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The Basilica is Open for Masses

We began offering public Masses on Sunday, May 31st. Those attending Mass are required wearing masks and, if possible, please bring hand sanitizer with you.

For those at high risk, the elderly, those with preexisting medical issues, and those who are anxious about being in a gathering are encouraged to remain home and view the mass online. A video of our weekly Sunday Mass will continue to be offered on our website.

 

Daily Masses

Monday-Friday: 7:00am and 12:10pm

Saturday: 8:00am and 12:10pm

 

Sunday Masses (Reduced Schedule Effective June 6th Until Further Notice)

Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm (English)

Sundays: 9:00am (English), 11:30am (Spanish), 2:00pm (Haitian Creole)

 

The church will be closed in between Masses and outside of the Mass times for areas to be cleaned and sanitized. Acknowledging the fluid situation, we may make changes to the schedule. Updates will be provided here and on social media.

Father Joseph Tizio, Father Anthony Michalik and Father Pierre Desruisseaux will be the only priests providing ministry to the parish. Our senior clergy will not be available for appointments and ministry. We appreciate your understanding.

Confessions will be available by appointment. The Healing Service, parish events and meetings remain canceled until further notice.

 

Baptisms

We have released new guidelines for performing Baptisms that factor best safety practices during this pandemic period. Details and registration forms can be found here:

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Watch the Mass

Parishioners are encouraged to watch the Mass on The Catholic TV Network or online, www.WatchtheMass.com.

We will be adding video in English and Spanish of our Sunday Masses each week.


Religious Education for Children

Due to COVID-19, classes will not be offered in person this year.
Religious education is focusing on the basis for our faith – our relationship with God.  Project Nazareth provides simple exercises (prayer, bible reading, etc.) that encourage us in our individual relationships with God to better understand and appreciate our Catholic faith. Parents lead faith formation at home this year using the Project Nazareth curriculum. It involves simple daily activities of 5-10 minutes that a family can do together to help children develop and understand their relationship with God.
The program will begin in October, online registration is now available
PROJECT NAZARETH – FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
Project Nazareth is a home-based, family faith formation program available to you at no cost to help you work with your children on developing a relationship with God.  Please follow this link to learn more about the program: https://vimeo.com/465470970
A series of 1 minute videos will provide an overview and encouragement to participate in this program as a family.  Through daily activities of 5-10 minutes, your family can grow in relationship and understanding with God.  Please sign up here (registration link) for Project Nazareth and weekly materials will be emailed to you.  Available now in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. View an example of a lesson: English and Spanish for 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
We are hoping to create a group for high school students still in need of Sacraments.  Please email religioused@bostonsbasilica.com for questions or interest.  10th grade is normally the year for students to get the Sacrament of Confirmation.  In addition, we will conduct the group similar to RCIA/RICA so any student in 10th grade or older of high school can receive Sacraments including Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Spring of 2021.

Adult Faith Formation

Are you looking to become more fully alive through God’s Word in the liturgy? Are you seeking a group where you can grow in greater faith and understanding through Scripture? Are you yearning to grapple with your faith in a safe and non-judgemental place? Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish is hosting Scripture Study & Faith Sharing every Thursday at 8pm via Zoom. Contact Deacon Martin at martinhngo@gmail.com for more information!

 

A Reflection from the Pastor

October 17, 2020

Virus Spirituality: Week Thirty-One

Last week I shared with you some reflections on grief and the experience of Job, this week I want to continue reflecting on the experience of grief but from a different perspective. This reflection has been sparked by a meditation on the beatitude: Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4) by the spiritual writer John Dear. To mourn for someone, to experience grief means to acknowledge that person as a unique human being created in God’s image and we only truly come to experience that grief when we acknowledge our own unique humanity. John Dear writes: Once you remember who you are, you realize who everyone else is – your beloved sister or brother. The greatest atrocities throughout history have occurred when one group of human beings declares another group of human beings as less than human. The horrors of slavery and the Nazi concentration camps arose when African Americans in this country and the Jewish people in Germany were literally declared as less than fully human. Violence starts when we forget who we are, when we forget that we are human beings, sisters and brothers of one another, children of the God of peace. Once you forget that, or ignore it, or refuse to learn what it means to be a human being, your life loses its meaning (John Dear).

I read a deeply moving story of man whose best friend, Alison, was dying of the coronavirus, I just want to quote once section of this beautiful story: Before the doctors unplugged Alison in late April – one more body claimed by the coronavirus, lost amid the zeros and statistics to become a footnote in our sordid history… This is a man experiencing the deepest anguish of grief for someone he deeply loved, yet he knows that to so many others, she will become another statistic, another number among more those 200,000 others. To simply bypass the deaths of so many sisters and brothers without allowing ourselves to feel the depth of so great a loss is to lose a little of our humanity. As this young man was grieving the loss of so dear a friend, someone said to him: Grief is the price we pay for love. To love another human being is to open yourself up to loss, to truly love another human being means that someday you will know the heartache of separation and grief. However, the alternative is isolation, loneliness, and never to know the joy of loving human relationships.

To truly grieve is to acknowledge my own frail humanity and to see the humanity in another; it is to ride the ups and downs of human relationships and in times of grief knowing that it was worth the ride. Most importantly, to truly grieve means that human beings are not statistics to be ignored but unique manifestations of God’s infinite love.

Thank You

We appreciate your continued support of our parish ministry during these difficult times. Now more than ever, we must maintain our lives of faith, whether it be at home or at the Basilica. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pray for Us.

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Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help | 1545 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02120

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