Welcome to Saint Michael Parish - Avon

Our Church

We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people.

Please join us! If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Phone - 508-586-7210
Email - stmichaelsavon@comcast.net

Rev. Thomas C. Boudreau, Pastor


Jesus is the heart of our community and Sunday Liturgy is the center of our worship. As we journey in faith, we grow through our sacramental life, Christian education, and opportunities from spiritual enrichment. St. Michael's is a caring community reaching out to one another in Christ.

PARISH NEWS:

Dear Beloved,

Over the last couple of months, the world around us has changed.  Things got dark at times. People we know and love might be gone; and our lives may never be the same without them.  The way we go about our day, and the way we interact with strangers, friends and family are forever impacted by this horrible pandemic.  It seemed at times as if there was no light at the end of this tunnel.  So, when Gov. Baker announced yesterday that houses of worship may open again, like many of you, there was great joy in my heart!   It is that announcement that I write to you about.  We need to be clear on what this means. 

Churches can open, but only if they meet the specific guidelines set forth by the State and by the Archdiocese of BostonThese are non-negotiable guidelines and in order to get permission to open, every Church in the Archdiocese MUST complete them before the Office of the Regional Bishop approves the individual Parish opening to the public.  Our goal is to be open for the Feast of Pentecost Weekend, May 30/31.  There is lots of work to be done, and we are already moving toward that goal. 

One of the things I want to emphasize is the following.  Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should.  Cardinal O’Malley has made it very clear to every Pastor.  The Dispensation from obligation to attend Sunday Mass for all who chose to remain home or cannot attend due to capacity restrictions at any given Church will continue until further notice.  I urge our older population to please, consider continuing to watch the Mass on TV, and receive Spiritual Communion as an alternative to putting yourselves at risk. The opening of Churches does not mean the Corvid 19 virus is gone.  The danger still very much exists, and we have only just begun to see fewer numbers of infections.  The complete opening of Churches is happening in phases, and eventually all will be back again soon.  Patience is a virtue!  

Part of the requirements that we are going to be held to in every Parish is a RSVP for attending Mass.  We need to look further into these online programs; The Archdiocese will be providing the on-line Mass attendance RSVP Program for us to look at this week.  More on that later.

The reason for the reservation program is that we will only be allowed to have so many people in the Church at time.  We need to still figure out what that number is to make sure everyone meets the 6-foot radius that is required for social distancing.  That will govern the number we can have at any given time, hence the “reservations”.  It will not be a large number unfortunately, but it is a beginning.   Masks must be worn by everyone.  And the Mass will be expedited to give time for sanitizing between each Mass which is also required.  No more missalettes, or anything that can be picked up, put down, and someone else can pick up.  Fewer people in the Sanctuary, e.g. no altar servers.  That would violate the 6-foot rule.   Confessions will no longer be on Saturday prior to Mass but rather by appointment only till further notice. Committee and cleaning crews are all in the works and the details abound.  Over the next couple of weeks, the Archdiocese has told us there will be many online meetings to make sure all is in place.  These are the basics, and there will be much more to come.  It is enough to digest this for now, I think. 

Beloved, these have been difficult times on all of us. My greatest concern as your Pastor in all of this is your ongoing health.  This news I believe is the answer to many prayers.  Let’s do this right.  Let’s do this slow. Please let us have patience as we move forward.  Stay tuned. And please know you are always in my prayers, as I ask you to remember me in yours! 

God Bless you Beloved!

Fr. Tom

 

 

AVON FOOD PANTRY

Saint Michael Parish/Avon Baptist Church, Avon

Food Pantry Donation Information

Thank you everyone who contributed to our May 2nd food pantry drive.

Due To The Great Need, we will have another request to help our community.  Drop off is Saturday, May 23rd.  10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Front steps once again of St. Michael Parish, Avon.  Please No Early Drop-Off's.

Any and all NON PERISHABLE items with a focus on:

*Cereal

*Canned Tuna

*Canned Veges

*Peanut Butter

*Condiments

*Personal Care Items

Again, any and ALL non perishables will be deeply appreciated.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please make payable to:

          Avon Community Food Pantry.

This too can be dropped off on the 23rd at St. Michael's or mailed to:

          Avon Baptist Church

          119 North Main Street

          Avon, 02322

          Attn:  Food Pantry

 

*** FOR IMMEDIATE NOTICE ***

Covid -19: Archdiocese of Boston Guidance and Directives:

  • All Masses are suspended until further notice.
  • The Cardinal has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time .
  • There will be no Baptism, Confirmations, weddings or funerals.
  • Archdiocese of Boston parish schools and Archdiocesan elementary and high schools will be closed.
  • We will continue to offer the Anointing of the Sick by clergy.
  • Across all of these operations, comply with CDC guidelines. For questions please contact corona@rcab.org.

Parish Office:

  • Please conduct business via phone (508-586-7210) or email.  The general parish email is: stmichaelsavon@comcast.net or by emailing staff directly. Email addresses are located HERE.  
  • Make an appointment to meet with a priest or staff member in person.
  • Sick calls will only be made to the dying.
  • Mass cards, any necessary correspondence, etc. will be mailed or left in exterior unlocked drop box at the rectory door for pick-up.
  • Please mail in Mass intention offerings, regular weekly offering or use the online option of Online Giving.
Map and Directions Event Calendar Religious Education
 

Mass Schedule

Saturday - 4:00pm (both parishes)

Sunday
7:30am - St. Joseph
9:00am - St. Michael
11:00am - St. Joseph

Daily Mass - 9:00am
Monday & Friday - St. Michael
Wednesday & Thursday - St. Joseph

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday - 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Sacrament of Baptism
Third Sunday of the Month - 12:30pm  Please call the rectory to make arrangments.

Baptism Instruction
Please call the rectory for more information.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
St. Michael Church
Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm
St. Joseph Church
Thursdays 9:30am – 11:30am and
First Fridays 5:00pm – 9:00pm

 

Upcoming Events

DONATIONS NEEDED

Thank you for remembering our neighbors in need.

The following is a list of items needed: Canned Tuna, Canned Soup, and Canned Vegetables, Peanut Butter, and Condiments. Next nonperishable food collection is Saturday, May 23rd from 10AM - 2PM.  Drop off will be located at the front steps of Saint Michael Parish.  

 

 

 

 


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