Church Reopening

May 22, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you and your families are well. 

I’m pleased to share with you that, in consultation with the Archdiocese of Boston and the state of Massachusetts, we are preparing to resume public Masses here at St. Joseph Parish. We know that so many are eager to receive the Eucharist. It will be a joy and a comfort to see each other again in person and share in the ancient prayers which anchor our lives. We are also going to have to make some adjustments in order to ensure everyone’s safety.   

We will start with weekday Mass on Monday, May 25. All Masses, both weekday and Sundays, will be held exclusively in the upper church to accommodate more people within the limitations of safe distancing. Initially, we will only have one weekday Mass per day. This is because before and after every Mass, there must be a thorough cleaning process performed on the entire church.

Our daily Mass schedule for next week is:

  • Monday, May 25, 8:30am (Memorial Day holiday)
  • Tuesday, May 26, 6:50am
  • Wednesday, May 27, 6:50am 
  • Thursday, May 28, 6:50am
  • Friday, May 29, 6:50am
  • Saturday, May 30, 8:30am

Sunday Masses will begin on the feast of Pentecost (May 30/31). We are still determining what the interim Mass schedule will be in this first phase of reopening. Among other things, this depends on the number of volunteers who are willing and able to commit to helping with the cleaning process that must occur before and after each Mass. If you would be willing to commit to helping on a weekly basis at a particular weekend Mass, please email or call the rectory. We will be in touch to schedule a training session during the coming week.  

There are a number of things that will be different in how we celebrate Mass during this first phase in order to maintain a healthy environment. Before returning to Mass, please watch this brief video The video will explain what we are asking you to do in order to be safe, especially regarding how to receive Holy Communion properly.  

Please also be aware that the Cardinal’s dispensation from Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation continues for everyone, regardless of age.  So, although Mass will soon be available again, do not feel pressured to come back before you feel ready to do so. Everyone’s situation is different, and you will need to decide what makes most sense for you and your family at this time.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the rectory. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

in Christ,





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