He will be Ordained a Priest

07-26-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Richard W. Fitzgerald

Our Transitional Deacon, Matthew Norwood, as many of you may know, was scheduled to be ordained a priest last May but the Covid pandemic interrupted that planned date. On Saturday, August 1, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Deacon Matt will be ordained a Priest of Jesus Christ by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. Even though there will be significant restrictions relative to attendance at the ordination due to the virus, it will be a wonderful day for Matt and his family and friends. The following day he will celebrate his First Mass at his home parish of Saint Paul in Wellesley.

At a date not yet scheduled for September, “Father Matt” will return to Saint Columbkille Parish to celebrate a Mass for us. We all look forward to rejoicing with him as he is ordained and celebrates Mass. After 8 years of study and formation training he is about to fulfill the yearning planted in his heart and soul by the Lord many years ago. For many years to come, may God bless him and all those whom he will touch by his Priestly Ministry.

As has happened over the past several weeks since our reopening, last weekend’s Masses went very well. We had 396 people who came to the Masses and our volunteers, as in previous weekends, were very helpful in coordinating the various safety requirements. We are also grateful for the prayerful and financial support of parishioners who have not yet been able to attend Mass. As we move into the next phases of reopening, you will be informed of any changes to our procedures.