02/03/07 – Requiem Mass for Dorothy Scott
Family members and many friends from the Beachmont neighborhood of Revere gathered when Father David offered a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of our dear friend Dorothy Scott in Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Winthrop) on February 3, 2007. Dorothy had been one of the faithful few that stuck it out to the end at Saint Paul's Parish (Beachmont-Revere).
02/21/07 – Ash Wednesday 2007
Saint Nicholas Mission observed Ash Wednesday 2007 with services in Saint John’s Church (Winthrop) and in Saint Luke’s Church (Malden).
March 2, 2007 – Arimathea Ministry
On 2 March 2007, Father David read Committal Prayers for Henry E. Ayler in the Woodlawn Cemetery (Everett, MA). As we commend "Harry" to God's mercy, let us also remember his family, his friends, and all who mourn his passing.
03/03/07 – Annual Meeting for FY 2006
The Annual Meeting of Saint Nicholas Ministries, Inc. to close out Fiscal Year 2006 was held on March 3, 2007.
2006 Report by the Pastor
The Mission Parish of Saint Nicholas of Myra—AKA Saint Nicholas Mission—serving the greater Boston area of Massachusetts, gives thanks and praise to God for the following ministry we were allowed to do during the calendar year 2006.
We met for Holy Eucharist 67 times with an average attendance of 16. These figures include our Summer Union Services with a local mainline parish, but only those services at which Father David served as celebrant.
We conducted 4 Healing Services with an average attendance of 29. The Sacrament of Holy Unction is also administered after Mass on a designated weekend each month as well as upon request …
We co-officiated at 6 Funerals with an average attendance of 81.
We made 32 Pastoral Calls ministering to 90 souls. The largest of these was a pastoral visit for “last rites” where a family of 14 was keeping vigil by their loved one’s bed side. Note: We voted early on in our existence as a parish NOT to keep a tally of “Communions” or “Confessions.”
We had neither Baptisms nor Weddings in the parish this year.
We are especially grateful for our Adult Religious Education Program:
The Tuesday Night Study Group met 30 times with an average attendance of 7. This group has been meeting for over seven years and has discussed a wide variety of topics. This year we are discussing “Religious Education and Parish Life” in reference to the themes of didache (teaching and learning), koinonia (community and communion), kerygma (proclaiming the word of God), diakonia (service and outreach), and leiturgia (worship and prayer) as presented in the late Maria Harris’ Fashion Me a People: Curriculum in the Church [Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989].
The Saturday Study Group met 22 times with an average attendance of 4. This group began meeting in September 2005. This year we are in Bible Study mode and are working our way through the Book of Job.
Our Livingwiththequestions.com web site had over 900 “hits” from mid-September [when we first installed our “hit counter”]. On this site we post daily reflections, meditations, and other resources to enhance, challenge and inform the spiritual journey.
The Wednesday Night Faith Sharing Group has been a wonderful time of sharing in an intimate space. It has been a small gathering of 2 - 4, usually 3, but it is rich and has been a safe space in which we can freely wrestle with the scriptures.
Rev. David Dismas, pastor
March 5, 2007 – Funeral for "The Boss"
On 5 March 2007, Father David preached at the funeral service for Kay Embree in the Porcella Funeral Home (Revere, MA) as well as read Committal Prayers for "The Boss" in the Woodlawn Cemetery (Everett, MA). As we commend Kay to God's mercy, we also remember her family, her friends, and all who mourn her passing.
Kay had served as treasurer until "the bitter end" at Saint Paul's Parish (Beachmont-Revere). With her death the saga of Saint Paul's Beachmont came to a quiet close.
03/31/07 – Funeral for Doris E. Coles
Father David represented The Mission Parish at the Funeral Services for our dear friend Doris E. Coles in Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church (Malden) on March 31, 2007. Committal followed in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park (Peabody, MA).
04/01-08/07 – Holy Week 2007
In 2007, Saint Nicholas Mission celebrated all the Holy Week Services with our friends at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Winthrop).
May 5, 2007 – Funeral for Ruth Moore
On 5 May 2007, Father David conducted a Funeral Service for Associate Member Ruth Parker Moore in Saint John's Episcopal Church (Winthrop, MA). As we commend Ruth to God's mercy, let us also remember her family, her friends, and all who mourn her passing.
