Pastor's Corner

Are you a Noticer?

09-12-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

Some people might think mistakenly that you are not paying attention because you look around a lot. Well, that’s ok according to this beautiful reflection by Rachel Macy Stafford.


"My daughter handed me her school progress report. Although it displayed a steady stream of positive check marks, there was one check mark standing dejectedly alone from the rest.


Importance of Work

09-05-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

This Labor Day weekend causes us to consider the importance of labor for the operation of our society, the opportunity that a job provides a person to use their gifts and make a living, and the tragedy experienced by those who lose their jobs and become desperate to find new work. The pandemic has only exacerbated the situation. More than just a civil holiday that offers us a long weekend to enjoy, I invite you to use this occasion to prayerfully reflect upon how important your work is to you and to others, to think about the gifts God has given you to be able to do the work you do, and in turn, the benefits you enjoy as a result of the salary you receive.


We Pray for Children

08-29-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

In this summertime, as we spend extra time with family and friends – especially the young ones, I offer this invitation to pray for children.

We Pray for Children

By Ina J. Hughes

We pray for children who sneak
popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.


Experiences of Wonder & Gratitude

08-01-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

I was having breakfast this morning and enjoyed a banana. Looking at the banana, I told God what a wonderful self-contained package of food you've given me... not in a cellophane wrapper, but purely natural. It's perfect! It's specially made to provide us with nutrition. Human beings didn't make it; it was harvested by farmers in South America. The banana trees depend on the sun and the rain to bear fruit. God's Divine Providence has put into motion the cycle of life that makes that possible! When you think about it, there's so much around us that gives us a glimpse of how God provides for us. This summer, take a moment to think of all the ways He shows his loving care for you.


Symptoms of Inner Peace

07-04-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

Warm summer greetings! Summertime is an opportunity to slow down, have some quiet time, enjoy nature and center oneself... conditions that foster prayer. However, there is a risk! You may be ever more susceptible to an epidemic of a different kind than what we're contending with right now.

Symptoms of Inner Peace

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.


Helpful Resources: Explanations of the Teaching of the Church

06-27-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

Are you, a family member or friend searching for reasoned explanations for the teachings of our Church? Here are some resources, which may be helpful.

The website founded by Brandon Vogt is a place where Catholics and atheists come together to have a rational discussion about the great questions of life. It features well-respected contributors who have provided rich content for the inquirer, including “20 Arguments for God’s Existence” by Dr. Peter Kreeft. Dr. Kreeft has also written a book with Fr. Ron Tacelli entitled, Handbook of Christian Apologetics providing an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason.


Welcome Fr. Bill Williams

06-20-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

Following the announcement of Fr. Tom’s new appointment as Administrator at St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham, I’ve been asked whether Holy Family Parish will be getting another priest to take Fr. Tom’s place. The answer is no and yes. It’s no because there will be no Parochial Vicar formally assigned by the Archbishop to Holy Family Parish as of July 1. With fewer priests available for assignment to the growing number of collaboratives in our Archdiocese, many of which are comprised of two or three parishes/worship sites, in comparison, a “stand-alone” parish with one church like ours does not warrant a second assigned priest.


Fr. Tom Gignac New Assignment

06-12-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

Our Parochial Vicar, Fr. Tom Gignac, has served here at Holy Family for the past five years. This has been his first assignment as a priest, having been ordained on May 21, 2016. After “learning the ropes” as a new priest while sharing his many gifts and faithful ministry with us, Cardinal Sean has now appointed him to a new assignment where he will have additional responsibilities and opportunities. Beginning July 1, 2021, Fr. Tom will become the Administrator of St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham, where he will assume leadership responsibility for the liturgical, spiritual, pastoral, formational, social and service dimensions of parish life as well as take on the various administrative duties akin to being a Pastor.


Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

06-06-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

A few years ago, our parish hosted an extraordinary international exhibit of over 100 photographs and historical descriptions of some of the principle Eucharistic Miracles, which have taken place throughout the centuries from around the world. For Catholics, these miracles substantiate the fundamental belief that the bread and wine consecrated at the altar at Mass become the true and real presence of Jesus Christ - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. This is the great mystery we celebrate on today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).