A Few Words
from Father Steve
We are still in urgent need of support of the 2021 Catholic Appeal. We
need to reach our goal by June 30, 2021. It is good to think about what
the Catholic Appeal means to the Archdiocese. This Appeal is to the Archdiocese
what the weekly offering is to a parish in terms of much needed support,
which includes the central administration and 290 parishes. Here in Marshfield
we are always aware of the greater needs of others in places beyond our
borders and once again we have been asked by our Cardinal to support the
work of those in the Boston area.
What you may not have known is that the Catholic Appeal
assists over 60 ministries and agencies that help Catholics and non-Catholics
alike. The Archdiocese is doing some wonderful things with the monies
raised from your contributions, such as, being a great support during
the pandemic. It also supports seminarians in their studies and in their
growth towards becoming priests. As an administrator, I can tell you of
many instances where my fellow priests and I have used the assistance
of the Canon Law Office, the Marriage Tribunal, the Insurance group, Personnel
Office, Facilities Management, the Catholic School Office, the Chancellor’s
Office and Catholic Charities. These are but a few of the offices that
we need to make our work a little easier.
It may be easier to think of this as a mission, one that
is contained to those in most need in our own Archdiocese, here in our
own home. We do have many in great need and
I urge you once again to support as much as you can. I know that much
has been asked of you over this year, such as, the Grand Annual Collection
or the Catholic Relief Services. This request too is so important and
it advances God’s calling for us to think not only about the need
we have here at Saint Christine Parish, but also for the Archdiocese of
Boston and its agencies.
Remember, we have placed information packets and pledge
forms at the doors of the church that you can mail in. You can check www.BostonCatholicAppeal.com.
These donations are sent directly by you to the Archdiocese. So far, we
have raised $58,295 from 122 households, reaching 77% of our parish goal
of $75,689 .Thank you for all you have donated. Please consider helping
if you have not. As you are reading this today, this coming Thursday is
also the 26th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. In 1995,
I was at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and through the imposition of
hands over 18 of us were ordained that year. That imposition of hands
extends back to the generation of the apostles. The choir and the congregation
of family, friends and fellow priests filled the cathedral with the chant
of the Litany of Saints.
As I reflect over my past 26 years I realize how quickly they have flown.
Even with the derision and distrust that began in 2001 during the sexual
abuse crisis, the decrease in the number of men entering the priesthood
and the decline in the numbers that attend church, I am still humbled,
honored and happy to be a priest. I look back with profound
gratitude for sharing in the sacred priesthood of Christ, the Good Shepherd.
There are so many fulfilling moments of being a priest such as, celebrating
the Eucharist, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, and Weddings.
I also take consolation in celebrating Funeral masses and celebrating
the Sacrament of the Sick to somehow bring hope and healing to those who
experience loss or those that are sick.
My journey as a priest has taken me from the streets of South Boston,
to my first assignment at St. Francis Xavier in South Weymouth, then the
Immaculate Conception Parish of Malden-Medford, to a college chaplain
at Emmanuel College in Boston, then as a pastor of Incarnation and an
administrator at St. Joseph in Quincy and then here at St. Christine’s.
There have been so many moments of joy and hope, along with some sadness,
in what has happened in the priesthood over the past 26 years. I pray
God’s grace will be there for me always as I continue to be a priest
and hopefully a Good Shepherd. I pray that many young people will respond
to the priesthood and pastoral ministry even with the challenges and obstacles
that may face them. God’s grace has been with me every day and I
know He will be there for me in the future. I wish you all a wonderful
Memorial Day and thank those who have served in our armed forces or are
currently serving. I pray for you and your families and I thank you for
all that you have done.
I will end this column as I ended my weekend Masses, "You may notice
that I love being a priest, but I love, love, love being your priest."
With a heart full of gratitude and love for you, Father Steve
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION / FAITH FORMATION
Confirmation will take place this Sunday, May 16th in the
Church. - See bulletin for times.
Congratulations to all our second graders who received
Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. We congratulate their
parents, the prime educator of their children in the ways of faith,
for preparing them so well. Sincere thanks to our second grade teachers
and Susie McCarthy and Lauretta Grant. - God bless you. Father Steve
We congratulate all the children who received their First
Brady Angeli, Olivia Bevilacqua, Maeve Biviano, Michael Bradley,
Brooke Brennan, Molly Buckley, Lily Byron, Anna Capobianco, Elizabeth
Capobianco, Leah Carroll, Cali Chesna, Ava Cook, Eva Cordasco, Aislinn
Curran, Savannah Daley, Abigail Dawidow, Matthew Dawidow, Jordan
Dernier, Graham Deavney, Peter Dion, Avery Doherty, Rory Donovan,
Amelia Dwyer, Kyla Egan, Ryan Egan, George Emerling, Isaac Fielding,
Catherine Fortino, Regan Gaffney, Jesse Giannett, Jack Gilberti,
Lillian Gonsales, Alexander Gonzalez, Elle Goodrich, Jameson Hall,
Patrick Holte, Olivia Hood, Mason Hoyle, Annabel Last, Aiden Magaw,
Shea Malvey, Liliana Manjone, Anthony Markella, Joseph McDonough,
Norah Mellon, Abby Moore, Owen Morse, Madalyn Mottola, James Murphy,
Cooper O’Donoghue, Jacob Peckham, Rose Phillips, Jonathan
Pratt, Hadley Ryan, Maxwell Sannicandro, Avery Serino, Caiden Souza,
Faith Spignesi, Andrea Tarantino, Abigail Walker, Aedan Whitehead,
Tristan Zima, Owen Zych.
Thank You !!
