Corovirus Precautions:

Letters from the Pastor

4/30/2020

For most of us, life is entirely different now from what it was just a few weeks ago. Life changed overnight, it seemed, when the virus hit and the stay at home order was announced.

This crisis offers us many opportunities, prominent among them is the opportunity to respond to the Lord’s invitation to a deeper, more intimate relationship with him. The words of the book of Revelation come to mind: Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him (her) and eat with him (her), and he (she) with me. (Rev. 3:20). The lyrics of Paul McCartney put it musically: Someone’s knocking at the door. Someone’s ringing the bell. Do me a favor, open the door, let’em in. We know who that someone is. Jesus is always knocking at our door.

Curiously, the door on which Jesus is knocking does not have an outside handle. It can be opened only from the inside. The Lord does not intrude, nor does he force himself on us. Only we open the door to him and let him in.

The Lord is always knocking but we may normally be too busy to hear him knocking. This crisis gives many of us much more time than we usually have. We might be better able to hear his loving knock on the door. Prayer, especially the Eucharist, is the perfect way to open the door and let him in.

We live-stream Mass each day (except Saturday) from Resurrection or Saint Paul at 10 AM. The Mass is also available on our website: hinghamcatholic.org. Catholic TV has Mass Monday through Friday at 9:30 AM which is rebroadcast at 7 PM and 11.30 PM.

The month of May, which begins on Friday, is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus. A family rosary is a beautiful prayer on any day, but especially during the month of May.

Let him in. Let him love you.
In Christ,
Father Tom Nestor


Happy Easter!
A friend called the other day and left a voicemail message. ‘Happy Easter’, she said. ‘Actually, it won’t be a happy Easter with this virus,’ she added.

In fact, it is a happy Easter.  Easter, by its very nature is joy beyond words. There is no better news for us to hear than the Easter proclamation that Jesus is risen, He is truly risen. That is especially good news in an emergency like the current one.

The emergency caused by COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives. One big change is in time. Many of us have time that we never had before, time to enjoy family, time to have dinner together, time to ponder the truth about life, namely Jesus, and time to pray.

There has been enormous suffering across the nation and, along with it, even greater heroism and selflessness. Stories of sacrifice abound. All of this points to Jesus, his suffering, his selflessness and his sacrifice. We constantly meditate upon Jesus and do so more intensely during Lent. During these last several weeks of Lent under the scourge of the virus, the world has offered us countless reminders of Jesus.

Whatever suffering we have experienced, great or small, is an invitation to come closer to Jesus and ally our suffering with his suffering. On the cross Jesus uttered, ‘I thirst.’ He has a profound thirst, a passionate desire to love us. In joining our suffering to his, we experience anew the depth of his passionate love for us. And that love broke the chains of death.

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the reason we have hope; hope in the midst of a public health crisis. It is the reason we have the hope of eternal life.

It is a Happy Easter!  Jesus is risen. He is truly risen! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
In Christ,
Father Tom Nestor


 March 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

During this public health crisis, we continue to pray for one another, but at a distance. The virus has strengthened the bonds among us and made clear the responsibility we have for one another.

The directives of Governor Baker are designed to prevent the spread of the virus, protect one another, so as not to overwhelm the health care system. It is a good and holy thing to sacrifice for the common good.

To this end, Cardinal Sean has asked that access to church be limited. Thus, until further notice, daily access to the churches of our collaborative will be:
Saint Paul: 7-9 AM
Resurrection: 2-4 PM 

No more than 10 people are allowed in the church at one time and social distancing of 6 feet must be observed for the good of all.

The Cardinal encourages we limit all social interactions and exercise careful and prudential judgement before making a decision to visit a church.

The Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent will be available here on our website, hinghamcatholic.org and on our HinghamCatholic FB page. 

Finally, several members of our parishes have volunteered to run errands to the drug store or supermarket for those who unable to do so. Please call Elizabeth Reardon for help at 781-749-0587, ext. 216.

We pray for one another and especially the men and women who heroically provide medical care during this public health crisis. We thank God for all our blessings.

