My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Broadway is having its best season in decades. A number of hits have driven the size of audiences to heights that rival the "Golden Era" of the 1950s. This revival includes Hamilton, The Great Comet and the newest blockbuster, the revival of Hello Dolly!. Hello Dolly's "book" is based upon the old formula in which the first act ends with a musical number that sums up the premise of the show. In Hello Dolly that number is "Before the Parade Passes By" in which Dolly Levi, the star of the show, decides that she needs to stop mourning the death of her late husband and start embracing life. During this period of the Church Year we too have the chance to join the parades and embrace our life in Christ. From Rogation Day, Ascension Day to Corpus Christi, we Anglo-Catholics celebrate and proclaim that Jesus is Lord!

Our sister parish, The Church of the Advent, located in the heart of Beacon Hill takes the opportunity to "witness" our faith by processing down to Charles Street, singing hymns, carrying Jesus in the monstrance and with full vestments and banners in view. It is quite a sight to behold. A hundred or so passionate Anglo-Catholics tie up traffic and observers holding their coffee from Starbucks stop as the parade passes them by. Each year it seems as if one or more of these on-lookers decide, like Dolly Levi, to join the parade and follow along to the church with the rest of the happy throng.

They too understand that standing on the sidelines will not bring them real joy. They get, maybe not rationally, but such celebrations are not meant for our rational minds, that they too want the happiness that comes with following the call of the Risen Lord. And while it is more than enough to march merely to embrace and celebrate our faith, it is even better that we can show to a world that desperately needs the love of our God that they too are welcome to join the parade. And that they can do so before the curtain on their first act falls.

Under the Mercy,

Father James +

 

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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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