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A Few Words From Father Steve
Since 1928 Catholics in Marshfield attended Mass at either Saint Mary's in Scituate or Saint Theresa's summer mission in Humarock. By the 1940's nearly 300 families were attending Mass regularly at Saint Theresa's. In 1944, Reverend Edmund Moran was appointed by his Eminence Richard Cardinal Cushing as Pastor of Marshfield Hills. Upon his arrival, Father Moran saw that the remote location of Saint Theresa's Chapel would not be suitable for a new parish. A better location with improved access to the community had to be found. A barn, on Rt. 3A in Marshfield Hills, which was formerly used by W. Torrey Little as an antique shop became the first site for the Church. Father Moran fulfilled a dream of his by naming the parish after the patron saint of his deceased mother Saint Christine. It was the only parish in the Archdiocese dedicated to this saint.
From everywhere, people contributed furnishings for the new church. The altar came from Saint Mary's in Scituate and the Stations of the Cross from Saint Ambrose Church in Dorchester. Father Moran, who was also an architect, used his skill to fashion an altar rail from stair banisters and the center lighting from a huge wheel which hung gracefully from the ceiling. Even the pews had a past, as Father Moran managed to salvage them from a condemned school building.
The Sisters of Saint Matthew's in Dorchester made the linen and veil for the Tabernacle and the Tabernacle Society of Emmanuel College presented him with a complete set of vestments, a ciborium, a chalice and other altar linens. Other renovations were made in time, including a balcony that was also designed by Father Moran. djacent to the Church was an attractive Cape Cod Colonial, which Father Moran readily converted to a functional rectory to serve his 300 winter parishioners. Assistance came to Father Moran from various quarters, not only from his flock of 300 but also from many professional contractors, engineers, and architects.
But by the 1950's "the church that was a barn" seemed to grow smaller with the continued expansion of the parish flock. Father Moran was succeeded by Father Daniel Flynn. In 1948 Father Daniel Flynn became pastor. In early 1958 Father Flynn visited the Chancery for permission and funds to build an addition to his church. He returned with instructions to build an entirely new church and rectory. There was then, as there is now, a very active organization of parishioners year-round which ran many fundraisers, from card parties to bazaars to spaghetti suppers. These activities formed a vital base for the building of the new church. Thirty-four acres of land in the vicinity of Route 3A and Pine Street were purchased and the foundation was dug in September of 1959. On November 13, 1960 an impressive ceremony with Richard Cardinal Cushing was held to dedicate the church. Before 750 persons, His Eminence pronounced the words, "Thou art Peter and upon thy rock I will build my church." Among the group of distinguished visitors was our first pastor, Monsignor Edmund A. Moran.
It would have been very safe and easy to settle for the old barn church. But the parishioners and pastor of Saint Christine wanted to do more for God and each other than what was strictly required or practical. They wanted a beautiful church that would glorify God and proclaim their faith. They wanted a building that would not only help them grow closer to the Lord, but would also be well-built and beautiful for generations to come, so that many others could be blessed by their sacrifice and foresight.
This, in a nutshell, is stewardship: Taking a piece of the best of what we have been blessed with and consecrating it back to God.
A true steward does this as a way of thanking God for the gifts that have been received. It is not about tax deductions, or status, or even getting something named after us. Those are all bonus items. Stewardship realizes that everything we have is a gift from God; each day of our life, each talent and ability that we have discovered and refined, each dollar and material thing we own, all of them gifts.
Stewardship says, “I am going to give a small portion of those blessings back to the Lord” Not the leftovers or things that I really don’t want or need. No, a portion of the best; that is what we give to God.
We see this reflected in this church. Everything is beautiful, well-built from the best materials, and made to last. We have received this church as a gift from the arishioners that went before us. Now this is our time to be stewards, to care for the church, to further her mission, to give a portion of the best of ourselves: our time, our talents, and our treasure. We need to give all three, in the measure God shows us, so that this parish can continue to feed and foster the faith of generations to come.
It is with an overflowing grateful heart that I thank you for your true stewardship and amazing generosity during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. My prayer for you and for me, is that we become better stewards every time we walk in these doors and that generations from now, our faith will be apparent to those who are still praying in this place!
Love, Father Steve
Clergy Health and Retirement Trust Collection
Prayers for our First Communicants
First Communion Rehearsals will take place on the following
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GRADE 9 CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION
Permanent Deacon Program
12th Annual Celebration of the Priesthood
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and throughout the world.
Other Catholic Activities at Local Parishes
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IMPORTANT PARISH NOTICES
REMINDER: The Marshfield Fire Department has requested that our parishioners refrain from parking in front of the church as it prevents their access in times of emergency.
PAPER RECYCLE BIN - WE ARE NO LONGER RECYCLING
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, ALTAR SERVERS
All children in Grades 1 through 3 must have a parent or another adult accompany them to and from class each week. Parents must sign children out before they are released from their class.
CCD CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER
CCD & PARKING LOT REMINDER!!