Every year, I love to read the Annual Report of the parish. It gives such a thorough account of the life of our church, and makes me think we may forget how many opportunities for prayer and service we have here at All Saints. One program that I would like to commend to the parish is Adult Education Forum at 9:00 on Sunday mornings, which meets in the room off of Peabody Hall. This forum explores and studies the hymns that will be sung the following hour at Solemn Mass. What better way to prepare for worship, than to study and meditate on the hymns we will sing later that morning?


The group discusses the meaning of the hymns, the composers of the music, the authors of the words, and the contexts in which the hymns were written. When I choose the hymns, I always look at the readings appointed for that mass, and try to find appropriate pairings. Studying the hymns before mass will help you make those mental connections with the readings during worship, which will deepen and enhance your experience. Also, this is obviously another attempt on my part to improve the congregational singing here.

Holy Week is almost upon us. Holy Week is my favorite week of the year. It's the only time of year when the choir sings four days in a row. It's also the only time when we gather as a parish family for four days of prayer. As someone who is required to be here for all the Holy Week services, I can tell you that experiencing all the Holy Week liturgies here at Ashmont is a very powerful and moving thing. The three liturgies that occur on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week are actually one long liturgy in three parts. There is no dismissal at mass on Thursday and Friday. All three liturgies are meant to be prayed together. Do yourself a favor and come to church this Holy Week. You won't regret it. And this year, bring a friend (or four) with you!

In the life of the choir, we have a new Davison Fellow, who has replaced Michael Raleigh in that capacity: Michael is now our Associate Choirmaster. Our new Davison Fellow is Quincy Cason, who began his work in that role over a month ago. He is currently in his final year at Harvard. He is very patient and helpful in the training of the choirboys, and his beautiful tenor voice has also been a great boon to the choir. The Harvard Glee Club has also agreed to the formation of choral scholarship for another Harvard student here at Ashmont. Andy Secondine has joined us as choral scholar. He now sings every Sunday with the bass section, and helps with the musical training of the choirboys after mass. When Quincy graduates and moves on later this year, Andy will replace him as our third Davison Fellow. Please welcome our new friends Quincy and Andy!

As always, we are always looking for more choirboys. We have recently had some great success in choir recruitment, but the search is ongoing for more voices. Many parishioners may have noticed that we have a few younger boys in the choir these days, which is a great development. Talk to your friends and neighbors who have boys (particularly in 3rd-6th grade). If they seem interested, call or email with their contact information and I will follow up. Thank you for your support.

Upcoming

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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