Beginning in January, Bishop Carol J. Gallagher, who serves as one of three regional canons in the Diocese of Massachusetts, will be assisting in the Diocese of Albany, on a limited basis, providing supplemental episcopal pastoral support as that diocese begins to come into compliance with the 2018 General Convention resolution on provision of marriage rites for same-sex couples.
The following reminder of current COVID-19 protocols from the bishops was sent to clergy and congregational and diocesan leadership on Dec. 20, 2021.
Dec. 20, 2021
Dear Colleagues in the Diocese of Massachusetts,
Grace and peace to you in these final days of Advent.
We find ourselves once again…
I am thinking about blue, a color of sadness.
In common parlance, blue is associated with sorrow and discouragement. A blue mood is a gloomy mood. In my childhood there was a popular song called “Love is Blue,” in which the singer pines for his departed sweetheart. Curiously,…
A refugee family from Afghanistan designated for resettlement in Dartmouth has yet to arrive, but already has a friend in Martin Costa, a member of St. Peter’s Church and that parish’s designated point person for organizing some support.
At St. Paul's Church in Newburyport, preparing the way this Advent means just that. The parish has spent the early days of December getting ready to become the temporary home for an Afghan family of nine who arrived this week, to be followed by a second family of 13 expected in coming days.
New Advent paraments at St. Paul's Church in Dedham feature stars of silver and gold thread and crystals symbolizing "hope in God's glimmering parament of the night sky."
The night sky and its heralding signs in…
The diocesan community’s prayers and virtual presence are invited for these upcoming ordinations to the priesthood in December 2021 and January 2022:
• The Rev. Marcia Chanta Bhan on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)/1:30 p.m. (Central) at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Tex.;
Padanaram businesses and a local mother’s group hope a new holiday tree will buoy seasonal spirits. The tree will be made of buoys painted by area individuals and organizations to create a nautical-themed holiday look organizers say is appropriate for the town and the tree’s location at the…
What was formerly a blank brick wall on the Fifth Street side of 472 Broadway in Chelsea is now a colorful procession through the community's history. Just below the blue folds of the Salvadoran dancer Carmen Villalta's costume, we see the Rev. Edgar Gutierrez-Duarte, the vicar of St. Luke's-San Lucas Church. He's wearing his COVID mask and helping other members of the community distribute food to hungry neighbors. They're among those brought together in "Chelsea Resilient: Call and Response Through the Ages," a new 80-foot mural by David Fichter that traces Chelsea's history across four centuries.