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Saint Brendan's ONE BOSTON DAY
Saint Brendan's School and the community came together to honor and remember the countless lives impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombings. The children gathered in the schoolyard to sing a song of peace, recited a poem, and had a moment of silence for the four lives that were lost.
He is Risen!
He is Risen, Indeed!
Message from Fr Soper
As the summer, at long last, approaches, I would like to propose two
changes in the Mass schedule to you. Please note carefully that this is
only a proposal. I am actively seeking feedback on this. You can see
either me or Father Tom, or you can email me the feedback at
Paul_Soper@rcab.org, or you can call me. I'm taking your feedback
on this very seriously, so I will give you my cell phone number - it is
First, Saint Brendan is a Parish that is filled with young people -
youth and young adults - and every person who has worked in Parishes
in recent years will tell you that youth and young adults prefer
to go to Mass on Sunday evening. So, I am proposing moving the
8:00AM Mass at Saint Brendan to 5:30PM. If we were to do this, we
would, in the fall, adjust our Collaborative Confirmation program to
tie it to that Mass. We would seek to provide music at that Mass that
would be attractive to a youth and young adult congregation. To
help the people who would be losing their customary 8:00AM Mass
through this change, we would move the 8:30AM Mass at Saint Ann
to 8:00AM. So, if we were to do this, Masses at Saint Brendan
would be at 4:00PM Saturday, and 10:00AM and 5:30PM on Sunday.
Masses at Saint Ann would be at 4:00PM on Saturday, and
8:00AM and 10:30AM on Sunday.
One other benefit of the change outlined above is that it would take
us one step closer to a schedule in which, in an emergency, one
priest could cover the Masses of the Collaborative. We are not yet in
that situation, so we don't have to go all the way there yet, but someday
we will be in that situation, and it is good to be mindful of that
as we make any adjustments. This change would fix one of the three
overlaps – we still overlap at 4:00PM on Saturday, and at
10:00/10:30AM on Sunday, but we can worry about that at another
A second proposed change would be mostly for the benefit of families
and working people. I would propose, ONLY DURING THIS
SUMMER, to move the 9:00AM Thursday morning Mass to
7:00PM on Thursday. Confessions would be available for an hour
before the Mass, and afterward as well. At least sometimes there
would be a family activity, like Pizza or Ice Cream, or even a cookout,
right after the Mass. Sometimes the Mass would be at Saint
Brendan and sometimes it would be at Saint Ann - we would put
together a clear schedule.
I really believe that both of these changes would help us to grow.
Again, these are only proposals. What do you think of them? Please
let us know if you like them, and let us know if you don't like them.
We want to hear.
Saint Ann Neponset
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