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Nota bene: Live-streaming will begin shortly before the Sunday 9am Mass.

Recordings for previous masses can be found here.

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To attend Mass, please register online at Saint Mary's Parish Planner, noting the guidelines indicated in Fr. Matt's letter below.

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Parish Reopening Weekend

 
Friends, 
In anticipation of opening for Masses this weekend, I write to you to inform you of what you can expect when you return to St. Mary's and so that you may know what is expected of you.  These past days have been a trial for many of us.  Please know, myself, Fr Hynes, and a significant number of parishioners have been involved in many ways to make our reopening possible.  
 
As I write, there is a crew giving the church a deep cleaning, made necessary since our church was open for Adoration and prayer throughout the quarantine.  Since Masses are resuming, Adoration will be discontinued so we can keep the church as clean as possible for the next Mass.
 
Once at Mass, please follow the rules that the signage you will see indicate: social distancing, masks, NO gloves, etc.  Also, please follow the direction of the ushers who will seat you and your household (those who live together under the same roof).  Individuals will be spaced appropriately by the ushers.  The ushers will also indicate when you may leave your pew to approach for Communion.  
 
Please watch the video below for the protocols regarding the reception of Holy Communion. 
 
One caveat; at St Mary's, I will conclude Mass and then distribute Communion.  Once you have received and consumed the Eucharist, I ask you to leave immediately by the side doors by the church parking lot. For those who cannot use the stairs, please exit by the side doors at the main entrance.  These measures are necessary because the church has to be cleaned again between each Mass.
 
To prevent the spread of any virus:
  • There will be no communal singing.  
  • Masks must be worn throughout the Mass.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.  A limited quantity is available for those that forget.
  • Follow the flow of traffic indicated by the arrows on the floor.
  • When entering, give your name to the ushers so we have a roster of who is registered and attending.
  • Those who are not feeling well must stay home.
  • Those with any underlying condition are expected to stay home.
  • Those who are over 65 are very strongly encouraged to stay home.
  • Those who can't or won't comply with these instructions are expected to stay home.
 
We will have Mass at 4pm on Saturday, 9am, and 11am on Sunday.  The 9am will continue to be live-streamed as we continue to address our broadcast kinks.  I also remind everyone that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass still does not apply in the Archdiocese of Boston; deciding to stay home and worship with us via computer is still a good and worthy act of prayer.  
 
As a pastor, one of the concerns I have had is how to decide who comes to Mass.  How to limit the number of attendees at Mass has never entered my mind in 13 years of priesthood.  Yet, that is precisely what I am being asked to do now.  To my way of thinking, 'first come, first served' is unfair.  Many people have legitimate reasons why they can't be somewhere an hour or so early.  Randomly selecting parishioners could too easily be seen as preferential treatment, even where none is intended.  Inviting those most active in the parish also smacks of preferential treatment and lends itself to cliquishness.  All of these are deadly to a community.
 
I'm grateful to Fr. Hynes for his leadership in working with a program developer to create a program that ensures equity, blindness, and fairness.  It essentially works like a lottery. For those of you unfamiliar with computers, I encourage you to seek the assistance of a family member or neighbor in signing up. Please register here for you and those of your household with whom you will attend. Only one person per household need register, simply indicating in the registration the number of people who will be attending. Registrations will close on Friday at 6pm at which point you will receive a notification to confirm the Mass time you have selected. For registrations after the registration period has closed, please email Father Hynes to see if there is available space. 
 
Friends, these are frustrating times.  As we move forward as a community, I ask your continued patience as we discover new ways of doing things, develop best practices for our parish and together find our way forward.  This is a fluid situation and there will be false starts and dead ends.  Let's remain confident that the Lord will prosper the work of our hands.  He has not, nor ever will, leave us abandoned.
 
I appreciate all you have done and continue to do to make this parish the family that it is.
 
God bless.
FM

Parish Support

Hello Friends,

Please support St. Mary's in any way you can during this trying time.  You can support St. Mary's with a one time donation through our online giving link which you can find below.  There is a quick give feature at the bottom of the page which makes it very easy to give a one time donation.  You can also mail a check to the address below:

St. Mary's Parish
83 Central Street
Foxboro, MA 02035

In absence of a weekly collection and in order to keep our lights on and pay our bills, any little bit you can spare will be more than sufficient.  If you can't support St. Mary's financially, please keep us in your prayers.

For those of you who have given, we thank you most abundantly.

