The past few months have been filled with joy and wonder, as the choir continues to grow both in numbers and in ability. We have six new choirboys, and we thank God for their presence among us. How did these new boys come into the choir?


Over the summer, I got a chance to forge a relationship with the arts department at Epiphany School, which was founded here at All Saints in the late 1990's. I approached the school to ask if we might be able to set up a system in which Epiphany boys leave school a little early on Tuesday and Thursday, so that they might participate in the choir here at Ashmont. I pitched the idea first to their headmaster, John Finley, who was very supportive of the idea. With God’s help, we will now have a steady stream of new choirboys from Epiphany School!

Transportation is without question the most complicated aspect of running a boy choir here in Dorchester. How do the boys get to the church for the Tuesday and Thursday choir rehearsals? Some of the boys take the T from school, if they are old enough and have parental permission; some of the boys walk from home, if they live nearby; some of the boys take the T or bus with their parents; some of the boys are driven to rehearsal by their parents; and some of the boys need help. For almost a year now, devoted parishioner and Sunday School Teacher Suzanne Gaskin has been providing transportation three times a week for two of our choirboys. Without Suzanne, these two boys would not be able to participate in the choir. And finally, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I drive over to the Epiphany School to pick up the students there, and sometimes drive the boys home afterward if their parents cannot.

Do you think that you might be able to help the choir with transportation, starting in January? There is an Elementary School nearby (at the corner of Norfolk and Morton Streets) called the Pauline A. Shaw School, and there are four boys in that school that would like to participate in the choir, but they have no way of getting from the school to the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays because their parents are working. If you think you might be able and/or interested in volunteering your time on those days, please let me know. The boys need to be picked up at the school between 4:00 and 5:00, and transported to the church, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in time for the beginning of rehearsal at 6:00.

In October, I was invited to sit on a panel of musicians and clergy that was convened at Virginia Theological Seminary as part of symposium on the future of the hymnal. Some in the national church are crying out for a new hymnal, and I can assure you that I have not joined that chorus. Instead of a new hymnal, we need fresh energy and vitality in the singing of the hymns we already have. I told one of our parishioners that I had attended this conference, and her response to me was, paraphrased: “They aren’t going to change the words, are they? The hymns are the foundation we stand on!” I couldn’t agree more. The hymn singing here at Ashmont is good, and I thank you for opening the hymnal to sing with joy and vigor. But, to quote my dear mother: “What is the biggest room in the world? The room for improvement!”

Upcoming

December 25 Christmas Day
10 amSung Mass with Carols

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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