My Brother's Keeper
My Brother's Keeper is a vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry in Easton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts which delivers furniture and food to local families in need.
Our mission is "To bring the Love and Hope of Jesus Christ to those we serve." As a gift at each furniture delivery we offer a crucifix with the message, "We're just the delivery people… this is the man who sent you the furniture."
Anyone living in the service area is eligible to receive our help, regardless of religion. All services are provided free of charge and without judgment.
Holy Paraclete Parishioners spent three days wrapping presents for needy families at MBK.
Pictures from Pride Festival and Dutch Old Catholic Theologian Marco Derks. Marco is a Dutch scholar in the area of theology, religion and gender with working experience as project manager, teacher, editor, and translator and chair of the Dutch Society of Queer Theologians. Click Here for Marco's biography.
To read Marco's Homily click Here.
Click Here to see photos of both Pride and the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Pentecost and Confirmation
Pentecost is the primary feast of the Holy Spirit. As the Church of the Holy Paraclete, this is our special feast day. The term Paraclete is a Greek term for advocate.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you." John14:16
"But I will send you the Advocate--the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me." John 15:26
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Ascension Mass at Berkshire Place Nursing Home
We celebrated the Ascension Mass at Berkshire Place Nursing Home in addition to our Masses at the parish. Although we celebrate Mass every other Sunday at Berkshire, we don't often take picture at this ministry. Here is an inside glimpse at Berkshire. Join us to serve the elderly and disabled population.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father;
take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was
hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and
you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
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He is risen indeed! Today we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. At the Easter Vigil we had all 7 readings and the Baptism of Pasquale. It was a wonderful celebration of rebirth. In the morning we celebrated on a bright sunny morning.
“À l'aurore, armés d'une ardente patience, nous entrerons aux splendides Villes." Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell & Other Poems
To see the Easter photos, click Here
Fr. John's 10th Anniversary of Ordination
On January 5th, Holy Paraclete celebrated Fr. John Reardon's 10th anniversary of ordination. 10 years ago, Fr. John was ordained by Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC. For the last 3 years Fr. John has been serving the community at Holy Paraclete and the patients of the Berkshire Place Nursing Home. Congratulations Fr. John!
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:1-6
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Advent and Christmas
Bishop Nicholas Knisely's visit to Holy Paraclete
On November 26th, 2013, Bishop Knisely visited Holy Paraclete to begin conversations with the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. The Archbishop of Utecht, Joris Vercammen instructed our community in 2013 to begin discernment with the Episcopal Church. The Union of Utrecht (Old Catholics) have had full communion with the Anglican Communion since 1931. In obedience we have followed the advice of Archbishop Vercammen.
The Bonn agreement between Old Catholics and the Anglican Communion expresses three principles:
- Each communion recognizes the catholicity and independence of the other and maintains its own.
- Each communion agrees to admit members of the other communion to participate in the sacraments.
- Full communion does not require from either communion the acceptance of all doctrinal opinion, sacramental devotion or liturgical practice characteristic of the other, but implies that each believes the other to hold all the essentials of the Christian faith.