Almighty ever-living God, eternal health of believers, hear our prayers for your servants who are sick:
grant them, we implore you, your merciful help,
so that, with their health restored,
they may give you thanks in the midst of your Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
*opening prayer from the Mass for the Sick
PER THE INSTRUCTION OF CARDINAL SEAN O’MALLEY,
ALL DAILY & SUNDAY MASSES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
REMAIN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
ALL PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS, MINISTRIES AND EVENTS
LIKEWISE REMAIN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
REGRETTABLY, THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS OFFERED IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON FOR HOLY WEEK, THE SACRED TRIDUUM AND EASTER SUNDAY (see update #3 below for some links to Holy Week and Easter services). WE CURRENTLY ANTICIPATE THAT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE RESTORATION OF MASSES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON WILL BE MAY 4TH.
The church remains open for private prayer from 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM every day.
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FOR THE MOST RECENT UPDATE.
(LATEST UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2020 at 12:42 PM)
What is still allowed?
Individual baptisms & weddings may take place at St. Bonaventure Parish but should be limited to immediate family and cannot exceed 10 persons in total, as decreed in Governor Baker’s emergency order. Effective April 1st, funeral Masses, wakes and other forms of funeral services are suspended in the Archdiocese of Boston. A graveside committal service may take place.
Confessions can be heard upon appointment or request. A chair has been placed in the confessional room so that you and the priest will be seated at least 6’ apart. The kneeler has been removed from the confessional but your option of sitting behind the screen or face-to-face remains.
Communion services and personal visits by Eucharistic Ministers are suspended indefinitely. Important exception: The priest is still permitted to administer Extreme Unction (Sacrament of the Sick) and the Last Rites (Communion, Confession & the Sacrament of the Sick) at the hospital and the nursing homes in cases of emergency. The priest may visit the homebound in case of urgent need.
The Pastor has pledged to say his own private prayers in the church according to the now suspended Mass schedule (i.e., Monday - Saturday: 8:00 AM; Saturday: 4:00 PM; and Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM). To reiterate, no Masses will be said at this time but the priest will be available for you to talk to, to hear your confession or to respond to other legitimate pastoral or sacramental needs. Effective Tuesday, March 24th through at least April 7th, all citizens of the Commonwealth are requested to shelter in place. For those who do choose to be out and about, social distancing must be maintained and no group larger than 10 persons may gather in one locale. Please know that the Pastor will continue to pray for you throughout the time you are restricted to your homes.
The parish office continues to operate but on a very limited basis. The staff will be available by phone or email to answer your questions or respond to your needs. In-person meetings during this time of shelter-in-place must be by appointment, only. All are asked to practice social distancing.
The food pantry remains open at the usual times (Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) and continues to provide service to the Manomet and South Plymouth area. The Fund for the Needy is considered by the Commonwealth an essential service. However, staffing is now limited. To avoid any inconvenience, feel free to call ahead on the days of service.
UPDATE #1 - March 18, 2020:
Religious Education classes for the rest of this academic year have been cancelled. Thankfully, we had no snow days this year and students were able to complete over 80% of the scheduled classes.
- Concerning First Communion: The children scheduled to receive First Communion in the coming month of May will now be scheduled to receive First Communion in October of this year. We recognize that this time delay may seem dramatic and inconvenient for many families, but our goal is to establish a fixed time for First Communion that you can count on. The October sign-up choices will be similar to those you have already made for May (namely, the 4:00 PM, 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM Masses for three consecutive weekends). Sign-up for dates and times will begin in August of this year.
- Concerning Confirmation: Confirmation was originally scheduled for Sunday, July 12th, 2020, at 2:00 PM, with Bishop Robert Reed presiding. The time and date for Confirmation will remain unchanged.
- Concerning Summer Religious Education: Unfortunately, the extended academic year for the Plymouth public schools makes it impossible for us to hold Summer classes in June. Therefore, the Summer session of Religious Education originally scheduled to begin June 23rd and ending July 3rd is cancelled for 2020.
- Concerning Registration for Fall Religious Education: Early registration for Religious Education classes for the academic year beginning in September, 2020 will take place online or in the office beginning May 1st and running through June 30th. The period for early registration allows families to receive a 50% discount on class tuition. By taking advantage of this offer, you allow the parish to plan ahead and yourself to save a significant amount of money in these uncertain times.
UPDATE #2 - March 24, 2020:
Fund for the Needy:
Having been declared an essential service, the parish will try to keep food and other assistance through the Fund for the Needy available to persons in need, who live within our service area. Severe hygienic standards will be maintained. Clients should call ahead on the day of service and remain in their cars upon arrival at the pantry doors. Someone will greet them outside, and food will be brought directly to their automobile. Most of our volunteers, for their own health and safety, have been furloughed until at least the end of the shelter in place order. This reduction in staff may make the processing of non-food requests more difficult. Anticipate delays.
The Fund for the Needy Golf Tournament, originally scheduled for Thursday, May 21st, 2020 has been cancelled. We anticipate the golf tournament will return in the Spring of 2021. Although the golf tournament is a major source of income for the Fund, we are fortunate to have accumulated a reserve set aside for emergencies. That reserve will now be tapped to keep the Fund for the Needy operating into the future.
UPDATE #3 - MARCH 24, 2020:
For your convenience, the parish is providing the following links -
On-demand Sunday and Daily Masses:
In English -
- www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass (scroll down to choose the current date)
In Spanish -
On-demand Daily Readings:
UPDATE #4 - MARCH 30, 2020:
Thank you for your continued support of St. Bonaventure Parish. A number of parishioners have made a heroic effort to keep the parish financially whole during this time of unprecedented closure. As always, we are grateful for your generosity and for the sacrifices that you are making in these distressed times. Just some clarifying notes:
- Remember, when mailing anything to the parish use the post office box address. The post office will not deliver any mail addressed to the physical location of the building. When mailing, use:
Manomet, MA 02345-0996
- A secondary option is to use the parish online giving program. To set up an account to make an online donation to St. Bonaventure Parish in the category of your choice and in the manner that best suits your needs, click on the Parish Giving icon on the bottom of our webpage.
- The Archdiocese of Boston has begun a 90-day program designed to increase parish offertory donations by providing a way to make a daily offertory commitment to the parish of your choice. This initiative can be found at https://bcatholic.sites.bostoncatholic.org/90DaysYourParish
Watch this space for additional updates. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the parish office by phone or email.
As you know, the current health emergency is a fluid situation and all of these arrangements could change at a moment’s notice.
May Mary, Mother of Divine Hope, pray for us in this time of distress.
May Jesus, Our Divine Hope, give us courage to face the days ahead.
May we remain faithful to His call and always remember that wherever the Cross is,
the Resurrection is sure to follow.
May God have mercy on us all.
Monday - Saturday - 8:00 AM
Saturday - 4:00 PM
Sunday - 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM Family Mass & 11:30 AM
Saturdays 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, or by appointment
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Friday Noon to Evening Prayer & Benediction
at 5:30 PM
First Friday of the month
After the 8:00 AM Mass to Evening Prayer & Benediction
at 5:30 PM
Weekdays after the 8:00 AM Mass
Family Rosary is prayed on the first Saturday
of the month at 3:00 PM
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Fridays at 3:00 PM
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