May God's Grace Be With You
Christmas Letter from the Pastor
Dear St. Richard Parish Family,
A blessed Christmas and New Year to each and every one of you. It is the season for all of us to count our blessings, not so much our gifts. It is one of the most important times of the whole year to take the time to find a quiet space and place and meditate on the Gift of the Christ Child for all of us.
Knowing that God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to us is a revelation that calls for a beautiful response. The Infant calls upon our hearts to face the world with Trust in God, with hope in God’s Promise, and with Joy for the gift of Life itself.
It is most important as well to realize that we are the Lord’s hands and eyes and ears and heart in our world. We are evangelizers and the ambassadors of His presence and goodwill in the world in which we walk. It is up to us to change our world into the image and likeness of Christ our Lord. St. Richard Parishioners are bringing hope and love to those without the basics of life by your gifts of food, clothing, heat and shelter, and so a sense of safety and security. We are coming together at liturgy to celebrate our gift of the Lord in our lives, and declaring to all the world around us that our God lives and reigns and changes lives for the better in every instance for those who believe.
I give thanks for all of you, our parish family, for making the presence of the Lord visible and real for so many, those with our parish family and for those beyond our borders. You are a strong example of faith, hope and love to me and to our world.
God Bless all of our parish family, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Considering the spiking numbers of new COVID cases, for everyone's safety, the Archdioceses has said that EFFECTIVE 12/18, EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE IN CHURCH (children under 5 are excluded). This will be in effect until March 3rd.
While we understand the inconvenience of this, it is for the health and safety of everyone.
Thanks for understanding, and stay well.
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