Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

Critical Bishops’ Meeting This Week

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/05/18

This Monday through Wednesday the United States Bishop’s Conference will be convening their annual fall meeting. This week’s meeting is especially important because the conference will be addressing the clergy sexual abuse crisis especially as it pertains to bishop accountability.

One of the proposals to be considered by the ... Read More »

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday November 4th

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/04/18

The Holy Land where Jesus lived was full of strife and partisanship. There was constant political and religious conflict and even violence. Much of that contention was caused by the fact that it was occupied by the Romans. The differences between Roman paganism and Jewish monotheism was a serious ... Read More »

Thanks for Their Generosity

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/30/18

Recently, the parish was the recipient of the generosity of two parishioners. One happened a couple of weeks ago. I was greeting parishioners at the door of the church as I normally do. A man I didn’t recognize came up to me and said, “Father, have you ever thought ... Read More »

Youth Synod Completes Its Work

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/23/18

    Today Pope Francis will conclude the month-long Synod of Bishops on the topic of Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. This has been Pope Francis’ third synod since he became pope. The last one was in 2015. The synod began on October 3, 2018.   Last weekend ... Read More »

Accountability, Accountability, Accountability

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/16/18

The Catholic lay organization Voice of the Faithful was founded back in 2002, at the beginning of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. Over the last few years this organization has published a rating of all the Catholic diocese of the United States according to ten different factors with regard ... Read More »

Light a Light, Be A Light

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/04/18

Lighting a votive candle for our prayer intention is a time-honored Catholic tradition. It is something many people do as a remembrance for a deceased loved one. As the candle continues to burn in church it is a sign of our prayer continuing to be offered to God even ... Read More »

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/01/18

When a priest becomes a pastor of a parish people don’t always tell you all the traditions and activities that go on in your new setting. Somethings you just stubble upon them by yourself. That happened to me one day in the first parish I was assigned to as ... Read More »

Commemoration of September Ember Days for Abuse Victims

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/18/18

Thank you to all those parishioners who joined me in commemorating the September Ember Days this past week as a time of fasting and prayer for the victims of the abuse scandal in the Church. Thank you especially to those who participated in the Prayer Service on Friday.

The ... Read More »

Ember Day Prayer Service on Friday

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/17/18

Prayer Service for Healing and Reparation for the Sin of Sexual Abuse Friday Afternoon, September 21, 2018, at 3:00 PM. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 44 Highland Avenue Chatham, MA   

“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.”

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/04/18

That quote from St. Catherine of Siena has been taken up as a motto by a group of young Catholic women who have mounted a letter writing campaign to our bishops and the papal nuncio in response to the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. They call their social ... Read More »


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