In Christ,
Father Tom Nestor


3/20/20 Message from Cardinal Sean


 March 19, 2020

Dear Friend of Resurrection and Saint Paul Collaborative Parishes

Whil continue to pray and care for one another at a distance, you are invited to participate in 'virtual' gatherings for prayer during the next few days.

In Christ,
Father Tom Nestor and Collaborative Staff

Please note that regularly scheduled Masses, services and events noted on this website are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Refer to the section below for up to date "virtual' opportuities.


3/17/2020 Cardinal's Video


 

March 15, 2020

Dear Friends of Resurrection and Saint Paul Collaborative Parishes,

While we are not able to have public Mass at our churches during this crisis, Cardinal Sean has encouraged churches to be open for prayer and adoration. In addition, President Trump has declared today as a National Day of Prayer.

Today, Sunday March 15th, St. Paul Church will have the Blessed Sacrament exposed for Eucharistic Adoration from now until 8pm. This will take place in the lower church. If at any time, it becomes too crowded, adoration will be moved upstairs so that parishioners are able to remain spread out.

Adoration will also be held on Tuesday, March 17th at the regularly scheduled time of 9am to 7pm at St. Paul Church. Again, this will begin in the lower church and only move if necessary.

Both Resurrection Church and St. Paul Church will remain open on a daily basis for our faithful to come to pray. The churches will be cleaned on a regular basis. We ask that you practice social distancing while visiting.

Cardinal Sean said,”When we visit our churches outside of Mass and see the red glow of the sanctuary lamp we know that Jesus is there with us. The presence of the Eucharist in the tabernacle and during times of Adoration is a sign that Jesus silently and lovingly waits for us, always ready to receive and console us. May our prayers in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament be a source of strength and peace until we can safely resume the celebration of Mass for all members of the Catholic community in our Archdiocese and all who would wish to join us at that time.”

Until further notice, the rectory offices will remain open during the week. Feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns.

We continue to hold one another in prayer.
Father Tom Nestor and the Collaborative Staff


March 13, 2020, 3pm

Dear Friends of Resurrection and Saint Paul Collaborative Parishes,

The emergency situation brought about by COVID-19 has created an opportunity for us to care for one another by simply doing all that we can to protect one another. And, of course, we pray for one another’s health and well-being during this crisis.

The worship schedule remains the same, at least for now. Please be considerate of others by staying home if you are not feeling well. We will attempt to have one person hold the doors open for entrance and departure of each Mass and service to limit the handling of the doors. At the conclusion of each Mass, we will be looking for volunteers to wipe down the pews and door handles.

There are numerous cancellations and postponements (subject to continued updates):

  • Video showing of “Eucharist” – March 15 – postponed
  • EME / Lector Retreat – March 22 – postponed
  • Catholic Appeal collection – postponed to May
  • St Paul and Resurrection Religious Ed classes including Life Nights – cancelled until further notice
    • Grade level liturgies continue – St Paul Grade 2 on Sunday - participation is at your discretion; Resurrection Grade 1 on Sunday - not participating at 9:30am Mass
    • Resurrection Reconciliation for grades 3-5 – as scheduled this Monday and Wednesday at your discretion
    • Resurrection Confirmation Retreat – April 4 - cancelled
    • Sacraments – First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation (Resurrection) remain as scheduled until further notice.
  • Saint Paul School will be closed March 16 through March 27
  • LifeTeen Fundraiser – March 28 - postponed
  • Saint Paul School Gala – April 4 - postponed to October 16

The following will remain as scheduled:

  • Daily and weekend Masses (and funerals)
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Adoration
  • Stations of the Cross (there will be no soup or gathering after stations on Fridays)
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • The rectory offices will remain open until further notice

Those at particular risk by reason of age or existing health conditions, are excused from the obligation to attend Mass. We encourage participation in the celebration of Mass broadcast on CatholicTV.

Our help is in the name of the Lord. As we face the pandemic of COVID-19, I recommend the meditation printed on the image of Divine Mercy: Jesus, I Trust in You. Small Divine Mercy prayer cards with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the image will be available at church this weekend. It is a powerful meditation at any time, but particularly at this moment.

We continue to hold one another in prayer.
Father Tom Nestor and the Collaborative Staff


 

 

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