Mass Schedule: Weekday Masses are Monday thru Friday at 6:45 AM in the Lower Church. Sunday Masses: Saturday Vigil at 4PM (Upper Church); Sunday 7AM, 10AM and 5PM (Upper Church).
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Martin Luther King Day 2021 and the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden

This Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. This coming Wednesday, 14 days after our Nation’s Capital was stormed, President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States.

As we gather this week for the two-fold celebrations we might ponder the words of Martin Luther King in a sermon delivered at Washington's National Cathedral four days prior to his assassination. 

"Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? And Vanity comes along and asks the question, Is it popular? But Conscience asks the question, Is it right?  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, not popular; but one must take it because it is right."

As the nation transitions into the new administration of President Biden and Vice-President Harris and continues to deal with the aftermath of January 6th,  the work before us as a nation will be hard and demanding, filled with disappointment and heartache, and it will require us to put aside our own needs and dreams for the sake of the common good.  But as a nation I have every confidence that we will 'do what is right’ and summon the courage to face this moment together with honesty and hope. Then we will discover once again that the best of who we are as a country can overcome the worst impulses of the national spirit. 

                                                                                            Fr. Jack

 

   

CARDINAL O'MALLEY STATEMENT FOLLOWING VIOLENCE IN WASHINGTON DC

"The beginning of the Prayer of St. Francis is familiar to most of us: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”. And it is peace we need in our nation today, united by the common good of our people. The violence witnessed in our nation’s capital yesterday serves only to inflame our divisions and pit citizen against citizen at a time we need to be united. We reject all forms of violence including the acts of those who stormed our Capitol. We pray for those who lost their lives and for their loved ones and for the injured. We live in a divided nation and the challenges our nation faces are significant. Our recovery from yesterday’s assault will require the best talents of our civic leaders. Very soon President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in to lead our country. In the spirit of what makes America a beacon of light and democracy for the entire world we must set aside our divisions and together go about the work of helping to lift people out of poverty, healing the sick, welcoming the immigrant and address systemic racism, and many other tasks. Let us heed the words of St. Francis’ simple prayer: “where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.”  

 

I am seeing way, way more positive diagnosis of Covid-19 in my ministry. I am concerned for your safety and well-being. I am hopeful as the vaccinations continue but we have many months ahead of us before its good effects   realized.  Please act with an abundance of caution. Be safe.

Please remember that the dispensation from the obligation for Sunday Mass continues and that the        Cardinal and I encourage people to stay safe. I look forward to the day where all of us can again gather, but now is not the right time for many.

Dress Warmly for Church: While there will be heat in the church during the cold weather, following pandemic safety precautions, windows and doors will still be kept open as much as possible for ample ventilation. So please be prepared and dress warmly when you come to church. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Reception of Holy Communion is only by hand. Both the minister of the Eucharist and the communicant will have masks on at the time of distribution.

Assistance: If you need food or any other kind of assistance, please free to call Fr. Jack or Julie at the        rectory.  

 

                                                                                                Fr. Jack

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                     

I understand that these are very challenging times for many people, and it is for the parish as well. We ask

that you please continue to support our parish, if at all possible, as we rely on our weekly offertory collections

and monthly special collections to cover operating expenses (heating and maintaining our buildings, staff

salaries, and healthcare benefits, etc.). Three ways to support the parish:

1. Weekly donations may be mailed to the parish office: St. Gregory Parish, 2223 Dorchester

    Avenue, Dorchester, MA  02124

2. Donations may also be dropped off through the mail slot at the Rectory office front door.

3. Online Giving - Please consider switching to online  giving for your weekly or monthly donations.

With online giving, you can support the parish even when Mass attendance is disrupted. You can also

use online giving to make a one-time donation. Please visit our website:  stgregoryparish.com to access

the link to make your online gift. Thank you for your continued support of our parish.

 

                                                            Fr. Jack

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                            

       

                                       

                                                         

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

     

         

 COVID-19 Important Information

1.  In keeping with the directives of the  Commonwealth, we are limiting the number

of people who come into the Church. It is not toexceed 40% with additional provisions

for social distancing.

2. Mask should be worn unless one is under the age of two or have an exemption for

some medical reason. Parents should judge for  children between ages two and four.

3. Social distancing is important. Clearly family members can be close to one another.

But in other cases, try to maintain a six-foot  distance.

4. There is no Offertory Collection by basket. There will be receptacles at the doors

for the offering.

5. There will be no Sign of Peace

6. Reception of Holy Communion is only by hand. Both the minister of the Eucharist and the

 communicant will have masks on at the time of distribution.

7. Between Services the Church (including the bathroom) will be cleaned and sanitized.

8. All who attend Mass are invited to write their name and contact information so that

if we learn that someone tested positive  for Covid-19 we can be in touch with you.  If this does happen 

it will also be put on the parish website.

 

   

 

  

Year of the Eucharist  Monthly Eucharistic Adoration  

The Year of the Eucharist is meant to be a time set aside to bolster the faith of those who already 

 believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and to encourage those who struggle with this belief.

 

To assist us a website has been set up that offers differing resources and links. The website is: yearoftheeucharist@rcab.or

On February 6th we will have our monthly  Eucharistic Adoration in the Upper Church.

from Noon to 1:00 pm. It is wonderful time to place ourselves before the Eucharistic Lord and be

touched by is gentle and healing presence. Feel free to come for a few moments or the entire time.  

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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