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A Time to Come Together

The Basilica and the Community of Sant’Egidio invite you to join us for an outdoor prayer vigil this Saturday, June 6th, from 5:30pm to 6:00pm on the plaza in front of the Basilica. We are deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and other recent tragic deaths that remind us of the deadly impact of racism in our country. As a community of faith, we are called to work and pray for peace and justice. Please join us to pray for peace, reconciliation, and an end to all forms of violence and racism. In case of inclement weather, we will move the vigil inside the basilica. To keep everyone safe, please keep social distance and wear a mask.

Our Plans to Re-Open

Governor Baker has eased restrictions to allow Houses of Worship to re-open. The state has provided new guidelines factoring social distancing and procedures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We have begun offering public Masses.

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.

 

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.

A Reflection from the Pastor

May 31, 2020

Virus Spirituality: Week Eleven

As of this past week, over 100,000 thousand people have died in the United States due to COVID 19, I don’t know about you but I find myself feeling a combination of deep anger and grief. The New York Times writes: A number is an imperfect measure when applied to the human condition. A number provides an answer to how many, but it can never convey the individual arcs of life, the 100,000 ways of greeting the morning, and saying good night.

I find myself feeling deep anger that no other country in the world even approaches the number of deaths that we have here in the United States. A Columbia University study found that more than 36,000 lives could have been saved if our public officials acted sooner and did not dismiss the early warnings which were given by medical professionals. I find myself feeling deep anger because the lives of some doctors and medical professionals could have been saved if they had the proper protective equipment. This past week I read the story of a nurse who found a COVID 19 patient in respiratory distress but the proper protective equipment was not available, she instinctively rushed in to save the patient’s life and she herself died two weeks later from the coronavirus. In an interview, a doctor angrily told a reporter: “Don’t call me a hero, just give me the equipment that I need!” Currently, many states are rushing to open up again despite the fact that there is a rise in the infection rates in order to help the economy. I saw a picture of someone holding a sign with the words “I want you to give your life for the economy”. Perhaps, the greatest anger of all is the fact that the wealthiest Americans are getting increasingly wealthy while most others are edging into poverty or dying from the virus because they had no choice but to risk their lives and work.

I find myself feel a deep sense of grief. Last Sunday’s New York Times listed the names of 1,000 people who had died from COVID 19, which is only 1% of the total death toll, to each of those names they added a few words from their obituary. “Could make anything grow”, “family joker”, “unwavering faith and dedication to the Catholic Church”, “could fix anything”, “known for having a smile on her face”, the more I read these, the more I could feel myself wanting to cry. You see the number 100,000 but forget that each person that number represents was a unique individual, someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, friend. Each one of those deaths has left a family and loved ones bearing devastating grief. Then I watch the news and hear that in the next three weeks, it is estimated that another 20,000 people will die due to the virus.

If we are a Church that preaches the sanctity of all human life then we must challenge a government that is still not giving our medical professions the equipment and the testing that they need. If we believe that all human life is sacred, then we must question those who perhaps are placing the economy above the protection of human life. If we believe that all people are created in the image and likeness of God, then we must question how in the midst of a global tragedy, the rich are profiting while the poor are dying.

Thank You

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss all of you, most especially at Sunday Eucharist. Celebrating the magnificent liturgies of Holy Week in an empty basilica has been so painful. However, it gave me a sense of great peace and hope that we could share those with you via the internet.

I want to take this moment to thank those who have called me to ask if our Redemptorist community is well, those who asked if we needed food, assistance, or someone to go shopping. I want to thank those who have so generously continued to send their weekly offering or have given online. Like so many churches in our country, the loss of our weekly offering has meant that this past month has been financially painful for us here at the Basilica. If you are able to continue your weekly offering, it would be so greatly appreciated. However, I know that these are hard times for all of us and remind you that I and our Redemptorist community are just a phone call away if we can assist you in anyway. As they say: we are all in this together.

I wish you an Easter Season filled with joyful hope, these difficult times will pass and soon we will be reunited, celebrating around the Lord’s Table!

Sincerely in Christ,
Very Rev. Joseph Tizio, C.Ss.R.
Rector/Pastor

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