The safety of our parishioners, clergy, and staff is of utmost importance as we take every precaution necessary in response to the developments of the COVID-19 virus. All Masses are suspended until further notice.
Cardinal O’Malley has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston. Parishioners are encouraged to watch the Mass on The Catholic TV Network or online, www.WatchtheMass.com.
All parish events, meetings, Religious Education and RCIA classes are canceled indefinitely. We will keep you informed on our website, social media, and phone message as this situation evolves.
Video Gospel and Homily Reflections
Each week a video Gospel reflection will be made available online in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
A Reflection from the Pastor
March 29, 2020
Virus Spirituality: Week Two
During the pandemic, I would like to share with you each week some prayerful reflections. God speaks to us in every event of our lives and perhaps, the suffering of this moment can bring us closer to Christ who bore our human frailty.
“This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4)
David Brooks wrote a wonderful article in the New York Times entitled “The Moral Meaning of the Plague”, he wrote “We don’t get to choose our difficulties, but we do have the freedom to select our responses”. I don’t know how true it is but I recently read that while William Shakespeare was quarantined due to a plague, he wrote “King Lear”. This virus offers us a choice, we can be totally focused on self-preservation, totally focused on ourselves and the basic need to survive or we can focus on the love and concern that we can show to others. We can totally focus on the horror of this virus which has brought so much grief to so many or we can focus on allowing something beautiful to arise from the suffering of the present moment.
Can it be that the fear and suffering of this virus will help us as individuals and as a society to reflect on our values, to reflect of the choices which guide our lives? Can it be that this virus will deepen our prayer and move us to more deeply appreciate one another? Can it be that this virus will make us more aware of the inequalities and injustices in our society? Can it be that we will arise from this crisis better human beings and better Christians more deeply united to Christ and one another? I conclude with the words of St. Paul: “I consider the sufferings of the present moment to be as nothing compared to the glory to be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18)
Very Rev. Joseph Tizio, C.Ss.R.