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.
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.
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:
Watch the Mass
We will be adding video in English and Spanish of our Sunday Masses each week.
Religious Education for Children
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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