Bishop Reed has approved St. Cecilia's to reopen to public Masses starting this Saturday, May 23, 2020. The conditions outlined on the Public Masses page will be in place, including the requirement to wear masks, social distance, and modifications to the collection and communion line practices. Cardinal O'Malley continues to dispense Catholics in the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Mass.
Governor Baker released guidelines for slowly reopening the state. Although places of worship are addressed in this plan, there is no change yet at St. Cecilia's, but watch this page in the coming days should the Archdiocese and parish re-evaluate things in its light.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the bishops of the US and Canada are going to re-consecrate our nations to the protection of Our Blessed Mother. The liturgy will take place at 3:00 on Friday May 1 and can be viewed on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops social media platforms. For the specifics, visit the USCCB site. It can also be viewed on Catholic TV. The Bishops encourage all the faithful to pray the Rosary each day for the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.
You can still make Lent, Holy Week and Easter a time of spiritual growth, even under these difficult circumstances. We can all participate in daily and Sunday Masses via Catholic TV. You can also make use of a large collection of online spiritual resources provided by the Archdiocese of Boston to help us until we can gather again as a parish.
Following the directives of the Holy Father to make the Holy Week and Easter liturgies more present at a time when most are unable to attend them, the following services will be live-streamed through our Facebook group.
Palm Sunday Mass - 9:00am, Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Holy Thursday Mass - 7:30pm, Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Good Friday Liturgy - 7:30pm, Friday, April 10th, 2020
Easter Vigil Mass - 7:30pm, Saturday, April 11th, 2020
Easter Sunday Mass - 9:00am, Sunday, April 12th, 2020
Recordings of these liturgies will be made available on our Holy Week Resources page as quickly as possible after each service concludes.
Eucharistic Adoration will continue to be held every day from 2-4pm
Please join Cardinal Séan during a virtual Lenten Retreat beginning Monday, March 23, nightly through Friday, March 27.
Wednesday Confessions have been cancelled.
Please come to the rectory if you would like the Sacrament of Penance.
Cardinal Séan has released a video, a message to the people of the Archdiocese.
Letter from Fr. Cornell
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held from 2pm-4pm every day at St. Cecilia's Church, unless otherwise noted. (3/23/2020 will be the last day)
In response to growing public concern and following Governor Baker’s Emergency Order prohibiting most gatherings of 250 or more people, Seán P. Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston, has made the decision effective immediately to temporarily suspend all daily and Sunday Masses and religious services in the Archdiocese of Boston until further notice. This begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, March 14. In announcing this decision, the Cardinal has also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston.
The directive to temporarily suspend the celebration of Mass applies to all Archdiocesan parishes, missions, and campus ministries until further notice. Baptism, Confirmations, weddings and funerals may proceed but attendance should be limited to only immediate family.
At the direction of Cardinal O’Malley:
Vulnerable individuals at particular risk by reason of age or existing health conditions, are excused from the obligation to attend Mass. As of March 13, 2020, this dispensation is extended to all the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston, and public Masses will not be offered due to the health risks of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the precautionary measures mandated by civil authorities. We encourage participation in the celebration of Mass broadcast on CatholicTV. Please consult your cable provider and network listings for local access.
Canceled events at St. Cecilia Parish includes:
All Sunday and weekday public Masses are cancelled, starting the evening of Saturday, March 14th.
CANCEL and RESCHEDULE Jason Evert’s “Love or Lust” presentation on March 15th at 6:00-7:30pm. Details with the rescheduled date are TBD and we will inform you as soon more information is available.
The St. Patrick and St. Joseph dinner scheduled for Saturday March 14th has been canceled.
Soup & Stations for Friday March 13th has been canceled and future Soup & Stations are cancelled until further notice..
Religious Ed Classes for Sunday March 15th have been canceled and are cancelled going forward until further notice.