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Dear St. Richard Parish Family,
The first snow of the season has fallen, with more to come, no doubt. The air is crisp and cold, and the silence of the long dark nights is upon us. The whole world is in need of refreshment and newness of life.
It is our time as Catholics to remember and celebrate the wondrous story of the Christ Child born into our life, changing the history of all the world now and forever. Knowing that God the Father so loved us that He gave us His only Son, to free us from sin and death, our very souls call out, shout out for us to celebrate this amazing gift. We have a purpose and a logic of life like no other. We have a goal, to be with our God in the heavenly kingdom forever.
As we face changes in our lives and in Parish life, we are not unlike any other generation to have to adapt and cope and create a new, with God’s Grace. Amazing Grace it is. We are called to be His servants in this world, His eyes, His hands, His ears, His heart in our incomplete world. We are His evangelizers and ambassadors of His presence and goodwill in this world. We must be the catalysts to renew this world in His image and likeness.
As I watched our young people come together at the Christmas Concert, helping to gather and pack the food for the Food pantry, in the midst of the dark and cold and snow, my soul was refreshed, for it was the perfect example of the Church working to make the world a better place. We celebrate Christ and the Holy Spirit active, present, in our parish life. As we
pray the most holy prayer of the Eucharist at Mass, we proclaim how important it is to be God’s servants, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked giving heat and shelter, and a sense of safety and security to those in need.
I have given thanks for the last twenty-four years for all of you and your vision of Christ’s helping hands in our world, making His love real and visible for so many in need. “Joy to the world, for Our Lord has come to set us free. Joy for the newborn King, the Christ.”
May God continue to Bless our parish family with all that you need,
Sincerely in Christ,
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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