DAILY MASS SCHEDULE

For Special Masses, see the bulletin.  Scroll down.
 

The Church is open for prayer daily from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
We are handicapped-accessible - everyone is most welcome!

Monday-Friday
6:50am and 9:00am

Saturday
 9:00am, 4:00pm (Vigil), 7:00 pm Brazilian

Sunday Morning
7:30am, 9:00am (Family), 11:00am

Sunday Evening:
5:00pm,  7:00pm (Brazilian)

Comunidade Brasileira - Bem Vindo! A celebracao da missa e realizada todos os domingos e as quartas feiras as 19:00 h. Para maiores informacoes  pelo tel: 781-871-5754.
Brazilian church in Rockland Brazilian Mass Rockland Massachusetts. Brazilian church.  Mass in Portuguese.

 

MASS: ANYTIME ANYWHERE
How many times have you traveled somewhere and not known the times of local Masses or the location of a church? Wonder no longer. Traveling Catholics, on the World Wide Web, lists all Catholic parishes in the United States with Mass times and directions, including a map. Call them at 410-676-6000 or visit their website.

 

See also Mary's Chapel

 

Rev. James F. Hickey
Pastor

 

consecration bells
You will remember, some of you, that the use of a bell or bells, usually hand held, once common at the Consecration, became much less common after the Vatican Council. Several years ago, while reading a liturgical commentary on the Mass, I came across the affirmation of the use of the actual tower bell to announce the Consecration of the Mass. The use of our tower bell for the Consecration has delighted me ever since and I believe it is a blessing for you. Here is a little gift from a parishioner about this very practice. Frankly, it is lovely to have someone encourage what we do as a community for Our Lord Jesus, especially at the Consecration.

The Ring of Christ’s Presence
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
Ring in the valiant man and free
The eager heart, the kindlier hand,
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

A lovely custom is still kept in certain monasteries, especially those in France and Spain. During the celebration of the Eucharist, when the moment of the consecration arrives, the monk or nun who is assigned to ring the bells for that particular week will go to the bell tower and ring one of the large bells slowly – a very solemn moment in the monastic day, reminding monks and nuns of the tremendous event taking place within their midst.

As the bell sounds during the consecration, it announces the good tidings of Jesus descending upon the altar not only to the monastic community, but to those in the surrounding landscape. Everyone in close proximity is made aware that his mystery is being renewed once again. The bell seems to proclaim: “Rejoice, all you creatures! Your Savior comes to you. Open wide your hearts and welcome him.”

Bells have a language all their own, and they use it not only to mark the time but to express joy, hope, sorrow, and both good and bad news. When the bell rings at the consecration of the Mass, its sound pierces right through our hearts, heralding the arrival of our Lord and God. Again and again, with every peal the bell repeats: “He is here! Get ready for him.”

God bless. JFH

 

 

 

 


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