Registration for Mass 10/31/20 & 11/1/20
Join us at 5:00 on Saturday OR at 11:30 on Sunday for in-person Mass.
The links below will go live at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, and will close when spots fill. Please read all the important information below before you register:
(Please click here to read all this information before you register)
Making a Reservation:
Registration is required! – We have space for 100 participants including staff and volunteers in order to uphold distancing requirements.
Reservation cancellations – If you must cancel your reservation, or are unable to make it for any reason, please contact us by email or phone (857-317-3826), up until 3:00 on Friday for the Saturday Vigil Mass OR 3:00 on Saturday for Sunday Mass so we can give your seat(s) to others. We know that unexpected things come up, so please do your best to let us know in as timely a manner as possible!
Our waitlist – We have consistently had a handful of no-shows each week. If you find our registration is full, please call the parish office (857-317-3826) to join the waitlist. So far, everyone on the waitlist has been registered by Saturday prior to Mass.
Be considerate of your fellow parishioners – We wish to make this re-entry period as equitable as possible. If you attended Mass last week, please wait 2 weeks before registering again to allow space for others who wish to return. Likewise, if you register for this week's Mass please do not register again for at least 2 weeks.
Important to know before you arrive:
Saturday Mass begins at 5:00 and Sunday Mass will begin at 11:30 – Please arrive no later than 4:45 on Saturday or 11:15 on Sunday to allow enough time to check in and enter the church. If you arrive after that time, you risk your seat being given away.
New entrance – Please enter via the new entrance on Saint Cecilia Street. As we prepare for the coming, colder months there will be more room to wait (distanced) inside.
Temperature checks – Per new directives from the Archdiocese, all people who enter the church must have their temperatures checked at the door. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter.
Wear your mask! – A mask must be worn at all times during the liturgy. It may only be removed to receive communion. Regrettably no singing is permitted, even while wearing a mask.
Restrooms – Restrooms will only be available for emergency use. Please plan accordingly.
CARDINAL SEÁN O'MALLEY STATEMENT ON MASSACHUSETTS ROE ACT LEGISLATION
(Click here to read the Cardinal's full letter)
Our country and our Commonwealth are faced these days with multiple issues that are both empirically complex and profoundly moral in their content and consequences. These issues include the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice, climate change, poverty and inequality. The Catholic Church, in its teaching and social ministries, is engaged with many other organizations in addressing these questions, and we will continue to do so.
In this statement, however, I wish once again, as I have done in the past year, to raise up for attention a uniquely significant moral question: the issue of abortion. It is uniquely significant because it always involves the right to life, the fundamental human right, which is the foundation of the other spiritual and material rights that comprise the common good of our society. Abortion always terminates a human life.
The right to life of the unborn is deeply threatened by legislation presently being considered in the Massachusetts legislature. The ROE Act is now being debated in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Advocates for this bill describe its purpose as protecting the status and legacy of the Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. As a matter of law, Massachusetts already has among the most extreme abortion laws in the county, and if Roe v. Wade were overturned, abortion rights in Massachusetts would be unaffected. Here in Massachusetts, the proponents of the ROE Act describe its objective as increasing access to abortion. Tragically, the bill would do this but in a very extreme manner.
Specifically, the ROE Act would do the following; it would:
Allow abortion in Massachusetts during all nine months of pregnancy;
Eliminate any requirement that even late-term abortions be performed in hospitals;
Eliminate the requirement to make efforts to care for a child who survives an attempted abortion;
Eliminate any requirement that a pregnant minor (under 18) have any adult consent (parental or through the courts) before undergoing an abortion.
The proposed legislation can reasonably be described as radical in its nature and destructive in its consequences. It is being pressed forward as if it were necessary in a state with some of the most expansive abortion laws in the country. By any rational measure, the specifics of the Act cited above are extreme measures in a state already known as widely pro-choice. I regret that fact, but it is a fact.
For almost 50 years, abortion has divided this nation morally, legally and politically. Again, I regret these divisions, but it is not possible to remain silent as this legislation is being pressed upon this Commonwealth. Opposition to the Act is required on moral grounds, indeed on basic human rights grounds.
Our opposition to the ROE Act is not designed to condemn, shame or single out individuals. The complex conditions which often bring women to undergo an abortion should be acknowledged and recognized. In the face of these situations, the appropriate attitude should be compassion and care. In the Archdiocese, we attempt to offer both through Pregnancy Health and the Project Rachel program. Our deepest concern is to provide help and support to women.
The Church must oppose the ROE Act, and I invite others to consider why we do so. We will publicize our objections in the parishes of the Archdiocese, seeking the support of members of our community. We will continue to explain our views to legislators and urge citizens to express their opposition to their representatives and senators. We will dialogue with our neighbors who may differ with the Church’s position and will do so with care and civility. In the end, we are simply committed to protecting human life in its most vulnerable condition.
Liturgy of the Hours
Please join us for Liturgy of the Hours Live on Facebook next week:
Wednesday, 10/28 – Evening Prayer at 6:30 p.m. – SS. Simon & Jude
Monday, 11/2 – Evening Prayer at 6:30 a.m. – Commemoration of All Faithful Departed
If you don't have Facebook and would like to join us via Zoom, please send an email to email@example.com
A faith-filled start to your day.
Join other members of the Saint Cecilia community on Zoom for a brief reading of the Gospel, followed by conversation and fellowship, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 AM. RSVP to get the Zoom link by contacting Scott MacDonald, Director of Faith Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For instructions on setting up Zoom on your computer, keep scrolling down.
St. C's caring for each other.
During this time, it's all the more important to help our neighbors in need.
Thank you for your generous support of the parish!
Over the past several weeks, even as we have sheltered in place, we have continued to worship and connect with each other virtually. The members of our ministries continue to engage with each other in fellowship and in service to our wider community. And, a new task force of volunteers has come together to support homebound or isolated parishioner.
Your continued support helps make these things happen!
Using your Venmo app on your smartphone, contribute to @SaintCeciliaParish (if prompted, the last four digits of our phone # are 3880).