• A Letter for Lent

    A Letter for Lent
    The Rev'd Michael Godderz
    10 Feb 18

    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.

  • A Letter for Christmas

    A Letter for Christmas
    The Rev'd Michael Godderz
    25 Dec 17

    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.”

  • A Letter for Advent

    A Letter for Advent
    The Rev'd Michael Godderz
    4 Dec 17

    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:

  • A Letter for Michaelmas

    A Letter for Michaelmas
    The Rev'd Michael Godderz
    29 Sep 17

    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..

  • A Letter for Holy Week & Easter

    A Letter for Holy Week & Easter
    The Rev'd Michael Godderz
    1 Apr 17

    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.

  • A Letter for the Great Feasts

    A Letter for the Great Feasts
    The Rev'd Michael Godderz
    2 Mar 17

    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.

  • A Letter for Lent

    A Letter for Lent
    The Rev'd F. Washington Jarvis
    9 Feb 18

    To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont

    Dear Friends,

    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...

  • A Letter for Christmas

    A Letter for Christmas
    The Rev'd F. Washington Jarvis
    24 Dec 17

    To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont

    Dear 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

  • A Letter for Advent

    A Letter for Advent
    The Rev'd F. Washington Jarvis
    1 Dec 17

    To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont

    Dear 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.

  • A Letter for Michaelmas

    A Letter for Michaelmas
    The Rev'd F. Washington Jarvis
    27 Sep 17

    To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont

    Dear 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

  • A Letter for Lent

    A Letter for Lent
    The Rev'd James Nuzzo
    10 Feb 18

    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

  • A Letter for Christmas

    A Letter for Christmas
    The Rev'd James Nuzzo
    25 Dec 17

    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

  • A Letter for Advent

    A Letter for Advent
    The Rev'd James Nuzzo
    2 Dec 17

    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

  • A Letter for Michaelmas

    A Letter for Michaelmas
    The Rev'd James Nuzzo
    29 Sep 17

    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

  • A Letter for Lent

    A Letter for Lent
    Andrew Sheranian
    10 Feb 18

    One of the riches of our Anglo-Catholic heritage is the fact that we get to chant the Great Litany in procession, not once or twice a year, but five times: twice in Advent and thrice in Lent. I must confess that in previous years, the Litany has been challenging for me. From time to time I have fallen prey to impatience at its length; at other time

  • A Letter for Christmas

    A Letter for Christmas
    Andrew Sheranian
    25 Dec 17

    Since the last issue of The Chronicle, the choir has grown even more, adding one more boy to the ranks. Our latest addition to the choir was sent to us by his piano teacher, who is a former choir mother! It’s been such a blessing to see the choir grow in numbers - something for which we have been praying for years!

  • A Letter for Advent

    A Letter for Advent
    Andrew Sheranian
    2 Dec 17

    The past few months have been filled with joy and wonder, as the choir continues to grow both in numbers and in ability. We have six new choirboys, and we thank God for their presence among us. How did these new boys come into the choir?

  • A Letter for Michaelmas

    A Letter for Michaelmas
    Andrew Sheranian
    29 Sep 17

    It has been such a joy to return to church after my summer sabbatical. After spending over a month in the UK and Germany, I traveled to Utah twice: first for my sister’s wedding, and later, for the funeral of my paternal grandmother. During the month of August, I attended the Massachusetts Boys’ Choir Course with six of our choirboys, which took pl

Service Times

Sundays

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

Weekdays

Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour

 

Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370

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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.)

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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.

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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.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont

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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.

 
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