As residents of Massachusetts are aware, recently Governor Baker announced that as part of Phase One of the gradual reopening of Massachusetts, houses of worship are now allowed to open under highly restricted guidelines. Following this announcement, the Archdiocese of Boston declared that after careful and deliberate preparation a parish may request permission from the Regional Bishop to resume Masses as early as Saturday evening, May 23.
Out of a commitment to caution, we have decided to not make this request and so will not be open this weekend. Parishes are required to meet all State, Municipal, and Archdiocesan guidelines, and at Saint Cecilia we want to move at a deliberate pace in order to feel confident that we are not compromising the health and safety of our staff, our parishioners, or our neighbors.
The parish staff at Saint Cecilia has been preparing for our eventual reopening and this Thursday members of the staff will meet with the Parish Pastoral Council to discuss the best course of action in light of our commitment to providing a safe environment and implementing a well thought out plan. As we make decisions we will keep you informed every step of the way.
Thank you for your patience and trust as we attempt to deal with these unprecedented challenges in the most prudent ways possible. We hope that you find comfort in knowing that our livestream Mass will continue at 10:00 every Sunday and we encourage you to join us from the safety of your home for the next several weeks.
Praying through Easter
Please join us for Liturgy of the Hours Live on Facebook this week:
Saturday, May 30 - Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m. - Memorial of St. Joan of Arc
Saturday, May 30 - Evening Prayer at 6:30 p.m. - Vigil of Pentecost
Sunday, May 31 - Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m. - Pentecost (conclusion of the Easter Season)
If you don't have Facebook and would like to join us via Zoom, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A message from Fr. John - thank you for your prayers.
In memory of Estelle Unni
As you may have heard, recently Fr. John's mother, Estelle, passed away. In lieu of flowers we invite you to contribute to a special fund that will be used to support the causes that were near and dear to Estelle's heart: caring for the poor, homeless, and vulnerable in our city.
By Michael Rozier, SJ
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 email@example.com.
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.
Be Not Afraid
During this time of crisis, English-speaking Catholic artists have come together with this message of hope.
Staying connected through Zoom.
As we continue to find new ways to stay connected with our community, we encourage you to use apps like Zoom to check in with friends, loved ones, or even your fellow ministry members. Zoom is a great, free tool, to video and audio conference with others. Click here for info on how to set up a free account on Zoom.
Staying rooted in Scripture during the Easter season!
Give Us This Day is a companion resource to help stay connected to the rhythms of the Church, wherever we are. It is available as a monthly missal or as an app, and provides the readings of the day for morning/evening prayer, Mass, as well as reflections and info on feast days.
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).