Collaborative - St. Paul and Resurrection Parishes

 Mass Schedule


Last year, when our Collaborative officially began, we were able to keep the existing Mass schedules for both parishes. The plan, at that time, was to evaluate the Mass schedule one year later. A few weeks ago, many parishioners completed an informal survey concerning the Mass schedule and their preferred time for participating in Mass.

Over the course of the last year, it became clear that it would no longer be possible to offer a total of ten Masses each weekend at Resurrection and Saint Paul Parishes. While I am deeply reluctant to reduce the number of Masses on Sunday and the Vigil, it has become necessary to do so. The priests are simply not able to sustain the current schedule, along with other sacramental responsibilities.

Beginning July 1, the Mass schedule will no longer include the 5:30 PM Saturday Vigil Mass at Saint Paul and the 8 AM Mass at Resurrection. The other eight Sunday and Saturday Vigil Masses will remain as they are. I know that this change poses a great inconvenience to parishioners and, in some cases, ends a long-standing personal tradition of celebrating at a certain hour. I am very sorry about that but I hope that you will find one of the eight Masses at Resurrection and Saint Paul to be suitable to your schedule.

The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic lives. The Eucharist is THE sacrifice of Jesus for our salvation. I pray that we will continue to regard our communion with Jesus as the most sacred event of the week.

Thank you for your understanding and for your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

The New Sunday Mass Schedule which begins on July 1
Resurrection: Saturday at 4 PM; Sunday at 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM Saint Paul: No Vigil Mass; Sunday at 7 AM, 8:30 AM, 10 AM and 11:30 AM.

June 26, 2016

June 5, 2016 - From the Pastor's Desk

June 5, 2016 - Summary Description


 March 20, 2016 - Mass Schedule for the Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul

The collaboration between Resurrection and St. Paul Parishes officially begins on June 1 and the weekend Mass schedule will change on July 1, 2016.

We would like to have Mass daily at both parishes, but need to make some modifications to the present schedule of Monday through Friday at 8am at Resurrection and Monday through Saturday at 9am at Saint Paul. The proposal is this:

Monday through Friday at 7am at Saint Paul
Monday through Saturday at 9am at Resurrection

I ask you to think this over and, in doing so, please keep in mind the larger picture, i.e. the needs of the Collaborative and making our daily Masses available to more people.

The weekend schedule will be as announced previously:

Saturday - 4 pm at Resurrection
Saturday - 5:30 pm at Saint Paul
Sunday, Saint Paul - 7 am, 8:30 am, 10 am (Family Mass), 11:30 am
Sunday, Resurrection - 10 am (Family Mass), 11:30am, 5:30pm (Life Teen)

Of course, we will review this schedule one year from now and make the necessary adjustments. Thank you for your commitment to our parishes and your cooperation in this exciting new col- laboration of our two great parishes, Resurrection and Saint Paul.
Father Tom Nestor, Pastor

March 13, 2016 - Mass Schedule for the Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul

Last Monday, six parishioners, three from Resurrection and three from Saint Paul, met with Father Tom Nestor to devise a Mass schedule for the Collaborative. This meeting followed discussions which Father Ken Quinn and Father Tom Nestor had about the Mass schedule. While the collaborative relationship begins on June 1, the new Mass schedule begins on July 1.

Collaboration affords both parishes many more opportunities and options. We hope the following schedule will give all pa- rishioners an opportunity to participate in the Eucharist at a relatively convenient time. The schedule was constructed in such a way as to minimize overlapping Masses and give Father Tom and Father Sinisa ample time to travel between parishes.

4 PM at Resurrection
5:30 PM at Saint Paul

7 AM at Saint Paul
8:30 AM at Saint Paul
10 AM (Family Mass) at both Resurrection and Saint Paul
11:30 AM at both Resurrection and Saint Paul
5:30 PM (Life Teen) at Resurrection

Of course, we will review this schedule one year from now and make the necessary adjustments. Thank you for your commitment to our parishes and your cooperation in this exciting new col- laboration our two great parishes, Resurrection and Saint Paul.  Father Tom Nestor, Pastor

February 28, 2016 - Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul

Last week, Cardinal Sean appointed Father Tom Nestor Pastor of the Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul. As you know, pastors are asked to resign their parishes as they officially enter the collaborative relationship. Father Quinn and Father Nestor resigned in January, according to the policy. Father Nestor then applied to become the pastor of the collaborative while Father Quinn expressed a desire to move to a new assignment. The official collaboration begins on Tuesday May 31, as does Father Nestor’s assignment as pastor of the collaborative.

