May God's Grace Be With You
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Dear St. Richard Parish Family,
It is that time of year again for us to count our blessings, and to be grateful for the Grace of God in all of our lives. It is important to find that quiet time and place each day of this Christmas season to commune with our God and to encounter His message of love for us.
However, it is like No Other Time of the year in all of our lifetimes because of the Pandemic. This dreaded virus has wreaked havoc throughout the World. It has brought fear to a new place and meaning in our lives, not for a select few but for everyone. It has created divisions, losses, illnesses, and darkness into the World. Negatives are the new attitude.
This, now more than ever before in your lives and mine, is for us to grasp the Good News of Christmas. This season of Christmas is our time to return to the true message of Hope, Light and Love given to us in the Child Jesus. It is our time to practice what we preach, and to Praise God for His direction for us to follow. The Infant Jesus as our gift calls upon our hearts to face the World with Trust in God, with Hope in God’s Promise and with Joy in the Gift in Life itself on every level.
As the Angel told Mary, and Jesus tells us every day, “Be not Afraid, I go before you always,” bringing new life to the weary, new hope to the hopeless, a change of heart to those stuck in the negative.
Rejoice in the Lord, breathe deeply His Grace, and live this Christmas message with your whole life.
On behalf of our staff and myself, we pray you all a Blessed, Life Changing, Full of Grace Christmas, and a Healthy and Joy-filled NEW YEAR!
Fr. Bruce and the St. Richard Staff
NEWCOMERS -- WELCOMING YOU HOME
Welcome to our parish website, the online face of our parish. Whether you’re just visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish home, are returning to the practice of your Catholic faith or are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we’re happy to have you here. St. Richard’s is a welcoming, supportive and loving community. It can be a place to grow spiritually, to put your faith into action, and to use your gifts of time, talent and treasure as disciples of Christ. We hope you find the information here useful and are drawn to a deeper connection with our parish family. Please refer to the parish calendar for events at the parish, the bulletin and our Facebook page for events that go even beyond our parish. We look forward to answering any questions you may have, so please feel free to reach out to us. In the meantime, please look through the resources we’ve made available on these pages:
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OUR PARISH MISSION & VISION
"Our parish is a community of the People of God joined together by our common faith in Jesus Christ as expressed through our baptismal commitment. While our parish is rooted in a particular locality, we also recognize that we belong to the Archdiocese of Boston and through the Archdiocese to the Universal Church. That is why our parish of St. Richard is called to be the center and source of our faith and it's development, an extended family that is to be marked by a sense of belonging, a desire for participation, a need for commitment and a spirit of WELCOME. We celebrate all of this when we gather at the Eucharistic table of the Lord each Sunday.
As we journey together let us all pray that we will continue to deepen our dedication to and support of the members of the People of God." - Father Bruce