Updates and Resources

Updates

New Mass Schedule (to be phased in stages)

Once we progress to our full Mass schedule, we will be implementing this new schedule:

Saturday: 4pm at both churches
Sunday: 7:30am at OLA, 9:30am at SMG, 11am at OLA, 5pm at SMG (only when our Faith Formation program is in session, approximately late September through early May.)

Baptims and Funerals

Baptisms can be celebrated. As of May 25, funeral Masses will resume. Please note that there are still many restrictions in place as to the details of these gatherings. 

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion cannot bring the Eucharist to the sick in nursing homes or other health care institutions at this time. Specially trained priests will visit the dying when the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is requested.  Please call our parish business office at 781-598-4313.

Supporting Your Church

We ask for your prayerful and thoughtful continuation of your normal contributions during this unprecedented time. Despite the temporary interruption of church services and events, normal operating expenses such as utilities and payroll continue, and we rely on your support to meet our obligations. Our Business Office remains open during regular business hours, so please drop off or mail your contributions to 17 Grove Street, Lynnfield 01940. You may also sign-up for Online Giving. As always, we are most grateful for all you do. May God bless you for your generosity and continued stewardship, and may He protect you and your families. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Sullivan, Finance and Human Resources Manager.

Inspired by a grass roots movement for parishioners to rally around their local parishes, the “90 Days Now – For Your Parish” is a campaign to help support parishes while churches are temporarily closed due to the the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Archdiocese of Boston has supported the movement by creating an easy-to-use, on-line payment mechanism whereby donors can make a gift directly to the parish of their choice.  This simple link is available by clicking HERE.

In these days of social distancing, many of us are doing more online shopping. Remember that you can support St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption while you shop by using smile.amazon.com.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to SMG or OLA whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Go to www.avemarialynnfield.org/amazon-smile to find the links for your parish.

Please continue to check this website page, read our emails and letters, and look for our Facebook posts for the most current information, as things are changing quickly.


Resources

Spiritual Resources

Prayer in Times of Uncertainty

Visit www.Savior.org for livestream of Eucharistic Adoration.

Aleteia article with a list of places you can pray the Rosary in community online: "Where to Pray the Rosary Online During Quarantine."

Novena to Our Lady of Monte Berrico, historically associated with plagues, may be offered for the swift end to the spread of the Coronavirus and for a maternal protection for all.

Magnificat is offering free digital subscriptions during this challenging time. Here's the link.

The Archdiocese of Boston has created a new YouTube Channel through which they will be pushing video content.

Learn more about prayer and discernment through the podcast: Discerning Hearts.

Monday mornings at 9:00am, Deacon Matt Halbach, PhD, offer LIVE morning prayer series, 10 minutes in length. Access this through the Sadlier Facebook page.

The Spiritual Care Association offers different resources for self-care, coping with anxiety, stress, guided meditations for children, spiritual exercises, etc.  Please visit: https://www.atimeforcompassion.org/.

The Archdiocese of Boston sends a "Virtual Evangelization" message at 2:30pm every weekday with resource links and other relevant announcements. Sign up at www.flocknote.com/boston.

This unprecendent situation offers a unique opportunity to strengthen our family's spiritual life. With college students home from the dorms, no sports practices or dance classes to rush off to, and many parents working remotely from home, this is the perfect time to re-introduce saying grace before a meal or read the Sunday readings as a family.

Catholic News Service article by Carol Zimmermann: "During plague, Catholics called on saints for help and healing."

"Catholicism in the time of Coronavirus" is a FREE eBook by Dr. Stephen Bullivant from Word on Fire: https://www.wordonfire.org/covid/

Pray as You Stay prayer support series aims to support you during this time of self-isolation, uncertainty, and fear. This prayer guide will help you stay close to God as you stay where you are, giving ideas for creative prayer and providing reflection with scripture, all underpinned by the Ignatian practice of finding ‘God in all things’, wherever you are: pray-as-you-go.org/retreat/pray-as-you-stay

We also have suggestions for apps and websites you may find useful on our parish website's online resources page.

