A Message from Fr. Fitz...

06-21-2020Pastor's Letter

Notification of someone who may have been at Mass and tests positive for Covid 19.

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A Message from Fr. Fitz...

06-14-2020Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

A big welcome to our new Coordinator of Liturgical Music!

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A Successful Reopening Weekend

06-07-2020Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

Last weekend we had a successful re-opening of Masses at St. Columbkille Parish. Considering the restrictions and warnings for vulnerable people, we were pleased to have 287 people at the Masses. With the great help of our volunteers, all the procedures and guidelines for a safe opening were met. We are extremely grateful for the volunteers who stepped up to the plate. Please note the revised schedule for Sunday morning Masses and daily Mass. We look forward to Phase 2 of the Governor’s re-opening plan and how it will impact our ability to come together as a faith community. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

Archdiocese of Boston Plan for safely resuming Masses at the beginning of Phase One

05-20-2020Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

Dear Friends and Parishioners:

The last time I emailed you, we were waiting to hear news of when we can reopen the church for public Mass. Well, as most of you know, we can reopen which is great news, but it is conditioned by some stringent parameters that we have to meet for the safety of all involved. While the order to close has been lifted, the Virus still remains! Below is a rather lengthy document which explains all we must do to insure that we meet the requirements to reopen. I strongly urge you to read the entire document so you can get a complete understanding of what has to be done. For members of our Spanish speaking community, we hope to soon send you a Spanish version of the document.

Re-Opening Guidance on Preparations and Requirements

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When will we reopen? We wait…

05-13-2020Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

We all have been taught that patience is a virtue. During these times we certainly need to pray for that virtue. Right now we do not know for sure when we will be able to reopen for Sunday Masses. It could be in a few weeks, or it could be a number of months from now. We have a sense of expectation that it is coming, but we must do our best to temper that expectation with a strong dose of patience and acceptance of the difficulties of this current time. We will reopen someday, but we do not know when. However, I have been asked by the Cardinal to be one of two pastors among other people to serve on a restart committee to work on preliminary plans for reopening the churches.

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Thank you to all who have contributed to the Saint Columbkille Parish Grand Annual Collection

01-26-2020Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

Opportunity to contribute to our collection continues. You may put your contribution into any weekend collection, mail it to the parish office or drop it off at the parish office. If you did not receive a mailing, you may pick up one in the racks at the entrances of the church. The grand annual collection is the largest single source of revenue for the parish. Your generosity is needed and deeply appreciated.

A few words of interest from Fr. Fitzgerald:

11-17-2019Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

Thank you to all who contributed last week to the Saint Columbkille Parish Grand Annual Collection

Opportunity to contribute to our collection continues through the Fall. You may put your contribution into any weekend collection, mail it to the parish office, or drop it off at the parish office. If you did not receive a mailing, you may pick up one in the racks at the entrances of the church. The grand annual collection is the largest single source of revenue for the parish. Your generosity is needed and deeply appreciated.

A few words of interest from Fr. Fitzgerald:

10-20-2019Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V. F.

New electronic Vigil Light stand at the San Donato statue in the upper church….
A new Vigil Light stand has been donated to the parish and is now in place at the San Donato shrine in the upper church. Each vigil light will stay illuminated for a couple of hours in honor of the particular prayer request made by each person. A donation is offered for each candle. Vigil light candles were very popular in the past, but due to fire hazard, many were discarded for safety reasons. The new electronic candles have been available for a number of years and give the appearances of the real wax candles when illuminated.

Saint Columbkille Parish Grand Annual Collection…
Our annual collection will be held the weekend of November 2/3. The week before the collection, you will receive a letter and envelope in the mail detailing the need for the collection along with a summary of income and expenses for last fiscal year and the budget for this fiscal year. This collection is the largest single income producer for our parish each year and is essential to the financial health of the parish.