My Dear Folk,

We now enter upon the most holy time of the year; we now hold before ourselves the most central events in our Lord’s life.  As God brought to completion His plan for our salvation, our Lord Jesus literally walked the way of the cross. Like the Palm Sunday crowd, it is so easy to cheer on the Messiah at His triumphal entry to the Holy City.  That costs us very little. But it is a very different thing to stand with Him when He is betrayed in the Garden, as He is falsely accused before the Sanhedrin and again before Pilate, while He is mocked and beaten by the Roman soldiers, while He bears the judgement of all mankind upon the cross.  Dying with Christ is precisely what every Christian is called to do. Yet as St. Paul encourages us, “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”

The wisdom of the Catholic tradition has given us these powerful and dramatic services for Holy Week.  They are tools to help us comprehend the great mystery of our salvation. They hold before us the love of God made manifest in the most concrete of ways.  They give us the opportunity to reflect on our willful turning away from God, the waste and devastation which result in our lives. They give us the chance to renew our devotion to Him, to recapture the joy of our faith.  But it is a journey. And we must not seek to avoid the difficult parts of the road. We cannot simply wish ourselves to be at the end, at the empty tomb of Easter. We must walk the way of the cross with our Lord. There is no resurrection without death; there is no Easter victory without Good Friday’s cross.

As a community of faith we will take this journey together.  We will pray. We will worship. We will be nourished by His Most Precious Body and Blood.  We will marvel at what God has done for us – even while we were yet estranged from Him. And we will seek God’s grace that we may follow Him more and more all the days of our lives.

The schedule of service for Holy Week is enclosed with this letter.  You will also find an envelope for Easter flowers. You may put the envelope in the offering plate or send it to the church office.  To have names included in the Easter bulletin, they must be received in the church office by Wednesday noon of Holy Week.

 

Yours,

Michael J. Godderz ✠


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(Ruth Godderz){/grid4}

Service Times

Sundays

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*
10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

* during the academic year

Weekdays

Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour

 

Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370

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All Saints is located in the south Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just off Peabody Square, at 209 Ashmont St. and is a very short walk from the Ashmont T station on the Red Line. (Click icon for map.)

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The five principal levels of our buildings are handicap accessible, served by a five-stop elevator. Handicap access into both buildings is by a walkway and ADA-compliant ramp from the parking lot to the Ashmont Street door of the church.  There are handicap accessible bathrooms on four levels of the church and parish house.

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There is a private parking lot for 47 cars and on-street parking on both Ashmont Street and on the other streets surrounding the church.

Four of these spaces are reserved for Zipcars.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont

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Our emphasis at the Parish of All Saints is on sacramental worship (the Mass or Holy Eucharist) celebrated in a traditional Anglo-Catholic style, with strong orthodox teaching and preaching, supportive pastoral care, a caring parish family, and responsibility to our community and the greater world.

 
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