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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

It is hard to believe we are turning the corner to August. This summer has been particularly odd in light of the pandemic and how it is affecting all of us. During the last few summers, we had the privilege of having missionary priests from Africa offer some different perspectives on the Church and what her mission is throughout the world. Although that program is suspended for obvious reasons, this summer we will have one priest visit us from the Xaverian Missionaries, Fr. Carl Chudy, SX. He will be here for the two outdoor masses on Sunday, Aug. 9. (He is currently assigned to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston but has international experience as a missionary.) His message will also be available on the broadcast of the Mass we post each week during the pandemic. Welcome Father Carl. 
We are trying to find the safest way to allow the resumption of indoor Masses, and I am now asking for volunteers to come forward to help with the organization and execution of this plan. Quite briefly, we hope to start with Mass at St. James in the hall. This plan allows us to be safely indoors and to serve as many as we can. This is what it will look like: During the week, parishioners will sign up to come to Mass. Upon arrival, all will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer from our new stand-up dispensers and, of course, masks will mandatory. (Despite opposition from some, the science shows that we are safer when wearing masks.) Then parishioners will be ushered to their seat(s). When Mass has ended, people will leave through four available doors, and Communion will be distributed to them at that time. Anyone who is bringing Communion to home to someone will be asked to wait a little longer and will receive a disposable pyx (if they do not have one already). 
The staff and volunteers will practice these procedures first in order to iron out any unanticipated problems or challenges. Of course, we will do our best, but the most important thing we want is to keep everyone safe. 
We also are planning for a busy September with the start of faith formation programs including Alpha online in both Spanish and English. 
Steven Antonio has been busy getting settled and working on putting many of the parish applications and other forms for sacraments, groups, etc. online. We hope this will allow us to continue to be an active, growing parish that reaches out to welcome, evangelize, and heal new people or those who have forgotten the saving message of Jesus Christ. If you are able, Steve is looking for all kinds of volunteers. He can be reached at [email protected]
As has been my practice, I will be heading to Maine for two weeks at the beginning of August. I will take a COVID-19 test before going and then quarantine when I get there. (No problem, we have plenty of practice.) It is hard to believe I am starting my fourth year here already (August 1). Time flies. It has been extraordinary, filled with the Grace of God, and I am glad I am here. 
Father Murray 


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