On Thursday, February 18, Father Paul Soper led a meeting of members of both Resurrection and Saint Paul Parishes. His presentation, along with the discussion and excellent follow-up questions, was extremely helpful to our understanding of what lies ahead. There is much to be pondered, discussed and brought to prayer in the months and years ahead. This is an evolutionary process whereby the collaborative relationship will develop according to the needs of the two parish communities. It’s an exciting time as our working and praying together will afford parishioners more opportunities and options.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as Pastor of the Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul. These are two wonderful parishes which the Lord has blessed abundantly. The joint ventures which our parishes have undertaken have been infused with a spirit of cooperation and care for one another which surely bodes well for our future together.

As we move forward and discern how to be a community of faith in this age of the New Evangelization, in all that we do we must keep Christ at the center. Christ is the reason for our existence as faith communities. We can trust Him to be faithful to us. We ask him to keep us faithful to Him and show us the way as he gives us this new opportunity.  Father Tom Nestor, Pastor

December 20, 2015 - The Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul

In June 2016 Resurrection and St. Paul Parishes will officially become a Collaborative. A Collaborative is a grouping of one, two, or three Parishes that work together toward the goal of evangelization.

A Collaborative has one Pastor, one set of assigned priests and deacons, and Pastoral Team (including Pastoral Associates, Religious Education and Faith Formation leaders, Finance and Operations specialists, and administrative and facilities personnel). All of these work together for both Parishes of the Collaborative. The collaborative has one Pastoral Council and one Local Pastoral Plan for evangelization.

The Collaborative does not share money or bank accounts or other financial assets or obligations. If Parish A and B form a Collaborative, and you put your money in your offertory envelope or give online for Parish B, it will go into the bank account of Parish B, not Parish A. If Parish B has obligations (debt, deferred maintenance, etc.) going into the Collaborative, those obligations remain the obligations of Parish B alone, not Parish A. The Collaborative is not a legal or canonical entity. It does not have a federal tax payer number. It does not have a bank account. It cannot own property.

Because the patrimony of each Parish continues to belong to that Parish, as well as the obligations of each Parish continuing to belong to that Parish, each Parish has its own Finance Council. However, since many costs are shared, the finance councils of both Parishes in the Collaborative may often meet together.

Both Resurrection and St. Paul Parishes are in excellent financial condition. More importantly, the same can be said of the spiritual lives of both parishes. Our spiritual collaborative began with the “Why Catholic?” Program and continued with the joint Parish Mission two years ago. We are looking forward to another Lenten Mission for our Collaborative Parishes on Feb 29th, March 1st & 2nd, 2016. The Mission will be a meditation of The Divine Mercy – a timely topic during this Year of Mercy. We’ll drink deeply of the Lord’s Divine Mercy.  Fr. Tom Nestor

December 13, 2015 - The New Evangelization and The Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul

An evangelizing parish is where people know and love Jesus, speak openly of their relationship with Jesus, and serve others in the light of that love. One way of speaking about our love for Jesus is a witness talk which is a brief testimony of “a personal relationship with the living and true God” (CCC 2558). The talk is usually given in the form of a short story, by a disciple who has encountered the living Jesus, has been transformed in His love and grace, and is compelled to intentionally share in Jesus' saving mission with others. Through prayer, participation in the sacraments, and study of scripture, a Christian disciple can deeply examine how Jesus has moved and is present in his life, thus preparing himself to give witness to “anyone who might ask him to explain or defend his faith and hope in Christ.” (1Peter 3:15)

A witness can be shared in any number of forums - from an impromptu discussion in an elevator with a stranger, to a group of friends at an informal dinner party, or even at a Parish’s confirmation class. It is also important to remember that although Christians are called to share their witness verbally, our actions should also reflect our Christian character. Christians should commit and conform our lives to Christ daily, through the spiritual and corporeal act of mercy, for “by this, everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jn. 13:35)

In a world where scientific proofs and technological advancements can bring matters of the faith into question, many Christians are resistant to share their witness with others because they cannot prove it. However, a witness talk is not about proving anything. It is about a personal encounter and relationship with Jesus - one that requires, shares, and fosters faith. No one can argue another person’s own personal experience.

Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “Those who have come into contact with Christ cannot keep him for themselves, they must proclaim him.” (Novo Millennio Ineunte) and in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus commissions his disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” In order to engage, invest, and invite people to discipleship, the New Evangelization echoes Christ's call and commissions the Church to give witness to Jesus Christ and His work in the world with new ardor, methods, and expressions. As Saint Paul tells us, "We are Christ's ambassadors." (2 Cor. 5:20), and God is using us to evangelize His people and testify to His Love.    Fr. Tom Nestor 

December 6, 2015 - The New Evangelization and The Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and Saint Paul

The Mission of the Church and Catholic parishes is Evangelization. Our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, is the core of the New Evangelization, through which we teach “the art of living” (Pope Emeritus Bene- dict XVI). The New Evangelization is an invitation to a life of discipleship with Jesus and a participation in the Kingdom of God. It seeks to call back our Catholic brothers and sisters who have fallen away from the faith in an effort to rebuild the Church with new ardor, new expressions, and new methods. “The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel.”

“Ultimately, the New Evangelization is not a set of strategies, not a set of bullet points which, if we can check them all off, we've "accomplished" the task. The New Evangelization is about one-on-one encounters, with people who are formed and trained in the art of witnessing to their faith, inviting their fellow Catholics back into a powerful and transforming love relationship with Jesus.”

Everything a parish does should be focused on the goal of evangelizing and making disciples. That is, sharing the message of the Gospel and bringing people closer to Christ. That is why parishes exist - they are meant to be active communities moving closer to Christ through all that they do, and most especially through the sacraments. An evangelizing parish is a parish that engages parishioners and non-parishioners, invests time and resources in them, and invites them into closer relationship with Christ.

To engage in this work effectively doesn’t mean you should present this program and not that program. It means that you should encourage active, engaged, and intentional discipleship in all that you do as a parish. This process must be grounded in Christ and must make explicit use of His name and the story of His life, death, and resurrection. It should mean that personal prayer and witness leads to an increase in open and active discipleship, and in open and active processes of forming intentional disciples. That is, an environment that encourages and fosters disciple–making and growth in discipleship. What we are saying here is that an evangelizing parish looks like a place where people know and love Jesus, speak openly of their relationship with Him, and serve each other living in the light of that love. This one goal, evangelization and discipleship, should pervade parish activities – hospitality and fellowship, faith formation, the promotion of vocations, liturgical and sacramental life, and service and charitable endeavors.   Father Tom Nestor

November 29, 2015 - Evangelization in the Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection and St. Paul

The Church’s Mission is evangelization. We evangelize, first and foremost, through ex-ample of personal prayer and witness in our lives. We do it because God asked us to do so when he said, at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” If we truly believe that Christ is with us, is present and active in our lives, then our lives should reflect that. When we care for each other, for our children, our neighbors, for those in need, and for strangers, we believe that we are demonstrating God’s love for us. We celebrate the power of Jesus alive among us through the sacraments of the Church, personal prayer, and through remembering and proclaiming his actions and recognizing their power at work in our lives.

We share this example and message because God’s promise of salvation is offered to everyone. Jesus Christ, as our Savior, freed us, or saved us, from sin and death. We evangelize because we want everyone to be free of sin and death and to feel the joy and happiness that is closeness to Christ, and to each other through Christ.

Our hope is that the collaborative relationship of Resurrection and St. Paul Parishes will strengthen our community for the Mission of Evangelization.    Father Tom Nestor

November 22, 2015 - St. Paul and Resurrection Parish Collaborative

St. Paul and Resurrection Parishes continue to prepare to become a collaborative in June, 2016, i.e. two distinct parishes (as they have always been) under the leadership of one pastor and one pastoral team. The purpose of forming a collaborative is to strengthen parishes to carry out what Saint John Paul II called The New Evangelization. The New Evangelization is the Church’s call to us to go out and evangelize, that is, to share the Gospel with baptized Catholics, who may have heard the message of the Gospel before but need to hear it in new ways in order to be able to embrace it. The message of the Gospel is also called the Good News of Jesus Christ, which is to say that God entered the world through Christ, who suffered and died for our sins and rose from the dead, to ensure for us the promise of eternal life. That is God’s saving promise, which is why we sometimes refer to the Gospel and Good News as the Story of Salvation. Sometimes we call it the kerygma, which is a Greek word for proclamation, because we think of this Good News as the most important of any and all possible proclamations.

