Happy New Year again!

As we come to the end of the Christmas season, we remember again to give thanks for all the blessings of this parish. We are a people who need to constantly give thanks for the pure gift of the presence of Christ in our lives.

I am, again, so thankful to all who were a part of the preparation and celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Many people worked hard to make sure that the days went well, and I hope you will join me in being thankful to God for all those who participate in our parish. Many people serve in public and hidden ministries to make our parish a welcoming, wonderful place to pray and be part of this community.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Ms. Angelique Bolduc, whom we have hired to be a consultant and interim music director. Angelique comes to us with a depth of         ministerial experience in all parts of music ministry, having worked at other parishes and ministries in the Archdiocese. She is a classically trained pianist and singer, and has led every type of music style in the contemporary Church, from the traditional to the most modern forms of liturgical music. She will be responsible for overseeing all the aspects of the music program for the next six months. One of my goals during this time will be to expand our sense of how we serve others  by lifting our hearts and souls to God as part of a comprehensive ministry of music. Angelique will also be responsible for helping us    improve our ministry at funerals and weddings. As an added service, she brings with her capabilities of helping us with the sound systems in the churches.

She will be with us in this interim basis at least until June, to help us to determine what will be best for the parish as we work to grow and flourish here in Salem. I hope that you will say hello to her as you see her around the two churches. Welcome, Angelique! We are glad to have you and look forward to ministering with you.

-Fr. Murray, Margo Morin and Andrea Sevigny

In more mundane reporting, next week after the final Masses of the weekend at both churches, I invite you to take home some poinsettia plants. The Baptism of Jesus signals the close of the Christmas season and the return to the color green of Ordinary Time until the start of Lent, which this year begins on Wednesday, March 6.

Still no word about the schools at this writing, so we must be patient.


¡Feliz año nuevo otra vez!

Espero que cuando lleguemos al final de la temporada de Navidad, podamos recordar nuevamente dar gracias por todas las bendiciones de esta parroquia. Somos un pueblo que necesita agradecer constantemente la presencia de Cristo en nuestras vidas y el don puro de ello.

Nuevamente estoy muy agradecido a todos los que fueron parte de la preparación y celebración de las temporadas de Adviento y Navidad. Muchas personas trabajaron arduamente para asegurarse de que las actividades de cada día estuvieran bien desarrolladas y espero que estén agradecidos a Dios por todos los que participan en nuestra parroquia en ministerios públicos y ministerios ocultos para hacer de nuestra parroquia un lugar maravilloso para orar y ser parte de esta comunidad.

Espero que se unan a mí para dar la bienvenida a la Sra. Angelique Bolduc, a quien hemos contratado para ser consultora y directora de música interina. Angelique nos brinda una gran experiencia ministerial en todas las áreas del ministerio de la música, después de haber trabajado en otras iglesias en la Arquidiócesis. Ella es una pianista y cantante de formación clásica y ha liderado todo tipo de estilos musicales en la iglesia contemporánea, desde las formas tradicionales hasta las más modernas en los himnarios. Ella será responsable de supervisar todos los aspectos del programa de música durante los próximos seis meses. Una de mis metas para el ministerio de la música será expandir nuestro sentido de cómo servimos a otros en este importante ministerio al guiarnos y ayudarnos a elevar nuestros corazones y almas hacia Dios. Le hemos pedido a Angelique que también aborde eso como parte de un ministerio de música integral. Angelique también será responsable de ayudarnos a mejorar nuestros ministerios que sirven en funerales y bodas. Como servicio adicional, ella trae consigo las capacidades de ayudarnos con los sistemas de sonido conectados a la música y los micrófonos para hablar en las iglesias.

Ella estará con nosotros en esta fase temporal al menos hasta junio, mientras continuamos determinando qué será lo mejor para la parroquia, mientras tratamos de deliberar sobre cómo podemos continuar ayudando a la Iglesia a crecer y florecer aquí en Salem. Espero que puedan saludarla cuando la vean en las dos iglesias. ¡Bienvenida Angelique! Estamos contentos de tenerte y esperamos ministrar contigo.

