The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Holy Mass of Fifth Sunday of Lent Lectionary: 36 or 34, Year A Saturday Vigil Mass of 16 March 2013 at St. Angela’s Parish 1-617-298-0080 Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts.

On Saturday afternoon 16 March 2013, Father Bill Joy and Father Sandry Matondo administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Penance) to the Children of the parish with the presence and participation of their parents, Mrs. Obas and their teachers.

Reconciliation, the sacrament of healing, is a sacramental celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422, 1442-5, 1468 link)

When should my child receive First Reconciliation?

The sacrament of First Reconciliation follows baptism and is initiated, usually, at the age of seven or eight years old.  A child, whether that child is seven years old, eight years old, nine years old, or older, is only capable of age appropriate readiness for participation in the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. A seven-year-old can only understand God’s mercy and forgiveness as a seven-year-old. Furthermore, a child’s ability to comprehend such a concept as conscience temptation, intention, and sin – both mortal and venial sin – is also limited by age and moral development. As a child grows in knowledge and faith his or her understanding and appreciation of the sacraments will naturally deepen. It is then determined that the readiness of a child is dependent upon their understanding of the difference between a mistake and a sin.

Parish First Penance Class 2013 with Father Joy and Father Matondo
Parish First Penance Class 2013 with Father Joy and Father Matondo

Habemus Papam! 2013 Pope Francis I
Habemus Papam! 2013 Pope Francis I

[video reflection]

From The Pastor’s Desk on the 5th Sunday of Lent

Habemus Papam!


From my freshman Latin classes at B.C. High I know what those Latin words mean.

Now everyone knows what they mean. “We have a Pope“. I mentioned last weekend at Masses that this would be an historic week in the life of the Catholic Church. I asked that we all pray for the Holy Spirit to come upon our Church and especially our Cardinals. Indeed we all did pray and I believe the Holy Spirit did descend upon us all especially the Cardinals in their Conclave.

 In an interview on Thursday Cardinal Dolan of New York commented on how solemn and prayerful the Conclave was. He stated how the voting was in prayer and silence. He said there was a retreat like atmosphere.

 This past week and this coming week will highlight for the entire world the richness of the Roman Catholic tradition and the beauty of our liturgy. The world was fixated for several days on a small metal chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Despite all of our technology there was an aura about looking for white smoke. This week the beauty and solemnity of our liturgy will again inspire Catholics and non-Catholics alike. There is indeed a need and a place for mystery and solemnity in our world. Just as a man named Francis changed the Church and the world centuries ago with his simple life style, a love for the poor and prayerful humility; we are witnesses of another man, who has chosen the name Francis, who has invited us to journey with him into a future that has the power to change the Church and the world yet again.

Pope Francis will celebrate his Mass of Installation on the Feast of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church. I encourage you all to watch this wonderful event on television and more importantly to pray for Pope Francis.

[RELATED:  More post by Father Joy]

Habemus Papam! 2013 Pope Francis I
Habemus Papam! 2013 Pope Francis I

From The Pastor’s Desk on the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Could this be the first weekend without a storm in almost a month?

February was a real February this year. After all we do live in New England.

This month of March will indeed be historic for our Church.

In many ways Pope Benedict XVI has invited the entire Church into the Desert of Lent. In many ways he has called us all to prayer. These next few weeks will focus our attention on our Church. It will give us a chance to reflect on the nature of the Church and the direction the Holy Spirit is leading us. It is a time of blessing and a time for prayer. It is a time when the Holy Spirit will come upon us. The remaining weeks of Lent will be a time for all of us to be part of the process for choosing a new Pope. Our role will be that of prayer and reflection.  We must pray that the Holy Spirit lead and guide the Cardinals of our Church. We must reflect on the gift that the Church truly is.

Over these next few weeks will learn a great deal about the history of the Papacy and the issues the Church faces in the twenty-first century. It is a time for all of us to appreciate the global reality of our Church and its potential for being the Light of Christ in an often darkened world.

Let us take advantage of this opportunity. Let us joyfully and humbly enter into this desert experience into which the Holy Spirit has led us.

[RELATED: Cardinal O’Malley ready for conclave to choose the next pope – Boston Globe]

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