News & Announcements

Read the latest news and announcements for our community and the Ordinariate.

COVID protocol Updates, July 2021

As published in the July issue of the parish newsletter CONTRA MUNDUM, here is Father Bradford’s report on our community’s current status and practices: IN RESPONSE to updated public health guidelines from the CDC on June 8, 2021, the pandemic state of emergency ended on June 15, 2021 in Massachusetts. Directives of the Archdiocese of… Read more

We will sing the Hymns and Psalm again…

Last Sunday Father Bradford announced from the pulpit that, beginning Whitsunday, the Archdiocese of Boston will allow congregational singing of hymns. Accordingly we will resume our normal practices of singing the hymns together and also return to singing the Psalm to Anglican chant. The requirement to be masked while in the church or on the… Read more

Bp Lopes’ Pentecost Message — VIDEO

The Chancery has just released our Bishop’s Pentecost message. Give it a watch! God bless Bishop Lopes! https://youtu.be/0jszvm0AEaI… Read more

We will sing the Ordinary of the Mass again…

The Archdiocese of Boston has updated their pandemic protocols and, starting this coming Sunday (March 21st) the Ordinary of the Mass — the Kyrie, Gloria (when sung), Sanctus and Benedictus, and Agnus Dei — are allowed to be sung by the People. No hymnals or other printed materials are allowed to be distributed before Mass… Read more

Letter from Fr Bradford regarding the latest Covid-19 protocols

My Dear People, When St Lawrence Church was reopened for Sunday Mass (June 14, 2020) we placed some health protocols on our websites. Those directions for pubic worship were updated on November 23, 2020. Time will tell if the increasingly widespread inoculation of the general population with vaccines will begin to mitigate the spread, and… Read more

Vicar General Perkins Given Papal Honor

Bishop Steven J. Lopes announced today that Vicar General Timothy Perkins has been made a Chaplain of His Holiness by Pope Francis and given the title Monsignor. Bishop Lopes writes “It is my great pleasure to share with you the news that our Holy Father Pope Francis, has bestowed an honor on one of our… Read more

Fr. Barnes’ Eulogy for Dr. Thomas Howard

Both Dr. Thomas Howard, who died last Thursday in the 85th year of his life, and Father David Barnes played important roles in the establishment of Saint Gregory the Great: Tom was its catechist and Father Barnes, when Pastor of Beverly, offered us our first home in the church, at Saint Margaret Beverly Farms. Father… Read more

Dr. Thomas Howard, RIP

Dr. Thomas Howard, late professor of Gordon College and St. John’s Seminary, scion of a noted Evangelical family and famous and influential convert to the fullness of the Catholic Faith died on Thursday October 15th 2020; of your charity, pray for his soul! Amongst his other, far more important influences (for after his reception into the… Read more

Bishop Lopes Changes His Indult on the Mass Duty

Bishop Lopes has written: “Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has written to the presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences to remind them of the urgency of encouraging the Faithful to return to in-person Mass. Our faith is sacramental, not notional. The Word became flesh, and gives Himself to us in the Flesh in… Read more

A Note from Father Bradford

On September 1, 2020 I will have a new title: “Senior Priest in the Archdiocese of Boston.” Senior priest status is conferred either for health reasons or at the attainment of age 75. I turned 75 on my birthday this past February. Becoming a senior priest marks the end of my twenty-two-year term as Parochial… Read more

Letter from Father regarding Covid-19 and our Masses

Here is a letter from Father Bradford dated June 13, 2020 regarding the latest updates on the Covid-19 precautions as they relate to our worship: My Dear People, Gathering together once again for the celebration of the beautiful Ordinariate Mass is an occasion for which we have all prayed. And it will happen, thanks be… Read more

Monsignor Steenson on Saint Gregory the Great….

Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, the first Ordinary of our Ordinariate, has a long history with our community and our area: he lived here while studying at Gordon Conwell; his daughter was taught by one of our members while a student at Harvard Medical School; he was an old friend of our founding Pastor; and one of… Read more

Free Downloadables for Home Altars…

Faithful Catholic Artist Daniel Mitsui’s work is probably known to you — it is instantly recognizable by style — even if you do not know his name. He — along with Matthew Alderman, who has attended our Masses — was one of a number of self-described “Catholic Nerds” who met at Notre Dame about a… Read more

UPDATED: Good Friday Devotion for Home Use

For those not included in the initial mailing but who wish to pray this devotion a downloadable version of the meditations has been prepared and will be found below. During the past week regular Communicants will have received a booklet from Father Bradford containing Meditations on the Seven Last Words and other devotional materials for use on Good Friday… Read more

Bishop Lopes Restores the Order of Confirmation and First Communion

Bishop Lopes has decreed that our Ordinariate will join thirteen other dioceses in the United States by administering the Sacraments of Confirmation and first Holy Communion at the same time. This practice was the Church’s norm until 1910 when the age at which first Holy Communion could be administered was lowered to the age of reason and later to age… Read more

Devotional Aids in a Time of No Public Liturgies

As we enter a period of unknown length during which public liturgies are prohibited in the Archdiocese of Boston, aids to private devotion — particularly those which assist the individual worshipper in continuing the Church’s liturgical life and/or allow him or her to worship at distance with others — take on particular value. A previous post has… Read more