Thursday, December 31st
4PM Mass – Upper Church
Friday, January 1st
8AM Mass – Upper Church
10:30AM Mass – Upper Church
Thursday, December 24th
4PM Mass – Upper and Lower Church
6PM Family Mass – Upper Church
Midnight Mass – Upper Church
Friday, December 25th
8AM Mass – Upper Church
10:30AM Mass – Upper Church
The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.
The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.
In a solemn Papal Letter, Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face of Mercy”), Pope Francis declared the need for such a Jubilee Year of Mercy: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him.”
The reason for proclaiming Jubilee Year of Mercy
We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. … At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.
The reason for starting the Jubilee Year of Mercy on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. So he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. … I have chosen the date of 8 December because of its rich meaning in the recent history of the Church. In fact, I will open the Holy Door on the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. The Church feels a great need to keep this event alive. … We recall the poignant words of Saint John XXIII when, opening the Council, he indicated the path to follow: “Now the Bride of Christ wishes to use the medicine of mercy rather than taking up arms of severity.”
Mercy as a key word that indicates God’s action toward us.
As we can see in Sacred Scripture, mercy is a key word that indicates God’s action towards us. He does not limit himself merely to affirming his love, but makes it visible and tangible. Love, after all, can never be just an abstraction. By its very nature, it indicates something concrete: intentions, attitudes, and behaviors that are shown in daily living. The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel. As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other.
Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life.
Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.
The season of Lent during this Jubilee Year is to be lived more intensely, with emphasis on the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
The season of Lent during this Jubilee Year should also be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy. How many pages of Sacred Scripture are appropriate for meditation during the weeks of Lent to help us rediscover the merciful face of the Father! … The initiative of “24 Hours for the Lord,” to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, should be implemented in every diocese. So many people, including the youth, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.
Mary, Mother of Mercy:
Our thoughts now turn to the Mother of Mercy. May the sweetness of her countenance watch over us in this Holy Year, so that all of us may rediscover the joy of God’s tenderness. No one has penetrated the profound mystery of the incarnation like Mary. Her entire life was patterned after the presence of mercy made flesh. The Mother of the Crucified and Risen One has entered the sanctuary of divine mercy because she participated intimately in the mystery of his love.
Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
These are lists of good works, seven corporal and seven spiritual, which have become traditional. At the heart of the Old Testament is the God of mercy who expects the Israelites to share mercy with each other and strangers in their midst. Jesus seized the Israelite ideal and gave us a scene of the great judgement in which human beings are judged by their performance of six of our works of mercy.
Corporal works of mercy Spiritual works of mercy
Feeding the hungry/ Admonishing the sinner/
giving drink to the thirsty/ instructing the ignorant/
clothing the naked/ advising the doubtful/
harboring strangers/ comforting the afflicted/
visiting the sick/ burying wrongs patiently/
visiting the imprisoned and forgiving injuries and
burying the dead praying for the living and dead
Let us practice one of the above each week!
The Annual Pancake Breakfast is December 6th!!!!
The St. Bridget Parish Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, December 6, from 8:30 – 11:00AM in the school hall. Admission is $5.00 per adult $3.00 per child with $25.00 family max. The committee is calling volunteers of all ages. We need many volunteers to help with set up on December 5th from 9:00AM-12:00PM and serving on December 6th from 8:30AM-10:00AM, 9:30AM-11:30AM. Clean up will be from 11:00PM-1:00PM.
Please contact Andrew MacIsaac at
617-875-2355 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer and have not been contacted.
If you have not completed a CORI for this year please stop by the rectory ASAP.
Many Hands Makes Light Work!
“The Sounds of Christmas”
…will be presented on Saturday evening, December 12th at 7:00pm and Sunday afternoon, December 13th at 3:00pm. There will be an audience sing-a-long of traditional Christmas carols. Tickets are $5 for adults and children are free (all funds raised go to the Help-A-Student “HAS” Fund). Tickets are available at the Rectory and will also be sold at the doors of the church on the day of the performance. N.B. Weather permitting, following the Sunday concert, we will gather at the Village Green in Framingham Centre on Edgell Rd. for the Blessing of the Christmas Crèche as well as some caroling.
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Monday, December 7th – 4:00PM Vigil
Tuesday, December 8th – 9:00AM,12:15PM & 7:00PM
Christmas and New Years will be here in no time! The sign up sheets for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Masses have been posted in the Upper Church Sacristy.
Please sign up as soon as possible.
This December 8th, 2015 Pope Francis will officially begin the extraordinary Holy Year, Jubilee of Mercy by opening the Sacred Door at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. What does this mean to us at St. Bridget Parish? The Holy Father has stated: “This is the time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth!” That is us! Our parish will be offering a series of evenings exploring the spiritual significance of this Jubilee Year.
The first is Wednesday, November 18th from 7:30PM to 9:00 PM in the PRC. The evenings will allow for a presentation and reflection and discussion. Please mark your calendar to join us!!