8 a.m. Low Mass
10 a.m. Solemn Mass
Saturday May 5
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)
Saturday Low Mass 9:00 a.m.
Saturday May 5 at 10:30 am
My Dear Folk,
When I was in grade school, I learned how to play the clarinet. My older sister had played one, ultimately in the University of Minnesota marching band. So the instrument was there to be handed down. When the chance for musical instruction in my school became available, my parents thought it would be a good idea for me as well. I have to admit that I was an indifferent musician. I didn’t like to practice, and therefore seldom did. My progress reflected that fact.
Recently I stumbled on something written by Fr. Darwin Kirby. His name is probably not recognized by many today, but he was a major figure in the American Anglo-Catholic movement. I am sharing that column which Fr. Kirby wrote. In it you catch a glimpse of the passionate, vigorous faith which he proclaimed – the faith which is the true hope of the world. As we begin this Lent, we would all do well to attend to his words.
My dear folk, I don’t know why it should, but I’m always surprised at how often people tell me of their memories of Christmas Eve Mass. If asked for a particularly precious memory of something in our Christian life, I suspect that for many of us it would involve that beautiful and time- honored service. There’s no criticism in that. Indeed, I have to plead guilty myself: one of the most vivid memories of my first year in Holy Orders is of preparing the altar at the Midnight Mass while the congregation lifted their voices singing “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
My dear folk, “Remember, O man, that thou art dust, and unto dust shalt thou return.” I can’t help but think that those words, so familiar to us from their use at the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday as we begin the season of Lent, might be equally the call to our observation of Advent. Who are we; what shall we be, but for God’s saving grace. We see this emphasis reflected in the four traditional themes of Advent:
My dear folk,This Michaelmas marks the nineteenth anniversary of my installation as Rector. That’s rather a sobering reflection for me. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Ruth and I were feverishly working to complete our move into the Rectory and get the house ready for the institution guests. Indeed, Fr. Mead and Nancy arrived at the house as I was on the third floor replacing a broken light socket in a bedroom sconce. Yet on the other hand, I must confess that I begin to feel as though I have been here indefinitely as year follows year..
My dear folk,Perhaps the most characteristic devotion of Lent is the Stations of the Cross, also called the Way of the Cross. As most Catholic-minded parishes, All Saints’ has a set of Stations on the walls of the nave and we offer this devotion each year during Lent.
My dear folk,The other day I was looking at the web page of an Anglo-Catholic parish in the UK. Their tradition is long established and they proudly proclaim their Anglo-Catholic bona fides. They are in the process of a campaign to allow them to address some issues for the present and future ministry in that parish as they relate to the building. There was a well-produced video encouraging support of the effort. As it unfolded, there was a screen which proclaimed in white letters on a stark black background, "Anglo-Catholicism was, above all, about social transformation."Sometimes I just don't know what to do with such preposterous nonsense proclaimed as the simple truth.
To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont
Here we are late in Lent. It is nearly time to stop and contemplate the conclusion of our Lenten pilgrimage: the Triduum – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, when we gather at church all three nights at 7.
Our purpose in gathering on those three nights is to “s
To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont
My beloved mother was forever announcing dates when she would once again begin some project of self-improvement: “After the Fourth of July, I shall....” After Labor Day, I shall....” After Christmas (New year’s resolution), I shall....” And, of course, most of all: “When Lent comes, I shall...
To the Beloved in Christ at AshmontDear Friends,There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, tis not to come. If it not be now, yet it will come – the readiness is all.
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2
To the Beloved in Christ at AshmontDear Friends,Advent is about judgment. “Repent!” shouts John the Baptist. “You brood of vipers. Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”Unfortunately, some parishes today are offering a false-Christianity that is judgment-free.
To the Beloved in Christ at AshmontDear Friends,I am writing a book on the lives of 28 graduates of the Roxbury Latin School, where I taught for 30 years. The school was founded in 1645, so I have written about graduates from four different centuries.The 17th century graduates were the offspring of the early Puritan settlers. When they arrived, the
One of the favorite topics of conversation as Spring comes in full bloom is where people will take their vacation. That is a trip to somewhere away where ones physical and emotional batteries can be recharged. “You going down the Cape? We hope to go back to the Islands.” and other such conversations seem to be in the air in Peabody Hall during the
Right now, as we sit in this church that is warmed by a finicky but functional heating plant we might take a moment to think of a group of men who have taken St. Paul’s admonition in today’s New Testament lesson to heart in their daily lives. Up in a secluded valley in Vermont lies a structure that is made of rough-hewn blocks of Vermont granite. T
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,We all remember the Nativity story by heart. Joseph and Mary travel by donkey to Bethlehem to be counted in the census that the Emperor commanded in order to lay out the tax burden for the coming years. But why Bethlehem? Again the narrative puts a simple case, that it was the hometown of Joseph’s family. Jose
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,When I was a high school student I was involved with a contemporary play by Samuel Beckett called “Waiting for Godot” which was about two men who are waiting and waiting and waiting for this important person called Godot to arrive. They speak about Godot, interact with a couple of strange characters and spend
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,Happy New Year! While we in Western Christianity consider the beginning of Advent to start the liturgical year, Orthodox Christianity begins their year in September. Just a few days ago our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrated Rosh Ha’Shana, the Jewish New Year. Students and teachers-as well as those of us w
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer8:00 a.m. Low Mass9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour
* during the academic year
Low MassWednesday 10 a.m. *Friday 7 a.m.Saturday 9 a.m.
* followed by coffee hour
209 Ashmont StreetDorchester MA 02124(617) 436-6370
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.)
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.
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.
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.