Pastor's Corner

Thirteen men were ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Boston

05-26-2019Pastor's CornerFr. Bob

Last Saturday, May 18, thirteen men were ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Boston. This is the largest number to be ordained for the Archdiocese in many years.

Here are their names and their first assignments:

  • Reverend Joseph Almeida - Collaborative of Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford-Groveland,
  • Reverend Maciej K. Araszkiewicz - Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lawrence,
  • Reverend Corey Bassett-Tirrell - Collaborative of Saint John the Evangelist Parish and Saint Mary Parish in Chelmsford,
  • Reverend Christopher J. Boyle - Saint Joseph Parish in Needham,
  • Reverend Marcos Enrique - Collaborative of Saint Mark Parish and Saint Ambrose Parish in Dorchester,
  • Reverend Timothy P. Hynes - Collaborative of Saint Mary Parish in Foxborough,

On Pope Francis’ recent Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi

05-19-2019Pastor's CornerFr. Bob

For your information, I provide below a statement from our Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley regarding our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ recent Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (You Are the Light of the World) issued on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

"Following the international summit in Rome this past February, Pope Francis pledged ‘concrete measures’ to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Vos estis lux mundi is one means of fulfilling that pledge, establishing specific mandatory protocols and reporting systems for matters concerning such abuse."


World Day of Prayer for Vocations / Mother's Day

05-12-2019Pastor's CornerFr. Bob

This Sunday is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It's usually observed on "Good Shepherd Sunday" when the gospel refers to Jesus as the Good Shepherd. "Shepherd" can also refer to those who help lead the flock to Jesus, particularly, priests.

The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill Jesus' instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). There is a special need for priests to provide the sacramental life and pastoral care within our Church. For example, you may have heard that many of the parishes in our own Archdiocese are sharing priests with other parishes.


God’s providential care

05-05-2019Pastor's CornerFr. Bob

As we continue to celebrate the Easter season, we are reminded that “our Savior lives!” He is with us always in good times and in bad.

Talk with Him as you would to a beloved friend, and listen to Him after you share what is on your mind and in your heart.

Here is a reflection from St. Francis de Sales that will help reassure you of God’s providential care.