Archdiocesan Information

Keep informed about the most current directives from the Archdiocese of Boston.

Food Resources

For information on local food pantries, soup kitchens, and other resources for those who are food insecure, visit our parish website's food resources page.

Emergency provisions for children who usually receive free or reduced price meals at school vary by school district. Please check your school websites. Also, check your community Facebook pages, as many individual threads are posting offerings of assistance for anyone who has concerns about feeding their children during this time.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, My Brother's Table in Lynn will be open from 12pm-6pm Monday through Friday and 2pm-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Take out food and coffee will be available during those hours.  Anyone in need of a meal is welcome. There is no eligibility screening.  If you are interested in helping put together brown bag lunches and dinners, you can drop the meals off at My Brother's Table (98 Willow St., Lynn) between 12-4:30pm on weekends or anytime during the morning/afternoon on weekdays.  Here is a link for Signup Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4caaac28a5f85-mybrothers.

Community Information

We are being bombarded with information from every direction, some more accurate than others. In Lynnfield, for general questions related to COVID-19, call the dedicated phone line at 781-334-8141 or email [email protected]. Please check your local town/city website for important community and public school information.
https://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/
http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/
https://peabody-ma.gov/
https://www.saugus-ma.gov/
https://www.readingma.gov/
https://www.northreadingma.gov/

Several local supermarkets are offering special shopping hours for elderly patrons.

If you've finally got the time to read a book, but have found that all the local libraries are closed, try Noble (North of Boston Library Exchange). You can virtually check out both digital and audio books.

Warning: Sadly, there are people in our society who try to prey on people's fears and generosity at times of turbulence, so please be careful of scams. Government agencies will not be contacting you asking for your banking information to direct deposit stimulus checks. Our clergy and staff will never e-mail, text, or call you to request the purchase gift cards for a "needy parishioner."  If you would like to verify the authenticity of a communication from our parish, please call our business office at 781-598-4313.

Communication

If you are not already following our Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative on social media, we highly recommend doing so. As has become all too apparent in the last couple of weeks, information changes quickly and the most efficient way for us to share it, and for you to receive it, is through our Facebook pages (facebook.com/smglynnfield and  facebook.com/olalynnfield) and Twitter account (@AveMarieParish).

Also, if you know of a parishioner who isn't receiving our Constant Contacts emails, please ask them to contact Marie Lagman, Director of Media Ministry.

If you would like to sign up for electronic versions of our bulletin to be automatically emailed to you weekly, please go to our website's bulletin page.

Health, Wellness, and Entertainment

A famous quote of Fred Rogers (a.k.a. Mr. Rogers) is: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”  At this unprecedented time of "scary news," it is heartwarming to find so many people and organizations rising to the occasion and offering to be helpers in innovative ways.  If you search the web, you will find a YMCA in Washington offering free online exercise classes and youth activities; a popular recipe website offering free digital cooking classes for kids; several sites that have virtual story times with celebrities, children's book authors, and even astronauts providing the read-alouds; libraries and magazines making their content temporarily available for free; virtual tours of museums around the world; and even virtual amusement park rides.  We are separate, but not alone.

Click here to take virtual tours of the Sistene Chapel and the Vatican Museums.

Boston Pilot article on the importance to "Maintain routine, stay connected, and rely on prayer" during these stressful times.

Kate McGrath, our Pastoral Care Coordinator and Our Lady of the Assumption's Grade K-8 Faith Formation Coordinator, has created another installment in her children's book series "Orla's Adventures," starring her Golden Retriever. This one specifically addresses the anxieties and challenges of our world during the Coronavirus pandemic, and the simple comfort found in trusting God.  You can download the book, for free, by going to our website's Pre-school page or you can watch the accompanying video here.

HP article on "Seven Offline Ideas for Family Fun."

