Fr Bradford wanted us to know that Fr Stravinskas’ sermon on “The Annunciation and the Mystery of the Incarnation” that he preached to us in 2017 was published and is on the Catholic World Report online website here.
Fr Bradford wrote, “During the period of time that celebration of public Mass is temporarily suspended, I will be offering a private Mass regularly, and specifically on Sundays for the special intentions of our parish family. And I will continue to make my Sunday sermon available each week.”
Fr Bradford said a private Mass on Sunday, March 23th, pro popolo, which is for the members of our congregation. Here is his sermon on healing the man born blind.
All of Fr Bradford’s sermons are here.
Dear friends in Christ:
One week ago on Saturday morning I celebrated a last public Mass. Since then I have offered a private Mass each day, and my Mass intentions have been for the parish family and for the safety of medical and public health workers.
There have been funeral Masses this week and we have been hearing confessions. But next week Funeral Masses will fall under the suspension order. (Limiting attendance to next of kin proved impossible.) For the duration of the pandemic we will conduct graveside committal services, and schedule memorial Masses when it is again possible for families to attend. Visits to those who are shut-in at home have been suspended but viaticum is always available to the gravely sick and dying.
I brought the sacraments to parishioner Donald Smith at Good Samaritan Hospital on Thursday but the staff announced no visitors at all beginning the next day. Don is recovering from the effects of a fall at home and some complications. Please keep him in your prayers.
Saturday’s Mass is a year’s-mind Mass for parishioner Leslie Hunt. May he rest in peace.
[Father’s sermons will continue to be posted here.]
As Fr Bradford wrote to our community, “During the period of time that celebration of public Mass is temporarily suspended, I will be offering a private Mass regularly, and specifically on Sundays for the special intentions of our parish family. And I will continue to make my Sunday sermon available each week.”
Fr Bradford said a private Mass on Sunday, March 15th, pro popolo, which is for the members of our congregation.
During the period of time that celebration of public Mass is temporarily suspended, I will be offering a private Mass regularly, and specifically on Sundays for the special intentions of our parish family. And I will continue to make my Sunday sermon available each week. [Fr Bradford’s sermons are here.]
Although normal visits to shut ins are suspended, Viaticum is always available to the gravely sick and dying. Funeral Masses are permitted. Churches will be open for prayer, and where possible, for adoration. Check locally.
The parish paper, Contra mundum, for April will contain notices of previously scheduled services. But please note the suspension of public worship services may continue to be in effect.
During this emergency, you may send your normal church monetary offerings to my attention at 10 St Theresa Avenue, West Roxbury, MA 02132 (or where appropriate, to Kevin McDermott at his home). Remember that operating expenses continue even during a pandemic!
Please do keep medical personnel, public health officials, and priests, in your prayers as they risk exposure to Covid-19 while bringing relief, comfort, and solace to those who are sick.
As of March 14th and until further notice, all Masses and other religious services are cancelled per order of Cardinal O’Malley. A dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time has been proclaimed within the Archdiocese and the Ordinariate’s Office of the Vicar General has confirmed this dispensation extends to the Faithful of the Ordinariate within the Archdiocese.
An excellent resource — and a Patrimonial one — is Morning and Evening Prayer, prayed as a group over a telephone conference line, offered as an Apostolate by our own parishioner, John Covert. The Readings follow our unique Ordinariate Calendar and this admirable effort has been approved by the Ordinariate’s Office of Worship. Full details can be found on the project’s website.
Also, the editors and publisher of Magnificat Magazine are offering free access to the online version of their excellent pew missal/monthly collection of devotions and essays, “To help [the Faithful] sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church…during this difficult time.”
Our parish paper brings you up to date on upcoming events and news for our our combined congregation and community.
It also contains articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.
This month’s issue includes:
- “Another Silent Mountain Climb,” a Lenten sermon preached by Father Bradford
- “The Safe Hands of St Joseph” by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704), a French theologian and renowned preacher
- “I Am Not White,” an excerpt by Thomas Storck who writes on Catholic social teaching and culture
- “Gender Equality and Gender Ideology: Protecting Women and Girls,” a statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, at the United Nations, New York, 20 March 2019
This issue contains articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors as well as news and notes for our combined congregation and community.
This month’s issue includes:
- “Coming into His Royal Presence,” an excerpt by The Provost from The Oratory Parish Magazine
- “Gods Conscientious Attention” by Fr William M. Joensen from the 2018 Magnificat Advent Companion
- “The Mouthpiece of the Infallible Church,” an excerpt from Meditations for Layfolk by Fr Bede Jarrett, OP, an English Dominican priest and founder of the Blackfriars, Oxford
- “Sermons Aimed at Them” by Father Bradford
- “Within the Scope of Peace” by Pope Saint Leo the Great
- “Why We Fast” by Fr Richard Veras, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and director of pastoral formation and a professor in St Joseph’s Seminary
- “The Three Notable Duties,” an excerpt of a sermon by Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.380-450), a Doctor of the Church.