Dear parishioners. Two words go through my mind: thanksgiving and unity. The greatest gratitude goes to Christ. But among other small things, I am grateful that parishioners supported me and the parish last year. A year ago we started to ask for a little more money in each and every collection, “an extra two dollars.” The results became apparent that everyone did chip-in a little more, since we met all our income budget goals for the year. And to boot, we just did the small “Gift of Time Campaign” to restore the church clock in Barton and ended up with enough donations from parishioners, with a generous alternate bid, that this project is about to be completed, and we can immediately move on to other parish projects.
Continue reading A Message from Fr. Naples
The recent successfully completed Gift of Time campaign to restore the clock in St. Paul’s church in Barton was made possible through the generous contributions of many parishioners and friends of the parish. It was suggested that donations to the campaign be made in honor of priests and religious, or in honor of loved ones for larger donations. These names will be inscribed on commemoration plaques.
Continue reading Gift of Time Remembrances Final List!
Starting Sunday, Sept. 4th, 2016, the Sunday 11:00AM Mass at St. Paul’s in Barton will permanently change to starting at 10:00AM.
Please help spread the word to anyone who might not know!
This is the only Mass time change planned. Previous plans to change the Sunday St. John Vianney Mass and the Saturday St. Paul’s Mass have been cancelled.
For weekend Mass times for all of our churches and weekday Masses, please visit our Mass times section by clicking here.
Dear Friends, there is good news to report about the project to restore the use of St. Paul’s Church Clock. Initial estimates were very expensive because this kind of work is so rare and specialized. One of the few New England companies available had given estimates of $15,500 to restore the mechanical clock, or $16,500 to install an electrical system. As things unfolded we received a wonderful alternative bid to restore the mechanics. The parish can restore the clock mechanics for $5,000 with the services of a Brownington summer resident who is a certified watchmaker. Brian Tanguay of Gardner Massachusetts has submitted this proposal, and the groundwork is being done for him to restore the clock. References from Massachusetts have given their input on other church clocks that he has restored. The parish council and finance council have been able to recommend this opportunity, and several parishioners have expressed their willingness to wind the mechanical clock periodically. The last update on the clock fund stated that parishioners had donated more than $7,000, and so we are happy to say that we have cash on hand to pay Tanguay Jewelers upon completion of the project, with some money leftover to make the gift of time plaques and accompanying aesthetic work to the clock and church. Thank you so very much to all who have made this possible!
In Christ and Mary,
Fr. Timothy Naples
Below are updated lists of all the priests/religious names submitted for the remembrance plaque, and all the loved ones’ names submitted for the $300+ donations plaque. We would like to make certain that no names are missing or misspelled before they are engraved. Please see the list below. (Click “Continue Reading” if necessary)
Continue reading The Gift of Time (Complete!)