The New Evangelization is about reaching out to those who have heard the Good News. It is bringing that message forward with new ardor, new methods, and new expressions, so that the people of this age are able to hear the gospel with fresh ears, and, we hope, commit or renew their commitment to being intentional disciples of Jesus Christ.

We would suggest that the Second Vatican Council was a missionary council, an evangelizing council, which started the movement of the Church towards The New Evangelization. Pope Paul VI continued encouraging us all in this direction when he wrote a document called Evangelization in the Modern World, Pope St. John Paul II explicitly called for a new Evangelization, Pope Benedict provided the framework for how we should engage in this New Evangelization and Pope Francis is an example for all of us in how to live it out.    Father Tom Nestor


Last week’s announcement that Saint Paul and Resurrection Parishes will become a collaborative in June, 2016, is something which both parishes have been preparing to implement for several years. This whole process of organizing the two parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston into a Collaborative grew out of Disciples in Mission, which is the Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. It was promulgated by Cardinal Sean in November of 2012. It was developed from a long process of consultation and deliberation, involving many thousands of people throughout the Archdiocese. The mission we engage is Evangelization.

Parish-based evangelization works, and we can train for it, but we need strong parishes in order to do so. Disciples in Mission calls every parish of the Archdiocese of Boston to become a strong, stable, intentional, and effective center of the New Evangelization. Disciples in Mission is not a plan to close parishes, because we believe that parishes are going to grow, not shrink, and we are going to need all of the space that we have. In order to better focus our resources on evangelization, Disciples in Mission organizes the 288 Parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston into approximately 135 Collaboratives.    Fr. Tom Nestor 

November 08, 2015 - St. Paul/Resurrection Parishes Collaboration Announced


Pastoral Planning: Phase III - 9/28/2014

Last week the names of the parishes participating in Phase III of the Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston were announced. In Phases I & II there is a total of 32 collaboratives which are comprised of 71 parishes. You may have wondered why Saint Paul and Resurrection Parishes were not among those named for Phase III since our parishes have been preparing to officially become a collaborative in Phase III.

Cardinal Sean has asked Resurrection and Saint Paul Parishes to put our plans on hold until the Archdiocese establishes a policy for priests like Father Quinn who are approaching retirement but are several years younger than the retirement age of 75. As you know, when parishes formally enter a collaborative relationship, the sitting pastors resign and one pastor is named to lead the collaborative. I intend to apply to become the pastor of the Saint Paul and Resurrection Collaborative Parishes.

This delay in our parishes’ plans does not necessarily exclude us from Phase III. We hope that a policy for priests approaching retirement age will be designed by January and that Saint Paul and Resurrection Parishes will be able to go forward to become a collaborative in June, 2015. While we are on hold, our parishes will continue to work together, as we have done for several years, until we officially become a collaborative.

We have a little extra time to strengthen our bond with Resurrection parish and to prepare well for becoming a collaborative, whether that is in June, 2015 or later. I am sure that the Lord will guide us through this process and continue to give us opportunities to grow as a community of faith. So we continue to walk in faith.    Father Tom Nestor 

COLLABORATION: What will it look like in Hingham? - Spring 2014

It’s hard to say exactly what the collaborative relationship between Resurrection and Saint Paul Parishes will look like. Each of the twelve collaboratives which began in June, 2013, just like the individual parishes which make up these collaboratives, has its own unique identity and style. Parishes tend to have special characteristics which distinguish them from other parishes. At the same time, the core of every parish is faith in Jesus Christ. Collaboratives, like individual parishes, are untied in that faith but diverse in many customs and practices. 

I like to think of collaboratives as increasing the options available to both parishes. What has been available at one parish is now available to parishioners in two or more parishes. Bereavement ministry as well as the Why Catholic? Program have participants from both Resurrection and Saint Paul Parishes. There are also many Resurrection parishioners who worship at Saint Paul and many Saint Paul parishioners who worship at Resurrection. As the collaborative relationship evolves, we’ll find that there are activities which the parishes can do together, such as the recent Parish Mission and Lenten Penance Service. 

Collaboration will entail sacrificing some conveniences for the sake of the mission of making disciples. Making disciples is the mission which Jesus gave to his first disciples.    Fr. Tom Nestor