25th and 50th Wedding
Anniversary Mass with
Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Sean Cardinal O’Malley, invites all couples of the Archdiocese of Boston who are making their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries in 2010 to join him for the annual 25th and 50th wedding Anniversary.
Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Mass
The Mass will include a renewal of marriage vows by all participating anniversary couples. Family members and friends, as well as the general public, are welcome to attend. Please
register with your parish office if you are planning to attend this special celebration. You will receive an invitation and further information, including directions.
The Clergy Benefit Fund Easter collection was for the 684 retired priests in our Archdiocese. Thanks to your generous support, Immaculate Conception raised $16,555 and St. James collected $4,944 for the Clergy Benefit Trust. On behalf of all our priests who will benefit from your generosity this Easter, thank you for your support.
We are two Roman Catholic parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston. We are deeply committed to our Lord Jesus Christ who is the source of all our faith, hope, strength and love. All are welcome to join us at one of our two parishes.
Father Joseph Mazzone
Pastor of St. James & Immaculate Conception
Jesus, the Good Shepherd
Next Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, has traditionally been called Good Shepherd Sunday because in the Gospel passage we hear Jesus speak of himself as the Good Shepherd who sacrifices himself and his own desires for the sake the sheep (you and me!) He contrasts himself to the evil or bad shepherds who see the sheep as a means to their own personal gain. This Sunday has more recently also become known as Vocations Sunday, as a day when the Church prays earnestly for the Holy Spirit to raise up more good shepherds after the heart of Jesus Christ himself, who will commit themselves to him in the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.
Last weekend, you had the opportunity to read a bit from Kevin Leaver, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Boston who is studying in Rome, and is from Immaculate Conception Parish here in Stoughton. I find myself thinking back to my own days in seminary (not too long ago!) At that time, there were five seminarians from my parish in Quincy. Granted, not all were studying for the Archdiocese of Boston, but at that time Quincy also had nine parishes, and there were still more seminarians from some of the other parishes. I am absolutely convinced that there is no shortage of vocations today, its just that sometimes it is more difficult for our young people to hear God calling them and sometimes their own circumstances make it more difficult to respond to that call.
There is a great need for us to pray for vocations. We have recently acquired two small but beautiful icons of Jesus the Good Shepherd – one for each of the parishes in Stoughton. These icons will be on display at each Church. What we would like is for each of these icons to find a “home” in your home for a week, beginning after the Masses next week. The icons would move from one home to another where they could be displayed prominently, and the host(s) would commit themselves to praying daily for vocations. If you would like to host the icon for a week, please call the parish office to give your name and number and we will arrange for this. Let us all pray for vocations in these days. ~Fr. Derek
Estamos vivendo o tempo da Pascoa. Este tempo forte da Igreja, somos convidados a termos uma postura de ressuscitados, de alguém que realmente crê que Jesus ressuscitou e esta presente no meio de nos. Dentro deste período pascal, a igreja continua esta grande missão de Jesus levando seus fieis a experiment- tarem com a vida e a palavra que Jesus esta vivo, presente no meio de nos.
Gostaria de agradecer a todos que participaram de nossas celebrações neste tempo de grande alegria, todos que colaboraram na limpe- za e decoração da Igreja, os que participaram da liturgia, os que serviram como ministros , todos os que contribuíram para que a nos- sa igreja fosse mais acolhedora e participativa neste período forte da vivência da nossa fe . Aos meus amigos e irmaos no sacerdócio o meu muito obrigado pela oportunidade de vivermos estes momentos juntos ajudando o povo de Deus na caminhada da fe.
Meu muito obrigado a todos e ma Feliz Pascoa.
~ Pe. Jose Eduardo