Weekly Parish Newsletter - Sunday June 21 2020
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton Weekly Newsletter
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Message from our Pastor Father Joe:
Peace be with you, my friends! And Happy Summer! May it be a happy and healthy one. And Happy Father’s Day, to all our fathers and those who have been like fathers to us! Thank you for all the ways you go above and beyond each day for us.
I want to begin by thanking
and wishing God’s abundant blessings upon him. As you know, Fr. Will has finished his assignment here in Stoughton and will be leaving us this week to begin his new assignment; St. Mary’s in Hull and St. Anthony’s in Cohasset. His many gifts will be put to good use there, I am sure. I have been blessed to share three years of priesthood with him here and will miss his thoughtful liturgies and a great sense of humor. (You may not realize this but he is an excellent mimic, one of the best I’ve seen. I want to publicly thank him for never showing me his impression of me!) If you haven’t had a chance yet and wish to send Fr. Will a note, you can mail it to him at the St. Anthony’s Parish, 10 Summer St., Cohasset, MA, 02025. God’s blessings to you, Fr. Will! Thank you for everything! I want to thank all of you, too, for all that you do for us priests. I look back on my first assignment (Sacred Heart in Weymouth Landing) with such fondness and gratitude. If I grew in holiness (I hope I did!) it was in large part due to the holiness I saw in the people in the pews. This is true for so many of us priests, as I am sure it was for Fr. Will. Please continue to pray for priests — and for vocations to the priesthood. Our new pastor, Fr. Carlos, was with the Office of Vocations for many years. I am sure we will have some vocations from our parishes soon!
I also want to thank our many
for all they are doing to prepare the church each week for Mass. The entire church has to be wiped down between Masses and disinfected. In addition, we need volunteers to check people in and escort them to their seats. So many have volunteered and because of their hard work and good cheer, all has gone extremely well these past few weeks. Thank you! We are averaging roughly 360 people each week. The maximum is 480 and the counts have been going up each week so if you want to attend Mass, please make sure you sign up by Thursday for that coming weekend’s Mass. Thank you for your patience, as always.
Finally, I just want to thank our great
. At this point, everyone is pretty much doing the work of two or three people. Since so much of it is behind the scenes, it isn’t always noticed. I am extremely grateful for their incredible work ethic and the positive attitude with which they approach their work. It is always with the bigger picture in mind, to make our churches places where people can grow closer to Christ and become their disciples in mission He has called us to be. Please say a prayer for our wonderful staff and volunteers, my friends. And if you happen to see them, let them know how much you appreciate the work they do!
God bless you all and your families, too.
Peace, Fr. Joe
The 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sunday Mass with Father Will ~ June 21, 2020
SMAC will be airing our Sunday Mass on
Sunday, June 21st at 8:30 am on
Comcast Channel 9 and
on Verizon Channel 28!
Blessing of Fathers
God and Father of all creation,
we come before you today with humble hearts.
You are our model of a loving father.
When we fail and fall short of your expectations,
you are always there at the end of the day with open arms,
ready to heal the cuts and scrapes of the day
and to encourage us to try again and not to give up.
We hold up these men in our midst who act in the world
as fathers to their children or models of fathers for others.
Bless them in their moments of doubt and frustration with their children.
Give them warm and open hearts to forgive failures.
Provide them with the words needed for encouragement and perseverance.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus.
BECOME A YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST MISSIONARY
What is a Year of the Eucharist Missionary?
It is someone who believes in the True Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and will dedicate him/herself to pray more, participate in, and promote the Year of the Eucharist.
Who can be a Missionary?
We welcome anyone within and outside of the Archdiocese of Boston to join us as Missionaries, deepening your own love of the Eucharist, and praying for this Eucharistic Year to bear fruit in the whole Church. (If you live within the Archdiocese of Boston, we will pass your name on to your parish or school Year of the Eucharist Coordinator.)
For More Information or to sign up to become a Year of the Eucharist Missionary please
Click on the image below to learn about the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.
Knights of Columbus College Scholarship
Stoughton Council #200
The Knights of Columbus is now accepting applications for the Knights of Columbus College Scholarship. There are two $500 scholarships available. To apply you, your Father or Grandfather must be a Member of the Knights of Columbus of Stoughton Council #200 or you must be a member of St. James Parish or the Immaculate Conception Church of Stoughton. Applications can be found at the back of either Church and the deadline to apply is July 15, 2020.
Gospel Coloring Page
Click on the image below for fun summer
Public Masses have Resumed for
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton
Given the social distancing restrictions, only 80 people are permitted in St. James per Mass. Parishioners must schedule in advance to attend Sunday Mass.
The deadline for signs ups is 5:30 pm the Thursday prior to that weekend's Mass.
Those without computer access can call the parish office at 781-344-2073 to sign up during office hours from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We encourage you to share this information with those who do not have access to a computer.
Sign Up for Masses for the Weekend
of June 27th/28th will begin on Monday June 22nd at 10:00 am please visit our website to sign up for Mass.
Eternal Rest Grant unto Them O Lord
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