Watch a Mass and Updates
CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIRTUAL MASS for Pentecost, celebrated by Fr. Paul Ritt at St. Maria Goretti Church.
The recording will available to watch throughout the weekend starting at 4:00pm on Saturday.
Pray and sing along at home with this accompanying Pentecost worship aid!
Click here to watch other daily and Sunday Masses on WatchTheMass.com.
Here are some ideas to enhance your experience for Praying the Mass Remotely.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Here's something special for our families with young children!
Join us, virtually, every Sunday for a Liturgy of the Word geared for children. Each week, Kate McGrath, OLA's Faith Formation Coordinator for Grades K-8 and our Pastoral Care Coordinator, will be leading us with an opening prayer, the Gospel reading, some music, a craft activity, and a closing prayer -- all geared for our younger parishioners. The video will be available starting Sunday morning at 7am through this link: https://youtu.be/2kmO9XQRyKg. (If you miss a week, these videos will be permanently available on our Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative YouTube site.) Here'sthis week's accompanying guide.
Re-opening Our Churches and New Mass Procedures
The Archdiocese of Boston has put together this video to help prepare our parishioners on "what to expect" as they return to Mass: https://vimeo.com/421142581.
We are excited to resume weekend Masses at St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption Churches -- on a limited schedule of liturgies -- beginning the weekend of May 30-31, which is the Feast of Pentecost. What better way to celebrate the birthday of our Church!
Our current plan is to continue offering two Masses each weekend during the month of June:
4PM on Saturday at OLA
9:30AM on Sunday at SMG.
Please be aware of the following:
- Because we have a limit of no more than 40% of building capacity, further restricted by social distance guidelines, parishioners must sign up by 12pm on Thursday of each week for the Mass you plan to attend. You may do so by filling out our website's Contact Us form, emailing our Administrative Assistant Janine Sano, or calling our business office at 781-598-4313. Please be sure to note your name, the Mass you plan to attend, the number of people who will be attending with you, and your phone number.
- Parishioners will enter the buildings via one door at the main entrance, and are required to wear masks, follow the foot traffic pattern, and sit in premarked locations. Any parishioner who needs to use the accessible ramps and doors should make a note of that when registering.
- The now-familiar 6-foot social distancing standard should be adhered to at all times, even while entering and leaving the church. Only those who reside in the same household should sit together.
- Safety Committee members will be present to assist with adherence to guidelines.
- There will be limited active Mass participation, i.e. no holding of hands during the Our Father, no communal singing, no offertory procession.
- Specific instructions regarding the reception of Communion will be provided at Mass. Those who do not feel comfortable with receiving the Eucharist at this time, should not feel any pressure to do so.
- As had been in place prior to the closing of our churches, the holy water fonts will be empty, there will be no Sign of Peace offered, the Precious Blood will not be made available at Communion, and the Sacred Host can only be received in the hand.
- Parishioners are recommended to bring their own hand sanitizer, but some will be available.
- Restrooms will be available and will be cleaned after each Mass.
- Churches will be cleaned after each Mass.
Cardinal Sean strongly encourages people in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with complicated physical conditions, to continue to watch Mass from their homes, on their parish's social media, or on CatholicTV. Also, if you are feeling sick, are exhibiting any of the following symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), or have potentially been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, then you should stay at home and watch Mass on our website or via CatholicTV.
We will continue to offer an electronic Mass on our website for the foreseeable future. Cardinal Sean's dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time continues to be in effect.
The virtual Mass, celebrated at St. Maria Goretti Church by either Fr. Paul or Fr. Tony, every weekend, can be accessed here and on our parish Facebook pages (facebook.com/smglynnfield; facebook.com/olalynnfield) starting at 4:00 pm on Saturdays and available for viewing throughout the weekend. Please note that this is NOT a public Mass.
As of June 1, we will discontinue keeping OLA's chapel open for private prayer in the mornings and exposing the Blessed Sacrament at St.Maria Goretti's on Wednesday mornings. We will resume our normal daily Mass schedule:
OLA: 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
SMG: 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays
New Mass Schedule (anticipated to begin in July)
Once we progress to our full Mass schedule, we will be implementing this new schedule:
Saturday: 4pm at both churches
Sunday: 7:30am at OLA, 9:30am at SMG, 11am at OLA, 5pm at SMG (only when our Faith Formation program is in session, approximately late September through early May.)
Baptims and Funerals
Baptisms can be celebrated. As of May 25, funeral Masses will resume. Please note that there are still many restrictions in place as to the details of these gatherings.
Ministry to the Sick and Homebound
Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion cannot bring the Eucharist to the sick in nursing homes or other health care institutions at this time. Specially trained priests will visit the dying when the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is requested. Please call our Collaborative business office at 781-598-4313.
Supporting Your Church
We ask for your prayerful and thoughtful continuation of your normal contributions during this unprecedented time. Despite the temporary interruption of church services and events, normal operating expenses such as utilities and payroll continue, and we rely on your support to meet our obligations. Our Business Office remains open during regular business hours, so please drop off or mail your contributions to 17 Grove Street, Lynnfield 01940. You may also sign-up for Online Giving. As always, we are most grateful for all you do. May God bless you for your generosity and continued stewardship, and may He protect you and your families. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Sullivan, Finance and Human Resources Manager.
Inspired by a grass roots movement for parishioners to rally around their local parishes, the “90 Days Now – For Your Parish” is a newly launched three-month campaign to help support parishes while churches are temporarily closed due to the the COVID-19 pandemic. The Archdiocese of Boston has supported the movement by creating an easy-to-use, on-line payment mechanism whereby donors can make a gift directly to the parish of their choice. This simple link is available by clicking HERE.
In these days of social distancing, many of us are doing more online shopping. Remember that you can support St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption while you shop by using smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to SMG or OLA whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Go to lynnfieldcatholic.org/amazon-smile to find the links for your parish.
Please continue to check this website page, read our emails and letters, and look for our Facebook posts for the most current information, as things are changing quickly.