We extend a sincere thank you to our grade level coordinators, and
catechists who have contributed so generously of their time and
talents to our Religious Education Program. We wish to express special
gratitude to our parents who have affirmed and supported our catechetical
staff in their ministry to the children and adolescents of St. Christine’s
CCD Tuition Fees are now due!!!
Please remit your payment to the CCD Office as soon as possible.
Thank you .
on the Weekly Bulletin link above to read all CCD Announcements.
MAY - PRAY THE ROSARY
May is a month dedicated to Mary, our Blessed Mother. You are invited
to join our parishioners as they pray the Rosary every day Monday through
Friday before the 9:00 am Mass.You can also pray a Family Rosary on
Zoom onSunday at 7:30 pm. The Zoom link is on Saint Christine’s
website. If you have trouble logging on, please contact Susie McCarthy
at 781-837-0088 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHOLIC WOMEN TODAY
CWTT invites you to their final Zoom meeting of the year. You will have
the opportunity to tour our beautiful Church and grounds and to explore
the history and highlights that have been added throughout the years.
We will meet via ZOOM on Thursday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. Don’t
forget to enjoy your beverage of choice while you watch and listen to
Saint Christine’s history. Please contact Jeanne Dominick at email@example.com
to sign up and to get the Zoom address so you can join us. If you have
any questions, please call Jeanne at 781-267-4511. Hope to can join
GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION 2020
- GOAL: $120,000 | RECEIVED:
Our Grand Annual Collection is now taking place. This fund is necessary
to balance our church budget. Grand Annual envelopes have been mailed
to all our parishioners. Each family is asked to contribute $400 dollars.
However, what one gives is your choice and no one should give beyond
their means. Your envelope may be mailed or returned to the church or
to the rectory anytime. You may also make a donation on-line either
as a one time payment or over a period of time. I am so grateful to
you. Thank you for your faithful support of our parish.
Sowing Seeds Clothing Bank is thinking “Spring!” Welcome
are donations of gently used Spring clothing for men, women and children
in all sizes. Also needed are new socks and underwear, laundry detergent,
baby wipes, and diapers for adults and babies. Located on the corner
of Rt. 139 and School Street, Sowing Seeds is open on Thursday and Saturday
mornings from 10:00 am to 12 noon to accept and distribute clothing.
Thank you for your support.
CANS FOR KIDS
We need your help to collect bottles and cans for Cans for Kids this
summer. Volunteers are needed for one weekend in late July after the
Masses to transport the cans and bottles to the redemption center in
Pembroke. All proceeds are given to Sowing Seeds to buy Back-To-School
supplies for children. Please contact Lauretta Grant at 781-837-0088
if you can help.
Be A Super Hero to a Homeless Child!
Horizons for Homeless Children needs volunteers to play with young children
2 hours each week in a Horizons shelter-based PlaySpace in Marshfield.
Help a homeless child play, learn and thrive. The next on-line trainings
will be held on Tuesday, May 18th and Thursday, June 17th from 6:00
to 8:00 pm. To apply to volunteer or for additional information and
other training dates, contact Meghan Schafer at 774--2612 or visit their
website at horizonschildren.org/playspace.
Even though we make mistakes, God loves us and forgives us. Father Steve
will be available to hear Confessions on Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45
pray for all the young people of our parish who are making lifetime
choices at this time.
Reflect on the risen Christ and be grateful.
We sincerely thank all of our advertisers who have placed ads in our
bulletin. Please support the businesses that advertise in our parish
bulletin as their ads help to defray the cost of the bulletin.
Other Catholic Activities in the Area
A Library in Africa
Ann Marie Oliver, a parishioner at Holy Family Parish in Duxbury,
is collecting books in good condition for a Primary Library in Malawi
through the African Library Project. Needed are children’s picture
books, paperback easy readers, K-8 textbooks, (math, English, geography,
science) atlases, dictionaries, juvenile literature and chapter books.
Books can be dropped off at Holy Family Parish in the lower parking lot
in a specially marked bin near the entrance to the Parish Center or at
her home at 526 Washington Street, Duxbury. If you have any questions,
please call Ann Marie at 781-956-4112. Thank you for your help.
Miramar Retreat Center will host a four part book series
via Zoom to discuss the book: The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault
beginning on May 20th from 10 to 11:30 am. The cost is $40 for the entire
series or $10 per session. For more information and registration, contact
Mary Fran at 781-585-2460 x 312.
Christine’s now has a Facebook
page. We will use the Face Book page to post parish news, events, CCD
cancellations, photos and more but we need your help. Visit www.facebook.com/stchristinesmarshfield
and “LIKE” our
page to help spread the word. We’re new to Facebook so please bear
with us as we get up to speed with social media. You can also link to
our Facebook page whereever you see the Facebook logo on our site.
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The Marshfield Fire Department has requested that our parishioners refrain
from parking in front of the church as it prevents their access in times
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, ALTAR SERVERS
Please check your schedules to see if/when you are assigned. If you unable
to serve your assigned Mass, it is important that you call a substitute
to serve for you.
FAITH FORMATION INFORMATION (CCD)
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.
PARKING LOT REMINDER!!
Please exercise extreme caution in our church parking lot while dropping
off and picking up children from classes. Please drive slowly in the parking
lot and refrain from using cell phones. Children move quickly and your
full attention is needed.
FAITH FORMATION CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER
If classes are cancelled due to weather, notification will be available
on Channels 5, and 7. Please tune into these stations or log onto their
websites. Additionally, cancellations will be announced on WATD radio
(95.9). Please note that if Marshfield Schools are closed, Saint Christine’s
CCD classes are also cancelled.