from Governor Baker and Cardinal Sean about how we will best proceed opening things up. The number of people who are going to be allowed to gather in the beginning is small, but we hope it will soon change. We will keep you posted every step of the way.During this time apart and in lockdown, there have been many deaths due to the virus and other illnesses and so I expect we will have a lot of memorial Masses in the coming months. Sadly, many weddings have been postponed and moved to next year. I hope you will join me in praying for all our brides and grooms as they change their plans.

But not all is sad news at MQOA.We have continued to host spiritual groups, Adoration, and Mass through Facebook and our website. I want to say thank you to the Alpha Spanish team for their work last weekend. They were able to conduct an online retreat day for all the Alpha guests on Saturday, even having lunch “together” on Zoom.

In the Gospel this Sunday, we glimpse into the prayer life of Jesus, and see that at the heart of His prayer was the desire for us to be one with Him and with the Father. One of the best gifts we can give is to pray for one another and for the well-being of loved ones alive and deceased. It is comforting to me to know we are following the example of Jesus and imitating his prayer life as we pray for others. When Father Kevin and I pray together, he often mentions those who have asked us to pray for them, and those who have no one praying for them, or for those who need prayers but do not know they can ask. We know Jesus prayed for all of us and continues to be present to us in our prayers, in our prayerful intentions, and the ebb and flow of our lives.

Since we will not be together on the Feast of the Ascension, I want to remind all that the feast comes with an instruction: “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News” (Mk 16:15).I am so proud of what we are doing at MQOA to spread the Good News. Whether you have been connected through mail, the website, Zoom, or FaceTime, the message is the same: Jesus Christ is Lord and we are His witnesses.

Thanks again to all those who continue to connect, pray, and support the parish.

Peace,Father Murray

Building news: We continue to have the occasional problem with the building infrastructure. This past week, we had the plumber fix a broken pipe that feeds the boiler in the office/conference room building at St. James, and a roofer fix the loose flashing and slates that fell from the roof of St. James church as a result of the wind and winter storms.


medida que nos acercamos al final de la temporada de Pascua, posiblemente nos estamos preparando para abrir, cuidadosa y lentamente nuestra sociedad, negocios e iglesia. Tenemos que enfrentar la realidad de que no volveremos a las libertades habituales que disfrutamos antes del comienzo de la pandemia. Me resulta aleccionador que tengamos estas grandes iglesias que probablemente no estarán lle-nas por un tiempo. Al observar lo que otras comunidades católicas están haciendo en el resto del país, como respuesta a las instrucciones de sus gobernadores y funcionarios locales, veremos que nos unimos a ellos para seguir también a nuestros líderes electos y de la iglesia.

Probablemente habrá cambios significativos por un tiempo y quiero informar a todos sobre esto, para que nadie se sorprenda a medida que avanzamos. Mientras escribo esto, estamos esperando noticias del Gobernador y el Cardenal sobre cómo procederemos mejor. Cincuenta parece ser el número de personas que se les permitirá reunirse a medida que comenzamos, pero esperamos que pronto sea más. Los mantendremos informados sobre cómo comenzaremos a proceder con este número.

Durante este tiempo, separados y encerrados, ha habido muchas muertes, debido al virus y otras enfermedades, por lo que asumo que tendremos muchas misas conmemorativas en los próximos meses. Lamentablemente, muchas bodas se han pospuesto y se trasladaron al próximo año. Espero que se unan a mí para orar por todas nuestras novias y novios a medida que cambian sus planes y adoptan una nueva realidad con el tamaño de los grupos.

Quiero agradecer al equipo Alpha Hispano por su trabajo el pasado fin de semana. Llevaron a cabo un día de "retiro" para todos los participantes de la reunión el sábado, e incluso organizaron entrega de comidas para que pudiéramos almorzar "juntos".

Este domingo vislumbramos la vida de oración de Jesús en el Evangelio y vemos que en el centro de su oración estaba el deseo de que seamos uno con él y con el Padre. Una de las prácticas más populares que todos tenemos es rezar unos por otros, por los seres queridos vivos y fallecidos y por su bienestar en todos los niveles. Es reconfortante para mí saber que estamos siguiendo el ejemplo de Jesús e imitando su vida de oración mientras oramos por los demás. Cuando el Padre Kevin y yo rezamos juntos, a menudo menciona a aquellos que nos han pedido que recemos por ellos y por aquellos por los que nadie reza o que no saben que pueden pedir. Sabemos, por supuesto, que Jesús oró por todos y sigue estando presente para nosotros, en nuestra ora-ción, en nuestras intenciones de oración y el flujo y reflujo de nuestras vidas.

Como probablemente no estaremos juntos en la Fiesta de la Ascensión, quiero recordarles a todos que la fiesta viene con una instrucción. "Ve a todo el mundo y cuenta las Buenas Nuevas" (Mt 28:) Jesús no dijo cómo, pero estoy muy orgulloso de nuestro nuevo "cómo y qué"ya sea que se haya conectado por correo, el sitio web, Zoom o FaceTime, el mensaje es el mismo. Jesucristo es el Señor y nosotros somos sus testigos.

Gracias nuevamente a todos aquellos que continúan conectándose, rezando y apoyando a la parroquia.

Paz,Padre Murray

Noticias de construcción: Seguimos teniendo problemas ocasionales con la infraestructura de construcción. La semana pasada tuvimos al plomero para reparar una tubería rota que alimenta la caldera en el edificio de la oficina/sala de conferencias y un techador para reparar las pizarras sueltas y las que cayeon como resultado del viento y tormentas de invierno.


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