Mask Mandate for Services Extended
In the light of the continued growth in the numbers of new COVID cases, Cardinal Seán is extending the current mask mandate. It is mandated that that throughout the archdiocese all people attending public Masses, including weddings and funerals, wear masks. This is an extension of the mandate currently in effect, and expires on Thursday, March 3, 2022, which is the day after Ash Wednesday.
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Wintry Weeks01-14-2022Rev. Brian F. Manning
Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Mary Parish,
During this past week or so the season of winter has arrived in full force. The snow storm last week was a dramatic reminder that we live in New England and that winter does happen here. These days we are enduring the bitter, bitter cold. We sometimes forget that our winter really takes full shape and force during the months of January and February. So, all of us may need to wear an extra layer when in our houses because heating systems are not designed for almost zero degree outdoor weather and also when we go out, hats, gloves, scarfs and multiple layers of clothes are the only way to go. Our four season weather helps influence our underlying philosophy of life here in New England. We need to be prepared and then as they say in today’s idiom: just lean into it.READ MORE
Turning Water into Wine01-16-2022Rev. Brian F. Manning
Are you aware that the Gospel writer John is the only one who recounts the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana? In his Gospel, John makes the miracle that occurs at this wedding reception the first "sign" or miracle of Jesus. We may not realize this, as we are just at the near beginning of the Gospel of Saint John, but John is arranging to tell us that "signs" are a key element in understanding his Gospel and its meaning. Throughout his Gospel, as we read or hear it, we must always be looking for "signs" and then discovering and pondering their meaning. As a side note, not meant to be a distraction, we also discover that this great "sign" or miracle which took place was at the special request of his mother Mary. In reviewing the whole Cana story, do you realize upon reflection that the great amount of water in the urns which were to be used for ritual purification is to stand as a symbol for the whole of Jewish cult and Law? When Jesus ordered the urns filled up with water, He was giving the water a different purpose and mission. He also, in addition, at his special word transformed the water into wine. This is to symbolize the Eucharist for us. In a special way upon reflection, we can come to see that this wedding feast at Cana is about the revelation of the Messiah who has come to save us through baptism and the Eucharist.READ MORE
Food Pantry Current Needs
For our January Collection we would like to request paper towels & laundry detergent.