May God bless and keep you!

COVID-19: Cardinal Seán message regarding Special Alert Petition for Catholic Schools 4.30.20

Knights of Columbus Food Donations

We have all heard about the need for help in these strange times.  I believe we should take care of our loved ones and our community first.  The YMCA is handing out food to families in need.  A week ago they handed out 170 bags of food.  This comes from people dropping off food.    Your Foxboro Knight of Columbus wants to help you help people in need.   When you shop if you can pick up a couple of extra items it would go a long way.   You can drop off at the Foxboro YMCA or drop the items off at the St Mary's Vestibule and the Knights will get it to the YMCA.   Since the church is open for limited adoration, that would be a great time to drop off food items.  Even if you wanted to get out and drop items off that is ok.    Just practice  safe social distance procedures.    What they need are items that I see in the store:   Baby Food, canned Tuna, Canned Vegetables, cereal, pasta, sauce, soup, mac and cheese.  

Let us show again how our parish is there for those in need.

Frank Nelson Grand Knight Council 6063 

Into the Breach

Inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic men written by Bishop Olmsted of Pheonix, the Knights of Columbus produced a video series which seeks to answer the question of what it means to be a man and how to live as a man in today's world. 

On KofC Website: https://www.kofc.org/en/campaigns/into-the-breach.html

or on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVYltt_CiOA&list=PLyjpdNzL9QMnnPBF8mwFeZiBqHNa8eQP-

St. Mary's Women's Guild Scholarship

St. Mary’s Women’s Guild Scholarship Committee is once again offering  two scholarships.

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must have completed at least one year of formal education beyond high school, but are not yet engaged in post-bachelor’s graduate study.  Deadline:  Monday, June 22, 2020

Click here for the application.

Letter From Fr. Hynes

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Every summer for the past five summers I had been given a summer assignment as a seminarian. They were usually about eight to ten weeks long and, with the exception of my last two summers, always in a different location. I never imagined that my summer assignments would continue once I was ordained a priest; however, in God's good providence, I have been given one more summer assignment on the North Shore of the Archdiocese of Boston. 

It is, of course, unlike any summer assignment I have ever had. For one thing, I have had the great honor of celebrating Mass for the Discalced Carmelites in Danvers who could no longer admit priests to their Carmel because of the ongoing pandemic. By the grace of God, the last day outside priests were able to say Mass at their convent was the first day Fr. O'Hanlon and I arrived for our ministry to this area; we have been celebrating Mass there ever since that day. 

Another unique aspect of this assignment has been the great pleasure of sharing a rectory and ministering along side one of my classmates, Fr. Brian O'Hanlon, who normally serves the parishes of St. Mary and Sacred Heart in Lynn, MA. His connection to the area, along with my own two years of ministry in Peabody as a deacon have made this an ideal team. We've been able to build upon our existing relationships to reach out to those most in need of a priest in the nursing homes and hospitals. Since we arrived we have received a request for the Sacrament of the Sick every day, and to date we have been able to administer this Sacrament to thirty-five men and women in the nursing homes and hospitals of the North Shore. 

Perhaps one last thing that sets this summer assignment apart from those past are the prayers of St. Mary's, Foxboro. Many of you have sent me emails and cards to let me know that you are praying for me and for this I am most thankful. I am certain that your prayers have proven especially fruitful in opening up the nursing homes to our ministry. Though initially some have been reticent, not one of them has denied us entry to any resident or patient who has requested a priest and the Sacrament of the Sick. This has been a great grace not only for these men and women who have received the Sacrament, but also for Fr. O'Hanlon and myself who have the privilege to administer it. Your prayers have played an important role and surely the Lord will not fail to reward you for your dedication. 

Thank you for these prayers and please be assured of my own continued prayers for you all.

Until we meet again when this summer assignment ends, sincerely yours in Christ,

 

-fr. hynes

Father Hynes' Address

Please send all correspondence for Fr. Hynes to:

Our Lady of the Assumption
4 Grove St.
Lynnfield, MA  01940

FORMED.org

As a parishioner of St. Mary's, Foxboro, you have access to all the amazing videos available at FORMED.org. Take a look at how it works in the video below then click here to access FORMED!

 


Click here for the letter from the Cardinal speaking about his own love for the Eucharist and his hopes for this Year.

Offices Closed

The rectory offices are closed in compliance with Governor Baker's advisory.  We will be checking emails and telephone messages periodically. Please continue to monitor our website for updates.