Our children's lives have also been turned upside down with remote learning, no play dates, and drive-by birthday parties. What a beautiful time to introduce prayerful reflection. Pray As You Go offers a special Examen for Children: https://pray-as-you-go.org/…/pray…/aspecialexamenforchildren

Kids for Peace offers ideas and activities for families during Covid-19 that will help foster peace and inspire fun: kidsforpeaceglobal.org/

We are all struggling to make sense of our current situation, but it's even more difficult for our children.  There is a new online book (geared for children 5-9 years old) that tries to help explain Covid-19 and how it is affecting our daily lives: https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf

Virtual Vacation Bible School Program from CatholicBrain, in partnership with Brother Francis and Adventure Catechism Media.

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a secluded group of nuns living in the farmlands north of Kansas City, have become the unlikely rock stars of traditional classical music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po5LZpGSN-k

The Monks of Norcia explain how in a sense, St. Benedict is the patron of the ordinary, teaching us how to find God in the ordinary. This video shows how their chants are far from ordinary: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTQTFW1Gdbs

Fr. Jim Martin, author of My Life with the Saints, introduces centering prayer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAlqRVkzUpQ.  This is part of a series on prayer that also includes segments on Ignatian contemplation and centering prayer.

Fr. Jim Martin presents “Laughing with the Saints: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LukT_qOy2fo

The arts have long been a natural and expressive component of our faith.  This resource celebrates creative expressions of faith: www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/prayer/arts-and-faith/about-arts-and-faith/

Ave Maria Press explores stress, anxiety, and mental health, with special bonus content in light of Covid-19: www.avemariapress.com/aveexplores-mentalhealth/

Find your calm… sleep more, stress less, build self esteem, and develop gratitude: www.calm.com/

John Williams, Conductor Laureate of the Boston Pops, wrote "Summon the Heroes" for the 1996 Olympic Games. Now, the Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performs a musical video tribute to today’s first responders during the Covid-19 pandemic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=32&v=THJYEdScby8&feature=emb_title

In case you didn't get a chance to watch Andrea Bocelli's livestream on Easter... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huTUOek4LgU

We're all trying to get some exercise and fresh air through this stay-at-home time, but it's extra hard on rainy days. OLA parishioner Cindy Areglado, a senior center Zumba instructor, has generously offered a couple of her videos to keep us moving. Our thanks to Woburn Public Media Center for allowing us to share them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45XnAZrOvUo&t=135s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wk47QVx_NM&t=899s

Grief, Consolation, and Support Resources

Know that you are not alone in navigating challenging life circumstances. Here are a few resources for managing mental and emotional stress, coping with grief and loss, and practicing selfcare and prayer.

That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief by Scott Berinato (Harvard Business Review)

Clinical and supportive resources for families during the COVID-19 outbreak is being offered by Child Mind Institute.

Grief Recovery Method explains the many forms of grief related to COVID-19 and its upheaval to our society.

Pauca Verba, a blog written by Fr. Stephen Morris, offers an article on spiritually escorting those dying alone from COVID-19 through prayer.

Please avail yourself of other suggestions for supportive resources for mental health, grief, and loss.

Activities to Keep Connected and Keep the Faith

#IChallengeYou Kate McGrath Orla Laddie

#IChallengeYou: You and your family are invited to participate in our parish's #IChallengeYou project. It's simple: 1) Print out whichever one of the 7 signs attached speaks to you; 2) Write or draw your response to the prompt; 3) Take a picture of your sign or of you/your child holding the sign; 4) Post that photo in either our OLA Facebook page or our SMG Facebook page, or email it to Kate McGrath. Let us know... Where You Saw God TodayOne Thing You Learned About Yourself During This TimeWhere You Found Peace TodayA Hope That You HaveWhat You Are Doing to Keep Your FaithHow You Are Keeping Life Simple, or An Act of Kindness.

The Mystical Body of Christ

In these trying times, it is even more important to remember that we are still all part of the Mystical Body of Christ, and that as such, when one member suffers, so do we all. Check in on your elderly neighbors and those who are immunocompromised. Perhaps they can't get out and stand in the long lines at the grocery store.  Or maybe they just need to know they haven't become invisible and forgotten.

"There is one body and one Spirit,
just as there is one hope to which God has called you." 

Ephesians 4:4