A service announcement concerning the reopening of our churches.
Please watch the video below for all of the details concerning the reopening of our churches. Due to the restrictions of occupancy during these times, a reservation system has been set up In order to ensure everyone who plans to attend has a seat. To reserve your spot, please call (508) 673-3022. You can get a complete overview of the reopening process by reading this letter: CLICK HERE.
7th Sunday of Easter Mass
Ascension Thursday Mass
5th Sunday of Easter Mass
4th Sunday of Easter Mass
2nd Sunday of Easter Mass
Easter Vigil Service
Stations of the Cross Service
Holy Thursday – The Lord’s Supper.
Please enjoy our celebration of Mass – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.
Please enjoy our celebration of Mass for this 4th Sunday of Lent.
Messages of Hope Project
One of the prayers we offer at the Easter Vigil proclaims, “Christ, my hope, is risen!” Pope Francis called this message “a different ‘contagion’”, one that is transmitted “from heart to heart”. In his Easter “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and the World) message on Easter Sunday, the Pope challenged us to spread this “contagion of hope.” How can we do that right here in Somerset/Swansea, especially as we are challenged with social distancing and stay at home orders? Here’s a little project for both adults and children/youth of our parishes.
First Communion and Confirmation Celebration Updates
Obviously, because of the ban on gatherings which has been extended to May 4, the First Communion celebration at Saint Thomas More Church cannot be held. We will reschedule that date. Unfortunately, we cannot give a date until we know when we can gather safely together once again.
If the ban is lifted on May 4, we will celebrate First Communion as scheduled on May 17, at Saint Patrick, and on May 31, at Saint Louis de France. If the ban is extended, we will need to cancel and reschedule.
Again, any new dates cannot be scheduled until we get an “all clear.” I know this is frustrating, but it is our reality, unfortunately. Thank you for your patient understanding.
As our Confirmation celebrations are scheduled for late May (May 30) and mid-June (June 14), they are both tentatively to be celebrated on those days. If there is a change from the Bishop’s Office we will communicate that as soon as possible.
I hope this note finds you well and settling into a new school year. For those who have not met me, I am Fr. David Costa. “Settling in” has been my life’s focus the past few months as the new pastor for the three parishes of the Somerset/Swansea Catholic Community. I am looking forward to working with our families as we move into our pastoral plan.
One of the goals of this plan is to share the resources of the three parishes in order to strengthen and enhance the larger Catholic community. The religious formation/education of our children and youth is one of the priorities of our pastoral plan. The C.C.D. (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) model is outdated and hasn’t proved successful for a number of years. The demands on families these days can be overwhelming and for many, religious practice has become a chore, and religious formation/education an evil to be endured. Hopefully, we can change that!
I invite you to join me on Sunday, September 22, for an informational meeting where I will present our plan for Faith Formation for the coming year. I feel it is important to do this “face to face,” in order to first, meet our families, and secondly, to answers questions and allay fears, in person. Registration information will be available after that meeting. The meeting will take place at Saint Thomas More Church (in the church) following the 9:00 a.m. Mass (approximately 10:00 a.m.). I do not foresee our gathering lasting more than one hour. Please make this meeting a priority. Children are most welcome to join us.
Thank you, in advance, for your openness and cooperation. I look forward to meeting you on the 22nd and beginning our Faith Formation year.
(Rev.) David A. Costa
Celebrate Mass with Us!
HOLY DAY MASSES (Feast of the Assumption)
Wednesday, August 14
7pm Vigil, St. Thomas More Church
Thursday, August 15
8am Mass, St. Patrick Church
Thursday, August 15
12.05pm Mass, St. Louis de France
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM
Masses on Holy Days & Holidays
As announced inside the bulletin and/or as posted on the church bulletin board.
Saturdays from 3:00PM to 3:45 PM and by appointment with the Pastor.
Parish Office Hours
Mon. – Thurs.: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM