Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

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 »

Fast & Pray

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 8/28/18

In my homilies the last couple of weeks I spoke of my intention to increase my fasting and prayer for the Holy Spirit to help the Church drive out the demon of sexual abuse once and for all. Last week I said that despite your maybe feeling that it ... Read More »

Letter to Parishioners

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 8/28/18

Dear Friends in Christ, Early this week, Pope Francis issued a “Letter to the People of God” in which he acknowledged “the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated ... Read More »

Homily August 19th

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 8/19/18

I received my seminary formation for the priesthood back in the late 1980s. It was then that the first rumblings of the clerical abuse crisis were being heard. One day I was sitting in my room reading the Boston Globe. I came across an article reporting an incident of ... Read More »


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