September 3, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
I didn’t realize until now that the last time I wrote was back on August 10th!  The last month of summer has passed quickly.  At least the majority of 90+ days are behind us.  I hope you all have a healthy and happy Labor Day weekend.  I will be spending it back in Indiana with family.  It’s a 15 hour drive each way, plenty of time to pray, think, catch up with friends hands free and listen to an audio book.  I have a covid test waiting for me at Stonehill when I get back to comply with the MA guidelines.  I guess this is the one a rare time in life when being considered negative is a good thing!
Our parish 4:00 p.m. Mass is streamed weekly on our parish YouTube channel. Use this link for direct access.  It is also on the parish homepage as well.  The dispensation from attending Mass is in effect until further notice.
On a much more positively positive note, Faith Formation registration is ready.  Please click the underlined link to enroll younger parishioners in our at-home program.  If circumstances change in the coming months allowing larger in-person gatherings we will reassess.  Director of Faith Formation Margaret Dwyer-Hogan and Administrative Assistant Lindsay Franzoni are meeting the demands of a big learning curve with grace and humor, two things we all need these days to keep focused and moving ahead.  I am gratefully indebted to their dedication, energy and enthusiasm in keeping God known, loved, and served here and throughout Easton.
The new Health Ministry head parish nurse, Katherine Reynolds, has graciously responded to our need after long-time parishioner and coordinator Ginny Croak moved away from Easton to warmer year-round weather.  Katherine put together the following helpful covid information to keep us all informed and staying healthy.
The Parish Nurses pray you’re all staying safe in your travels during this time of COVID 19.  Unless you are staying within lower risk states which include:
•    Connecticut
•    Maine
•    New Hampshire
•    New Jersey
•    New York
•    Vermont
You may be required to complete the Massachusetts Travel Form and may be required to comply with a 14 day quarantine requirement or meet the 72 hour Testing Rule.
COVID Testing sites in and around Easton Include:
•    Care Central Urgent Care 682 Depot Street North Easton, MA  (Drive Thru) 508-297-1665
•    Compass Medical Urgent Care21 Bristol Drive, Suite 100 Easton, MA   508-350-2818
•    Tristan Medical Easton/Brockton Care Center1340 Belmont Street Brockton, MA  508-583-1400
•    Good Samaritan Medical Center (Drive Thru) 508-427-3000
•    Brockton Hospital  508-941-7000
•    Morton Hospital, Taunton 508-828-7000
•    CVS makes it very convenient with drive thru (you must sign up for an appointment in advance).  Close locations include Raynham and Wrentham.   https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid19-testing 
BE WELL and as always feel free to reach out to a Parish Nurse with any concerns or questions by calling the Parish Center and leaving us a message.

Lastly, below is a message from Bishop da Cunha concerning the State of the Diocese of Fall River.  It is an insightful and helpful compilation to better understand our local Church.  Please read when you can.
Keep me in your prayers as I drive through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and back!  You all are in my daily prayers.  Stay well.
God Bless,
Fr. Brad
My Dear Friends,
I am pleased to share our recently released State of the Diocese of Fall River Report, 2014-2019. The intent of the publication is to provide parishioners, benefactors, volunteers and employees with a better understanding of how their support enables the mission of the Catholic Church in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands. I hope you find it helpful and informative. The full report is available on the diocesan website.
I am grateful to you for your dedication and support to our Diocese, parishes, priests and all of the ministries we serve. Thank you for your ongoing prayers.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.
Bishop of Fall River