05/19/07 – Reception of New Members
On May 19, 2007, Father David received Carrie Peapples of Malden and Carol Bolstad of Dorchester as members and received Mary L. Murray, Louise Bessler and Marsha Isaacs of Everett as well as Peg Bailey of Winthrop as associate members of Saint Nicholas Mission as well as administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to Carlos Francisco Rivera of Revere at a Solemn Mass held in the sanctuary of Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Winthrop).
05/27/07 – Baptism of Connor Michael
Father David baptized Connor Michael, son of Sean and Rhonda, in the font of Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Winthrop) on May 27, 2007.
May 30, 2007 – Arimathea Ministry
On 30 May 2007, Father David conducted a Funeral Service for Dorothy Brown in the J. F. Ward Funeral Home (Everett, MA); burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery (Everett, MA). As we commend Dorothy to God's mercy, let us also remember her family, her friends, and all who mourn her passing.
06/16/07 – Baptism of Wesley Thomas
Father David baptized Wesley Thomas, son of Christopher and Karen, in the font of Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Winthrop) on June 16, 2007.
07/29-08/01/07 – ICCC Conference
Father David represented the Mission Parish at the annual conference of the International Council of Community Churches in Nashville (TN).
|Clergy participants after the Memorial Mass for Father Michael Dragon|
08/04/07 – Memorial Mass for Father Michael Dragon
Father David offered a Memorial Mass for Father Michael Dragon in the Cathedral Chapel of Saint Michael and Saint Timothy (Philadelphia, PA) on August 4, 2007. He was assisted by Bishop Timothy Cravens and a number of members of our sister Communion, the Independent Catholic Christian Church.
09/15/07 – Admission Into Candidacy
Father David admitted Sr. Carol Bolstad, OJD, MA, MATS of Dorchester (MA) into Candidacy for the Sacrament of Holy Orders during Mass at her home parish, Saint Nicholas Mission (Winthrop).
10/08/07 – Appointment of Vocations Coordinator
On October 8, Sister Carol accepted appointment as Vocations Coordinator for the Rumney Marsh Diocese.
October 12, 2007 – Committal Prayers for Ruth
On 12 October 2007, Father David read Committal Prayers for Associate Member Ruth Parker Moore in the Lindewood Cemetery (Stoneham, MA). As we commend Ruth to God's mercy, let us also remember her family, her friends, and all who mourn her passing.
10/20/07 – Intern’s First Sermon
During our Mass on Saturday, October 20, 2007, Sister Carol Bolstad preached her First Sermon to The Mission Parish. Her Ordination Council and members of the evening’s congregation shared a Sermon Talk-Back immediately following the Mass.
11/13/07 – Intern’s First Class Presentation
On Saturday, November 13, 2007, Sister Carol presented a class on Soteriology as part of her formation program. The presentation — entitled “Are You Being Saved?” — was made at 5:30 p.m. in the Saint Florian Chapel (Chelsea). The Ordination Council shared feed back immediately following the presentation.
11/21/07 – Annual Mass of Thanksgiving
On Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., members of The Mission Parish will join our friends at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Winthrop) for our 9th Annual Mass of Thanksgiving.
12/08/07 – A Special Gift
During our Mass on Saturday, December 8, 2007, Father David presented to the congregation the pyx and burse that had been used by the late Father Michael Dragon, our priest in Philadelphia. Father Mike's sister Josephine had recently found the pyx and burse among his personal belongings.
12/15/07 – Intern’s Second Sermon
During our Mass on Saturday, December 15, 2007, Sister Carol preached her Second Sermon to The Mission Parish gathered in the Saint Florian Chapel. Her Ordination Council and members of the evening’s congregation shared a Sermon Talk-Back immediately following the Mass.
12/24/07 – Feast of the Nativity of the Lord
In 2007, The Mission Parish again joined our friends at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Winthrop) for the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord with a 6:00 p.m. “Family Mass.” Saint John’s Choir then joined the Mission Parish for our 11:00 p.m. “Midnight Mass.” Both Masses were celebrated on Christmas Eve in the sanctuary of Saint John’s.
December 31, 2007 – Arimathea Ministry
On 31 December 2007, Father David conducted a Funeral Service for Blanche E. Fitzgerald Blaikie in the Magrath Funeral Home (East Boston, MA); burial followed in the Winthrop Cemetery (Winthrop, MA). As we commend Blanche to God's mercy, let us also remember her family, her friends, and all who mourn her passing.
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