-P. Murray, Margo Morin y Andrea Sevigny.

En los informes relacionados a los aspectos del mundo, la próxima semana después de las Misas finales, (en St. James 10:30 AM, 6:30 PM IC), por favor, llévense las flores de Pascua. El Bautismo de Jesús señala el cierre de la temporada navideña y el regreso al color verde del tiempo ordinario hasta el inicio de la Cuaresma, que este año comienza el miércoles 6 de marzo.


Todavía no se sabe nada sobre las escuelas en este momento, por lo que debemos ser pacientes.


8 Comments, RSS

  • Roberta desmond

    says on:
    February 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    In the spring when heating St James is no longer an issue will 4 pm mass be reinstated?

    • Margo Morin

      says on:
      February 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Roberta, thanks for your question. I don’t think that’s the plan. It’s not just a heating issue but availability of priests going forward.

  • Eileen Luddy

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    February 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Margo: Here are a few “dreams”/ideas: Sell all 3 schools and part of the St J B pk lot. Reserve a strip of St.James Pk.lot as a driveway from Bridge St to the “School”/Condo bldg residents. Keep the St James chapel with the front and back parking areas for St. James because it draws a big bingo crowd and can be used for very big Catholic events. Reinstate Grades 1 – 6 CCD classes and have them taught in groups within St James basement on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45. At the same time have a Women’s Bible study group either in the chapel or the meeting room beneath. Have grades 7-12 have pre and post Confirmation classes on Sunday nights after the 6:30 mass at IC. Use the basement and the upper church for groups. Use post Confirmation students as assistant teachers/mentors/companions-on-the-journey for the Pre-Confirmation students. Use the youth groups to do community service cleaning the administration offices and the churches as well as the basements.It will help them all to develop a young community and feel a needed part of the collaborative. Anyone who uses the kitchen in the basement of St. James must have people to clean it after.Start a young Catholic professionals and tradespersons group meeting at some restaurant one night a week – or monthly.

    • Margo Morin

      says on:
      February 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks so much for your ideas Eileen! We love that you’re thinking of the future and envisioning the church as a busy, thriving place!

  • Heather

    says on:
    April 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Many opportunities to support and encourage our youth have been missed over the years. I believe in order to have our parishes thrive it is vital to engage our children.
    I am hopeful when I hear the collaborative will be looking at our faith formation, sacramental program and more.
    It is crucial to feel like you belong to a community and share the common goal of worshiping, learning and loving God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
    I have watched as many people some paid and some volunteers have been cast aside instead of being acknowledged for their service to the parishes. This is where hurt, disappointment and resentment can be felt. As a collaborative can we reach out to make amends and be an example of forgiveness and charity- that Jesus demonstrated to us through many of his kind and wondrous acts.
    God Bless us all

  • Nancy Roney

    says on:
    June 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I am sorry our Music Minister Kurt and Father Gregory will be leaving us. Kurt’s voice and expertise have added greatly to the music program in the Collaborative and I will miss Father Gregory’s homilies which are always inspirational and come from the Holy Spirit. We have been blessed with their contributions to the Salem Collaborative. Best wishes in their new assignments.

  • Eileen CARMODY

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    March 29, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Margo, I am looking for Fr. Murray’s email address for the list of the parishioners who attended the meetings last week. Kindly send it to my email address. I have searched the bulletins but I can not find it.
    Thank you,


  • Nancy Roney

    says on:
    June 1, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I attended corpus Christi celebration in the UK once and the center aisle was a carpet of flowers. The work was done by parishioners. it was not just an annual tourist event but a demonstration of parishioners love of the parish. Would love to see the same at Mary Queen of Apostles. Both churches (St. James and ICC have lovely center aisles.