Rev. Fr. Daily is Collaborative’s New Pastor (January 2015)

This post was originally published in January 2015.

Msgr. Felix Ojimba announces at Mass [at St. Angela’s Mattapan parish] on Sunday that Rev. Fr. Vincent E. Daily will be the new Pastor for Tri-Parish Family: St. Angela’s/St. Gregory’s/St. Matthew’s Parish Family; more precisely Mattapan-Dorchester Tri-Parish Collaborative. Continue reading Rev. Fr. Daily is Collaborative’s New Pastor (January 2015)

Teaching Position Available Now! Substitute Teachers Needed

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy – formerly known as Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, or St. Angela’s School, St. Gregory’s School, etc … –  is seeking substitute teachers for the 2014-2015 school year for Preschool (2.9) through Grade 8.

If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact the Academy at 617-265-0019.

Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy is an elementary Pre-K through Grade 8 school, located on multiple campuses in the Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods of the City of Boston, that dynamically prepares children for life in the 21st century.

A stimulating and robust curriculum, enlightened by Catholic teaching, offers the academy students an excellent education in a faith-filled and supportive environment.

The Academy strives to create an atmosphere where the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service to our brothers and sisters is the norm and thanksgiving and worship of God is reverently and joyfully celebrated.

To learn more about Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, visit the academy website at


Do not “be overcome by evil”

Originally posted last year as “Do not “be overcome by evil” – Pope Francis and other church leaders say“. Now updated!

Our Pastor – Rev. Father William P. Joy – is deeply sadden by yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon near the finish line, which caused the death of three (3) people and seriously injured more than a hundred  (140+) others.

He offers his prayers for the families affected by this tragedy, our city of Boston, our country and the whole world; and asks both parishes – St. Matthew’s Dorchester and St. Angela’s Mattapan – and our all church ministries to pray for healing and for peace in our parishes, city, the country and the whole world.

Yesterday, our Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley released this statement in response to the explosions in Boston:

The Archdiocese of Boston joins all people of good will in expressing deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon today.  Our prayers and concern are with so many who experienced the trauma of these acts, most especially the loved ones of those who lives were lost and those who were injured, and the injured themselves.

The citizens of the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are blessed by the bravery and heroism of many, particularly the men and women of the police and fire departments and emergency services who responded within moments of these tragic events.  Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino and Police Commissioner Davis are providing the leadership that will see us through this most difficult time and ensure that proper procedures are followed to protect the public safety.

In the midst of the darkness of this tragedy we turn to the light of Jesus Christ, the light that was evident in the lives of people who immediately turned to help those in need today.  We stand in solidarity with our ecumenical and interfaith colleagues in the commitment to witness the greater power of good in our society and to work together for healing.

This morning, Vatican sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis I to our Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, in response to yesterday’s bombings.  Pope Francis invokes peace for the souls of the departed, consolation for the suffering and strength for emergency and medical personnel.  Here is the text of the telegram – just released today Tuesday 16 April 2013:

His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley

Archbishop of Boston

Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State



Bombings at the Boston Marathon on 15 April 2013. Photo credit: The Catholic World Report

Via Vatican Radio today, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a separate statement after the bombings in Boston to “remind us all that evil exists [link].

In today’s Scripture – Acts 7:51-8:1a, we see how Stephen (Saint) reacts in the face of evil by offering love and forgiveness to his enemies who “threw him out of the city, and began to stone him” to death:

Lord, do not hold this sin against them.

Likewise, Jesus-Christ’s first words on the Cross was:

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” – Luke 23:34

It is precisely on the Cross of Jesus-Christ, on Good Friday that good and  evil, hate and forgiveness converge together.  It is there precisely that hate is overcome by forgiveness; and  evil is overcome by good.

Don’t let evil overcome you. Overcome with forgiveness and with good.

Saul who “was consenting to the execution” of Stephen, later had a change of heart and turn away from evil, hate and violence to become a disciple of Christ and to do good.

Peace and love in Christ Jesus.

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